Thursday, June 26, 2014

Notes, quotes and comment

Trevor May is 8-4,
2.94 for Rochester
A third Twins farmhand was named Wednesday to a Futures Game roster: Trevor May, named to the U.S. squad to replace a pitcher who had been called up to the majors.

I saw some social media consternation Tuesday over May's exclusion from the original roster, but as a rule no organization gets more than two prospects on the preliminary rosters. I have no problem at all with J.O. Berrios and Kennys Vargas getting the Twins' initial berths. At age 25, May isn't a real good example of what the Futures Game is supposed to be about: The brightest talents in the minors, regardless of closeness to the majors.

May has a much better shot at playing in the majors this year than Berrios or Vargas, but he's not as highly regarded, certainly, as Berrios.

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Second-round draft pick Nick Burdi signed this week and was sent to Cedar Rapids. That is a more aggressive placement than we're used to seeing with college picks, and mirrors a similarly aggressive placement with first-round pick Nick Gordon. Gordon, fresh out of high school, was sent to Elizabethton rather than the complex league; the collegiate Burdi to low A rather than Elizabethton.

The other college bullpen guys the Twins loaded up on in the early rounds were sent to E-Town, the Twins standard for college picks. (John Curtiss, who like Burdi was pitching in the College World Series, has not signed yet.) So this more aggressive approach isn't universal.

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No surprise here: The Twins reactivated Aaron Hicks from the disabled list Wednesday and optioned him to Double A New Britain.

The New Britain destination was signaled when they sent him there for the rehab assignment.

What does interest me about this: Hicks isn't playing strictly center field there. He was in left the other day, and in right on Wednesday. Eddie Rosario started Wednesday at second base but finished the game in center. This may be an indication of where the two rank in the Twins current estimation.

Bottom line: expect to see Rosario in the majors before we see Hicks again.

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