Phil Hughes has been somewhat of an indecisive pitcher over his career when it comes to his repertoire.
Year in and year out, there has been an inability to choose a secondary pitch. While it has mainly been a big, slow curve, it has seen several variations followed by an abandonment in 2013 in favor of a slider. Hughes’ Year of the Slider produced mixed results with the pitch as opponents struggled against his new weapon in the season’s first-half, hitting
So the Twins Daily official Spring Training coverage begins next week when John Bonnes touches down in Fort Myers, however, last week I had the privilege -- neigh -- honor of getting a tour of Hammond Stadium’s updates with my family.
While in Florida for my -- ahem -- nuptials (sorry ladies), we made a pit stop at the Twins’ spring training facilities and were treated to a walkthrough of the activity, which included the catchers’ drills on the backfield. Thanks to our photographer
We were introduced to Jose Berrios in a video of him celebrating with his friends and family after receiving the exquisite news that he was drafted by a professional baseball team. Arms in a “V”, high-fives, hugs and tears.
For Minnesota Twins fans, the sequel is of him doing the same thing on the field following the last out of a World Series victory. That’s the dream anyway. There remains, of course, a long road from here to there.
Still, Berrios has done much in his
A year ago Josmil Pinto wasn’t on anyone’s prospect list.
Baseball America. Baseball Prospectus. Seth Stohs. None of these minor league mavens saw Pinto coming in 2013. The kid was so far off the radar you’d figure he had drown in tobacco juice somewhere in Beloit (which has been known to happen in Wisconsin). And yet, one year later, here he is, number seven with a bullet on our prospect list. What happened? How did everyone miss so badly?
Byron Buxton, says ESPN.com’s Keith Law, is a prospect with more tools than the Home Depot.
OK, now that the requisite pun is out of the way, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty. After MLB.com anointed Buxton the number one prospect in all the land, Law’s Top 100 list concurred. As a 19-year-old, the center fielder smacked pitching around in the Midwest and Florida State Leagues to the tune of .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs and 109 runs scored.
An on-base menace, Buxton