The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ Opening Day roster includes four players ranked by Baseball America among the top 30 Milwaukee Brewers prospects, including one who has played for the Appleton team previously.
Outfielder Monte Harrison (No. 20) — Milwaukee’s No. 4 prospect two years ago — is back for a third stint with the Timber Rattlers after injuries derailed him the past two seasons. Despite those problems, Baseball America still calls Harrison one of the best athletes in the Brewers system, with excellent bat speed, plus speed, and a powerful arm.
Joining him in the outfield mix is No. 27 prospect Demi Orimoloye, who had trouble hitting for average while flashing some power and speed in the rookie-level Pioneer League last year (.205 BA, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 18 SB in 61 games). Baseball America says the 20-year-old Canadian “has tremendous raw tools, including power, arm strength and speed, but he needs experience, both at the plate and in the field.”
Despite having below-average speed for a shortstop, Gilbert Lara (No. 13) has shown good range and arm strength for the position. He batted .250 with 2 HR and 28 RBI in 59 games in the Pioneer League last year. He also struck out 59 times, so he needs to work on plate discipline.
Catcher Mariano Feliciano (No. 28) is young — he turned 18 in late November — and is looking to build upon a decent short-season showing last year, his first as a pro. He batted .265 with 16 RBI in 29 games. Baseball America believes he can develop into a solid defensive catcher with a good feel for hitting.