Solar Sox Win!

13 Oct

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The Arizona Fall League is upon us. Seven Twins minor leaguers are participating in the illustrious league of prospects. On Tuesday afternoon, they played their first game of the year for the Mesa Solar Sox. They beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 10-6. The game really wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

Right from the start, the Solar Sox jumped out to a lead. Twins OF prospect, Rene Tosoni, led off the game with a solo home run. Here is how the Twins prospects did on the day:

  • Rene Tosoni – Left Field – Leadoff – He went 1-4 with two walks and the home run.
  • Chris Parmelee – 1B – Batted 6th – He went 0-4 with a walk.
  • Steve Singleton – 2B – Batted 8th – He went 2-5 with a double.
  • Steve Hirschfeld – RHP – He pitched the 5th inning. He struck out three hitters. He also gave up a solo home run to another.
  • Spencer Steedley – LHP – He came in with a runner on and two outs in the 6th inning. He walked one, threw a wild pitch, walked another but then got out of that inning without a run scoring. He came out for the 7th inning. He issued another walk, gave up a single, loaded the bases with a walk, and gave up a two run single before being replaced. No additional runs scored, so he gave up two runs on four walks and two hits in 0.1 innings.
  • Alex Burnett – RHP – Did not pitch.
  • Michael McCardell – RHP – Did not pitch. He will be starting on Wednesday.

I just found out that I will be in Phoenix for work for a couple of days in November, so I am hoping to get to a game or two. That is one of those things every baseball fan should experience, and I hope I can cross that off of my list. Any thoughts on the Arizona Fall League, the Twins players selected to go, or any other comments, please click here.

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13 Responses to “Solar Sox Win!”

  1. Han Joelo October 14, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    I know that on prospect lists guys like Hicks will rank higher than Tosoni based on potential upside, but it is great to see Tosoni off to a good start. He did pretty well in the World Cup as well didn’t he?

    As rapidly as he’s advanced, will he be in the mix next year, further clouding (or unclouding) the Gomez/Young debate?

  2. Seth October 14, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Tosoni did very well in the World Cup. He was the MVP of the Futures Game last year. He was an Eastern League All-Star. He’s a Top 10 type of prospect and just seems to have a strong understanding of the game. I definitely think he factors in to the plans and into that Gomez/Young debate maybe sooner than we would think.

  3. DH in Philly October 14, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    What a piece of crap that article was. What is the MNPost anyways? Journalism school dropouts?

  4. TT October 14, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    “What a piece of crap that article was. ”

    Just another blogger with an attitude. MnPost has some excellent journalists, but their Twins coverage is kind of an embarrassment.

  5. gobbledygookguy October 14, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    it’s a piece of crap to say it’s a piece of crap without saying what you disagree with and why. what were his points that were wrong in your opinion? Same old blog stuff where people call names but don’t add anything in its place.

  6. mike wants wins October 14, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I agreed with a portion of that piece, if not it’s tone or style. I’m sure that the reporters on the site appreciate your constructive criticism though.

  7. roger October 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I believe that the article in part has some errors because I suspect the writer hasn’t seen a lot of Twins baseball this year. If he has, he is wrong on several assumptions. As for Mauer, I think the biggest problem that Joe had was with all the east coast writers wanting to talk about nothing to him other than whether he was coming east. That may have been the reason for Mauer’s facial expression when asked about his future. Hell, he was trying to win a playoff series. I also expect Mauer knows that the Twins are very close.

    As for most of his analysis of the Twins problems. Not to far off, however, he failed to take into consideration the significant injuries that have plagued this team. He briefly mentioned Morneau, well, a healthy Morneau in August and September would make a huge difference to any team. Pitching injuries, well Slowey missed half the year, we have been without Pat for going on two years (although Mgmt maybe should have addressed that last winter) and Crain is just now coming back from his surgery.

    I must say I agree however, that somehow Bill Smith has to convert a list of too many hustling utility reserve type players into at least one solid starter. Take away Casilla, Gomez or Young, Harris, and one of Liriano or Perkins and give us one solid player in their place and we are a pretty good team. That is assuming most of the stars stay healthy for most of the year. There aren’t a lot of teams out there with Span, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Cuddyer. Those are FIVE very good to great ballplayers.

  8. TT October 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    “I’m sure that the reporters on the site”

    Just to be clear, there is no “reporting” on the Twins on MnPost. That article is just another opinionated blog piece empty of any real information.

    “I suspect the writer hasn’t seen a lot of Twins baseball this year.”

