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Twins Notes

18 Nov

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Hopefully you have all had a chance to listen to last night’s Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast. Danny Valencia led off the show, and we talked about everything from his time in New Britain, his promotion to Rochester, playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, his thoughts on what it would mean to be added to the 40 man roster on Friday, his offseason and much more, including his thoughts on trying to make blogger TT happy! J Next on the agenda was a very good interview with Steve Singleton. We discussed his time down in Arizona, the level of play, what he’s learned about himself through playing there, his thoughts on what it would mean to be added to the 40 man roster, fantasy football, and much more. After that, I was able to discuss some other Twins related topics and answer a few questions. So again, if you haven’t yet listened to the show, you can listen to it by going here. It’s pretty cool to have two guests on last night who could conceivably both be with the Minnesota Twins sometime in 2010.

Speaking of podcasts, I will be a guest on Twins Talk podcast tonight at 9:00 p.m. central time which is hosted by Jack Steal of Fanatic Jack Talks Twins and also Topper Anton of Curve for a Strike. Also on tonight’s show will be Andrew Bryz-Gornia of Off the Mark.

The Twins have eight minor league free agents. According to Baseball America, they are: David Winfree, Brock Peterson, Alejandro Machado, Brian Buscher, Matt Moses, Oswaldo Sosa, Frank Mata and Reid Santos. It is likely that the Twins will try to retain a couple of them, but others they will just let go elsewhere. In my opinion, there are only three that they should try to retain.

  • The first choice would be David Winfree. He is just 24 years old and had a very solid year in his first AAA season. He is a right-handed bat with some power. He may never hit for average and doesn’t get on base at a great clip, but I would think they would be happy to have him stay.
  • Brock Peterson had a very strong second half in Rochester last year, arguably the team’s top hitter the last few months. He is another right handed bat with a little power. He plays 1B, and the Twins have a guy who plays there. They also have a backup in Michael Cuddyer and may end up signing a bench bat there as well. Also, Erik Lis has spent the last two years hitting well at AA New Britain. He likely will move up to Rochester. Also, Whit Robbins plays an excellent 1B and was an All-Star in AA Eastern League last year. He may have an opportunity to move up to AAA. If not, Peterson could be brought back, especially since Justin Huber is not coming back.
  • Frank Mata is the third that I would try to bring back. He is a Tommy John survivor from a few year ago, and he throws very hard. He may or may not have a big league future, but I think he’s got the kind of stuff that is worth giving another year to.

There are several other former Twins minor leaguers who now find themselves as free agents. Since I follow the Twins minor league system so closely, I still am interested in following the careers of former players. Here are those players and the team that they played with in 2009:

  • Bobby Korecky (Arizona), Trent Oeltjen (Arizona), Mariano Gomez (Atlanta), Luis Rivas (Cubs), Doug Deeds (Cubs), Michael Restovich (White Sox), Alexander Smit (Reds), Korey Feiner (Reds), Lew Ford (Reds), Levale Speigner (Marlins), Michael Ryan (Marlins), Casey Daigle (Astros), Tim Raines, Jr. (Royals), Henry Bonilla (Dodgers), JD Durbin (Dodgers), Danny Ardoin (Dodgers), Luis Maza (Dodgers), James Tomlin (Dodgers), Mike Lamb (Mets), Tristan Crawford (Phillies), Terry Tiffee (Phillies), Matt Kinney (Giants), Ramon Ortiz (Giants), Julio DePaula (Rays), Rashad Eldridge (Rays), Justin Jones (Nationals).

I apologize for not posting my thoughts on the Twins 2010 uniforms. Maybe I’m weird, but I just don’t find that to  be an exciting piece of news. I like them. They’re cool. I like the gray ones because they’re at least a little bit different. I know it’s all important, but I’d much prefer to talk about free agents, trade targets and 40 man roster decisions.

Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times wrote a book called Evaluating Baseball Managers which will be released soon.  He provided a fun excerpt of the book. It was a section on Billy Martin when he was with the Twins in 1969.

