Menchaca said he’s not concerned about either of his hurlers risking injury. The team will be managed by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staff, who consulted the team about how each player should be handled.
“They’re not going in there to win an all star game, they’re just trying to show their ability to everyone in the Midwest League,” Menchaca said.
Marlette expressed surprise with being named to the roster, but it’s hard to argue against a .313 batting average and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .874, both second only to Henry.
“There’s no doubt that the guy’s an offensive catcher,” Menchaca said. “He’s got some bat speed and ability to drive the ball to left-center.”
Said Marlette of the distinction, “I didn’t have a lot of at bats like a lot of catchers in the league. It’s definitely a big honor to be ranked among the top catchers in the league.”
Clinton’s big left-handed bat has had a stellar first half of 2013. Pizzano posted team leading stats with 65 hits, 19 doubles, 95 total bases, 35 runs and 35 RBIs. Menchaca said Pizzano’s determination sets him apart.
“For the most part one of our most consistent hitters,” Menchaca said. “He’s got a good approach at the plate. His ability to compete is really high.”
The numbers stack up league-wide as well. Pizzano’s doubles are good for fifth in the Midwest, leading all outfielders, and his RBIs are fifth among outfielders.
“It was a big honor obviously because the level of play in this league is really high,” Pizzano said. “It looks good for the organization and looks good for us. Helps our individual careers out as well. I was really excited to find out.”