Baseball: Strong helps Timber Rattlers to Midwest League championship


Stillwater graduate Mike Strong enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign pitching in Class A for the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

The left-hander helped lead the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, who are based out of Appleton, to the Midwest League Championship last month after defeating the Fort Wayne TinCaps in four games of the best-of-five series.

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Stillwater graduate Mike Strong helped lead the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the Midwest League championship.

Strong appeared in 21 games for the Timber Rattlers this summer — all in relief — and finished with a 1-1 record and 2.76 ERA with three saves. He allowed 30 hits and 26 walks with 60 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Opponents batted just .195 off Strong and lefties fared even worse, hitting just .137.

Originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th round of the MLB Draft in 2009 and the Oakland Athletics in the 22nd round of the 2010 draft, Strong signed with the Brewers after he was selected out of Oklahoma State in the 10th round — No. 311 overall — in 2011.

Throwing for the Helena Brewers in Pioneer League (rookie) a year ago, he started 13 games and finished 2-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 62 innings.