Article: Twins Minor League Report: Kernels Win Twins Debut
Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:28 AM
Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:53 AM
When they signed Polanco (the same year as Sano), I was thinking he'd be a slick glove, marginal hit guy, like Florimon is today. But he has a potent bat. Has he filled out? Where does his power come from? Also, can he play shortstop? Some reports say he doesn't have the arm to stick there long term?
I can't say what he looked like as a 16-year-old. All I personally have is what Mauer has said about him filling out a bit. He's still little, very skinny. He does have a quick bat, but I don't think that he'll hit a lot of home runs. I do think that he can hit a lot of doubles to the gaps, and if he has gap power, that would be great. He had an error at 2B last night, it almost looked like he was shielded by a runner, but he does look smooth over there. I had lunch yesterday with Tommy Watkins, and he did say that they will play him at short throughout the year. Goodrum has a great arm. I honestly can't speak to Polanco's arm because to this point, I've only seen him at second base and he hasn't had to air it out.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:57 AM
Nice article. With be nice to read game notes and results instead of just the box scores.
I appreciate that. We are trying to get some in-roads closer to the affiliates to be able to do a little more. It's a challenge, but what we hope to do is bring some additional stories and articles where our readers will get to know more of the players.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:46 AM
On Buxton, and his gauging hitters, I noticed that in spring trainng. He moves some before every pitch it seemed. He can probably see the sign and know what pitch is coming. Hope he doesn't tip off the hitter, but it's great to see he's thinking all the time out there.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:44 AM
Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:18 AM
righty, they do post the pitch speed on the board. One of the other reporters in the pressbox overheard Seth and I discussing one of the pitcher's mph and he confirmed that what's shown on the board is a couple of mph below the actual speed. Taking that in to account, Rogers was in the mid 90s and Jones low 90s, though both pitchers lost a couple of ticks by their third inning of work.
roger, I do believe the locals are generally pretty excited. Attendance wasn't over the top last night, but it was still the best attended Opening Day in several years. It likely would have been even higher, but Iowa's basketball team was playing in the NIT final last night, as well. That's not a big deal to most of you, but in CR Hawkeye sports are a huge deal... even if it's the NIT. I haven't heard where the Kernels ended up on season tickets, but I know they were running 15-20% above last year's total several weeks ago and I'm sure some people (like me, for instance) didn't get around to buying their season tickets until closer to Opening Day.
This relationship has the potential to be very good for both sides. The Angels had not been sending competitive squads lately and there's almost no local fan base for the Angels around here. Also, the players themselves have REALLY impressed the locals that have had a chance to meet them on a personal level. You might want to check out this story by one of my fellow MSR writers, Mike Condon.
Edited by SD Buhr, 05 April 2013 - 11:21 AM.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:47 PM
Hey seth they show pitch speed right? Any word on how hard these guys were throwing?
Taylor Rogers - Fastball is 88-89, slider in the low 80s. sharp.
Tyler Jones - Touched 93, great slider at 81.
Soliman hit 92 but was all over the place velo wise.
Mazza hit 90-91.