May 3, 2010: Today's Rattlers pitchers


RHP JAKE ODORIZZI: Selected by Milwaukee as a supplemental 1st round pick (32nd overall) in the 2008 draft out of Highland (IL) High School.

LAST SEASON: Odorizzi made 12 appearances (10 starts) for the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League. He was 1-4 with a 4.40 ERA and struck out 43 while walking nine over 47 innings pitched.

LAST START: Odorizzi made the start against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on April 21 at Time Warner Cable Field. He pitched five innings, allowed two runs on three hits, and struck out seven. He left the game with the score tied 2-2 and was not involved in the decision.

LAST APPEARANCE: Odorizzi took the loss at Peoria in a two inning relief stint on April 28. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits over two innings. Odorizzi entered the game with the Rattlers leading 2-0 and he was charged with a blown save.

HIGHLAND HIGH: Odorizzi was 14-0 with three saves in his senior season with the Bulldogs. He allowed one earned run over 89-1/3 innings pitched to put up an ERA of 0.08 and struck out 146 batters while walking just six in his final season as a Bulldog and helped lead the team to its first ever Class 3A State Championship.

AWARDS: In his senior season, Odorizzi was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois; a Louisville Slugger Pre-season All-American; a Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American; and a member of USA Today’s All-USA Team.

NOT IN THE CARDS: Odorizzi had committed to playing baseball and football at the University of Louisville before signing with the Brewers.

IN THE RANKINGS: Baseball America rated Odorizzi as the #2 prospect in the Pioneer League after the 2009 season. The publication placed him at #9 in the Brewers organization heading into the 2010 season.

BREWERS CAREER: In 23 games (14 starts) before this season, Odorizzi was 2-6 with a 4.12 ERA. He had walked 18 and struck out 62 in 67-2/3 innings as a Brewers farmhand before this season.

VS. SNAPPERS: Today is the first time Odorizzi will pitch against Beloit.

VS. MINNESOTA: Odorizzi has never faced an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins before today.

INNINGS PITCHED: 6.0 (2x; Last: 7/4/09 @Great Falls)
STRIKEOUTS: 8 (2x; Last: 4/16/10 @Burlington)


LHP EFRAIN NIEVES: Selected by Milwaukee in the 7th round of the 2007 draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

LAST SEASON: Nieves spent all of 2009 with the Timber Rattlers. He went 5-7 with a 5.70ERA in 27 appearances. Nieves made 11 starts for Wisconsin in 2009.

LAST APPEARANCE: Nieves made the start at Peoria on April 28. He pitched five scoreless innings, walked three, and struck out five. Nieves allowed three hits and left the game with a 2-0 lead, but was not involved in the decision as the Chiefs beat Wisconsin 4-2.

WORLD CUP: Nieves pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Cup of Baseball after the 2009 regular season. He made three starts and was 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA. In 14.1 innings pitched, Nieves walked six and struck out 17.

VS. CUBA: Nieves got the call to be the starting pitcher against Cuba on September 18 during the World Cup. He allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts over 4-2/3 innings. Nieves was not involved in the decision, but Puerto Rico would win the game 5-2.

A PRODUCTIVE WINTER: Nieves pitched for Arecibo in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the World Cup. Nieves also went on to pitch for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series.

BREWERS CAREER: Nieves was 14-14 with a 5.08 ERA in his first three seasons as a pitcher in the Milwaukee minor league system. He has made 58 appearances (29 starts) since 2007 and has pitched.

INTO THE PAST: Nieves was the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for his performance July 7-13, 2008 while pitching for Helena.

SCORELESS STREAK: Nieves has not allowed a run in his last 10-2/3 innings pitched.

VS. SNAPPERS: Nieves made one start against Beloit in 2009. He took the loss in the second game of a doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Field on June 7, 2009. In that game, Nieves allowed four runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout.

INNINGS PITCHED: 8.0 (8/25/08 at Great Falls)
STRIKEOUTS: 9 (8/25/08 at Great Falls)

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