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#31 SD Buhr

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

James has not gotten off to a terrific start after his first week or so in Rochester with just two hits in 14 at-bats. He has, however, played error-free ball at 2B. He's played in just four of the Wings' games since joining the team.

I'm afraid that with four middle infielders on the Red Wings roster right now, James is probably going to find himself in that unenviable position of not getting consistent playing time. It's just the reality of minor league baseball life that you have to re-prove yourself at every new level and that often means having to find a way to perform at high levels even with uneven playing time. Unless/until there are further roster moves, James is probably going to find himself in that position.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:52 PM

As I kind of expected, Beresford has been splitting time at 2B with Olmeda for the Wings. James went 2 for 3 in last night's loss bringing his BA to .233 since his promotion.

He's appeared in just 10 games in the 2 1/2 weeks since his promotion and at least one of those games was as a late inning replacement.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 10:43 PM

Another multi hit game last night, James is batting .407 over last 10 games, he is still not getting regular games and has not been played at SS, as would be expected though in the field he is still excellent with only 1 error in 18 games

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:08 PM

Average fell for 'last 10 games' to .393 with 3 hits today, now batting 20 hits from 21 games at Rochester, still getting splinters on the bench consistently.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:48 AM

In Beresford's last 10 games (which is really only just 8+ games, since two of his past 10 appearances have been off the bench), he is hitting .393 with an OBP of .438 and an OPS of .866. There's just one extra base hit (a double) in his stat line, but his plate discipline seems to be improving. Prior to this 10-game stretch, James had 1 BB and 8 Ks since joining the Red Wings. Through the past 10 games, he has three walks and only 4 Ks.

Overall, he's hitting .323 since joining the Red Wings, which trails only Chris Colabello (unless you want to count Trevor Plouffe's .333 in his 4 games with Rochester this season).

It's true that he's still not playing every day, but the Rochester roster is carrying SEVEN infielders (only 2 of which are first basemen), so until the organization gives Gene Glynn a more balanced roster to work with, all of the infielders are going to spend more time on the pine than they'd like, I would imagine.

The important thing is that he's now making the most of the opportunities he's getting. He's gotten at least one hit in his past six starts and has more than one hit in four of those starts.

He also has just two errors since joining Rochester.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:27 PM

Being a long way away from the centre of Baseball I need some educating in the thinking of Twins baseball, can someone (Steth, SD, Shane etc) give me a qualified thought on why James is on the bench so much and maybe why no matter New Britain had, and now Rochester have, in the infield roster he does not get to play SS

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

I have no idea why Beresford isn't getting any time at SS, but he's really not been on the bench all that much lately when you consider how many middle infielders the Red Wings are carrying on their roster.

(Also keep in mind, the Red Wings had no games during the All Star Break on July 15-17.)

Consider, in the past ten Rochester games, Beresford has played 6, Olmeda 5, Farris 1 (though he's played some OF too). Bernier played 4 games before being promoted to Minnesota and Escobar has played 4 since coming down to Rochester, so if you count them as one guy, they have a combined 8 games in the Red Wings last 10.

Escobar and, now, Bernier are both on the Twins' 40 man roster and the organization is going to have to make a decision in the off-season concerning whether they stay there. It's not really surprising to me that they'd be making sure those two guys are in the line up almost every day they are in a Red Wings uniform.

Olmeda had been playing some 3B, but Deibinson Romero is out there pretty much every game now as the Twins look at whether he should given an opportunity to compete with Plouffe (and Sano?) in 2014.

Beresford just needs to keep doing what he's doing... hitting for average, getting on base and playing excellent defense... for the rest of the season. Then, he'll either get added to the Twins' 40-man roster or he can find another organization that might give him a better opportunity to play in the Big Leagues. With the season he's had, I don't think he'd have any trouble at all getting offers.

At this point, with just over a month left in the minor league regular season, I'm not too concerned about Beresford sitting out every third game or so. My guess is that the Twins already have a pretty good idea what they have in him as a player and probably are already about 90% sure what they're going to do with James after the season is over, one way or the other.

