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(Please note that I have made a few grammatical corrections to this blog posting. It was a long, exciting, eventful night, so reading what I wrote last night, this morning, is kind of embarrassing. So again, I have done some editing. For instance, Justin Morneau did not leave last night’s game because he was ‘busy’, but because he was “dizzy!” OK, that error is just kind of funny!)
On Monday night, the Twins signed RHP Tyler Herr. He was the Twins 44th round pick out of Katy, Texas. As good of a signing as that is, you’re not here today to read about Tyler Herr, right?
You’re here to find out more about Kyle Gibson. As you know, Gibson was the Twins first round pick in 2009 out of the University of Missouri. Yesterday, I wrote way too much on this situation. I tried to look at it from Gibson’s perspectives, the Twins perspective, discussed the slot system, and finally gave my opinion of what should happen. A few minutes before last night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, I got a text message from Kyle saying he would be happy to be on the podcast for a little bit. If you haven’t listened to it yet, be sure to do so. He appears at about the 13 minute mark of the show. But I encourage you to listen to the whole show. We were also joined by Vic Quick of KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD. He is a huge Rangers fan, so talking to him about his team made a lot of sense. After the Gibson interview, Cory Hepola, another TV sports man (at WROC-TV) from Rochester, New York, came on and we talked Red Wings baseball.
It was the third time that Gibson was on the podcast, so be sure to check the Archives for his previous appearances. Although I was completely unprepared, I think it sounds good. Did you know that most of my podcasts are heard by between 25-30 listeners live? (and then many more later throughout the week) Last night’s podcast was listened to live by over 120 people!
Shortly after the podcast, and minutes before last night’s 11:00 central time deadline, Joe Christenson tweeted that the Twins and Gibson had agreed to their signing bonus. Shortly thereafter, I heard that the actual value was $1.85 million. Think about it. The Twins wanted to give the slot value of $1.3 million. The Gibson side wanted $2.4 million. The mid-point? $1.85 million. In other words, both sides compromised a significant amount and should be congratulated. This is a great thing for the Twins and their fans! The Twins and the Pohlad family were willing to go a little over ½ million over slot.
To answer some questions that I have received a lot already – Gibson will join the Twins and begin pitching in the Instructional League in Ft. Myers in October or November. His forearm is healed but just recently began his throwing program. I would expect him to begin the 2010 season in Ft. Myers, with an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues by 2011 or 2012.
This is a great day for the Twins. Kyle Gibson has been very classy since the Twins drafted him (and probably long before), so it’s great that it worked out between he and the Twins.
SUNDAY – TWINS 4, RANGERS 7
Francisco Liriano made the start, gave up three runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning; he came out of the game and went on the Disabled List. What a day! The reason for the Disabled List? Arm Fatigue. In a strange, surprising move, the Twins promoted Philip Humber to the big leagues again. I must admit that I don’t get that move. Without much background, I would have promoted Armando Gabino. Here are a few notes:
- Did Bobby Keppel figure something out and make an adjustment? He has been better of late, and in this game, he gave the team 3.1 shutout innings. He gave up just two hits.
- Jose Mijares went 1.1 scoreless innings. Matt Guerrier gave up a run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. Brian Duensing, who was named the starter for Thursday’s game earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless ninth inning. It now appears that Anthony Swarzak will make the start on Thursday.
- Joe Mauer continues to be very good at playing baseball. In this game, he had a single, his 21st double and his 23rd home run. The man also stole a base.
- Justin Morneau left the game early as he was busy.
- Nick Punto and Delmon Young each went 1-3 and drove in two runs. Young hit his eighth double.
- Tonight, the Twins will send Carl Pavano to the mound against Scott Feldman.
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Hitter of the Day – Anderson Hidalgo, Elizabethton Twins
Monday – SethSpeaks.net Pitcher of the Day – Michael Tonkin, GCL Twins
Monday – Rochester 5, Syracuse 16 – The Red Wings had a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the 9th inning. Anthony Slama was in for his second inning of relief. Slama got the first two outs of the inning, but not before he gave up five runs on four hits and three walks. Rob Delaney came in and gave up six runs on five hits and a walk, and he didn’t record an out. Jason Jones got the final out, but not before giving up a home run. The 12 run ninth inning gave the team a big loss. Kevin Mulvey started and gave up four unearned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. Justin Huber went 3-4 with his 18th walk. Drew Butera went 2-4 with his 13th double and two RBI. Trevor Plouffe went 2-5 with his ninth home run. He also had three errors in the game.
Monday – New Britain – No Games Scheduled in the Eastern League.
Monday – Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 6 – Michael Tarsi gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Michael Allen gave up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out two. Estarlin de Los Santos, Ben Revere, Evan Bigley and Joe Benson each went 2-4. Bigley drove in two runs.
Monday – Beloit 2, Wisconsin 8 – Brad Tippett had an unusual (for him) rough start. He gave up seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits. He did not record a walk or a strikeout. Winston Marquez struck out five in three one-hit innings. Brad Stillings gave up one run on two hits over two innings. James Beresford and Aaron Hicks each went 2-5.
Monday – Elizabethton 9, Danville 5 – Anderson Hidalgo hit his 11th double and fifth home run and drove in three runs. Dan Rohlfing hit his first home run and drove in three runs. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4 with his tenth double. Edgar Ibarra improved to 5-2. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three in five innings. Kane Holbrooks gave up three unearned runs on two hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Tony Davis gave up a run on three hits and two walks in three innings. Dakota Watts recorded his first save by getting the final out.
GCL TWINS GOINGS ON
Monday – GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 1 – Michael Tonkin improved to 3-3 with six strong innings. He gave up one unearned runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out six hitters. Andrei Lobanov recorded his seventh save with a perfect inning. Hyeong-rok Choi hit his third and fourth doubles. In Kyun Kang hit his first home run.
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