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Post Number 800!

I didn’t realize that ‘Rattler Radio’ was nearing the 800 mark until a couple of days ago.  I thought about a big post that covered the blog since moving over from the old site.  But, I woke up to this:

Snow's gonna snow.

Opening Day will get here. Trust me.

Keep in mind that Monday looked like this:

There CAN be no snow in February. See!

Sigh.  55 days to Opening Day.  That was enough to get me down just a little bit.  So, here are a few prospect links and a Flashback Friday supplement to this week’s column.

Prospects:
MLB.com has this Top 20 list.  Potential Rattlers – and I stress “Potential” Rattlers – for 2012 on that list are #2 Jed Bradley, #3, Taylor Jungman, #11 David Goforth, & #12 Yadiel Rivera.

MLB.com also has this organizational preview for the 2012 Brewers minor leaguers.

“I think last year, we were better than we thought we would be,” [Reid] Nichols said. “This year, I am optimistic and I feel good about the year. We have some players that will contribute. We have players that will be recognized by baseball.”

In addition to [Wily] Peralta and [Jed] Bradley, the organization has players like infielder Scooter Gennett, right-handed pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Tyler Thornburg along with infielder Taylor Green making strides.

The newly revamped Disciples of Uecker has a Top 30 List for Brewers Prospects.

#30-21

#20-11

#10-1

Brew Crew Ball has been doing Community Prospect Ratings for #1 through #17.

It should not be a surprise that former Timber Rattlers pitcher Wily Peralta is #1 on all three lists.

And now a word from our sponsor: Timber Rattlers Fandemonium starts next Wednesday (2/15).  Click here for the details.

This week’s Flashback Friday is a reprint of a combination season review (1987)/season preview (1988) from the 1988 Appleton Foxes souvenir program.

The cover of the 1988 program was part of the series that were designed and drawn by Paul Birling.  I believe that I have called them LeRoy Neiman-esque.

The cover of the 1988 Appleton Foxes souvenir program.

Other Paul Birling covers on this blog are: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, & 1992.  As noted elsewhere, the Foxes modified the 1991 cover for use again in 1994.  Like so:

1991:

The 1991 Foxes Program cover celebrates the 100th Anniversary of pro baseball in Appleton.

1994:

Just enough changes from 1991. This might make a good Spot the Difference for after the 2012 season.

And that would be post number 800!  Thank you for coming back for more during the long offseason.  Things will be picking up in the next few days and there will be no let up until the end of the Timber Rattlers schedule is done.

Prospects, All-Stars, & Arizona Wrap

John Steinberg from the Brewers has this feature about Kentrail Davis, who wrapped up his Arizona Fall League season yesterday, on the John & Cait…Plus Nine blog.

 “For me, it is an honor to be here,” said the 23-year old. “Obviously, the Brewers believe in me and believe in what I can do. I am very happy to have this chance to show everyone a little more of what I can do. It is a good opportunity for me to show the organization that I can hit good pitching and play with the best.”

Davis is 5-9 and weighs 195 pounds; he uses his athleticism and speed at the plate, on the base paths and in the outfield.

“I just go out there and play,” said Davis. “If it is hitting, or stealing a bag, or running a ball down in the outfield, I use that athleticism and my ability to prove I can play.”

The final stats of the former Rattlers on the Peoria Javelinas:

Kentrail Davis (’10): 23 games; .325/.429/.519; HR, 12RBI
Scooter Gennett (’10): 22 games; .411/.470/.556; 2HR, 14RBI
Adam Moore (’06): 15 games; .259/.355/.315; 0HR, 8RBI

Jed Bradley (??): 5 games, 2 starts; 1-0, 6.48ERA; 8.1IP; 4BB, 8K
Santo Manzanillo (’10): 3 games; 0-1, 6.75ERA; 2.2IP; 2BB, K
Daniel Meadows (’09): 10 games; 0-0, 6.57ERA; 12.1IP, 7BB, 5K
Casey Medlen (’11): 8 games; 1-2, 5.84ERA; 12.1IP, 4BB, 12K
Cody Scarpetta (’09): 5 games, 4 starts; 0-3, 19.64ERA; 7.1IP, 13BB, 7K
Tyler Thornburg (’11): 3 games, 1-0, 3.38ERA; 5.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Former Rattlers Nathan Adcock (’09) and Jeremy Jeffress (’10) are with Surprise, one of the teams that will be in the AFL Championship Game on Saturday.

