Of Day Notes

16 Jun

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The Twins enjoyed an off day on Monday. With the injury situation, it was much needed. The Twins hope to get healthy both physically and in terms of working their way above the .500 mark against the two lowest teams in the six-team NL Central Division. Here are the pitching matchups for the three games with the Pirates:

Tuesday – 7:10 – Glen Perkins (1-3, 5.36, 1.32, .270) vs Paul Maholm (4-2, 3.61, 1.31, .253)

Wednesday – 7:10 – Francisco Liriano (2-7, 5.99, 1.54, .277) vs Ian Snell (1-7, 5.25, 1.61, .284)

Thursday – 12:10 – Nick Blackburn (5-2, 3.31, 1.30, .264) vs Zach Duke (7-4, 3.10, 1.17, .263)

  1. The show started with spending about 25 minutes with Phil Miller, the Twins beat writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. We talked about all of the top Twins stories right now from Glen Perkins starting, to what to do with Jesse Crain. We talked about the middle infield, the Outfield situation, and the upcoming home stand. Miller is always great to listen to.
  2. Next, Matt Fox, a right-handed starter for the AA New Britain Rockcats called in. He is currently 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA and is really a great story within the organization. After being a supplemental first round pick out of Central Florida in 2004, he had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and missed that entire season. He came back in 2006 with Elizabethton and has moved up a level each year, seemingly getting better and better. I think he’s ready to move to AAA, and I think he has to be considered someone who could be promoted to the Twins within the next year.
  3. Finally, Ronnie Richardson called in and we spent four or five minutes getting to know him. He was the Twins 11th round pick out of high school in Florida. He is small, but incredibly quick and has a very quick bat. He fell to the 11th round due to signability concerns. But it was really fun talking to him about some of the factors that will go into his decision to sign with the Twins or go to Central Florida.
  4. I definitely encourage your comments regarding the podcasts. I am curious what you like or don’t like about the show. What you would like to hear on a Twins related podcast, maybe some potential guests to pursue, whatever ideas you have. So, if you would like, please e-mail me your comments.
  • I mentioned that I was in-studio on Sunday night with Phil Mackey at KFAN recording this week’s episode of Twins Weekly. Now, if you go to the Twins Weekly On Demand page, you can listen to or download the entire June 14th show. Please do, and let me know what you think.
  • The Twins have already signed a few of their 2009 draft picks. The biggest name and highest draft selection signed to this point is Gophers 2B Derek McCallum who was their 4th round pick. He will likely go to Elizabethton to start his pro career and primarily play second base. However, I have been told that it is likely he will also get some time at shortstop. LaVelle adds that the team may be close to signing second round pick Billy Bullock as well. Bullock is really an exciting potential bullpen arm. He only recently transitioned to the bullpen. His fastball is now being clocked at 97 and 98 mph with a slider that continues to improve. 6th round pick, Tobias Streich, a catcher from West Virginia University known for being a very good defensive catcher, signed and is already in Ft. Myers. Another catcher, 30th rounder, Trayvon Johnson also signed and reported.
  • Nick Nelson discusses the amazing Joe Mauer a day after talking about his trip to Wrigley.
  • Very Well Then explains to us that Joe Mauer is already leading the American League in Batting Average despite being 21 plate appearances short of 3.1 per Twins game.

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Steve Singleton, Ft. Myers Miracle

Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – David Bromberg, Ft. Myers Miracle – Jason Jones, Rochester Red Wings

TRANSACTIONS AND NOTES

  • This may be a little old news, but with Wilson Ramos back on the Disabled List, Danny Lehmann has been sent to AA New Britain. With Jose Morales with the Twins, Drew Butera is the lone catcher at AAA, so that may be worth watching.
  • What was your favorite Henry “Hank” Sanchez moment? His 50 game suspension for a Drug of Abuse ended yesterday, and so did his career in the Minnesota Twins organization. Injuries and strikeouts would probably be the words that most encapsulate his career since the Twins made him a supplemental first round pick in 2005. Add in the 50 game suspension and the word “Bust” certainly applies. Maybe he’ll find his way somewhere else, but this was an easy decision, I would guess, for the Twins brass.
  • Chris Parmelee will participate in the Florida State League All-Star Game Home Run Derby this weekend.
  • Travis continues to work on his Top 50 Twins prospect list. Here are his choices for numbers 21-30  

ROCHESTER REPORT

Monday –Rochester 4, Columbus 2 – Jason Jones has really been struggling most of this season, but on this day, he pitched very well to earn his second win of the season. He threw 6.1 shutout innings. He gave up seven hits with one walk. Juan Morillo got the next four outs (two on strikeouts). Rob Delaney gave up a run on two hits but got the final four outs to record his first AAA save. Brock Peterson went 3-4. David Winfree went 2-4 with his 16th double. Matt Macri hit a big two run homer. It was his sixth home run of the season.  

