Scouting the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Part 2

The Timber Rattlers don't have any blue chip prospects, but they have a number of potential major league talent.

One of the young guys I was most excited to see was Dustin DeMuth. The recent fifth round pick breezed through Rookie ball in Helena hitting .403 in 62 at-bats. Low-A ball has been a completely different story for the young third basemen. In my viewings of Demuth he looked completely over matched at the plate. The really concerning part about it for me was his inability to adapt. The pitchers were mainly using velocity to get the ball by him and it worked every time.

It is important to remember that these guys are young and Demuth has been a professional for a little over a month. It is very possible he is working on a change in his swing or battling through an injury. I hope to get more opportunities to see him before the end of the season and have more to report.

Michael Ratterree impressed me at the plate and in right field. The only position player that was tested, Ratterree responded well by going and getting the ball both in front and directly behind him. His range is probably right around average, but his instincts looked quick which could allow him to be an above average corner outfielder.

At the plate, Ratterree had a very nice approach at the plate. Again a hitter that struck me as one that looks for his pitch that will not compromise. Similar to Denson this approach leads to a lot of strikeouts and walks. Ratterree is a more experienced hitter than Denson and his power is very apparent. On the season he has 17 home runs, among the leaders in the Midwest League.

It's tough to figure out exactly what Ratterree is at this point. His strikeout numbers are concerning. Numbers this high at low-levels rarely transfer over well to higher levels. His power is legit and at the very least I could see him having a shot to be a bench bat, or soft side of the platoon for a corner outfield spot. The Brewers love players with a bat like Ratterree has and he will have an opportunity to prove himself at the different levels.


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