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Congratulations, Sean Halton

Sean Halton became the seventh Timber Rattler alum to make his major league debut in 2013.

Halton, who was called up to Milwaukee from Nashville after Wednesday night’s game, got into Thursday’s game as a pinch hitter.

He got a single in his first MLB at bat.
Click that link for the hit. Here’s the link with some quotes:

“It was an unbelievable experience,” Halton said after the Brewers’ 7-2 loss to the Cubs. “Just one of those moments you dream about. I wish it could have come in a win.”

Halton took the roster spot of Scooter Gennett, who was optioned to Nashville following Wednesday’s 5-4 loss. Halton was the seventh player to make his Major League debut for the Brewers this season, and when Johnny Hellweg starts Friday in Pittsburgh, he will be the eighth.

The two join Khris Davis, Josh Prince, Hiram Burgos, Donovan Hand, Caleb Gindl and Gennett on that list.

Halton said he was given the ball he hit between a diving Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro off Cubs starter Matt Garza. He also said he will keep the lineup card.

“Every kid grows up wanting to fulfill their dreams and mine was to be a baseball player,” Halton said. “Today’s that day for me.”

Halton hit .288 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 66 games at Nashville this year. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho).
 
Halton was the Opening Day first baseman for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. But, he was not with the team long. Halton appeared in 23 games and hit .221/.269/.269 with no homers, four doubles, and eleven RBI as a Timber Rattler before being sent up to Brevard County.

He never returned to the team.

Patrick S. Blood did manage to get this action photo of Sean Halton in a Timber Rattlers jersey early in the 2010 season.

Patrick S. Blood did manage to get this action photo of Sean Halton in a Timber Rattlers jersey early in the 2010 season.

Now, he’s up with the Brewers.

The other six Timber Rattlers to reach the Major Leagues for the first time this season are:
Khris Davis – April 1 with Milwaukee
Josh Prince – April 6 with Milwaukee
Hiram Burgos – April 20 with Milwaukee
Caleb Thielbar – May 20 with Minnesota
Scooter Gennett – June 3 with Milwaukee
JC Ramirez – June 23 with Philadelphia

Congratulations, JC Ramirez

Another former Timber Rattler has made his MLB debut.

JC Ramirez was with the Timber Rattlers in 2008, the final year of the affiliation with the Seattle Mariners.  On Sunday, he had an impressive inning against the New York Mets in his first appearance in the big leagues.  How impressive? He struck out the side in order.

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Ramirez was 6-9 with a 4.14 ERA and a BB:K of 38:113 in 124 innings pitched as a Timber Rattler in 2008.  He becomes the fifth pitcher and seventh player from that 2008 team to make it to The Show.

But, HOW did he wind up in the Phillies organization?  His callup article at Phillies.com reminds you that he was part of the December, 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners for Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, and Tyson Gillies.

He’s been pitching at Lehigh Valley in the International league this season.  He made some adjustments and was ready for the call.

Ramirez is in the Majors for the first time, and he struck out the side in his first big league appearance Sunday against the Mets. He had a 6.53 ERA in 27 appearances at Triple-A, but said he worked with Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris on keeping his sinker down in the zone and his tempo with runners on base.

Ramirez said he thinks the adjustments made a difference. In his final eight games in the Minors, he had a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.

“I was working every day on my mechanics with Ray,” Ramirez said. “I felt like I saw the results — there weren’t as many stolen bases and I kept the game closer every time I went to the mound.”

There have been six former Timber Rattlers who have made their MLB debuts in 2013.  They are (in order of date):

Khris Davis – April 1 with Milwaukee
Josh Prince – April 6 with Milwaukee
Hiram Burgos – April 20 with Milwaukee
Caleb Thielbar – May 20 with Minnesota
Scooter Gennett – June 3 with Milwaukee
JC Ramirez – June 23 with Philadelphia

Here’s a link to the MLB.COM video of the three strikeouts he had to start his MLB Career.

One Step Away

Two former Timber Rattlers from the 2010 season got called up from AAA to the big leagues to appear in games on Monday .  Those players were Jake Odorizzi (From Durham to Tampa Bay) and Caleb Thielbar (From Rochester to Minnesota).