MiLB.com has a list of their top 15 prospects in the Arizona Fall League.  Two of them are Brewers prospects; One gets a writeup:

16. Jed Bradley, LHP, Brewers: The No. 15 overall pick in June’s Draft joined Hultzen in Peoria here and there was a little bit of a split about this southpaw. He might have slightly better pure stuff than Hultzen, but not as much polish. He didn’t pitch much — he had a groin issue early — but he did show hints of the repertoire that made him one of the better college arms in the Draft class.

Scooter comes in at #24, but does not get a writeup.

MiLB.com also put together Brewers Organizational All-Stars for the 2011 minor league season.

Here is the team.  Click through for the full article.  I’ll pull out the extended writeups on the players who spent part or all of 2011 with the Timber Rattlers.

C: Martin Maldonado (’09)
1B: Mat Gamel
2B: Scooter Gennett (’10)
3B: Taylor Green (’09)
SS: Yadiel Rivera (’11)

Shortstop — Yadiel Rivera, Helena (74 games), Wisconsin (32 games): Rivera celebrated his first full year in the Minors with a Pioneer League postseason All-Star selection. Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft, the shortstop hit a combined .236 with nine homers and 43 RBIs over 106 games.

He also smacked 16 doubles, legged out eight triples and scored 53 runs. No shortstop in the system had more homers, triples or RBIs than Rivera, who struggled in his first look at the Midwest League but looked much more comfortable playing rookie ball in the second half.

“He’s got great potential, and he’s playing guys who are two, three and four years older than he is,” said [Reid] Nichols. “He’s still growing. He’s an inch or two taller than he was at the start of spring, and he’s going through some changes with his body that he’s adjusting to. He’s got some leverage in his swing, and he’s at the right place at the right time defensively. The game slows down for him. I think he’ll be average across the board with the bat and above-average defensively.”

Added [Darnell] Coles: “He’s something special — 6-foot-3, maybe 6-foot-4. He may outgrow shortstop. He’s got some kind of easy power. If you watch him take batting practice, he almost swings like [16-year Major League veteran] Wally Joiner. He doesn’t swing very hard, but the ball jumps off his bat. He’s a special talent.”

OF: Brock Kjeldgaard (’09)
OF: Khris Davis (’10)
OF: TJ Mittelstaedt (’11)

T.J. Mittelstaedt, Wisconsin (113 games): After appearing in just 45 games in his rookie season in the Arizona League last year, Mittelstaedt spent all of 2011 in the Class A Midwest League. He hit .293 and drew 76 walks, giving him a .410 on-base percentage that ranked second in the league.

The 23-year-old, who hit in every spot in the lineup, smacked a dozen homers, swiped 28 bases and scored 72 runs. He predominantly manned left field, but he also saw time in right, at second base and as the team’s designated hitter. Completing his utility makeup, Mittelstaedt also pitched in two games, tossing a scoreless inning on each occasion.

“T.J. has done a great job coming in as a guy battling for a position, but he’s shown our organization that he can take pitches, take close pitches, work the count, see a lot of pitches per at-bat and help the guys behind him and the guys in front of him,” Nichols said.

“He’s a fantastic utility guy who swings the bat well,” said Coles. “He puts the ball in play. He’s a headsy player like Willie Bloomquist. He plays every place well, he understands when to bunt and he reads the game well.”

Utility: Hunter Morris (’10)
Utility: Mike Walker (’11)
Utility: Kentrail Davis (’10)

RH Starting Pitcher: Mike Fiers (’09)
LH Starting Pitcher: Dan Merklinger (’09)
Relief Pitcher: Santo Manzanillo (’10)

Baseball America has their list of the top 10 prospects in the Brewers System.  From Tom Haudricourt’s introduction:

Milwaukee didn’t need much help from the minor leagues [in 2011], though third baseman Taylor Green parlayed a big season at Triple-A into a late-August callup and a spot on the postseason roster. After dropping to 30th in Baseball America’s rankings following the Greinke and Marcum deals, the farm system rallied in 2011 and showed some promise for the future.

