June 26, 2007
Twins Notes: Revere, Garza, and Walk-Off Ass
I know next-to-nothing about Revere, but the pick strikes me as a mistake based solely on what type of player various scouting reports describe him as. The Twins' minor-league cupboard is nearly bare when it comes to potential impact bats, but they have plenty of slap-hitting speedsters, including 2002 first-round pick Denard Span. As you might expect from the man responsible for drafting Revere, scouting director Mike Radcliff sees things quite differently:
With that swing, I'll set the over/under on his professional home runs at three, and I'll take the under. I'm sure that Revere has enough ability to make changes to his swing in order to produce power. Unfortunately, my guess is that he was taught to "throw the hands at the ball" and put the ball on the ground in order to take advantage of his speed, which is his one plus plus tool.
I get it. He wasn't drafted to hit bombs, at least I hope not. He'll put the bat on the ball, hit some fungoes and hope to outrun them. ... Don't they already have Jason Tyner and his career .043 isolated slugging? Hard to argue against Twins' drafts, but this pick is a huge reach.
Revere signed immediately for $800,000 and reported to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he's 5-for-15 with two extra-base hits and two steals in four games.
We'll see, I guess. One thing I can say is this wasn't a financial decision. We had no limit placed on us in advance. We just really like this guy as a player. We think he can hit.
Garza tossed seven shutout innings Thursday, but coughed up 10 hits last night, allowing four runs in five innings against the Devil Rays' Triple-A affiliate. Even with the rough outing, Garza has a 3.62 ERA, 95-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and .260 opponent's batting average in 92 innings at Rochester.
I think that's behind him. Now he's using all four of his pitches, including his changeup. He's going to be back, it's just a matter of when. Hopefully the next time he goes back, he's there to stay.
In exchange for a guy who never looked like more than a potential long reliever at any point during his minor-league career, the Twins received 28-year-old outfielder Darnell McDonald. The deal is simply a swap of Triple-A roster filler, but the Twins have more use for filler in the form of a position player. A former first-round pick who had a 17-game stint in the majors with the Orioles back in 2004, McDonald is currently in his sixth straight season at Triple-A.
His career numbers are sub par, but McDonald has done reasonably well of late. He hit .288/.347/.443 in 235 games between 2005 and 2006, and was hitting .315/.382/.431 in 73 games before the trade. Most teams have multiple minor-league veterans like McDonald to provide organizational depth, but the Twins are so devoid of hitting prospects that he immediately becomes one of their better options for a second-half call-up. Unless you've been clamoring for a poor man's Lew Ford, don't get your hopes up.
Hunter can do or say no wrong in the eyes of many Twins fans, but between that comment and publicly questioning Joe Mauer's toughness earlier this month, I'm growing a little tired of his walk-year media briefings.
I love Yankee Stadium. The atmosphere and energy there is great. And the fans know the game. When they get on you it can be pretty personal, but it's always about your baseball game. When someone screams, "You just can't hit that slider," that's someone who knows what they're talking about. You don't hear that kind of informed [chatter] in Minnesota.
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