Today we’ll take a look at how some former Twins are producing in their new digs.
Of course J.J. Hardy would lead off. Not only is he killing it in Camden Yards (.304/.369/.538 with 23 XBX), but he’s been, oddly enough, leading off for the O’s for about the past three weeks or so. I think there’s a reasonable chance he’ll parlay this excellent season into a $10 million a year deal on the free market. Don’t believe me? There aren’t too many shortstops that are both offensively and defensively capable in the league today, let alone on the free market. Add to the fact that he’ll be desiring a raise from his salary of $5.85 million, and there’ll be no shortage of suitors, and I don’t think it’s all that unlikely. For those wondering, Brendan Harris has a .225/.270/.338 line at Triple-A Norfolk.
Keeping in the AL East, former Twin Darnell McDonald has “hit” .109/.163/.174 with the Red Sox this season over 49 plate appearances. Little-known fact about McDonald: When in the O’s system in the late-90s, he was ranked the 21st overall prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. Dennys Reyes also spent a brief bit of time with the Sox, but was cut loose after 1.2 very gasp-inducing innings. Over in Tampa, former farmhand Rob Delaney has struggled through two innings at the major league level, but has performed pretty much as usual in Triple-A, with a 2.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 8.3 K/9 (down about a full K from career rates). Rounding out the AL East, Jon Rauch has been decent in the Jays’ pen, with a 4.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 6.1 K/9. He’s also nabbed seven of the club’s 17 saves as that pen continues to search for it’s long-term closing option.
Aussie Brad Thomas has been roughed up pretty good so far this season with the Tigers, as he’s given up 11 earned runs in as many innings, while allowing a WHIP of 2.09. Keeping in the Central division, the Indians have employed a pair of former Twins in the middle infield duo of Adam Everett (.217/.277/.233 in 67 PA) and Orlando Cabrera (.246/.275/.335 in 263 PA). Everett was actually designated for assignment so that super-prospect Lonnie Chisenhall could make his debut last night. His career may well be over.
Jesse Crain, Sergio Santos, and Philip Humber are all flourishing in their roles with the Chicago White Sox. Crain has stepped in as the primary set-up man for the current closer Santos, and has posted a 2.86 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and solid 8.8 K/9. Santos, a converted middle infielder who was briefly in the Twins system a couple seasons ago, has converted 15 saves for the Pale Hose with a 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and excellent 11.4 K/9. That leaves Phil Humber, who was basically left for dead after flaming out with the Kansas City Royals, among other clubs. Humber has stepped into the rotation spot vacated by Jake Peavy and has definitely impressed with his 2.89 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. His 5.5 K/9 certainly suggests that some regression is on the way, but the Sox are no doubt impressed with what he’s given them thus far.
Over in the West, there aren’t a great deal of former Twins. Torii Hunter’s play has slid a bit in 2011, as he’s hit only .242/.313/.375 for the Halos. The Twins did well to only offer him three years when they did, as now the Angels still have to pay Torii primo bucks for one more season. Over in Seattle, where they neither score nor allow runs, Luis Rodriguez has been a relatively routine player off the bench, hitting .167/.271/.292 over 87 plate appearances. Rounding out the American League are the Oakland A’s, who feature a trio prominent relievers who once toiled in Twinstripes: Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour, and Craig Breslow. Fuentes’ 1-8 record is ghastly, but the rest of his numbers aren’t quite as scary, as he’s posted a 4.76 ERA, 6.6 K/9, and a borderline 1.41 WHIP. Kudos to Bill Smith for letting Brian ride into the sunset, as I was one of the members of the bandwagon to keep him around. Balfour has been much better than Fuentes, with a 2.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and excellent 9.6 K/9. Finally there’s Breslow, whom the Twins virtually gave up on in the 2009 season. Since then he’s managed a 2.95 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 7.8 K/9. This season, he’s a bit off those marks at 3.45, 1.57, and 6.9. Still, a useful lefty that could help a bullpen than needs all it can get.
Check back later tonight for the National League version!