The Twins just announced all the nicknames that will be on the back of jerseys for Players Weekend (Aug. 25-27). There are some fun ones, but also some duds (c'mon Mauer, Grossman, Pressly & Rogers). It got me thinking that I should finally get around to putting down all the lame nicknames I have for Twins minor leaguers in one place. I like coming up with nicknames because it's fun and it also helps me remember/differentiate between some of the guys.
LaMonte "Walk This" Wade - This is probably my best one.
Lachlan "Squints" Wells - Like the kid from Sandlot. This is a confirmed real-life nickname of his from last spring training. I also kinda like "The Lachlan Moster"
"Nitro" Nik Turley - He throws hard ... and Nitro was my favorite American Gladiator.
"The Wizard" Kohl Stewart or "Stewie the Wiz Kid" - I came to the conclusion that he pitched so well despite the lack of Ks because he was a wizard who could literally control where the ball went off the bat.
Felix "El Gato" Jorge - Have you ever seen him pounce off the mound? Very cat like.
Zander "Wheels" Wiel - He's a 6-3, 230-pound 1B, but he also has 13 triples and is 14-for-17 in SB attempts the past two seasons.
Tyler "The Intimidator" Wells - Not only is he 6-8, but his glare and mound presence are intense.
"The Mythical Beast" Brusdar Graterol - I also kinda like "The Rancor" for him, like Jabba's beast in Star Wars. His name sounds like some creature you unleash upon your enemies. His lack of exposure here in the states in the early part of his career kinda adds an allure of mythology around him.
"DeRo" Eduardo Del Rosario - He whips it good, so a Devo-inspired name seemed to fit. I also refer to him as "The Other Eddie Rosario." I wonder which one is the evil twin.
A few faves I didn't come up with:
Blayne "Sweet" Enlow - Saw this one somewhere here at TD, but I can't remember who posted it. Great nickname.
"It's" Sean "And" Poppen - Jeremy used this in a headline for a minors report. Pure gold.
Clark "The Chemist" Beeker - Mike Berardino shared this one on Twitter. Five stars.
OK, now it's your turn. Please share any nicknames you have. Try to keep them appropriate and positive. On that topic, I've been trying to come up with something for Landon Leach that doesn't incorporate sucking. Bonus points to anybody who has a good one for him. He's a big Canadian, I feel there's gotta be something there. "Lumberjack" Landon Leach?