As Joe Christensen mentioned in his blog today, the AL Manager of the Year will be announced this afternoon and Ron Gardenhire should receive strong consideration. I know that many blog readers disagree many times with Gardy, but he has to be considered for the award. My personal vote would go to Ron Washington of the Rangers, but then I could make a case for either Mike Scioscia or Gardy for 2nd place. If Gardy finishes second yet again, he could officially be named the Susan Lucci of baseball!

Alright, that is it for today. Are there any other Twins topics of note? If so, Send me an e-mail, or leave your Comments here.


Twins Crushed

7 Jul


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How about we not spend any more time thinking about the Twins 10-2 loss to the Yankees than necessary? Is that enough? Too much? OK, the crib notes would or could include. Scott Baker looked fully intimidated and weak against he Yankees lineup. At least they got through the final 5.2 innings by using only Brian Duensing and R.A. Dickey. Carlos Gomez made a couple of very nice catches in CF. The offense managed just four hits. Michael Cuddyer hit his 13th home run of the season, so that’s good. Anything else worth mentioning? Let’s just hope that Glen Perkins can make us all forget that May start in the new Yankees Stadium and shut down that Yankees offense. He will have to because the Twins won’t score much against AJ Burnett.

Oh, and again, be sure to check back tomorrow when we may be able to let you in on a little information that has been teased here and a couple of other places over the last few days.



Tuesday – Hitter of the Day – David Winfree, Rochester Red Wings

Tuesday – Pitcher of the Day – Frank Mata, New Britain Rockcats



·         As posted here last night, the Twins made several minor league transactions last night. New Britain put Jay Rainville on the Disabled List. 20 year old Deolis Guerra is moving up to the Rockcats. Luke Hughes is headed back to New Britain. It is not being called a rehab, but I have to assume he’ll be back up with the Red Wings in a few weeks, if he plays well. In subsequent moves, Michael Tarsi was promoted from Beloit to Ft. Myers, and Liam Hendriks was sent to Beloit from Elizabethton.

·         Be sure to check out an excellent Q&A with Matt Fox on Travis Talks from yesterday. Great questions, and clearly Mr. Fox spent some time on his responses.



Tuesday – Rochester 7, Syracuse 1 – David Winfree had a very strong game. He went 4-5 with his 10th home run of the year. Danny Valencia was 2-4 with a walk and three RBI. Trevor Plouffe went 2-5 with his 13th double. Jason Pridie went 2-5. Steve Tolleson was 1-3 with two walks and his fifth stolen base. Reid Santos made the start and threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out four. Tim Lahey then threw three shutout innings. Sean Henn gave up a run on three hits in his inning.



Tuesday – New Britain 0, Connecticut 3 – Frank Mata made another start and was very good. In five innings, he gave up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out one. Kyle Waldrop then finally gave up AA runs. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in two innings. Jose Lugo then struck out three in two perfect innings. There was little offense for the Rockcats, but Yancarlos Ortiz went 2-3 with a walk.   



Tuesday – Ft. Myers 7, Palm Beach 5 Michael McCardell improved to 9-5 with this win. He went the first seven and gave up four runs (3 earned) on seven hits. He walked none (hit two batters) and struck out three. Spencer Steedley recorded his fifth save. He struck out three in two innings. He gave up only an unearned run. There was plenty of offense in this game. Ben Revere was 2-5 with his second triple and 31st stolen base. Steve Singleton hit his seventh and eight triples in five at bats. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5 with his second double. Nick Romero was 2-4 with his sixth double. Chris Parmelee hit his 11th homer, and Evan Bigley hit his second.    



Tuesday – Beloit 3, Peoria 7 Curtis Leavitt made his first start. He gave up five runs (4 earned) on five hits in three innings. He walked four and struck out two. Michael Allen gave up two runs on six hits in two innings. Blake Martin struck out five in two scoreless innings. Matt Williams pitched a scoreless inning. Not much offense for the Snappers, but Angel Morales went 3-3 with a walk.  



Tuesday – Elizabethton 4, Princeton 3 Chris Herrmann can definitely hit! He went 4-4 with his sixth double in this game. Tyler Ladendorf went 2-5 with his sixth double. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-4. Michael Gonzalez hit his first home run of the season. Angelo Sanchez started and gave up three runs in six innings. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out three.  



Tuesday –GCL Twins – No Game Scheduled.


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