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Rattler Alumni Report – Aussie Playoff & Caribbean Series Edition

The two former Timber Rattlers in the Australia Baseball League Preliminary Final were on the losing side.  The evergreen Carlos Maldonado was on the winning side in the Venezuelan Championship series and there are a few ex-Rattlers participating in the Caribbean Series that started in Hermosilla, Mexico over the weekend. 

Stats are updated through Sunday.  To see the stats of ex-Rattlers who did not play in the last week, click here and here.

TO THE REPORT!

AUSTRALIA:
The Syndey Blue Sox lost a doubleheader to the Perth Heat in the ABL Preliminary Final to get swept out of the playoffs.  Yep.  Game one was rained out and they played a doubleheader for the playoffs. 

Craig Anderson was the game one starter for Sydney.  He pitched well, but got a no decision.  Chris Snelling played in both games, but left for a pinch runner in the second inning of game two.  According to the play-by-play, Snelling tagged from second and made third base on a flyball to center and was replaced.  I hope he didn’t get hurt again.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX:
Craig Anderson: 6.oIP, 5H, R, 2BB, K, No Decision
Chris Snelling: 2g, 2-for-4, 2B, single, walk

VENEZUELA:
Navagantes Magallanes defeated Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuela Championship Series 4 games to 3 with former Rattler Carlos Maldonado (1997, 1998, 1999) providing a big spark for Magallanes in the deciding game. (Highlights of Game Seven from ESPN Desportes HERE).  Also, Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the call to appear in a game for Magallanes after pitching for Zulia in the Venezuelan regular season.

MAGALLANES:
Carlos Maldonado: 13g, .243/.420/.378; HR, 6RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 0-0, 15.00ERA; 1g, 1gs; 3.0IP, 7H, 5R, BB, K

LARA:
Oswaldo Navarro: 5g; .125/.222/.500; HR, 3RBI
Luis Valbuena: 23g; .341/.412/.549; 4HR, 21RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38; 5g; 2.2IP, 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00; 12g; 10.2IP, 3BB, 13K

The Caribbean series stated over the weekend.  The Dominican Republic is off to a 3-0 start in the four-team, double round robin tournament. Follow the series on this site off the main mlb.com site.

Efrain Nieves has appeared in a game for Puerto Rico.  Austin Bibens-Dirkx is on the roster for Venezuela, but has not appeared in a game yet.

PUERTO RICO:
Efrain Nieves: 1g, IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through games of 1/27/13

The Australian Baseball League has wrapped their regular season this past weekend.  Sydney (with Craig Anderson and Chris Snelling) face Perth in the preliminary round of the ABL playoffs this weekend.  The winner of that game will play Canberra in the Grand Championship the following weekend.

Game Five of the Championship Series in Venezuela is scheduled for tonight with Magallanes (Carlos Maldonado) and Lara (Luis Valbuena, Oswalso Navarro, and Cesar Jimenez) tied at two wins each through four games.

Australia (Final Regular Season Stats):
Sydney Blue Sox (26-19, 2nd):
Craig Anderson: 8-2, 2.10ERA; 12g, 12gs; 81.1IP; 5BB, 39K
Chris Snelling: 29g, .273/.492/.398; 2HR, 12RBI

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido defeated Aguilas Cibaenas 5-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series.  Bold Italics = Played last week

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 14g, 6.2IP; 4BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 1.98ERA; 17g, 13.2IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Crillos de Caguas defeated Indios de Mayaguez 4-2 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 10.381ERA; 5g, 4.1IP; 3BB, K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 18g; .242/.333/.379; HR, 9RBI

Venezuela:
As mentioned above, Lara and Magallanes are even at two wins each in the Championship Series.

Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 4g; .000/.125/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 20g; .350/.416/.550; 3HR; 20RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 7g, 7.2IP; 2BB, 7K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 10g; .179/.368/.214; 0HR, 2RBI

Rattler Alumni Update – Nearing the end of the Winter Leagues

Australia is still in the regular season.  The Dominican Republic’s Championship series is almost over.  Puerto Rico is three games into their Championship Series.  Venezuela appears to have reached the end of the round robin part of their post season.

Australia stats are regular season.  Caribbean League stats are playoffs only.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (24-18)
Craig Anderson: 7-2, 2.18ERA; 11g, 11gs; 74.1IP, 5BB, 37K
Chris Snelling: 26g; .256/.465/.378; 2HR, 11RBI

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido leads Aguilas Cibaenas 4-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 13g, 6.2IP; 3BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 2.25ERA; 16g, 12.0IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Indios de Mayaguez leads Crillos de Caguas 2-0 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 7.71ERA; 4g, 2.1IP; BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 15g; .232/.317/.393; HR, 7RBI

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate.  From Indios de Mayaguez website

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate. From Indios de Mayaguez website

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 3g; .000/.143/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 16g; .354/.417/.523; 2HR; 17RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 6g, 6.2IP; 2BB, 6K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 7g; .200/.407/.250; 0HR, RBI

Guide to Rattlers Alumni in 2013 World Baseball Classic

The rosters are out for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  There are 23 19 20 players who have suited up as Timber Rattlers on 12 9 of the 28 16 teams. (*See update at the bottom of the post).

Let’s take a look:

USA! USA! USA! (2):
Adam Jones (2004)
Jonathan Lucroy (2012)
Adam Jones

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Australia (2 3):
Ryan Rowland-Smith (2002, 2003)
Chris Snelling (2000)
Mike Walker??? yes Mike Walker (2011)
Snelling

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Canada (5):
Phillippe Aumont (2008)
Taylor Green (2009)
Jim Henderson (2009)
Brett Lawrie (2009)
Michael Saunders (2006)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Colombia (1):
Marwin Vega (2006)

Dominican Republic (1):
Carlos Gomez (2010, 2011, 2012)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Israel (1):
Brett Lorin (2008)

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Italy:
Alex Liddi (2006, 2007, 2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Nicaragua (2):
Ron Garth (2006, 2007, 2008)
J.C. Ramirez (2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Netherlands (2):
Wladimir Balentien (2004)
Kalian Sams (2007)

Puerto Rico:
Hiram Bugos (2010)
Martin Maldonado (2009)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Taiwan:
Yung-Chi Chen (2005)

Venezuela (3):
Asdrubal Cabrera (2005)
Felix Hernandez (2003)
Cesar Jimenez (2003)

*-Alert reader Kyle from Brew Crew Ball points out that Israel, Nicaragua, & Colombia did not make the field of 16 for the 2013 WBC.  But, as I pointed out in the comments.  I had those pictures and I was going to use those pictures.  Plus, as I did not point out in the comments, any time I can mention Marwin Vega…I am going to mention Marwin Vega.

UPDATE TWO: The Australian Baseball Digest was confused by the addition of Mike Walker to Australia, too.  His mother is Australian.  That makes him eligible for Team Australia.

Rattlers Alumni Report – Winter Leagues Regular Season & Playoffs

Only one week to follow up on a promise.  It’s almost like a resolution or something.

Australia Baseball League is still in the regular season and stays up top.  The leagues that are in the playoffs are also on top.

The bottom part of this update gives you the details on how former Rattlers did in the regular season during the winter leagues.