Jake Odorizzi pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Jake Odorizzi pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Caleb Thielbar in his MLB Debut on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Atlanta. (From KELOLAND off Twins Broadcast)

Caleb Thielbar in his MLB Debut on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Atlanta. (From KELOLAND off Twins Broadcast)

Instead of the usual updates on how former Timber Rattlers players are doing in the Major League, I thought that a nice off day project would be to take a look at players in the Pacific Coast League or the International League…or, those, who like Odorizzi and Thielbar are one step away from the big leagues.  Here are the current 33 Alumni in Triple-A.  Click on their names for their video highlight page…where there is one available.

This should not come as a surprise, but the Nashville Sounds and the Tacoma Rainiers have the most former Timber Rattlers on their roster.

Nashville Sounds (8):
Khris Davis
Scooter Gennett
Sean Halton
Kyle Heckathorn
Hunter Morris
Josh Prince
RJ Seidel
Tyler Thornburg

Tacoma Rainiers (5):
Denny Almonte
Joe Dunigan
Alex Liddi
Carlos Peguero
Carlos Triunfel

Joe Dunigan is currently on the Tacoma Disabled List.  Mike Curto let’s you know how that happened back on April 18:

In the ninth inning, we had a scary moment. With two one and nobody out, Joe Dunigan squared around to bunt. The pitch from Dan Runzler was up and in, and it hit Dunigan flush on the jaw. Dunigan immediately left the game. Today, Brown said that Dunigan is in the hospital with a broken mandible. Brown visited him in the hospital and he reported that Joe was in good spirits, is supposed to have surgery today, and should be discharged tonight.

Dunigan is on twitter.  He had his jaw wired shut after that pitch hit him.  According to his timeline, the doctors cut the wires last week.  He is on the road back.

That would be thirteen Timber Rattlers alumni between Nashville and Tacoma…

ASIDE: By the way, Tacoma beat Nashville 5-2 last night.  The game featured home runs by Hunter Morris, Carlos Peguero, and Alex Liddi.

Back to the main them of the post….

There are 15 other Rattlers Alumni who are currently at AAA.

Teams with more than one Rattler Alumni:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (2):
Cesar Jimenez
JC Ramirez

Omaha Storm Chasers (2):
Nathan Adcock
Adam Moore

Syracuse Chiefs (2):
Erik Komatsu
Carlos Maldonado

Tucson Padres (2):
Rene Rivera
Mike Wilson

Teams with one Rattlers Alum:

Buffalo Bison:
Jeremy Jeffress

Columbus Clippers:
Juan Diaz

Memphis Redbirds:
Rob Johnson

Pawtucket Red Sox:
Ryan Rowland-Smith

Rochester Red Wings:
Jeff Clement

Round Rock Express:
Ryan Feierabend

Sacramento River Cats:
Justin Thomas

Rained out in Burlington

A good friend of mine used to say, ‘…Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while. – Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh

A series of pictures then a few alumni notes…

This was taken from the walkway behind the visiting team radio booth before the 6:30pm start time.

Looking to the West.

Looking to the West.

Alfredo Rodriguez singles to left with two outs in the top of the second.

Alfredo Rodriguez singles to left with two outs in the top of the second.

Sandy Martinez waits for the ball and Adam Giacalone at the plate after the single by Rodriguez.

Sandy Martinez waits for the ball and Adam Giacalone at the plate after the single by Rodriguez.  The ball would get there first.  By a lot.

The tarp went on the field with a 3-1 count on Wendell Soto with two outs, two runs in, and a runner on third.

The tarp went on the field with a 3-1 count on Wendell Soto with two outs, two runs in, and a runner on third.

Ominous is a word that springs to mind:

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Then…

It's a hard...It's a hard...It's a hard rain...gonna fall.

It’s a hard…It’s a hard…It’s a hard rain…gonna fall.

"Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets."

“Some day a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.”

Did I mention a hard rain's gonna fall?

I guess I’m trying to say that it rained really, really hard in Burlington on Monday,

Then, this happened. No. That's the sky. really.

Then, this happened. No. That’s the sky. really.

Yeah. Because the Sun got below the clouds. That's why.

Yeah. Because the Sun got below the clouds. That’s why.

I haven't decided if this is a cool photograph or a horrible photograph. But, since this is my blog, I'm putting it up there.

I haven’t decided if this is a cool photograph or a horrible photograph. But, since this is my blog, I’m putting it up there.

