Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Minor League Transactions

There are a number of things to mention in this post, some of which are quite interesting. First, let me say that I was going to avoid commenting on demotions and promotions in my minor league transactions columns, but that's no longer feasible because of the disappearance of the Down on the Farm posts. This is now the best forum to comment on these moves, so that's what they're going to morph into.

Also, just a note for those of you who've looked through the organizational rankings -- I've updated them once again, this time to include the rookie league roster information. I've only noted players who are in the Dominican or Venezuelan Summer Leagues this season if they were already in the rankings (which means that they appeared in the GCL or higher last season). Otherwise, no comment on those players until/unless they make their way to the GCL.

Now, the juicy stuff. First off, hat tip to Seth for bringing my attention to these two noteworthy pieces of information:

Levale Speigner, who the Twins lost to the Nationals in the Rule 5 Draft this past winter, was designated for assignment today. If Speigner clears waivers, he'll have to be offered back to the Twins, and my guess is that they would bring him back into the fold. After all, he dominated the Twins a couple of weeks ago, and that's got to be worth something. This will merit watching over the next week or so.

Next, Matt Moses was demoted from AAA Rochester to AA New Britain, with Brian Buscher being promoted to Rochester. Frankly, this isn't much of a surprise. Moses was hitting just .224/.549 in 174 AB's for the Red Wings, while Buscher (a minor league Rule 5 draft pick this off-season out of the Giants organization) was hitting .310/.876 with 7 HR's and 36 RBI's in 239 AB's for the Rock Cats. Moses is fast losing his prestige in the organization, but it's not too late for him to figure things out -- he's still just 22-years-old, after all.

As for other moves, the Twins have parted ways with C Jason Anthony and SS Juan Delgado. Anthony was signed in March, presumably to give the team options when assembling the rookie league rosters, but he must not have impressed in Extended Spring Training. Delgado spent most of 2006 with the GCL Twins, but hit just .228 in 136 AB's.

Finally, the Twins appear to have signed 12th round pick Michael Tarsi, a lefty out of the University of Connecticut. I haven't seen an announcement of this anywhere, but Tarsi's name has appeared on the roster of the Elizabethton Twins, so presumably the signing has been made. Hopefully some signing updates will be rolling out of the Twins front office soon, because I find it hard to believe that no one has been signed since June 12 -- I imagine this is an information delay that doesn't reflect reality.

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