Talkin’ Twins

23 Jul

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Rough afternoon for the Twins. They lost 16-1 to the A’s before heading down to Anaheim where they will start a four game series tonight. Glen Perkins got just three outs and gave up eight runs. After the game, he said he’s been experiencing shoulder soreness when he is warming up. So, he is going to join Joe Crede in visiting Dr. Yocum to see what is wrong with their shoulders, if anything. That’s right, Crede missed another game due to injury. It will be interesting to see what both players learn and what the ramifications of that would be. If Crede went on the DL, would the Twins add Danny Valencia to the 40 man roster and call him up, or would the Twins go with the Buscher/Harris 3B platoon and call up either Matt Tolbert or Jose Morales? What if Perkins goes on the DL? Does Mulvey turn around and come back to the team to make some starts? Do they promote a reliever and give Brian Duensing a start or two?

The only real positive was that Justin Morneau hit his 24th home run of the year. I still can not believe that so many people think he is over rated. He ranks in the top 5 (or top one or two) in most offensive categories. I get the Mauer thing, but seriously, Justin Morneau should be the top candidate.

Truly, it’s important to not make too much of this series against the A’s and continue to look forward. I don’t have much more to add, but during the chat last night, there was so much more Twins talk that I think you’ll really enjoy. I encourage you to check out last night’s Live Twins Chat. It started about 7:00 and is still going at about 12:45 am… there is a ton of content, a lot of great questions on the Twins and the minor league system. Please consider that my blog entry for today (except for the below minor league notes, of course). 

What topics would you want to discuss? Leave your comments here


Tuesday – Hitter of the Day – Josmil Pinto, Elizabethton Twins

Tuesday – Pitcher of the Day – Brad Tippett, Beloit Snappers


Tuesday – Game 1 – Rochester 5, Pawtucket 0  – Jeff Manship improved to 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA with this gem. In six shutout innings, he gave up just one hit. He walked and struck out three. Rob Delaney threw a scoreless seventh inning. Danny Valencia went 2-3 with his 10th double and two RBI. Justin Huber went 1-2 with a walk and his 14th home run. David Winfree hit his 23rd double.

Tuesday – Game 2 – Rochester 6, Pawtucket 1  – In the second game, Armando Gabino started and gave up a run on three hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out four. Juan Morillo then struck out four in two innings. Sean Henn pitched a perfect seventh. Brock Peterson led the offense. He went 2-3 with his fifth home run. Jose Morales went 2-3. Steve Tolleson went 2-4.   


Tuesday – Game 1 – New Britain 0, Portland 3 – Ryan Mullins went the distance in Game 1. He gave up three runs in his seven innings. He allowed eight hits, walked none and struck out six. The team had just four hits in the game. Juan Portes hit his third triple.

Tuesday – Game 2 – New Britain 1, Portland 5 – Frank Mata was given another start in this game. In 3.2 innings, he gave up one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out four. Alex Burnett went two innings and gave up a run on two hits. He walked four and struck out one. Jose Lugo gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in just 1.1 innings.  Rene Tosoni, Brian Dinkelman and Steve Singleton each hit a double.    


Tuesday – Ft. Myers 2, Tampa 1 David Bromberg pitched well again and improved to 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA. In 6.2 innings, he gave up a run on three hits. He walked three and struck out five. Spencer Steedley recorded the final seven outs for his sixth save. Nick Romero went 2-3 with a walk and his second steal. Chris Parmelee hit his 15th double.     


Tuesday – Beloit 2, Cedar Rapids 1 (10 innings)  – What a great game for Brad Tippett! The Australian righty had a no-hitter into the 6th inning. He had a shutout (and a 1-0) until a two out triple in the bottom of the 9th ended that and tied the game. Billy Bullock came in and got a strikeout to end that threat. He then threw a perfect 10th. Tippett went 8.2 innings and gave up just three hits. He walked one and struck out three. Angel Morales went 2-4 with his 12th double. Danny Rams knocked his third home run.      