    You may be right. So why is he being given a forum to write about them?

    “Bill Smith has to convert a list of too many hustling utility reserve type players into at least one solid starter”

    I don’t think it works that way. Every team wants to convert mediocre players into one star. But no one wants to trade a solid player for a bunch of mediocre utility players. And they don’t want to trade away potential stars either. You have to give up a Garza to get a Young.

    “Take away Casilla, Gomez or Young, Harris, and one of Liriano or Perkins and give us one solid player in their place and we are a pretty good team.”

    But it seems the way baseball really works is that you have to sort through a lot of players who show potential and find the ones that develop into good players. You will always have some players who don’t. So if Liriano and Perkins never develop, then Duensing, Manship and Swarzak might. Or Guerra and Guttierez behind them. Same with Young and Gomez. Tosoni is close to ready and Parmelee, Revere, Benson, Hicks and Morales are moving fast.

    “There aren’t a lot of teams out there with Span, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Cuddyer.”

    Exactly right. And Young, Gomez or even Casilla may eventually be among them. Its important to remember that Span, Morneau, Kubel and Cuddyer were all once on the list of players who hadn’t lived up to their potential. Now they have. People even criticized Mauer for his lack of power.

    The fact is that this team took a couple steps back this year. Its young starting pitchers faltered badly and its bullpen struggled a good part of the year. They won the division anyway.

    And part of that is BECAUSE they had a plethora of solid utility guys to fill in the infield. Crede is hurt, no problem. Casilla isn’t ready for the major leagues? Not a problem. The problem was not the utility guys, it was the lack of number two hitter.

    gobbledegook:

    Here is what you said: “good take in the mn post!”

    How does “good take” add anything more than “piece of crap”? Afterall, you were the one suggesting it was worthy of everyone’s attention. Don’t you think you need to explain why, rather than getting mad because someone else suggests it was a waste of time.

    • gobbledygookguy October 15, 2009 at 8:51 am #

      Mr. TT I was pointing out it was an off the normal blog point of view. He made some good points and some I didn’t totally agree with. However, I thought it may be something to start a discussion from and merely that. And I wasn’t mad just asking what you found “crap” about it. You have made some points to counter that, some I agree with and some I disagree with. Winning this division means very little if you can’t win a playoff game. When you look at the bench we had during the playoffs and Tolbert playing 3b, well that seems less than acceptable to me. If competing and winning a bad division every few years makes you satisfied as a fan, good for you. I think with the core we have now this team shouldn’t be a .500 team for most the year, injuries or not. But that’s just mo.
      I guess I’m expecting too much to have a baseball discussion without name calling and the normal bitching. I’ve always found Seth’s site to be a little more civil than the trib sites.

      • TT October 15, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

        First, I didn’t call it “a piece of crap”. I said he was just “another blogger with an attitude”. Your response to the person who expressed the opinion that it was “crap” was what was uncivil.

        “I thought it may be something to start a discussion from ”

        And I don’t think it is the basis for a discussion. But if you do, you ought to tell people here why, not just complain when other’s fail to see its value.

        “When you look at the bench we had during the playoffs and Tolbert playing 3b, well that seems less than acceptable to me.”

        Tolbert wasn’t playing third base in the playoffs, he got hurt remember? Its kind of tough to blame the Twins failure on the fact that they had him available when Crede got hurt. Tolbert hit .333 as his replacement with a .465 SLG and .365 OBP. And he was solid, if not Crede, in the field.

        “I think with the core we have now this team shouldn’t be a .500 team for most the year, injuries or not. But that’s just mo.”

        With the pitching staff the Twins had after all their injuries, they are lucky to be in the playoffs at all. They had 27 starts by pitchers who had never appeared in a big league game before this season and, with the exception of Duensing, pitched like it. They had 41 starts by Liriano and Perkins whose ERA’s were close to 6. Again with the exception of Duensing, not one of the starters finished with an ERA under 4.00. The “core” of the pitching staff was Baker and Blackburn with Pavano stepping in at the end. That is not exactly the foundation of a sure champion.

        Of course, none of that has anything to do with the MnPOST article. If you had just said “I love this guy’s attitude” maybe people would have known what to expect and I wouldn’t have wasted my time reading it.

  9. Nils October 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Worth mentioning that Wilson Ramos is 6-18 with 2 homers in the Venezuelan league

  10. Bill Lockwood October 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    When will someone be writing a report on the top players from the florida instructional league team?

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