2011 Opening Day Roster

Austin Ross (pitching) and Cody Hawn (at first) are two of the top Brewers prospects starting the 2011 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers | April 3, 2011 12:04 PM

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The roster for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, has been announced for the start of the 2011 season. There are seven players on Wisconsin's Opening Day roster who were rated as Top 30 prospects in the Brewers minor league system by Baseball America.

The top three Brewers prospects with the Timber Rattlers listed by Baseball America to begin the season are pitchers and draft picks from the first five rounds of the 2010 first year player draft. Jimmy Nelson (2nd round, University of Alabama), Tyler Thornburg (3rd round, Charleston Southern), and Matt Miller (5th round, University of Michigan) were all members of the Helena Brewers, Milwaukee's Pioneer League affiliate, last season and helped that team win a Pioneer League Championship.

First baseman Cody Hawn (6th round, University of Tennessee) is Baseball America's top ranked position player on the Opening Day roster for the Rattlers. Hawn hit 13 homers and drove in 61 runs for Helena last season.

Other Brewers prospects as ranked by Baseball America on the Rattlers roster include: Catchers Cameron Garfield and Tyler Roberts and pitcher Austin Ross.

Garfield is one of five players to spend time with Wisconsin during the 2010 season who return at the start of 2011. Pitchers Del Howell and Damon Krestalude; infielder Carlos George; and outfielder Franklin Romero are the other four.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers open the season with a home game at Time Warner Cable Field on Thursday, April 7 against the Kane County Cougars. Game time is 6:35pm. Tickets for Opening Day or for any of the 70 home games during 2011 are available on line at www.timberrattlers.com, in person at the box office, or over the phone at 800-WI-TIMBER.

The full Wisconsin Timber Rattlers roster for Opening Day, 2011: ,p>

#    Player              B/T    HT/WT  
10   Charly Bashara      L/L    6'1"/200  NDFA '10
36   Daniel Britt        R/R    6'4"/190  29th round '10
25   Tyler Cravy         R/R    6'3"/196  17th round '09
 1   Brian Garman        L/L    5'11"/203 17th round '10
16   Greg Holle          R/R    6'8"/240  11th round '10
26   Del Howell          L/L    6'4"/200  15th round '09
18   Thomas Keeling      L/L    6'2"/188  18th round '10
39   Damon Krestalude    R/R    6'4"/185  17th round '08
22   Eric Marzec         R/R    5'11/217  30th round '10
23   Matt Milller        R/R    6'6"/220  5th round '10
20   Jimmy Nelson        R/R    6'6"/245  2nd round '10
12   Austin Ross         R/R    6'2"/194   8th round '10
30   Tyler Thornburg     R/R    6'0"/188   3rd round '10
40   Stosh Wawrzasek     R/R    6'0"/249  16th round '08

#    Player              B/T    HT/WT     Acquired
17   Cameron Garfield    R/R    6'1"/195   2nd round '09
19   Tony Pechek         B/R    6'2"/201  NDFA '10
28   Tyler Roberts       R/R    6'1"/228  10th round '09

#    Player              B/T    HT/WT     Acquired
 7  Carlos George       R/R    6'2"/160  46th round '08
15   Cody Hawn           L/R    6'1"/215   6th  round '10
 5  Greg Hopkins        R/R    6'1"/195  24th round '10
 6  TJ Mittelstaedt     L/R    5'10"/185 44th round '10
 9  Jason Rogers        R/R    6'2"/267  32nd round '10
 3  Nick Shaw           L/R    6'0"/161  25th round '10
33   Mike Walker         L/R    6'4"/206  14th round '10

#    Player              B/T    HT/WT     Acquired
 2  Robbie Garvey       L/L    5'9"/170  NDFA '09
11   Reggie Keen         R/R    5'11/176  NDFA '10
21   Franklin Romero     R/R    5'11/180  20th round '09

Manager: Matt Erickson
Pitching Coach: Chris Hook
Hitting Coach: Dusty Rhodes
Athletic Trainer: Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning: Tim Gifford

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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