Monday, November 3, 2008
First of all, Happy __th Birthday to my mom!!
I got out of town for the weekend, which is always nice. Over the weekend, the Vikings got a nice win at home against a solid, but beatable Houston Texans team. The Gophers football team lost in a crazy manner on Saturday. Sometimes sitting on the ball is a good thing. The cynic in me couldn’t help but laugh while that game was going down the drains. The Wolves became the answer to a trivia question on Sunday night when they became the first team that the Oklahoma City Thunder beat at home. The Wild? I have no idea how they did. Gophers hockey? Not a clue. Baseball? A bunch of people filed for free agency. The list contains pretty much nothing to get overly excited about as a Twins fan.
GABINO ADDED TO 40 MAN ROSTER – On Friday, the Twins added reliever Armando Gabino to their 40 man roster. They had as many as ten spots available on the 40 man roster. There are at least five others who are much more obvious selections for the Twins 40 man roster. Those would include Trevor Plouffe, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, Luke Hughes and Steve Tolleson. In fact, there are likely another half-dozen or more Twins prospects eligible for the Rule V draft that I would have put on first. However, due to having so many spots, I don’t have a problem with it. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe that the reason that the Twins put Gabino on the roster on Friday had to do with his longevity in minor league baseball. I think that he could have become a six-year minor league free agent five days after the World Series, and so if the Twins wanted to retain him, they had to make this decision at that time. The other players eligible for the Rule V draft likely are not eligible to become six-year minor league free agents yet, so they can wait to add them until early December when the rosters are due. Gabino was my #50 Twins prospect following the 2007 season. He was not in my Top 50 after the 2008 season.
BOOK UPDATE – Just wanted to give another quick book update to those of you who are interested. Last Thursday, I got my first copy of the book. As you can imagine, that was a very exciting moment! Although I have added another ten to twelve players worth of information, and have some editing to do, I am proud of what I have. As I mentioned, I am in the process of editing this version of the book, and hope to have that done in a few days. I will then send for a final review version and take a look at that before making it available. I hope to have it available to order before Thanksgiving. After this next review, I will start taking some official pre-orders. So be sure to be looking for that if you are at all interested. With Armando Gabino being added to the Twins 40 man roster since I last wrote, I thought giving an example of what you will see among the 175+ Twins minor league player profiles would be appropriate:
Armando Gabino – RHP – (8/31/83)
Gabino signed in 2001 with Cleveland as a free agent. The Twins selected him in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft and moved him from 3B to the mound. In 2008, Gabino proved that his impressive 2007 season was not a fluke. During that 2007 season, he went a combined 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 48 games between Beloit, Ft. Myers and New Britain. He ended that season by going 2-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA in ten games with the Rockcats. He spent all of 2008 with the Rockcats and went 6-5 with a 3.10 ERA. The righty does not record many strikeouts and walks about one for every two strikeouts. Following the 2008 season, Gabino was added to the Twins 40 man roster.
Here are some more thoughts and notes:
· If you’re ready to start thinking about the 2009 season, be sure to head over to Twinkie Town where they have reviewed Bill James 2009 projections for the Twins pitchers.
· Also at Twinkie Town, I just posted a Prospect Run-Off between RHP Alex Burnett and 3B/SS Tyler Ladendorf. The winner will be Twins Prospect #29 and the other will be Prospect #30. Starting tomorrow, I will continue the prospect list with the goal of reaching a top 50 list, but the rules will likely be a little different and the voting should go more quickly.
· Pat Neshek continued something he started last offseason. He wrote about when the Mets were scouting him back in 2001 and some of the correspondence with the scout. I find this stuff interesting.
Arizona Fall League Weekend Update
· The Phoenix Desert Dogs played the Peoria Saguaros Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, they lost 11-3. On Saturday, they won 8-5.
· Steve Tolleson went 2-3 on Friday night. He also committed his 8th error. On Saturday, he went 1-2 with his fifth double.
· Dustin Martin went 1-3 with a walk and his fourth stolen base on Friday night. Saturday, he went 2-3 with a walk and a triple.
· Danny Valencia went 1-4 on Saturday.
· Tim Lahey struck out one in a perfect inning on Friday.
· Anthony Slama walked two and struck out one in a scoreless inning Friday.
· On Saturday, Jeff Manship improved to 2-1. In five innings, he gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits. He walked none and struck out seven.
· Rob Delaney gave up a solo home run in the 8th inning Saturday. He gave up a walk and another hit in the inning, but just the one run.