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Just a short posting today. Maybe the title got you excited, thinking maybe that the Twins had ponied up and signed Orlando Hudson or Felipe Lopez, or even Adam Kennedy, but no. According to Baseball America, the Twins have signed minor league second baseman Matt Gaski.
You may be thinking, “Oh boy! Matt Gaski. Who is he?”
So was I, so I looked him up. Gaski spent two years at the University of Florida where he got just 14 plate appearances as a freshman, and hit just .227 as a sophomore. He transferred to UNC-Greensboro for his junior season and finally got a chance to play consistently. He hit .291/.403/.363 with 12 doubles, one home run and one triple. He struck out 28 times and walked 42 times. He went back for his senior season and hit .327/.422/.440 with 11 doubles, a triple and five home runs. He walked 38 times with just 33 strikeouts. He was the Padres’ 34th round pick in 2008 and hit .216/.364/.261 with a double and a homer in rookie league (playing 3B). The Padres must have let him go as he spent time in 2009 in the Mets organization. He hit .291/.371/.316 with a triple in 79 at bats for Low-A Brooklyn. He moved up to Savannah for the final ten games and hit .389/.421/.444 in 36 at bats. Obviously the Mets let him go, and now he is property of the Minnesota Twins.
Based on his college and minimal professional at bats, a few things are noteworthy. First, in those two years at Florida, he got very few at bats per game played, which tells me that his defense must be terrific, maybe a late inning replacement. Second, he has great bat control as he walks more than he strikes out, and doesn’t strike out very much. Third, he has pretty much no pop in his bat at all.
At first, I asked myself “Who?” After looking at his career, my question now is “Why?”
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