Michael Ratterree was born and raised in the Houston area and grew up being a fan of all Houston athletic teams and attended Rice University.
Little did Ratterree know he would end up being drafted in the tenth round by a team more than one thousand miles away – the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I did not know and up until a week before the draft a scout from the team came up to me with interest,” Ratterree said.
The 22-year-old outfielder has emerged as one of the rising stars of the Pioneer League after accumulating a 16-game hitting streak and is among the top five in most offensive categories.
“Sometimes I didn’t want to hear about it because I did not want people getting into my game,” Ratterree said, looking back at the hitting streak from July 7 through 26.
Through the hitting streak he compiled 29 hits in 69 at bats and collected eight doubles and drove in 25 runs.
Ratterree belted a home run in three consecutive games against Idaho Falls and legged out four triples.
The former Rice University player emulated in some ways one of the Astros players he grew up watching in Houston.
“It wasn’t just one player on the (Astros) but I always liked the way Craig Biggio played the game,” said Ratterree.
Despite his recent success he hopes to advance within the organization and eventually reconnect with a former college teammate.
Milwaukee drafted left-hander Taylor Wall in 2012 and is a relief pitcher with the Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
“When I got drafted he sent me a text telling me congratulations and it was pretty cool to be drafted by the team,” Ratterree said. “And I certainly hope to be reunited with him soon.”
Ratterree recalls attending Houston Rockets basketball games with Wall when both were students.
The outfielder is now playing in the field where Wall played a year prior at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena, Mont. Where he is led by long-time Brewers organization coach Tony Diggs.
Diggs has been part of the organization for more than a decade and previously played within the system and knows what it takes to get people to the next level.
“He tells it like is and he doesn’t sugarcoat anything and is honest with you,” Ratterree explained. “Diggs always expects the most out of his players.”
Ratterree has an optimistic message to convey to the people of Milwaukee which also indicates his work ethic.
“I am a real hard worker and take great pride in my work,” Ratterree said. “I am just going to show up everyday and get better and then hopefully great things can happen.”