Quick Notes

12 May

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It’s going to be a quick update. Things, as you can tell from yesterday’s bullet points, and from today’s as well, are really busy, and the next two days will be as well.  The Twins had an off day on Monday, so I don’t feel too bad writing a little less.

  • First, for a ton of new Twins content, be sure to listen to last night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast. The guests were Twins pitching prospect, Liam Hendriks, who was excellent. We discussed Australians in the Twins system, playing in the WBC, Extended Spring Training and more. He answered several questions from the chat room. And then Travis Aune or Travis Talks came on and did a great job. We talked for quite some time about Twins topics and many minor league thoughts. So, I thought it was a very good show. I would appreciate any input you would have on it. Thanks!
  • Those of you who have listened to the most recent SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast or Sunday night’s MNGameNight.com podcast, you already heard this. If you are going to be at the Twins games on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights, I will be selling copies of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2009 out on the Metrodome’s plaza from about 5:30 until game time. I will be selling the books that I have remaining for $10. Some of the funds from book sales will be donated to the Twins Community Fund. Even if you’ve already got a copy of the book, feel free to just stop by and introduce yourself. It would be fun to meet some people.
  • Nick Nelson has a very interesting look at the patience of the Twins hitters. It isn’t something that the Twins are known for, but given some thought, it appears to be something that the Twins are finding!
  • You definitely will not read about hockey terribly often on this site, but this is exciting because of this!

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Ft. Myers Miracle & Danny Valencia, New Britain Rockcats

Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Anthony Swarzak, Rochester Red Wings, Carlos Gutierrez, Ft. Myers Miracle

ROCHESTER REPORT

Monday –Rochester 6, Charlotte 0 – Anthony Swarzak was again impressive. He improved to 3-3 and his ERA dropped to 1.70. He threw six shutout innings and gave up just six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Bobby Keppel struck out two in two scoreless innings. Armando Gabino pitched a scoreless ninth inning. The Red Wings managed just five hits. Alexi Casilla went 1-3 with a walk and his second triple. Jose Morales went 1-2 with two more walks. Trevor Plouffe drove in three runs. Dustin Martin knocked a double. Luke Hughes committed two more errors at 3B.   

ROCKCAT RECAP

Monday – New Britain 1, Connecticut 5 Danny Valencia was back in the lineup, and picked up where he left off. He went 3-4 with his sixth double. Yancarlos Ortiz went 2-3 with his first triple of the year. Cole Devries went seven innings and gave up two runs, both unearned. He gave up six hits and walked one while striking out six. Jose Lugo came in for the 8th frame. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk and got just one out. Rob Delaney came in and had a throwing error, but he did get the two outs to get out of the inning. Yohan Pino pitched a scoreless ninth.   

MIRACLE MEMOS

Monday –Ft. Myers 6, Sarasota 5Chris Parmelee had another good game. In this one, he went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth home run. Chris Cates was 2-3 with a walk. Mark Dolenc and Joe Benson were both 2-4. Carlos Gutierrez was incredible again. He won his second game with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out five. Steve Hirschfeld came in and pitched a perfect seventh. Henry Arias started the 8th innings. He got just one out and gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. Santos Arias came in and gave up a hit, but got the final two outs. Blair Erickson gave up a run on three hits in the 9th inning, but it was still enough to record the save.   

SNAPPERS SNIPPETS

Monday – Beloit  – No Game Scheduled. 

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2 Responses to “Quick Notes”

  1. Alan Harrer May 12, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Since Delmon Young’s defense is so poor, wouldn’t it make more sense to DH him and play Kubel in left field? He could work on his defense before games and try to improve. I watched him play Tampa Bay in a spring training game just before the season started. The field was of course open air and he looked just as bad on that field so the new stadium may not help him either.

  2. Mark May 12, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    Call up Swarzak?

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