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Lineup, Game Notes, & Transactions – April 22, 2015

Frozen Day isn’t until Saturday:

April 22 Blog Photo

Broadcast Options:
MyNEW 32’s Sports Showdown

AM1280, WNAM

Tune IN
 (I swear that this link will work tonight!!!)
AM1280 Website

Internet TV:
MiLB.TV (And we are working on the audio issues on this one)

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 22 Lineup

Starting Pitchers:
CR: Zack Tillery
WI: Kodi Medeiros

Game Notes:
CR: Kernels Game Notes (April 22)
WI: RattlersGameNotes April 22 2015

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
OF Jose Pena has been transferred to Brevard County from Wisconsin
OF Mitch Meyer has been transferred to Wisconsin from Helena

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 22 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster

Rained out Sunday. Doubleheader Monday

The weather in Peoria on Sunday went from this:

Peoria Tarp

To this:

Peoria Rainout
Which leads to our first appearance of Perry the Postponement Penguin:

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, "No games tonight."

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, “No game today.”

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!

Lineup, Game Notes, & Transactions for April 18, 2015

PLAYING IN PEORIA!  Game time is 6:00pm.

Get it?

Get it?

Broadcast Options tonight:

AM1280, WNAM

Tune IN

AM1280 Website

Tonight’s Lineup:

April 18 Lineup

Starting Pitcher:
WIS: Milton Gomez
PEO: Fernando Baez

Game Notes:
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

Lineup and Game Notes for April 13, 2015

Another great day for baseball in the Fox Cities!

April 13 Blog Photo

Broadcast Options:
MyNEW32 Sports Showdown

AM1280, WNAM

Tune IN

AM1280 Website

Internet TV:

Monday’s Lineup:
April 13 Lineup

Monday’s Starting Pitchers:
PEO: Matt Pearce
WIS: Luis Ortega

Monday’s Game Notes:
PEO: Peoria April13GameNotes
WIS: RattlersGameNotes April 13 2015

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

Lineup and Game Notes for April 10, 2015

This seems problematical:

April 10 Blog Photo

They have taken down the hitting background for the game to solve the problem.

I have been assured the the TuneIn problems have been fixed for tonight’s game.  Here are options to hear the game tonight:
Tune IN
In the Listening Area: AM1280, WNAM
AM1280 Website

Friday’s Lineup:
April 10 Lineup

Also, Burlington is scoring their games with MiLB Gameday!  Here what it looks like from last night.  Today’s Gameday will be up later with this as an approximate URL.

Friday’s Starting Pitchers:
Wisconsin: Cy Sneed
Burlington: Michael Bolaski

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
Infielder Tucker Neuhaus placed on the DL
Catcher Natanael Mejia transferred from Helena to Wisconsin

UPDATED TIMBER RATTLERS ROSTER: 4 10 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster

Friday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes April 10 2015

Printable 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster

Three new Timber Rattlers!

Three new Timber Rattlers!

Here’s the release on the website:

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.

Older Transactions

After yesterday’s post, I went back to December and found three more transactions involving former Timber Rattlers.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

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 as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

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 as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

Rene Rivera as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

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

Alumni Transactions

Hunter Morris rounds the bases after one of his nine home runs with the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Credit: PSB Photo)

Hunter Morris rounds the bases after one of his nine home runs with the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Credit: PSB Photo)

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.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

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

Seth Harvey in 2012

Seth Harvey in 2012


Chris Mears went 10-1 in 1999.

Chris Mears went 10-1 in 1999.

Another Alum-Involved Trade – December 19, 2014

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.

Shawn Zarraga as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Shawn Zarraga as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Planet of Hats – Day 5:

The braid above the bill is what really makes this Leinie’s hat:

It's Friday! Have a Leinekugel's, everyone!

It’s Friday! Have a Leinekugel’s, everyone!

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).

Transactions from Wednesday – December 18, 2014

The Brewers made a pair of transactions on Wednesday that involved former Timber Rattlers.

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.

Heckathorn from the 2010 Star Wars Night.

Heckathorn from the 2010 Star Wars Night.

Andy Moye on a Brewers Sunday in 2012.

Andy Moye on a Brewers Sunday in 2012.

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:

If you aren't from Wisconsin, you have no idea how unlikely the probability that this hat would come into being was in the 70s and 80s. Growing up, I thought we would have flying cars - not a Badgers Rose Bowl - by 1994.

If you aren’t from Wisconsin, you have no idea how unlikely the probability that this hat would come into being was in the 70s and 80s. Growing up, I thought we would have flying cars – not a Badgers Rose Bowl – by 1994.

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

Joe Randa as an Appleton Fox in 1992.

Joe Randa as an Appleton Fox in 1992.

From the 1995 New York Times obituary of Zoilo Versalles:

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.


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