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2004 Scouting Report

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


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This page profiles the 2004 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and a member of the Midwest League.


Except where otherwise specified, all statistics are through the end of the 2004 season. I did not write team commentaries this season.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary


  • Second Half: 26-44, .371, 8th place, 14.0 behind
  • First Half: 31-38, .449, 7th place, 12.0 behind
  • Pitching: 57-82, 4.67, 30 saves, 4 complete games, 1074 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .251, 607 runs scored, 79 HR, 116 steals (64% success)
  • Defense: 177 errors (1.27 per game)
  • April: 9-12, .429
  • May: 13-16, .448
  • June: 12-14, .462
  • sorry; stopped following the season on July 4.
  • Position Players used: 21
  • Pitchers used: 19
  • Pitchers per game: 3.3

Leading Players


  • Best Player on the Team: Outfielder Wladimir Balentien

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Thomas Oldham (6-6, 2.93, 132 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Brian Stitt (2-10, 16 saves, 4.63, 90 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Austin Bilke, Michale Hrynio, Brandon Moorhead, Thomas Oldham, Juan Ovalles
  • Control Pitchers: Jason Mackintosh, Brandon Moorhead, Thomas Oldham, Brian Stitt

  • Best Hitter: Wladimir Balentien (.277, 15 HR, 46 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Wladimir Balentien (15)
  • High Batting Average: none
  • High On Base Percentage: George Sandel (.403)
  • High Slugging Percentage: Wladimir Valentien (.519)
  • Notable Baserunners: Wladimir Balentien, Evel Bastida-Martinez, Chris Colton, Josh Ellison, Francisco Gerez, Oswaldo Novarro, Nick Orlandos, Josh Womack
  • Notable Batting Eye: none

Pre-Season Profile

Manager

Steve Roadcap has always been pretty stingy with intentional walks, and unless he's had excellent runners he's never been especially inclined to let the guys run. He leaves pitchers in the game a bit longer than most MWL managers, but isn't really extremene about it. These days, he rarely calls for intentional walks, which is very different from his earlier preferences.


First Round Draft Selection

  • Adam Jones (3003 sandwich pick; 37th player selected)

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 21.4
  • Pitchers: 21.2
  • Hitters: 21.6
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Evel Bastida-Martinez (2/28/79)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Ryan Feierabend (8/22/85)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is about 21.9 years old. This information is based on opening day rosters as published on the team website and will not be updated.


Where they played last season

This summary is based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

The 2004 T'Rats are based on the 2003 Everett Aqua Sox, spiced with an infusion from the AZL Mariners.

Team           League          W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
                                     (Teams)
Inland Empire  California (A+) 78/62  2(10)       3      0
Wisconsin      Midwest (A)     69/66 T6(14)       1      3
Everett        Northwest (A-)  32/44  7(8)        8      7
Mariners       Arizona (R)     29/19  3(9)        5      4

Many of these players appeared for more than one team in the system last summer and are counted more than once. One of Wisconsin's players had a brief stint at Triple-A last season; another apparently did not play professionally.



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