Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Best Players of All Time

Kevin Smith

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Founded in 1982, the team is affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball and play in the High-A Central division of the Midwest League.

The Timber Rattlers have a long and storied history, having won the Midwest League Championship twice since their inception. They are a great destination for families and baseball lovers alike, providing an exciting game day experience with plenty of promotions, giveaways, and activities.

Whether you’re just visiting the area or a lifelong fan, the Timber Rattlers offer an enjoyable experience that is sure to please.

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1. Garrett Mitchell

Center fielder

Garrett Mitchell

Mitchell is a left-handed outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Mitchell was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft. As a freshman at UCLA, Mitchell set school records with 41 home runs and 117 RBIs.

In his junior year, he led UCLA to their first conference championship since 1992 as well as an appearance in the College World Series where they lost to Vanderbilt 3-1 in a best-of-three series. 

He was named MVP of that CWS after batting .727 with two home runs and seven RBIs over six games played.. The 24 year old has already made an impact in his rookie season, hitting .269/.328/.458 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs through 131 plate appearances (271 total). 

Garrett Mitchell made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022. He had a batting average of .311 and hit two home runs during his rookie season.

Garrett Mitchell is from San Diego, California and has played for the Brewers since 2020. Injuries have limited him to just 61 games over the past three seasons, but he remains a key part of Milwaukee's offense nonetheless.

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2. Sal Frelick

Sal Frelick

Sal Frelick is a 2020 shortstop from Boston College who is likely to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Frelick is a strong defensive player who has a good eye at picking up balls in the dirt.

He has a good arm and can throw strikes. Frelick is also known for his speed, which he uses to steal bases. He has good bat speed and can hit for both power and average. Frelick is a team player who is not afraid to do whatever it takes to win.

He is a hard worker who is always trying to improve his skills. Frelick is a good teammate and is always willing to help out. Sal Frelick is a prospect who is likely to have a long career in the major leagues. Sal Frelick is a young, talented outfielder who has all the makings of a star in the MLB.

He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Sal is a strong hitter with good speed and range. 

He has a bright future ahead of him and is sure to be a major contributor for the Red Sox in the future. Sal is a passionate player who loves to play the game of baseball and has a lot of energy on the field.

He is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his skills. Sal is a friendly player who is always willing to have a good time with his teammates. 

He is a rising star in the MLB and is sure to be a big player in the future. Sal is a great addition to the Red Sox team and is sure to make a big impact in the near future.

3. Khris Davis

Oakland Athletics

Khris Davis Career

  • Edgar Martínez Award (2018), MLB home run leader (2018)

Khris Davis is a left fielder and designated hitter who has played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants in his career.

Davis has consistently been one of the best hitters in the league, ranking in the top five in home runs and batting average multiple times. He has also been a key part of playoff teams, batting .273 with two home runs and seven RBI in 11 games.

Davis has been a free agent for the past two seasons and is currently looking for a new team. He is considered to be one of the best hitters in the league and is expected to be a top free agent in 2019. Khris Davis is one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball.

His batting average is nothing to sneeze at, and he has smashed a lot of home runs over the years. Khris Davis was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. 

He has spent his entire career with the Brewers, and he is a fan favorite. Khris Davis was named to the 2018 All-Star team and he was also awarded the Edgar Martínez Award, which is given to the best hitter in baseball.

Khris Davis is a power hitter, and he will continue to hit home runs for many years to come. Khris Davis is a great role model for young kids, as he has shown that even if you don't have a lot of talent, you can still succeed if you work hard. 

Khris Davis will be a free agent at the end of the 2021 season, and there is no doubt that teams will be lining up to sign him. Khris Davis is a great player, and he will be remembered as one of the all-time greats.

4. Tyler Black

Tyler Black was born on July 26, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Black played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League in 2017. Black played for the Biloxi Shuckers in the Southern League in 2018.