Australia (Regular Season):
Sydney Blue Sox (22-16, T-1st):
Craig Anderson: 6-2, 1.71ERA; 10g, 10gs; 68.1IP, 5BB, 36K
Anderson is tied for the ABL lead in wins and leads the ABL in innings pitched

Dominican Republic (Playoffs):
Aguilas Cibaenas (9-5):
Bobby! Livingston: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 0.1IP, 0BB, K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 9g; 4.2IP, BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 1.08ERA; 11g; 8.1IP, 2BB, 7K

Estrellas de Oriente (3-11):
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toros del Este (7-7):
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico (Playoffs):
Cangrejeros de Santurce (4-6):
Jeff Dominguez: 10g; .268/.318/.341; 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 6g; .227/.217/.273; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 2.0IP, 0BB, K

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Criollos de Caguas (6-4):
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 9.00ERA; 2g; 1.0IP, BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez (7-3):
Martin Maldonado: 10g; .263/.349/.500; HR; 7RBI

Venezuela (Playoffs):
Aguilas del Zulia (4-5):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-1, 8.10ERA; 2g, 2gs; 6.2IP, 4BB, 7K

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Cardenales de Lara (5-5):
Oswaldo Navarro: 1g; .000/.000/.000 (0-for-5)
Luis Valbuena: 10g; .286/.333/.310; 0HR, 6RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.86ERA; 3g; 2.1IP, 3BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 3g; 3.1IP; BB, 3K

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Caribes de Anzoategui (5-5):
Luis Oliveros: 3g; .250/.400/.375; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (4-5):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 9g; .361/.477/.500; HR, 6RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (6-4):
Carlos Maldonado: 3g; .000/.364/.000; 0HR, 0RBI

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Here are the regular season final stats for the Rattler Alumni in the Caribbean Winter Leagues:

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (32-18):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA; 24g; 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 4.63ERA; 17g; 11.2IP; 4BB, 6K

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Estrellas de Oriente (30-20):
Juan Diaz: 39g; .259/.289/.371; 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-29):
Carlos Peguero: 18g; .333/.425/.571; 4HR, 14RBI
Rene Rivera: 14g; .130/.212/.283; 2HR, 4RBI
Bobby! Livingston: 0-2, 3.72ERA; 4g, 3gs; 9.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA; 7g; 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*
*-Includes two games with Tigres del Licey

Leones del Escogido (23-28):
Taylor Green: 11g; .300/.333/.350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (21-29):
Carlos Triunfel: 25g; .147/.237/.147; 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Antenienses de Manati (15-24):
Tony Butler: 0-0, SAVE, 1.56ERA; 11g, 1gs; 17.1IP, 18BB, 7K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (21-18):
Jeff Dominguez: 36g; .250/.400/.385; 2HR, 7RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 21g; .347/.347/.429; 0HR, 6RBI
Miguel Martinez: 1-1, 3.70ERA; 16g, 1gs; 24.1IP, 12BB, 20K

Criollos de Caguas (24-16):
Efrain Nieves:  1-2, 3.91ERA; 11g, 3gs; 25.1IP, 7BB, 20K

Indios de Mayaguez 23-17:
Martin Maldonado: 28g; .276/.373/.388; 2HR, 18RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (35-28):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-2, 2.35ERA; 12g, 10gs; 53.2IP; 15BB, 57K

Bravos de Margarita (23-38):
Renee Cortez: 4-2, 3.42ERA; 18g, 0gs; 26.1IP, 12BB, 20K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 0gs; 3.1IP; BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (34-29):
Johan Limonta: 29g; .240/.305/.307; HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: 33g; .178/.302/.289; 2HR, 11RBI
Luis Valbuena: 51g; .306/.414/.497; 6HR, 39RBI
Jose Escalona: 19g; 1-0, 2.65ERA; 17.0IP; 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26ERA; 6g, 6gs; 30.1IP, 4BB, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-3, 4 SAVES, 3.68ERA; 22.0IP, 8BB, 26K

Caribes de Anzoategui (35-28):
Mike Wilson: 7g; .063/.250/.063; 0HR, RBI

Leones del Caracas (35-28):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 11g; .277/.346/.404; HR, 4RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (36-27):
Sean Halton: 14g; .160/.263/.360′ 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 49g; .270/.379/.522; 12HR, 30RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (29-33):
J.C Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA; 12g; 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

Rattler Alumni Report (Winter League Playoff Edition)

Australia is still in the regular season, but the Caribbean Winter Leagues have all moved into the playoffs.

