The High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have a stacked roster heading into 2021.
If you live around the Appleton area, you can see a lot of talent at a Timber Rattlers game this year. Even if you don’t, they’re a great team to go and watch.
We already knew top prospect Garrett Mitchell was going to be in Appleton, but who will be joining him on that roster?
Mitchell will be joined in the outfield by contact-hitting machine Carlos Rodriguez and power/speed threat Je’Von Ward. LG Castillo is likely going to be the reserve outfielder.
The infield has another 2020 draft pick with 5th rounder Hayden Cantrelle starting in High-A. An advanced college bat, Cantrelle has been a slow starter in college, but he has great hitting skills and is a switch hitter that can stick at shortstop.
Also in the infield is David Hamilton, a speedster who gets on base and is a menace on the base-paths. This will be his minor league debut after being drafted in the 8th round in 2019 and missing the year with an injury he suffered prior to the draft.
Other interesting names to know: Yeison Coca, acquired as the PTBNL in the Travis Shaw trade in 2017, makes the jump to High-A this year as a 21, soon-to-be 22 year old. The switch hitting infielder can move around the diamond.
Chad McClanahan is the only traditional corner infielder in this group. He’s struggled offensively after being drafted in the 11th round out of high school in 2016.
Korry Howell can play both infield and outfield and has some high upside.
On the pitching staff, Nick Bennett is part of the Crew’s crop of young left handed pitchers and should be in that rotation. He was a 6th round pick in 2019. Justin Jarvis was a 5th rounder in 2018 and he’s on this staff as another intriguing arm.
Also, 2015 3rd round pick Nash Walters has finally moved beyond Rookie ball after missing all of 2017 and 2018 then returning in 2019 and pitching well. He still has some command issues and is about to turn 24, but we’ll see how he does against higher competition.