You are in the hands of Brian Lee Rivers every day 10am-3pm on KJ-108. This is working man's radio with a guy at the controls that REALLY knows his rock! BLR brings you Classic and new rock that you can listen to all day long. Plus, at high noon, the Electric Lunch; Win lunch from the Red Pepper of Grand Forks with the Lost Lyric Competition, Name That Album, and more! This REALLY is radio that you can lock into and stay with all day long!
I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
4 Game series with the Royals and a split. The Tigers are failing to put distance between them and the Twins so we sit 6 games back and that is still within striking distance.
Yesterday the Royals won a slugfest 9-8. 5 home runs were hit in the game... 3 by the Twins with Thomas, Plouffe and Morneau going deep. Kevin Correia got roughed up for 5 runs in the game but he didn't pitch all that bad. The Royals enjoyed the benefit of quite a few bloops, flares and seeing eye singles. The other major factor in the game was Twins defense as the Twins were not preparred for an aggressive Royals team on the base paths. Chris Parmelee, who in my opinion has been fantastic defensively so far this year made a couple of mental errors in the game.
The first came in the third inning when he didn't go full speed on a Lorenzo Cain bloop single and was caught off guard when Cain tried for second which caused an overthrow of a second base. The 2nd miscue came in 4th inning when he fielded a double off the wall and threw the ball into 2nd base instead of the cutoff. This allowed a run to score that probably wouldn't have if he would have hit the cutoff.
Pedro Florimon made a couple of defensive mistakes as well that were not called errors but mistakes just the same. He took to long to throw the ball on a grounder that ended up a single and he tried to make a bare hand play on a ball hit by Billy Butler when he had plenty of time to glove it, have a sandwich and make the throw because Billy Butler runs as fast as a tree sloth.
Those 4 defensive mental mistakes probably counted for 4 runs that didn't have to score so Kevin Corriea's numbers look worse than they should have.
On Saturday... Kyle Gibson made his much anticipated first start for the Twins. It went well and it was exciting to see him throw. He's different than most of our starting staff because he has a fastball with some heat on it and stuff on his breaking pitches. Kyle threw 6 innings and gave up two runs for a solid debut. It wasn't perfect because he did give up 8 hits in the game but he didn't have to be perfect because the Twins spotted him a 6 run lead after two innings.
Gibson will be worth watching in his next start and hopefully he will stay healthy and be a big part of our future.
Down on the Farm: A new prospect ranking has been released by Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus and after they took off all the players who are now in the majors and adjusted accordingly. Byron Buxton has been listed as the new top prospect in all of baseball.
It's one guy with an opinion but the last time the Twins had the top prospect in baseball on any list was Joe Mauer so this is very exciting. With the tools that Buxton is displaying, it won't be long before he is on multiple lists as the top prospect in baseball. They are comparing him to Mike Trout and comparing as better than Mike Trout in every catagory. Nearly all are saying... At the same age... That Buxton is a better pure hitter than Trout, More power than Trout, Better Defense than Trout, Better Arm than Trout and Faster than Trout.
Twins Minor League Power Hitter Miguel Sano came in at #6 on that new list and he is starting to heat up at AA New Britain. Sano may be #6 on this list but everyone considers him to be the top Power hitter in the minors.
Making the jump from High A to AA is reported to be the hardest minor league jump and Sano started slow after making that jump but he has officially heated up.
In just 75 AA at-bats thus far... Sano now has 6 home runs after not hitting any for his first 25 at bats... Sano is 20 years old and he was the youngest player in the High A Florida State League and now he is the youngest player in all of AA baseball.
The New youngest player in the Florida State League replacing Sano is 19 year old Byron Buxton so we got some kids who can play and playing at a higher level than most players their age and performing like they are the best in the league.
The Twins have two unbelievable prospects and if they keep devoloping and it looks like they are going to... They will be hitting the Majors around the same time.
If you think Oswaldo Arcia looks pretty good right now as a rookie. Wait until you see these two guys when they join Arcia. I'm guessing that Arcia, Sano and Buxton will all be in the lineup in 2015.