Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ex-Twins Stats, Season End

E. Milton (Cin): 8-15, 6.47 ERA, -25.0 VORP
M. Redman (Pit): 5-15, 4.90 ERA, 11.0 VORP
K. Rogers (Tex): 14-8, 3.46 ERA, 40.5 VORP
L. Hawkins (SF): 2-8, 3.83 ERA, 7.4 VORP
Guardado (Sea): 2-3, 2.72 ERA, 36/41 Sv, 13.2 VORP
T. Jones (Fla): 1-5, 2.10 ERA, 40/45 Sv, 25.6 VORP
A. Fultz (Phi): 4-0, 2.24 ERA, 23.2 VORP
H. Carrasco (Was): 5-4, 2.04 ERA, 31.3 VORP
J. Baldwin (Balt): 0-2, 3.81 ERA, 8.4 VORP
M. Kinney (SF): 2-0, 6.00 ERA, -0.6 VORP
S. Greisinger (Atl): 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.1 VORP (Released)

D. Ortiz (Bos): .300/397/.604, 83.2 VORP
D. Mientkiewicz (NYM): .240/.319/.407, 4.7 VORP
A. Pierzynski (CWS): .257/.308/.420, 15.4 VORP
C. Koskie (Tor): .249/.337/.398, 9.6 VORP
C. Guzman (Was): .219/.256/.313, -11.4 VORP
T. Walker (Cubs): .305/.353/.474, 30.2 VORP
C. Blake (Cle): .241/.307/.438, 11.4 VORP
M. Lawton (NYY): .254/.356/.396, 19.3 VORP
D. Miller (Mil): .272/.339/.412, 23.5 VORP
M. Restovich (Pitt): .239/.306/.381, -0.1 VORP

*Unfortunately for Resto, he did not get a real chance to play in Pittsburgh, as most of his appearances with the Pirates came as a pinch-hitter, a tough role for someone with little experience in the majors and almost none in the NL. As an OF this season, Resto hit .267/.344/.453 in 96 PA's; as a pinch-hitter, .148/.179/.148 in 28 PA's. Against lefty pitching, he hit .256/.319/.442; meanwhile, Jacque Jones hit .201/.247/.370 against LHP.

Could the Twins have used Resto as a platoon partner for Jones, or as an eventual fill-in at the OF corners after Hunter and Stewart were lost for the season? No doubt about it. He would have improved the team in that role, and provided far more value than Corky Miller did. It's just a shame that the club threw him away so easily. I hope for Resto that one of these days, before too long, he has the good fortune to hook up with a team willing to give him that legitimate shot at filling an OF/DH platoon spot.

D. Mohr (Col): .214/.280/.466, -0.1 VORP
B. Kielty (Oak): .263/.349/.395, 12.1 VORP
C. Allen (Tex): .283/.304/.340, -0.8 VORP
J. Offerman (NYM): .229/.308/.333, -0.1 VORP
C. Gomez (Balt): .279/.350/.342, 4.4 VORP
Q. McCracken (Ari): .236/.305/.296, -2.4 VORP
H. Blanco (Cubs): .242/.281/.391, 2.2 VORP
J. Valentin (Cin): .281/.362/.520, 25.7 VORP
C. Moeller (Mil): .206/.255/.367, -1.1 VORP
D. Ardoin (Col): .229/.310/.362, 1.1 VORP
D. Hocking (KC): .267/.366/.283, 0.9 VORP


M. Kinney (SF, AAA): 7-8, 5.21 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
J. Roa (Pitt, AAA): 1-1, 6.05 ERA (DL)
Rowland-Smith (Sea, AA): 6-7, 4.35 ERA, 1.51 WHIP
T. Fiore (Bal, AAA): 9-5, 3.63 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
A. Johnson (Oak, AAA): 6.23 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 21.2 IP

J. Barnes (Atl, AAA): .277/.331/.362, 18 2B, 3 HR
T. Sears (Fla, AAA):
.323/.399/.503, 14 2B, 13 HR


At 10/04/2005 6:15 AM, Blogger Moss said...

There's a lot of negative and near-zero numbers in there....

Some of the more surprising numbers are Todd Jones at +25 and Aaron Fultz at +23.

And then there's David Ortiz -- +83. Oy.

Thanks for the info, FW.

At 10/04/2005 7:28 AM, Anonymous bjhess said...

The numbers that surprised me most were Hector Carrasco's 31.3 VORP and the catcher situation. A.J. was the third best catcher on that list in terms of VORP after Valentin (!) and Miller.

At 10/04/2005 8:26 PM, Anonymous spycake said...

I've been following Carrasco. He got thrown into the Nats' rotation and had 3 consecutive 6-inning shutout starts, after having a pretty good year out of the bullpen. It'll be interesting to see who signs him for next year, and how he's used.

At 10/05/2005 8:23 AM, Anonymous JustBeth said...

It's obvoius that the Twins made some very good moves (hi, Eric Milton!) and some very bad moves (hi, David Ortiz!) in the past. But looking back, I can honestly say that you can't expect much better than that. And when you look at some of the guys we traded, I'd say that A.J. Pierzynski for Nathan, Liriano, and Bonser works out in our favor (but I don't know the exact numbers).

Except Michael Restovich. I'd love to see him in a Twins uniform again.

At 10/05/2005 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to Todd Sears? He seemed to have a little pop in the bat, but no place to play?


At 10/05/2005 12:46 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

I think last year was a lost season for Sears because of a back injury. He began this season with the Marlins' AA affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats, and hit .317/.378/.485 from April through May 19. Then he was moved to AAA Albuquerque, where he hit .323/.399/.503 the rest of the season.

Since he's not on the 40-man roster, he didn't get called up.

At 10/06/2005 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough with the Resto love-a-thon.

At 10/07/2005 12:43 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

Sensitive subject, Terry?

The Twins put 7 years into developing a 2nd round pick who hit at every level, showing a special knack for hitting LHP, which filled a roster need. Yet the Twins threw him away. I'm just stating the facts, jack.

At 10/07/2005 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has not hit at the major league level.

It took him SEVEN years to become an average minor leaguer.

He could not crack the lineup of four of the worst hitting teams in the majors this year.

THOSE are the facts.

At 10/08/2005 3:33 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

As a minor leaguer, he hit .285/.362/.492. In the majors, he's hit .254/.333/.408 thru 161 games and 324 PA's, which isn't a bad start. Against LHP, he's hit .258/.318/.433. He deserves a chance to play somewhere.

It's not his fault that the Twins couldn't see his value as a platoon for Jones, and dropped him to carry Corky Miller. The Rays' decision to cut him, before he even took the field for the team, so they could sign Charles Johnson was beyond his control. The Colorado manager said he liked Resto, but the club had already committed $1m to Dustan Mohr; Resto can't do anything about getting squeezed by economics. It's not Resto's fault that he was stuck behind Jason Bay, Matt Lawton, and Craig Wilson in Pittsburgh.

His trouble breaking into the majors isn't a reflection of his abilities or past performance. It's mostly just bad circumstances, economics, and roster politics.

Why are you so hostile about the idea that he deserves better, Anonymous? Are you glad that the Twins carried Corky and let Jones hit .201/.247/.370 against LHP? Does that seem like a wise decision to you?

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