Tuesday – Elizabethton 8, Princeton 11 Josmil Pinto went 3-3 with a walk and his second triple. Brian Dozier went 3-5 with his fifth and sixth doubles. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4 with his third homer and four RBI. Miguel Munoz started and gave up eight runs (5 earned) on ten hits in just 3.1 innings. He walked none and struck out two. Matt Tone gave up just one hit and one walk over the next 2.2 innings. Ramon Acosta then gave up three runs on six hits in his two innings. Ben Tootle pitched a perfect inning.     

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10 Responses to “Talkin’ Twins”

  1. Joe July 23, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Where does Juan Morillo fit in to the 40 man roster? Is he Rule 5 eligible?

  2. Bill in Sarasota July 23, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    Are the Twins stretching Gabino out as a possible long reliever for them?

    Or are they just trying to give him more innings on a regular basis since he’s so raw?

  3. TT July 23, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Question for Danny Valencia –

    What is keeping you out of the big leagues. Have the Twins coaches identified specific things you need to work on and improve?

    My guess is that while the Twins are still in the race, they will go with Harris and Buscher. I also think Buscher, like most players, will hit better if he is in the lineup regularly. Tolbert would get the call to provide a backup at second and short.

    I think if Perkins can’t make his next start they will give it to Dickey or maybe Duensing and then hope they can move Slowey along a little faster. I don’t think Mulvey is ready or they wouldn’t have sent him back down so quickly.

  4. mike wants wins July 23, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    If they go with Buscher for an extended period, and recall Tolbert, I may be done with them for the most part this year. Neither of those players is a MLB player at this point. They just aren’t.

  5. Joe July 23, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Ben Revere has had the last 2 days off in Fort Myers. Seth I think you hit his feelings when you said he could not hit the ball hard.

  6. mike wants wins July 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Did Seth say that? I know I did in this space.

    I still think they should consider moving Revere to 2B (I have no idea if this is even a real option, but if it is, I’d certainly explore it).

  7. Seth July 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Yeah, it was definitely not me saying he couldn’t hit the ball hard. He definitely can.

  8. mike wants wins July 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    And Seth would know about 99.999% more about how a prospect actually plays than I would, so I’d listen to him.

  9. roger July 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Shooter Hunt out of the bullpen today in relief of Salcedo who threw 7 innings with 4 hits and 1 run. Hunt pitched 1.0 inning with 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 hit batters, 0 wild pitches and 1 strikeout.

    I know there was a lot of discussion about what to do with him a few days ago. Maybe, just maybe, they will bring him out of the pen in very limited outings and “pray” that he can get it done. 2-3 outings a week of an inning or so the rest of the summer would be something very positive for this young man if a lot of them are like today!

  10. Joe July 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    Few pitchers I have comments about and will ask about again in the future.

    First off if you have not seen Deolis Guerra’s performance tonight against the Portland Seadogs, PLEASE check it out. he will be pitcher of the day with ease. 7 innings 1BB 0R and 12K. Best outing by far for him since he has been in the Twins organization. I said at the beginning of the season that maybe a change in scenery was what he may need and it seems to be holding the case so far. After being off the bandwagon for a while I have officially hopped back on.

    In the GCL the Twins have an 18 year old kid named Adrian Salcedo who has done extremely well since being signed as a 16 year old out of the Dominican Republic. After another great performance (7 innings 1R 8K) he has an ERA of 1.04 in 26 innings and 29K. Only 2 walks. has him listed at 6 feet 4 175 pounds which sounds thin but he is 18 so he will project to about 200 plus.

    Kyle Waldrop was the last of 3 first round picks the Twins had in 2004 draft along with Glen Perkins and Trevor Plouffe. He lost all of 2008 with shoulder surgery which looks like it set him back an entire level. Although he is 23 years old (turning 24 in Octorber) he has pitched well for Fort Myers and New Britian this season. He was moved to the bullpen and has 33 appearances, 57 innings pitched and posted a total ERA of 2.51.

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