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Nick Blackburn did a nice job of making me really tired and ready to sleep by about the 7th inning last night. The lasers that he was giving up early in the game eventually had to find holes. And they did. Seattle grabbed the 5-1 lead in the middle innings, and they added a couple more. But it was over. Sure, the offense didn’t do much, but Jason Vargas was effectively wild and has had a good year. Blackburn was the story. And, to be honest, it doesn’t bother me because he had such a great May that I’m not gong to worry about one rough start.
Things will not get easier in Seattle. The Twins will face Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez in the next couple of games. It should be a lot of fun to watch. The Twins starting pitchers will have to be on their game, and the Twins offense will have to take advantage of any chances they get.
Minnesota fans, if you’re a fan of the draft, one name to watch is that of Minnesota Gophers catcher/outfielder Michael Kvasnicka. The first time I saw him play, he was a catcher as a freshman. My initial thought was that he was a future first round pick. Good size. Strong arm. Switch-hitting catcher. Good athlete also able to play in right field. I saw him play a few games in the last couple of years and again, he is a player. Here are some links to stories and scouting reports on Kvasnicka (whose father Jay was a 8th round draft pick of the Twins in 1988.
- Mlb.com’s draft profile.
- Fanhouse.com’s most recent mock draft has him going 19th overall to the Houston Astros.
- Five Tool Talk says Kvasnicka is “soaring up draft charts as more and more people are starting to believe in his return behind the plate after playing right field.”
- Here are the PNR Scouting rankings of the available outfielders.
- Perfect Game recently mentioned Kvasnicka among 10 Draft Surprises.
It will be interesting to see where and to whom Michael Kvasnicka is drafted. If you’re looking for more Mock Drafts, click here.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Tuesday in the Twins minor league system:
SethSpeaks Tuesday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Estarlin de Los Santos – New Britain Rockcats
SethSpeaks Tuesday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Glen Perkins – Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings Report
Tuesday – Rochester 3, Norfolk 4 –Anthony Slama came in to a tie game and gave up a run on three hits and an intentional walk in the 9th inning to take the loss. The good news? Glen Perkins put together a very good start, really his first of the year. The lefty went seven innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out five. Another good story? Brad Hennessy, a reliever the Twins signed during spring training after recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his first appearance. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. Brian Dinkelman hit two doubles in his four at bats.
New Britain Notes
Tuesday – New Britain 1, Altoona 4 – David Bromberg started and gave up two runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. Santos Arias came in and struck out three in 2.2 scoreless innings. Michael Allen allowed two unearned run in his inning. Ben Revere went 2-4 with his 19th stolen base.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 6, Dunedin 4 – Liam Hendriks improved to 3-1 and reduced his ERA to 2.30 with eight strong innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on six hits. Billy Bullock gave up a run in his inning. Estarlin de Los Santos went 3-4 with his fifth steal. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with his fifth double.
Tuesday – Beloit 2, Lake County 3 – Tom Stuifbergen returned to the mound as a starter in this game. The righty gave up two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Edgar Ibarra gave up one run on two hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Matt Tone worked 1.2 scoreless innings. Michael Gonzales knocked his sixth home run of the season to account for the Snappers’ runs.
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