• Rochester Red Wings Season Preview

    In 2011, the Rochester Red Wings won four more games than the previous year, but that also meant they had ost 90+ games in two consecutive seasons, the first time that had happened since 1903 & 1904. It was time for a change; manager Tom Nieto was let go and Gene Glynn was hired to take the job.

    In Glynn's first season as manager, the Red Wings finished with a 72-72 record, their best finish since 2008. They'll try to further improve in 2013 with a mixture of prospects and players working their way back to the majors. Here's what you can expect from the 2013 Red Wings.



    Rotation (With 2012 Team & Stats)
    P.J. Walters – Rochester: 3-3 4.01 ERA 15 Walks 47 Strikeouts
    Minnesota: 2-5 5.69 ERA 22 Walks 42 Strikeouts

    Kyle Gibson – GCL Twins: 0-0 2.45 ERA 4 Walks 16 Strikeouts
    Fort Myers: 0-0 2.57 ERA 1 Walk 7 Strikeouts
    Rochester: 0-2 9.45 ERA 6 Walks 33 Strikeouts

    Shairon Martis – Altoona 6-2 4.56 ERA 19 Walks 30 Strikeouts
    New Britain: 1-1 5.68 ERA 5 Walks 11 Strikeouts
    Indianapolis: 0-0 7.56 ERA 4 Walks 7 Strikeouts
    Rochester: 4-3 5.22 ERA 17 Walks 39 Strikeouts

    Pedro Hernandez – Birmingham: 7-2 2.75 ERA 18 Walks 37 Strikeouts
    Charlotte: 1-0 3.71 ERA 3 Walks 17 Strikeouts
    Rochester: 0-2 5.19 ERA 1 Walk 11 Strikeouts

    Virgil Vasquez – Southern Maryland: 10-9 4.44 ERA 48 Walks 120 Strikeouts

    It’s clear that that Kyle Gibson is the biggest name in the rotation. Currently listed as Baseball America’s #4 prospect in the Twins system, Gibson is now almost two years removed from his Tommy John surgery. This season will be a true test to see if 2009's first round draft choice is going to be able to live up to expectations.

    P.J. Walters will be the Wings opening day starter for the 2nd year in a row, along with Martis and Vasquez, the 2013 starting rotation is arguably the strongest in the International League. According to manager Gene Glynn the closing role will consist of both Anthony Slama and Luis Perdomo, who each have experience pitching in the later innings.


    Starting Lineup (With 2012 Team & Stats)

    OF Clete Thomas - Rochester: .232 12 HR 47 RBI 15 SB 4 CS

    C Chris Hermann – New Britain: .276 10 HR 61 RBI 91 Runs

    OF Oswaldo Arcia – Fort Myers: .309 7 HR 31 RBI 22 Runs
    New Britain: .328 10 HR 67 RBI 54 Runs

    1B Chris Colabello – New Britain: .284 19 HR 98 RBI 78 Runs

    3B Mark Sobolewski – New Hampshire: .262 18 HR 51 RBI 57 Runs
    Las Vegas: .188 2 HR 8 RBI 12 Runs

    OF Joe Benson – GCL Twins: .375 0 HR 0 RBI 1 Run
    Fort Myers: .303 1 HR 8 RBI 7 Runs
    New Britain .184 3 HR 20 RBI 13 Runs
    Rochester: .179 2 HR 8 RBI 9 Runs

    DH Brian Dinkelman – Rochester: .252 4 HR 32 RBI 32 Runs

    2B Rey Olmedo – Charlotte - .273 0 HR 19 RBI 9 SB 3 CS

    SS Doug Bernier – Scranton: .201 0 HR 10 RBI

    The Red Wings currently have 3 catchers on their 25-man roster. Drew Butera is expected to be the starting catcher for opening day, but Chris Hermann should get at least half of the starts behind the plate. Also, on their current roster there is no listed player to play second; Rey Olmedo is my guess for who will be taking that role on a day-to-day basis. The Wings top five batters have a lot of pop in the bats; however 6-9 is where there could be an ongoing issue throughout the season.

    Breakout Picks
    The obvious pick would be Oswaldo Arcia, because it is the correct pick. Being the youngest player on the Red Wings squad, Arcia has thrived at every minor league level he’s played in. In 2012 between Fort Myers, and New Britain, Arcia hit .320 with 17 home runs and 98 RBI’s. Arcia drew comparisons of Bobby Abreu from his manager Gene Glynn who also called him, “one of those scary hitters. He deserves to be here, you can tell when he steps up to the plate he believes in himself, doesn’t matter who is pitching.”

