Taylor's Twins Talk

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

Monday, June 25, 2007

'Twas Only a Matter of Time

Jeff Manship, this year's version of Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey (a.k.a. "the guy who's making A-Ball players look silly"), was promoted today from the Beloit Snappers to the Ft. Myers Miracle. Manship has been the apple of Twins minor league fans collective eye so far this season, with lofty expectations having been placed upon him since the season started. He's lived up to them -- and then some -- in his time with the Snappers by posting a 1.51 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 77-9 K-BB tally in 77.2 innings of work. It's long past time for a promotion for Manship -- who was somewhat inexplicably skipped over last week when Adam Hawes (with very, very inferior numbers) was promoted first.

The Snappers roster now sits 2 below the maximum, but it wouldn't be in the least surprising if someone was sent down from Ft. Myers to make room for Manship. The most likely target? Well, believe it or not, there are very few. Everybody on the Miracle pitching staff has an ERA of 3.86 or better -- with one exception. Alexander Smit, a lefty who the Twins added to their 40-man roster this past winter, has an ERA of 5.15 in 43.2 innings. His WHIP is an ungainly 1.67. Clearly, if anyone needs to be sent down, it's Smit. The problem is, moving a guy on the 40-man roster down to Beloit would be a virtual admission that the guy's days on the roster are numbered. I've said before that I think the Twins moved too early on Smit -- no one was going to take him and stash him on a Major League roster for a year, because he was nowhere close to being ready to perform at that level. It will be interesting to see how the Twins deal with Manship's promotion -- and Smit's poor performance.

Elsewhere: the Twins appear to have signed Chris Cates, a shortstop drafted in the 38th round in this year's draft out of the University of Louisville. Cates, who was born on April 15, 1985, is now listed on the E-Twins roster, so while the Twins website doesn't list him as having signed -- and while I haven't heard of his signing anywhere else, it certainly looks to have happened.

Finally, the same thing seems to have happened with RHP Charles Nolte, a 24th round selection out of San Diego State University. He's now being listed on the GCL Twins roster, indicating that he, too, has signed with the ballclub. He was born on March 19, 1986 and comes from San Diego.

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