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Timber Rattlers' roster rich with pitchers

arnett.jpgA slew of the Brewers’ top prospects, especially in the pitching department, are set to begin their season just up the road from Miller Park. 

Three of Milwaukee’s first five picks in last year’s Draft — pitchers Eric Arnett (right, foreground) and Kyle Heckathorn and catcher Cameron Garfield — headlined the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ roster unveiled by the Brewers on Monday amid big-league Opening Day festivities. The Timber Rattlers will also feature pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi, Del Howell, Nick Bucci and Maverick Lasker, plus Florida State University quarterback-turned-Brewers outfielder D’Vontrey Richardson. 
The Timber Rattlers are scheduled to play their season opener on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CT, an off-day for the big league club. Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis. is about 100 miles north of Miller Park via U.S. Hwy. 41, and tickets are still available on the team’s website.
“You look up and down the roster, and it’s just prospect after prospect,” Rattlers president Rob Zerjav told the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Brett Christopherson. “I’d get the daily [Minor-League Spring Training] box scores from Brewers, and these guys were quite impressive. It seems like they’re the real deal.”
Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom told the Post-Crescent that all of the team’s starting pitchers but Arnett would work in tandems to start the season. The day’s starter will get 75-80 pitches to start the season before turning it over to the designated reliever. The next time through the rotation, the pitchers will switch roles. 
Arnett and Heckathorn were a part of the Brewers’ Major League Spring Training camp this year but neither appeared in a Cactus League game. Arnett, a 22-year-old power right-hander and the 26th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, posted a 4.41 ERA at rookie-level Helena last summer. He struck out a batter an inning (35 strikeouts, 34 2/3 innings) but also issued 21 walks. 
In all, the Timber Rattlers’ roster includes 14 players drafted by the Brewers in 2009. The full roster is available here.
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Emptying the notebook: Butler, Parra, Gerut, instrux

Besides Ken Macha’s comments about his future, here’s what they were talking about at Miller Park today:

- The Brewers are convinced enough of Manny Parra’s health that they are sending rookie righty Josh Butler home on Sunday evening. Butler will fly to Huntsville to pick up his car for the long drive home to San Diego. He’ll despite his belongs there before hitting the road again to Phoenix. He’ll report for the Arizona Fall League by Oct. 5.

- Speaking of Parra, the manager had a homework assignment for reporters on Saturday afternoon. I’ll fudge it by simply repeating his words:

“I think you ought to write something about Manny Parra, that’s what I think. Where he was, and what he’s done,” Macha said, referring to the left-hander who won his 11th game of the season on Friday. “I think he’s done tremendous work on his delivery, his ability to command the ball now has been greatly improved from Day 1 to where he is now.

“It’s important for him to finish strong. I feel like he’s going to be a big part of the [2010] rotation. … Regardless of what his numbers are, and he’s got the highest ERA in the [National] League of any starter, he’s headed in the right direction.”

- Arbitration-eligible outfielder Jody Gerut is a possible nontender candidate for the Brewers, but Gerut’s strong showing in recent weeks makes it increasingly likely that he will be back in 2010.

“I can’t see where you wouldn’t think that he would be part of it,” Macha said. “He’s done a nice job in the field and can play all three outfield positions. He’s shown some power. There’s a whole lot of things he can do. Take a look at his history, too.”

During Macha’s year-end evaluation with GM Doug Melvin, Gerut was discussed as a potential starter in center field if the Brewers fail to, or chose not to, re-sign free agent Mike Cameron.

- Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash will travel to Phoenix on Monday to see the Brewers’ instructional league squad. It will be their first look at many of the team’s 2009 Draft picks including three players — Kentrail Davis, Scooter Gennett and D’Vontrey Richardson — who did not sign in time to play for a regular-season affiliate.

The reports say that Richardson, the former Florida State University quarterback, has been putting on a show in batting practice.

“And he looks quite good in a uniform,” said Brewers special assistant Dan O’Brien.

- One high-profile ’09 Draft pick, right-hander Brooks Hall, is not participating in the fall instructional league because of a non-baseball-related medical issue, Ash said. He couldn’t expound on that because of privacy laws.

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