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3/8/09

Spring training weeks 1-2 summary.

A couple of weeks have passed in spring training so far, with the Twins assembling a 6-3 record in the Grapefruit League. They were 2-0 in the exhibition games with WBC teams Puerto Rico and Netherlands, but those 2 games do not count in the standings, nor the player's statistics are included in their overall spring statistics. This is how the Twins' players involved in position battles are performing so far. These are the cummulative statistics through week 2 (The rankings are by decreasing OPS for position players and by decreasing WHIP for pitchers) :

Position Players:

Outfield Starter Battle:

Young .533/.563/.667, 1 SB (15 AB)
Gomez .313/.353/.750, 2 HR, 1 BB, 2 SB (16 AB)
Cuddyer .188/.235/.313 1BB (16 AB)
Span .111/.273/.111 4 BB, 1 SB (18 AB)

Spot on the Bench vs Rochester Battle:

Buscher .500/.529/.857, 1 HR, 2 BB (14 AB)
Ramos .333/.455/.444 (9 AB)
Hughes .333/.333/.333 (6 AB) WBC with Australia
Machado .143/.143/.250 2 SB, 1 BB (7 AB)
Tolbert .111/.200/.111 2 BB (18 AB)
Morales .167/.143/.167 (6 AB)
Macri .100/.182/.100 1 BB (10 AB)
Plouffe .111/.111/.111 (9 AB)
Tolleson .000/.000/.000 (4 AB)



Battle for Rochester vs. New Britain:

Martin .538/.500/.692 (13 AB)
Valencia .444/.444/.444 (9 AB)
Winfree .444/.400/.444 (9 AB)
Peterson .100/.250/.400 1 HR (GS), 2BB (10 AB)

Other notable starter stats:

Kubel .400/.538 /.800 1 HR, 3 BB (10 AB)
Morneau .429/.500/.714/ 1 BB (7 AB); now with Canada in WBC
Harris .400/.455/.500 (10 AB)


Position Player of weeks 1-2:

Brian Buscher



Honorable mention:, Delmon Young, Jason Kubel, Brendan Harris, Dustin Martin, Carlos Gomez.


Pitchers:

Starter Performance:

Slowey ERA 0.00, WHIP 0.00, 0 BB, 1 K 2 IP (+ 3 more perfect innings against the Netherlands)
Blackburn ERA 0.00, WHIP 0.00, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 IP
Perkins ERA 0.00, WHIP 0.89, 2 BB, 5 K, 9 IP
Liriano ERA 2.00, WHIP 0.78, 1 BB, 7 K, 9 IP
Baker ERA 6.00, WHIP 2.00, 0 BB, 4 K, 6 IP

Battle for set up man:

Crain 0.00 ERA, WHIP 0.00, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 IP WBC with Canada
Ayala 0.00 ERA, WHIP 0.50, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 IP WBC with Mexico
Breslow 2.25 ERA, WHIP 0.50, 0 BB, 5 K, 4 IP
Guerrier 6.75 ERA, WHIP 2.00, 3 BB, 1 K, 4 IP

On the bubble; battle for the last 1-2 spots:

Keppel 0.00, WHIP 0.33, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 IP
Dickey 3.60 ERA, WHIP 0.80, 1 BB, 5 K, 5 IP
Jones 1.80 ERA, WHIP 1.40, 2 BB, 4 K, 5 IP
Henn 0.00 ERA, WHIP 1.50, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 IP
Humber 12.00, WHIP 1.67, 0 BB, 0 K, 3 IP
Goslin 0.00 ERA, WHIP 1.88, 2 BB, 1 K, 2.7 IP
Mijares 2.25 ERA, WHIP 2.00, 5 BB, 3 K, 4 IP





pitcher of weeks 1-2, spring training:

Kevin Slowey (how can you beat perfection?)





honorable mention: Nick Blackburn, Fransisco Liriano, Glen Perkins, Bobby Keppel, R.A. Dickey

2 comments:

Marv said...

Congratulations thry. It had to be tough to name Buscher as the position player of weeks 1 & 2, but you did it. Did it hurt a little bit?
I have not paid enough attention to see if Young is getting much time in RF, though I've seen Span in LF.
Any chance Gardy starts the season with Cuddy on the bench if his hitting doesn't improve?
I suppose we need to see something from Span, too.

thrylos98 said...

Well, Marv, fair is fair. But still I do not think much of Buscher on the field. Check that picture of him from this spring training at first base...

Young got no time in the RF. Unfortunately, Gardy's head seems pretty much set: Cuddy is the right fielder no matter what and let the other 3 fight for it. And it looks like Span might be the odd man out and on the bench, but there are still 4 more weeks left.