Tuesday Morning Tidbits

27 Apr

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First of all, I wrote this week’s Twins Minor League Notebook as my blog entry at the TwinsCentric blog at StarTribune.com.

Also, at 10:00 central tonight, you can listen to this week’s edition of Twins Minor League Weekly. The guest list is still being worked on, but to learn everything you would want to know about the Twins farm system, listen in. But also participate. The chat room will be open and there is also a call-in number.

Any Joe Mauer fans out there? If you want, at 6:00 tonight on ESPN’s E:60, Jeremy Schaap comes to Minnesota to learn more about the Twins $180 million man. It’ll be different than the Homecoming episode from a few weeks ago, yet it will be a similar look back at Mauer’s neighborhood, growing up and more. There are quotes on the show from Cal Ripken, Terry Ryan, Justin Morneau, and most important, Joe’s grandpa Jake. If you have a chance, you’ll certainly want to watch.

And right after that, you’ll certainly want to watch the Twins take on the Tigers in Detroit. It will be Francisco Liriano against the struggling Justin Verlander tonight at 6:30 central time. Miguel Cabrera is again one of baseball’s top hitters. Johnny Damon is hitting over .300. So is Austin Jackson who also notched his first home run on Sunday night. He also leads baseball in strikeouts. And the combination of Jose Valverde and Joel Zumaya is dominating the end of games. This is a very good team and the Twins will have to play well to beat them.    

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Danny Valencia – Rochester Red Wings

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan – Ft. Myers Miracle

 

Red Wings Report   

Monday – Rochester 9, Syracuse 6 I think it is fair to say (and certainly not at all biased) that Jeff Manship and Danny Valencia are a couple of my favorite Twins prospects. Both were drafted out of college in 2006, later than they should have been Manship was selected in the 14th round out of Notre Dame and Valencia was taken in the 19th round. Both have done very well throughout their minor league careers. Manship played a role in the Twins comeback of 2009, and both of these guys are back in Rochester to start the 2010 season. On this day, the duo helped lead the Red Wings to an matinee win. Manship started the season 0-2, but with six strong innings in this game, he is now 2-2. He gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks. Jose Lugo got just one out and gave up a run on three hits. Matt Fox got the inning’s final two outs. Kyle Waldrop then came in and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in one innings. Anthony Slama pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save. Valencia led the offense. He went 4-5 with two doubles and has raised his batting average almost .100 points in the past three games. Dustin Martin continues to surprise and impress. He was 3-5 with a stolen base. Matt Tolbert had a double and a triple in five at bats. Brian Dinkelman was also 2-5. Wilson Ramos hit his third home run, and Brock Peterson hit his second.   

New Britain Notes

Monday – New Britain, Richmond – Postponed by Rain.

Miracle Matters

Monday – Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 8 (10 innings) – Bobby Lanigan put together another very strong start for the Miracle. The righty gave up an unearned run on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six. Matt Williams came in and gave up three runs on three hits (including two home runs) in two innings. He struck out three. Shooter Hunt was excellent through two shutout innings, but he went out for the tenth inning and gave up four runs on five hits to take the loss. He struck out three, and most important, he walked none. Ramon Santana led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Chris Herrmann had two hits. Nick Romero hit his first home of the season. Deibinson Romero had a two-run triple. Jonathan Goncalves made his Miracle debut and went 2-4 with a double. Goncalves was in Ft. Myers, in Extended Spring Training. The Miracle had a need in CF and the speedy outfielder moved across the parking lot to play for the Miracle. Likely when the team deems Aaron Hicks or Angel Morales ready for Ft. Myers, Goncalves will likely head to  Beloit, or even back to play for Elizabethton.

Snappers Snippets

Monday – Beloit 6, Burlington 4 – Immediately following a rain delay, the Snappers scored three runs in the top of the 9th to beat Burlington. An Angel Morales walk and stolen base, followed by a Josmil Pinto double, followed by a Wang-Wei Lin walk, a passed ball, a James Beresford single and an Aaron Hicks walk, and that’s how the Snappers won the game. Of course, the inning ended when Brian Dozier was called out on strikes and got her and his manager, Nelson Prada, ejected from the game which meant several position changes on the fly just to make it interesting. But Steve Blevins pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Miguel Munoz started the game for the Snappers. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out eight. Dakota Watts pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Tone came in and got two outs. Unfortunately he walked three and one came in to score. Kane Holbrooks gave up the run-scoring hit, but got the final out of the inning. Angel Morales went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Aaron Hicks was 2-4 with a walk.  

Any thoughts on the Twins or their minor league system? Leave your comments here. 

First of all, I wrote this week’s Twins Minor League Notebook as my blog entry at the TwinsCentric blog at StarTribune.com.

Also, at 10:00 central tonight, you can listen to this week’s edition of Twins Minor League Weekly. The guest list is still being worked on, but to learn everything you would want to know about the Twins farm system, listen in. But also participate. The chat room will be open and there is also a call-in number.

Any Joe Mauer fans out there? If you want, at 6:00 tonight on ESPN’s E:60, Jeremy Schaap comes to Minnesota to learn more about the Twins $180 million man. It’ll be different than the Homecoming episode from a few weeks ago, yet it will be a similar look back at Mauer’s neighborhood, growing up and more. There are quotes on the show from Cal Ripken, Terry Ryan, Justin Morneau, and most important, Joe’s grandpa Jake. If you have a chance, you’ll certainly want to watch.

And right after that, you’ll certainly want to watch the Twins take on the Tigers in Detroit. It will be Francisco Liriano against the struggling Justin Verlander tonight at 6:30 central time. Miguel Cabrera is again one of baseball’s top hitters. Johnny Damon is hitting over .300. So is Austin Jackson who also notched his first home run on Sunday night. He also leads baseball in strikeouts. And the combination of Jose Valverde and Joel Zumaya is dominating the end of games. This is a very good team and the Twins will have to play well to beat them.    

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Danny Valencia – Rochester Red Wings

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bobby Lanigan – Ft. Myers Miracle

 

Red Wings Report   

Monday – Rochester 9, Syracuse 6 I think it is fair to say (and certainly not at all biased) that Jeff Manship and Danny Valencia are a couple of my favorite Twins prospects. Both were drafted out of college in 2006, later than they should have been Manship was selected in the 14th round out of Notre Dame and Valencia was taken in the 19th round. Both have done very well throughout their minor league careers. Manship played a role in the Twins comeback of 2009, and both of these guys are back in Rochester to start the 2010 season. On this day, the duo helped lead the Red Wings to an matinee win. Manship started the season 0-2, but with six strong innings in this game, he is now 2-2. He gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks. Jose Lugo got just one out and gave up a run on three hits. Matt Fox got the inning’s final two outs. Kyle Waldrop then came in and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in one innings. Anthony Slama pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save. Valencia led the offense. He went 4-5 with two doubles and has raised his batting average almost .100 points in the past three games. Dustin Martin continues to surprise and impress. He was 3-5 with a stolen base. Matt Tolbert had a double and a triple in five at bats. Brian Dinkelman was also 2-5. Wilson Ramos hit his third home run, and Brock Peterson hit his second.   

New Britain Notes

Monday – New Britain, Richmond – Postponed by Rain.

Miracle Matters

Monday – Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 8 (10 innings) – Bobby Lanigan put together another very strong start for the Miracle. The righty gave up an unearned run on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six. Matt Williams came in and gave up three runs on three hits (including two home runs) in two innings. He struck out three. Shooter Hunt was excellent through two shutout innings, but he went out for the tenth inning and gave up four runs on five hits to take the loss. He struck out three, and most important, he walked none. Ramon Santana led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Chris Herrmann had two hits. Nick Romero hit his first home of the season. Deibinson Romero had a two-run triple. Jonathan Goncalves made his Miracle debut and went 2-4 with a double. Goncalves was in Ft. Myers, in Extended Spring Training. The Miracle had a need in CF and the speedy outfielder moved across the parking lot to play for the Miracle. Likely when the team deems Aaron Hicks or Angel Morales ready for Ft. Myers, Goncalves will likely head to  Beloit, or even back to play for Elizabethton.

Snappers Snippets

Monday – Beloit 6, Burlington 4 – Immediately following a rain delay, the Snappers scored three runs in the top of the 9th to beat Burlington. An Angel Morales walk and stolen base, followed by a Josmil Pinto double, followed by a Wang-Wei Lin walk, a passed ball, a James Beresford single and an Aaron Hicks walk, and that’s how the Snappers won the game. Of course, the inning ended when Brian Dozier was called out on strikes and got her and his manager, Nelson Prada, ejected from the game which meant several position changes on the fly just to make it interesting. But Steve Blevins pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Miguel Munoz started the game for the Snappers. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out eight. Dakota Watts pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Tone came in and got two outs. Unfortunately he walked three and one came in to score. Kane Holbrooks gave up the run-scoring hit, but got the final out of the inning. Angel Morales went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Aaron Hicks was 2-4 with a walk.  

Any thoughts on the Twins or their minor league system? Leave your comments here.

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3 Responses to “Tuesday Morning Tidbits”

  1. Ricky April 27, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    So was Brandon Roberts moved up with Goncalves replacing him?

  2. Seth April 27, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    No, I mentioned it in the Twins Minor League Notebook. Roberts re-aggravated his injury and will miss more time.

  3. mike wants wins April 27, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Hicks and Morales will be promoted in June or so, is my current projection.

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