At a point in the future, I’ll go back to look at how former Rattlers did in the regular season of the Winter Leagues.  But, for now, here is a playoff update….after checking on Craig Anderson in Australia.

Craig Anderson as a member of the Sydney Blue Sox (SMP Images/Brett Crockford)

Craig Anderson as a member of the Sydney Blue Sox (SMP Images/Brett Crockford)

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (18-16 Tied for 2nd):
Craig Anderson: 5-2, 1.94ERA, 9g, 9gs, 60.1IP, 5BBs, 29K

Okay, NOW the playoffs:

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (6-3 in round robin play):
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 6g, 3IP, 0BB, 3K
Juan Sandoval: 0-0, 0.00, 7g, 5IP, BB, 6K

Estrellas de Oriente (2-7 in round robin play):
Juan Diaz: 6g, .176/.176/.176, 0HR, RBI

Toros del Este (4-5 in round robin play):
Carlos Peguero: 2g, .000/.167/.000, 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 7g, .313/.421/.375. 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (1-3)
Jeff Dominguez: 4g, .188/.188/.250, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 2g, .250/.250/.250, 0HR, 0RBI

Criollos de Caguas (3-1):
Efrain Nieves: 1g, 0-0, 13.50ERA, .2IP, BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez (3-1):
Martin Maldonado: 4g, .214/.313/.286, 0HR, RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (2-2):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1g, 1gs, 6.0IP, 2BB, 5K

Luis Valbuena with Lara (LVBP.com)

Luis Valbuena with Lara (LVBP.com)

Cardenales de Lara (2-2):
Luis Valbuena: 4g, .278/.316/.278, 0HR, RBI
Cesar Jimenez: 2g, 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2g, 2IP, BB, 2K

Asdrubal Cabrera is way more excited to be playing for Leones del Caracas than he was in this photograph.

Asdrubal Cabrera is way more excited to be playing for Leones del Caracas than he was in this photograph.

Leones del Caracas (2-2):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 4g, .353/.353/.412, 0HR, 2RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (2-2):
Carlos Maldonado: 1g, .000/1.000/.000, 0HR, 0RBI*

*That would be two walks in two plate appearances for Carlos Maldonado as a member of the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan playoffs.

Alumni Report (Winter Leagues through 12/18/12)

The regular features are going on hiatus through the end of the year. 

Since it has been about two weeks since the last time I checked, now would be a good time to take a look at the how things are going for the Alumni in the winter leagues.

I added in the records and current standing of each team with a former Rattler to give a little context.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (11-11, 3rd):
Craig Anderson: 3-1, 2.11 ERA, 6g, 6gs, 38.1IP, 3BB, 16K

Craig Anderson ('00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Craig Anderson (’00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (31-17, 1st):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA, 24g, 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 5.40ERA, 15g, 10.0IP, 3BB, 4K

Estrellas de Oriente (30-18, 2nd):
Juan Diaz: .259/.291/.375, 38g, 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-26, 3rd):
Carlos Peguero: .346/.443/.577, 15g, 3HR, 11RBI
BOBBY! Livingston: 0-1, 1.04ERA, 3g, 2gs, 8.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA, 7g, 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*

Leones del Escogido (20-28, 5th):
Taylor Green: .300/.333/.350, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (20-28, 6th):
Carlos Triunfel: .147/.237/.147, 24g, 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Atenienses de Manati (13-14, 4th):
Tony Butler: 0-0, 1.69ERA, SAVE, 9g, 1gs, 16.0IP, 16BB, 6K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (15-13, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez: .205/.347/.244, 26g, 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: .273/.273/.318, 12g, 0HR, 4RBI

 

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.


