May 10, 2010: Tonight's Rattlers Pitchers


RHP KYLE HECKATHORN: Selected by the Brewers as a supplemental 1st round pick (47th overall) in the 2009 draft out of Kennesaw State University.

LAST SEASON: Heckathorn made six appearances (five starts) for Helena in the Pioneer League. He was 0-1 with a 6.04ERA with the Brewers. Heckathorn walked four and struck out 15 in 22-1/3 innings.

LAST START: Heckathorn was the starting pitcher in the first game of a doubleheader at Beloit on May 1. He allowed four runs on four hits over 3-1/3 innings and took the loss. Heckathorn walked three and struck out two against the Snappers.

LAST APPEARANCE: Heckathorn relieved the restart of the suspended game against the Quad Cities River Bandits from May 4 on May 5. Heckathorn allowed two runs on four hits, struck out a professional high five batters and picked up his first pro win in Wisconsin’s 9-7 victory. Heckathorn tossed four innings in the game.

WISE OWL: In his final season at Kennesaw State, Heckathorn went 4-1 with a 3.44ERA in 13 starts. He struck out 98 and walked 27 in 86-1/3 innings.

ALL-TIME: In three seasons with the Owls, Heckathorn struck out 239 batters. That ranks him fourth on the career strikeout list at Kennesaw State.

NICE WAY TO GO OUT: Heckathorn’s last start for Kennesaw State was against North Florida on May 14, 2009. He pitched nine innings and allowed four runs as he scattered 11 hits. What made the start particularly memorable was that he set a school record for strikeouts in a game as he K’ed 15 North Florida batters. Heckathorn, who walked just one in the game, was not involved in the decision, a 6-5 win for the Owls in 11 innings.

HONORED: Louisville Slugger recognized Heckathorn as one of their National Players of the Week for his performance on May 14 against North Florida.

POST-SEASON REWARD: The Atlantic Sun Conference named Heckathorn to their All-Conference team after the 2009 season.

RANKING: Baseball America lists Heckathorn as the #10 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

VS.QUAD CITIES: Heckathorn has faced the River Bandits twice as a reliever this season. He pitched seven innings against Quad Cities and allowed two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. In his other appearance vs. the Bandits, Heckathorn tossed three shutout innings at Modern Woodmen Park on April 18.

INNINGS PITCHED: 6.0 (9/11/09 v. Missoula)
STRIKEOUTS: 5 (5/4/10 v. Quad Cities)

..............2010 DAY-BY-DAY
..CLN....Loss...2.0 4..3.. 2.. 0..2..9.00
..@QC...........3.0 1..0.. 0.. 0..4..3.60
..BEL...........3.0 1..0.. 0.. 2..3..2.25
..@BEL*..Loss...3.1 4..4.. 4.. 3..2..4.76
...QC.....Win....4.0 4..2.. 2.. 0..5..4.70

^-Game One of a doubleheader


RHP MAVERICK LASKER: Selected by Milwaukee in the 5th round of the 2008 draft out of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

LAST SEASON: Lasker went 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 13 games (one start) for the Arizona League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a late season addition to the Timber Rattlers roster and Lasker went 1-1 in a pair of Midwest League starts.

LAST APPEARANCE: Lasker made the start in the regularly scheduled game against Quad Cities on May 5 at Time Warner Cable Field. Lasker pitched 4-2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He walked six, struck out six, and was not involved in the decision. Lasker had reached his pitch limit short of the necessary five innings to qualify for the win, but Wisconsin had an 8-2 lead when he left the game. Quad Cities rallied to beat the Rattlers 10-9.

PRO CAREER DELAYED: Lasker did not pitch professionally in 2008. He was placed on the disabled list of the Arizona League affiliate of the Brewers in July and was not activated until September.

WHERE EAGLES DARE: Lasker’s team made it to the Arizona State Baseball Championship Game for Class 4A-I.

SAYING NO TO SAN DIEGO: Lasker turned down a scholarship offer to play college baseball at San Diego State University.

PRO DEBUT: Lasker made his first appearance as a professional as a reliever for the Arizona League Brewers on June 27, 2009 against the Angels. He pitched two innings, allowed two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out one in his relief appearance.

MAULING THE COUGARS: Lasker made his Midwest League debut on August 31 at Kane County. He pitched seven scoreless innings and picked up the win. Lasker allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out three.

RANKING: Baseball America lists Lasker as the #30 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

VS. QUAD CITIES: Lasker is 0-2 in two starts against the River Bandits this season. In 9-2/3 innings, he has allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits with six walks and nine strikeouts. He also took the loss at Quad Cities on April 18. In that game, Lasker gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings and the River Bandits beat the Rattlers 4-3.

INNINGS PITCHED: 7.0 (2x; Last: 8/31 @Kane County)
STRIKEOUTS: 10 (8/11 @AZL Athletics)

..............2010 DAY-BY-DAY
4/13..CLN*..........5.0 3..1.. 1.. 2..5..1.80
..@QC*...Loss...5.0 7..4.. 3.. 0..3..3.60
..BEL*...Loss...4.0 6..6.. 6.. 3..3..6.43
..@BEL..........2.0 1..0.. 0.. 0..0..5.63
...QC*...........4.2 2..2.. 2.. 6..6..5.23

^-Game one of a doubleheader

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