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Adam Brett Walker II hit the first pitch he saw in his first MLB game and drove it out of Jet Blue Stadium for a 2 run Home Run and the start of a key 7th inning rally, in which the Twins took the lead for good (7-4). It was the most runs the Twins had scored since March 14th.
This kid is special. Does anyone know of the last time a Twin to hit a HR on his first professional MLB pitch? He followed his great start off with a double to left center in his next AB. 2 for 2 on the day.
I've been studying the possible roster of the Ft. Myers Miracle this 2014 season. They are almost a replica of the 2013 Kernels except they are starting the season with Kepler as opposed to Buxton. Seth and Jeremy had different opinions as to how well they would do. One said they wouldn't even make the playoffs and the other had them with the best team within the organization. That being said - What do you think?
1) Would you rather have player (A) who averaged 1 hit per game while going 1 for 4 every game during his season, but got on base at a .250 OBP and had a .527 Slugging Percentage. (30 HRs / 10 Triples / 30 Doubles / 92 singles / 302 Total Bases / 104 Runs Scored / 124 RBI)?
2) Would you rather have player (B) who through an entire season, got on base at a .405 OBP and had a .468 Slugging percentage. (10 HRs / 4 Triples / 28 Doubles / 168 singles / 276 Total Bases
Minor leaguers have been in camp for 2+ days and there is no information on the happenings of our minor leaguers:
How are practices going?
Who looks in shape or out of shape?
What interesting drills are guys going through?
What guys are practicing new positions and how do they look?
Are they with teams or soley position groups at this point of camp?
When do games start? Are there schedules available to post?
I'm Talking Practice Fellas - Practice.
Buxton #1 (Top 30 CF in Minors)
Josmil Pinto#11 (Top 25 C in Minors)
Meyer#19 - Stewart#21 - Berrrios#45 - May#59 - (Top 65 RHP in Minors)
Lewis Thorpe#11 (Top 30 LHP in Minors)
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2013 (10) | 2012 (19) | 2011 (13) | 2010 (6) | 2009 (22)
2013 Affiliate Records
MLB: [66-96] AL Central
AAA: [77-67] International League – Rochester
AA: [66-76] Eastern League — New Britain
A+: [79-56] Florida State League – Fort Myers
A: [88-50] Midwest League – Cedar Rapids
Oswaldo Arcia (OF);
Max Kepler is listed 14th amongst minor league first basemen. He is ahead of some promising names. Is anyone else surprised by this? 1st Base? Is this a sign moving forward?
The previous article on clutching hitting and pitching is a great analysis on the subject. My question is this: Is Clutchness a State of Mind or does it have to be developed throughout your minor league development?
There are roughly 145 minor league players in the Twins organization. As I look at the Twins current players - I found these approximate numbers:
96 Players - White 66%
40 Players - Hispanic / Latino 28%
06 Players - African American 4%
03 Players - Asian 2%
Does anyone know how these numbers correlate with the rest of the (MLB) league? This has the Twins with at least 34% of their MiLB players being minorities. What happened to all the African American
What Do Braun's Early Numbers Indicate?
Rookie Year (Rookie of the Year)
BB% - 5.9
K% - 22.8
BABIP - .361
OBP% - .370
2nd Year (All Star)
BB% - 6.3
k% - 19.5
BABIP - .305
OBP% - .335
His above statistical numbers improved greatly in the next 5 years of his MLB career.
Braun's Minor League Numbers (A - AA - AAA)
Davis is said to be ready to sign with Detroit - What could or should the Twins do in their attempt to find OF veteran leadership?
The Yankees might be losing thier best player in Robinson Cano. That being said: They have no second basemen in their minor league system who are worthy of even playing 2nd base at the MLB level. Why not trade for Michael Pineda and give up one of our stud 2nd basemen and another prospect or prospects for a potential top pitcher? Does this sound possible? The Yankees can always pay for Top pitching to supplement this season and beyond. Not as easy to find a stud second baseman and we have 2-3.
Minor League Ball Top Prospects 2014
Prospect 361 Top Prospects 2014
Top Prospect Alert 2014