I thought this was cool looking.

I thought this was cool looking.

Jake Odorizzi, a Timber Rattler in 2010, made his Tampa Bay Rays debut earlier today against the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 5 innings, allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Odorizzi, who came to the Rays in the trade that sent James Shields to the Royals, was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the rotation spot of injured David Price. The 23-year-old right-hander had two Major League starts under his belt with the Royals, though that did little to settle his nerves at the beginning. But after experiencing a couple of early hiccups, Odorizzi settled into a nice groove.

“It was all right,” Odorizzi said of his outing. “I started off and couldn’t get in the groove. And once I did it felt good. … After the first, I think it went really well.”

The Blue Jays scored twice in the first on a sacrifice fly by Adam Lind and a triple by Brett Lawrie. Melky Cabrera added an RBI double in the second that put the Blue Jays up, 3-1.

Odorizzi finished his five-inning outing with three scoreless frames, having allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six en route to a no decision.

Odorizzi allowed that he was a little keyed up in the first.

“I was excited,” Odorizzi said. “I think anybody in my situation would have been excited. But it’s not about throwing hard. You have to hit your spots early on.”

Both managers were complimentary toward the youngster.

“We scored early on him, and then he did a nice job after that,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said, adding, “he’s got the chance to be really good. He can throw four pitches at you. But we took advantage of him early, and then he shut us down.”

Said Maddon: “He threw some really nice curveballs. I thought he kept challenging. His fastball got up to 93. I did not see that in Spring Training. So that was nice to see, too. I saw the typical good composure, some nice stuff and a real ability to compete.”

R.A. Dickey silenced the Rays’ bats for the most part, pitching eight innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out five to pick up his fourth win of the season.

“Man, that’s probably as good as we’ve seen him,” Matt Joyce said. “Shoot, the last time I remember him throwing like that was when he threw that one-hitter against us. Even then, that was controversial. He had great stuff, man. His ball was all over the place. For us to score what runs we did, I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Here’s that RBI triple by Lawrie, a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Caleb Thielbar, a Timber Rattler in 2010, made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins tonight after getting the call up from Rochester earlier in the day.

Thielbar adds an eighth reliever to the club’s bullpen depth, especially with Twins starters having trouble pitching deep into games recently. The 26-year-old Minnesota native also gives the Twins another lefty in their bullpen along with Brian Duensing and closer Glen Perkins.

Thielbar, who pitched for the independent league St. Paul Saints in 2011 before being signed by the Twins, had a 3.76 ERA with 34 strikeouts and eight walks in 26 1/3 innings with the Red Wings. Thielbar, who is looking to make his Major League debut, didn’t land in Atlanta until about 50 minutes before the game, but was activated in time.

“He’s another arm out there, because we’ve killed the rest of the guys, as we’ve talked about,” Gardenhire said. “But having another lefty out there, you can take a shot with Duensing to get a lefty out. So this gives us another option. We can use Caleb early and maybe Duensing a little later.”

He pitched two scoreless innings at Atlanta, allowed a run, and struck out three without walking a batter. More on his performance and a bit more on Rattlers alumni in a post that will go up on the site tomorrow.

Felix photos and a Did You Know

Here’s Felix Hernandez with the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon:

Here’s Felix Hernandez with the Timber Rattlers in 2003:

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

I think this is a photo of him with his father & an uncle before that start against Burlington.

I think this is a photo of him with his father & an uncle before that start against Burlington.

We didn’t think that we had any photos of Felix Hernandez as a Timber Rattler. Then, these turned up on the server. Funny how that works.

For a Brewers tie-in*

Here’s Wily Peralta’s start against the Dodgers on April 27.

Here’s Jim Henderson picking up the save on April 27 against the Dodgers.

Did you know….Henderson has saves in all three of Peralta’s wins during the 2013 MLB season.

In 2009, Henderson and Peralta were teammates on the Timber Rattlers for the first half of the season. Peralta had one win in the first half. Henderson had the save. It happened on June 14, 2009 at Burlington.

Find Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta in this photo of the 2009 season.

Find Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta in this photo of the 2009 season.

I tried embedding those Peralta and Henderson highlights. But, I kept getting a ‘Your browser does not support iframes’ message and they weren’t showing up on the post….But, the Felix Hernandez highlights are iframes and …. I’m being tested…I know that I am being tested….and I am failing that test.

