Twins Release a Dozen Minor Leaguers

27 Oct

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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.


17 Responses to “Twins Release a Dozen Minor Leaguers”

  1. Gary October 28, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Based only on statistics, it appears that O’Neill, Wahl, and Cicio have some potential. Just wondering if players with lesser stats were retained because they were drafted higher as opposed to either being lower level draft choices or undrafted free agents.
    Also looks like scouting, drafting and developmental WHIFFS on both Romero and McCallum. Based on draft position and college experience, both should have advanced further in the farm system than they did. An organization like the Twins needs to be consistantly feeding players through their system. Can’t afford to invest the time and money on draft choices that wash out. I remember all the media hype when McCallum was available to draft and then drafted. All for nothing now!!

    • mike wants wins October 28, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Agreed on that last part…..they can’t afford to whiff on “early” draft picks.

      • Seth October 28, 2011 at 11:27 am #

        are 4th and 5th round picks “early” draft picks? I mean, relative to 50 picks yes, but it’s hard to call 4th and 5th round picks busts. Yup, both “should have” moved up further, but that’s not always the case. First rounders can be busts… maybe 2nd rounders. After that, you’re outside of the Top 100 draft picks…

      • mike wants wins October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

        Not sure what early is….my point was in agreement with the general concept that a team that does not trade for guys in their prime, and does not sign FAs in their prime, cannot miss on draft picks on a consistent basis. A team like the Twins needs 1-2 new MLB players every year to come up from their minor leagues, and that is NOT happening right now. Not even close.

        Certainly, an occassional 4th/5th rounder bombing early in their career is not the end of the world. But it sure would be nice if they drafted and developed and promoted some every year.

    • Seth October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      22 year olds pitching ‘pretty well’ in the GCL doesn’t signal potential though. The one that surprised me a lot was Alloway because he does throw pretty hard. The one that surprised me a little was Limon because he was non-drafted but he pitched pretty well in E-Town too after his promotion.

      • mike wants wins October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

        Which makes me wonder at the excitement over Boer’s season this year. A college pitcher pitching well against a bunch of HS guys or guys with 1 year of MiLB experience doesn’t do a lot for me….and that is no knock on the pick or his potential. I just don’t get the excitement over his work this year in the minors. But I’ll admit to not following it closely, so I could be totally off.

      • Seth October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

        My ranking of Boer is based on conversations about his stuff, and the fact that he’ll be a starter next season, as will Matt Summers. I pretty much don’t make much out of their short-season numbers.

      • mike wants wins October 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

        Yup, I figured that. That comment was aimed at the comments on the Strib and other places….and I like the Boer pick actually. For me, I’d give him 1 year to see if he shows he might be a starter. Otherwise, I move him to RP and up the ladder quickly. But, I’m certainly not in charge of the Twins…..

  2. Jim H October 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Actually, Mike wants wins, the Twins have been adding at least one major leaguer every year for quite a while now. Sometimes they come up, then go down for awhile, but mostly, no matter how you figure it, they add new guys from the minors every year. Most of these guys are draft choices too. The quibble, if there is one, is about quality. Clearly since Mauer and Morneau, there haven’t been any superstars. Especially this year with all the injuries we have seen a lot of minor league guys. With all the moaning about the weakness of the Twins farm system, a number of guys that showed up this year have a good chance for productive major league careers.

    • mike wants wins October 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Fair enough. But bringing up Drew Butera is not what I had in mind. I thought that was kind of obvious.

      I’ll amend my comment and say that if you won’t trade for a player in his prime, and you won’t sign a player in his prime, you need to bring up legit MLB starting-quality players on a more consistent basis than they have lately.

  3. Mark October 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I am a part time Ft Myers resident and have watched the Miracle play several times. I have never seen a person look more like a baseball player than Nick Romero. But, for some reason he just could not hit the ball.

  4. DH in Philly October 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    No other team ever whiffs on 4th or 8th round selections so it is fair and extremely intelligent to complain about this.

    • mike wants wins October 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      I’m sorry you didn’t think my post was intelligent. I’ll try harder to make them more interesting, fair and intelligent.

  5. Chuck October 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Being a full time Ft. Myers resident; Twins spring training season ticket and Miracle season ticket holder, I could see that Nick Romero would be let go. In the two years he played with the Miracle, he had plenty of opportunities of hitting. Many of the guys that I see at the Miracle games would agree with me, it was the end of the road for Romero. I would like to see Tommy Watkins on the coaching staff of the Miracle next season. Also I would like to see Jack Morris as a pitching coach with GCL. What is a big early Christmas wish is to sign Ivan Rodriguez as DH and backup catcher. With his son playing in Twins organization, offer a job in coaching after his career ends. To see his son and him play in a spring training game would be a treat in itself.

  6. lew October 30, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Sad time for this group, we all wish them well. What it looks like to me is that the Twins are now going to let “the youngsters” from ETown and Beloit this year fight it out in Spring Training for roster spots. Michael will get the nod in Ft. Myers @ SS no matter what happens, Bryant and Grimes will battle Lockwood and Goodrum for spots in Beloit and Rosario will get long looks at 2B in Ft. Myers. A pretty nice group of middle guys if you ask me. Rosario at 2B does not make sense to me as he has all of the tools to play a great OF but the geniuses of the Twins system I’m sure have a plan here.

  7. Outstate October 30, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Is Rosario going to be made into a future Cuddyer? A multi- position player. Once he masters 2nd will he be asked to learn another position.

  8. Gary October 31, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    When you draft a player in the 43rd round, you are doing so with the understanding that there isn’t much chance that player will make it to the majors. When you sign an undrafted player, you do so knowing that the odds are they will wash out somewhere in the low minors. When the players you drafted in the 4th or 5th round don’t make it, (that means the 4th and 5th overall player drafted by the organization) that means that either scouting or player development screwed up.

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