He’s Kind Of A Catcher
As a 23-year-old, after a couple of years in the Marlins organization, Willingham began playing catcher. Over the next few years he spent most of his time in the minors behind the plate, playing 60 of 66 games there in AAA. In fact, his first promotion to the majors happened because an ex-Twins catcher was experiencing back stiffness. It was Mike Redmond.
But catching didn’t last. The plan going into 2006 was for Willingham to get extensive
Updated 12-17-2011 at 03:07 PM by admin
(Got rid of big picture)
This will be the debut post in what I hope to be a weekly column updating the performances and scouting reports on prospects I believe are/should be on the Twins radar. I hope to have a high school round up posted later this week, but for now let’s start with the college prospects.
Stats from Feb. 17th-26th
Mark Appel has dominated much of the Twins draft coverage so far this winter and rightfully so. In his most recent start, he turned in possibly his best career performance
I have always been perplexed through recent years with the Twins so called approach of doing the "little" things to win baseball games. We were even called the piranhas by Ozzie (man....I already miss him) and had those Punto type guys who had no pop what so ever, but played the game right. I wont focus on the defensive side because I believe the Twins deserve credit through the years for being a top notch defensive teams with last year being the exception. Now with target field and
I understand during our series I slid into you at home plate and you were a little bit upset about my slide. I heard you say you had left me part of the plate to slide to and you didnt understand why i slid so hard into you. Well Joe, I have never had a catcher leave me part of the plate to slide into. Knowing you and your well earned "gamer" mentality I never imagined that you would leave even an inch of the plate left unblocked. You with your "winning at
Hey bro, you are right! I play when I feel like it just like you do. Heck, my fans are almost as stupid as yours...but do you really think they are going to fall for that excuse?...lol...I sure hope so! I really hope I can sign a monster contract like yours and then become a diva!...How fantastic life must be for you!....Home town always forgivin untradeable hero who the press protect no matter what kind of non-playing excuse you make up! You have showed me the way, just like you did
All content was originally published at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
I figured out how the Twins could win a baseball championship. However, I don't want to waste anyone's time, so this theory falls quite a bit short of reality. If you want realistic baseball analysis, I have been writing about some Twins-related players in the last couple weeks, and you can read about them here:
Joe Saunders signs with the Mariners
Matt Capps signs with the Indians
Kevin Slowey signs with the Marlins
Updated 02-09-2013 at 01:09 PM by Brad Swanson
With the spring being put together by Aaron Hicks, it is looking more and more like he will be playing a part with the big league version of the 2013 Twins. It has been a long road for Hicks since he was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft. There have been ups and downs but the future continues to look bright for this young man.
Hicks put together his best professional season last year at the Double-A level. It took quite the evolution to get
I remember Sunday, April 5, 1992 very well. I was more than somewhat aware that the Twins' Opener was the next day. I had been a huge Twins fan since I was like four-years-old. By 1991, I was nine and I had started collecting baseball cards, going to the occasional game and I was about to start a tradition of skipping school on Opening Day. Well, not really skipping school. You can't really skip school in 3rd grade. However, my devious plan was to fake being sick, in order to stay home and
Updated 03-29-2013 at 11:34 PM by Brad Swanson
As the draft quickly approaches, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the choices the Twins have with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Today, we’re going to look at what you can expect to happen in the first ten rounds.
Over the last three drafts, the Twins have selected 35 players in the Top 10 rounds. Here’s how those picks break down:
College right-handed pitchers: 10 (1, 1s, 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
Logan Darnell, New Britain's most consistent pitcher this season.
Image: Kevin Pataky, MiLB.com
[Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
It's been a fast 40 percent of the New Britain season. The team has played all right -- about what I expected,
Updated 06-06-2013 at 12:02 AM by Twins Fan From Afar
One of the topics being ardently discussed by the Twins fanbase these days is the status of Kyle Gibson and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. As a part of that discussion much has been made of the 130-inning limit to which Gibson is being held – indeed, it has become for some the focus of the discussion. If Gibson has only so many innings before he is shut down this year, then doesn’t it make sense to have him “spend” those innings with the parent club, getting MLB experience in preparation
Updated 06-21-2013 at 04:50 PM by IdahoPilgrim
What do we really have, and how close are they really?
Isn't that the real question we always ask? After reading BA and Sickels and Law, you want to see "how do these guys compare with the hype?" This year, I decided to travel a little bit and see some these guys for myself. Here are some quick observations based on seeing multiple games. The quick punchline -- the future is bright, but we're not there yet.
Okay, he really is a man-child.
originally posted at http://wp.me/p1YQUj-2zu
The Twins have had a reputation for protecting their starting pitchers for many years and their method of choice for accomplishing this is to limit the number of pitches that their starters throw in a game. The Twins are not alone in counting pitches, all teams do it these days and a 100 pitch per game seems to be the "gold standard" that most teams follow.
Before pitch counts started to become prominent
There are some benefits to Minnesota's finish near the bottom of the AL for the third straight year. Later this week, the Twins will have a top five pick in this year's Rule 5 Draft. For those not familiar, the Rule 5 Draft allows MLB teams to claim players not protected by their parent club on the team's 40-man roster. There obviously some rules to this process.
Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted