Thursday, July 14, 2005
Twins Minor League Report
POST BREAK MEANDERINGS
Good morning! Well, today will again be short. Last night I played softball again. It was fun. I like playing 3B because you have to be in the game or you could get hurt, bad! Elsewhere, I just get too bored. But I hurt because I'm old and way too out of shape. Oh well! I also am in another week of training at work. You remember that training from about a month ago that I whined about for a week? Well, this is part 2 of it! Yay! More reading homework!
Anyway, the All-Star break is done and things should really start picking up in the baseball world. I hope you understand, and keep stopping by the site so that hopefully you can find something of interest to you!
So anyway, keep the e-mails coming. I enjoy your input!
Have a great day!
OK, so, everyone seems to be disappointed in the Twins performance so far in the 2005 season. Sure, they have about the same record as they did at the break last year. Sure, they're getting quality pitching most of the time. But it's just not enough. Why? Most likely because of the first-half start of the Chicago White Sox. Here are the standings in the AL Central as we restart play today:
White Sox 57-29
The Twins do have a one game lead in the Wild Card fight right now ahead of the likes of the Orioles, the Indians, the Yankees, the A's and more teams within striking distance.
The Twins made a move to acquire Bret Boone and have about two weeks to decide if they will make any further moves. The A's made a couple of deals yesterday. First they acquired Jay Payton from the Red Sox (he had also been designated for assignment) for reliever Chad Bradford. Then they traded OF Eric Byrnes (And AA SS Omar Quintanilla, who I drafted in the minor league portion of a fantasy baseball league, so I'm happy to see him go to the Rockies!) to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasik. The Rockies traded Preston Wilson to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Zach Day, JJ Davis and a player to be named later.
So as you can see, teams in the playoff hunt are starting to deal. That makes the last part of July very exciting! Will the Twins make another move? Will they find a third baseman? Will they make a big splash and acquire a big name like Adam Dunn, or Mike Sweeney? Maybe they will go with pitching? You know I've been pushing for them to acquire Jason Schmidt. The Twins have the prospects to acquire anyone that is available if they feel they can contend. I think that they have a lot of big decisions to make in the next two weeks, and it will be fun to watch!
Here are the pitching matchups for this series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
TWINS MINOR LEAGUE REPORTS
The Redwings had another day off last night, their third in a row, because of the AAA All-Star game which was played last night in Sacramento. The AAA game matches the All Stars from the International League against those from the Pacific Coast League. Two Redwings were on the International League roster, pitchers Travis Bowyer and Willie Eyre. Now, the IL got crushed 11-5, and it was 11-2 after seven innings. But that is when Chris Coste was brought in to pinch hit and enter the game in the field. In that first at bat, he got ahead 3-0 before taking a strike. He hit the 3-1 pitch deep into right field for an easy sacrifice fly. In the 9th, he struck out. Back to the Redwings, Willie Eyre pitched the third inning and got the PCLers 1-2-3. Bowyer started the 9th inning and got the two batters he faced out, one on a strike out. Today the team starts their second half.
NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS
The Eastern League has its own All-Star game pitting the North against the South. New Britain is obviously in the North. Three Rockcats participated in the game, Danny Matienzo, Doug Deeds and Jason Miller. Matienzo was great in the North's 9-6 win. He went 3-3 and was hit by a pitch. He had a double and an RBI as the team's DH. Deeds played the whole game in left field and went 1-4. Miller pitched the 7th inning. Despite giving up a hit and a walk, he struck out two and didn't allow a run. The team starts its second half tonight as well.
FT MYERS MIRACLE
Wednesday - MIRACLE 0, Palm Beach 7 - The Miracle are really struggling with the bats. Kyle Phillips had two doubles in four at bats, and Trent Oeltjen went 2-4, but it wasn't enough to muster one run. Scott Tyler's up-and-down season continues. He started and went three innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and four walks, and struck out just one. Jannio Gutierrez came in and gave up two unearned runs in his three innings. He allowed four hits, but he didn't walk any. Josh Gray gave up a run in two innings, and Jay Sawatski's struggles continue as he gave up a run in his inning.
Twins 2005 first-round pick Matt Garza was promoted to Beloit to take Anthony Swarzak's spot in the rotation.
Wednesday - SNAPPERS 8, Kane County 3 - The Jay Rainville Express just continues to roll along. The burly young right-hander posted yet another win to improve to 8-2. Last night, he went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out six. Kevin Culpepper and John Williams combined for three shutout relief innings. Jeremy Pickrel led the offense with a 3-5 day, including a triple. Landon Burt was 2-4 with two walks. Luke Hughes went 2-5 with a walk and three RBI. Deacon Burns went 2-5 with his 30th double of the year. Johnny Woodard went 2-5.
Twins third round pick Brian Duensing of Nebraska is now moving into the rotation after Garza's promotion.
Wednesday - E-Twins 2, Pulaski 1 - The E-Twins continue to get some quality pitching. Edward Morlan may not be known now, but is making a name for himself. Lst night, he went seven innings without allowing a hit. He did give up an earned run and walked two, but he struck out nine. He is now 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA this year. In 22 innings pitched, he has allowed six hits, six walks and has 30 strikeouts. Pretty Impressive. Alexander Smit picked up his second E-Town win by pitching two scoreless innings. He did give up a hit though, but also struck out four more batters. He now has an incredible 37:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his 18 innings with Elizabethton. Juan Portes continues to lead the offense. The 2B went 3-4 with a walk and his fourth homer. Edward Ovalle went 2-3.
GULF COAST TWINS
Monday - GCL Twins 8, GCL Pirates 4 - LF Wesley Connor led the way with a 4-4 day that included his first double. Josh Dean went 3-4. Kyle Edlich improved to 2-0 (with a 2.25 ERA) with six quality innings. He spread out nine hits and a walk for three runs. Nathan Crawford (another Aussie and the brother of Tristan) gave up a run on two hits in his inning.
I didn't spend too much time online this weekend, but found a few articles worth reading and thought I'd share some of them with you:
If you don't already check it every day, you will want to check out Pat Neshek's site today. He has a number of interesting thoughts today on the New Britain season, the call ups of Matt Moses and Nick Blackburn, as well as Levale Speigner staying in Rochester for awhile. He has also done a number of very nice updates to the site including some video. Check it out and be sure to bookmark it!
Haylie Duff, she of Napolean Dynamite fan (and I guess her sister is fairly popular too), will be appearing in 13 episodes of 7th Heaven this fall! Just another reason to watch this great, if not sappy, television show that is remarkably entering its 10th season!
If you participated in Stick and Ball Guy's First-Half contest, the results are in!
Aaron Gleeman posted his Bizarro World All-Stars. Current and former Twins are represented, so you will want to take a minute to see who made the (dubious?) cut!
cmatthewson posts a great article on the pitchers taken by the Twins in the past two drafts. Really interesting thoughts, and more excitement about the future of the Twins.
Episode One of BrentNet radio is just about ready to go. See what it is all about here!
And last, but certainly not least, you may remember that in early June I helped a couple of friends coach some 9 and 10 year old baseball. I was third set of eyes as the team roster was decided. Anyway, that team is playing great. Last weekend, they hosted a four-team tournament where each team played the other. Warroad's team went 3-0 to win the tournament. Here is a team picture from after the tournament:
On that note, I am going to call it a day! I hope everyone has a great day! As always, please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts on the Twins, the minor leagues, or anything you would like to discuss.
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