Criollos de Caguas (18-11, 1st):
Efrain Nieves: 0-2, 6.91 ERA, 9g, 1gs, 14.1IP, 6BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (16-12, 2nd):
Martin Maldonado: .318/.405/.470, 19g, 2HR, 11RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (28-28, 5th):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-3, 2.14ERA, SAVE, 12g, 10gs, 54.2IP, 13BB, 57K

 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela this winter. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Bravos de Margarita (22-30, 4th):
Renee Cortez: 4-1, 3.27ERA, 15g, 22.0IP, 12BB, 19K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2g, 3.1IP, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (28-26, 4th):
Edilio Colina: .259/.355/.259, 7g, 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: .258/.300/.333, 23g, HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: .178/.277/.274, 27g, HR, 8RBI
Luis Valbuena: .300/.419/.500, 42g, 5HR, 29RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 2.25ERA, 17g, 16.0IP, 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26, 6g, 6gs, 30.1IP, 4B, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-2, 3.57ERA, 3 SAVES, 19g, 17.2IP, 3BB, 22K

Caribes de Anzoategui (30-25, T-2nd):
Luis Oliveros: .375/.464/.500, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Leones del Caracas (30-25, T-2nd):
Asdrubal Cabrera: .348/.348/.391, 5g, 0HR, 2RBI

Navagantes del Magallanes (32-24, 1st):
Sean Halton: .160/.263/.360, 14g, 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: .286/.399/.547, 45g, 11HR, 28RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (27-28, 6th):
JC Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA, 12g, 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

*-Stats for Aquilino Lopez include two games with Tigres del Licey

Alumni Report (Winter Leagues through 12/2/12)

I haven’t checked on former Timber Rattlers players in the winter leagues a few weeks.  The last time I did one of these, the Arizona Fall League was still going.

Tony Butler is playing in Puerto Rico. Carlos Maldonado & Luis Valbuena are tearing up Venezuela

Tony Butler is playing in Puerto Rico. Carlos Maldonado & Luis Valbuena are tearing up Venezuela.

You read that caption correctly.  Tony Butler is pitching in Puerto Rico.  Read on for more details on former Rattlers in Winter Ball.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson: 4g, 4gs; 1-1, 1.37ERA, 26.1IP, 3BB, 13K

Arizona:
Phoenix Desert Dogs:
Khris Davis: 15g; 226/348/264; 0HR, 6RBI
Brock Kjeldgaard: 7g; 385/455/846; 4HR, 9RBI
Hunter Morris: 21g; 256/305/360; HR, 8RBI
Josh Prince: 25g; .404/491/573; HR, 14RBI
Nick Bucci: 6g, 6gs; 2-2, 9.00ERA, 18.0IP, 9BB, 9K
Kyle Heckathorn: 10g, 0gs; 1-0, 6.75ERA; 13.1IP, 6BB, 9K
Santo Manzanillo: 3g, 0gs; 0-0, 31.50ERA; 2.0IP, 4BB, K
Jimmy Nelson: 7g, 6gs; 2-3, 4.91ERA; 22.0IP, 14BB, 23K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes: 19g, 0gs; 2-0, 2.31ERA; 11.2IP, 8BB, 8K
Juan Sandoval: 9g, 0gs; 0-1, 9.53ERA; 5.2IP, 3BB, K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 32g; 256/287/367; HR, 10RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero: 9g; 357/514/714; 3HR, 7RBI
Rene Rivera: 9g; 152/222/333; 2HR, 3RBI
Aquilino Lopez: 7g, 0gs; 0-1, 29.45ERA; 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel: 19g; 161/235/161; 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Atenienses de Manati:
Tony Butler: 7g, 0gs; 0-0, SAVE, 1.50ERA; 12.0IP, 10BB, 5K

Cangrejeros de Santruce:
Jeff Dominguez: 16g; 149/286/435; 0HR, RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 4g; 0-for-4

