Results tagged ‘ Prospects ’
Some older news:
Some bad news for a former Timber Rattler:
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.
I am guessing that it stands for One More Guy, who would be #11 on Mayo’s Top 10 list of Brewers Prospects.
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.
Jonathan Mayo has this story on the Brewers website. His Top Ten
- Mark Rogers
- Wily Peralta
- Kyle Heckathorn
- Scooter Gennett
- Amaury Rivas
- Eric Farris
- Cody Scarpetta
- Kentrail Davis
- Tyler Thornburg
- 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.
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.
Head over to Bernie’s Crew for their fourth podcast.I don’t know why, but they talk to me at the very end.
The gang also handles questions in their mailbag, the starting rotation for the Brewers and various other topics.
Don’t forget that Prospect Madness continues over there.
Today’s matchups are:
The 2011 Baseball America Prospect Handbook is now on my bookshelf. I had a few moments to page through the Brewers section yesterday.
So, I took to twitter…yes, I am on twitter…and shared the predictions in the Handbook on where the seven members of the Top 30 list who were in either Helena or Maryvale last year will start 2011.
The whole 140 character thing and the reading in reverse order can make it a bit hard to understand….something that this blog does on a daily basis without those limitations…but anyway.
Also, the Handbook went to print before the trade with the Royals, so there are really only 28 current members of the Brewers organization on the top 30 list. Now that Jake Odorizzi (#1) and Jeremy Jeffress (#3) are with Kansas City, everyone below moves up either one or two spots. That math has been taken into account for the rankings of the players below.
Enough with the preliminaries. Here are the predictions:
#6.) Tyler Thornburg: Will probably begin first pro season with Timber Rattlers, but could make push for Brevard County with good a spring.
#8.) Jimmy Nelson: The Brewers will turn Nelson loose as a starter with Timber Rattlers this year.
#11.) Matt Miller: After a strong pro debut, Miller could jump to Brevard County to begin the 2011 season.
#18.) Cody Hawn: Hawn’s makeup and leadership skills impressed the Brewers, who could jump him to Brevard County for 2011.
#19.) Yadiel Rivera: How much improvement Rivera makes in terms of strength and plate discipline will determine where he starts 2011.
#21.) Tyler Roberts: Roberts should get his first full-season test in 2011 with the Timber Rattlers.
#28.) Austin Ross: Ross should make quick work of the Class A level [Timber Rattlers] in 2011.
Click the links to see the individual MiLB.com pages of each player. For the entire scouting report…get the Prospect Handbook.
If you are not following Prospect Madness over at Bernie’s Crew – well, you should be – here are the results so far:
Kyle Heckathorn over Hitaniel Arias
Cody Hawn over Eric Arnett
D’Vontrey Richardson over Jose Pena
Daniel Meadows over Maverick Lasker
Still time in the two polls going on today.
Mike McClendon v. Sean Halton (open until 12:30pm today)
Logan Schafer v. Josh Butler (open until 8:30am Thursday)
You know the drill: Head over, read, vote.
Bernie’s Crew has a neat little interactive way to learn about and vote for the prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system. I will let Jim tell you what it is all about:
I was watching the Wisconsin Badger basketball team pull out a gritty victory against the suddenly difficult Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday evening, when the thought struck me. Why not do a March Madness type of competition between the prospects and see which prospect is the Bernie’s Crew favorite?The goal is to have a new head-to-head battle every day, and the winner will be decided by which prospect received the most votes from you folks, the readers. The favorite prospect will move on to the next round and will obviously keep progressing until they do not receive the most votes.
And along the way, I will provide a scouting report and background information on each of the Top 65 Prospects as the tournament progresses.
You may see the brackets for the tournament at the link up top.
Today’s matchups are:
#1 Kyle Heckathorn v. #16 Hitaniel Arias
EDIT: The Heckathorn v. Arias matchup was yesterday. Heckathtorn has moved on to the next round.
Click those votes to see the scouting reports and to vote for the player you want to see move on to the next round.
Milb.com has their list of the top 50 prospects in all of minor league baseball.
Not surprised that Mike Trout, the tormentor of the 2010 Timber Rattlers, is number one.
Ex-Rattlers on the list include:
Click the individual player for a video capsule of each player.
The Brewers are taking a concept from the Reds and putting their own stamp on it.
If you recall the beginning of the 2009 season, the Dayton Dragons hosted the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game on April 4. The Reds played an all-star team of Reds prospects. The Reds won 9-6.
In 2011, the Brewers will be holding a “Rising Stars” Game at Miller Park. It will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 3:10pm. Here is a link to the flyer on the Brewers website. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale starting January 21 at 10am.
Time Warner Cable Sports32 will televise the Rising Stars Game, which is presented by West Bend, the Silver Lining. Triple-A Nashville manager Don Money and Class A Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson will each lead a team — Blue vs. Gold.The Brewers are making it an interactive event. Prospects will take part in an autograph session during batting practice, and some winning fans will get to sit in the dugout with the teams during various innings of the game. Kids 16 and under will be able to run the bases afterward.Each team will wear custom designed jerseys. Following the game, the players will autograph their game jersey for a raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the Brewers Community Foundation.
The roster was not announced, but unofficially, the following are scheduled to appear: Kyle Heckathorn, Kentrail Davis, Hunter Morris, Scooter Gennett, Cody Scarpetta, and Erik Komatsu.
I am hoping to be down there to serve in one capacity or another…or, who knows, maybe just kick back and watch the…no I can’t even finish that sentence.