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Alumni Report – Wrap on the Caribbean Series & Australia, Addition to WBC Roster, & Lots of Roster Updates!
Lots to get to in this update.
In case you missed it last week, former Timber Rattlers pitcher Nick Bucci has been added to the Canadian Roster for the World Baseball Classic. See this post on Rattler Radio for more information on the other Alumni on WBC Rosters.
In Caribbean Series play since our last update, Efrain Nieves picked up a win as a starting pitcher for Puerto Rico on February 5. His final stats in the Series: 1-0, 1.50ERA; 2g, 1gs; 6.0IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K
There were no Rattlers involved in the Claxton Shield Championship Series between Perth and Canberra. However, in the effort to give some closure, Canberra swept Perth 2-0 in the best-of-three Final. The Calvary won game two 7-6 and it looked like some fun.
Here endeth the Winter Leagues.
Now, Spring Training starts.
I went through the 40-man rosters and Non-Roster Invitees of all MLB teams to see where former Timber Rattlers (and a few ex-Foxes) are going to be starting their springs.
EX-RATTLERS ON MLB 40-MAN ROSTERS:
EX-RATTLERS AS NON-ROSTER INVITEES:
Monday was a short day on the minor league side of camp. There was a lot of defensive work and a short 4-1/2 inning game between The Timber Rattlers and Brevard County. Lots of former and future Rattlers took part in that game. I compiled a game log to help you follow along with what happened.
Keep in mind, they were pretty loose on the rules. That is why Rob Wooten faced five batters, recorded four outs, and the inning ended after a Joey Paciorek double. You will also see the random insertion of a hitter for the Rattlers.
Here are the starting lineups:
John Dishon, rf
Greg Hopkins, 2b
Max Walla, cf
Jason Rogers, 1b
Mike Walker, 3b
Gerald Ogrinc, c
Kenny Allison, lf
Kyle Dhanani, ss
Michael Roberts, dh
Tyler Thornburg, sp
Pete Fatse, 2b
Derrick Shaw, lf
Chris Dennis, 1b
Cameron Garfield, dh
Tony Pechek, c
Jose Garcia, rf
Yadiel Rivera, ss
Franklin Romero, cf
Austin Ross, p
Top 1st: Dishon flies out to right. Hopkins pops out to second. Walla singles to center. With Rogers batting, Walla caught stealing (2-4) WI: 0 R, 1H, 0 LOB
Bottom 1st: Fatse strikes out looking. Shaw singles to center. With Dennis batting, Shaw caught stealing (2-6). Dennis walks. Garfield strikes out looking. BC: 0R, H, 1 LOB
Top 2nd: Rogers reaches on E-6. Walker reaches on fielder’s choice. Rogers safe at second and takes third on E6 (missed catch). Ogrinc grounds out 3-1 (RBI), Rogers scores, Walker takes second. Allison grounds out 3-1, Walker takes third. Dhanani lines out to first. WI: 1 R, 0H, 1 LOB
Bottom 2nd: Pacioreck singles to left. Pechek doubles to left, Paciorek to third. Garcia strikesout looking. Rivera out 1-3 on squeeze bunt (RBI), Paciorek scores, Pechek to third. Romero grounds out 6-3. BC: 1R, 2H, 1 LOB
Top 3rd: Roberts flies out to right. Dishon strikes out looking. Hopkins strikes out swinging. WI: 0 R, 0 H, 0 LOB
Bottom 3rd: Wisconsin pitching change: Rob Wooten replaces Tyler Thornburg. Fatse out 1-3 on bunt. Shaw strikes out looking. Dennis strikes out swinging. Garfield pops out to second. Paciorek doubles to leftcenter. BC: 0R, H, 1 LOB
Top 4th: Brevard County Defensive changes: McKelvie replaces Dennis at first base. Berard replaces Fatse at second base. Walla reaches on E4 (throw), out 2-6 when attempting to take second on overthrow. Rogers grounds out 6-3. Walker singles to center. Ogrinc flies out to right. WI: 0R, H, 1 LOB
Bottom 4th: Wisconsin pitching change: Alex Periard replaces Rob Wooten. Wisconsin defensive change: M. Roberts replaces Ogrinc at catcher. Pechek walks. Garcia out 6-3, Pechek advances to second. With Rivera at bat, Pechek takes third on wild pitch. With Rivera at bat, Pechek scores on wild pitch. Rivera strikes out looking. Romero pops out to short.
Top 5th: Steve Felix doubles to rightcenter. With Allison at bat, Felix is out 2-5 trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Allison flies out to center. Dhanani singles to center. Roberts lines out to pitcher. WI: 0H, 2H, 1 LOB
Final score: Brevard County 2, Wisconsin 1.
Sorry, folks. All this futzing around with the new way to blog has put me behind schedule.
For the full story of the game (and day two in Arizona) head over to the Rattlers home page.
