The Minnesota Twins Must Test the Water at Triple-A Rochester
Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:45 AM
Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:13 AM
Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:26 AM
I won't pretend to know the atmosphere in the Twins clubhouse, but surely it's less than ideal considering all the losing the last three seasons. A big deal was made about the Twins losing team leaders like Hunter and Cuddyer. I'm not saying the team is devoid of leaders, but what if they are? What becomes of rookies in a clubhouse mired in a losing mentality when there are no leaders to rely on? I would think a rookie might feel isolated if this were the case. In most workplaces, new guys often take the blame and/or get ignored when things in the company are looking bleak.
Your point about what may happen to Gibson once called up to the big leagues is a good one considering this trend.
Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:09 AM
Hendriks is similar to Parmelee, but his K/9 drop in Rochester in 2011 from previous seasons should have sounded alarms and he should have stayed in Rochester until it came up over 7 or so.
Worley is just scared to throw strikes right now because he gets pounded often when he does. He needs some confidence for about 4 starts in Rochester and then try again.
Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:08 PM
Good points. But with respect to many fans, at least, this won't be a problem if he gets called up. The Twins already have a guy they can blame almost anything on. Hint: he's batting .339, and the rest of the Twins are batting .229 (hat tip to AG).
...In most workplaces, new guys often take the blame and/or get ignored when things in the company are looking bleak...
Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:53 PM
Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:57 PM
rosterman at www.twinscards.com
Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:17 PM
As a side note, I remember reading many years ago during Atlanta's heyday that their minor league coaching was so good that their players were ready for MLB as soon as they were called up. I never got that feeling with most Minnesota players, as so few shined right away. Mauer was one. Morneau was pretty good too until he struggled in his sophomore year, but Cuddy and Kubes got jerked around quite a bit as did a number of other core players.
Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:43 PM
It's hard to explain just how much he pounded AAA if he's got an issue hitting fastballs.