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6/7/12

Myth Busting: The Rich Anderson Legacy or the Twins' pitching in the 00s

I think that a lot of the Minnesota Twins' fans have been frustrated with the way the Twins have been performing this and the last season.  Some of us have been frustrated even longer, since the Twins have last won a World Series in 1991.  That was 21 seasons ago.  Kids who were born then they can now buy booze.  Not good.

Anecdotally, there have been a lot of remarks and thoughts about the Twins trying to create cookie cutter pitchers, about Ron Anderson (who was named the pitching coach when Ron Gardenhire was named the manager in 2001) wanted everyone in the whole organization to throw the 2 seamer and pitch to contact.

But gut feelings and all, this blog is about substantiated evidence and numbers.  So here is what I did, and here is what I am presenting:  I looked at all pitchers who wore a Twins' uniform this Millennium and compared how they did while with the Twins vs. how they did after they left the Twins. I went as far as 2009-10 (but some of the latest losses have inconclusive numbers).

And here is the honor roll.  A list of 20 pitchers who did better after they left the Twins, when they were older, when they were past their prime.  Not one or two (like Jose Reyes who did phenomenally while with the Twins) but 20.  It cannot be a coincidence.   And I am not even including pitchers like Sergio Santos and Peter Moylan on whom the Twins gave up before they ever gave them a chance.

Here is Rick Anderson's (ok a couple are before his time) Honor Roll:

Luis Ayala:

Twins 2009 (age 31) : 4.18 ERA, 1.423 WHIP, 5.8 K/9, 2.63 K/BB (was cut)
Yankees 2011 (age 33) : 2.09 ERA, 1.268 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 1.95 K/BB
Orioles 2012 (age 34) : 1.82 ERA, 1.054 WHIP, 5.1 K/9, 2.80 K/BB

Grand Balfour:

Twins (2001-2004 ages 23-26) : 4.63 ERA, 1.456 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 1.95 K/BB
Rays (2007-2010 ages 29-32) : 3.33 ERA, 1.212 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 2.6 K/BB
Athletics (2011-2012 ages 33-34) : 2.78 ERA, 1.145 WHIP, 8 K/9, 2.52 K/BB

Joe Beimel:

Twins (2004, age 27) : 43.20 ERA, 6 WHIP, 1.2 IP (was cut)
LA Dodgers (2006-2008, ages 29-31) 3.04 ERA, 1.336 WHIP, 4.9 K/8, 1.53 K/BB
Nationals (2009 age 32) 3.40 ERA, 1.336 WHIP, 5.4 K/8, 1.6 K/BB
Rockies (2009-10 ages 32-33) : 3.56 ERA, 1.385 WHIP, 4.7 K/9, 1.68 K/BB

Craig Breslow:

Twins 2008-9 (ages 27-28) : 2.89 ERA, 1.132 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 1.72 K/BB (was cut)
Oakland 2009-11 (ages 28-30) : 3.14 ERA, 1.199 WHIP, 7.6 K/9, 2.34 K/BB
Arizona 2012 (age 31) : 2.13 ERA, 1.026 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, 2.2 K/BB


Jesse Crain:

Twins 2004-10 (ages 22-28) : 3.42 ERA, 1.257 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 1.87 K/BB
White Sox 2011-12 (ages 29-30) : 2.37 ERA, 1.180 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 2.42 K/BB

Jack Cressend:

Twins (2000-2001 ages 25-27) : 4.59 ERA, 1.480 WHIP, 6 K/9, 1.66 K/BB
Indians (2003-2004 ages 28-29) : 3.53 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 5.5 K/9 1.89 K/BB


R.A. Dickey:

Twins: 2009 (age 34) : 4.62 ERA, 1.617 WHIP, 5.9 K/9, 1.4 K/BB
Mets: 2010-12 (ages 35-37) 3.08 ERA, 1.193 WHIP, 6 K/9, 2.65 K/BB

Willie Eyre:

Twins 2006 (age 27) : 5.31 ERA, 1.635 WHIP, 3.9 K/9, 1.18 K/BB
Texas 2007-9 (ages 28-30) : 5.02 ERA, 1.558 WHIP, 5.2 K/9, 1.32 K/BB
Baltimore 2011 (age 32) : 3.44 ERA, 0.927 WHIP, 4.9 K/9, 2 K/BB

Aaron Fultz:


