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The weather in Peoria on Sunday went from this:
I forgot to add this to the Lineup & Game Notes Post earlier, but there were a pair of roster moves for Wisconsin today.
Pitcher Brock Hudgens has been placed on the DL
Pitcher Gian Rizzo joins the Rattlers from Maryvale
Updated Roster: 4 19 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster
Monday’s Doubleheader begins at noon.
Game One Starters:
WIS: Victor Diaz
PEO: Matt Pearce
Game Two Starters:
WIS: Cy Sneed
PEO: Will Anderson
See you in the morning!
PLAYING IN PEORIA! Game time is 6:00pm.
Broadcast Options tonight:
Wisconsin: RattlersGameNotes April 18 2015
Infielder Sthervin Matos has joined the Timber Rattlers for tonight’s game
Catcher Natanael Mejia has been placed on the DL retroactive to 4/16
Updated Wisconsin Roster: 4 18 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster
Another great day for baseball in the Fox Cities!
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Timber Rattlers Transactions:
Pitcher Harvey Martin placed on disabled list
Pitcher Brock Hudgens transferred to Wisconsin from Maryvale
Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 13 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster
Three of the top 50 players taken in the 2014 Major League Baseball Entry Draft will be Timber Rattlers in 2015. Pitcher Kodi Medeiros (1st round, 12th overall pick), infielder Jake Gatewood (Competitive Balance Round A, 41st overall pick), and outfielder Monte Harrison (2nd round, 50th overall pick) were the first three picks of the Brewer last year.
There are 28 players on this roster. There will need to be three moves before the season begins on the road at Burlington, Iowa on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm to get to the league’s 25-player roster limit.
2015 Roster: 4 6 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster
NOTE: Updated roster to correct a player number. There were a pair of #38s on the previous roster.
After yesterday’s post, I went back to December and found three more transactions involving former Timber Rattlers.
Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, ’08) is now in the Kansas City Royals system.
Adding depth at third base and a potential platoon partner for Mike Moustakas in the form of right-handed former prospect Alex Liddi, the Royals unwittingly added a player whose personal and prospect history are both shrouded in mystery. In his age-21 season, Liddi crushed PCL pitching while playing for the Tacoma Rainiers. Playing half his games in a park that favored pitchers over right-handed batters, Liddi still managed a .259/.332/.488 split with 30 dongs hung in 138 minor-league games. Of course, Liddi whiffed at alarming rates in his September 2011 cup of coffee, and after a brief return to form following a June demotion to Tacoma, Liddi’s K-rates settle in over 30% at pretty much every stop between then and now.
Nathan Adcock (’07, ’08) signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization.
A Kentucky native, Adcock, 26, has the most major league experience of the three players signed, appearing in 43 games over parts of three seasons with the Royals and Rangers. Pitching primarily out of the bullpen, Adcock has gone 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Adcock missed the first two months of the 2014 season, but pitched fairly effectively after his return. In 18 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Adcock went 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He saw time with the Rangers as well, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in seven appearances. He saw his strikeout numbers increase from a career rate of 6.6 to 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings between Triple-A and the Rangers.
Rene Rivera (’03) was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Tampa Bay Rays.
What team isn’t enhanced by a strong catcher? The Rays have had trouble developing catchers within their developmental system throughout recent years, so trades have been their way to try to find solutions at the position. The duo of Hanigan and Jose Molina underwhelmed last season, so Tampa Bay hopes it’s stronger at catcher with Rivera and John Jaso, who was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics.
Rivera’s ability to throw out potential base stealers is especially promising. Molina only caught 14 potential base stealers last season as opposed to allowing 38 stolen bases. Hanigan, meanwhile, threw out just eight potential base stealers but allowed 30 stolen bases.
Alumni Birthdays for January 21:
Shawn Zarraga (’09) – 28
Colin Ryan (’90) – 48
Bill Eveline (’86) – 49
Gary Peters (’87) – 50
Scott Kershaw (’86) – 51
Jose Galvez (’75) – 60
The Brewers announced that Hunter Morris (’10) has been designated for assignment after the Yovani Gallardo trade with the Rangers.
The Brewers completed the deal that sent Gallardo to Texas on Monday for three young players — right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan and middle infielder Luis Sardinas.
Knebel and Sardinas were added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster. To open a needed spot, first baseman Hunter Morris, a fomer Brewers minor league player of the year, was designated for assignment.
That wasn’t the only transaction involving a former Timber Rattler yesterday.
The Cubs traded Luis Valbuena (’06) – along with Dan Straily – to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler.
That the Cubs upgraded their major league roster without trading any of their top prospects, along with a deep reservoir of relievers, leaves the possibility of landing a veteran starter during their 18-month mission to acquire “impact pitching” that started in late July.
The trade of Valbuena means second baseman Javier Baez could work at third base this spring while he attempts to cut down his strikeouts.
One other alumni transaction occured on January 13. Carlos Peguero (’07) signed as a free agent with the Rangers.
Peguero, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter, joins fellow offseason addition Kyle Blanks to form a physically imposing platoon. Blanks, a right-handed hitter, is 6-6, 265 pounds while Peguero is listed at 6-5, 250.
