02-22-2013, 08:31 AM #1
Article: Reliever Ryan Pressly leaves an early impression
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02-22-2013, 11:39 AM #2
Swarzak will not be ready to start the season. Will he? Burnett is no good. Here's your pen: Perkins, Burton, Duensing, Fien, Perez, Wood, Pressley (someone will be replaced by Harden later in the year). Don't ignore the fact that Wood is awesome and is going to kill it this year. Best pen in baseball.
02-22-2013, 12:52 PM #3
I can't comment on Ryan Pressly's ability going forward. I'm a bit unsure why Burnett, or Swarzak would be golden calfs heading into 2013. Harden and Perez are far from sure bets. If you really like this kid's arm they're should be no reason not to find a spot for him on the 25.
02-22-2013, 12:59 PM #4
02-22-2013, 01:05 PM #5
Swarzak is only missing like 2 weeks of spring training, so he won't be eligible for the DL and he is out of options. So are Fien and Wood and some other 'pen guys. Burnett's pretty much a given, I would say. Only reason he might not be is because he has an option remaining.
02-22-2013, 01:21 PM #6
> Twins director of scouting Vern Followell
Follow Well? I don't know if I had ever heard of him (a quick TD search didn't turn up a prior mention), but it's a great name for a scout. I had to check that this wasn't an Onion parody article tripping me up.
02-22-2013, 02:45 PM #7
Pressly works with a three pitch repertoire that is comprised of a mid-90s two-seam fastball, exquisite tilt on his curve and a good changeup
Did this guy add velo?
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02-22-2013, 03:14 PM #8
02-22-2013, 05:48 PM #9
I think Josh Roenicke should be in the conversation there as well. Arguably he was Colorado's best 'pen guy last season and was a large outcry in Denver when the Twins picked him up. Casey Fien did OK last season but only in 30some innings of .229 BABIP and lots of them during the expanded roster time; he is about to return to his average self. Tim Wood would have had a hard time making the team if his first name was Kerry or Travis as well. Did ok with the Pirates AAA last season, but Slama has done better consistently. I just think that all the 'pen positions after Perkins, Burton and Duensing (now that Swarzak is hurt - and I don't believe that he will be back that soon; bruised ribs are not an easy thing) are wide open. Throw in De Vries (who was a lights out closer in AA for a while btw), Deduno, Perdomo, etc and the competition for those pen spots will be fun.
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02-22-2013, 06:08 PM #10
I don't know what reason there is to think Tim Wood is going to be any good. I get that the Twins like him, but the Twins also liked Dusty Hughes and Jim Gray and Matt Maloney.
02-22-2013, 07:04 PM #11
02-22-2013, 07:15 PM #12
Followell is the pro scouting director. Responsible for assessing the Scott Diamonds of the world, as well as that 5th starter they signed
02-22-2013, 07:37 PM #13
Is Burnett secure?
Leaving three spots for:
These guys are gone if we don't keep them
I can see them them trying to make a trade with Pressly. But I can't see them giving up on Roenicke, Wood or Swarzak if they can avoid it. If they keep those three, that means Burnett, Robertson, Perez and Harden go down. If they want to keep any of those guys, Swarzak has to pass through waivers. Even if they risk that, I can see Gardy wanting two situational lefties. The more I think of it, the more I think they option Burnett out to start the season.
02-22-2013, 07:39 PM #14
02-22-2013, 08:03 PM #15
2012: 1.24 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 13.9 K/9, 3.11 K/BB
2011: 1.28 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 13.6 K/9, 2.63 K/BB
2012: 2.19 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.91 K/BB
2011: 3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 2.27 K/BB
(and these include Slama's injury)
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02-26-2013, 11:39 AM #20
If Pressley impresses this spring, and they can't make a trade with the Red Sox, then the Twins would have to come up with a pretty good reason not to keep him on the roster. This team needs a miracle to make the playoffs, so they can afford to use a spot on the 25-man roster to stash away a rule 5 pick. Swarzak would probably clear waivers, and even if he doesn't, so what. Hopefully the Twins have seen enough to convince them there isn't much upside with him. Burnett is close to that point as well. Is Burnett better than the other options available to the Twins? I don't think so.