Let’s play two again tomorrow!

Alumni Report – April 15, 2013

This is a list of most of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Alumni.  There is a link to the Brevard County Manatees stats page and you can take a look at all the ex-Rattlers on that team.

If a player has played at two levels (Like: Josh Prince at Milwaukee & Nashville) this season, he is listed at the highest level reached.

Players who made MLB rehabilitation appearances with the Rattlers are also included on this list.  They are in italics.

Raul Ibanez is the only former Appleton Fox on this list.

Note that David Ortiz and Brett Lawrie are on minor league rehab assignments for Boston and Toronto.

MLB Hitters:
Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland)
Lorenzo Cain (Kansas City)
Khris Davis (Milwaukee)
Greg Dobbs (Miami)
Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee)
Raul Ibanez (Seattle)
ibanez94Adam Jones (Baltimore)
Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee)
Martin Maldonado (Milwaukee)
Josh Prince (Milwaukee)
Michael Saunders (Seattle)
Matt Tuiasosopo (Detroit)
Luis Valbuena (Chicago – NL)

MLB Pitchers:
Scott Atchison (New York – NL)
Phillippe Aumont (Philadelphia)

Phillipe Aumont in 2008.

Phillipe Aumont in 2008.

Dave Bush (Toronto)
Mike Fiers (Milwaukee)
Jim Henderson (Milwaukee)
Felix Hernandez (Seattle)
Jeremy Jeffress (Toronto)
Shawn Kelley (New York – AL)
Mark Lowe (Los Angeles – AL)
Eric O’Flaherty (Atlanta)
Manny Parra (Cincinnati)
Wily Peralta (Milwaukee)
Photo Credit: WM Glasheen
JJ Putz (Arizona)
Rafael Soriano (Washington)
Matt Thornton (Chicago – AL)
Chris Tillman (Baltimore)
Anthony Varvaro (Atlanta)

AAA – Hitters:
Denny Almonte (Tacoma)
Jeff Clement (Rochester)
Juan Diaz (Columbus)
Joe Dunigan (Tacoma)
Scooter Gennett (Nashville)
Sean Halton (Nashville)
Rob Johnson (Memphis)
Alex Liddi (Tacoma)

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Carlos Maldonado (Syracuse)
Adam Moore (Omaha)
Hunter Morris (Nashville)

Hunter Morris rounds the bases after one of his nine home runs with the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Credit: PSB Photo)
Israel Nunez (Leones de Yucatan)
David Ortiz (Pawtucket)
Joey Paciorek (Nashville)
Carlos Peguero (Tacoma)
Oscar Ramirez (Petroleros de Minatitlan)
Rene Rivera (Tucson)
Carlos Triunfel (Tacoma)

AAA – Pitchers:
Nathan Adcock (Omaha)
Hiram Burgos (Nashville)
Kyle Heckathorn (Nashville)
Cesar Jimenez (Lehigh Valley)
Jake Odorizzi (Durham)
Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood
Ryan Rowland-Smith (Pawtucket)
Caleb Thielbar (Rochester)
Justin Thomas (Sacramento)
Tyler Thornburg (Nashville)
Sean White (Albuquerque)

AA – Hitters:
Leury Bonilla (Jackson)
Kentrail Davis (Huntsville)
Jair Fernandez (Tennessee)
Brock Kjeldgaard (Huntsville)
TJ Mittelstaedt (Huntsville)
Jason Rogers (Huntsville)
Nick Shaw (Huntsville)
Mike Walker (Huntsville)
Shawn Zarraga (Huntsville)

AA – Pitchers:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (New Hampshire)
Ryan Feierabend (Frisco)
Brian Garman (Huntsville)
Greg Holle (Huntsville)
Thomas Keeling (Huntsville)
Brett Lorin (Mobile)
Santo Manzanillo (Huntsville)
Eric Marzec (Huntsville)
Casey Medlen (Huntsville)
Andy Moye (Huntsville)
Edward Paredes (Akron)
JC Ramirez (Reading)
Adrian Rosario (Binghamton)
Juan Sandoval (Montgomery)
RJ Seidel (Huntsville)
Alan Williams (Huntsville)

A-Advanced:
Brevard County Manatees

A-Advanced – Hitters:
Cutter Dykstra (Potomac)
Robbie Garvey (Rancho Cucamonga)
Brett Lawrie (Dunedin)

A-Advanced – Pitcher:
Efrain Nieves (Dunedin)

This turned into something else….

