More Twins Cuts

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LaVelle E. Neal posted this morning that the Twins have made a couple more roster decisions.

·         Jose Morales won the backup catcher job, edging Drew Butera. This was my assumption all along, but Butera clearly made a strong impression on the coaching staff and pitching staff with his defense, arm and leadership skills. Morales is OK behind the plate, but as a switch-hitter, he gives a left-handed option. Also, and I do believe this is important with the Twins, Morales has been around longer and unlike Butera, he does have AAA experience.

·         Jose Mijares was finally sent down to minor league camp. No real surprise here. It will be interesting to see how he does at Rochester. When he played there two years ago, it didn’t go so well. He’s still got potential. This should not be viewed as a failure or anything more than it is. He came up last year and did well in a very small sample size. As I’ve said all offseason, Rob Delaney is the better pitcher. But Mijares still has great potential and upside, and being left-handed doesn’t hurt him either. 

·         Another obvious cut was Alejandro Machado who got a well-deserved, long look this spring.

·         This doesn’t mean that Brian Duensing has won an Opening Day job though as LaVelle says that the final bullpen spots will be decided in the coming days. It will likely come down to whether they feel they need a second lefty (Duensing) or want the knuckleballer (Dickey).

·         The backup infielder decision will go down to the last days as well.  



I also received information this morning on some of the Twins minor leaguers who have been released from the organization. So, you’ll want to jot these updates down in your Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2009! Although this is obviously not good news for them, I like to mention it just because they were a part of the Twins organization and deserve notice, even if just one last time.


·         Andrew Schmiesing – The former St. Olaf star in baseball and football got caught in the OF numbers game.

·         Chris Anderson – left-handed reliever came back to the Twins after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

·         Nathan Fritz – was an undrafted free agent signing last summer.

·         Mauro Schiavoni – had become a pitcher after catching for a couple of years in Europe.

·         Nick Lobonov – The Moscow native showed signs in the GCL.

·         Luis Matos – he asked for his release and the Twins likely were happy to grant it to him.

·         Greg Yersich – probably the biggest surprise, for me. The catcher had a very strong arm but just didn’t show enough bat. Also, there are a lot of catchers in camp and unfortunately some have to go.  


Any thoughts? Feel free to Comment here.


5 Responses to “More Twins Cuts”

  1. Mike March 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Shit they let Schmiesing go…do much for telling my kids I played with a professional athlete.

  2. thrylos98 March 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for the update on the MiLB cuts; I got to start a database to keep up with it 🙂

    Nick Lobanov was not that great (he is the one the Twins had the last 2 seasons), Andrei is the better (and younger) one of the two brothers. With the Huber signing and the spring that Martin and Winfree had, Matos was dead meat.

  3. Han Joelo March 31, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Good for Morales. Am I correct in remembering his Major league debut as a 3 for 3 day and a broken ankle? Good to see him work back from that.

    I think I need to get a Handbook, so I can find out who this Testa character is, and whether or not a 135 ERA over .1 innings is too small of a sample size to judge him by.

  4. Seth March 31, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    Yeah, Morales played one game in September of 2007 and rolled his ankle bad. It actually affected him much of 2008 as well. It’s a good thing for him.

    I’d definitely recommend getting a handbook to learn about Joe Testa and over 175 other Twins prospects. Of course, since it has come out, there have been some releases, but that’s just BONUS information!!

    In the meantime, check out the Q&A I did with Joe Testa in January…

  5. thrylos98 March 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm #


    the last 2 lines of your interview with Joe back then, can speak to his performance today:
    SethSpeaks: What would it be like to put on a big league uniform in a regular season game for the first time?

    Joe Testa: It’s what I’ve been working towards my whole life, it’d be unreal. My legs would probably be like jello out there for the first couple minutes,

    they just threw him at the Lions today… I hope he rebounds from it.

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