Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rochester Red Wings

I am going to project who i think will be the starting lineup for Rochester. I'm not real sure about the bench because i am not sure who was brought back as minor league free agents, but I will do my best and if i missed anyone let me know.

C- Jose Morales
1b- Brock Peterson
2b- Matt Macri
SS- Trevor Plouffe
3b- Luke Hughes
Lf- Luis Matos
CF- Jason Pridie
RF- Dustin Martin
DH- Alejandro Machado

Steve Tolleson
Tommy Watkins
Joe Gaetti
Jeff Christy

1. Brian Duensing
2. Anthony Swarzak
3. Kevin Mulvey
4. RA Dickey
5. Jason Jones

Closer- Ben Julianel
Rob Delaney
Mike Gosling
Armando Gabino
Tim Lahey
Sean Henn
Ryan Mullins

Wednesday, March, 4th

Yesterday the Twins played the Puerto Rican World Baseball Classic team in Fort Myers and defeated them 3-2. There are several notes from the game that I thought that were noteworthy.

  • The Twins pitchers continue to impress this spring as Scott Baker bounced back from a tough first start by throwing 3 shutout innings. I was also impressed with Kevin Mulvey, who I think has a shot at the last bullpen job if Philip Humber were to falter, pitched a good inning. The only one that was not very impressive was Anthony Swarzak who gave up 2 runs in his only inning of work and if it not for a wonderful defensive play by Danny Valencia would of given up more so that is a little disappointing.
  • Joe Crede got his first hit and first rbi's as a member of the Twins. Jason Kubel seems ready for the season going 3-3 at the plate for the Twins.
  • The real only concern was Carlos Gutierrez getting roughed up for the Puerto Rican team. If you didn't know Gutierrez is a Twins prospect playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC. He only lasted 2/3 of an inning and gave up 2 runs and 3 hits. Even though it was a rough outing it was a good test for Gutierrez because most of the starters were still in the game so he can go back and see what he needs to work on. I expect him to start the season in Fort Myers, but could move quickly.
  • Today, the Twins travel to Bradenton to take on the Pirates. I would not expect the Twins to take very many starters today considering its a nice bus trip up there. Francisco Liriano makes his 2nd spring start and tries to rebound from a tough first start. RA Dickey, Craig Breslow, Jose Mijares, and Bobby Keppel are scheduled to pitch in relief today. Gametime is at 12:05pm.