Ramos to AAA, Neshek Makes Team!

31 Mar

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Twins fans and bloggers have probably spent way too many words this spring on the backup catching situation, myself included. I’m as high on Wilson Ramos as anyone. In the Minnesota Twins 2010 Prospect Handbook, I ranked him behind only Aaron Hicks in my Top 40 prospect list. But Ron Gardenhire this morning had to tell Ramos that he would be starting the season in Rochester. Thankfully Bill Smith made the right decision here, as much as I would like to see Ramos get an opportunity with the Twins. It really was the easy choice. Fortunately, Ramos did everything he could to make the choice more difficult. Simply put, Ramos needs to play. 

But Twins fans and bloggers should be spending a LOT more time talking about one of the best stories in baseball this spring, the return of Pat Neshek. After being out since May of 2008, Neshek proved himself strong this spring and earned a spot on the Twins opening day roster! It’s a testament to all of the hard work that he has put in to make it happen. So, congratulations to him.

 

Any thoughts? Leave comments here.

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10 Responses to “Ramos to AAA, Neshek Makes Team!”

  1. j-sin March 31, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Indeed, three cheers for Neshek! With Condrey battling stiffness, would Slama come up before Mahay? I like the idea of Slama with the Twins by June.

  2. Aaron March 31, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    I’m with you on the Slama comment all the way. The Strib mentioned that Mahay would get his spot. To me, that is completely ridiculous. What does Slama have to do to actually get a shot?? He’s already 26 and has been dominant at every level so far.

  3. Seth March 31, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    No argument from me there… At 26, Slama’s as ready as he’ll ever be. If condrey is out, I’d definitely say Slama should get it.

  4. dave March 31, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    The old adage, once the Twins’ front office get something in its head…. It was always going to be Butera, even if Ramos hit .900. And they were always going to send down Slama and keep borderline pitchers. But, that aside, how are Hardy and Hudson looking in the field? My guess is that Kubel may be playing a lot more left field that I feel comfortable with, but, again, how is handling left field?

  5. MrHockey March 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    My guess is that there will be much movement between AAA and even AA and the team for those last few spots on their major league roster. Casilla will likely get traded or dumped during the year until he turns the corner (seems unlikely) and same for Perkins. Slama, Ramos and others will be up when there are injuries or slumps. Be happy we have Hardy, Pavano and Thome and Mauer under a long term K.

  6. earthreclaimers March 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Kudos to Neshek! If he comes round 100% by June; then closer by committee will be water under the bridge.

  7. Nicky March 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Good idea to send Slama down so he can close and not just sit in the Twins bullpen being a mop up guy.

  8. 8th inning guy March 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    I regret the ramos move because I think he would have done well and the ab’s would have taken care of themselves. I understand the twins’ position but it’s also apparent spring training means little as far as making the 25 man roster. The good news is that the twins should only need butera 4 times in april. Certainly the twins are aware of this. Most likely, Ramos gets his chance in the bigs this year anyways.

  9. jimbo92107 March 31, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Pat Neshek had a great spring training and it paid off for him with a roster spot. Too bad Ramos didn’t get the same chance, but I understand management’s reluctance to “start his clock” on arbitration, and Ramos will further sharpen his tools in Rochester. Let’s hope he resists the impulse to try hitting every pitch 500 feet. Stay humble and work hard, Wilson Ramos!

  10. markominne April 1, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Does Ramos have any experience at other positions, say, 3rd base for instance….? With his ability to hit, and hit for power, and the Twins’ hole at 3rd, I’m just curious.

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