At first, I was going to do a piece on the NCAA Tournament and the connections of Timber Rattlers players and coaches – past and present – have had with the schools involved in the tournament.

Then, I got sidetracked.

First here is the main reason I started this post.  Off the top of my head, I can recall these players with ties to teams that made the NCAA Basketball Tournament:

Jacob Barnes – Florida Gulf Coast
David Goforth – Mississippi
Ben McMahan & Tommy Toledo – Florida
Michael Garza – Georgetown
Brent Suter – Harvard
Brandon Macias – Kansas
Adrian Williams & Brent Dean – UCLA
Matt Miller & JJ Putz – Michigan
Mike Walker – Pacific
Bo Acors & Alex Gary – Virginia Commonwealth University
Brian Garman – Cincinnati 
Eric Arnett – Indiana
Brandon Green – Wichita State University
Justin Jordan – Belmont
Greg Dobbs – Oklahoma
Tom Keeling & Mike Strong – Oklahoma State
Ricky Orta – Miami
Lance Painter – Wisconsin
Matt Hagen – Liberty
TJ Bohn – Iowa State
Corey Harrington – New Mexico State

Jeremy Dutton – North Carolina State
Marshall Hubbard – North Carolina
Michael Ciccoteli & Nick Allen – Villanova

I’m sure there are some that I am missing.  Feel free to add to the list in the comments.

As I was going through the brackets and trying to match schools in the tournament with former players…in my mind!…I stopped on Creighton for a moment…Tom Oldham went to Creighton…right?

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Quick Google search to check and this is what I found:

Tom Oldham Baseball

Yes. Oldham, a Timber Rattlers pitcher in 2004, runs his own baseball school in Omaha, home of the Creighton Bluejays.  That is really cool.  Oh, and he also DID play his college baseball at Creighton. So, I wasn’t wrong!

Oldham mentions one of his games with the Timber Rattlers in the ‘About’ section of his website.

In 2004, he was 5th in strikeouts in all of Minor League Baseball, highlighted by a 15-strikeout performance against the Dayton Dragons in 8 innings.

I just so happen to have my scorebook from that game against the Dayton Dragons in 2004.  It happened on June 26 at Fox Cities Stadium.  One of his 15Ks that day was catching a guy by the name of Joey Votto looking to end the first inning.

Oldham allowed four hits, walked one, hit one, and allowed no runs in that game.  He also picked a runner off first in the second inning.

The Rattlers won that game 6-0 and were powered by homers from Bryan LaHair and Mike Nesbit.  Additionally, Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Lest you think that was a 1-game wonder for Oldham, it was not the only time that season he had 10 or more Ks in a game.  He also had 13 in seven shutout innings against Cedar Rapids on May 17 and 10 in 5-1/3 innings at Dayton on June 15.

Oldham struck out 132 and walked just 30 in 116.2IP with the Timber Rattlers before earning a promotion to Inland Empire in the California League later in the ’04 season.  He struck out 56 and walked 6 in 42 innings over his last seven starts of the season.

That would be…188 strikeouts and 36 walks in 158.2 innings pitched that season.

Oldham would make to to AAA in 2006, but…

Later that year, he pitched in Triple A with the Tacoma Rainiers before his professional career was cut short by an injury. Although Tom’s playing career is complete, his passion for development remains and he hopes his experiences and knowledge will help players reach their goals.

His contact information is at the website.  Drop him a line to say hello from Rattlers fans…and Go, Creighton!

Rattler Alumni in World Baseball Classic – Stats Through (3/17)

Go here to see how everyone in the WBC were doing through last Sunday.

There are no updates to Australia, Canada, Taiwan, or Venezuela since those teams were done playing after last Sunday.

That left former Timber Rattlers players on USA, Italy, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico still playing last week.

Puerto Rico is through to the Finals after a win over Japan on Sunday.  The Netherlands will play the Dominican Republic tonight to see who will face Puerto Rico for the 2013 WBC Championship on Tuesday night.

