The MN Twins Arizona League started with a lot of hype due to some of the best Twin's prospects getting a chance to play. After a few weeks, their season came to a close with their team not getting into postseason play. So let's have a quick recap of how they did:
Byron Buxton .212/ .288 / .404 - he struck out too much, lost his ability to take a walk, didn't hit for average then he got injured. But he hit the long ball all right. He faced pitchers of AA/AAA quality and struggled in his first taste. Hopefully he learned from it, will make the needed adjustments and come out of the gate fast in 2014. All reports say his injury is not serious.
Eddie Rosario - .238 / .262 / .275 - He struck out too much, didn't get on base and became a singles hitter. I don't know what to make of this. I hope its just fatigue for the youngster. With his experience at AA I didn't expect him to appear overwhelmed but he didn't come out and raise eyebrows. He played a mix of both 2B & OF, and I would imagine we will see that trend continue
Max Kepler - .234 / .306/ .313 - He played like a guy who had never tasted pitching above Low A. His 7 Walks led all Twins in this category and that is encouraging. It would've been nice to see him showcase some power. Overall it was a good learning experience for him but in no way is he ready to stick on a 25 man roster.
A.J. Achter, 5.25 ERA, 10 SO in 12 IP. He did nothing to stand out and probably will go through the Rule 5 draft untouched.
Zack Jones 18 ERA 9 SO & 9 BB. He is auditioning for the role of Wild Thing. - Not a good job by the fireballer
Tervor May - He only started 1 game, the rest of the season was spent in the bullpen. He struck out 12 and only walked 4. But opponents hit .265 off him. Not sure what to make of this. And I am not sure where the Twins plan to use him. I hope he can remain a starter, but its looking like he might be better suited to the bullpen.
Alex Meyer - He had 7 starts but only 26 IP. Clearly he was on a pitch count and his health was watched closely. But damn. 28 SO with 7 BB, opponents hit .213 off him. I still think he has a chance to make the team out of spring. No pitcher on the current roster has his ability.
Overall the only prospect to succeed was Meyer. Outside of that it was a bit of a buzzkill in Glendale. The twins sent the most hyped group of prospects in a long time and they didn't do much on the national stage to differentiate themselves.
What's going on outside of the border:
Eduardo Escobar keeps getting it done, .311 / .351 /.534. The kid is really hitting well. He has shown some bat with the Twins but was pretty streaky. Right now he is a on a good streak.
Oswaldo Arcia is getting some work in Just 14 games he leads all twins with 4 HR and a .929 OPS....But he has 15 SO.
Josmil Pinto, is the hot name to replace Mauer in 2014 at Cather, but he can't get it going offensively in his early goings.
Edgar Ibarra, is doing OK in relief and so is Yorman Landa. Landa was used as a starter for the E-Town twins but is being used out of the bullpen. He is getting a SO an inning and seems to be holding his own. Dakota Watts has pitched 12 innings and gave up 9 BB with only 3 SO. His ERA says he has been getting out of the jams, but that is a terrible ratio.
Jorge Polanco is on a slump of all slumps. In his last 27 AB, he only has 2 hits. After his red hot start, clearly something clicked in the wrong way. I hope the team gives him a chance to fight through whatever is ailing him. He is too talented to keep struggling as he is.
Daniel Santana hasn't played since Nov 8, not sure if he has shut his season down or what.
Puerto Rican League
Kennys Vargas remains the highlight here with an .800+ OPS in 26 AB
Pitchers and catchers will be coming up before you know it!
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