Friday Links and Thinks

20 Aug

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I think I would like to make this “Friday Links and Thinks” a regular occurrence. There are a lot of great Twins blogs that deserve to be noticed.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

The other part of the Friday Links is the Thinks. Today, I’m going to throw out who I think that the Twins will send to the Arizona Fall League this year, and you can add your thoughts or selections. Normally the Twins send three pitchers and three hitters (and then usually one more). The players must be from countries that do not have winter leagues, and they must have played at AA or AAA. Teams have been able to send one person from Hi-A Ft. Myers, and last year, they were allowed to send two. Typically the Twins don’t send guys back two years in a row. Here are my seven picks:

  • Alex Wimmers – I think that they will want the 2010 top pick to get some more innings.
  • Kyle Gibson – Although his innings will be monitored the rest of this season, as long as Gibson is healthy, they may want to have him throw another 20-25 innings in Arizona.
  • Carlos Gutierrez – Might as well get the 2008 first-rounder there too, right? I think it’d be a great environment for him to continue to work out of the bullpen.  
  • Liam Hendriks – I’m not 100% certain if Australian players are able to play in Arizona, but after his appendectomy cost him more than a month of an incredible season, it would be good to get him some innings.
  • Ben Revere – OF – if he is cleared to play after his eye injury, the team would like him to play in Arizona.
  • Joe Benson – OF – It’s been a breakout year of sorts for Benson, and it would be good for him to get more at bats in the Fall League.
  • Danny Lehmann – C – It’s always good to have extra catchers in Arizona, and Lehmann, defensively, is excellent and would work well with the pitching prospects.

What do you think? Who would you send?

WEEKEND AHEAD

The Twins won two out of three at Target Field against the White Sox and increased their division lead to four games. Next up is a weekend home series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Torii Hunter will return to Minnesota and make his Target Field debut. He will get to make his first attempt against the right field wall. The Angels are seven games behind Texas Rangers in the AL West, a position they share with the Oakland A’s, and a position they are not accustomed to this decade. The Twins will see the Angels best two pitchers in this series, but hey, the Angels get to see the Twins best pitcher of late (Duensing), and maybe Kevin Slowey will throw another seven no-hit innings, and this time get a chance to complete it… maybe?

Here are the pitching matchups:

  • Friday nightBrian Duensing (6-1, 2.00, 1.05, .223) vs Dan Haren (1-3, 3.44, 1.31, .269)
  • Saturday nightKevin Slowey (11-5, 4.22, 1.23, .270) vs Trevor Bell (1-3, 5.40, 1.70, .333)
  • Sunday nightScott Baker (10-9, 4.85 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .284 BAA) vs. Jered Weaver (11-8, 3.11, 1.10, .221)

TWINS BLOGS

Here is a look around the Twins blogosphere. A good site to find 66 Twins blogs is Newsbobber’s Minnesota Baseball Blog site., but you can also look on the left side of this page for many. I’ve only included blogs that have been updated in the last few days (let me know if I’m missing any sites that I should add):

TWINSCENTRIC STUFF

Here are the links to the StarTribune.com TwinsCentric blog postings for this week:

PODCASTS AND MORE

Any thoughts on the Twins or the Twins blogosphere? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.

6 Responses to “Friday Links and Thinks”

  1. joe August 20, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Love the blog, hate that you’re trying to make “thinks” a noun.

  2. Chip Kincaid August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    How about a link to http://hrbekistan.wordpress.com ? :)

  3. mike wants wins August 20, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Seth, is there a middle infielder they might send to AZ? They may need one next year (depending on what they do with the utility players and Hudson).

  4. TT August 20, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Couple thoughts on the AFL:

    Teams, and the Twins in particular, don’t generally send their top pitching prospects to the AFL since they have limited control over how they are used. Its possible, but not likely, that either Wimmer or Gibson would pitch there. Gutierrez is a bit different since he has a lot more experience than those other two. I don’t believe Australian players are eligible since they have winter leagues of their own.

    I think Bromberg, Bullock, Waldrop and Robertson would all be candidates for pitching slots. Shooter Hunt could be a wild card choice. He needs to pitch if he is ever going to recover and the AFL might give him that opportunity. He’s been making progress. He now strikes out almost as many as he walks :).

    I think it is important to remember that there is competition between teams for position slots. Part of who goes depends on which positions are available. The list of position players, in addition to the ones you name, could include middle infielders Chris Cates, Drew Thompson and Paul Kelly.

    I don’t think they have a hard and fast rule against players going for a second time so Singleton, Parmelee and Tosoni would all be possibilities as well. I think Singleton and Tosoni are old enough that they might be better candidates for finding a winter league job. I don’t think that is likely for guys like Benson, Parmelee and Revere who are still pretty young to be sent off to Venezuela.

  5. DH in Philly August 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    I was thinking Brian Dozier may be a candidate even though he is just at FtM this year.

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