Twins (2004, age 30) : 5.04 ERA, 1.460 WHIP, 6.7 K/9, 1.61 K/BB
Phillies (2005-6 ages 31-32) : 3.38 ERA, 1.239 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 2.27 K/BB
Indians (2007, age 33) : 2.92 ERA, 1.324 WHIP, 6.8, 1.56 K/BB

Matt Garza:

Twins 2006-7 (ages 22-23) : 4.47 ERA, 1.602 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 1.91 K/BB
Rays 2008-10 (ages 24-26) : 3.86 ERA, 1.251 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 2.32 K/BB
Cubs 2011-12 (ages 27-28) : 3.51 ERA, 1.237 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 3.00 K/BB

LaTroy Hawkins:

Twins: (SP/RP 1995-2003 ages 22-30): 5.05 ERA, 1.523 WHIP, 5.9 K/9, 1.83 K/BB
Twins: (RP: 2000-2003 ages 27-30): 3.09 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 2.31 K/BB
Cubs: (2004-2005 ages 31-32) : 2.76 ERA, 1.099 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 3.9 K/BB

Livan Hernandez:


Twins 2008 (age 33) : 5.48 ERA, 1.632 WHIP, 3.5 K/9, 1.86 K/BB
Nationals 2009-11 (ages 34-36) 4.17 ERA, 1.363 WHIP, 5.0 K/9, 1.82 K/BB
Atlanta 2012 (age 37) : 3.68 ERA, 1.389 WHIP, 5.8 K/9, 2.38 K/BB

Phil Humber:

Twins 2008-9 (ages 25-26) : 6.10 ERA, 2.032 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 1.07 K/BB
Royals 2010 (age 27) : 4.15 ERA, 1.338 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 2.29 K/BB
White Sox 2011-12 (ages 28-29) : 4.14 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 2.55 K/BB

Mike Lincoln:


Twins (1999-2000 ages 24-25) : 7.70 ERA, 1.825 WHIP, 3.9 K/9, 1.08 K/BB
Pirates (2001-2003 ages 26-28) : 3.50 ERA, 1.362 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 2 K/BB

Kyle Lohse:

Twins 2001-2006 (ages 22-27) : 4.88 ERA, 1.447 WHIP, 5.6 K/9, 1.94 K/BB
Reds 2006-2007 (ages 27-28) : 4.58 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, 2.52 K/BB
Cardinals 2008-2012 (ages 29-33) : 4.18 ERA, 1.332 WHIP, 5.4 K/9, 2.33 K/BB

Jose Mijares:


Twins 2009-11 (ages 23-26) : 3.16 ERA, 1.315 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 1.9 K/BB
Royals 2012 (age 27) : 2.49 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 4.0 K/BB

Mark Redman:
Twins (1999-2001 ages 25-27) : 4.86 ERA, 1.469 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 2.21 K/BB
Detroit (2001-2002 ages 27-28) : 4.29 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, 4.8 K/9, 2.05 K/BB
Florida (2003 age 29) : 3.59 ERA, 1.222 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 2.48 K/BB

JC Romero:

Twins: (1999-2005 ages 23-29) : 4.35 ERA, 1.482 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 1.61 K/BB
Philies: (2007-2011 ages 31-35) : 2.73 ERA, 1.406 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 1.14 K/BB

Brad Thomas:


Twins (2001-2004 ages 23-26) : 9.89 ERA, 2.155 WHIP, 3 K/9, 0.85 K/BB
Tigers (2010-2011 ages 32-33) : 4.59 ERA, 1.606 WHIP, 4.1 K/9, 1.06 K/BB








That is a lot of opportunity lost.   A lot of adverse results.  And this does not even include the current pitchers.  It is not one or two or 3.  Twenty.  The Twins can just not ignore this  any more...










6/6/12

Mini Profile of Twins 40th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Brad Schreiber

The Twins with their 40th round pick (#1210 overall and their last one) in the 2012 MLB Draft select RHP Brad Schreiber, from Purdue

Here is his profile, here are his stats.  He lost all of 2012 with an elbow injury.





Video is here:



You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 39th round MLB Draft pick: OF Alex Liquori

The Twins with their 39th round pick (#1180 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Alex Liquori OF from Whitewater HS GA.  Committed to Kennesaw State.  Tough sign here.

Here is his Perfect Game profile with 5 videos






You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 38th round MLB Draft pick: C Austin Rei

The Twins with their 38th round pick (#1150 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Austin Rei,C, from Campolindo HS, CA.  He is committed to U of Washington.  Tough sign.

