Posted at 10:51 AM on May 26, 2005
by David Zingler
After a miserable 2004 season, Oakland OF Bobby Kielty is off to a strong start this year. The former Twin, who was dealt to Toronto for Shannon Stewart in 2003, is hitting .316 with a .417 OBP while becoming the Aís everyday right fielder.
Longtime Twins utility infielder and self-appointed team spokesman Denny Hocking is playing in Triple A with the Omaha Royals. Hocking, a Twin from 1993-2003, is hitting .242 for the Kansas City farm club.
After spending last year out of the big leagues, former Twin Hector Carrasco has resurfaced in the Washington Nationalís bullpen. The erratic reliever, who the Twins used to acquire Lew Ford in 2000, is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 16 appearances.
Scrappy outfielder Chad Allen, a Twin from 1999-2001, is in his second season with the Texas Rangers. Allen spent time in the Cleveland and Florida organizations from 2002-03, appearing in just 17 big league games during that span. He is currently hitting .289 in a pinch hitting/reserve role.
Todd Sears, the only player received by the Twins in the Todd Walker trade with Colorado in 2000, is off to a hot start with the Albuquerque Isotopes, hitting .529 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in 7 games for the Marlins Triple A affiliate. Sears, who has battled back problems, spent last year in the Padres organization.
Veteran backstop Pat Borders is back in the big leagues after being re-called by the Mariners on May 21. The 42-year-old, a late season, emergency pick up by the Twins last season, began the year in the Milwaukee organization.
Brian Buchanan, who was traded to San Diego for Jason Bartlett in 2002, is toiling in the Rockies system at Triple A Colorado Springs. The lumbering outfielder is hitting .270 with 4 HR in 111 at bats.
Former Twins reliever Tony Fiore is still chasing the dream with the Ottawa Lynx. The junk baller, who hasnít appeared in the big leagues since 2003, is currently 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA for Baltimoreís Triple A affiliate.
The Twin's front office people have made some excellent decisions. I would not want any of these guys back. It's like they had a crystal ball and could see into the future.
The crystal ball must've been out for a cleaning when David Ortiz's name came up. But, yeah, I think the Twins front office has recognized Moneyball economics pretty well and, unlike some towns, this one doesn't seem to go crazy everytime someone who they recognize gets dropped in favor of someone from the minors they don't. That takes a lot of pressure off a front office.