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Rattlers endure rocky start, but glimmers of hope

Neuhaus seeks rejuvenation

By Jason Arndtwisconsin-timber-rattlers
Brewers Farm Report

It has been a turbulent start to the season for the Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, but there are glimmers of hope for the youthful team.

The Timber Rattlers entered Sunday with an underwhelming 8-22 record, and according to the MLB.com, just four of the top 30 prospects are with the Midwest League team.

With a team that has two first-round selections from prior years, left-handed pitcher Kodi Medeiros, shortstop Jake Gatewood, and two second-round picks in infielder Tucker Neuhaus and outfielder Monte Harrison, one would perceive high expectations for the squad.

However, aside from age, personal and medical issues derailed most of the prospects development.

All four were drafted directly out of high school, with all of them still in their teens.

Harrison

Harrison

Harrison, 19, was picked in the second round of last year’s draft, and has just 74 career professional games under his belt, with the bulk of his action in the Arizona Rookie League.

The 19-year-old outfielder entered his initial season nearly two years younger than the league average in Arizona as an 18-year-old last year, but held his own.

Harrison played in 50 games for Arizona in 2014, collecting seven doubles, two triples, a home run and 20 RBIs.

Although he batted .261 in his initial season, he demonstrated an ability to reach base, 31 times in 224 plate appearances, posting a .402 On Base Percentage.

Harrison took advantage of his OBP, stealing 32 of 34 bases, and scoring 37 runs.

With Harrison’s promotion to the Midwest League, where he, again, is younger than the league average at a wider margin, the outfielder has struggled to find his stroke.

In 97 plate appearances, Harrison has walked eight times, and has already struck out 48 times in 24 games; consequently, he is hitting .155 with a .268 OBP. His strikeouts are at a much higher rate compared to his initial where he whiffed 44 times.

In 24 games for the Rattlers, he has produced one multi-hit game, April 22 against Cedar Rapids. He batted 2 for 3, with two home runs, a walk and three runs, but was not enough as the Rattlers lost 5-4 at Neuroscience Group Field in Appleton.

Further hindering his efforts to find a rhythm was departing the team May 7 to address a family concern.

When the Helena Brewers open their doors in June, it might be a tough decision for the Brewers to reassign him to the Rookie Pioneer League team for a variety of factors. It will largely depend on depth within the lower levels of the Brewers’ organization following the amateur draft, and if the Brewers return someone to Wisconsin from High A Brevard County.

Neuhaus, on the other hand, could experience a rejuvenation after struggling all of last season through the start of the 2015 campaign.

Neuhaus

Neuhaus

The 19-year-old Neuhaus, who was selected as a shortstop in the second round of the 2013 draft, was converted to third base 24 games into his initial season with the Arizona Brewers.

Neuhaus struggled his first two seasons, drafted when he was 17, and eventually fell of the MLB.com prospect rankings.

Injuries played a role, but it was not until April 9 of this season, where one of Neuhaus’ issues may have been addressed.

The third baseman departed the team to take an eye exam in Milwaukee April 10-29, and returned with a clearer vision.

According to Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com, the problem began to develop during Spring Training.

The report indicated that A couple of months ago, Neuhaus noticed that the vision in his right eye got significantly worse at night. The 19-year-old played on Opening Day, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, but it wasn’t just dominant pitching that got him out, according to MiLB.com.

“Something with my eye was wrong. And the first game I was seeing the ball well while the sun was still out and then once it got dark, my vision went bad,” he said. “I have some Oakley sports glasses that I got.”

In his first game back, Neuhaus tied a career high with three RBIs, the first coming in the first inning on an unusual forceout. With the bases loaded and one out, Neuhaus — the Timber Rattlers’ No. 5 batter — hit a grounder to second baseman Gianfranco Wawoe.

Since his initial return to the batter’s box, he has bounced back, producing a nine-game hitting streak, leading up to May 8.

Through his hitting streak, he has batted 13 for 37, collected two doubles, two triples, a home run with six runs driven in.

While his ability to maintain plate discipline remains to be seen, getting one walk in 38 plate appearances, it should be a positive step in the right direction.

Medeiros

Medeiros

On the mound, last year’s first-round pick and left-hander Kodi Meideros is still seeking a rhythm, getting rocked in his last four appearances (13.1 IP, 15 H, 15 ER, 10 BB, 15 K).

