Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Twins Minor League Report
Good morning everybody! Today is going to be pretty brief. The Twins and Astros start a three game series tonight and I have a few thoughts on notes on some of the Astros players. I also have the team's minor league update. But, before I get started, I want to remind people to please e-mail me your questions for Pat Neshek. He will take the time to answer the questions, so please feel free to send them to me. Your questions and his responses will be posted later this week.
Have a great day! Please feel free to e-mail me or leave Comments below.
The Twins had an off day on Monday. Tonight, they will start a three game series in Houston against the Astros. There are a couple of very intriguing pitching matchups in this series.
Tues - 7:05 Brad Radke (5-7, 5.83, 1.72, .344) vs Roy Oswalt (6-3, 3.21, 1.24, .281)
Wednesday - 7:05 - Carlos Silva (3-8, 7.07, 1.66, .352) vs Wandy Rodriguez (8-4, 3.49, 1.53, .277)
Thursday - 7:05 - Francisco Liriano (6-1, 2.16, 1.10, .277) vs Roger Clemens (341-172, 3.12, 1.17, .229)
OK, those Roger Clemens numbers are for his career. This is his overly hyped 2006 season debut. After a start at A ball, AA and AAA, he finally gets his first big league start of the season. And, he will get a lot of money for the rest of the season. So, on Thursday, we will get to see arguably the best pitcher of all-time, or the best right handed pitcher of all-time, or at least one of the Top handful of pitchers of all time. And he will pitch against the Twins and potentially one of the best pitchers today.
Speaking of great pitchers, Roy Oswalt has been just that over his 5+ year career. In that time, he is 89-42 with a 3.08 ERA. His ERA this year is 3.21, in his other five seasons, his ERA has only been over 3.01 one time (3.49). At just 6 feet tall, he defies common belief that a pitcher must be tall.
Speaking of greatness... Tony Batista does not fit that category. The Twins released him yesterday. It was shocking to read that the Twins could not find a single taker for his services!
Yesterday, I made some notes on the Twins players. I discussed streaks they were on and other notes. Here are some thoughts on some of the Astros players heading into this series:
Craig Biggio has been around forever. I remember back in 1988, Score baseball cards came out with a card set for the first time. Later in the summer, they came out with an Update set. The baseball card shop in a nearby town had singles from that set. A friend of mine was heading over there, and I had a couple of dollars, so I asked him to pick up a Biggio rookie card for me. I wanted one other player's card from that set. Was it Mark Grace? No. Was it Roberto Alomar? No. It was the legendary Greg Briley! Oh well. Anyway, Biggio is now old. He has gone from being a catcher, to a 2B, to a CF, to a LF, and now he is back at 2B again. He is 1 for his last 14 and 3 for his last 23. Odds are that he will get hit by a pitch during the season.
Mike Lamb is hitting .336/.386/.511. He is actually hitting like a first baseman. I knew he was doing alright, but never would have imagined Mike Lamb with a .897 OPS!
Chris Burke hit the series-ending homer to send the Astros to the NLCS last year. He is again playing a number of positions for the Astros. In his last seven games, he is 11-23 (.478)
Lance Berkman is very underrated, and I'm not sure why. He is one of the best hitters in baseball and has been for years. This year, he is hitting .315/.393/.599 with 18 homers and 60 RBI. He now has a seven game hitting streak during which time he is 11-28 (.393).
Morgan Ensberg had a monster year in 2005, but the question was, could it be real? Well, although he is hitting just .250, he does have 18 homers. He recently missed several games with a shoulder injury. Since his return two games ago, he is 0-5. He is also 1-14 and 2-21 of late.
Preston Wilson came to the Astros late in the Hot Stove season with a very strange, creative contract. He is hitting .275 with just seven homers making me believe that his options will not be picked up after the season.
Brad Ausmus surprisingly has a batting average in the .280s. However, he has been slumping of late. Over his past 8 games, he is just 5-32 (.156).
Adam Everett is one of those guys credited with being a good glove. Once in a while he hits too. He is in a four game hitting streak right now during which time he has gone 7-15 (.467). He is hitting just .227 on the year.
Orlando Palmiero is primarily a pinch hitter, but occasionally, he gets a start in the outfield. His last seven appearances have come as a pinch hitter. He is 0-7 in that time.
Eric Bruntlett is mainly a defensive replacement. That's good because he has just one hit in his last 15 at bats.
Jason Lane is a name to remember. Last year, he finally was given full-time duty and responded with nearly 30 homers. Big things were expected this year, and it just hasn't worked out. Yes, he has 10 homers, but his batting average is resting at about .209!
Any other thoughts on the Astros or the Twins? E-mail me, or leave some Comments below.
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE NOTES
Monday SethSpeaks Player of the Day - Luis Maza, Rochester Red Wings
Monday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day - Kevin Cameron, Rochester Red Wings
Alex Romero and Tommy Watkins moved from New Britain to Rochester. Also, in order for the Ft. Myers Miracle to make the playoffs (by winning the season's first half), they needed to win their remaining three games and Tampa needed to lose their remaining three games. Kevin Slowey was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday. However, since Tampa won last night, I would guess that Slowey may not even make that start and could be promoted to New Britain for his next start.
Here are the Monday updates. If you have any thoughts on the Twins system, please e-mail me.
Monday - Red Wings 2, Toledo 3 (11) - JD Durbin pitched alright. In just five innings, he gave up two runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out nine. Kevin Cameron came on and threw three shutout innings. Pat Neshek threw two shutout innings before allowing the winning run in the 11th inning. Luis Maza went 2-4 with his second homer. His blast tied the score with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Alex Romero is back with Rochester, started in LF and went 2-5. Jason Tyner and Kevin West were also 2-5. Chris Heintz went 2-4 with a walk.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Monday - Rockcats – No Game Scheduled.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Monday - Miracle 2, Lakeland 1 - Justin Jones gave up 10 hits in six innings, but he gave up just one run. He walked two and struck out six. Danny Powers came in and threw three shutout innings to improve to 3-1. Garrett Guzman and Erold Andrus both went 2-4. Trevor Plouffe was 1-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.
Monday - Snappers – The Snappers had a night off. Their All-Star game is tonight.
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