The Brewers won’t necessarily have openings for them, but Green, outfielders Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl and righthander Michael Fiers have proven themselves in Triple-A and could help at the major league level in 2012. Righthander Wily Peralta, the orgnization’s No. 1 prospect, allowed just seven runs in five Triple-A starts at the end of the season and isn’t far behind.

The list (with Rattlers alumni in bold):
1.  Wily Peralta, rhp
2.  Taylor Jungmann, rhp
3.  Jed Bradley, lhp
4.  Tyler Thornburg, rhp
5.  Scooter Gennett, 2b
6.  Logan Schafer, of
7.  Cody Scarpetta, rhp
8.  Taylor Green, 3b/2b
9.  Jorge Lopez, rhp
10. Jimmy Nelson, rhp

One other news item to pass along in this post.  Baseball America’s Prospect Blog has the players release by Milwaukee in the last week.  There were a few Rattlers on that list.

RHP Dan Britt
RHP Skyler Crawford
RHP Greg Davis
RHP Alex Jones
RHP Jose Oviedo
LHP Charly Bashara
C Doug Elliot
C Steve Felix
OF Robbie Garvey

Scooter Day

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up its regular season today.

The Peoria Javelinas ended their season with a 2-2 tie against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Scooter Gennett (’10) went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI for Peoria to finish the season at .411/.470/.556 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI.  I’ll touch on how other ex-Rattlers performed in the down in Arizona with a post tomorrow, but today is mostly about Scooter.

Mainly because this post from the Brewers website has about two minutes of a video interview with Scooter.

Then, there is the extended video of the interview on Jonathan Mayo’s blog.  But first, Mayo’s lead-in:

I’ll admit, I tend to like scrappy players who go all out. Guys named Scooter are automatically going to become guys I root for unless something happens to make me feel otherwise.

Then I met Scooter Gennett and the conversation merely confirmed my earlier thought. It’s hard not to like the guy.

Last note today: Adam McCalvy notes (on his twitter account) that Baseball America has released their list of the Top 10 Brewers Prospects for 2012.  Former Timber Rattlers in bold.

1. Wily Peralta
2. Taylor Jungmann
3. Jed Bradley
4. Tyler Thornburg
5. Scooter Gennett
6. Logan Schafer
7. Cody Scarpetta
8. Taylor Green
9. Jorge Lopez
10. Jimmy Nelson

Report from Advanced Instructional League (Game of 9/29/11)

Rattlers manager Matt Erickson is managing the combined Brewers/Mariners Advanced Instructional League team in Arizona.  Matt has been reporting back to Rattler Radio with how things are going down there during the games.

He did not have a report on Thursday’s 7-6 win over the Royals/Rangers, but a boxscore has been sent out via email.

Here it is in very rough, non-html table form:

Royals/Rangers: 6-9-1
Brewers/M’s: 7-13-1

Brewers Hitters:  AB-R-H-RBI
Mittelstaedt, 3B:   4-1-2-1
Morris, 1B-DH: 4-1-3-3
Weisenberger, C: 2-0-0-0
Neda, C: 1-2-1-0
Walker, DH, 3B: 4-1-3-3
Walla, RF: 3-0-0-0
Rivera, SS-DH: 3-0-1-0

2B: Morris (2)
3B: Walker
HR: Mittelstaedt, Morris, Walker
SB: Walla
CS: Walla

Brewers Pitchers:
Scarpetta: IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K
Hall: 3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
Nelson: 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
Keeling: IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K
Medlen: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

Manager’s report from Advanced Instructional League (#4)

Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson checks in from Arizona with the Advanced Instructional League action from Tuesday.

In the game, the team of Brewers/Mariners prospects defeated a team of Reds/Indians 7-5.  To the bulletpoints!