Here is his perfect game profile and here another profile





You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 37th round MLB Draft pick: RHP James Marvel

The Twins with their 37th round pick (#1120 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select James Marvel RHP from Campolindo HS CA.  Committed to Duke.  Almost impossible to sign at this spot.


Here is his Perfect Game profile with 5 videos and here is an additional profile.  Here is his MLB.com scouting video.






You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 36th round MLB Draft pick: OF Brandon Bayardi

The Twins with their 36th round pick (#1090 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Brandon Bayardi OF from UNLV

Here is his profile and here are his stats







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 35th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Jared Wilson

The Twins with their 35th round pick (#1060 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Jared Wilson RHP UC Santa Barbara


 His stats are here, and  here is his profile









You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 34th round MLB Draft pick: OF Bryan Haar

The Twins with their 34th round pick (#1030 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select OF Bryan Haar from University of San Diego

Here is his profile and here are his stats





Video is here:
















You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 33rd round MLB Draft pick: RHP Kaleb Merck

The Twins with their 33rd round pick (#1000 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Kaleb Merck RHP from TX Christian University closer.  He missed all 2011 with Tommy John surgery

 Here are his stats, here is his profile





Video is here:











You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 32nd round MLB Draft pick: LHP Andrew Ferreira

The Twins with their 32nd round pick (#970 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Andrew Ferreira, LHP from Harvard University

Here is his profile, here are his stats




Video is here:








You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 31st round MLB Draft pick: LF Timmy Robinson

The Twins with their 31st round pick (#940 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Timmy Robinson LF from Oceanview CA HS. He is Alex Burnett's brother


Here is a profile








You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 30th round MLB Draft pick: C BK Santy

The Twins with their 30th round pick (#910 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select  Bryan (BK) Santy, C, from University of  Washington, WA

Here is his profile and here are his stats








Video is here









You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 29th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Sean Hagan

The Twins with their 29th round pick (#880 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select LHP Sean Hagan from St Johns University, NY.  A lot like current Twin Tyler Robertson 6-6, 225


Here are his stats,and here is his profile.  Apparently Sean loves to pitch to contact , which makes him a perfect match for the Twins.







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 28th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Carson Goldsmith

The Twins with their 28th round pick (#850 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Carson Goldsmith, RHP from Northwestern State in LA.  Also plays as a catcher.  Teammate of Mason Melotakis

Here is his profile and here are his stats.  Here is his high school profile with videos






Video is here










You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 27th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Jerad Grundy

The Twins with their 27th round pick (#820 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Jerad Grundy LHP from U Kentucky.  He transferred there from Miami

Here is his profile from Kentucky and here are his stats; here is his miami profile








Video is here










You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 26th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Justin Jones

The Twins with their 26th round pick (#790 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Justin Jones LHP from U California.


Here are his stats here is his profile








Video is here










You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 25th round MLB Draft pick: SS Joel Licon

The Twins with their 25th round pick (#760 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Joel Licon, SS from Orange Coast Col, CA.  He transferred there from Loyola Marymount after his Freshman season



Here is an earlier bio from LMU, here are his stats from LMU, here is a home page,








Video is here










You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 24th round MLB Draft pick: C Jose Favela

The Twins with their 24th round pick (#730 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Jose Favela,  6-4, 220 pounds catcher from Franklin HS, El Paso TX

Here is an article, here is his profile








You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 23rd round MLB Draft pick: RHP Travis Huber

The Twins with their 23nd round pick (#700 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Travis Huber RHP, University of Nebraska closer.

Here are his stats, here is his profile






Video is here:







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 22nd round MLB Draft pick: C Joshua Graham

The Twins with their 22nd round pick (#670 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Joshua Graham, catcher from Roseburg Senior HS, OR.  He also pitches.


Here  is an article






Video is here:







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 21st round MLB Draft pick: C Bo Altobelli

The Twins with their 21st round pick (#640 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Bo Altobelli catcher from Texas Tech University.

Here are his stats, here is his profile






Video is here:







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 20th round MLB Draft pick: OF Zach Larson

The Twins with their 20th round pick (#610 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Zach Larson, OF from Lakewood Ranch HS, FL.  Committed to State College of Florida.