Black was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Black made his MLB debut with the Brewers on July 26, 2018. Black was named to the Brewers' 2018 Mid-Season All-Star team. Black set a Brewers record with 18 multi-hit games in 2018.

Black is projected to be the Brewers' starting second baseman in 2019. Black is a native of Milwaukee and attended Resurrection Catholic High School. 

Tyler Black is a left-handed pitcher who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 4th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Tyler Black had a successful career in the minor leagues, posting a record of 83-50 with a 3.85 ERA in 171 games.

He made his major league debut in 2017 and finished the season with a record of 6-10 with a 4.46 ERA. Tyler Black is a hard-throwing pitcher who throws in the high-90s and has a good slider. 

He is hoping to improve his record this season and become a key player for the Blue Jays. Tyler Black is a student of the game and is always looking to learn more. Tyler Black is a Canadian citizen and is looking to play for his home country in the 2020 Olympics.

Tyler Black is an athletic pitcher who has good speed on the mound. Tyler Black is a hard-working pitcher who is looking to improve his record this season and become a key player for the Blue Jays.

5. Joe Ayrault

Joe Ayrault is a catcher for the Detroit Tigers. Ayrault was drafted by the Tigers in the 6th round of the 1990 MLB Draft. Ayrault made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 1995.

Ayrault has played for the Tigers the entire time he has been in the MLB. Ayrault has had a successful career in the MLB, batting .235 with 116 home runs and 557 RBI. Ayrault is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Ayrault is an ambassador for the Detroit Tigers and has done charity work for the organization. Ayrault is married and has two children. Ayrault is a popular figure in the Tigers organization and is often seen in the locker room with the players.

Joe Ayrault played for the Atlanta Braves from 1996 to 1996. Ayrault batted .200 with zero home runs and zero RBIs in his three MLB appearances. Ayrault was primarily a pitcher in the minor leagues and did not appear in any games as a hitter. Ayrault died in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 36.

6. Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson was born on July 30, 1975 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004. He played in only three games and had a batting average of .167.

He was released by the Brewers in 2004 and has not played in the MLB since. In 2004, he played for the Colorado Rockies organization. He currently plays for the independent league team, the Sioux City Explorers.

He is married and has two children. Matt Erickson is a left-handed infielder. He currently holds the record for the longest gap between MLB appearances, having not played since 2004. Matt Erickson is a former MLB player and current coach with the Milwaukee Brewers.

He played for the Brewers from 2004-2015 and was a part of the team's playoff runs in 2014 and 2015. 

Erickson was a key part of the Brewer's offense as a player and he helped lead the team to back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015. He holds the record for the most home runs by a Brewer and is also second all-time in RBIs.

Erickson is currently in his third stint as a coach for the Brewers and he is working to help the team return to the playoffs. 

He was born in Chico, California in 1978 and he played college baseball at Pacific. After his playing career was over, Erickson began coaching and he has been with the Brewers since 2020. He and his wife have two children and they live in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Erickson is a two-time Gold Glove winner and he is a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

7. Will Middlebrooks

Boston Red Sox

Will Middlebrooks Career

  • World Series champion (2013)

Middlebrooks played for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and hit a home run in his MLB debut. Middlebrooks is a third baseman and bats right. Middlebrooks was born on September 9, 1988 in Greenville, Texas.

Middlebrooks has played in MLB for the Red Sox and has had some success. Middlebrooks is a 34-year-old third baseman and will likely end his career with the Red Sox. 

Middlebrooks was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He made his big league debut with the Red Sox in September of 2012. In June of 2014, Middlebrooks was traded to the San Diego Padres. 

In 2015, Middlebrooks was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2016, Middlebrooks was traded to the Texas Rangers. In 2017, Middlebrooks was named the American League player of the week.

Middlebrooks has a batting average of .228 and 43 home runs in his career. Middlebrooks has 155 RBIs in his career. Will Middlebrooks is a three-time world series champion with the Boston Red Sox (2013), San Diego Padres (2015), and the Texas Rangers (2017).