    The player to watch for out of the rotation though is Pedro Hernandez. With a career 5 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio it’s clear that control is one of the keys to his success. It wouldn’t be a surprise at the end of the season if Hernandez ends up with 12-14 wins with an ERA hovering in the 3.70 range.

    If All Goes Well
    Assuming there aren’t a lot of injuries, or drastic changes on the team (call-ups, send downs etc.) it would be no surprise to see the Red Wings contending for a wild card spot. Last season they were 7 games out of the wild card spot and 12 games out of the division.

    Maybe I’m drinking the kool-aid on this team and the management, but an 80-64 record would not be outside of the realm of possibility and for the first time since 2006 they will be in the post season.


    If All Falls Apart
    Outside of drastic call ups or devastating injuries, the team is built for success. With Nick Blackburn, Rich Harden, Scott Diamond and Samuel Deduno on the DL to start the year, pitching could be where the Twins system has its most depth. The one flaw may be the offense; there isn’t a lot of speed on this team. There may be games where the hitters don’t hit and they lose 2-1 or 3-2 games, which could be a big concern. If the bats go cold, it doesn’t matter how good your pitching is, you will always need at least one run to win.
    This article was originally published in blog: Rochester Red Wings Season Preview started by Christopher Fee
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Good stuff.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I'd say at this point Arcia has already broken out. The guy I'll be watching closely is Benson. He's a pretty big key for MN going forward and will be a big reason as to whether or not Rochester does well.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Excellent writing. I agree witht he above, Benson is a player that needs something to happen. The lack of INF is worrisome, imo, but not much to be done I guess.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Virgil Vasquez......over/under on AAA roster...30 days
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Benson is not in Rochester's Opening Day lineup. Anyone know why?
    1. Christopher Fee's Avatar
      Christopher Fee -
      I agree that Arcia has broken out, however whenever a young guy moves up to a new level it's always something to watch for. I do agree that Vasquez does appear to be the odd man out, it all depends on the pitchers currently on the DL and how quickly they return.

      Benson has a wrist injury. It's the same wrist he had surgery on last year, something to definitely watch out for. He's not on the DL right now, but it wouldn't surprise me if this keeps lingering that he's inevitably put on there.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Virgil Vasquez......over/under on AAA roster...30 days
      +1

      At this point he and Shairon Martis are at best placeholders or emergency starters; With Diamond, Deduno and Harden (hopefully) returning soon, there will be rearrangements...
      Still, the Rochester rotation will be pretty strong.

      One of the issues I have with Rochester is that if you look at their starting lineup today (Thomas 8, Herrmann 2, Arcia 9, Colabello 3, Clement DH, Boggs 7, Sobolewski 5, Olmedo 4, Bernier 6.) has a grant total of 1.5 (that .5 would be Herrmann) prospects, which is not too great... Add Gibson, Benson, Pugh & Hernandez, and the whole roster has 5.5 prospects and the rest is suspects. Which is pretty sad. I can see half and half, but it is about 1:4 now...
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Tough to have a prospect-laden AAA team when the big-league club has lost 99 and 96 games the last two seasons!
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      Tough to have a prospect-laden AAA team when the big-league club has lost 99 and 96 games the last two seasons!
      and way too many of the guys on this roster were on it.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      OK , so looking at this ugly box brought out good and bad news. First, Arcia and Colabello are hitting right out of the gates. BUT,

      This team decided to start Clete Thomas instead of Joe Benson (and Thomas was the leadoff hitter). Benson came in to pinch hit. If there was some health issue involved, it would seem weird to play Benson at all. But even IF Benson were out of the question, why on earth would this team give the most plate appearances to a guy like Thomas who is merely AA (not AAA) filler? I would be happier with Boggs there as he at least is a useful plug in for the Twins if there is an injury.
    1. Christopher Fee's Avatar
      Christopher Fee -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      OK , so looking at this ugly box brought out good and bad news. First, Arcia and Colabello are hitting right out of the gates. BUT,

      This team decided to start Clete Thomas instead of Joe Benson (and Thomas was the leadoff hitter). Benson came in to pinch hit. If there was some health issue involved, it would seem weird to play Benson at all. But even IF Benson were out of the question, why on earth would this team give the most plate appearances to a guy like Thomas who is merely AA (not AAA) filler? I would be happier with Boggs there as he at least is a useful plug in for the Twins if there is an injury.
      Clete Thomas is sadly one of the few guys who, when he gets on base actually is a base stealing threat.... that's my only explanation. I won't be surprised to see him get the majority of the starts unless he's hitting like Nishioka was last year around the .200 mark.... I think a huge positive today would be the pitching of Kyle Gibson, he looked good in his start.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      For some reason the Twins love Clete Thomas. As far as I am concerned, I'd rather have them cut him and bring up Evan Bigley to play LF and move Boggs to CF.
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