Thursday, November 1, 2007
A few more random notes on the Twins and more:
∑ Eddie Morlan picked up the win for Phoenix in the AFL yesterday. He walked one and struck out two in a scoreless inning. Matt Macri went 1-4 with a walk and his 7th double. Drew Butera went 2-4. Trevor Plouffe was 1-4.
∑ On Thursday, Brian Duensing made the start for Team USA against Peoria. He went four shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out two. 35 of his 50 pitches were strikes.
∑ On Wednesday, Aragua beat Magallanes 10-5. Luis Maza went 3-5. Yohan Pino worked 1.2 innings of relief and gave up a hit, a walk and struck out one. Bobby Korecky then gave up two runs on three hits in his inning.
∑ I saw it first at Stick & Ball Guyís site, but the Elias Sports Bureauís player rankings are out. That is what MLB uses to determine whether a player is a Type A or Type B free agent. That is important because if a free agent is deemed Type A based on their last two seasons, the team that loses him could get the first round pick of the team that signs him AND a supplemental first round pick. Of course, the team would have to offer the player arbitration. In other words, Torii Hunter was deemed a Type A free agent. If the Twins offer him arbitration but he goes to another team, say the Yankees, the Twins would get the Yankees first round pick and the supplemental first round pick. (Note Ė the teamís with first round picks in the top 15 picks can not lose their picks. For instance, the White Sox will have the #8 pick next June. If they sign Hunter, they canít lose that pick, so instead of the Twins getting it, the Twins will get the White Sox second round pick. A Type B free agent lost nets the team a supplemental first round pick.
∑ Carlos Silvaís numbers the last two years make him neither a Type A or Type B free agent. The Twins will receive no compensation if Silva signs with another team. I bet if Terry Ryan would have known that in July, he would have been smart and traded Silva. Instead, he traded Luis Castillo thinking he would not be a Type A or Type B. Somehow, he was deemed a Type B free agent. Instead of getting a supplemental first round pick for Castillo, the Twins got Dustin Martin and Drew Butera. In five years we will find out if it was a good trade.
∑ Other things of note from the (rather controversial, I would think) player ratings:
1. Although not a free agent, I thought it was interesting to see that Michael Cuddyer ranks ahead of Torii Hunter over the course of the past two years. It probably doesnít surprise me as much as it would surprise many others.
2. Check out where Tommy Watkins (who played in the big leagues for about 2-3 weeks) ranks compared to Nick Punto, who has played pretty much every day for the past two years.
3. No surprise that Johan Santana ranks #1 among all AL pitchers.
4. No surprise that Joe Nathan ranks #2 among all AL closers. The surprise, however, is who ranks #1. I would have thought Jonathan Papelbon.
5. The craziest thing about this listing is that among AL 2B, 3B and SS (who are lumped together for some reason), Alex Rodriguez ranks 6th! That is ridiculous.
∑ The Fielding Bible has come out with its Awards for 2007. Obviously these are given for defensive ability, to the top defensive player at each position in the Major Leagues. One Twin was a winner and probably not who you thought. No, that Centerfielder wasnít even mentioned among the CF group. Instead, a vastly underrated defensive pitcher was named the winner. Thatís right, Johan Santana is the top defensive pitcher in baseball.
∑ A couple of days after using several factors to determine just how good some of the Twins minor league hitters really are, Aaron Gleeman takes a look at how the Twins minor league pitchers truly did. Tyler Robertson and Kevin Slowey stand out among a pretty impressive group of pitching prospects!
∑ Good news for the AL Central, except the Tigers. Todd Jones will likely remain the Tigers closer for at least a half a season. Just the other day, the team said that they were going to give Joel Zumaya the closerís job. However, due to moving personal items during the Southern California wild fires. He had shoulder surgery and wonít pick up a ball for six weeks, when he will begin to rehab. †
∑ Nick Nelson discusses yet another error from Pioneer Press writer/columnist/guesser Charley Walters. Itís really quite comical.
∑ Have you seen the great AL Central Hot Stove League Preview written over at SI.com by the great Nate Silver of BaseballProspectus.com? It is hard to disagree with his thinking, but Iím sure many Twins fans wonít quite agree.
Alright, I will be back later with the Week 9 picks. There is apparently a pretty big game between the Red Sox and Bison. Oh wait, thatís baseball. I guess itís New England against Indianapolis. Maybe youíve heard about it? If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future postings, please e-mail me. Have a great day!