Thursday, June 10, 2010
Notes from an Insomniac
I should be sleeping. I really should. But, American Pickers is on The History Channel (yes, again). And I just can’t not watch it! After work on Wednesday, I met my sister and we went to the Twins game. Decked out in our Twins gear, we watched the game from the third deck, front row, and again, they were solid seats. I decided to get something different, for me, to eat before the game started. So, I ordered up the Walleye Fingers and fries. It was actually not too bad, but rather filling. So, later in the game, I went back to the Nachos Grande. I was careful to only take bites when there was game action so that the FSN cameras would not catch me eating the nachos again. Live and learn. But aside from the food, it was a great night for outdoor baseball. When I got home, I had to spend time cleaning. I’m sorry ya’ll, it had to be done. But I don’t want to leave people hanging, so here are a few thoughts and links for the day:
· On Wednesday, the final twenty rounds of baseball’s draft were completed. So, what did the Twins do with their 50 draft choices? Here is the breakdown along with my quick thoughts:
o 30 pitchers
§ 19 Right-handed pitchers, 11 Left-handed pitchers
§ 3 High School pitchers, 6 junior college pitchers, 21 four-year college pitchers.
o 7 middle infielders
§ 4 high school, 1 JC, 2 four-year college
o 6 outfielders
§ 3 high school, 1 JC, 2 four-year college
o 4 corner infielders
o 3 catchers
o I actually really like the Day 3 strategy of the Twins. They took a bunch of college pitchers, several of them were college seniors. I thought it was a good strategy on several counts. First, the cliché “you never have enough pitching” is very true. Second, the Twins minor league system has had several injuries to good young pitching prospects including Matt Bashore, Ben Tootle, Bruce Pugh, Tom Stuifbergen, Brad Tippett and Bobby Lanigan. Those injuries have forced some really good prospects to be pushed beyond where they probably should be. Guys like Adrian Salcedo, BJ Hermsen, Michael Tonkin and Andrei Lobanov are pitching fairly well, but likely were going to start their season in Elizabethton. Simply put, the Twins need lots of pitchers to fill rosters.
o The Twins took several outfielders and middle infielders. There are the athletes that can play those positions, but because they are athletes, they are more able to switch positions too as needed. More than half of them are high school players.
o I think the summary of the Twins 2010 draft is simply that the Twins stood by their basic draft principles. They took the best player available on their board early. That meant college pitchers and high school hitters, for the most part. So, despite the run on college pitchers in the late rounds, the Twins remained consistent in their draft philosophy.
o And the final thing to remember about any draft… it can’t be judged for at least eight to ten years. Someone like Alex Wimmers could be with the Twins in about two years. Someone like Niko Goodrum likely would not arrive in Minnesota for the next six years. If three or four of these fifty draft picks simply make the big leagues, that’s pretty impressive. If one of the players becomes an All-Star, that’s tremendous.
· The Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2.
o Carl Pavano was excellent. He gave up two runs in the 3rd inning, but that was it as he made it through eight innings. In Pavano’s last nine starts, he has gone at least seven innings in eight of them. He has given up two runs in six of those nine starts.
o Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth inning. In his last six appearances, he is 5/5 in save opportunities and has only given up one run. Of course, he has given up at least one hit in each of those games.
o Delmon Young gave the Twins an early 1-0 lead when he launched his sixth home run of the year. He is hitting .275 with six homers and 34 RBI already this season. He also has 13 walks this year after posting just 12 all of 2009. Sure, his Isolated Discipline is still just .041 this year, but it was just .024 last year. Beyond the walks, he just appears to be a new hitter.
o Joe Mauer had a double to go with another single. The double scored Denard Span all the way from 1B.
o Danny Valencia went 1-4 with a solid single to left field. He is now 7-22 (.318) through six games. But more impressive has been his defense. It’s early, but so far in his young career, I have been very impressed with his defense.
o Tonight, it will be Scott Baker for the Twins against the Royals’ Bruce Chen at 7:10 as the Twins try to sweep a home series before beginning a wave of interleague play.
· The Rochester Red Wings lost 8-0 to the Columbus Clippers.
o Ryan Mullins started and gave up six runs (5 earned) on eight hits and a walk. Jose Lugo gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in three innings. He struck out five.
o The Red Wings managed just four hits.
o But Matt LaPorta, who was demoted by Cleveland just days ago, went 4-4 with three home runs.
· The New Britain Rockcats lost 2-1 to Richmond.
o Deolis Guerra made his first start with the Rockcats since returning from AAA Rochester. He gave up the two runs, but both were unearned. He allowed three hits, walked four and struck out three. He fell to 1-2 and reduced his ERA to 2.41.
o Brandon Roberts went 3-4 with his third double.
o I posted an update yesterday, but I wanted to mention again that Ben Revere will likely miss the next week. On Tuesday night, he was hit just above the eye by a ball and although the CT scan was negative, it is quite swollen. He was hit by a ball that was thrown by a middle infielder on a double play attempt.
· The Ft. Myers Miracle beat Bradenton 3-2
o The Miracle had just six hits.
o Shooter Hunt made the start and gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.
o Jose Gonzalez gets the win after two shutout innings. Billy Bullock recorded the save with a perfect ninth.
· The Beloit Snappers beat Dayton 8-4.
o Angel Morales went 2-3 with two walks, his 11th double and his fourth home run.
o James Beresford went 2-4 with a walk, his second triple and his seventh stolen base.
o Mike Gonzales went 2-4 with his third double.
o Wang-Wei Lin went 2-5.
o Danny Rams started at catcher, but he was hit in the arm during his first plate appearance and had to leave the game. Tobias Streich was sick and unavailable. So Josmil Pinto, who began the game as the DH, had to enter the game as the catcher, and the DH was lost.
o That meant that starter Miguel Munoz had to hit for himself. He fared well, going 1-2 before being pinch hit for. Munoz went the first six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.
o Eliecer Cardenas went two innings and did not allow a run despite allowing two hits and walking one. Matt Tone threw a scoreless ninth inning.
· Beloit Trip – Travis Aune and I will be in Beloit for the games on Friday night and Saturday night, so stop by and say hi.
What else is going on in the world of baseball? Feel free to post your comments and questions in the Comments section.