09-21-2012, 11:21 AM #1
2013 Twins minor league field management
During the Twins/Kernels press conference Wednesday, someone asked the Twins reps if decisions had been made yet on who the manager and coaches would be next season. The answer was that they expected some shuffling to occur, but the decisions hadn't been made yet. The indication was that they typically get those assignments finalized just in advance of their Organizational Meetings in mid-October.
Of course, that got me wondering whether anyone had heard anything about possible changes in the Twins minor league managing/coaching assignments.
We've speculated about Brunansky maybe getting a promotion (either with the Twins or with another MLB staff) and I've heard positive things about Rudy Hernandez, the Rock Cats hitting coach. The Beloit trio of Prada, Watkins and Lucas seem like they've been together at A level for quite a while.
Any speculation on who might be where next season?
09-23-2012, 08:40 AM #2
Watkins must be doing a great job in Beloit but there are issues in Ft Myers. Look at Ray and Liddle and Rams and Michael. Jesus couldn't hit in Ft Myers. Springman is just like any other national guy, a Hurricane. He comes in,ales adds and blows out of town. Ha!
09-23-2012, 08:42 AM #3
Cricket, who is the hitting coach at GCL?
09-23-2012, 09:23 AM #4
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09-23-2012, 10:43 AM #6
I would hope Bruno would be promoted, he deserves a major league job. That would open a hole for some coaches to move up. On the promotion issue so does Bobby Cuellar.
09-23-2012, 11:05 AM #7
Joe Vavra doesn't deserve to be let go or demoted. The team's offense is more than a 1/2 run better than last year. The hitters are not the issue. Has anyone looked at the offensive offensive numbers put up in Rochester. I don't understand the thought that Brunansky "deserves" to be a big league hitting coach. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't, but if so, it's not based on what Rochester hitters did this year.
There are generally a few moves every year. I know that Mauer and Watkins are very well respected in the organization. Ft. Myers' hitting coach is Jim Dwyer, and people rave about how good he is. The FSL is a tough hitters league.
But, they won't announce anything until after the Org meetings next month.
09-23-2012, 12:31 PM #8
A lot will depend on what happens:
a. At the MLB-level with the manager and the coaches and there need to be changes after 2 seasons of 99 and 90+ losses and the way the Twins' pitching has been.
b. with Rantz. He is long overdue for retirement (will be 75 before the season starts)
c. with Ryan. Very disappointing season, doing nothing at the deadline and assembling that pitching staff. His job is probably on the line despite what Jr is saying publicly
If those things than need to happen, happen, there will be wholesale changes... otherwise, most of these guys are tenured in the organization-----
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09-23-2012, 08:13 PM #11
Tommy Watkins will be a good manager. I think that Jake Mauer will be a terrific manager at the big league level. The Twins really do have a some terrific coaches in the minor leagues. Not saying all, but they do know what they're talking about.
09-23-2012, 08:13 PM #12
How about Bruno's in and Bobby's out in Boston? Brunansky spent four years with the BoSox., and Red Sox Nation (or Red Sox Clubhouse) is ready for a player-friendly coach.
09-24-2012, 04:39 PM #13
b. Rantz is old. We all will be old someday. You need a better line of reasoning that that to say Rantz should retire. Rantz did not make unwise draft selections. The lack of development at the AAA level the last few years is more of a reflection of the drafting, not the development. The Twins ability to find players from other teams minor league systems and turn them into serviceable players at the major league level may well be the work of the system in place by Rantz.
c. You can't turn a pitching staff that imploded around in one season. The staff has been a band-aid job for years. Deadline deals to make a bad deal is worse than no deals. What the Twins had to trade was not what other clubs wanted or was not offered a fair enough value in return. That part of the business was not, nor should not, be made public.