The Minnesota Twins’ top major league-ready pitching prospect, Kyle Gibson, remains with the Red Wings, despite the struggles of the major league starters.
There are many theories for the reason why he has not been called up yet.
The most popular is the “Super 2” status. It makes sense for the Twins ownership to keep him in the minors to possibly save millions later, especially as the team falls farther and farther from contention.
General Manger Terry Ryan said that he wants the former first round draft pick to be more consistent before calling him up. The 6-foot-6-inch, 210-pound starter has allowed at least three earned runs in every outing after allowing one or less earned runs in the previous start. That was until his most recent start on Saturday, in which he backed up a nine-inning three-hit shutout with an eight-inning two-hit shutout.
In returning from Tommy John surgery, the Twins have placed a 130-inning limit on Gibson this season. He has thrown 60.2 innings in 10 starts so far this season.
Ramirez agrees with DL decision now
The Twins placed Wilkin Ramirez on the seven-day concussion list after Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Tigers.
He was injured when he collided with Josh Willingham while making a catch in the Twins’ 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
He is the second Twins player to be placed on the concussion disabled list in less than a week. Trevor Plouffe was placed on the list Wednesday after he was kneed in the back of the head while breaking up a double play in Atlanta.
Initially, Ramirez was not happy with the situation. He said after the decision was made that he was “very disappointed” about it.
He considered talking to the team’s union player representative Glen Perkins about appealing the transaction.
However, Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins beat reporter LaVelle E. Neal III tweeted Monday morning that Ramirez got sick on the team’s plane from Detroit to Milwaukee. The outfielder now feels the doctors were corrected.
Herrmann gets the call
The Twins filled Ramirez’s spot on the roster by recalling Chris Herrmann from the triple-A Rochester.
The catcher and outfielder was hitting .238 with five doubles and 12 RBIs in 43 games for the Red Wings. He made his major league debut last September and had one hit in 18 at-bats with an RBI and a walk.
He has played 29 games at catcher with seven games in left field and five as the designated hitter for the Red Wings.
Rock Cats top the Twins minor league leaders
The Twins’ double-A New Britain Rock Cats squad is five games out of first place and sitting fifth in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. Yet, the Twins’ top two hitters (in terms of batting average) and pitchers (in terms of ERA) reside on the squad.
Second baseman James Beresford leads all Twins minor leaguers with a .344 batting average. He also has collected five doubles, 17 runs scored, 16 RBI, 11 walks and three stolen bases while committing just three errors in the field.
Right behind him on the list is catcher Josmil Pinto. He has a .342 batting average with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 38 RBIs and 29 walks. He is already on the Twins’ 40-man roster and could be the next catching prospect to be called up if the need arises.
On the pitching side, last season’s 10th round draft pick, D.J. Baxendale from the University of Arkansas, leads the way with a 1.10 earned run average. The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound right-hander has allowed just 34 hits, nine runs (seven earned) and 11 walks in 57.1 innings over nine starts while striking out 48.
Right behind him is teammate Logan Darnell, who has posted a 2.47 ERA in 62 innings over 10 starts. The 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound left-hander has allowed 61 hits and 17 walks while striking out 49.