Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Back in Section 220
I am happy to say that I am really glad that I was at the Twins game last night. Driving in, knowing that Livan Hernandez was pitching, I wasn't sure what to expect. My prediction was 14-5 Yankees. So, when A-Rod homered in the top of the first, I thought it might be a long game. In reality, the game was right around three hours, and although there were a LOT of hits, particularly off of Livan, the game moved along nicely. Fortunately, that Twins were able to minimize the Yankees runs and pick up enough timely hits of their own, and in the end, there were a few big plays that really turned the game to the Twins. Before getting into the game's specifics, click here to see a picture of us in our vantage point of the game. (You will have to pick June 2nd and gallery 5... based on the shirt I was wearing, I think you can figure out which one is me).
I have a couple of notes on a couple of blogger get-togethers to get on your schedule. I have Twins/Yankees thoughts. I have minor league game notes from last night. But also notice in the minor league section that I have a few other notes including some thoughts on the MLB Draft which is on Thursday. Let's get started.
Before getting to the game notes of the day, I wanted to mention to you a couple of Blogger Get-Togethers that you may want to try to attend if you are at all able to:
First, the SBG Convention is set for June 21st. Get your information here. Please note Reason #9!
Secondly, I am trying to work through some details, but I would like to have a SethSpeaks.net get together on Saturday. The Twins are on the road in Chicago. I will try to put together the official information tomorrow and post it here in the next day or two. However, mark down Saturday, June 7th, mid-to-late afternoon, in Elko. Of course, in Elko, you could hang out at the get-together for a couple of hours and watch the Twins and White Sox at 6 on some big screens while talking baseball. Or, you can head over to the Elko Race Track where races begin at 6:00. I am trying to get a feel for how many might be able to attend, so send me a quick e-mail if you think you could get there. Like I said, keep checking back for more specific information.
Monday Night - Twins 6, Yankees 5
Any Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Darnell McDonald, Rochester Red Wings
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Cole DeVries, Ft. Myers Miracle
As I encourage every week, be sure to check out Roger's weekly minor league update. There is some interesting discussion in its comments, and more of my thoughts on things such as player promotions.
MLB DRAFT - LaVelle wrote a very nice blog posting yesterday about the Twins draft. I actually completely agree with him for one reason. We always talk about how the Twins need to spend, spend, spend. Some wanted the Twins to take Prior or Teixeira instead of Mauer but the Twins took Mauer. Was Prior worth all the money? LaVelle throws out an impressive list of big names that signed for big money out of the draft that I bet many of your have never heard of. So, the MLB Draft involves spending a lot of money on a lot of guess work. That's exactly what it is. There will be hits. There will be misses. The Twins will do as well as everyone else. So, we really shouldn't be upset if they pick someone who makes sense financially. My argument would be this... that the Twins should take the top guy on their draft board, regardless of money situation. That doesn't mean, be dumb and go beyond responsible means. But it means that if you have Player A who you like but he would cost $3 million to sign. And you have Player B who you really, really really like, but he would cost $5 million. I would hope they would take Player B. The Twins are in a financial situation where money should not be the primary decision maker, the best player on their draft board is what should be the key determinant.
That said, I participated in a Mock Draft the last several days. We drafted the first round, supplemental first round and second round. I made four picks for the Twins. At #14 overall, I took Jemile Weeks, 2B out of Miami, and yes, the younger brother of Brewers' 2B Rickie. At 27, I took 3B Conor Gillaspie from Wichita State. Two college hitters right off the bat (pardon the pun). Two hitters that could contribute at the big league level in two years or less. With the #31 pick, the I selected Anthony Hewitt, an athletic high school SS and OF from Connecticut. He seems like the kind of guy that the Twins normally would like to draft. With the second round pick, I took left-handed pitcher, Tim Murphy, out of UCLA. For more information on the mock draft, and plenty of links to find much more, click here.
Sunday – Rochester 6, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 10 – The Red Wings bats did their job, but the pitching just was not up for this. Danny Graves started and gave up four runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked four and struck out none. Casey Daigle gave up two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Heath Totten took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in two innings. Carmen Cali did throw a shutout inning in the ninth. Darnell McDonald led the offense by going 3-5 with his 13th double and seventh stolen base. Jason Pridie went 2-5 with his second homer and 10th stolen base. Brian Buscher went 2-3 with a walk and his 12th double. Randy Ruiz went 2-4. Sergio Santos went 1-3 with a three run homer in the first inning.
Quick Thought - I appreciate the Danny Graves experiment. In fact, I think that he has done enough to get a shot with the Twins if he can keep it up. However, I also think that his role with the Twins will be out of the bullpen, so I think he should start working every couple of days for an inning, rather than every fifth day as as starter.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Sunday – New Britain – No Game Scheduled
FT MYERS MEMOS
Sunday – Ft. Myers 0, Dunedin 5 – Cole DeVries pitched very well again, but he is stuck with the loss because the Miracle managed just four hits. DeVries gave up one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Danny Vais came in and gave up four earned runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. Frank Mata struck out three in 1.1 innings. Blair Erickson threw a scoreless inning. Brian Dinkelman went 1-3 with a walk and his 10th stolen base. Yangervis Solarte hit a double.
Sunday – Beloit 2, Quad Cities 4 - Santos Arias started this one and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out six. Charles Nolte then struck out two in two shutout innings. Brad Tippett gave up a run on two hits in one inning. He did strike out two. The Snappers managed just four hits in the game. Ben Revere went 1-3 with a walk and his 16th stolen base.
Be sure to check back later for Part 4 of the 2008 midseason Top 50 Twins Prospects list.