Sunday, July 10, 2011

Impressions of Hendriks, Gibson in Futures Game

Gibson pitching for the USA Team
Two Twins minor league players were lucky enough to play in the MLB Futures Game held in conjunction with the All-Star Game festivities in Phoenix, AZ. Both Liam Hendriks and Kyle Gibson made it into the game to pitch for their respective teams. Here is a look at how each player faired in this showcase of the up-and-coming talent of MLB.

Liam Hendriks 2011 MLB Futures Game
Hendriks entered the game in the bottom of the second inning with his World team down 1-0 after a homerun in the bottom of the 1st.

At-Bat #1: Devin Mesoraco
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
2nd pitch: 4-seam fastball, line drive to  LF
Runner on 1st. None out.

At-Bat  #2: Will Middlebrooks
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
2nd pitch: Curveball, Bleeder under the glove of SS for a hit
Runners on 1st and 2nd. None out.

At-Bat #3: James Darnell
1st pitch: Curveball, taken for a ball
2nd pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
3rd pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
4th pitch: 4-seam fastball, deep fly out to CF
Runner advances to 3rd. Runner at 1st. 1 out.

At-Bat #4: Wil Myers
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
2nd pitch: Changeup, batted foul
3rd pitch: Curveball, swinging strike
4th pitch: 4-seam fastball, batted foul
5th pitch: Curveball, 6-4 force out at 2nd.
Runner scores from 3rd. Runner at 1st. 2 out.

At-Bat #5: Gary Brown
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, batted foul
2nd pitch: 4-seam fastball, taken for a ball
3rd pitch: Slider, taken for a ball
Very close pick off attempt by Hendriks at 1st
4th pitch: Curveball, taken for a ball
5th pitch: 4-seam fastball, Grounded softly to 3rd
Alex Liddi made a great play to get the speed Brown at 1st. 3 out.

Hendriks' Final Line: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER
Liam Hendriks looked nervous on the mound and found himself falling behind batters from the start. Since he fell behind batters, Hendriks had to turn to his fastball more frequently and that allowed the hitters to take advantage of him. He did have a very close pick-off play at 1B that impressed me. As the inning went along, Hendriks seemed to calm down a little more and he was able to escape the inning with only one run crossing the plate. Not too bad after allowing the first two batters to reach in the inning.

Kyle Gibson 2011 MLB Futures Game
Kyle Gibson entered the game in a tough situation in the top of the sixth inning with 2 outs and runner on third. This was unfamiliar territory for a pitcher that is use to pitching as a starter.

At-Bat #1: Jurickson Profar
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, sharp line drive to center field gap for triple.
Runner scores from third. 2 out.

At-Bat #2: Reymond Fuentes
1st pitch: Changeup, swinging strike
2nd pitch: Slider, ball in the dirt
3rd pitch: Changeup, swinging strike
4th pitch: 4-seam fastball, deep fly caught by the CF near the warning track. 3 out.

~~~Gibson stayed in the game for the top of the top of the 7th

At-Bat #3: Jonathan Schoop
1st pitch: 4-seam fastball, awkward throw by 3B allowed the runner to reach. None out.

At-Bat #4: Yonder Alonso
1st pitch: 2-seam fastball, batted foul
2nd pitch: 2-seam fastball, swinging strike
3rd pitch: Changeup, taken for a ball
4th pitch: Changeup, taken for a ball
5th pitch: 2-seam fastball, fly out to LF.
Runner on 1st. 1 out.

At-Bat #5: Francisco Martinez
1st pitch: Slider, taken for a ball
2nd pitch: Slider, swinging strike
3rd pitch: 2-seam fastball, taken for a ball
4th pitch: Slider, batted foul
5th pitch: 4-seam fastball, pop to 1B in foul territory
Runner on 1st. 2 out.

At-Bat #6: Jefry Marte
Gibson picked off Jonathan Schoop at 1B for 3rd out.

Gibson's Final Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER
Kyle Gibson entered the game in a tough spot with two outs and a runner on third. The location of his first pitch to Jurickson Profar was in a decent spot, a fastball down in the zone. Profar was strong enough to punch it to the gap and he ended up with a triple. The lead off batter in the 7th was also able to reach base on a play where the third baseman made an awkward throw. From there, Gibson was able to look a little more comfortable in the game. The movement on Gibson's pitches was surprising for someone that had not seen him pitch before. His slider really darts across the plate. With his pick off of the runner on first, he faced the minimum in the 7th inning. He used a variety of pitches throughout his 1+ innings of work and he located his pitches very well throughout the game.

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