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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.
Jim Breen of Bernie’s Crew, who recently had a Best.Day.Ever., takes a look at the composite rankings of Brewers Prospects. That would be the top ten prospects in the Milwaukee system as rated by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com, and The Hardball Times.
Click through for the math and stuff.
Meanwhile over at Brew Crew Ball, Kyle has a post titled: Rebuilding from Within: Eight Players Who Could Improve the Brewers Organizational Rankings.
Head over for the Kyle’s thoughts on former Rattlers, Taylor Green, Eric Arnett, Kentrail Davis, and Cutter Dykstra. Also included are Zelous Wheeler and Logan Schafer.
The excerpts below involve possible future Rattlers Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg:
When Dylan Covey didn’t sign, Nelson became the Brewers’ top remaining pick in the 2010 draft. Even before signing, Nelson was a little controversial: There was a brief uproar when it was discovered that a pre-draft scouting report compared him to Jeff Suppan. There doesn’t appear to be much to the comparison, though: Nelson throws much harder (can hit 96) and appears to be able to strike batters out.Obviously, we don’t have much of a sample size to analyze at this point with Nelson, who made just 12 appearances (six starts) for Helena after signing. But he’s a likely candidate to open the season in Wisconsin and if he continues striking out batters at his early pace, he’ll climb the prospect rankings pretty quickly.Like Jimmy Nelson, Thornburg is a 2010 draft pick who hasn’t spent much time in the organization yet. But, despite the fact that he was drafted after Nelson, Thornburg was dominant in his brief time with the H-Brewers and has drawn a much more favorable comparison: I’ve seen Tim Lincecum’s name come up in conversations about him several times now.Like Nelson, Thornburg is expected to open the season in Wisconsin, and if he’s successful there good news will likely travel fast.
Tom Haudricourt did a chat at Baseball America.com yesterday.
Unfortunately, the chat is behind the subscriber wall.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of “Where would this guy have rated if XXXX had happened?” Or, “THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!” or, “Will XXXXX be rated in the Top 30 for the 2011 Handbook?”
So, I’m just going to pull a few Q’s & A’s as they relate to Rattlers from 2010.
Steaky (Mass): What’s your assessment of Hunter Morris, and how close to your top 10 list did he rank?
Tom Haudricourt: The Brewers think Morris’ bat will take him through the system quickly. They even gave him some playing time at third base in the Arizona Fall League. I don’t have the list I submitted originally to BA, so I’m not sure where Morris will rank. I believe he was 10-20, somewhere in there.
Tex (Houston, TX): Khris Davis – prospect or suspect?
Tom Haudricourt: The Brewers’ love Davis’ bat. They just aren’t sure exactly where to play him to keep moving him through the system. They’ve had that problem with players before and eventually figured it out. Davis was given consideration for my Top 30 list but didn’t quite make it.
Kade Nelson (Chippewa Falls,Wi.): What do you think of Erik Komatsu and Cam Garfield? Also,any chance Arnett turns it around? Thanks.
Tom Haudricourt: Komatsu is a guy to watch because after an injury-plagued 2009, he played very well last season. The Brewers think he’s going to be an on-base type guy and therefore a future leadoff hitter. Garfield has to continue to catch, get experience and prove he’ll hit enough to be more than a projected backup. As for Arnett, let’s just say that 2011 is a mighty big year for him.
Shane (Miami): Tom – My condolences on having to put together this list; however, I am one that believes the Brewers used their system properly in making their deals for Greinke and Marcum, if they feel they can contend. What are your thoughts about Gennett sticking at second?
Tom Haudricourt: Second base is definitely the position for Gennett in the future because he comes up a bit short defensively at shortstop. He’s one of those gritty kids who does what it takes to win. Gotta like anybody named “Scooter,” right?
There are a few other Timber Rattlers noted in the chat. TH thinks that Del Howell may wind up back in Wisconsin to start the 2011 season. He also thinks that it is too early in the career of Kentrail Davis to compare him to Caleb Gindl.
Another list about the prospects in the Brewers system. This one is from Baseball America.
Pitcher Mark Rogers is the #1 prospect in the organization. Numbers 2-5 are all ex-Rattlers
2.) Cody Scarpetta
3.) Wily Peralta
4.) Scooter Gennett
5.) Kentrail Davis
Kyle Heckathorn is the other ex-Rattler on the list and he checks in at #9.
Two of the players on the list were in Helena last season. They may be Rattlers in the near future.
