August 30, 2007

GCL Twins Review

Since I don't feel like posting about ANOTHER Twins lost/sweep, I will direct my attention to the GCL Twins.
Twins Rookie-Level Affiliate
Team Record: 37-19
GCL South Division Champs!

The GCL Twins wrapped up their season on Tuesday with a loss to the GCL Yankees. The Twins won the GCL South with a 37-19 record. The Twins had some great players that helped them reach that fantastic record.

Most noticeably first round pick, Ben Revere hit .328/.388/.426 with 16 extra base hits (10 of which were triples) 29 RBI’s and 21 stolen bases. He played in 50 games, after signing on June 12th, just 5 days after the draft. He figures to be promoted to Beloit next season, and remain with the Snappers in the Midwest League for all of 2008. Despite not having great power, he has a bright future as a leadoff man with fantastic speed. With his 10 triples and 21 stolen bases, he obviously displays that he utilizes his speed to a maximum.

Ben Revere

Juan Richardson was also a big part of the Twins success this season. The 20-year-old Dominican third baseman was tied for first on the team with 33 RBI’s (Yangervis Solarte also had 33 runs batted in). He had a .317 average, but was particularly better against righties than lefties. He his .319/.361/.403 with only home run and 21 of his 33 RBI’s also came against righties. He also hit .310/.369/.397 which is also very good against lefties. He is behind D.J. Romero as far as 3rd baseman depth is concerned. So him seing a lot of playing time in Beloit in '08 is unlikely. But anything can happen.

But the offense was not the best part of the team. The most success came from the mound in which the team compiled an ERA of 2.92. Daniel Berlind lead the team with 6 wins and 52 strikeouts. Berlind went 6-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 11 games (9 starts).

20-year-old Venezuelan Danny Rondon became lights-out as a closer for the Twins. He converted 12 saves in 23.2 innings. He gave up just 4 runs (3 earned) while striking out 16 batters. He was dominate against right-handers, allowing just a .185 average compared to a .273 average against lefties. Unfortunately for Danny, he lost the playoff game for the Twins while allowing 3 runs in his only inning of work (the runs were charged to Charles Nolte). But Rondon figures to be in Beloit next season where he will likely become the closer for the Snappers.

Liam Hendricks was also a great success for the Twins. He finished the season with a 4-2 record and a 2.05 ERA. He had a 0.43 ERA and 3 of his 4 wins in August, before he was hit up for 5 runs in his last start. The 18-year-old from Australia also looks like he has a bright future within the Twins organization.

The team went 7-2 in June, 17-7 in July, but a 13-13 August lead to them having the 3rd best record in the GCL and the poor play carried into the playoff game against the Yankees. The team hopes to have another strong cast of rookies next summer in hopes to win the Souther Division and hopefully the entire Gulf Coast League.

Team Batting Leaders
  • Average: .325, Ben Revere
  • SLG %: .461, Ben Revere
  • OBP: .421, Andrew Schmiesing
  • Hits: 64, Juan Richardson
  • Doubles: 10, Juan Richardson
  • Triples: 10, Ben Revere
  • Home Runs: 3, Jonathan Waltenbury
  • Runs Batted In: 33, Juan Richardson/Yangervis Solarte
  • Stolen Bases: 21, Ben Revere

Team Pitching Leaders
  • Wins: 6, Daniel Berlind
  • Loses: 4, Santos Arias
  • ERA: 1.93, Daniel Berlind (He's the lowest who qualified)
  • Innings Pitched: 56.0, Daniel Berlind
  • Strikeouts: 52, Daniel Berlind/Liam Hendricks
  • WHIP: 1.02, Daniel Berlind
  • Holds: 3, Jarrad Eacott/Jose Acosta
  • Saves: 12, Danny Rondon

Rochester Red Wings vs. Ottawa Lynx.
Game Postponed due to rain.

New Britain Rock Cats lost to the Bingham Mets, 3-0. (Game 1)
New Britain Rock Cats beat the Bingham Mets, 3-2. (Game 2)
Game 1: Ryan Mullins was the victim of the loss for the Rock Cats. He pitched the full 6 innings and gave up just 3 runs to lose his 3rd game of the season with the Rock Cats. The 'Cats got just 3 hits. Brock Peterson and Kyle Geiger both went 1-3. Matt Moses went 1-1 with 2 walks.
Game 2: All the runs for both teams came in the 3rd inning. Joshua Hill gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in his 5 innings of work to win his 3rd game of the season. Armando Gabino picked up his 2nd save of the season while pitching 2 scoreless innings. He still hasn't allowed a run in his 8 games (13 innings) since being promoted. Drew Butera went 3-3 with a run scored. Rashad Eldridge, Matt Moses, and David Winfree all had 2 hits each. Eldridge had 2 doubles while Moses and Winfree drove in an RBI each. Brock Peterson drove in the other run.

Ft. Myers Miracle lost to the Sarasota Reds, 14-2.
Zach Ward was ineffective for the Miracle for the2nd time in his last 3 games. This time giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in just 3.1 innings. His 7 runs were then followed by 5 more which were given up by Adam Hawes. Danny Powers walked 4 batters and gave up 2 more runs (1 earned) in his 3.1 innings of relief. Dwayne White and Jeff Christy combined for 3 hits and 2 RBI's to help the struggling offense. Danny Valencia, Steven Tolleson and Ed Ovalle all had 1 hit apiece.

Beloit Snappers lost to the Cedar Rapids Kernals, 8-4.
Matt Fox had a decent start, giving up 3 runs in his 5 innings of work. He also struck out 6 batters. Jose Lugo gave up 2 runs over his 2 innings of relief to pick up his 6th loss of the season. Danny Leatherman gave up 3 more runs over the next 1 2/3 innings. Matt Betsill went 2-4 with a 2-run double. Chris Parmelee went 1-3 with an RBI double. Joe Benson struck out 3 times in his 5 at bats with just 1 hit.

E-Town Twins beat the Bluefield Orioles, 5-1.
In the last game of the regular season, the Twins continued to do what they've done all season, Win. Jose Castillo pitched 6 innings and gave up just 1 run while striking out 7 to get his 5th win of the season. Danny Latham, Curtis Leavitt and Caleb Moore all pitched a combine 3 shutout innings and struck out 5 batters. Leavitt struck out the side in the 8th. Rene Leveret went 3-4 with 1 home run and 2 RBI's. D.J. Romero went 1-3 with 2 runs scored. Wesley Connor went 2-4 with his 11th double and 18th RBI. Danny Lehman went 1-4 with an RBI. Rene Tosoni had 2 hits including his 13th double of the season. Ozzie Lewis also scored once.
GCL Twins.
Season finished.