Parting shots from Florida

Posted on March 30th, 2007 – 12:44 PM
By Joe Christensen

I fly home to Minnesota in the morning, so I’m trying to savor my last moments watching baseball in the sun. It’s been a great spring, and I just want to say thank you to our readers for the support you’ve given us as we’ve launched these new baseball blogs.  We’re feeding off your energy now. This is going to be a lot of fun as the season progresses. Since I won’t get to see players wearing No. 95 for a while, here’s a couple quick parting shots:

Moses.jpg(*) Matt Moses (wearing No. 95 today for the Twins) just ripped an RBI single off the Pirates’ No. 3 starter, Tom Gorzelanny. A lefty-on-lefty matchup, and the trimmed down Twins prospect got it done. Moses, a 2003 first-round draft pick, has had big problems defensively over the years, but he fielded the first ball hit to him today no problem. OK, it was a Sunday hop that my Grandpa Fritz could have fielded, but I’m looking forward to following this kid’s progress at Class AAA Rochester. I know the Twins are, too.

Manship.jpg(*) Last night, as I was cranking out Carlos Silva copy, something else caught my eye. Kelly Thesier, the hard-working Twins beat writer for, told me the new pitcher was RH Jeff Manship. The Twins stole Manship in the 14th round of last year’s draft and convinced him to sign out of Notre Dame. Some scouts think he’ll be an even better pitcher than former Notre Dame pitcher (and wide receiver) Jeff Samardzija, whom the Cubs signed for something like a quarter-billion dollars. Manship’s stock wasn’t as high because he was injured in college, but he threw some eye-opening curve balls and hard fastballs. The Twins plan to start him at Class A Beloit, but my amateur scouting eyes tell me this guy is going to skyrocket through the system, Matt Garza-style.

That’s all from Florida. My wife knows how much I miss her. And I’ll see you all soon under the Metrodome’s teflon sky.

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