I had planned on a more proper boxscore for the Rattlers game on Friday. But, I will have to go with this:
Keen, cf: 1-for-2, 2B
George, ss: 1-for-2, SAC, RBI
Mittelstaedt, lf: 1-for-4, BB, 2K
Rogers, 1b: 0-for-3, 3K
Hopkins, 2b: 1-for-2, SB, RBI
Roberts, c: 0-for-1, SF, RBI
Dishon, rf: 0-for-2
Paciorek, 3b: 1-for-2
Pechek, dh: 0-for-3, BB, RUN, K
Allison, cf: 1-for-1, CS
Rivera, ss: 0-for-2, 2K
McKelvie, 1b: 0-for-1, K
Shaw, 2b: 1-for-1, BB
Dean, c: 0-for-2, GIDP, K
Walla, rf: 0-for-1, BB, SB, RUN
Walker, 3b: 0-for-2, K
Nelson: 3.1IP, 5H, 4R, 3BB, K
Shackelford: 1.1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Keeling: 1IP, 1H, R, 2BB, 0K
Sanchez: 2IP, 7H, 4R, 0BB, 2K
Jones: 1IP, 2H, 3R, 2BB, K
Ex-Rattler for Milwaukee:
Hunter Morris (’10): Defensive Replacement
Ex-Rattlers for Cleveland:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 2-for-4
Shin-soo Choo (’02): 0-for-4
Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-4, RBI
I had a couple of pictures of Choo, Cabrera, and Valbuena to post here. But, with the new software changeover, I CAN’T POST PHOTOS! Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to upload photos, no?
Head over to the Timber Rattlers facebook album for Friday in Arizona. They have those pictures of the Cleveland chapter of the Rattlers Alumni Association and much more.
Mehring in Arizona: Day One was posted last night.
No problem finding the hotel either…until I pulled into the parking lot. I was blinded by the sun as I was facing west and trying to find a parking spot. Suddenly, I saw a figure dart out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes. The figure began walking towards me on the passenger side of the car. As the figure stepped out of the setting sun, I recognized…Pitching Coach Chris Hook. Yep, almost hit him and the season hasn’t even started.
Click the link for the rest.
Click the scores for the full post at BrewerFan.net. Click the name for the MiLB.com page of each player.
Charly Bashara: 2.1IP, 3H, 5R, 3BB, 3K
Austin Ross: 4.1IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 7K
On Monday, the Rattlers lost 3-2 to Dayton on Monday. Boxscore is here at BrewerFan.net (along with the other minor league games). You will see other games in the Brewers minot league system and notice Kentrail Davis & Khris Davis had good games for Brevard County.
When you see the Wisconsin and Brevard games, keep in mind that they were apparently just five innings.
Highlights for the Rattlers:
Eric Arnett: 3IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 4K
Dan Britt: 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
In Cactus League play, the Brewers beat the Padres 7-0.
Sean Halton (’10): 0-for-1
That is all.
The very helpful Mass Haas of BrewerFan.net has the most recent boxscores from minor league Spring Training down in Arizona.
Click the links to see the Brewers minor league boxscores from the games on each day. Scroll down to see the Rattlers games. You may recognize some names playing at the higher levels of the system right now.
The individual players in this post are potential Rattlers for 2011. The link takes you to the MiLB.com page.
Matt Miller: 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, K
Greg Hopkins: 2-for-2, RBI
Jimmy Nelson: 3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, K
Just a reminder that I’ll be down in Arizona and providing live updates on twitter during Rattlers Spring Training games from March 25-28. You can follow me @CMehring.
Martin Maldonado (’09) was the only ex-Rattler to get in the game. He went 0-for-1.
This is one family battle where Matt Tuiasosopo has no intention of keeping the details in-house.In fact, the Mariners infielder has made it a point to ensure that on-field showdowns between him and his future brother-in-law, pitcher Micah Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks, don’t get mentioned at the spring training home they’ve rented together. So, Owings didn’t joke about getting him to fly out to shallow right with a runner on third Friday afternoon and Tuiasosopo has kept quiet about hitting a homer and single off the D-backs reliever during a Class AAA game in 2008.The pair didn’t know each other that first time around, but, a year later in 2009, Tuiasosopo began dating Owings’ sister, Abi. They got engaged in December, meaning, in many ways, that Tuiasosopo’s off-field life has become far more stable than what he’s living on the field.“If you look, I’ve played third base, then second base, then left field and now I’m at first base,” Tuiasosopo, hitting .292 this spring, said with a chuckle on Saturday. “I just go where they need me to play. That’s what they need me to do if I want to make the team, so I’ve just got to do it.”Tuiasosopo was recently asked by the Mariners to shift his concentration away from third base and focus on first base and left field. To some, that was a sign that Tuiasosopo, a bit of a surprising opening-day member the past two seasons, was in danger of having that streak end this year.In reality, Tuiasosopo’s chances of making the team have probably increased with the developments in left field. Milton Bradley stands a good chance of being the opening-day left fielder, meaning the team could send Michael Saunders to Class AAA to ensure he continues to get daily playing time.
His play has been so dazzling at times this spring that the lone question surrounding him has been not if he will make it to the big leagues, but when, and will it be April 1 of this season.The ease in which Lawrie has settled into third has been one of the more pleasant developments of the spring for the Jays.“He sure has,” Tony LaCava, the Jays assistant general manager and vice-president of baseball operations replied when asked if Lawrie is surprising people with how well he is adapting to the new position. “He’s showed the ability to make the above-average play, which is interesting. That gives him a chance to be better than average.“An average fielder should make average plays. The work will come with him when he has to make the routine plays, when he gets to make all of them and makes them regularly and becomes consistent with that. He has also shown the ability to make the above-average play which is really exciting. So, he’s exceeding our expectations defensively so far.”How so?“He’s doing some things at third base that some guys never ever do,” LaCava said. “Some times when he’s deep and gets an in-between hop, he knows to play through it instead of laying back and getting eaten up. He’s aggressive by nature and at times that’s how you have to play third base. It’s a reactive position and I think he has the skill sets to do it.”For his part, Lawrie said his goals for the spring were to get to befriend his new teammates, get established and have some fun.“It’s just been an opportunity for me to open up some eyes,” he said. “The more you get to know your teammates the easier it is to play because your surroundings are so much better. That’s been the thing for me here, just go out and have some fun and play the game like I’ve always played it.”