Here are his stats



Video is here:







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 19th round MLB Draft pick: OF Jonathan Murphy

The Twins with their 19th round pick (#580 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Jonathan Murphy OF from Jacksonville University, Andrew Walker's (their 3rd draft pick) teammate and the younger brother of NY Mets' Daniel Murphy


Here are his stats and here is his profile












You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 18th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Will LaMarche

The Twins with their 18th round pick (#550 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select William LaMarche RHP from Chabot College in CA .  He has had Tommy John surgery.  Will be going to the LSU if not signed.


Here is his profile page, and another one is here




Here is a video about his TJ rehab












You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 17th round MLB Draft pick: 1B DJ Hicks

The Twins with their 17th round pick (#520 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select 1B Dalton (DJ) Hicks from University of Central Florida. 

Here is his official profile, here are his stats






Here are Videos












You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here






Mini Profile of Twins 16th round MLB Draft pick: SS Will Hurt

The Twins with their 16th round pick (#490 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Will Hurt SS from Lexington Catholic HS, KY.  This is Ben Revere's High School as well


Here is his web page,  here is his perfect game profile with 5 videos




You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

6/5/12

Mini Profile of Twins 15th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Jarret Leverett

The Twins with their 15th round pick (#460 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select LHP Jarret Leverett from Georgia South University.


Here are his stats, here is his profile






You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here


Mini Profile of Twins 14th round MLB Draft pick: CF Jake Proctor

The Twins with their 14th round pick (#430 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select CF Jake Proctor from U Cincinnati

Here are his stats, here is his profile from Cincinnati, and here his summer league profile







You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here


Mini Profile of Twins 13th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Eric Knab

The Twins with their 13th round pick (#400 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Eric Knab RHP from Carolina Forest High School, SC.  Committed to Spartanburg Methodist

Here is his perfect game profile







Here are videos:




2012 RHP Eric Knab from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.












You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here


Mini Profile of Twins 12th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Alex Muren

The Twins with their 12th round pick (#370 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select Alex Muren RHP from Cal State Northridge

Here are his stats, here  his official bio




Here are videos:













You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 11th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Taylor Rogers

The Twins with their 11th round pick (#340 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select LHP Taylor Rogers from U Kentucky.

Here is his MLB.com scouting video, here his profile and here his statistics












Here are videos:











You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

Mini Profile of Twins 10th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Douglas (DJ) Baxendale


The Twins with their 10th round pick (#310 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select RHP Douglas (DJ) Baxendale from University of Arkansas, Fayettesville.  He is a starting pitcher.

Here is his MLB.com scouting report, here are his stats, here is his official profile and here is an interview video.  Here is an additional video





Here are videos:






You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here .

Mini Profile of Twins 9th round MLB Draft pick: LJ Mazzilli 2B

The Twins with their 9th round pick (#280 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select 2B Lee J Mazzilli, son of Lee Mazzilli, from University of Connecticut.  Mazzilli was considered the best position player prospect in the whole Big East Conference.

Here is his UConn profile,  here is an article from Hartford Courant and here is an article from the UConn newspaper.  Here are his stats.







Here are videos:
















You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here



Mini Profile of Twins 8th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Christian Powell

The Twins with their 8th round pick (#250 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select  Christian Powell RHP from College of Charleston.  Good mid 90s Fastball, his breaking ball and changeup are works in progress.  6'5" frame.  He is a starting pitcher

Here is an article on him, here is his University profile and here are his statistics.




Here are videos:














Mini Profile of Twins 7th round MLB Draft pick: Jorge Fernandez C

The Twins with their 7th round pick (#220 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select  Jorge Fernandez C from Colegio Hector Urdaneta High School in Puerto Rico.  Tall (6'3") and skinny (165 lbs) for a catcher.  Also plays CF.  Committed to Alabama State.

Here is his perfect game profile (with 4 videos)  Another profile is here


You can find mini-profiles for all Twins' picks of the 2012 MLB Draft here

 







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Mini Profile of Twins 6th round MLB Draft pick: LHP Andre Martinez

The Twins with their 6th round pick (#190 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select  LHP Andre Martinez from Archbishop McCarthy HS in FL

Here is his MLB scouting video, here is his Perfect Game profile page.  He has signed with Florida State University.




Here are videos:







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Mini Profile of Twins 5th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Tyler Duffey

The Twins with their 5th round pick (#160 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft select RHP Tyler Duffey from Rice University.

Here is his Rice Profile, here are his statistics





Here are videos.













