Down on the Farm: Rookie League Report
1.) Alex Burnett - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 6 inn / 6-0 K-BB
2.) Jose Lugo - 0-1 / 5.40 ERA / 5 inn / 7-1 K-BB
3.) Armando Gabino - no record
4.) Sean Land - no record
5.) Walter Patton - no record
There's some guess work going on here, because the E-Twins have played only 2 games so far. Nevertheless, with 7 pitchers having pitched in relief, a process of elimination gave me these names. Brian Kirwin, who I am listing as a reliever, also hasn't pitched yet and may actually be in the rotation in place of one of these guys.
Alex Burnett was the Twins 12th round selection in the 2005 draft. Land was drafted just this year, in the 9th round. Patton was the 13th round pick in 2004. I have no information on Lugo or Gabino, but assume that they were Latin players who were not subject to the draft and signed with the Twins as free agents.
1.) Danny Hernandez - 0-0 / 4.50 ERA / 2 inn / 5-1 K-BB
2.) Jose Castillo - 0-0 / 9.00 ERA / 2 inn / 2-2 K-BB
3.) Matthew Williams - 0-0 / 13.50 ERA / 2 inn / 1-3 K-BB
4.) Aaron Craig - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 2 inn / 2-1 K-BB
5.) Matthew Fox - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 1.2 inn / 2-1 K-BB
6.) Brandon McConnell - 1-0 / 0.00 ERA / 1 inn / 3-1 K-BB
7.) Patrick Bryant - 0-0 / 162.00 ERA / .1 inn / 1-1 K-BB
8.) Brian Kirwin - no record
That 162.00 ERA is not a misprint...Bryant had a horrid, horrid first 1/3 of an inning. Not much else to say about this bunch as far as how they've pitched thus far.
Matthew Fox is the big name pick from this bunch, having been selected in the first round in 2004. Joining him from that draft are Patrick Bryant (6th round), Aaron Craig (28th round), and possibly Matthew Williams (7th round). A Williams who was listed as a pitcher was drafted there by the Twins, but with a different first name. It is very common for the name a player is drafted under to be different from the name they become known by, so I'd say there is a good chance that this is him. McConnell was drafted in the 8th round in 2003, and Kirwin in the 11th round in 2005. Hernandez and Castillo are mysteries, but are probably undrafted Latin players.
1.) Gregory Yersich - 2 games / .375 BA / 0 HR / 1 RBI
2.) Daniel Berg - 2 games / .000 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
3.) Jeffrey Christy - 1 game / .500 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
Yersich has caught both games thus far for the E-Twins, while Berg has been the DH. Christy is a new addition to the Twins, having been drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 Draft. Yersich was selected in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, and Berg was acquired in the 30th round of the 2004 draft.
1B - Henry Sanchez - 2 games / .222 BA / 1 HR / 1 RBI
2B - Michael Lysaught - 1 game / .000 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
SS - Yancarlos Ortiz - 1 game / .167 BA / 0 HR / 1 RBI
3B - William Luque - 1 game / .250 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
IF - Brian Dinkelman - 2 games / .375 BA / 0 HR / 2 RBI
IF - Garrett Olson - 2 games / .333 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
IF - Steven Singleton - 2 games / .333 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
IF - Joshua Dean - 1 game / .500 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
The positions at which I have assigned these players is likely to change. Sanchez has started both games at 1B, but the other infield positions have been split thus far. I considered the opening day starters as the actual starters at those positions for this first update. Joshua Dean started out with the GCL Twins, but was promoted after just two days.
Unfortunately, I could only find half of these players in the Twins draft records. Lysaught, Ortiz, Luque, and Dean all seem to have been acquired outside of the draft process. Sanchez is the big name in this bunch, being a 2005 first round selection. Dinkelman (8th round), Olson (4th round), and Singleton (11th round) were all drafted in the 2006 draft.
1.) Josh Land - 2 games / .400 BA / 0 HR / 2 RBI
2.) Danny Santiesteban - 2 games / .100 BA / 0 HR / 1 RBI
3.) Richard Sojo - 1 game / .000 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
4.) J.W. Wilson - 1 game / .000 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
5.) Wesley Connor - 1 game / .250 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
So far, only Santiesteban seems secure in a position, having started both games in CF. Sojo started the first game in LF, with Land getting the nod in the second. Wilson was the RF in game one, and Connor started in game 2. Connor, like Dean, started the season with the GCL Twins and was reassigned to Elizabethton after just 2 games.
