Notebook: Saucy Offense, Berrios Rolls
Image courtesy of Jesse Johnson, USA Today SportsRed Sox 14, Twins 6 (7 innings)
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Standout pitcher: José Berríos (2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K).
Standout hitter: Nelson Cruz (1-3, 3 R HR in first spring game)
Fastest pitch: Ian Hamilton 95.5 mph
Max exit velo: Nelson Cruz 108.6 mph
After some early FSN mishaps, the Twins finally had their first televised Spring Training game of 2021.
Matthew Trueblood wrote up some of what to watch for in Bérríos’ first spring start, and indeed, his season for the Twins. Bérríos was effective and efficient, striking out 3 over 2 innings of work, which included using his changeup 20% of the time. Bérríos hit 95.1 mph on the gun.
Other Twins pitching performances were less impressive. Alex Colomé served up a succession of meatballs over the heart of the plate. Colomé gave up six hard hit balls and four earned runs on five hits.
Glenn Sparkman, Chandler Shepard, and Andrew Albers all gave up multiple runs. Early Sire of Fort Myers frontrunner Ian Hamilton pitched his second scoreless inning of spring, striking out two to continue his impressive start to Spring Training.
The offense was a saucy affair, with Mitch Garver hitting an opposite field home run which Statcast missed, while Kyle Garlick hit his second home run of Spring.
Then Nelson Cruz came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, and did this.
Cruz launched a 390 foot rocket to left center in his first game of the pre-season. In a world full of change, Cruz remains the source of constancy Twins fans need.
Tomorrow: Rays at Twins, 12:05 CST, Yarbrough VS Maeda.
Dan Hayes of the Athletic mentioned Tuesday that the Twins had checked in on Danny Santana and Eric Sogard as additional infield depth. On Wednesday morning, Sogard signed a MiLB deal with the Cubs
Hayes also noted the primary challenge of reconnecting with Santana would be not wanting to guarantee a MLB contract.
Elsewhere 2021 fantasy baseball darling Framber Valdez was diagnosed with a fractured finger, Jon Lester will undergo surgery to remove his thyroid gland, and Aaron Boone will take a medical leave of absence from the Yankees in order to have a pacemaker implanted.
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