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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.


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.

Podcasting and bracketing

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:

#5 D’Vontrey Richardson v. #13 Daniel Meadows (vote until 2pm).

#6Mike McClendon v. #3 Logan Schaefer (vote until Friday at 8:30pm).

Potential Rattlers for 2011

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 pages of each player.  For the entire scouting report…get the Prospect Handbook.


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