Mortimore and DuRocher Promoted

Travis Mortimore and Johnny DuRocher are moving on to new teams. Read on to find out where they're going and what their new roles will be, as well as the details on two other moves by the Rattlers.

Wisconsin pitcher Travis Mortimore has been promoted to High Desert. Mortimore was a Midwest League All-Star and has been completely dominant in his second professional season. The 6'5", 225-pounder will be 24 in August and has the maturity to rise quickly through the organization. Mortimore has given up just 14 hits in 34 innings this season. The big lefty doesn't strike out a ton of hitters (26 this year), but instead induces a bunch of ground balls (he has a 63% GB rate).

Travis was the top closer in the Arizona League in 2007 but has not been used in that role with the Timber Rattlers. In fact, he has thrown at least two innings in five of his last six starts, including two four-inning stints in which he gave up no runs.

Mortimore faces a challenge moving to the California League to try and help a High Desert staff that is last in the league in most pitching categories. The ball flies in the desert air, but if Travis can continue to keep the ball down he should find success, despite the Mavs' shaky infield defense.

To replace Mortimore on the Wisconsin roster, Johnny DuRocher has been moved up from Everett. DuRocher is a fascinating story, as just about 18 months ago he was quarterbacking the University of Washington football team. He sustained a concussion while playing a game in November 2006 and went for an MRI, where a golf ball-sized tumor was discovered on his brain. DuRocher recovered from the tumor, but was left unable to play football. So, even though he had played very little baseball in his life, DuRocher decided to give it a shot with the Huskies during his senior season. He didn't pitch much, but the Mariners decided to gamble on him with a 34th round pick. Now, after spending last season in the Arizona League, DuRocher has had enough success to move up to Wisconsin. He will most likely pitch in long relief situations, as he has shown durability through his first season-plus of pro ball.

Also, Wisconsin placed Gavin Dickey on the disabled list. Dickey is hitting .283 with two homers and 19 RBI for the Rattlers this year.

On Saturday, the Rattlers added outfielder Brendan O'Donnell to the roster. O'Donnell was signed as a free agent by the Mariners in 2007 after beginning his pro career in the White Sox organization. O'Donnell went 1-4 with a double and a run scored in his Rattler debut on Sunday.


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