Minnesota Twins April Report Card
The month of April is over for the Twins and they managed 14 wins versus 11 losses while fighting slumps and injuries. Here is the report card for each player on the Active Roster.
Boof Bonser: Boof, a starting pitcher, gets a C- for the month. He has a ballooning ERA and hasn’t been able to replicate his success from last year.
Jesse Crain: The weak link in a strong bullpen, Jesse earns himself a C+ but I hope to see some improvement.
Matt Guerrier: The long arm in the bullpen earns himself an A. Guerrier should probably be a #4 starter rather than a relief pitcher but he’s going to play a very important role this year for the Twins. We’re going to see him in more games and in tighter situations than last year.
Joe Nathan: The Twins star closer has struggled a bit, giving up a lot of hits to opponents. He still has got the job done with only one blown save on the season. I give him a B-
Pat Neshek: People pretty much know that I think Pat Neshek is going to become one of the premier relief pitchers in the league. He has so far been excellent this year and earns himself an A
Ramon Ortiz: Ortiz came into the Twins organization last year having struggled the previous season and leaving most of us bloggers wondering what was going on in Terry Ryan’s head. He’s 5-5 in quality starts and earns himself an A+
Glen Perkins: Perkins has been a late addition to the Twins club. He has spent his time in the majors in the ‘pen but has gained valuable experience which will serve this future starter well. His contributions to the club haven’t been what I’d like to see but he passes with a B-
Sidney Ponson: He hasn’t been as bad as his ERA suggests. He’s only been as bad as his numbers from last year suggest. This guy has been the waste of a spot all April and the Twins have 5 people (Guerrier, Perkins, Slowey, Baker and Garza) he could do better in the 5th spot in the rotation. F+
Dennys Reyes: The left handed relief pitcher who played so well last year had a few rough outings right away but has been very good since. B-
Juan Rincon: Rincon has done well for himself out of the bullpen and he’s a solid A for the Twins.
Johan Santana: The two-time Cy Young Award winner had a better than average start. Even when Santana is at his worst he’s still better than the average major league pitcher. B+
Carlos Silva: I don’t know what Faustian pact this man has made but he’s been great this year. Unfortunately the Twins haven’t been able to get him enough run support. A
Joe Mauer: I was surprised when on the podcast both The Scribe and Jeff Straub gave Joe Mauer something other than an A. The guy was hitting over .350 and had been one of the most important run producers in the Twins lineup as well as a solid defenisve catcher. He get’s an A from me.
Mike Redmond: You can judge Mike in two ways. You can look at his sub .300 average this year and compare it to the .341 average he had last year and give him a poor grade. Or you can judge Mike Redmond for what he is, an aging back up catcher. I give him a B though he probably deserves higher for the 4 runners he’s gunned down trying to steal.
Jason Bartlett: Bartlett needs to find that special something he had last year. He’s hitting below where he did last year but that’d be okay if he wasn’t a basket case in the field. His fielding has taken a nosedive compared to last year when he was an above average short stop. D-
Alexi Casilla: He has done well considering he was supposed to gaining experience in the minor leagues. Casilla is not living up to our hopes but probably near our expectations. He’s going to get sent down pretty soon but I still give him a passing C+
Luis Castillo: Castillo has missed the last ten games because of an injury so he gets an Incomplete. However, he must improve on his OBP if this second basemen is to remain the all star second basemen we have come to rely on.
Justin Morneau: He hit a bit of a slump in April but the big first basemen leads the team in Home Runs and is on pace to improve his power numbers from last year. B+
Nick Punto: Punto was probably playing over his head last year when he took over third base for the slow footed slow swinging Tony Batista last year. Punto is a career utility guy but he hit .291 last year and was excellent in the field. This year he has struggled to get his batting average above the .200 mark and has been a real anchor in the lineup. D-
Luis Rodriguez: Another guy he shouldn’t be in the lineup but because of the injury situation the Twins have been playing him a lot more than they should. He has yet to produce offensively but has been tolerable in the field. D
Michael Cuddyer: I think Cuddyer is on the road to having a break out season and his ridiculous number of assists in rightfield is just icing on the cake. A+
Torii Hunter: The guy has more extra base hits than singles, an incredible slugging percentage and OPS and is still quick of foot in the outfield. A
Jason Kubel: Everyone is waiting to see Kubel become the player he could be. He’s nearly there and earns a B-
Josh Rabe: I personally want to see more of him. B-
Jason Tyner: He doesn’t get a lot of respect but he’s hitting over .300 and he’s another player I’d like to see more often. B
Alejandro Machado, Jeff Cirillo and Rondell White all get incompletes. If these guys get healthy and into the lineup and this Twins team could get really good in a hurry.