Twins Minor League Prediction:
2011 Pitcher of the Year
INJURY UPDATE - Tsuyoshi Nishioka left this afternoon’s Twins/Yankees game with an apparent leg injury. Nick Swisher (legally) took him out, breaking up a double play. Nishioka stayed on the ground and then walked off with a trainer and his interpreter, putting little weight on his left foot. Luke Hughes is set to play 2B and bat fourth for the Rochester Red Wings tonight. We will have to monitor if that changes. Should Nishioka need to go on the Disabled List, Hughes would most likely be recalled.
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Alright, we’ve looked at our panels’ choices for Twins Minor League Breakout Hitter and Breakout Pitchers. Earlier today, I posted our predictions for Twins Minor league hitter of the year, and now, it’s time for our predictions on Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In the Comments at the bottom, please feel free to discuss your choices. But here is just another reminder of who is on the panel:
Roger Dehring – He has been tracking the Twins minor league system and players for a long time. He is an occasional guest writer here, but he does a tremendous job of keeping the fine folks of Twinkie Town updated on the Twins minor leagues with his Weekly Minor League Reports each Saturday.
Josh Johnson – Finishing up college may
understandably been his top priority of late, but when it comes to knowing the
Twins minor league system, Josh is among the top! He has written at Josh’s
Thoughts for several years.
Steve Lien - Steve writes the Twins content for Gear Up for Sports. He has written a lot of information on Twins minor leaguers and spent nearly as much time watching minor league practices in Ft. Myers as I did.
Cody Christie – Cody is the North Dakota Twins fan even if he now makes his residence in the Twin Cities. He has been a he addition to the Twins blogosphere in the past year writing on all levels of Twins baseball from the minors to the history.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Here are our choices for Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year:
Seth – David Bromberg – Bromberg was the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 when he was also the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year (beating out Kyle Drabek). Bromberg has four or five pitches that he is comfortable using. He can get some strikeouts. I fully expect him to be back up with the Red Wings by about midseason, and I would not be surprised to see him in a Twins uniform in September. Runner-Up: Pat Dean.
Roger – Adrian Salcedo – Everything one reads about this young man, who Baseball America ranked as the eighth best prospect in the Appalachian League, says that he is special. As he matures and gains experience, he just may be that next pitcher to come through the organization to pitch at the front end of future Twins rotations. I expect Salcedo will begin this season in Beloit and 2011 will be our first good look of what is to come as he pitches so well that he earns the Twins Pitcher of the Year award. Runner-up: Manuel Soliman
Josh – Alex Wimmers – I see Wimmers having a season a lot like Kyle Gibson had last season and I fully expect him to be in Triple-A at the end of the season. Wimmers is a lot more advanced than the hitters he’ll be facing in High-A and probably even Double-A.
Steve – Alex Wimmers – 2011 for Wimmers should unfold in a similar fashion to Kyle Gibson’s 2010. Many scouts and observers don’t rate Wimmers ceiling as highly as they do Gibson’s, but I think that’s underrating him and his stuff, which includes a Plus-Changeup and impeccable control. Made only 4 Starts at Fort Myers after being drafted, but they included 5 Innings of No-Hit ball in 1 start, and 9 K’s in 5 IP in another. This selection is almost a lock to me. RUNNER-UP: Liam Hendriks.
Cody – Liam Hendriks – Depending on how the season is going at the major league level, the Twins could be digging deep into their pitching prospect pool at the major league level. This award is a tough call for me between Hendriks and Wimmers. If Wimmers can be successful at three different levels for the Twins, the award could be his for the taking. Hendriks will be pitching against tougher competition for the entire season and his success against those players will be what puts him over the top. Runner-Up: Alex Wimmers
So now you’ve seen our minor league predictions. What do you think? Games start tonight! Feel free to leave your pitcher choices in the comments today.