Beresford can now just relax, have fun, play hard when he's in the line up, and try to help Rochester make a playoff run.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:44 PM

Thank you SD, I agree that James maybe should look at playing out the season building on the experience and creating a 'base' for next season, maybe I am slightly bias and a bit harsh by thinking he is not getting the opportunities when, other than not hitting home runs, his promotion to Rochester has been outstanding both batting average wise and defensively.

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:11 AM

Must be frustrating for James, todays game (1 Aug) means 15 games since All Star game with James playing in only 7

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:15 AM

James had a good weekend (Fri-Sun) with the Red Wings, going 4 for 12 with a double, 2 walks (no strikeouts) and a stolen base. The Red Wings won 2 out of the 3 games.

Beresford's BA is back up to .304 since his promotion to Rochester. Of note, I believe, is that his stat lines at Rochester are almost the same that he showed at New Britain prior to his promotion to AAA.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:06 AM

After dipping a bit for a half dozen games or so, Beresford seems back in form again, hitting .316 over his last five games (and that includes an 0-3 night last night). On Sunday, his second inning RBI single drove in the only run of the Red Wings' 1-0 win. Beresford had a pair of hits both Friday and Saturday.

For the season, across his time in AA and AAA, Beresford has a slash line of .304/.365/.340/.705 with 33 RBI and 9 stolen bases, without being caught stealing all year.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:45 PM

The Red Wings have appeared to be doing all they can to avoid being in the playoffs the past week or two, but heading in to the final weekend of the year, Rochester is just half a game out of the wild card spot.

It doesn't look like anyone could blame Beresford for the Wings' August swoon, though. In his last 10 games, James is hitting .342 and has four multi-hit games.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:48 PM

The Red Wings have appeared to be doing all they can to avoid being in the playoffs the past week or two, but heading in to the final weekend of the year, Rochester is just half a game out of the wild card spot.

It doesn't look like anyone could blame Beresford for the Wings' August swoon, though. In his last 10 games, James is hitting .342 and has four multi-hit games.


Another example of James and his playing tough when the game gets tough, 4 hits from 5 at bats with a double and as usual finesse with the glove at 2nd.

Good win by Rochester, hope they can keep going

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 02:16 PM

Indeed, James got off to a fantastic post-season start, with 4 hits in 5 ABs, including a double, an RBI and a pair of runs scored. Five Red Wings had multiple hits in the game. Hope they can keep up the good work and go deep in the AAA playoffs.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 09:04 PM

Beresford has re-signed with the Twins with an invite to Major League camp. If the Twins don't add him to the 40 man roster, I guess he could be picked up by someone else in the Rule 5 draft, but that would seem unlikely, to me.

Honestly, there's a part of me that thinks he might have had a better shot at a Big League call-up with another organization, but hopefully, he'll add some muscle and get off to a strong start in Ft Myers in March.
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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:49 PM

I would certainly protect him, in case there is some team who wants a utility infielder for 2014. Pedro Florimon and Eduardo Escobar are not true locks to maintain legit MLB status.

When looking at the rule 5, I think one has to place top prospects and/or guys one could see joining the team in the next season. The latter might very well apply to Beresford.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:15 AM

I would certainly protect him, in case there is some team who wants a utility infielder for 2014. Pedro Florimon and Eduardo Escobar are not true locks to maintain legit MLB status.

When looking at the rule 5, I think one has to place top prospects and/or guys one could see joining the team in the next season. The latter might very well apply to Beresford.


Remember that they also have Danny Santana already on the 40 man. Combined with Dozier, the Florimonster and Escobar is quite a bit on the roster already. Does anyone know how many MI most teams carry on their 40 man?

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:35 AM

Remember that they also have Danny Santana already on the 40 man. Combined with Dozier, the Florimonster and Escobar is quite a bit on the roster already. Does anyone know how many MI most teams carry on their 40 man?


I understand that, I just don't like the risk. Relievers and utility players are the ones seemingly most in danger. I would rather risk Darnell and Dean.