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 5g, 0gs; 0-2, 13.50ERA; 6.2IP, 6BB, 4K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 9g; 394/421/697; 2HR, 10RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 8g, 6gs; 1-1, SAVE, 1.60ERA; 33.2IP, 5BB, 41K

Bravos de Margarita:
Renee Cortez: 11g, 0gs; 2-1, 4.85ERA; 13.0IP, 6BB, 9K
Jeremy Jeffress: 2g, 0gs; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 3.1IP, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara:
Edilio Colina: 7g; 259/355/259; 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: 18g; 283/309/377; HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: 18g; 176/276/235; 0HR, 4RBI
Luis Valbuena: 34g; 325/454/533; 4HR, 23RBI
Jose Escalona: 16g, 0gs; 0-0, 2.35ERA; 15.1IP, 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 6g, 6gs; 0-1, 3.26ERA; 30.1IP, 4BB, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 15g, 0gs; 0-2, 3 SAVES, 2.03ERA; 13.1IP, 3BB, 19K

Caribes de Anzoategui:
Luis Oliveros: 9g; 400/478/550; 0HR, 3RBI

Navagantes del Magallanes:
Sean Halton: 14g; 160/263/360; 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 37g; 291/411/575; 10HR; 26RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira:
JC Ramirez: 10g, 0gs; 2-1, 10.80, 6.2IP, 7BB, 6K

*-Stats for Aquilino Lopez include two games with Tigres del Licey

Ohio’s Most Wanted, Organizational All-Stars, & Roster Moves

Three items for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

This place is evil. But, you shouldn't steal from it
Ohio Stadium. aka ‘The Horseshoe’.

#1.  Do you know this person?

A fan of a Milwaukee Brewers minor-league affiliate and some pals walked out of Ohio Stadium last week with flat-screen televisions, signed memorabilia and other items.

All they left behind was a purple hat with the logo for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Ohio State University Deputy Police Chief Richard Morman said yesterday.

The theft took place after the Illinois game on Nov. 3 — between 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 8 the next morning, police said.

The thieves apparently scaled the fence that surrounds the stadium, then used a trash can to climb onto the suites’ patio, Morman said. The doors to the suites were unlocked.

Six suites were entered, he said, and four flat-screen TVs, valued at $2,000 total, were taken. Eleven autographed photographs valued at $200 were taken after the glass of the frames was smashed. The memorabilia was owned by the companies or families who lease the suites, Morman said. A kiosk on the Huntington level was broken into, and $1,800 worth of merchandise was taken.

Police are working on getting video to identify the thieves, but they’re also relying on the hat left behind. It’s a purple hat with the Timber Rattlers’ logo: a snake wrapped around a W.

“It’s not something that’s real common in central Ohio, to see someone wearing a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hat,” Morman said. “If this person is a student, staff or faculty member, (someone) might recognize him.”

The Timber Rattlers — 2012 Midwest League Champions — play in Appleton, Wis.

Break-ins at the stadium are unusual, Morman said.

Story from The Columbus Dispatch. Bold for emphasis.

#2. MiLB.com names Brewers Organizational All-Stars for 2012

The following list has twelve spots.  Six belong to Timber Rattlers from 2012.  Five belong to Timber Rattlers of past seasons.  One spot on the list is a possible Rattler for the 2013 season.  I have pulled a few notes on each player, but make sure to click the link above for the complete notes on them. 

C   – Cameron Garfield: “He missed some time with injuries, but he jumped into the Midwest League and did a great job at the plate with his bat,” special assistant to the general manager and director of player development Reid Nichols said. “I think his offense was nice to see; he responded with the bat. He still has some work to do defensively, but he’s a more offensive type of guy at this point.”

1B – Hunter Morris: Led the Southern League in a number of categories, including homers, RBIs, hits (158), extra-base hits (74) and slugging percentage (.563). Defensively, his .995 fielding percentage was the most among all Southern League first basemen. Morris made six errors in 1,259 chances, had a league-best 1,198 putouts and teamed up on 112 double plays.