  • The offense was a little slow getting started
  • 1 run on 2 hits thru 6 innings.
  • However, a solo HR in the 7th and a 5 run 8th helped the Brewers/Mariners get a come from behind win today in Goodyear, AZ
  • In the 5th, Morris leadoff the inning with a single, advanced to 2b on a HBP, went to 3b on a Mittelstaedt walk, and scored on a sac fly to cut into a 3-1 lead.
  • The late game charge started with a solo HR in the 7th, and was capped off with a 5 run 8th inning.
  • Rivera walked and scored on a bases clearing double.
  • Morris also added a 2 out RBI single for the Brewers in the inning.
  • Defensive report:
  • The Mariners pitching staff allowed 5 runs on 10 hits.
  • Walla misplayed a single in RF that allowed an extra base.
  • However, he made a great catch on a sinking line drive with a runner at 3b that saved a run.
  • Vucinich made a sweet play bare handing a slow roller for a 5-3.
  • Mittelstaedt made a nice power feed to 2nd base to start a 4-6-3 DP that ended the ballgame.

Nick Shaw, DH: 0/3
Hunter Morris, DH/1B: 2/4, with an RBI & run scored.
TJ Mittelstaedt, 2B: 1/3, with a bb.
Max Walla, RF: 0/3, HBP
Shea Vucinich, 3B: 0/4, with 2 hard hit balls.
Yadiel Rivera, PH: 0/0, bb & run scored.

Manager’s report from Advanced Instructional League (#3)

Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson checks in from Arizona with a report on Monday’s game of the Advanced Instructional League.   The word ambush comes up very early in the write up in the game between the Brewers/Mariners prospects and the White Sox/Dodgers prospects*.

  • The AIL Brewer’s pitching staff was ambushed for 16 runs on 17 hits today.
  • The White Sox/Dodgers scored runs in each of the first 6 innings including an 8 run 2nd, and cruised to the 16-4 win.
  • Defensive report:
  • We turned 2 DP’s. Vucinich caught a line drive and threw to 1b to double up a runner L5-3.
  • Rivera also started a 6-4-3 DP.
  • Morris made a nice catch along the fence in foul territory F3.
  • Offensive report:
  • After a leadoff single in the 1st, Morris singled to LCF to move runners to 1b and 2b.
  • The lead runner scored on a RBI double for the first run of the game.
  • Morris struck again in the 4th with a leadoff single and scored on a 2 run inside the park HR.
  • In the 7th, Vucinich hit a 1 out double, moved to 2b on a dirt ball read, and scored on a RBI groundout from Walla for a 15-4 final.

Brewers prospects in the boxscore:
Nick Shaw: 0/2
Hunter Morris: 2/4, run
Shea Vucinich: 1/2, run
Max Walla: 0/3, rbi
Rafael Neda: 0/1
Yadiel Rivera: 1/3
TJ Mittelstaedt: 0/1
Adam Weisenburger: 0/1

*-Mentions of the pitchers in the game were not included in the report

Manager’s report from Advanced Instructional League (#1)

Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson is managing a combination of Brewers and Mariners minor league players in Arizona during the Advanced Instructional Leagues.  He has agreed to send in reports on how the Brewers minor leaguers are playing in those games. I’ll be posting those reports to the blog.

Here is his report on the first game of their season, a 6-0 win (in 7 innings) over a combination of Rangers/Royals prospects*:

  • Won 6-0 behind solid pitching and defense today.
  •  Brewer’s pitchers go a scoreless 4 IP (Jungmann, Arnett, Lintz, Medlen).
  • Defensive report:
  • Walla had an OF assist throwing out a runner at 2b (9-6).
  • Shaw made a nice power feed to 2b for DP with runner stealing on pitch (4-6-3).
  • Vucinich made a nice play on a slow roller for 5-3.
  • Berberet gunned down a runner attempting to steal 2b with a 1.89
  • Offensive report:
  • In the 3rd Shaw singled to CF and scored from 1b on a 2 run double.
  • Berberet added a 2 out RBI single for 3-0 lead.
  • In the 6th, Walla led off with a double, moved to 3b on a good read [on a] 6-3 [groundout], and scored on a balk from the pitcher to make the score 5-0.
  • In the 7th, Mittelstaedt hit an RBI single to RF for the 6-0 final.