Mini Profile of Twins 4th round MLB Draft pick: RHP Zack Jones

The Twins with their 4th round pick (130 overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft, select RHP Zack Jones from San Jose State University

Zach has both started and relieved, projects as a reliever and can throw at mid 90s.  Here is his MLB Network scouting video.  Here are his statistics and here is his SJSU profile




Here are videos:




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Mini Profile of Twins 3rd round MLB Draft pick: Adam Walker

The Twins with their 3rd round pick (97th overall) in the 2012 MLB Draft, select Adam Bret Walker II, RF from Jacksonville University.

Adam Walker is one of the best power prospects in the draft. Here is his profile from Jacksonville University. Here are his statistics and here is his MLB Network scouting report.




Here are videos:













Mini Profile of Twins second 2nd round MLB Draft pick: RHP JT Chargois

The Twins with their second 2nd round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, select RHP J.T Chargois from Rice University.

He throws hard and projects as a closer. Also a 1st baseman.  Here is his profile from Rice.  Here is a scouting report, here is another report after his Cape Code League appearance. Here are his stats.






Here are videos:




Mini-profile of the Twins first 2nd round 2012 MLB Draft pick: Mason Melotakis

With their first 2nd round pick (63rd overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Twins select Mason Melotakis a LHP from Northwest State.


94-96 mph FB with good slider project as a RP.   Here are his stats Here is his MLB scouting video and here is a story on Melotakis before the draft



Here are videos:







Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits


Here is this week's installment; and it is going to be slight, because of the Draft today and tomorrow:
  • The Twins selected Byron Buxton (OF, HS), Jose Berrios (RHP, HS) and Luke Bard (RHB, College) in the 1st and supplemental rounds of the 2012 Rule 4 Draft. Today will be the second day of live-blogging the Twins Draft. You can find all coverage, including mini-profiles of the draftees here
  • The Twins are now 13-7 in their last 20 games. This is good news.
  • Former Twins' OF Lew Ford, 35, is hitting .397/.441/.619 with 3 HRs in 68 PAs with Baltimore's AAA club Norfolk Tides
  • A few Minor league transaction notes: Daryl Thompson and Brad Thompson (AAA and AA) have been released. Bruce Pugh was promoted to AA New Britain from Fort Myers and newly signed St Paul Saints' closer Dan Sattler has been assigned to Fort Myers.
  • The Twins' Dominican Summer League team saw action last Saturday. So this gives a fifth Twins' minor league team to pay attention to. Also, I updated the the Twins organization birthday list with the newest Twins who are playing the the DSL.
  • Beloit's AJ Achter, Jhon Goncalves, Tyler Grimes, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Michael Tonkin and Jason Wheeler made the Midwest League All Star game
  • Ben Badler of Baseball America is writing of high profile arrests in Dominican because of trafficing of Baseball players
  • Tom Veducci wrote this very interesting article on steroid use by Fort Myers Miracle players in the mid 90s, when current Twins' third base coach, Steve Liddle was the manager there.
  • The Twins' product of the week is the Minnesota Twins Beach Towel
The parting shot today is of Twins' number one draft pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, Byron Buxton:

6/4/12

Mini Profile of Twins 2nd supplemental round MLB Draft pick: RHP Luke Bard

The Twins with their 2nd supplemental round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, select RHP Luke Bard, the brother of Boston's pitcher Daniel Bard, from Georgia Tech University.

Here is his profile from Georgia Tech and here is his MLB.com scouting profile



Here are some videos:








Mini Profile of Twins 1st supplemental round MLB Draft pick: Jose Berrios

The Twins with their 1st supplemental round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, select P Jose Orlando Berrios from the Papa Juan 13th High School in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  The same High School of current Twins' Catcher Rene Rivera
Here is his Perfect Game Profile and here is his MLB.com scouting report

Here are videos of Jose Berrios:

Here is a video of his reaction to being drafted by the Twins





Mini Profile of Twins 1st round MLB Draft pick: Byron Buxton

The Twins with their 1st round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, select OF Byron Buxton from Appling County High School in Baxley, GA.

Here is his perfect game profile and here is a story by ESPN.  And this is the story in the official Twins' site.  Here is the FSNorth story on the pick

Byron Baxton twitter is @ByronBaxton1




The following are videos of Byron Buxton:



















Here is his reaction and the MLB Network analysis after he was selected by the Twins:


Minus Ten minutes to the Astros' pick

All indications are that the Houston Astros will select Mark Appel with the number 1 pick.

The word is that the Twins will select High School Outfielder Byron Buxton with the second overall pick.

We will see in minutes.