ROCKCAT RECAP

Monday – New Britain – No Game Scheduled.  

MIRACLE MEMOS

Monday – Ft. Myers 1, Dunedin 2 David Bromberg was excellent again, but there was not enough run support and poor defense in the bottom of the 9th meant a loss. Bromberg threw 6.1 shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked four and struck out five. Spencer Steedley maintained the shutout through the eighth inning. But he gave up a single to lead off the bottom of the ninth and was replaced by Blair Erickson. Erickson got two outs, but a walk, a passed ball and an error meant two runs scored and the Miracle took a tough loss. Steve Singleton led the offense by going 2-4 with his 11th double and third home run. Deibinson Romero went 1-2 with two walks and his third stolen base.   

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Monday – Beloit 5, Clinton 10 Brad Tippett put together a Quality Start, but once he left the game, things went down hill in a hurry. The Australian righty went the first six innings and gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out six. But then Curtis Leavitt came in and gave up three hits and a walk without getting an out. All four runs scored. Bruce Pugh came in and was charged with three runs (1 earned) on one hit and three walks in his two innings. Blake Martin got the final two outs, but not before walking three batters. Ramon Santana was 2-4 with two RBI. James Beresford went 2-4 with a walk. Ozzie Lewis was 2-4 with his 11th double. Juan Richardson was also 2-4.  

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8 Responses to “Of Day Notes”

  1. roger June 16, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Seth, The Lehmann move was expected although MiLB hasn’t caught up yet. Imagine they are waiting on medical information about Span/Cuddyer. Should one go on the DL, Morales may stay and de San Miguel would likely get another plane ticket to New York STate. If they are getting healthy, then expect that Morales will go back to Rochester and a second catcher move won’t be needed. If de San Miguel goes up, likely Rams will get another walk across the lot to the Miracle. Good thing they drafted a bunch of catchers in last week’s draft.

  2. roger June 16, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Seth, what do you hear about Beresford? He appears to be another solid middle infielder. Did a nice job for Australia in the WBC, has a good bat and is only 20 years old.

  3. Funkytown June 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Beresford had 22 errors in rook ball, hopefully will play a bit more steady the rest of this year. Seems to be a good leadoff type SS.

  4. thrylos98 June 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    in addition to the 2 recent signings, it looks like the Twins have the following 5 catchers in EST: Frederic Hanvi, Jae-Hyung Jang, Jairo Perez, Josmil Pinto, Daniel Rohlfing (unless any of them have been released; Seth any ideas?) That makes 7 catchers for 2 teams. Not to mention that there were 3 more drafted (one of whom, Chris Herrmann, will probably be a third baseman.) So even if Nick Tindall (the 17th round pick out of HS) not sign, Buddy Munroe, the 22nd round pick, will probably sign, since he is a college senior. That makes at least 8 catchers for 2 teams. Too many. I suspect that Trayvon Johnson, might stay for instructionals in Florida, since he hasn’t played organized competitive ball for 2+ years. Also, if I were Jeff Christy, I’d be a bit worried at this point…

  5. Seth June 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Jeff Christy has nothing to worry about at this time.
    Herrmann will likely play other positions. I’m told he could play 2B, 3B and the OF. I know that Hanvi, Pinto and Rohlfing are still in the organization.

    Beresford is a decent little middle infield prospect. Solid glove, good ABs, decent speed. Just solid.

  6. mike wants wins June 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    If you are Jeff Christy, don’t you see everything in front of you, and wonder what your chances are to ever play in MN?

    They have their future defensive catcher, their future star catcher, the best catcher in the game, and a great offensive backup catcher, and are any of them over 26? I’d not want to be a cather in this organization, in my 20′s and not one of those 4 players.

  7. thrylos98 June 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    I was so wrong, btw, about Crain not having options… I just don’t get that system sometimes. His last year of Arb. eligibility is after this season, how he still has options left, is beyond me, unless there is a special language in his contract…

  8. Mylometer June 17, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Tommy Watkins played catcher tonight in Columbus for Rochester. They put him in for Butera in the 6th. No idea if Butera was hurt or if they just wanted to get him some time behind the plate since the game was out of hand.

    Span to DL, Pridie on his way up.

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