Article: Friday Night Minor League Lights
Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:54 AM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:51 AM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:02 AM
I posted this in another thread about Joe......but while they may love his ceiling, I havent really heard anyone in orgainization (Ryan/Gardy/Molitor/Rantz) compliment/praise him for past 2 yrs but in interviews always seem to continually point out his faults/struggles. Dont know, but maybe he's type of guy who could use some positive reinforcements....heard he easily gets down on himself when he struggles.
They love Benson! His ceiling and talent are unbelievable, and they know it. They just want him to be more consistent.
I don't know enough about Eduardo Escobar or Pedro Hernandez to know if they have value or not.
And, Slama will be added to the 40 man roster the day that they call him up, and they will at some point. No worries.
Specific point was Ryans radio show when question was about Joe hitting well since returning from injury (was 15/46 at time in New Brit w/power) & Ryans response was a 'blah' "well he should be hitting AA pitching at his age"......no compliment that he was coming around/turning his season around but a 'so what' comment.
Slama, they definately dont like him cause he ONLY gets guys out consistently, but they like the 'stuff' Jeff Gray has:cry:
Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:45 AM
Slama & Benson, IMO, are just 2 prospects that the front office does not care for
I see these kind of comments a lot. People used to say siimilar things about Bartlett, Cuddyer early in his major league career, and many others. I don't think this is true very often and not particularly relevant even if it is.
The Twins are perhaps a bit fussier than other organizations about personnel behavior and fitting in than other organizations. Even if that is true, it is generally about performance. If you perform, you will get your chance. Slama and Benson have both gotten chances in the majors. Neither did particlarly well in those chances. It is clear both will likely get more chances.
Still using your example above, a hot couple weeks doesn't really erase a half season of poor play in Benson's case. Consistency is important. In Slama's case 2 things have to happen. His stuff isn't good enough to let him pitch around a lot walks at the major league level. The other thing is he has to be healthy, which he hasn't consistently been, for 2 years.
I have said in the past that major league clubs will play an ax murderer if he is good enough. While that isn't true, you can be all kinds of jerk, or make all kinds of bad personal discussions and still get more chances. You can find examples of that in the Twins organization.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:09 PM
some reports lately that Hermsens velocity has picked up....any verification on that
Since I never get to have first-hand information, I'll re-mention this:
On the stadium gun in Bowie two starts ago, Hermsen sat 88-91 for most of the game. Seemed like he worked with less velocity in the first and then grew into it as the game wore on. For reference, Bruce Pugh worked three innings that same night. He was 93-95mph in his first and into his second inning and then backed down to 90-91 in his third inning.