2B – Scooter Gennett: “I think that was a good choice. He’s a young guy that responded to being pushed to Double-A,” Nichols said. “He will be a good big league hitter. He improved defensively which was what we were pleased most with. The main issue used to be that if he made an error, he would let it get him down and he would maybe make another one. But he overcame that and became a good defensive second baseman this year. He expects so much of himself that when he doesn’t perform he gets down.”

SS – Yadiel Rivera: While Rivera has not displayed the ability to consistently hit for average in his brief Minor League career, his other stats are trending upward. His 12 homers and 49 RBIs ranked first among Milwaukee shortstops, and his .247 average, while not spectacular, was still a career best for the 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico who was selected in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft. Defensively, Rivera posted a .962 fielding percentage, having committed 22 errors in 586 chances.

3B – Brandon Macias: While his home runs tally fell behind the likes of Andy Gonzalez and T.J. Mittelstaedt (both 13) and Mike Walker (12), his 35 doubles meant he finished with more extra-base hits (45) and total bases (198) than any of them. Not afraid to crowd the inside half of the plate, Macias was hit by 21 pitches this season. No other player on the Milwaukee farm was hit more than 12 times, and only two other batters racked up double-digit HBPs.

OF – Ben McMahan

Despite playing as many as 28 games fewer than some of the other outfielders in the organization, McMahan led all Brewers outfielders in homers (15), triples (11), RBIs (68) and slugging percentage (.500).

The University of Florida alum, selected in the 23rd round of the 2011 Draft, made the jump from the short-season Pioneer League seamlessly. While he struggled with plate discipline at times (29 walks to 129 strikeouts in 414 at-bats), his raw power and plus speed impressed coaches who hope to see his growth continue in 2013.

OF – Josh Prince: What third-rounder Prince lacks in power, he makes up for in speed and aggressiveness, according to Nichols. The 24-year-old, a Louisville Slugger All-American in his freshman year at Tulane University, ranked second in the organization with 41 stolen bases this year.  His 74 walks and 28 doubles were the most of any outfielder in the system, while his 55 RBIs and 74 runs scored were both career highs.

OF – Chadwin Stang: “Chadwin is a little older player who is Canadian,” Nichols observed. “He has a lack of playing experience, but it’s always up to the individual. He accepted that he had to catch up with some of the other players. I saw him have a more consistent approach at the plate this year, and he stayed on the field even though he had minor injuries. He played a good, full season.”

UT – Jason Rogers: At his fourth level in three years, the 24-year-old adjusted well to the jump, posting a .300/.416/.412 slash line. With five more longballs and an additional 23 RBIs, Rogers set career highs in virtually every offensive category. His 35 doubles were tied for the second-most in the system, while his 83 runs were second only to Stang.

RHSP – Hiram Burgos: “He will start for a Major League club. He didn’t miss a beat going through the levels; he was right in sync. He stayed within himself. He’s a command pitcher, but because his command is so good, it makes his fastball look even faster when he throws it inside.”

LHSP – Taylor Wall: Selected in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of Rice University, Wall went 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 14 games, including 10 starts, in his rookie year with Helena in the Pioneer League. He struck out twice as many batters (40) as he walked (20), and he allowed three homers over 54 1/3 innings.

RP – Jim Henderson: He held hitters to a .214 average, and he yielded two homers in 48 innings pitched. A Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star, Henderson struck out more than a batter an inning (56) and recorded a 1.21 WHIP before earning a promotion to Milwaukee.

#3. Brewers add five former Timber Rattlers to their 40-man roster.

This note arrived in an email from the Brewers so no link yet.

Milwaukee added the following former Timber Rattlers to their 40-man roster:

Nick Bucci (’10)
Hiram Burgos (’10)
Khris Davis (’10)
Scooter Gennett (’10)
Josh Prince (’09)

Congratulations to all five!

Friday odds & ends

Latest renovation photos:

Good progress on both stairwells.

