Dennys Reyes was placed on the DL yesterday and Jason Miller was called up to replace him. Miller has pitched for AAA Rochester this season and has appeared in 10 games, 3 of those with him as a starter. His numbers as a starter are significantly better than his numbers as a reliever: 2.08 ERA in 13 innings vs. 3.65 ERA in 12 and 1/3 innings and 4 homers given up. In 2006 he posted a 3.81 ERA in 32 games for the Red Wings, 15 of those starts. He averaged giving up, through a period of 9 innings, 9 hits, 1 home run, 3 walks, and 8 strike outs. He certainly seems to be a good option for what we have. 

I bet some of you are wondering why Kevin Slowey or Matt Garza haven’t been called up yet. Well, it has to do with arbitration and a player’s “clock”. Basically, if a player has three years of Major League service time, he’s eligible for arbitration. Obviously a team will try and avoid that at all costs, and that includes waiting to promote a player to the bigs until a certain date. This year that date is June 2nd. If a player comes up on June 2nd and plays in the Majors the rest of the year, it will not count as a full year of service, giving the team an extra year where the player isn’t arb-eligible. So basically, when that week comes, expect a flurry of moves that could include but are not limited to: Slowey and Garza getting promoted; Ramon Ortiz being switched to the long relief role in the bullpen; Glen Perkins being moved into the rotation (once Reyes is healthy) in place of Carlos Silva, etc. etc. I’m not necessarily an advocate for any of these moves, but they’re definitely not out of the question. 

Alright, as for minor league stats so far: I’ve decided to do one team per day for the next few days, starting with the A-level Beloit Snappers. This is the level that top hitting prospect Chris Parmelee plays at. Through 38 games this year he’s only hitting .214 with a dismal .290 OBP (on-base percentage). The hitting leader so far is Danny Valencia who plays third base. He’s hitting .302 so far with a .373 OBP and a .503 slugging in 40 games. He has 7 homers and 24 RBI. 

The pitching is definitely a bright spot, though, with ace Jeff Manship leading the charge. Many expect him to be involved with the next round of promotions, and for good reason: He’s only allowed 10 earned runs in 57 and 2/3 innings pitched. That works out to a 1.56 ERA. He has very good control, with just 7 walks. He’s also struck out 60, tops on the staff. Another great pitcher is closer Robert Delaney, who has saved 15 games this season. His ERA is only .69 through 26 innings (that’s giving up only 2 runs for you non-math whizzes). He’s only waked 4 and also has struck out 28. 

As some of you may know, Bat-Girl has shut down her blog, citing not being able to handle both her newborn son and blogging full-time. She always added humor in her post, and frequently used Legos to recreate a play from the previous game. Check out some of her past articles by visiting her link on the right. 

If you’ve scrolled down far enough on the page, you’ve probably seen the new advertisement I’ve got there. It’s an ad selling Twins tickets, so if you’re looking for some I suggest checking out that website. It will be up there for a year (maybe more), so hopefully people can get some use out of it. 

Tonight the Twins are back home to face the Blue Jays. Scott Baker will pitch tonight, with Ortiz starting tomorrow night at 6 and Silva bringing up there in Sunday’s game at 1.