Rattlers in the boxscore**:
2b Nick Shaw… 1/4. single, run score
LF TJ Mittelstaedt …. 1/2. 2 bbs, rbi single
C Parker Berberet… 1/1. 2 out rbi single
RF Max Walla… 1/4. double, run scored
3b Shea Vucinich… 1/2. bb, double, sb
dh Yadiel Rivera… 0/3.
sp Taylor Jungmann… 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 1 SO
p Eric Arnett… 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BBS, 1 SO
p Seth Lintz… 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
p Casey Medlen… 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO

*-I have turned these into bullet points…for some reason
**-Do not have boxscore.  Just like using that term.

A few links

Some older news:

Paxson named MWL Trainer of the year….again

Fang’s reading club opens registration for 2012

VIDEO: Nathan Adcock’s first MLB save

Some bad news for a former Timber Rattler:

Lawrie out for season with finger injury

Exciting Jays’ rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a fractured right middle finger taking ground balls during pre-game batting practice at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday and will be out for the remainder of the ‘11 season.

The 21-year-old native of Langley, B.C. was batting .293 with nine home runs and seven steals in 43 games since his recall on August 5. Lawrie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will not accompany the Jays on the final road trip to Tampa and Chicago.

Lawrie became the fourth player among active major-leaguers with at least nine homers and 25 RBIs in his first 43 games, joining Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, Adam Dunn and Jeff Francoeur.

Bob Brainerd has this story on TJ Mittelstaedt at the Sports32 website.

A future link!

Schedule for Baseball America’s Top 20 prospects  in every minor league.  Pioneer League (Helena) will be up later today.  The Midwest League is scheuled to go up on September 27.  See the rest of the schedule at the link.

OMG = One More Guy

Jonathan Mayo posted his Top 10 list of Brewers prospects here.  On his blog, Mayo has posted his OMG: Milwaukee Brewers.  No, not a Joey Styles OMG

I am guessing that it stands for One More Guy, who would be #11 on Mayo’s Top 10 list of Brewers Prospects.

Cutter Dykstra

Consider then, 2010, as his coming out party. Dykstra finished second in the organization with his .312 batting average. He also had a .416 on-base percentage while his 27 steals placed him fourth in the system. He got better as the season in the Midwest League wore on, too, hitting .329 with a .443 OBP and 19 steals in the second half of the season. He’s looking more and more like a sparkplug, top-of-the-order type.

Another Brewers Prospect list

Jonathan Mayo has this story on the Brewers website. His Top Ten

  1. Mark Rogers
  2. Wily Peralta
  3. Kyle Heckathorn
  4. Scooter Gennett
  5. Amaury Rivas
  6. Eric Farris
  7. Cody Scarpetta
  8. Kentrail Davis
  9. Tyler Thornburg
  10. Jimmy Nelson

Click the link for video, Mayo’s scouting reports on each of the players, and see under the radar (under the radar) players Erik Komatsu and Dan Merklinger.

A taste of the scouting reports for two potential Rattlers for 2011 and predictions:

9. Tyler Thornburg, RHP: The 2010 third-rounder out of Charleston Southern was hampered in his summer debut by a minor injury, though he did show that Pioneer League hitters were no match for him (.179 average against; 38 K’s in 23 1/3 innings). He has a good fastball and outstanding curve. If his changeup and command can improve, he could prove wrong those who think his size means he’s better suited for the bullpen and be a starter long term. He’ll serve in that role for his first full season.

10. Jimmy Nelson, RHP: At his best, the 2010 second-round pick features a heavy fastball (he had a 3.00 groundout-flyout ratio in his brief pro debut last summer) and a good slider. He has a changeup, but it needs work to catch up to the other two pitches. He’s big and durable and could be a workhorse in the middle or back of a rotation. If the third pitch doesn’t come, he could have a future as a short reliever with his other two offerings. Either way, he could be the type to move fairly quickly, starting with a full-season assignment in 2011.

Predictions

Hitter of the Year — Gennett
He’ll continue to live up to his name, playing hard while leading the organization in batting average and continuing to show surprising extra-base pop.

Pitcher of the Year – Nelson
Heckathorn could walk away with his second straight award, but here’s a hunch that things will click for Nelson, as he’ll earn a promotion while topping the system in ERA.

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