Friday, November 19, 2010

Reconstructing Rochester

The Twins have been quietly adding a variety of different players since the free agency period opened up.  The problem is a lot of the names that have been added won't be making a huge impact on the major league squad next season.

The Twins Triple A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, had a rough season in 2010.  Their final record was 49-95 and they finished 38.5 games out of first place.  Their final game of the season was a summerization of the entire year.  They lost 16-1 to the Buffalo Bisons.

Here is a look at the players that the Twins have added and what you can expect from them in the 2010 season.

Erik Hacker- Pitched for the Giants AAA affiliate in 2010.  He was given a major league contract and was added to the 40-man roster.  He has a chance to fight for one of the long relief spots in the bullpen.  But he does have options left so don't be surprised to see him start the year at AAA.  His stats from last season in AAA broke down as follows:
Record: 16-8
ERA: 4.51
WHIP: 1.467

Chase Lambin- An infielder who has bounced his way through multiple teams minor league systems.  He finished last season with the Nationals AAA affiliate the Syracuse Chiefs.  There is no way that he will get a sniff of the big leagues this season but he is a well traveled minor league player that can add some depth to Rochester's line-up and bench.  His stats from last season in AAA broke down as follows:
BA:  .252
HR:  15
RBI: 58
OPS: .741

Yorman Bazardo- Pitched for the Astros AAA affiliate in 2010.  He has some major league pitching experience but has had trouble finding consistency.  He was used primarily as a relief option last season but the Twins might be trying to harness some of his talent that he hasn't shown with other clubs.  He is still fairly young at 26 years old but this might be his last shot at making it in the bigs.  He has a lot to prove.  His stats from last season in AAA broke down as follows:
Record: 4-5
ERA: 3.87
WHIP: 1.392

Jeff Bailey- a OF and 1B who played for the Diamondbacks AAA affiliate in 2010.  He has various years of major league experience with the Red Sox over the last four seasons.  At the major league level he is a career .228 hitter (.773 OPS).  He is a solid addition to the Red Wings with his ability to drive in runs. His stats last season in AAA broke down as follows:
BA: .289
HR: 12
RBI: 78
OPS: .849

A few questions to ponder...
Any thoughts on the signings by the Twins so far this offseason?  Are these the moves that the team needs to make?  What should the next steps be for the Twins?

As always leave your thoughts and comments below.

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