Twins Players of the Week

This is the third installment in this series. You can find all of them here in reverse chronological order. I will be doing these approximately weekly or at the end of every 2 series.  

In the last 2 series against the Rays and Red Sox the Twins as a team hit an underpowered .241/.326/.310 with 1 HR and scored 21 runs. This helped them finish only 1-5 in these series.  

The Twins Hitter of the Week was: 

Joe Mauer 


.409/.500/.409 9 H, 4 RBI, 2 R in 26 plate appearances  

As with the hitting, the Twins' pitching in the last 2 series was equally responsible for their 1-5 record against the Rays and the Red Sox. As a team, the Twins pitched to a 6.23 ERA, allowing 58 hits (including 9 home runs, 11 doubles and a triple,) 38 Runs (all but 2 earned) in 52 innings, facing 224 batters. They threw 891 total pitches and 553 of them were strikes. The walked 17 and struck out 40. This results in a 1.44 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 and 2.4 K/BB.  

The Twins' Pitcher of the Week was:  

Anthony Swarzak

2 Games, 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4K


Who is NOT Hot in the Twins minors? 2012 version 1

This is the first version of the 'who is NOT hot in the Twins' minors' series for 2012. I have been doing the Who is hot in the Minors series for a few years now and I decided that a complimentary list might be in order.  I will be updating those every month or so, as well.   The current who IS hot list can be found here

Without further ado, here is the list, going from AAA to A.  The clubs represented are AAA Rochester Red Wings, International League, AA New Britain Rock Cats, Eastern League, A+ Fort Myers Miracle, Florida State League, A Beloit Snappers, Midwest League:


J.R. Towles (RHB, 28, AAA) .111/.200/.222 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 H, 31 PA
Jairo Rodriguez (RHB, 23, A+) .100/.182/.167 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 H, 35 PA


Tsuyioshi Nishioka (SHB, 27, AAA) .203/.299/.237 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3/5 SB, 68 PA
Estarlin De Los Santos (SHB, 25, AA) .231/.250/.231 0 HR, 1 RBI, 40 PA
Angerson Hidalgo (RHB, 23, A+) .143/.200/.286 0 HR, 0 RBI, 31 PA
Andy Leer (RHB, 24, A+) .074/.167/.111 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2H, 30 PA
Tyler Grimes (RHB, 21, A) .145/.288/.236 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2/4 SB, 66 PA


Darin Mastroianni (RHB, 26, AAA/AA) .207/.258/.224 0 HR, 1 RBI, 63 PA
Ben Revere (LHB, 24, MLB/AAA) .211/.211/.211 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 38 PA
Marc Dolenc (RHB, 27, AA) .182/.217/.182 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2/4 SB, 44 PA
Danny Rams (RHB, 23, A+) .069/.206/.069 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 H, 34 PA

1st basemen/DH:

Matt Rizzotti (LHB, 26, AAA) .256/.256/.282 0 HR, 5 RBI, 2 H, 39 PA
Rory Rhodes (RHB, 20, A) .146/.204/.188 0 HR, 4 RBI, 54 PA

RH Starters:

Marty Popham (24,A+) 5.40 ERA, 1.800 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 1.57 K/BB
Matt Summers (22, A) 7.36 ERA, 1.636 WHIP, 4.91 K/9, 0.89 K/BB

LH Starters:

Logan Darnell (23,AA) 5.21 ERA, 1.632 WHIP, 4.74 K/9, 1.00 K.BB

RH Relievers:

Brendan Wise (26, AAA) 5.40 ERA, 2.100 WHIP, 2.70 K/9, 0.4 K/BB
David Bromberg (24, AA) 15.00 ERA, 2.833 WHIP, 3 K/9, 0.5 K/BB
Bruce Pugh (23, A+) 9.45 ERA, 2.700 WHIP, 10.80 K/9, 1.6 K/BB

LH Relievers:

Tony Davis, (24, A+) 15.19 ERA, 2.438 WHIP, 6.75 K/9, 1.33 K/BB
Bart Carter (24, A) 6.43 ERA, 1.857 WHIP, 11.57 K/9, 2.25 K/BB
Clint Dempster (22, A) 3.68 ERA, 1.909 WHIP, 6.14 K/9, 0.83 K/BB


Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

Here is this week's installment:
  • Very disappointing loss to the Red Sox last night, but some highlight reel plays and lots of near misses. Unfortunately that left the Twins with a 5-12 record, seven games under .500 and 5.5 games behind the Tigers.
  • The official rule 4 MLB draft order has been announced and the Twins have 6 picks in the top 100, including the second overall pick
  • Phillip Humber, another player discarded by the Twins, pitched a perfect game last Saturday. Add that to his performance for the White Sox in 2011 and the Johan Santana package looks better for the Twins. They just did not know what to do with what they got...
  • If you wonder about some of the activities of some of the Twins' top prospects, you got to see this
  • And if you wonder how life on the road is for minor leagues, make your you read this blog by AJ Petterson who is playing for the Beloit Snappers
  • This is a great writeup for another Ballpark that has an anniversary this year, albeit closer to the Twins' home
  • Next Saturday at Target Field is "Ben Revere Bat Giveaway Day". Great planning.
  • Twins' fans, if you are into running or even thought about getting into running (there is plenty of time), make sure that you register for the Fiteens5K this August. A great charity, run by Glen Perkins and his wife Alisha and a great downtown Minneapolis race which includes a free ticket to a Twins game in the Rays' series and lots of Twins giveaway goodies. And to sweeten the deal the race ends at Target Field, every finisher will receive a medal and Twins' players will be hanging out those medals. Just do it! I might even consider flying to the Cities for this race.
  • This is very sad: A particular former Twins' prospect (was released before the season begun) started with this tweet and then started digging himself deeper... his timeline is here. Amazing. Not what you do when you look for a job, kiddo. An apology came later but still...
  • The Twins' product of the week, is the MLB Men's Minnesota Twins 3/4 Sleeve Crew Neck Featherweight Tech Fleece Pullover by Majestic I saw a couple of players were those in Fort Myers and are a killer look.
The parting shot today is of Josh Burris. The Folks over at Twins' Daily have started an "adopt a prospect" theme and Josh Burris its the Twins' prospect I adopted. You can read all about it here (and adopt your own prospect) and can follow my Josh Burris updates here.

As always you can find all the Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits Posts here, in reverse chronological order.