Peguero was once a fairly highly-regarded prospect in the Seattle minor league system, but has struggled with strike-zone recognition in the majors. Peguero is a .196 career hitter with a .245 OBP and .623 OPS in 229 plate appearances over four seasons with Seattle and Kansas City. He has 89 strikeouts and just 11 walks in the majors. He has hit nine home runs.
Peguero spent most of 2014 with Kansas City’s Triple-A club in Omaha where he hit 30 homers.
Alumni Birthdays for January 20:
Seth Harvey (’12, ’14) – 27
Chris Mears (’99) – 37
Ronaldo Pino (’83, ’84) – 51
Cecil Espy (’81) – 52
Dave McLaughlin (’83, ’84) – 55
Clarence Glenetzke (’46) – Would have been 93
Shawn Zarraga (’09) has been traded. Todd Rosiak has the details in the Journal-Sentinel:
The Milwaukee Brewers traded minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga to the Los Angeles Dodgers for utility man Matt Long and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin on Friday, the team announced.
Zarraga, 25, hit .309 with one home run and 37 runs batted in last season in 75 games at Class AA Huntsville and 17 games at Class AAA Nashville.
The switch-hitter received an invitation to major-league spring training with the Brewers and also participated in the Arizona Fall League.
He was a 44th-round pick of the Brewers in 2007.
Long and Martin both played in the Midwest League. Long was with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2010. Martin was with the Great Lakes Loons in 2012.
Planet of Hats – Day 5:
The braid above the bill is what really makes this Leinie’s hat:
Alumni Birthdays for December 19:
Rafael Soriano (’00) – 35
Jose Castro (’96, ’97) – 39
Jeff Norman (’92) – 44
Pete Lentine (’67, ’69) – 67
Art Kusnyer (’67, ’68) – 69
Kusnyer caught a Nolan Ryan no-hitter when he was with the Angels and was a bullpen coach for the White Sox (1980-1987) and Athletics (1989-1995).
The Brewers announced Wednesday they have released minor-league pitchers Kyle Heckathorn and Andy Moye.
The Heckathorn release is noteworthy because it continues the exodus of top picks from the Brewers’ 2009 draft.
Tom Haudricourt has that list of 2009 draft picks and what has happened to them at the link.
Heckathorn was a Timber Rattler in 2010. Moye was a Rattler in 2012 and came back for a brief rehabilitation stint in 2014.
Planet of Hats – Day 4: In honor of Paul Chryst becoming the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team, here is my 1994 Badgers Rose Bowl hat:
Alumni Birthdays for December 18:
Trevor Lawhorn (’07) – 32
Joe Randa (’92) – 45
Brian Harrison (’92) – 46
Dave White (’85) – 53
Gary Cortopassi (’71) – 68
Zoilo Versalles (’59) – Would have been 75
Gary Johnson (Manager, ’68) – Would have been 75
Zoilo Versalles, the slick-fielding, Cuban-born shortstop who led the Minnesota Twins to their first American League pennant in 1965 and became the first Latin American player to be named most valuable player, was found dead at his home in suburban Bloomington, Minn., on Friday. He was 55.
After an inconclusive autopsy Saturday, a spokesman for the county medical examiners office in Minneapolis said lab tests had been ordered to determine the cause of death.
Versalles, a native of Havana, joined the Washington Senators organization as a teen-ager, followed the team to Minneapolis in 1961 and became an All-Star in 1963, but his 1965 season was more than one for the record books.
It was a shining memory that helped sustain him as his career and life went into a long decline.
Major League Baseball held the 2014 Rule 5 Draft yesterday. The draft was split into three phases: Major League, AAA, and AA.
For the breakdown of the whole thing, check out this Baseball America article by JJ Cooper. Or, if you are interested in the Brewers perspective, here is Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
As forecast by general manager Doug Melvin the previous day, the Brewers made no selections in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning as the winter meetings wrapped up.
The good news is that the Brewers didn’t lose any players in the major-league phase, either. They did lose a couple of outfielders — Sean Halton and Kentrail Davis — in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, leaving their outfield situation at Colorado Springs a bit vacant. Actually, a lot vacant, with Jeremy Hermida sold to a Japanese club and Caleb Gindl exiting as a minor-league free agent.
“We placed them on Double-A (roster) for a reason and that was to give them an opportunity to catch on with another organization,” said [Brewers assistant general manager Gord] Ash. “They felt they were road-blocked with us, so it worked as we had hoped. They were not thought of as major-league help for us. It’s better for them; better for us.”
Halton started the 2010 season with the Timber Rattlers before an early season transfer to Brevard County. Kentrail Davis joined the Timber Rattlers in the second half of the 2010 season after he was drafted. Good luck to both former Rattlers!
Alumni Birthdays for December 12:
Juan Diaz (’07, ’08) – 26
Joe Woerman (’06) – 32
Jon Lockwood (’05) – 33
Tom Moritz (’84, ’86) – 54
Louis Ferraro (’49) – Would have been 86
Ray Barrow (’48) – Would have been 86