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You’ve read about the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook, and as the World Series will have a Game 7 tonight, the Handbook will be available very soon. It is still available for pre-order for just $5.99. When the World Series ends, it will become available at $9.99.
The offseason is such an exciting time for a baseball fan for so many reasons. Even a fan of a team that lost 99 games in 2011 can hope that his team will make a few moves and be a contender in 2012. For me, it’s always fun to think about which minor leaguers will play for which affiliate next year, which will be breakout candidates, which will be added to the 40 man roster and which we might see contribute in 2012. Unfortunately, there is the other side of minor league baseball, the side that isn’t as much fun to report. That is the reality that a great majority of minor league ball players will never reach the major leagues.
According to Baseball America’s Minor League Transactions for the past week, the Twins released 12 minor league players and four others elected free agency.
Over the past two weeks, the Twins announced that six players had been outrighted to Rochester. Phil Dumatrait, Matt Tolbert, Rene Rivera and Brian Dinkelman have elected free agency. No word yet on Jason Repko who could elect free agency or he could sign a minor league deal with the Twins. Also, it was just the first outright for Anthony Slama, and since he didn’t sign with the Twins until 2007, he can’t become a free agent. However, he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
The following 12 players also become free agents as the Twins announced they had released them. Hopefully several of them will be able to soon catch on with another organization and get another opportunity.
- RHP – Nick Alloway – The Twins 35th round pick in 2010, he went 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in Elizabethton in 2011. In 27.2 innings, he walked 18 and struck out 25.
- RHP – Marcus Limon – A non-drafted free agent in 2011 out of Wayland Baptist, he split time between the GCL Twins and Elizabethton Twins. Combined, he went 3-4 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. In 48.1 innings, he walked 13 and struck out 40.
- RHP – Bobby O’Neill – 43rd round pick in 2011 from Biola College in California. He went 3-3 with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 39.2 innings with the GCL Twins. He walked seven and struck out 27.
- RHP – Kyle Wahl – Another non-drafted free agent signed after the 2011 draft, Wahl pitched at Southern. With the GCL Twins, he went 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. In 32 innings, he walked 13 and struck out 35.
- LHP – Nick Cicio – Non-drafted free agent lefty from Central Florida, Cicio went 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP with the GCL Twins. In 20.2 innings, he walked just two and struck out 20.
- LHP – Justin Parker – Parker was the Twins 35th round pick in 2010 out of Cosumnes River College. He went 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA ERA and a 1.75 WHIP with Elizabetthton. He was injured quite a bit and in 18.1 innings, walked three and struck out 10.
- LHP – Sam Spangler – 41st round pick in 2010 out of the University of Hawaii, Spangler split 2011 between the E-Twins and Beloit. Combined, he went 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. In 34 innings, he walked 22 and struck out 34.
- LHP – Matt Tone – 14th round pick in 2009 from SUNY-Cortland, Tone went 2-5 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP for Ft. Myers. In 63.2 innings, he walked 44 and struck out 52.
- 2B – Jamaal Hawkins – Hawkins was the Twins 28th round pick in 2010 out of Jacksonville State University. Between Beloit and Ft. Myers, he hit .229/.312/.305 with 18 doubles, one home run, 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
- 3B – Nick Romero – The team’s 5th round pick in 2008 out of San Diego State spent the year in Ft. Myers again (although he also got into one game for Rochester). He hit .199/.288/.271 with 17 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 53 RBI.
- OF – Brandon Henderson – 27th round pick in 2010 out of Fresno City College. He hit .153/.217/.200 with two doubles and a triple in Elizabethton.
- OF – Derek McCallum – 4th round pick in 2009 out of the University of Minnesota, McCallum split time in 2011 between Beloit and Ft. Myers. Overall, he hit .188/.267/.242 with ten doubles, two homers and 25 RBI.
Best wishes to each of these players as they enter the next phase of their lives, baseball or other. If you have any questions or comments or other links, please feel free to leave them here.