“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn.”

The view from home plate.

The above scenes were captured for Episode Eight of the Renovation Update.  Here is Episode Seven:

Big News. This is Big News in our corner of the sky.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will need to renovate their trophy case inside Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Minor League Baseball announced the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers as winners of the National Larry MacPhail Award, which symbolizes the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball.

“The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers do an exceptional job of not only promoting their club in the community, but also of trying to tie in an element that benefits its residents in their ballpark promotions, as well,” Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball, said in a release earlier today. “The Timber Rattlers have programs and promotions in place for fans of all ages, including several geared towards improving behavior and lifestyle of area youths.”

“Wisconsin’s use of various social media to promote themselves, especially through their mobile web site that allows fans to interact during games, as well as throughout the off-season, merits their selection as the winner of the 2012 Larry MacPhail Award,” said O’Conner.

The award has been given annually since 1966.

More at the link up top and this link to the MiLB.com story.

Elsewhere on the home page:

Flashback Friday wraps up the Subsidy Saga of 1987.  Like I say at the end of the article…”sometimes it is a miracle that professional baseball survived in the Fox Cities.”

From Wednesday, Rafael Neda stepped into The Interrogation Room.

The Timber Rattlers are holding a Holiday card contest.  Children 14 & under can enter by designing our 2012 card.  Download the sheet right here. Deadline is Monday, November 19th.

Alumni Report for Winter Ball. (Stats Through 11/8 and the slash line is AVG/OBP/SLG for those out of practice)

Arizona Fall League:
Phoenix Desert Dogs:
Khris Davis: 226/348/264; 0HR, 6 RBI
Brock Kjeldgaard: 385/455/846; 4HR, 9RBI
Hunter Morris: 253/302/354; HR, 6RBI
Josh Prince: 403/489/558; HR, 7RBI
Nick Bucci: 5G, 5GS, 2-2, 15.0IP; 15R, 15ER, 5BB, 21K
Kyle Heckathorn: 8G, 0GS, 1-0, 11.1IP, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 8K
Santo Manzanillo: 3G, 0GS, 0-1, 2.0IP, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, K
Jimmy Nelson: 6G, 5GS, 2-2, 18.0IP, 10R, 8ER, 12BB, 20K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 3G, 2GS, 0-0, SAVE, 10.2IP, R, ER, BB, 11K

Bravos De Margarita:
Renee Cortez: 5G, 0GS, 1-1, 7.2IP, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K

Cardenales de Lara:
Edilio Colina: 259/355/259; 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: 296/321/407; HR, 2RBI
Luis Valbuena: 333/500/462; 0HR, 4RBI
Jose Escalona: 9G, 0S, 0-0, 7.1IP, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K
Ryan Feierabend: 4G, 4GS, 0-0, 23.0IP, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 14K
Caesar Jimenez: 7G, 0GS, 0-1, 3 SAVES, 6.1IP, 2R, ER, 0BB, 11K

Caribes de Anzategui:
Luis Oliveros: 625/625/875; 0HR, 3RBI
Mike Wilson: 063/250/063; 0HR, RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Sean Halton: 160/263/360; 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 367/451/733; 6HR, 18RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira:
JC Ramirez: 5G, 0GS, 1-0, 3.1IP, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes: 9G, 0GS, 1-0, 6.2IP, R, ER, 4BB, 5K
Juan Sandoval: 6G, 0GS, 0-1, 4.0IP, 9R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 250/270/361; 0HR, 4RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero: 357/514/714; 3HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido:
Taylor Green: 300/333/350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel: 222/300/222; 0HR, 3RBI

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson: 1G, 1GS, 0-1, 7.0IP, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K

Puerto Rico*:
Cangrejeros de Santruce:
Jeff Dominguez

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves

*- It was Opening Night on Thursday in Puerto Rico. Just ex-Rattlers who played this week. Stats next week.

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