Monday, November 5, 2007
I haven’t updated the goings on with the Twins minor leaguers playing in Arizona or Venezuela, so I thought I would do that quickly.
First things first, Brian Buscher has left the Aragua team in Venezuela which is fine. He went down there and hit well for a couple of weeks and now he can enjoy some offseason. Hopefully he goes into spring training healthy. Here are the updates from the weekend games in Venezuela:
· Friday – Brian Bass has been impressive all offseason. However, he had a rough one on Friday night. He gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. He struck out four. Later in the game, Frank Mata was perfect for 2.1 innings.
· Saturday – Luis Maza went 2-3. Oswaldo Sosa got just two outs and gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. Yohan Pino came in and gave up a hit and a walk in 1.2 scoreless innings. Later Bobby Korecky struck out for in two scoreless innings.
· Sunday – Luis Maza went 2-4. Ruben Salazar, who has spent the last two or three years with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, also went 2-4. I can’t help but wonder what he could have been had the Twins not gone through the Luis Rivas era. I think he could have been a player similar to Ronnie Belliard. Frank Mata came in an got the one batter he faced out.
Things were a little quiet for the Twins prospects down in Arizona this weekend. In Phoenix’s game on Saturday, none of the Twins prospects played, and on Sunday they did not have a scheduled game. On Friday, Anthony Swarzak started and gave up a run on two hits in three innings. He struck out two and walked none. Ryan Mullins came in and struck out three in three one-hit innings. Trevor Plouffe went 1-2 with two walks and an RBI. Matt Macri went 0-4 with a walk. Drew Butera caught an inning.
By the way, if you don’t check out mlbtraderumors.com throughout the day, you never know what you’re missing. There is some great stuff in there today on the availability of Scott Kazmir and Erik Bedard and Tim Lincecum and much more. But I do want to point out that they have their Top 50 Free Agents available along with where they think those guys will sign. If the Twins end up with the two guys on that list that they suggest, I will be greatly disappointed.
Alright, I will be sure to be back with a decent entry that will hopefully peak your interest tomorrow morning, so please check back. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future postings, please e-mail me. Thanks again!