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Stats are Back for the Minnesota Twins! Good, Bad and Ugly Highlights from Week 2!

Last week we excitedly looked at some fresh stats from Spring Training, even though they only included a handful of at bats or even less innings pitched. Now there is another week full of stats to add to the Minnesota Twins list of Good, Bad and Ugly stat lines! The Twins sent a bunch of its youngsters in camp to the minors so now the players most likely to make the trip north to Minnesota will start to get more playing time. This increase in playing time should round out some of the fluky stat outliers, or at the very least, give a slightly better picture of the players performances. Still, anything can happen in 10 innings or 20 at bats, which is why this is so much fun!

The Good

  • Chris Colabello keeps his name in the good section by continuing to hit really well. His .400/.516/.640 batting line looks really good for a player on the bubble of making the Twins 25 man roster, especially considering he hits from the right side of the plate.
  • Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana are taking full advantage of the extra playing time that Pedro Florimon’s missing appendix is giving them. Escobar, a near-lock to make the team (#Eddie400), is hitting .333/.318/.524 in 21 ABs and Santana, who probably will be sent back to the minors in the next round of cuts, is hitting .391/.462/.696 in 23 ABs in his first extended look in the big league camp. Those are some pretty sweet numbers for one of the Minnesota Twins top and closest SS prospects.
  • Samuel Deduno has a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings, proving early why he is the top candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation.

The Bad

  • Alex Presley is hitting .160/.222/.160 through 25 ABs. His numbers don’t look very eye popping for a guy trying to win the starting centerfield job.
  • Scott Diamond leads the pitching staff with 13 hits given up and 7 walks surrendered. He’ll likely be battling Vance Worley (11 hits given up and 3 walks surrendered) now for the title of “bullpen guy who was out of options.”
  • Kevin Correia, who started Spring Training with a scoreless debut, got knocked around for 4 runs in his next outing. Now he’s resting above his Spring Training Career ERA of 5.58 with a 6.00 ERA.

The Ugly

  • Another week in and Jason Bartlett is still hitless in 23 at bats, though he does have one walk. Granted he has been out of baseball for the past year plus, but he still needs to show some activity level at the plate to stick with the Twins organization.
  • Josh Willingham and Jason Kubel, most likely two of the Twins biggest (hopefully) bats in the opening day lineup, are hitting a combined .145/.338/.338 in 41 at bats. The Twins need these two guys to have bounce back seasons to have any chance of avoiding a truly bad offensive year.
  • Vance Worley still has an ERA over 10 (10.13) through 8 innings of work.

There you have it. Another week filled with some more stats and some more early/irresponsible/fun analysis!

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