8. Miguel Ángel Guerrero

Sporting de Gijón

Miguel Ángel Guerrero Career

  • 1996–1999: Atlético Madrid
  • 1999–2000: Real Madrid
  • 2000–2007: Getafe
  • 2007–2008: Toledo
  • 2008–2009: Rayo Vallecano
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2011: Albacete B: 60: (19)
  • 2010: Albacete: 2: (0)
  • 2011–2013: Sporting Gijón B: 51: (29)
  • 2012–2016: Sporting Gijón: 91: (16)
  • 2016–2018: Leganés: 53: (9)
  • 2018–2020: Olympiacos: 37: (9)
  • 2020: → Leganés (loan): 13: (1)
  • 2020–2021: Nottingham Forest: 9: (0)
  • 2021: Rayo Vallecano: 15: (1)
  • 2021–2022: Ibiza: 34: (2)
  • 2022–2023: OFI: 11: (0)
  • 2023–: Anorthosis: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:33, 31 January 2023 (UTC)

Guerrero was born in Toledo, Spain in 1990. He started his career at Atlético Madrid in 1996. He moved to Real Madrid in 1999 and made his debut for the club in 2000.

He played for Getafe from 2000 to 2007. He signed with Anorthosis in Cyprus in January 2008. He made his debut for Anorthosis in a UEFA Champions League match against Olympiakos in February 2008.

He has scored over 100 goals in his career. He has represented Spain at youth level. He was named the La Liga Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Miguel Ángel Guerrero is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Rayo Vallecano, as a goalkeeper.

He played youth football with CD Tolosa and Atlético Madrid, before joining Albacete Balompié in 2007. After two seasons with Albacete, he joined Sporting Gijón in 2009. He made his Liga debut for Sporting Gijón in a 1–1 draw with Racing Santander on 14 August 2009.

He went on to make 91 appearances for Sporting Gijón, scoring 16 goals. In 2016, he joined Leganés on a free transfer. He made his Leganés debut in a 2–1 loss to Atlético Madrid on 24 August 2016. He made his Greek Superleague debut on 13 September 2016 in a 2–1 loss to Atromitos.

He signed for Rayo Vallecano on loan in January 2020.

9. Thomas Dillard

Thomas Dillard is a free agent first baseman who was drafted in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. Dillard was born in 1997 in the Houston area and attended Westfield High School in Houston.

Dillard attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a three-time All-American. Dillard was drafted by the Astros in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft and made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Dillard was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks in June and hit .299 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 68 games. Dillard was named the Texas League MVP and was selected to the All-Star Game. Dillard was signed by the Astros to a major league contract and made his debut with the team on September 1.

Dillard hit .308 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 49 games with the Astros. Dillard was traded to the Boston Red Sox in November and hit .294 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 34 games.

10. Brice Turang

Brice Turang

Brice Turang is a 23-year-old shortstop who was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an amateur free agent in 2018. Turang has played in one game for the Brewers this season, going 1-for-2 with a walk.

Turang is a left-handed hitter and throws right-handed. Turang was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Turang is a two-time All-American at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Turang was named a first-team All-American in 2018 and was a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. Turang was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2017 and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Turang was drafted by the Brewers with the 72nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Turang is a member of the United States National Team and was named to the World Baseball Classic roster in March.

Final Words

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Founded in 1978, the Timber Rattlers play in the American Association of Professional Baseball (AA).

The Timber Rattlers have had a number of successful players over the years, including Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Darryl Kile, and Jeff Bagwell. The Timber Rattlers are currently led by manager Casey Fien.

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Kevin Smith

I am a dedicated learner who is constantly pursuing my dreams in many areas of life. I am a Finance major at the University of Maryland, a professional baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays and the owner of my personal brand, Elevate Baseball. I hope to inspire younger learners of all sports and interests to tirelessly pursue their dreams, whatever that may be. LinkedIn

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