#6 is Pitcher Tyler Thornburg, who was a 3rd round pick out of Charleston Southern in 2010. Baseball America likes him as a closer in the future. But, they note that he will probably stay a starter and begin 2011 with the Rattlers…with a chance to move on to High A at some point during the season. From behind the subscriber wall: Thornburg’s fastball sits at 93-95 mph and tops out at 98, though it
doesn’t feature much of life. Some scouts think his power curveball is
his best pitch. He flashed an improved changeup in pro ball, so he may
have the requisite three pitches to remain a starter
Thornburg was 1-0 with a save and a 1.93ERA in nine games (six starts) for Helena last season. He struck out 38 and walked 11 in 23.1IP. The link on his name takes you to his MiLB.com page. This link right here will take you to his page at Charleston Southern.
#8 is Pitcher Jimmy Nelson, a 2nd round pick out of Alabama in 2010. According to the scouting report behind the subscriber wall: Nelson can hit 96 mph with his fastball, but he has learned that he’s
more effective when he throws a two-seamer in the low 90s with heavy
sink. He complements his fastball with a hard 84-86 mph slider that will
give him a second plus pitch if he gains more consistency.
BA mentions that the Brewers will “turn him loose” in Wisconsin this year.
Nelson was 2-0 with 3 saves and a 3.71ERA in 12 games (no starts) for Helena last season. He struck out 33 and walked 13 in 26.2IP. The link on his name is to his MiLB.com page. This link will take you to his page of Alabama.
Other notes of interest at the BA link:
Best Tools. Click through for the whole list, but here are the Rattlers from 2010 who BA like:
Power Hitter: Hunter Morris
Athlete: D’Vontrey Richardson
Control: Hiram Burgos
Outfield Arm: D’Vontrey Richardson
Baseball America‘s projected lineup for the Brewers in 2014 includes, Scooter Gennett at second base and Cody Scarpetta as the #5 starter.*
*Take note that their 2014 lineup also has Rickie Weeks in center and Prince Fielder at first base.
Tom Haudricourt had this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday.
After the Milwaukee Brewers traded away several highly rated prospects to acquire starting pitchers Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke this off-season, some analysts suggested they had “gutted” their minor-league system.
Those who oversee the drafting and developing of players for the Brewers consider that assessment a bit harsh.
“I’m very tired of hearing that,” said scouting director Bruce Seid. “We have work to do, but our fans can feel good about what the future holds for the Brewers’ system down the road. “A lot of them are down lower in the system at present, but we have more athletic, big arms in the system than at any other time I can remember.”
The Brewers acknowledge that they surrendered some of their best prospects to get Marcum from Toronto and Greinke from Kansas City in trades two weeks apart in December. Second baseman Brett Lawrie, a first-round draft pick in 2008 who was an advanced offensive player at age 20, returned to his native Canada in a one-for-one swap for Marcum.
Lawrie was slated to be ranked as the No.?1 prospect in the Brewers’ system for 2011 by Baseball America. When Lawrie was traded, right-hander Jake Odorizzi – a supplemental first-round pick in ’08 – was in line to move up from the No.?2 spot.
But Odorizzi didn’t last long as the heir apparent. The weekend before Christmas, he was included in the six-player deal with the Royals that netted Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Shortstop Alcides Escobar, the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect entering 2010, also went to Kansas City along with centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, No.?8 on the 2010 list, and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, a 2006 first-round pick slated to be the No. 3 prospect for 2011.
There’s no denying that the Brewers cut a wide swath through the top of their prospect list, but there were solid reasons they were willing to do so, not the least of which was improving a starting rotation that ranked near the bottom of the National League for two years.
The key takeaway quote from this article is this one from Gord Ash:
“We do have to be a development and scouting organization because we can’t go into the (free-agent) marketplace and sign whomever we want,” said assistant general manager Gord Ash.
“But that doesn’t mean you stockpile them. You use them to make your big-league team better, as (general manager) Doug (Melvin) has done. You can’t operate your farm system separate from your major-league club. There has to be a cooperative path between the two.
“If your team is positioned to win now, which ours is, you have to take advantage of that.”
Here are some names you may see on the back of Timber Rattlers jerseys in the near future.
Seid also thinks folks should keep an eye on four pitchers taken in the 2010 draft – Jimmy Nelson, Matt Miller, Austin Ross and third-rounder Tyler Thornburg, whose slight build and high-90s fastball has drawn comparisons to a younger Tim Lincecum.
“This past year, I’ve had several unsolicited compliments from player development directors, scouts and coaches who have seen these players we have infused into the system,” said Seid. “I respect those comments above anyone else who hasn’t seen these kids.
“These kids need time to develop, so patience is needed there. But some of these arms have front-line potential. There’s no way to predict what their roles will be in three to five years. Time and development will reveal that, but I don’t remember us having this many power arms at one time.”
Time will tell.