Medeiros, 19, produced two solid appearances to kick off the season, including a strong outing April 12 against visiting Peoria.

In the April 12 game, he pitched six innings of no-hit baseball against the Chiefs, notching seven strikeouts and walking just one batter, but came away with a No Decision after the Timber Rattlers allowed 11 runs in the final two innings to lose 11-1.

Despite Meideros’ struggles, the Rattlers may have found a diamond in the rough in the early portion of the season, 22-year-old Cy Sneed.

Sneed has rattled off six straight stellar outings for the Brewers Midwest League affiliate following a humbling season with Rookie Pioneer League Helena in 2014.

In his first professional season with the Brewers, where he pitched 38 innings and allowed 25 earned runs, he struck out 31 hitters and walked 14.

In the Rocky Mountain air in Montana, he gave up four home runs and 50 hits through his initial season.

But this season has been different for the former Dallas Baptist University pitcher, who was previously drafted in the 35th round by the Texas Rangers out of Twin Falls High School.

Sneed

Sneed

The Idaho native has allowed only four earned runs through 27.2 innings for Single A Wisconsin (1.30 ERA), but has a 1-3 record, producing a 1-2 record and 1.25 ERA.

Sneed’s most formidable outing came in the Rattlers’ 2-1 victory against the Peoria Chiefs April 25 where he struck out five hitters and allowed three hits and a walk to give him his first career win.

The win came after losing at Peoria 3-2 April 20, allowing two earned runs on six hits through 4 2/3 innings, but struck out six Chiefs and issued one walk.

HITTING STATS

Name Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Luis Aviles 20 16 44 42 1 5 1 0 0 2 0 1 15 .119 .140 .143 .282
Francisco Castillo# 22 2 10 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Dustin DeMuth* 23 29 109 95 8 25 3 0 2 9 1 7 23 .263 .352 .358 .710
David Denson* 20 24 91 82 7 16 4 1 1 8 0 8 34 .195 .264 .305 .569
Brandon Diaz 20 22 88 78 11 14 4 0 2 5 5 8 22 .179 .264 .308 .572
Jake Gatewood 19 18 60 56 5 10 1 1 1 4 2 4 25 .179 .233 .286 .519
Scooter Gennett* 25 4 15 13 1 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .308 .333 .462 .795
Monte Harrison 19 24 97 84 9 13 3 0 2 7 4 8 44 .155 .268 .262 .530
Carlos Leal* 23 21 81 74 7 25 6 1 1 5 1 6 15 .338 .388 .486 .874
Sthervin Matos 21 19 74 69 9 14 2 0 2 5 3 4 26 .203 .257 .319 .576
Greg McCall* 23 17 65 62 3 15 1 0 0 4 0 2 21 .242 .277 .258 .535
Mitch Meyer* 23 14 55 51 4 12 2 1 0 1 1 1 18 .235 .278 .314 .592
Gregory Munoz* 21 25 101 81 11 15 2 1 0 3 8 17 26 .185 .340 .235 .575
Tucker Neuhaus* 20 10 41 40 3 13 2 2 1 6 0 1 10 .325 .341 .550 .891
Jose Pena 22 9 32 30 3 4 0 1 1 2 0 2 13 .133 .188 .300 .488
Elvis Rubio 20 26 105 99 4 23 6 0 0 6 0 3 27 .232 .267 .293 .560
16 Players 21.0 30 1068 966 86 210 39 8 13 70 26 73 320 .217 .285 .315 .600
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Generated 5/10/2015.
PITCHING STATS 
Name Age W L ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO WP WHIP H9 SO/W
David Burkhalter 19 0 3 8.24 6 3 2 0 19.2 27 20 18 1 9 0 13 0 1.831 12.4 1.44
Luke Curtis 23 2 1 0.75 9 0 6 0 12.0 8 1 1 0 4 0 8 0 1.000 6.0 2.00
Victor Diaz 21 0 2 2.28 6 4 2 1 23.2 21 12 6 0 16 0 9 1 1.563 8.0 0.56
Milton Gomez 21 1 2 6.55 6 3 3 0 22.0 23 18 16 1 15 0 12 8 1.727 9.4 0.80
Zach Hirsch* 24 1 3 4.02 5 5 0 0 31.1 29 14 14 2 2 0 24 2 0.989 8.3 12.00
Brock Hudgens 23 0 0 13.50 2 0 0 0 3.1 8 5 5 0 3 0 5 3 3.300 21.6 1.67
Tyler Linehan* 23 1 0 2.70 9 0 4 0 10.0 10 3 3 0 4 0 12 1 1.400 9.0 3.00
Harvey Martin 25 0 0 20.25 2 0 0 0 2.2 7 6 6 1 2 0 2 2 3.375 23.6 1.00
Kodi Medeiros* 19 0 2 6.08 6 3 1 0 23.2 18 19 16 0 14 0 27 4 1.352 6.8 1.93
Luis Ortega* 22 0 3 5.87 6 3 2 0 23.0 22 15 15 0 11 0 22 0 1.435 8.6 2.00
Gian Rizzo 21 0 0 8.53 4 0 0 0 6.1 12 10 6 0 3 1 9 0 2.368 17.1 3.00
Cy Sneed 22 1 3 1.30 6 4 2 1 27.2 19 7 4 0 7 0 28 1 0.940 6.2 4.00
Orlando Torrez 23 0 2 5.09 6 3 1 1 17.2 17 13 10 0 15 0 9 4 1.811 8.7 0.60
Josh Uhen 23 1 1 3.86 8 0 4 1 11.2 17 11 5 0 1 0 13 0 1.543 13.1 13.00
Angel Ventura 22 1 0 0.90 6 2 3 1 20.0 14 3 2 0 11 0 18 3 1.250 6.3 1.64
Mark Williams 25 0 0 3.38 3 0 0 0 2.2 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 2 1.875 10.1 1.00
16 Players 22.0 8 22 4.48 30 30 30 5 257.1 255 159 128 5 119 1 213 31 1.453 8.9 1.79
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Generated 5/10/2015.

