Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, January 23rd, 2018
Welcome to the January 23rd edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!
Minnesota Twins Organizational Scores
Australian Baseball League Update
The ABL is off until Thursday.
Dominican Winter League Update
The DWL was off on Monday.
Tyler Kinley – Tigres del Licey – 19 IP, 0.47 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 11/32 BB/K
Adalberto Mejia – Gigantes del Cibao – 21 IP, 3.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8/15 BB/K
Kennys Vargas, Aguilas Cibaenas – .222/.311/.407, 54 AB, 2 HR, 7/20 BB/K
T.J. White – Gigantes del Cibao – .000/.000/.000, 14 AB, 0/5
Mexican Winter League Update
The Mexican League was off on Monday.
Puerto Rican Winter League Update
The PRWL had Monday off.
Nelson Molina, Indios de Mayaguez – .000/.000/.000, 2 AB
Kennys Vargas, Indios de Mayaguez – .256/.475/.558, 43 AB, 4 HR, 18/13 BB/K
Venezuelan Winter League Update
The VWL was off on Monday.
Melvi Acosta, Bravos de Margarita – 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 1/1 BB/K
Willians Astudillo, Caribes de Anzoategui – .319/.365/.461, 204 AB, 6 HR, 11/4 BB/K
Omar Bencomo, Bravos de Margarita – 75 1/3 IP, 4.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 19/50 BB/K
Edwar Colina – Navegantes del Magallanes – 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3/2 BB/K
Jermaine Curtis, Aguilas de Zulia – .400/.400/.600, 5 AB, 0/1 BB/K
Anderson Munoz, Aguilas de Zulia – 15 2/3 IP, 3.45 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 13/9 BB/K
Gregorio Petit, Leones del Caracas – .299/.358/.449, 3 HR, 3 SB, 11/17 BB/K
Leonardo Reginatto, Bravos de Margarita – .285/.326/.331, 172 AB, 1 HR, 3 SB, 10/32 BB/K
Minnesota Twins news and notes
Kirby uniform mystery now solved
When Kirby Puckett was coming up through the minor leagues, the Toledo Mud Hens were a Minnesota Twins affiliate. Toledo intended to do a Puckett bobblehead in 2018, but they could not find evidence of his jersey number. The mystery was solved, thanks to hoarding!
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Notes from around baseball
- MLB.com writers reveal HOF ballots
- History looks good for JD
- ESPN adds ARod to Sunday Night Baseball
- Giants sign Jackson for CF
- Lynn, Cobb wait on Arrieta, Yu
- Cubs, Darvish reportedly in talks
- Chipper, Thome, Vlad excelled against best
- Top 10 3B prospects
- Baseball continues to thrive in Colombia
- Altuve receives crystal bat
- Sale mentoring Groome
- First team to add numbers on the back of uniforms
- NL West set up to be toughest division in 2018
One Last Thing
Today is the 39th birthday of former Minnesota Twins reliever Juan Rincon. Rincon was originally signed out of Venezuela in November of 1996. He was aggressively placed by the Twins in the GCL as an 18 year-old in his first pro season, but he responded well, earning a late season promotion to Elizabethton.
He found sledding more difficult as a starter trying to work up to the majors from that point, eventually converting full time to a reliever in 2003. He then had a four-year run that was among the best middle relievers in baseball, averaging 71 games and 80 innings each season, with a 2.93 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, a 9.3% walk rate, and a 23.9% strikeout rate.
He collapsed after the 2006 season and could never find the spin on his breaking ball the same way again, making him much more hittable, and leading to him being out of the league after 2 appearances in 2010.
Rincon is notable as the first Twins player suspended under MLB’s PED policy, missing 10 games in early 2005 due to PEDs, but returning to throw 75 games that season and another 75 the next season before he lost his feel.