Adam Jones connects for team USA (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Jones connects for team USA (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

USA:
Adam Jones: 6g, 4-for-22 (.182), 0HR, 4RBI
Jonathan Lucroy: 3g, 2-for-5 (.400), 0HR, 1RBI
An RBI single by Jones in the game against Puerto Rico:

Italy:
Alex Liddi: 5g, 4-for-17 (.235); 0HR, 3RBI:
From early in the WBC, an Alex Liddi RBI single:

Wladimir Balentien with the Netherlands in Tokyo. (Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wladimir Balentien with the Netherlands in Tokyo. (Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

The Netherlands:
Wladimir Balentien: 6g, 6-for-19 (.316), 0HR, 4RBI
Kalian Sams: 6g, 5-for-19 (.263), 7 RUNS, 0HR, 3RBI

Here’s a Balentien RBI single in a game against Korea from earlier in the tournament:

Martin Maldonado behind the plate for Puerto Rico. (Credit:  DAVID SANTIAGO / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Martin Maldonado behind the plate for Puerto Rico. (Credit: DAVID SANTIAGO / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Puerto Rico:
Martin Maldonado: 5g, 0-for-9 (.000), 0HR, 0RBI
Hiram Burgos: 2g, 0gs, 1-0, 0.00ERA, 8.1IP, 3BB, 7K

Shared this on twitter, but here are some scoreless frames from Burgos – including a strikeout of Liddi – in Puerto Rico’s win over Italy:

This is a test of the Video Embedding Service

I was told that I could embed MLB video last year.  I am getting around to testing it out today.  If it works, expect this to be a frequent topic during the season.

Okay, the Khris Davis RBI single from Monday’s game against the Dodgers could not be embedded yet. So, here is an MLB video from March 7 with quotes from Davis (’10) and Ron Roenicke on his productive camp:

This video from MLB is about the opportunities for Scooter Gennett (’10) and Hunter Morris (’10) in Big League Camp during Spring Training.

How about a few highlights from the WBC?

Kalian Sams (’07) with a walkoff sacrifice fly for the Dutch to beat the Cubans.

 

 

Adam Jones (’04) with his 2-run double off Jim Henderson (’09) to put the US in front of Canada:

Michael Saunders (’06) with a 2-run homer for Canada:

Michael Saunders winning the Pool D MVP

Rattler Alumni in World Baseball Classic – Stats Edition

Yes. That was former Timber Rattlers outfielder Kalian Sams with the game winning sacrifice fly for the Netherlands today.  The Dutch beat Cuba 7-6 in Tokyo to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic.

Here is a look at how the ex-Rattlers have done during the WBC.

Adam Jones 2004USA:
Adam Jones: 2-for-9, 3RBI
Jonathan Lucroy: 2-for-5, RBI

Australia:
Chris Snelling: 1-for-2
Mike Walker: 5-for-11
Ryan Rowland-Smith: 2g, 1.2IP, 2H, R, BB, K

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mike Walker after a single for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Canada:
Taylor Green: 4-for-14
Michael Saunders: 8-for-11, 4 RUNS, HR, 7RBI*
Phillippe Aumont: 2g, 1.2IP, 5H, 3R, BB, K
Jim Henderson: 2g, 0-1, IP, 5H, 5R, BB, K

Taiwan:
Yung Chi-Chen: 4-for-19, RBI

Yung Chi Chen tags out a Cuban base runner for Taiwan. (Photo Credit: Koji Sasahara / AP)

Yung Chi Chen tags out a Cuban base runner for Taiwan. (Photo Credit: Koji Sasahara / AP)

Italy:
Alex Liddi: 4-for-10, 2RBI

Alex Liddi celebrates for Italy. Photo Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Alex Liddi celebrates for Italy. Photo Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

Netherlands:
Wladimir Balentien: 5-for-18, 4RBI
Kalian Sams: 3-for-13, RBI

Kalian Sams for the Dutch. (Source: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Kalian Sams for the Dutch. (Source: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Puerto Rico:
Martin Maldonado: 0-for-5
Hiram Burgos: 1g, 4.2IP, 0R, BB, 3K

Hiram Burgos after his scoreless outing for Puerto Rico in the WBC.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hiram Burgos after his scoreless outing for Puerto Rico in the WBC. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Venezuela:
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-for-8
Cesar Jimenez: 2g, 1.1IP, 3H, 2R, 0BB, K

*-Michael Saunders was named the MVP of Pool D.

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