Saturday, December 23, 2017

Notes, quotes and comment

Taking note of some details from the past week:

The Twins announced the signing of Kai-Wei Teng, a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher from Taiwan who is listed as 6-4, 260 pounds, which sounds massive. The signing had been reported during the summer, but I suspect the Twins put off making it official for purposes of gaining a year of control.

This reminded me to check on Chih-Wei Hu, who caught my eye when I saw his first start in Cedar Rapids a few years ago. The Twins ultimately traded Hu to Tampa Bay for Kevin Jepsen.

Hu pitched in 10 games for the Rays last year, all in relief, and spent the rest of the season in Triple A. The Rays apparently view him now as a bullpen candidate.


The managers for the Twins minor league affilates have all been named. Joel Skinner at Triple A Rochester, Tommy Watkins at Double A Chattanooga, Ramon Borrego at high A Fort Myers, Toby Gardenhire at low A Cedar Rapids, Ray Smith at high Rookie Elizabethton and Dan Ramsay at rookie Complex Fort Myers.

Smith stays put (2018 will be 32 years in E-town). Skinner and Ramsay are new to the organization. Watkins and Borrego each moved up two levels, and Gardenhire spent much of 2017 in Rochester helping Mike Quade, who was limited physically after his spring training auto crash.

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