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Twins Report from Fort Myers. March 29th edition: Gibson and Hicks and the minors

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Double Bill today at Fort Myers: The Twins' AAA club played the Red Sox' equivalent at Field 2 and the Twins' AA club played the Red Sox' equivalent at Field 3. At the same time while the Twins were playing the Pirates at McKechnie Field. Fields 2 and 3 are back to back so it was easy staying in-between, peeking at the action on both fields and concentrating to the one that made the most sense depending on the action.

Earlier around 10 AM there were Pitcher Fielding drills on Field 1, with pitchers of all levels of the organization from Extended Spring Training to New Britain, mostly Rookie and A, conducted by Tom Kelly, Paul Molitor and Jake Mauer. Pretty good company for one of the Twins' top prospects, don't you think?

Seeing this guy participate in Pitching drills with the rest of the AAA pitchers (even though he was just tossing the ball softly) was a sight for sore eyes:

(this is Kyle Gibson, for the ones who do not know him)

Back to the games. Here is the AAA lineup:

And here is AA:

(and, YES, even the Twins' staff cannot spell Mastroianni's and Herrmann's names correctly)

The pitching roster for Rochester was Luke French, Brad Thompson and Jeff Manship and for New Britain it was Alex Wimmers, Deolis Guerra and Lester Oliveros. The pitching roster and the fact that Aaron Hicks was playing (right field) for New Britain, made my choice of main game easy. A bonus was that a Tampa Bay scout was there scouting the two Twins' relievers, which makes me think that something might be going on...

There were some interesting spectators, involving a big name Twins' writer (not sure if he is going to write anything about this, though) :

And a certain pitcher who pitched most of last season with the Twins:

BTW, since he was cut I have not seen him in a single workout since I have been at Fort Myers last Sunday, so either there is something with him or he will be packing his bags soon...

Back to the AA game.

Alex Wimmers pitched 4 strong innings. Good sinker with good movement sitting from 88-90 and touching 91 occasionally. His braking ball is decent and so is his change but they both need command work. The one thing that is amazing about Wimmers, if you have not seen him before, is how little he looks:

The remaining post, including 16 action photos of Twins' players from today's Twins' minor league action, because of image limitations here, continues at The Tenth Inning Stretch.


  1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Shocking that the Twins don't even spell their players' names right. Herrmann has been around a long time.
  2. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
    Q. for anyone: Assusming Gibson starts at Ft. Meyers, how far (or does he) move up this year? I'm guessing half at A+ then half at NB.
  3. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    when do you mean (for Gibson)? Next year? He'll throw a bullpen in early June... then throw a few more. Maybe in July he could make a few starts for the Miracle and go from there. Maybe a couple starts in NB.
  4. righty8383's Avatar
    This is really good work you are doing. Thank you
  5. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    How on earth can these names be misspelled? That is totally embarrassing. What a joke.
  6. CDog's Avatar
    Got a gift in the mail from my dad's ladyfriend at Christmas last year with our last name misspelled. She's lived with him for over 8 years. It happens.
  7. Han Joelo's Avatar
    Is that last picture Phil?
  8. Thrylos's Avatar
    Re: Gibson: I think they will (and should) take it really easy. Will probably stick around for EST and rehab work. If arm gets stronger might pitch a couple of games. GCL is probably most likely than FSL and if doing really really well maybe a couple of Miracle games. I do not see him moving North (or out of Fort Myers; and it makes no sense really) this season
  9. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Han Joelo
    Is that last picture Phil?
    Yeah that's Phil Dumatrait
  10. nicksaviking's Avatar
    Dumatrait is the kind of guy who may ask to be released from his minor league deal seeing as he has big league experience and could hope to catch on with another club.

    I kind of thought Hicks would be playing CF at New Britain. I really don't know much about their skill sets but I suppose it's possible Mastroianni and Dolenc don't have the arm for RF. Dolenc is a big guy though, you'd think he profile for it.
  11. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
    I really hadn't heard anything about Gibson's progress, but thought that he was about a year removed from TJ and would be pitching soon (in the next couple months). If things go to plan (health and success) I hope he'll start 2013 at NB and move up accordingly. Weather he gets to NB this year seems a long shot with the info you've provided. Thanks for the info/opinion on this.
  12. LimestoneBaggy's Avatar
    Thanks for putting these together. They've been great to read and view. Excellent job.
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