Friday Night, June 6, 2008
Friday Game Notes
Hello everyone! Well, the draft is complete. IF
you want to see the names of all 52 players that the Twins draft, please
click here and then be sure to check out the
Comments where there is a lot of information and scouting reports on most of the
draftees. Speaking of Twins draftees, "The Controversial One", Carlos
Gutierrez, threw two shutout innings for Miami in their Super Regional game
last night against Arizona. Unfortunately, with one out in the bottom of the
12th innings, he gave up a three run homer to take the loss.
A couple of thoughts from others on the Twins
draft. But also be sure to check out
John Sickels Twins Shadow Draft, something he has done the last several
years. He decides who he would take if he were the Twins Director of Scouting.
It is then something he monitors over time:
Hulett of The Baseball Analysts:
The Twins grabbed (surprise, surprise) a raw, toolsy prep player with
Aaron Hicks and then balanced that out (I guess) with a "safe" pick of
college reliever Carlos Gutierrez, a player the club probably could
have gotten with its supplemental first round pick (or even its second round
pick). A lot of analysts were baffled by that pick. Even so, Twins fans
should be ecstatic with the club's next two selections in Shooter Hunt
and Tyler Ladendorf. Hunt has a poor finish to his season, which slid
him out of mid-first round consideration. Ladendorf is a junior college
shortstop that can absolutely hit - something the organization could really
use, if the kid can stick at shortstop... which is up in the air. A year
after taking Angel Morales in the third round, the club took another
top-rated Puerto Rican with its fourth round pick with outfielder Danny
Matt Meyers of
On Aaron Hicks:
This is a
classic Twins pick. Not only do they love athletes, but
they also aren't afraid to take chances. Most clubs
preferred Hicks as a pitcher, but he made it clear he
didn't want to pitch in the pros. As it turned out, the
Twins were one of the few clubs that preferred him in
the outfield, so it was a match made in heaven.
And if all
else fails, he can always try the mound. Maybe he's the
true surprise pick, and our fifth (yes, fifth) college
reliever of the draft. Once again, the Twins prove
they're not afraid to take chances. After all, this is
the same club that gave the aforementioned Jason Tyner
and his career .323 slugging percentage 69 plate
appearances as a DH in 2007. Now that's living
Callis in a Baseball American Draft Day One Q&A:
Nils from Brooklyn
Hey Jim - How do you rate the Twins Day 1 overall? I am
really excited by the Hicks and Hunt picks but like
most, I am perplexed by the Gutierrez pick - much the
same as last year's Revere pick. Is there anything to
the assertion that they will try to convert him to a
They really wanted Hicks and got him, the outfielder
with the best tools in the draft. There's talk about a
shoulder impingement with Hunt (something the Hunt camp
denies), but if he's healthy, that's a very good value
at No. 31. Gutierrez surprised me too but they do plan
on turning him into a starter. His sinker is very good,
and he'll still rely heavily on it as a starter. I also
liked the Tyler Ladendorf pick, as he was one of the
best shortstops in the draft.
nate from minneapolis
With the Twins depth in pitching and outfielders
throughout the organization, don't you think it would
have made more sense to draft some infielders in the
first round like brett lawrie or connor gillaspie?
Most teams focus on the best available player in the
first round. I can't fault them for taking Aaron Hicks
over Lawrie. I like Gillaspie a lot but I always sensed
that BA thought he was a first-round talent more than
Friday Night - Twins 6, White Sox 10
- It was rather windy in The Windy City last night. Seven home runs were
hit in the game. Three of them were by the Twins. Carlos Gomez hit his fifth
in the third inning. Later, Michael Cuddyer hit his third. In the top
of the 9th, Alexi Casilla drilled his third homer.
- Nick Blackburn got roughed up a bit. In just four innings, he
gave up seven runs on eight hits. He didn't walk or strike out a batter.
Unlike anyone else, Blackburn has the ability to really give up a lot of
hits and runs in very few pitches. That was the case again last night.
- Once behind by a significant amount, the Twins went to the second half
of the bullpen. Juan Rincon came in and was horrible again. In 1.1
innings, he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Seriously... it's
time! Brian Bass was a little better. He gave up just one run in two
innings despite giving up five hits. Craig Breslow got the final two
- Aside from the homers, the Twins did get plenty of hits. I mean, when
you score six runs, that is pretty good.
- Joe Mauer went 3-5 with two doubles. He now has 15 on the season.
He's also hitting .335.
- Alexi Casilla went 2-5 and is now hitting .347 in his 20 games
with the team this year.
- Justin Morneau was also 2-5 and knocked his 10th double.
Any Twins thoughts?
Twins Minor League Updates
Friday SethSpeaks Player of
the Day – Howie Clark, Rochester Red Wings
Friday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Frank Mata, Ft. Myers Miracle
Rochester 4, Buffalo 3 (11 innings) –
Howie Clark hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game.
Jose Morales singled in Garrett Jones with two outs in the top of
the 11th to win it. Clark led the offense, going 2-4 with his eighth double and
second homer. Philip Humber started and gave up three runs in the first
five innings. He walked none and struck out six, an excellent improvement.
Casey Daigle then threw two shutout innings. Julio DePaula gave up a
hit and a walk in 0.2 innings, but no runs. Carmen Cali got him out of
that inning. Bobby Korecky went 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Mariano Gomez walked the one guy he was brought in to get out. Tim Lahey
got the final out.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
New Britain 2, Altoona 3 – We keep
talking about Luke Hughes and how he needs to move up to Rochester. Well,
he is hurt again, this time a groin injury that will sideline him for a while.
Steve Tolleson is probably the guy that we should be talking about. In
this game, he went 3-5 with his 16th double and is now hitting .335 on the
season. Oswaldo Sosa gave up just one run on seven hits and two walks in
six innings. He struck out four. Jay Sawatski came in and fell to 1-4
with the loss. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in two innings.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Friday – Ft. Myers 1, Brevard County 2 (12 innings) –
You may have heard that Tyler Robertson was put on the seven day disabled
list with tendonitis. Hopefully it is just precautionary, or even better, a
means of keeping his innings down. Along with needing to replace Danny Vais,
the Twins called up two pitchers, Henry Reyes and Michael Allen.
If you check out their stats with Elizabethton last year, both were very good.
Reyes started and gave up on runs on a hit in 2.1 innings. He walked four and
struck out none. Frank Mata gave up three hits in 3.2 shutout innings. He
also struck out three. Jose Lugo struck out four in two shutout innings.
Blair Erickson struck out two in his inning. Rob Delaney gave up a
run on two hits and a walk (while striking out two) in one innings. Michael
Allen pitched a scoreless inning, but then with one out in the 12th, he gave
up a run to take the loss. Not much offense in this one. Yancarlos Ortiz
went 2-4. Whit Robbins was 2-5. Danny Valencia went 1-3 with two walks.
Friday – Beloit 8,
Kane County 4 - Brian Kirwan picked
up the win in this game. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in
six innings. He struck out five. Charles Nolte then threw 2.2 shutout
innings, striking out six. Spencer Steedley came into a mess, but he got
the final out for his seventh save. Chris Cates went 3-5 with his fifth
double. Ben Revere went 2-5 with his 18th stolen base. Ozzie Lewis
went 2-4 with his fourth homer. Chris Parmelee hit a three run homer, his
11th of the year. Steve Singleton hit his fourth home run of the year.
Not sure about weekend updates. We shall see.
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