Quick Notes

24 May

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Here are just a few notes for the day:

  • First, be sure to check out my new blog entry at the TwinsCentric blog at StarTribune called One Bad Bullpen.
  • Then, be sure to listen to last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly episode where we talked about the prospects and the affiliates for 45 minutes.
  • Finally, in a move that surprised me, the Beloit Snappers announced that Martire Garcia, a left-hander pitcher being used out of the bullpen so far this year, was released, effective immediately. He does have 25 walks (and 22 strikeouts) in 21 innings this season, but he is 21, left-handed, throws hard and has good secondary pitches. Clearly there is more to this story. Maybe it is none of our business, but that type of arm is not one you give up on, for sure.
  • Hard-throwing Dakota Watts was put on the 7 Day Disabled List for the Ft. Myers Miracle with a “minor groin injury,” if there is such a thing. Brad Stillings came off of the Disabled List.
  • With it becoming apparent that Kevin Slowey will be leaving the Twins organization in the fairly near future, it looks like he will be heading to Rochester in the next day or two. As much as I think that Chuck James or Carlos Gutierrez are the two who most deserve a promotion, I assume that we will see Anthony Slama, who has been better of late, because he is on the 40 man roster.
  • Jim Thome is a pretty good baseball player. He came off the Disabled List and hit career home runs number 592 and 593.

Minor League Notes

Monday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Hitter of the DayLance Ray, Beloit Snappers 

Monday SethSpeaks.net Minor League Pitcher of the DayKyle Gibson, Rochester Red Wings, Tom Stuifbergen, Ft. Myers Miracle

Red Wings Ramblings

Monday – Red Wings 5, Syracuse 0 – Kyle Gibson had been struggling for a few starts, but he returned to form in this game. He threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits, two walks while striking out eight. Chuck James threw two more scoreless innings. Anthony Slama struck out two in a scoreless inning, and the Jim Hoey struck out the side in the ninth. Ben Revere went 2-4 with a triple. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4.

Rock Cats Report

Monday – Rock Cats, Binghamton – Postponed by Rain.

Miracle Matters

Monday – Miracle 1, Tampa 4 – Tom Stuifbergen put together his best start since returning from the Disabled List. He threw 5.2 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three. Blake Martin gave up one run on one hit and three strikeouts in his inning. Brad Tippett went 1.1 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. Brian Dozier led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his tenth double. He also stole two bases.  

Snappers Bites

Monday – Snappers 5, Kane County 8 – BJ Hermsen started and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struckout three. Michael Tonkin struck out two in 1.1 perfect innings. Matt Hauser gave up one run on two hits in one inning. He struck out two. Jose Gonzalez gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in one inning to take the loss. Lance Ray went 2-4 with his fourth home run and two RBI. Derek McCallum hit his seventh double and drove in three runs.  

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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4 Responses to “Quick Notes”

  1. jmueller@mitchelltelecom.net May 24, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    It’s to late so it doesn’t really matter, but the bullpen should be. Capps, Nathan, Gutierrez, Slama, Chuck James, Dumatrait, and (pick random long man). The fact is the Twins have had their injuries, but the lack of putting the best players on MLB roster to give team a chance to win is beyond me. Exampl havinge: Tolbert and Casilla both on MLB roster. Two of the same player.

  2. DH in Philly May 24, 2011 at 8:07 am #

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    any chance Dozier gets promoted to NB at mid-season? Better question – when will you have your mid-season promotion predictions?

  3. TT May 24, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    It was good to see them do well. But its probably not a coincidence that Gibson, Slama and Hoey, who had all been struggling, became lights out in the same game. James was lights out too, but that isn’t new. One of the things to remember with the minors is that umpires are minor league as well. They aren’t going to give you even the same consistency you get from major league umpires. Not to mention the quality of the other team’s players.

    My bet is Hoey is called up ahead of Slama. Since being sent down, he has given up one hit and three walks in 5 innings while striking out 8. I really wonder why James hasn’t been called up.

  4. Kanonen80 May 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Only 5 IP for Gibson? I live and Rochester and it seems like the pitching usage is strange. It seems like starters have odd pitch count limits, like 75-85 pitches. I feel like that leads to a lot of overuse for the bullpen arms. I usually see guys being used for multiple innings, and upwards of 50+ pitches.

    It just seems like this doesn’t mirror what they will experience in the majors, and could possibly lead to over-use injuries to relievers in the minors, or for starters once they get called up. Shouldn’t guys be stretched out more in the minors to prep them for the majors? Take Waldrop – seems like his arm went dead towards the end of the season after pitching like 80 innings or something like that.

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