Don’t Read This!

24 Mar

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Crazy title, right? It is only meant for those of you who live along the Minnesota/North Dakota border, or anywhere in Northwest Minnesota. If you are able to, please take some time today to help those in the areas affected by flooding. The Red River is again wreaking havoc on that area, and sand baggers are needed. If you’re not able to do that, I am certain that there are other ways that you can help. I lived in Fargo and went to school in Moorhead during the floods of 1997. It was bad, and predictions indicate that flood levels will rise even higher this year. So again, if you are near that area and able, please try to help.

But for the rest of you, here are a couple of quick notes:

·         I haven’t mentioned here yet that the Twins sent Matt Macri, Luke Hughes and Luis Matos to minor league camp. Again, no surprises there. Hughes had been getting significant playing time since returning from the WBC and I think he made a positive impression on the powers-that-be. He will head to Rochester and likely spend time at 3B, 2B and maybe even some in the OF. Macri showed his versatility. He is a guy that is as ready as he will ever be, but he just needs an opportunity. For the Twins, if anyone were to be hurt, I think he would be considered as a call-up. At Rochester, he will play most days, but he will probably spent time at all four infield positions. Matos was a guy they brought in to see what he had left. He was once a huge prospect with the Orioles, but in several opportunities, never really did much. He played in Mexico last year, and was really playing well this winter in Puerto Rico. He probably takes over the role that Darnell McDonald filled in Rochester the last couple of years. A stable veteran outfielder that should put up really strong numbers.

·         Yesterday in spring action, the Twins AAA team played the Red Sox AAA team. Dustin Martin went 3-5. Joe Gaetti hit a two run homer. Anthony Swarzak threw five two-hit, two strikeout, shutout innings. The Red Wings won 16-4.

·         Be sure to read Parker’s Player Profile on Doug Corbett over at Baseball Digest this morning. Also, Josh did a nice job with the Morning Doinks!

·         MLB.com’s Lisa Winston took a look at 10 Twins Prospects to Watch, and gave a nice update on each. She also did a nice Organizational Preview of the Twins which gives several more names and much more information. It includes a “Coming Soon” section as well as an “Under the Radar” section, so you see different players profiled.

·         Kelly Thesier posted a Q&A with Ron Gardenhire. They discuss last year, the starting five, Joe Mauer, the  bullpen and more.

·         Nick Nelson analyses the starting pitchers today as his position-by-position analysis continues.

·         Josh Johnson is up to #28 in his Top 50 MiLB Prospects rankings.

·         SBG does his Six Word Player Evaluations with Mike Redmond.

·         Travis of Travis Talks has been working hard and putting out a lot of content. Please take a minute to check out his site and leave a comment or three.

·         A couple of quick transaction notes – JD Durbin just signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers. Eduardo Morlan did not make the Brewers roster, so he had to be offered back to the Rays, and they took him back.

·         Just a quick update on Kyle Waldrop, friend of SethSpeaks.net – As you recall, he missed all of the 2008 season after shoulder surgery, but came back in Fall Instructional League. He had a good offseason. In his first outing of the spring, he had a very quick inning. With a couple of base runners on during his second inning, a line drive came back at him and hit him on his right forearm. Hopefully it won’t set him back more than a few days, or up to a week.

·         Finally, John Sickels did a nice Prospect Retro on Corey Koskie. It is a nice look back at his prospect status as he moved up the system.   

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send me an e-mail, or leave your discussion points in the Comments here.

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5 Responses to “Don’t Read This!”

  1. Funkytown March 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Lavelle

    I was supposed to stay in the pressbox and work on special section stuff today, but decided to walk down to the minor league complex and make sure Glen Perkins didn’t pull something during his outing.

    Perkins pitched for Class A Fort Myers against Lancaster of the Astros chain. Perkins gave up one run over five innings and was given the option of just throwing in the bullpen or going back out for a sixth inning. Perkins elected to take the mound for the sixth – and ended up in a mini-mess.

    The first batter got his bat busted but still grounded a single to right. With the next batter up, Jose Morales tried to pick off the runner at first but bounced a throw that Rene Leveret couldn’t handle. Runner advances to second. Then a ball was hit to center that I thought Joe Benson had a chance to catch (it looked like Joe Benson) but it fell at his feet.

    Runners were on second and third – somehow, I missed an out while I was watching something on a neighboring field. Perkins was pulled from the game because he had passed the 70-pitch mark. In came David Bromberg, who led the organization with 177 strikeouts last year. And after watching him pitch I could see why. He has quite a curveball and has some zip on his fastball.

    He did walk a batter to load the bases – but got a strikeout and fly out to get out of the inning.

    During all this, I kept being distracted by Class A Beloit vs Greenville on the next field – Aaron Hicks and friends were playing.

    Hicks, the Twins No. 1 draft pick last June, can throw and he looks very confident at the plate. He flied out in the one at-bat I saw but he’s got a quick bat.

    Hicks’ at-bat came after Nick Papasan and James Beresford walked and Jenfred Brito was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hicks ended up with a sacrifice fly to left. He’s a little thin but you’d expect him to add a little weight as he gets older.

    Up came Angel Morales, who led Elizabethton with 15 homers in just 54 games last season. Morales took a called strike then mashed a fastball that was about knee-high, middle in. No doubt about it, three-run homer. Impressive.

    Those are the highlights from today’s action.

    A couple notes

    Things don’t look good for infielder Paul Kelly, the Twins’ second round pick in 2005. He’s trying to come back from left knee surgery but was sent home for 2-3 months after doctors looked at it down here and said it’s not ready for action. “The problem is.” Twins minor league director Jim Rantz said, “We don’t know if that’s going to be a enough time.” Too bad for Kelly who, by all accounts, can play.

    That’s a tough break for Kelly. Twins seem to be having a hard time getting a SS ready in his stead. Beresford had 20+ errors at SS in Eliz last year, De La Santos was not as impressive, and Ortiz seems like a spray-hitter at best.

  2. Funkytown March 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    The last paragraph is mine…Lavelle’s blog is the rest.
    I sure wish there were more reports on the minors games. Seth, thanks for the note on the AAA game yesterday. I think that Joe Gaetti should be kept at AAA, and Matos can try his luck with another organization.
    You still have other options in the OF, with Winfree, and Pridie…Hughes can play some out there, and the Twins have even run Machado out there. I see Tommy Watkins also played today in the win at Jupiter…there really isn’t room for him at Roch too, is there??

  3. Funkytown March 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    One last note I forgot to copy:

    And, only because thrylos is wondering, Justin Huber homered yesterday.

    So you have Huber and Peterson at first and DH….they’re going to have to cut some guys loose.

  4. CapitalBabs March 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    thanks for the heads up on the bit on Koskie – I hadn’t seen that one yet.

  5. Justin Morneau Autographed Jersey Owner March 26, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Very nice Twins information. I think Morneau will be a future hall-of-famer.
    I hope to be in Minnesota for a game this fall. I am visiting from Peru.

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