Quick Notes

9 Jun

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Last night involved a fun-filled seven-plus hours in my car, driving from nearly the Canadian border back home to the Twin Cities. Once home, it was show prep for Twins Minor League Weekly. If you get a chance to listen to it, I think you’ll enjoy it. Travis Aune and I discussed each of the Twins four full-season affiliates, but also answered a lot of questions from the chat room. We talked about everyone from Danny Valencia to Miguel Sano in the system. And then we spent some time talking about the first two days of the Twins draft, and their top 30 picks. So, in order to let myself get some sleep, this is going to be relatively short.

  • Kevin Slowey is back to being terrific. He improved to 7-3 with seven shutout innings last night. It was good to see Danny Valencia get three hits, including two rockets. Jason Kubel hit a long blast for another home run, and it was great seeing Michael Cuddyer back in the lineup.
  • The Twins finally decided to put Orlando Hudson on the Disabled List so that Valencia could stay with the team upon Cuddyer’s return from the Bereavement List. But JJ Hardy was given a cortisone shot and the team seems to think he’ll be back on Thursday, which likely means he’ll be out for at least eight to ten days.
  • I’ll be at the game tonight. Looking forward to seeing Carl Pavano throw for the Twins. It seems like he is always the Twins pitcher when I am at games.
  • Rochester beat Columbus 7-5 last night. Matt Macri went 3-3 with a walk and two doubles. Brock Peterson hit his ninth double and ninth home run. Jeff Manship gave up four runs in 5.2 innings. Kyle Waldrop went 1.2 scoreless innings and got the win. Anthony Slama recorded Save #12 by getting the final four outs. Waldrop’s ERA dropped to 1.28 and his WHIP is just shy of 1.00. He has an impressive 2.76 Ground Ball to Fly Ball ratio and does not walk batters. Slama walked one last night and has now walked seven batters in his last nine innings. That said, right-handed batters are hitting just .091 against him on the season while lefties hit a still-great .209.
  • New Britain lost to Richmond 6-2. Mike McCardell gave up six runs in nine hits (3 home runs) in 5.1 innings. Ben Revere went 1-1 but left the game early. I’m still trying to find out why.  The Rockcats had just five hits.
  • UPDATEBen Revere left last night’s game after being hit just above the eye by the shortstop while breaking up a double play. The CT scan was negative, but his eye is quite swollen. He will certainly miss at least a week, but there is no reason to believe it is serious.
  • Ft. Myers lost to Lakeland 9-1. Adrian Salcedo had his first really rough start. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter in just 2.1 innings. Nate Hanson had two of the Miracle’s five hits.
  • Beloit lost 5-2 to Dayton. Michael Tonkin went seven innings and gave up four runs (2 earned) on nine hits. As was apparently a pattern last night, the Snappers managed just five hits in the game. James Beresford had an RBI double.
  • Tom Stuifbergen had an MRI on his elbow yesterday and will receive the results today. Obviously we hope for the best.
  • Did you know, that while playing in the Dominican Summer League, Miguel Sano is 5-22 (.227). Four of his five hits have gone for extra bases. He has also struck out 11 times… So, the theme of this bullet point… patience is good! Jorge Polanco went 2-3 yesterday and is now 6-23 (.261).
  • Some transactions during the last week or so. Deolis Guerra was sent back to New Britain. Joe Testa was sent back to Ft. Myers. Drew Thompson and Paul Kelly were both put on the disabled list.
  • The Draft – I like the Alex Wimmers pick. It’s hard not to. I’ve seen video now on Niko Goodrum and he absolutely looks like a player. Hopefully he can still at shortstop, but even if he can’t, the guy looks like he can hit. Honestly, after that, it’s really hard, make that impossible, to judge a draft. Sure, Baseball America or other sites can tell us who should have been drafted sooner, or who the Twins maybe reached on, but they have scouts, just like the Twins and other teams in baseball have scouts. For my money (if I had any), I will give the Twins the benefit of the doubt. They have had so many late draft picks get all the way to the big leagues, that I’ll simply sit back and trust what they do. The reality is that the scouts know they’re projecting and know there isn’t certainty in any pick, so I would be crazy to think that I know what is a good pick or isn’t a good pick. That can be evaluated later based on if they sign or not and how they perform over the next decade. So I am going to try to find as much information as I can on these guys, and like the rest of us, I will just watch and enjoy following their progress.
  • Rounds 31-50, the final rounds of the draft, will be made today starting at 11:00 central time.
  • BELOIT TRIP – As I mentioned yesterday, Travis Aune and I will be heading to Beloit on Friday and watching the games there on Friday and Saturday nights. I’m really looking forward to going again. And, if any of you are in the area, or are simply looking for a mini-trip, head out to Beloit. It’s 5 ½ hours from the Twin Cities. Watching a couple of games last month has really helped open my eyes to the minor league game and development, even beyond where I was before. So, even if you aren’t able to get there this weekend (and if you do, say hi!), I think it makes sense for Twins fans to plan a trip to Beloit.
  • Is it just me, or is that Stephen Strasburg character pretty good? After Mark Prior, I fully subscribed to the “there’s no such thing as a pitching prospect” philosophy, but Strasburg might just be. I really hope he can stay healthy for years!

What else is going on in the world of baseball? Feel free to post your comments and questions in the Comments section.

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7 Responses to “Quick Notes”

  1. thrylos98 June 9, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Goodrum reminds me a lot of Sano they way he is built. I think that he is signable and projects as a corner bat. With Sano on board, the Twins have a long term 3B in the organization. I would not be surprised, if they groom Goodrum to be Morneau’s replacement. These days 1B is a position of need in the organization and unless an OF is converted (Liddle already seems to go the 1B way and Tosoni might be in his footsteps,) but I am not sure that he is a top prospect), or Parmalee has a break-through, Morneau’s replacement is not in the organization right now (Peterson is serviceable in time of need, but…)

  2. roger June 9, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Beloit can’t have lost 13 of 14. They won on Saturday, 10-1, and twice last week, Friday and a week ago Saturday. I have them at 3-6 in their last nine with a big losing streak before that.

  3. TT June 9, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    “they (Baseball America) have scouts, just like the Twins and other teams in baseball have scouts. ”

    Do they? My understanding was Baseball America’s reports are based almost entirely on phone calls and discussions with various scouts. Their reporters may see some players in person at various venues, but they don’t actually employ anyone to scout. They are reporting the collective wisdom of the people they talk to.

  4. TT June 9, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    As I recall, Mark Prior did pretty well to start and then had some arm problems. Of course, Strasburg has not yet pitched a full season as a professional, so we will have to see how he holds up in August and September.

  5. Gizzy June 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Just wondering what all you guys thought. Would trading Hicks,Ramos and any pitcher not named gibson in the minors be enough to give Seatle for Cliff Lee !! I feel this could be are year, And mr lee has proven to be a big time pitcher!!

  6. mike wants wins June 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Guerra down to AA….he’s young, but still not much in return for Santana alas.

  7. dave June 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Strasburg is the real deal squared. His mechanics are flawless, his temperament that of a veteran, and in every way possible he seems to have his head on straight. Granted it was the Pirates, but he was a man among boys.

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