Rochester Review: Span Staying Hot

Here is a review of the season so far for the Rochester Red Wings. The Wings have gotten some solid contributions this season, but some of their bigger named prospects have struggled early on. Here is a look at the team as of May 27.

Statistics as of May 27, 2008

The Red Wings have been having a rough season to start the 2008 campaign, as they just have not been able to string wins together at a consistent basis. As of May 26, the Wings' record sits at 20-32, despite having some of the better pitching talent in the Twins organization. Some prospects have played well, but as a team, they have struggled all year long. They are fourth out of five teams in the International League North, and are 12.0 games out of first place.

Outfield prospect Darnell McDonald is one player on the Red Wings who is having a good season, as he currently ranks ninth in the IL in batting average with a .314 mark. As a whole, the team is only batting .256, so his production has been key. Denard Span, who has been shuttled between Minnesota and Rochester this season, is currently among the top-5 with 14 steals, and is batting .327.

Jose Morales and Brian Buscher, two guys who could play a major role with the Twins in the future, also have been having good seasons. Both prospects are currently batting over .300, and Buscher leads the team with seven home runs. Garrett Jones has struggled mightily this season, but has hit well lately, though he still needs to cut down on his strikeouts.

The Wings have an earned run average under 4.00 as a team, though that is mostly because they have gotten good pitching from a handful of pitchers. Mariano Gomez has been stellar out of the bullpen, posting a 2.37 earned run average in 21 games. Julio DePaula is among the league leaders in games pitched, but he has an earned run average over 5.00.

Kevin Mulvey and Brian Duensing were two guys who were supposed to bolster the staff in 2008, though their efforts have been spotty to say the least. They show flashes of brilliance on one outing, only to get roughed up the next. Still, both have big futures in the Twins organization, though they need to rebound if they want Rochester to make any noise this season.

Twins ace Francisco Liriano was supposed to be lights out for the Wings as he gets himself ready to rejoin the Twins, but he has also been up and down. This is the same pitcher who owned the IL a few years ago, though he still does not look right since missing all of 2007 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Tim Lahey has been great from the pen, and has three wins on the season to go along with a respectable 3.22 earned run average.

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