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  1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    I'm surprised that you think Mastroianni is a possibility for being removed from the 40 man. I thought he did more than enough to put his name in PEN as the team's 4th OF next year.

    Good stuff though! It lays out the situation quite well.
  2. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    You're probably right. With Manship limited (if he's able to pitch at all) for the Chicago series, there really isn't a long guy in the 'pen. Perdomo could probably go three, if needed... but he was shaky (at best) last night. Like you said, Gardy can mix and match, but should that really be necessary on a 13-man staff?

    Guerra has only pitched once (for two innings) since coming back, but he would have at least offered the Twins an arm for the White Sox series (and Blackburn is pitching, so the bullpen will need to be used!).
  3. beckmt's Avatar
    I believe Manship will take over Swarzak's spot in the short term. Duensing will be the 5th starter and the Rochester Shuttle will continue. Bullpen has not been overworked with Cleveland to this point, so Gardy will have mix and match till Wednesday.
  4. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    I'm confused by the Manship promotion unless he becomes a starter. He threw 105 pitches on Friday night, so he's be unavailable until Wednesday, most likely. Good thing the bullpen has been used so little the last couple of days, because Manship isn't going to be able to help out there anytime soon.

    I get that he's on his final audition. But so is Guerra... only we haven't seen him at all.
  5. Rosterman's Avatar
    Good overall comments. Yes, both can weather another season in the minors if need be.

    Interesting that the Twins brought up Manship instead of Hendriks.

    Be interesting to see who the Twins call up in September to olster an overworked bullpen - Oliveros, Waldrop and Guerra...and now Hendriks and Hernandez. That's it, unless they rid themselves of Blackburn, Pavano and Capps somehow. I;'m not sure if P.J. Walters will be back or stay on the 40-man once the season ends.

    Who else could the Twins conceivably add for a looksee if roster spots open?

    Escobar is a stopgap backup...but has youth going for him. I mean, we want Holliman, Florimon, Dinkelman, Chang, or Roof as a back-up infielder instead, assuming the Twins part with Janey Carroll (I bet that still happens in the next few days) and don't resign Casilla.
  6. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Great report. The Valencia possibility is an interesting one. In the defense of the Dodgers trade of Santana for Blake, Baseball America had ranked Santana the Dodger organization number 25 prospect entering the season. He was having a great half season in the hitting rich California League, but reports of the trade at the time did not portray him as a top prospect in baseball.

    Let's hope the Twins can find a gem like Santana hidden deep in the list of an organization's prospects.
  7. jtrinaldi's Avatar
    Thing about Sano is that he has a good arm, so f If they decide that 3rd isn't the spot for him I think they have to move him to Right Field and see if he could manage RF every day before considering to move him to 1st.
  8. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    The penalty would be the 75% tax on the overage. They have up to a $618,400 cushion, yes... but that cushion would cost them $1,082,217.50. I don't think the Twins are going to push it.

    There was a senior drafted this year in the 4th round (I believe...) who took a bonus in between 5K and 10K. The comment he made afterwards was that he'll always be a 4th round pick and no one will remember his signing bonus. Mazzilli could do something like that.

    I think, for the sake of the Twitter discussion I saw today, we should compare Mazzilli to Dan Uggla... and Luke Hughes.
  9. drivlikejehu's Avatar
    The cap shouldn't be an issue, since they will save at least a decent amount with the Buxton slot and are allowed to go 5% over without penalty (around $600,000).

    Mazzilli can't make any more money by going back to college, since seniors have minimal leverage; plus, he was passed over so many times in a weak draft- how different will it be next year? But maybe he is enjoying his time at UConn enough to make up for it.
  10. Thrylos's Avatar
    thanks. I did not know that

    Mazzilli reminds me a lot of someone the Twins let go: Luke Hughes
  11. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Merck has another year of eligibility left. He red-shirted in 2011 after undergoing TJ surgery. His Facebook status on draft day: “Horrible Day. Disappointed”

    The Twins will probably save a half mill (or less) on Buxton, and that could very well go Mazzilli's way. What does he stand to gain re-entering as a college senior? He is interesting case though and I hope the Twins get it done with him.
  12. Thrylos's Avatar
    Kaleb Merck is a college senior. If he does not sign this means life outside of baseball (other than ILs) for a year (at least) which is a risky proposition, unless he does not care to play ball...

    I'd put Mazzilli on the doubtful, based on what I heard from CT, unless Buxton signed for a mil or 2 less and they spend a decent amount on Mazzilli.
  13. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
    I hope he will hurt opposing pitchers with his speed on the bases! Sorry, someone had to do it...He's gonna be a great addition to our farm system and to pun lovers like me.
  14. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Merck is listed as a senior on MLB's draft tracker, but he redshirted last season (2011), so he still has a year of eligibility left. Obviously, he could realize he has an opportunity to play professional baseball and sign, but after seeing seniors fly off the board yesterday, he could return to school and go higher (though his bonus isn't going to be great either way).
    Updated 06-06-2012 at 11:02 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
  15. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    DJ Hicks will sign. I'm fairly certain the he just graduated and there is really no benefit in returning to college for his last year of eligibility. I would guess his bonus is well below the 100K threshold.
  16. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
    I thought Merck was a senior, where's he gonna go?
  17. nicksaviking's Avatar
    Any chance the Twins hang on to Dalton Hicks? I didn't know anything about him until the draft, but his size is awesome and he was named to HS All Star teams with the biggest names from the 08 high school class.
  18. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Stroman has been falling on many mocks I've seen. I would love for the Twins to take him at #32. I just think there are too many teams in the teens and twenties that might see a guy that could help in this year's pennant race. I always thought he'd be a perfect fit for the Nationals at #16, now I'm seeing him in the twenties. He's too good for that.

    I don't think Wacha will drop out of the teens.

    I'd rather take a risk on a high-school arm falling than taking a low-ceiling college guy, but that's just me. If one of the top college guys fall ala Kyle Gibson, absolutely go for it.

    I believe I read that Ryan or Rantz is hoping that 6 of the first 8 picks are pitchers.
  19. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
    I feel like there is going to be a high college arm that will drop to #32, there always seems to be one, possibly Stroman or Watcha. I'm hoping for that and then Brown at 42, wishful thinking I guess.
  20. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I'm just hoping I hit on at least a few of the names I've mentioned up to this point.
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