Wilson was acquired in the 2005 draft in the 6th round. Land and Santiesteban were drafted back to back in the 2004 draft, as the 38th and 39th round picks respectively. I'm not sure how the Twins acquired the rights to Sojo or Connor.
1.) Omar Alcala - 1-0 / 9.00 ERA / 3 inn / 3-2 K-BB
2.) Ludovicus Van Mil - 0-0 / 1.93 ERA / 4.2 inn / 1-4 K-BB
3.) Curtis Leaitt - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 4 inn / 5-0 K-BB
4.) Nathan Crawford - no record
5.) Kyle Edlich - no record
Again, much guess work is involved with the 4th and 5th starters. There are 17 pitchers on the GCL Twins roster; I'm guessing that more than 5 players will get the opportunity to start games for the team. In case you have never heard of him, Van Mil is a 7'1" monster from Europe who is a major project for the Twins. It looks like he had a fairly successful first start, but he needs to work on that K-BB ratio.
The only one of these five for whom I can find any draft information is Leavitt, acquired in the 2005 draft as the 22nd round selection. Van Mil, as a European, was not subject to the draft. I'm not sure about the others.
1.) Robert Delaney - 0-0 / 4.50 ERA / 4 inn / 2-0 K-BB
2.) Carlos Garcia - 1-0 / 0.00 ERA / 3.2 inn / 2-0 K-BB
3.) Joan Ortiz - 1-0 / 3.86 ERA / 2.1 inn / 0-1 K-BB
4.) Bradley Tippett - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 2 inn / 2-0 K-BB
5.) Bruno Sanchez - 0-1 / 20.25 ERA / 1.1 inn / 0-1 K-BB
6.) Jakub Toufar - 0-0 / 0.00 ERA / 1 inn / 1-0 K-BB
7.) Luis Carrerras - 0-0 / 18.00 ERA / 1 inn / 0-0 K-BB
8.) Jeffrey Schoenbachler - no record
9.) Jose Acosta - no record
10.) Michael Allen - no record
11.) David Bromberg - no record
12.) Tyler Robertson - no record
Not much yet to say on this bunch, except to give you some information on how they were acquired. I could only find five of them in the Twins draft annals: Robertson was the 3rd round selection in 2006, and Ortiz was the 41st round selection. Allen (13th round) and Bromberg (32nd round) were acquired in 2005. Schoenbachler was the 5th round selection in 2004.
1.) Wilson Ramos - 2 games / .333 BA / 0 HR / 4 RBI
2.) Gilbert Buenrostro - 1 game / .333 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
3.) Mighuel Barrientos - 1 game / .250 BA / 0 HR / 1 RBI
4.) Rodolfo Palacios - 2 games / .143 BA / 0 HR / 3 RBI
Ramos, Barrientos, and Palacios have all startd on game behind the plate, and Palacios also got a start as the DH in one game. Ramos also got a start at 1B. Buenrostro was selected in the 20th round in the 2006 draft. The others have murkier origins, but are presumably Latin players not subject to the draft.
1B - Juan Delgado - 2 games / .286 BA / 0 HR / 2 RBI
2B - Thomas Cowgill - 2 games / .143 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
SS - Starling De Los Santos - 3 games / .083 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
3B - Deibinson Romero - 1 game / .200 BA / 1 HR / 2 RBI
IF - Eric Santiago - 2 games / .333 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
IF - Matthew Lawman - 2 games / .000 BA / 0 HR / 1 RBI
Joshua Dean had started both games at 1B before being sent to Elizabethton. Ramos started the other, and if he continues to get many starts there I will reclassify him as an infielder. Cowgill started 2 of the 3 games at 2B, and De Los Santos got 2 starts at SS and one at 2B. Third base has been split between Romero, Santiago, and Delgado thus far.
Cowgill (40th round) and Santiago (21st round) were both selected in the 2006 draft. I am uncertain of where the other players come from.
1.) Joe Benson - 3 games / .417 BA / 0 HR / 3 RBI
2.) Kevin Harrington - 2 games / .143 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
3.) Mark Dolenc - 2 games / .111 BA / 0 HR / 0 RBI
4.) Chris Parmalee - no games played
With the addition of 2006 first round pick Chris Parmalee to the roster, the GCL Twins kicked Wesley Connor up to Elizabethton. Benson seems to be the CF, and Dolenc the RF, so I assume Parmalee will primarily be used either in LF or as the DH. The next week will show if that is true.
As for the others, Benson was this years 2nd round selection, Harrington was selected in the 12th round, and Dolenc was selected in the 15th round. The entire outfield was just drafted, which is kind of an interesting situation that should be followed as this season progresses.