The debut of the print edition of minor league notes will debut on Saturday, May 9. Until then, here are some updates.
THE HUNT FOR SHOOTER’S CONTROL
The Twins minor league think tank will head to Beloit over the next couple of days to bear down on righthander Shooter Hunt, who needs GPS to find the strike zone.
In four outings, Hunt has walked four, seven, six and six batters – that’s 23 walks. He’s faced 68 batters, 39 of them reaching base.
So Twins director of minor leagues Jim Rantz and minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will be in attendance for Hunt’s next outing. Rantz has not ruled out the possibility of sending Hunt to the bullpen to clear his head and work on his control.
Hunt was the Twins’ sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of last year’s draft.
Infielder Ramon Santana is listed at 5 foot 9 and 165 pounds. Paul Molitor, a special instructor and scout for the Twins, said Santana isn’t much to look at, “but he swings the bat and the ball goes 450 feet.”
Santana entered the season a career .247 hitter with a .358 on base percentage, 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 195 minor league games. He got off to a hot start to Class A Beloit, batting .393 with three homers and 10 RBI in 16 games while playing short and second.
His hot start has been derailed by a badly sprained left ankle this week that he suffered while running the bases. He’s out two to three weeks.
Class AAA Rochester first baseman Brock Peterson is out with a sore shoulder.
Rochester outfielder Justin Huber, who just sorted out visa problems, homered in his first at-bat last week and doubled in his second at-bat – but pulled a hamstring and has been out ever since.
THE RETURN OF DREW THOMPSON
Matt Garza was taken in 2005 draft. So was Kevin Slowey.
But the Twins also took Henry Sanchez, Paul Kelly and Drew Thompson – who all have been broken down throughout their minor league careers. Sanchez has taken his inactivity to another level recently with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse.
Kelly has had multiple surgeries on his left knee. Thompson, an infielder, had a stress fracture in his back in 2006, followed by more back problems that forced him out for the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons. In fact. Thompson was thought to be leaning toward retirement a year ago.
But he hasn’t quit. Thompson, the son of former major leaguer Robbie Thompson, has been assigned to Beloit as he begins his latest comeback attempt.