Weekend Notes & Twins Chat

22 Mar

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Here is a quick weekend update, not something you get terribly often. First, I want to thank everyone for checking out my Top 15 Greatest Minnesotan list. I was told that there were over 15,000 hits to the site on Friday. So, thank you!

 

SethSpeaks.net Minnesota Twins Live Chat Tonight at 8:00 (central time)! Just a couple weeks to go before Opening Day. There are a lot of topics that we could discuss. Minor League camp is going strong. And we can also chat about anything else. So, click here to sign up for a reminder, to join the chat or to read the transcript later.

 

Here are some quick notes and stories.

 

·         Jose Mijares sure is trying to give a bullpen job to someone else. A left-handed reliever job was his to lose this spring, and he is definitely doing that. On Friday, he gave up two runs on three hits in an inning. While Mijares is struggling with control inside and outside the strike zone, and has an ERA of over 10, Brian Duensing is staking his claim on an Opening Day roster spot. The 26 year old lefty has a 0.90 ERA in ten spring training innings. He is now being used earlier in spring games, likely to see how he handles facing the better competition. RA Dickey is still in consideration for a spot as well after he started on Saturday against the Phillies and threw three shutout innings.

·         On Friday, the Twins lost 4-2 to the New York Yankees. But the biggest positive has to be that starter Glen Perkins threw five shutout innings. The biggest negative would have to be that Denard Span has gone 0-9 in his last two games.

·         Patrick Reusse had an interesting article with several Twins question marks. First, he is told that the Twins are considering outside catchers, but that Drew Butera could be in the backup role at this point because the Twins prefer catchers who can play defense. Ron Gardenhire also seemed to say that the team will go with 12 pitchers, not 11 as they had talked about early in camp. He also believes that Brendan Harris could be the guy without a roster spot to start the season. The logic is sound, but I still think I would keep him over Matt Tolbert.

·         I’m sure we were all hoping for Corey Koskie, but on Saturday, he announced that he was retiring. He made a diving play in a Cubs spring training game and came up feeling a little funny. It’s just not worth it, is what he came up thinking. Good for him! We certainly wish him the best!

·         For some reason, some believed that with the news that Joe Mauer would not be able to play by Opening Day meant that Wilson Ramos could be considered for the starting job. There was no chance of that at any time during the spring, and on Friday, the Twins sent him back to minor league camp. That is an easy, obvious choice for his development.

·         Starter Kevin Mulvey and reliever Mike Gosling were also sent back to minor league camp.

·         As Phil Miller notes, Luke Hughes has been really rough defensively, but his bat appears to be as legit as we would hope.

·         Brandon Isleib at The Hardball Times conducted an interview with Dustin Morse. He is the Twins Manager of Baseball Communications. It is very good.  

·         Travis from Travis Talks has been putting out a tremendous amount of content of late. Some good, thought-provoking questions and topics covered.

·         Over at The Baseball Analysts, the great Joe Posnanski, Jeremy Greenhouse and Patrick Sullivan took a position-by-position look at the American League Central Division. It is interesting. And remember, if you want to listen to the SethSpeaks AL Central Preview podcast, click here.   

 

That’s all I’ve got. Feel free to Comment here.   

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3 Responses to “Weekend Notes & Twins Chat”

  1. Bill in Sarasota March 22, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    I hope the Twins think long term and keep Harris instead of Tolbert to start the season.
    Tolbert can get playing time at AAA and Crede has the possibility of going on the DL. Keeping both in the organization provides depth for this year.
    Harris may not play 2B as well as Tolbert but he provides a good RH bat for Punto (late in a game and days off) and for Morneau (on the occasional day off vs LH pitcher).
    Punto could move to 2B and Harris at SS if Casilla was unavailable for a game.

  2. Mark Dawson March 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Seth, just wanted to drop you a note to let you know once again that your postings add a great deal of enjoyment to the Twins season. Nice to have thoughts and comments from someone as knowledgeable as yourself. I totally agree, Harris is the one to keep, sometimes I have a hard time understanding managements decisions???? So…looking forward to the Twins winning another division and your stories and comments!! Thanks

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