Lefty Terry has eyes set on Wisconsin

By Jason Arndtbrewers
Brewers Farm Report

With the support of teammate Devin Williams and a developing curveball, left-hander Clint Terry is ready to move ahead in his young professional career.

“That is my pitcher and he is a dominating pitcher. That’s why I like him,” Williams told Brewers Farm Report in January. “He keeps hitters off balance and you never know what he is going to throw.”

The left-handed Terry struck out a stunning 56 batters compared to ten walks in 46.2 innings to start off his professional career with the Rookie League Brewers in Arizona.

“I think its the fastball and throwing strikes, its what people see and not walk people,” Terry said.

In addition to his strikeout-walk ratio, he allowed eight earned runs in 14 games to give him a meager 1.54 ERA for the season.

Terry

Terry

However, the 21-year-old from Palatine, Ill. acknowledged he has plenty of room for improvement which includes polishing off his curveball.

Terry believes he will accomplish substantially more once his breaking pitch is established and can utilize against left-handed hitters.

“As strange as this sounds, it is against right-handers I think,” Terry explained, in regards to whether he felt he pitched more effectively against left-handers.

“That is why I am working on my curveball right now and to reach the Majors you have to have a curveball. I need to have a curveball to go to and then I will feel comfortable throwing it to left handed hitters,” Terry added.

He has a slider, but is working on making the curveball more of a priority for his professional baseball future.

“It was a slurve and I barely threw it, like two or three times per inning in those 46 innings,” Terry said. “So I didn’t really have much control with it or confidence.”

Terry was on the scout’s radar screen in a year prior to Milwaukee drafting him with the 18th round pick in 2013 when San Francisco snagged him in the 36th round in 2012.

“It had to do with getting stronger and being drafted in the 38th round and financially it was not a good time and waiting another year was a good decision,” Terry said.

Terry has backed up his decision by adding additional weight to his 6’2” frame during off season workouts, bulking up to 208 lbs compared to his professional debut of 195 lbs.

The left-handed Palatine Fremd High School graduate has his eyes on the Midwest League entering Spring Training.

“I am hoping for Wisconsin right now and trying to get a spring spot there and that is what I am shooting for,” Terry said.

As for his relationship with fellow pitcher Williams, Terry stated the Brewers’ 2013 second round selection has pushed him to be the best on the pitching mound.

“We are always competing together and when he did good, I tried to one-up him and it worked out,” Terry said.

Year Tm Lev W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP WHIP BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 Brewers Rk 3 1 1.54 14 4 46.2 36 11 8 2 10 56 5 2 0.986 1.9 10.8 5.60
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Generated 2/10/2014.