Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Bringing in Thome

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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, January 27th, 2018

Welcome to the January 27th 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
Sydney picked up the win on Thursday over Adelaide 9-7. Todd Van Steensel picked up the save by pitching a perfect inning, striking out 2.

Brisbane continued their strong season on Thursday with a 5-4 over Canberra. Aaron Whitefield played left field and led off the game, going 1-4 with a strikeout. On Friday, Aaron Whitefield also played left and led off in a 5-4 Brisbane loss to Canberra. He went 0-3 with a walk and stole his 10th base.

Player Stats:
Todd Van Steensel, Sydney – 6.2 IP, 12.15 ERA, 2.70 WHIP, 4/9 BB/K
Aaron Whitefield, Brisbane – .293/.368/.434, 99 AB, 2 HR, 10 SB, 13/26 BB/K

Dominican Winter League Update
None of the Twins representatives played in the game on Friday night.

Player Stats:
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
None of the Twins representatives are still playing in the league championship series.

Player Stats:
Jermaine Curtis, Naranjeros de Hermosillo – .161/.278/.226, 31 AB, 1 HR, 3/8 BB/K
Brock Stassi, Charros de Jaisco – .234/.387/.364, 107 AB, 2 HR, 28/25 BB/K

Puerto Rican Winter League Update
No Twins representatives are playing in the PRWL championship series.

Player Stats:
Nelson Molina, Indios de Mayaguez – .000/.000/.000, 2 AB
Kennys Vargas, Indios de Mayaguez – .308/.471/.558, 52 AB, 4 HR, 18/16 BB/K

Venezuelan Winter League Update
On Thursday, Caribes de Anzoategui took a 3-2 lead in the championship series over Cardenales de Lara. Willians Astudillo played left field, going 1-4 with a run scored.

Player Stats:
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

Twins Winter Caravan rolls on
The Twins Winter Caravan is driving through multiple locations and braving the winter weather, introducing a number of fans in the outlying areas of Twins territory to their favorite players.

Perkins retiring after 12 seasons
Minnesota native Glen Perkins expressed his gratefulness for being able to play his entire career as a Twin as he retired this week.

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One Last Thing

Seven years ago from yesterday, Jim Thome came to Minnesota as a member of the Minnesota Twins. Three days ago, Thome was elected to the Hall of Fame. While he won’t wear a Twins cap into the Hall of Fame, he will be the 8th Hall of Famer to have played for the Twins.

Thome absolutely crushed the Twins, especially at the Metrodome, in his career, so bringing him on board with the Twins made sense (if you can’t beat him, sign him!). Over his career, Thome hit .314/.415/.635 in 196 games against the Twins with 61 home runs. In the Metrodome, he was especially lethal, as Thome hit .321/.406/.633 with 28 home runs in 92 games.

As a member of the Twins, Thome hit .266/.387/.562 with 37 home runs over 179 games.