Each month here at Twins Daily, we will be posting choices for Twins minor league relief pitcher, starting pitcher and hitter of the month. First, I want to share with you some of the top relief pitchers in the Twins minor league system in the month of April. I'll follow up over the next 24 hours with the starting pitcher and hitter of the month.
However, let's start with the Top 6 Relief Pitchers in April:
Number 6 – Ft. Myers – Ricky Bowen - 8 G, 1.96 ERA, 1.09
The Twins are taking a trip to the west coast to play the hapless Angels. Joe Mauer is getting a day off to rest his knee, which he fouled a ball off of yesterday. Today will be Mauer’s first day off this season. Yes, you read that right.
One additional note: If you thought “Promotion Weekend” had drawn to a close, you thought wrong. LSP Luke French, who had been nothing short of dominant at New Britain, has been promoted to Rochester.
Moving on, let’s look at the
As Manny Acta from the Indians said " I feel sorry for the people who are going to see him going forward, because he's going to go off. He's getting close. I'm glad he's out of here." He is at home now vs the worst MLB rotation in the league, if he doesn't go off now, it could be pretty interesting for the Angels.
Let's compare Mauer to Pujols right now:
Mauer BA .325 OBP .419 SLG .428 1 HR (5 2b+3b) 13 RBI
Pujols BA .216 OBP .266 SLG
As posted on pitchersduel.blogspot.com
When I was driving from Minneapolis to Ann Arbor this past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch a Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. This was my first minor league game, and it was a uniquely 'minor league' experience. The stadium is tucked away between a quiet neighborhood and a soccer field, covering about the same amount of acreage as a high-school ballpark. That is, a high-school field with about 20 autograph seekers, beer, carnival games
I hope it's not like last year. After the slow start they turned the corner mid-season, and on July 20 just before the trade deadline they were up to 46-51, mirror image of Detroit's 51-46. There was hope of taking a weak division if momentum continued. As a result, despite treading water the next few days up to the very deadline, they did not move any veterans for prospects; they weren't buyers, either, thank goodness. I supported this approach, at the time. But it was a sad mirage:
Francisco Liriano needs to miss two starts to clear his head, Carl Pavano needs a couple extra days rest to fix his velocity. Between those two pitchers and the others in the rotation that have had injuries and needed extra time off, the Twins' rotation has started coming apart at the seams...and it is only April 30th! With the front office not looking (or even pretending they are looking) to bring in some new faces, I am not entirely sure how the rotation expects to survive the season. A few different
Updated 05-01-2012 at 12:08 PM by SpinnesotaGirl
Lucas French, who logged MLB time with the
Tigers and Mariners, is working his way
back up the chain
[Originally announced at Twins Fan From Afar]
The minor league moves continue in the Twins organization. It was just announced that Rock Cats
[Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
Newly promoted B.J. Hermsen will take the
mound tonight in his AA debut
The landscape for the New Britain Rock Cats is already starting to change only 23 games into the season. A couple
Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
One of the most hyped debuts in MLB history took place over the weekend with Bryce Harper being penciled in to the Washington Nationals line-up for the first time as a 19-year old phenom. His first game looked like it was going to play out perfectly but Matt Kemp's walk-off home run in extra innings spoiled the coming
After missing a couple games due to the birth of his child, Josh Willingham returned to the Twins lineup on Sunday and immediately made his presence felt, delivering a two-run triple in his first at-bat to set the tone in a 7-4 Twins victory.
Willingham finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and a single in addition to the three-bagger, raising his OPS to an eye-popping 1.163.
The left fielder has hit safely in 17 of 19 games as a Twin while
Hitter of the Day:
Josh Willingham: 3-5 2B (7), 3B (1), 2 RBI, 2 R
Pitcher of the Day:
Tim Shibuya: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 11 SO, 0 BB (Documented better here: http://twinsdaily.com/showthread.php?1021-Tim-Shibuya)
After today, Matt Capps has now given up runs in 4 of his 8 outings. Comparing this to other pitchers
Jared Burton - 2 of 10
Glen Perkins - 3 of 9
Jeff Gray - 2 of 10
Alex Burnett - 2 of 9
Brian Duensing - 2 of 10
Looks like that $4.5 million was well spent.
And I don't want to hear about sample size...
After spring training I was relieved to know that I made a roster and was heading to Beloit, WI to play for the Snappers. Spring training is always a grind and it was tough to see some guys get cut. That is the part of the game that is the "business" and it is always in the back of your head that today could be your last day. Some friends of mine were released and I wish all of them the best of luck in whatever they choose to do in or out of baseball. I spent the 2011 season in Beloit
Updated 04-29-2012 at 09:47 PM by Seth Stohs