Three players ranked by Baseball America among the top 30 Milwaukee Brewers prospects are on the tentative Opening Day roster for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
The highest-ranked Timber Rattler is outfielder Monte Harrison, the 50th overall pick in last year’s draft. Baseball America says the No. 4 Brewers prospect is “considered by many to be the best athlete in the 2014 draft,” and “his speed not only makes things happen on the bases, but also plays well in center field, where he just needs more experience.” In 50 games of rookie ball last year, Harrison batted .261 with 20 RBI and 32 SB.
LHP Kodi Medeiros (12th overall draft pick in 2014) didn’t fare well in his short time in the rookie-level Arizona League last year — he posted a 7.13 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP in 18 innings — but his potential netted him a No. 11 ranking among Brewers prospects. He struck out 26 batters in those 18 innings, giving him a K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings) of 13.2. Fun fact from Baseball America: Medeiros has a lifelong passion for judo.
Shortstop Jake Gatewood (41st overall draft pick in 2014) is ranked No. 17 among Brewers prospects. Baseball America says he “displayed the most raw power of any prep player in the 2014 draft,” but adds that he “has not proven he will hit for even a modest average.” He batted .206 with 3 HR, 32 RBI and 71 strikeouts in 50 games in rookie league last year.
First baseman David Denson returns to the Midwest League after batting .243 with 4 HR and 29 RBI in 68 games with the Timber Rattlers last year.
Other returning players include pitchers Luke Curtis, Victor Diaz, Tyler Linehan and Harvey Martin, outfielder Jose Pena, and infielder Dustin DeMuth.