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Friday, May 19, 2006

Twins - Demoted Lohse, Recalled Bonser

Minnesota Twins - Optioned P Kyle Lohse to Rochester; recalled P Boof Bonser.

At the beginning of the season, I thought the Twins rotation of Santana/Radke/Silva/Baker/Lohse with Lirano to spare would be one of the best rotations in baseball.  Instead, a quarter of the way through the season, Twin starters have a 6.43 ERA, making my prediction

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differently accurate.  The Twins probably did the right thing with Silva, replacing him in the rotation with Liriano, who’s certainly earned the chance.  Bonser is generally known as “that other guy in the Pierzynski trade” but after an underwhelming minor league career, he’s had a nice start with the the Red Wings and is the best in-house replacement while Lohse gets whatever together again in the minors.  After Bonser, unless the Twins make a trade, the next short-term fix is to purchase Pete Munro’s contract, which isn’t as interesting any idea given that Munro hasn’t been very impressive the last couple of years.  Then, you either really reach with Mike Smith or rush up one of the Harben/Simonitsch/Harben/Jones quartet, all of whom are decent (or better) prospects.  The Twins seem unlikely to do the latter, given how long it took them to commit to Santana and Liriano, both of whom were better prospects than any player mentioned in this entry.  I’m guessing the team wishes they had trade Lohse in the offseason; they’re not getting much from him now.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Kyle Lohse
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Actual ‘06   2   4   8   8   38   57   38   6 19 24 8.92
Rest ‘06   6   7 23 23 134 147   70 17 37 74 4.70
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Total ‘06   8 11 31 31 172 204 108 23 56 98 5.64

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:03 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:29 PM (#2027202)
Matt Garza (last year's #1) might wind up in that mix as well, if yesterday's 13 K/2 BB/one-hit effort is any indication. That would *really* be rushing it, of course.

-- MWE
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:30 PM (#2027203)
Harben/Simonitsch/Harben/Jones quartet


Adam doesn't want to be a clone!!

-- MWE
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:31 PM (#2027206)
I should also note that Jones was demoted back to Ft. Myers when Garza was promoted, so he's off the fast track.

-- MWE
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:47 PM (#2027226)
Heh, should've read Perkins.

Didn't see Jones was demoted. Why? I can understand not wanting to demote Nick Blackburn, but surely one of those pitchers has earned to chance to send Henry Bonilla back to long relief in Rochester.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:05 PM (#2027244)
Didn't see Jones was demoted.


Gotta read my stuff more often, Dan :)

Why?


30 hits and 15 walks in 27 2/3 innings had something to do with it.

Look past the ERAs (which you need to do in the EL), and you can see that New Britain's pitching staff has actually been somewhat disappointing this year. Harben has more walks than Ks, Simonitsch more hits than IP, and Perkins has actually pitched quite effectively, but also has been hurting a bit and averaging less than 5 IP per start.

-- MWE
   6. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:19 PM (#2027252)
Never mind all the other guys; it's the MLB debut for Boof Bonser!

Best. Name. Ever.
   7. Honkie Kong Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:25 PM (#2027262)
would be even better if it was Bouf Bonser

ahh long live Tom Robbins
   8. Zoppity Zoop Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:57 PM (#2027293)
None of the Rock Cats have been great, but Jones was hardly demotion bad - he's still striking out batters and keeping the ball down.
   9. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:36 PM (#2027326)
Does that website named for him still exist?

Considering it's a Giants blog, it still exists, but other a different name.
   10. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:37 PM (#2027328)
Er, that's under a different name.
   11. tribefan Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:51 PM (#2027340)
Anyone have any opinions on Radke? His ERA is not helping my roto team. Likely to improve all that much?
   12. rr Posted: May 19, 2006 at 08:40 PM (#2027367)
There used to be a blog, I think a Giants' blog, called "Waiting for Boof."

So, the wait is over.
   13. Kyle S Posted: May 19, 2006 at 08:49 PM (#2027383)
Waiting for Boof is called the McCovey Chronicles now. I remember visiting once after "Floyd Thursby" (the primer name of the author) posted here a while back and getting hooked. I don't read it any more because it's so giants-centric, but it was freakin' hilarious back then. Grant is a funny guy.
   14. Mefisto Posted: May 19, 2006 at 08:59 PM (#2027416)
Great. This makes the Giants 0-3 for the Pierzynski trade. Perfect.
   15. JMM Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#2027423)
But Bruce Jenkins assured us that someone named Boof Bonser could never ever ever make it to the majors.....
   16. Gamingboy Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#2027434)
With a name like Boof, it has to be good!
   17. BDC Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:21 PM (#2027446)
Boof Bonser is a pretty good name, but just on the shortlist that includes Razor Shines, Jung Bong, Scipio Spinks, Shooty Babbit, Rusty Kuntz, Drungo LaRue Hazewood, Grover Cleveland Lowdermilk and Ossee Freeman Schreckengost.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: May 19, 2006 at 10:26 PM (#2027544)
Let's not forget Stubby Clapp ... well, let's not forget the name Stubby Clapp.

Somewhat disappointing that I had to go all the way to wikipedia to find out Bonser's real name (John Paul).
   19. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 20, 2006 at 12:01 PM (#2028602)
Let's not forget Stubby Clapp ... well, let's not forget the name Stubby Clapp.

Guy's still playing in indie ball. Saw him last year. Youneverknow...
   20. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 20, 2006 at 12:03 PM (#2028603)
Somewhat disappointing that I had to go all the way to wikipedia to find out Bonser's real name (John Paul).

Speaking of that, B-R has Melky Cabrera's real name as...Melky. I'm hoping against hope his real name is Melquiades.
   21. andrewberg Posted: May 21, 2006 at 03:54 AM (#2030176)
Boof sounds like somebody trying to say Booth with a lisp. boof bonfer. i think his name belongs on the short list of funniest names because of alliteration, sing-songy-ness, and creativity.
   22. Fat Al Posted: May 22, 2006 at 05:07 PM (#2032037)
Somewhat disappointing that I had to go all the way to wikipedia to find out Bonser's real name (John Paul).

If I'm not mistaken, he changed his legal name to "Boof," so while it may not be his birth name, it is his real name.
   23. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: May 24, 2006 at 05:47 PM (#2035400)
Somewhat disappointing that I had to go all the way to wikipedia to find out Bonser's real name (John Paul).

It's only disappointing because had he come up five years ago, we could've had a little time to refer to His Holiness as Pope Boof II.
   24. karkface killah Posted: May 25, 2006 at 12:17 AM (#2036014)
When does Pamela Wells get called up?

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