Monday, September 11, 2006
Roger's Minor League Players of the Week
Twins Minor League Reports
It is a Happy Monday morning for Twins fans all over. The Twins just won three out of four games from the Detroit Tigers. In doing so, they are now just two games behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. Coupled with a White Sox loss on Sunday, the Twins also have a 1 1/2 game lead over them in the AL Wild Card race. The Twins also got great news on Saturday night when Francisco Liriano pitched three no-hit innings for the Rochester Red Wings.
I did write throughout the weekend, so be sure to check out the daily updates below. Also, yesterday, I recorded a segment for the Minnesota Fan Network podcast. Jeff and I discussed several topics including the pitching rotation, the financial situation in baseball, the Twins MVP and so much more. Check it out!
Things certainly do not get any easier for the team starting tonight. The Twins begin a three game series with the Oakland A's, one of the hotter teams in baseball. It is the second half of the season, so of course the A's are playing well.
It is truly amazing that the Twins have put themselves in this position considering where they were in early June. It may be even more remarkable when you consider that they have had a pitching rotation of Johan Santana (the best pitcher in baseball), Carlos Silva (who has been one of the worst), and plenty of pitchers with less than a full year of big league service time. Francisco Liriano will pitch for the Twins on Wednesday, which is obviously great news. But even with that positive news, the Twins will make a second change to their starting rotation. Matt Guerrier will be replacing Scott Baker. It will be Liriano's first start in over a month. It will be Guerrier's first Twins start in about two years. Because of that, there is so much uncertainty and yet, here the Twins are, right in the thick of important September baseball. And as fans, that is really all we can hope for in April when a season starts.
There are just twenty more games to be played. As things are set up currently, Johan Santana should make four more starts (including the final game of the year). Francisco Liriano will hopefully make four starts. Boof Bonser will make four more starts. Who knows who will start the other eight games, and it is too bad when each game is so important. But between Matt Garza, Matt Guerrier and Carlos Silva, we can hope for five innings and that the bullpen can come through. But how can we even predict what will happen in the final 1/8th of the season? What has happened so far this year could not have been predicted!
And that's why this is such a great game. You just never know what is going to happen from day to day, or week to week. At the end of last week, many believed that the Twins were about to falter. As we start a new week, the Twins are definitely in the cat bird seat. Where will they be next week? It will be fun to watch.
Here are some thoughts on the Twins, the Beloit Snappers, Roger's Minor League players of the week, and of course, our NFL "Expert" Picks. Just two more games to go, but so far, Kyle Waldrop and Bill Ferris are in the lead!
ROGER'S MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
All season, our good friend Roger has been selecting a player of the week and a pitcher of the week. Roger just recently returned from a wonderful vacation in France and he was kind enough to return to give us his Minor League Players of the Week. Feel free to comment! And don't forget to check out his weekly minor league update at Twinkie Town where you can also read about his vacation!
Player of the Week…Garrett Jones, Rochester Red Wings
First baseman Garrett Jones was signed by the Twins as a minor league free agent out of the Atlanta organization in May, 2002. After a few seasons of mediocre performances Jones continues to strike out to much, however, has blossomed into one of the system’s top power hitters. Jones has been on fire and is the leading reason the Wings are in position to win the first round playoff series tonight. In three games versus Scranton, Jones is 8 for 11 (.727Ave) with 2 walks (.769OBP), 4 runs scored, 5 rbi, 1 double and 1 home run. For the season, Jones led the system with 92 rbi and tied with Brock Peterson for the system home run lead with 21. When the Wings end their playoff run later this month, will Jones get the call to see how he does against big league pitching?
2006 Rochester .238Ave 525 ab 32-2B 21 HR 121 SO 72 R 92 RBI
2005 Rochester .244Ave 488 ab 22-2B 24 HR 109 SO 71 R 72 RBI
2004 New Britain .311Ave 450 ab 33-2B 30 HR 98 SO 68 R 92 RBI
Ft. Myers .242Ave 66 ab 5-2B 1 HR 19 SO 6 R 6 RBI
2003 Ft. Myers .220Ave 404 ab 12-2B 18 HR 98 SO 52 R 67 RBI
2002 Quad Cities .202Ave 223 ab 8-2B 10 HR 82 SO 21 R 32 RBI
Pitcher of the Week…Yohan Pino, Beloit Snappers
Anthony Swarzak had an excellent start in Ft. Myer’s loss last night as did Alexander Smit in Beloit’s win, however, Yohan Pino pitched a gem in Beloit’s opening night 2-0 win of their three game series with Peoria. Pino pitched a 9.0 inning complete game shutout, allowing 4 hits with 6K/0BB. For the season, Pino moved into the starting rotation after several starters moved up to Ft. Myers. In 42 games, Pino had 7 starts with a record of 14-2 with a 1.91era, 0.95WHIP and 99K/20BB in 94.0 innings pitched. For his career, Pino has a record of 33-5 in three seasons at Elizabethton, Beloit and in the DSL. Seth recently asked a very appropriate question: “Although he is right handed, will Yohan be the next Johan?”
2006 Beloit 94.0ip 14W-2L 1.91era 0.95WHIP 99K/20BB
2005 Elizabethton 67.2ip 9W-2L 3.72era 1.19WHIP 64K/13BB
2004 DSL 85.2ip 10W-1L 0.53era 0.63WHIP 81K/5BB
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE NOTES
Sunday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Jose Leger, Beloit Snappers
Sunday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Not Applicable
If you have any thoughts on the Twins system, please e-mail me.
Saturday - Red Wings – The Red Wings have a day off, awaiting the International League Championship series.
Saturday – Snappers 3, Kane County 15 – This was a good game until Kane County scored nine eighth inning runs. Ryan Mullins started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out five. Adam Hawes gave up two hits and a walk without getting an out. He was charged with one unearned run. Dan Leatherman gave up two runs (1 earned) in two innings. He struck out three. Frank Mata got one out, and was charge with seven unearned runs thanks to a Juan Portes fielding error. Armando Gabino got the final out.
Do you have any further thoughts on any Twins prospects, minor leaguers, or these summaries? I would love any input, or ideas to make it better. Thanks! E-mail me, or also feel free to leave comments below.
That is it for today! Have a terrific week!|
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