This week, we'll be covering the best players in the Twinkie Town top 25, and discuss some of the moves that were made over the past 7 days in the major league club and in the minors. Jumping right in...
1) Miguel Sano - While Sano's bat definitely cooled down this past week, he did still hit .216 with 5 RBI and 3 BB. He did strike out 5 times as well, but overall, Sano's season numbers are still really good. He's hitting well overall - .335 batting average - and his OPS continues to stay above 1.000, which is promising for the Twins and Sano. As long as he continues working on his fielding and hitting for power, Sano will be great to see in the Bigs in a couple seasons.
3) Byron Buxton - Buxton only played in 3 games the past week, but he still hit really well. In three games, he hit .400 with 3 stolen bases, 4 runs scored, and 4 total hits. His 3 stolen bases brings his season total to 26, which is awesome and man, I'd love to see the Twins with some speed on the basepaths AND a great hitter at the plate. Buxton's season OPS is now .980.
4) Alex Meyer - Meyer had another good start this week, going 6.1 innings on Saturday, giving up just 2 hits and 1 ER (on a HR) with two walks and 10-yes, TEN-strikeouts. I love watching Meyer's numbers continue to improve as the season goes on. His season ERA is a little high yet, but definitely respectable at 3.69, and he has 73 SO in 61 innings pitched.
5) Aaron Hicks - While it's probably well-known by now that I haven't been thrilled with the performance Hicks has given so far this year, but he certainly had himself a pretty good week this past week. In last week's game against Milwaukee, Hicks hit his 6th homer of the year, and in the game on Sunday against Seattle, Hicks went 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. His season numbers are still pretty pitiful (.173 batting average and .581 OPS), but at least we're seeing vast improvements in his plate appearances.
6) Eddie Rosario - This past week was very good for Rosario, who hit .445 over his past 7 games. If that wasn't good enough, that included 3 doubles, a triple, and a homer. Rosario also knocked in and scored seven runs. He only drew one walk, but he didn't strike out once, which is awesome. Rosario's week was excellent, and a promising upswing for his season numbers. His batting average is now .342, and his OPS is .904.
11) Joe Benson - Sadly, the 11 spot is now open as Joe Benson was moved to the Texas Rangers minor league team, the double-A Frisco Rangers. RIP #11.
15) Danny Santana - Danny Santana hasn't been on the list much so far this season, but he had a very good week and a very good past 6 games. He hit .336 with a double, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. Overall, he collected 9 hits over those 6 games, which brought his season batting average up to .286. His OPS now stands at .675. Not astounding, but a solid week from the Twins' shortstop prospect.
18) Hudson Boyd - Hudson Boyd's last start on Sunday was pretty solid, as he went 6 innings and gave up 6 hits, but only 2 earned runs (one off a home run). Hudson walked two, but also struck out 6. Hudson's ERA was lowered, but it's still sitting at 5.79 on the season. He has just 37 Ks in 51.1 innings pitched.
19) Michael Tonkin - Tonkin continued his scoreless 2013 campaign on Monday, pitching 2 innings of one-hit ball. He struck out 3 in those two innings and allowed zero runs (obviously). His season ERA is 0.00.
20) Niko Goodrum - Niko Goodrum, the 21-year-old SS prospect, has had a decent amount of success so far this season in Cedar Rapids, but he had an especially good week this past week, hitting a very solid .353 with a double, 5 RBI, and a stolen base. Goodrum added 2 runs scored to that as well. His season batting average is now .270 with a .770 OPS.
21) Chris Herrmann - Herrmann was called up this past week, starting 3 games with the club. Sunday's game against Seattle seemed to be his time to shine, however, as he went 2-for-4 with his first career home run and a couple nice catches in LF. I'm surprised that Herrmann was called up in the first place, since he'd been struggling a lot in the minors, but I'm glad he's hitting for the time being.
23) DJ Baxendale - I've thoroughly enjoyed following Baxendale this season, as this week was no exception. Baxendale had a pretty rough start last Wednesday, giving up 9 hits and 8 earned runs in just 4.2 innings (albeit only 7 of those runs were earned). Baxendale came back Tuesday night in full force, however, going 7 innings and giving up just 3 hits and 1 earned run (a homer). He walked a couple batters, but struck out 7.
Notes & Links
-Over at Twins Daily, Jeremy Nygaard covers some news about non-Top 25 minor leaguers. Go read, there are some interesting tidbits.
-In a release from the Fort Myers Miracle, the team announced that seven of its players have made it to Florida State League All-Star Game this year. Those players: RHP Zack Jones, LHP Corey Williams, LHP Chad Rodgers, 3B Miguel Sano, 1B Kennys Vargas, C Matt Koch, and SP DJ Baxendale.
-The First-Year Player's Draft is coming up this week, and make sure you continue checking Twinkie Town throughout the day, as we'll have the latest on all of the Twins' draft picks for your viewing pleasure. Make sure to stick around that night for all the game thread goodness you could ever ask for!