The Brewers High-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, are off to a hot start to begin the 2022 Minor League Baseball season as they find themselves in second place in the Midwest League’s West Division.
The T-Rats are currently riding a five-game winning streak and have won seven out of the last ten games. They’ve been the strongest so far at home as they have gone 12-3 at Neuroscience Group Field.
Much like the big league club in Milwaukee, the T-Rats owe most of their successes to their pitching where the T-Rats have created their own three-headed monster involving Brewers top 30 prospect Antoine Kelly, along with Brandon Knarr, and T.J. Shook. They became even stronger this week as the Brewers have promoted Ryne Moore from Single-A Carolina Mudcats.
Let’s dive deeper into what made Brewers pitching prospect Ryne Moore such a worthy candidate to be called up to join the Timber Rattlers.
Moore is a product of Old Dominion University where the Brewers selected him in the 18th round of the 2021 June Amateur Draft. Moore quickly made an impact for the Mudcats this year as through six games he pitched 35 innings sustaining a 2.31 ERA.
Although his one decision in Single-A was a loss, perhaps one of the things that stick out the most is his opponents’ .202 batting average when facing him, or maybe it’s his 1.02 WHIP. The point is, the Timber-Rattlers rotation just became a lot more disgusting.
Moore joins Midwest League standout T.J. Shook where through the first month and a half of the season he has thrown a 0.91 ERA which qualifies him as the third-best in the league. On top of the ERA, Shook sits top 10 in WHIP (0.84), and AVG as opponents are hitting .157.
Brandon Knarr follows up the early season standout as he is currently tied for first in the league for wins (4). He is also top ten in strikeouts (38), WHIP, and BB/9.
Last but not least, the Brewers’ top prospect Antoine Kelly is having himself a nice start to the season as he has a 2.30 ERA, which places him 11th in the league. He also finds himself 12th in the league in WHIP (1.06). The biggest placement of them all is his opponents’ batting average has he has whittled it down to .138 making him the third-best in all of the league.
Although a few of these guys aren’t in the Brewers’ top 30 prospects, it wouldn’t shock me to see them on the list by season’s end or by next year.
Moore is 23 years old and was an experienced college player, so his quick promotion to High-A isn’t surprising. Him joining that rotation in Appleton makes that group very strong.