Down on the farm

A look at some minor leaguers of interest:

  • Let’s start with former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Jon Weber. At the age of 32, he nearly made the New York Yankees’ Opening Day roster. Instead, he’s at Triple-A. After a horrendous April in which he hit .169, Weber’s managed to hit .307 since May 1. He still has not homered this season.

And now, the Twins minor leaguers:

  • Jacque Jones is leading the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester in hitting with a .315 batting average in 33 games. We’ll see Jones up with the big league club sometime this season. I’d be surprised if we didn’t.
  • Another former big leaguer who would be a good fit on the big league roster is Jason Repko. Repko, an outfielder known for his defense, is hitting .301 with four homers, 19 RBIs and nine steals in 43 games. If Denard Span gets hurt, this is the likely replacement.
  • Rochester catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Morales are both struggling at the plate. Ramos is hitting just .221; Morales is at .246.
  • Outfielder Ben Revere, who turned some heads with a big spring training, is leading Double-A New Britain in hitting with a .308 average and 20 steals in 25 attempts.
  • Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson – the Twins’ first-round pick last season – enters Saturday’s start on fire … well, not literally. But he’s 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts since being promoted from A-ball.
  • 2008 first-rounder Aaron Hicks is experiencing some ups and downs at Single-A Beloit. The outfielder hit .299 in April after a slow start, but has seen his average fall to .246. He’s got five homers and six steals, but he’s been caught stealing seven times.
  • The Twins other toolsy outfielder at Beloit – Angel Morales – has followed the same path as Hicks. In April, Morales hit .281 with three homers and eight steals. Now, his average is at .253 and he hasn’t homered since April, though he has totaled 16 steals.

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