Yanks and Wings, Series Party next week, Players on the way
We return to our off-season every Friday blog post mode with reminders on upcoming events, player news, and a topic that our fans have been talking about and asking about for over a month: the Wings hosting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for 37 games in 2012.
NEW TENANT MOVING IN
Let’s start with the Yanks. Next week, our season ticket holders will receive a letter in the mail with details on how the whole Wings/Yankees season seat packages will work. As you might guess, this entire undertaking has many different levels of planning and execution, and if you’ll recall the whole thing came together for real very quickly the week of September 26. We’re fine tuning all the numbers, but we can tell you we’ll be offering a package for Wings seat holders to have their seats for the 37 SWB games here….or an eight-game package for Wings season seat holders who want their seats for the eight Red Wings “road” games when we play the Yankees here. Non-season ticket holders can choose a ticket plan that will give them the same great seats for the 37 SWB games, plus an additional three coupons good for a ticket at any other Red Wings home game. And we’re happy to tell you that our pre-season ticket voucher books – already a great way to enjoy a game when YOU want to, at a discounted rate – will be good for ANY of the 109 games slated for Frontier in 2012. Complete details will be released to the public later next week.
WORLD SERIES PARTY, TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH SPIKES
We still have some tickets remaining for our third annual World Series Party, taking place in our Press Box and Suite Level Wed. Oct. 19. Enjoy a great ballpark buffet at our suite level, and watch the game on a variety of TV’s including our video board. Also again this year, kids will have a chance to have Spikes join them for a night of trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Check the Fan Zone section of our website Monday for details on how to be a part of it.
The 2011 Arizona Fall League started up last weekend in suburban Phoenix. Every year each Major League team sends a group of their top prospects to participate. The alumni from the league reads like a “Who’s Who” of big league baseball. In fact, this year’s MLB All Star Game featured 41 players who played in the AFL at some point.
Twins prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this Arizona Fall League season where they are managed by Joe McEwing. The former Cardinals and Mets super-utility man managed Charlotte in the IL this past season and just got named the third base coach for the White Sox and their new manager Robin Ventura.
The Voice of the Red Wings™, Josh Whetzel, provides a look at the Twins prospects that are playing for Mesa…
Infielder Brian Dozier: The Southern Mississippi product has picked up where he left off in Arizona going 7 for 19 (.368) with a HR so far in 5 games. He has played both SS and 2B for Mesa. Dozier is a good bet to start with the Wings next season after a terrific 2011. He hit a combined .320 with an .890 OPS while hitting 9 HR and stealing 24 bases between Class A Fort Myers and Double A New Britain. Virtually everyone who sees Dozier loves the way he plays.
Catcher Chris Herrmann: In 3 games for Mesa, Herrmann is 3 for 8 with 2 doubles. He has done nothing but catch so far in Arizona, but one of his calling cards is his versatility. Herrmann has also played a lot of outfield so far in the minors. Like Dozier, he played for both Fort Myers and New Britain this past season hitting .269 with a .385 OBP while walking more than striking out (79 to 75). He was a 6th round pick of the Twins in 2009.
Outfielder Aaron Hicks: The former Twins 1st round pick—who just turned 22—is only 2 for 20 (.100) in his 1st 6 games out in the desert. The switch-hitter had an up-and-down season with Fort Myers batting .242/.354/.368(BA/OBP/SLG) with 31 doubles. Baseball America recently ranked Hicks the 18th best prospect in the Florida State League.
RHP Cole DeVries: The lone 2011 Red Wings player to participate so far in this year’s AFL is the curve balling Cole DeVries. The Minnesota product—who pitched effectively this past season for the Wings out of the bullpen—has started in both of his appearances in Arizona. He has allowed 5 earned runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. He turned in a good start Monday allowing only 2 earned runs on just 3 hits in 3.1 innings.
RHP Brett Jacobson: In two relief appearances, Jacobsen is 0-1 having allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 2.2 innings. Jacobson came over to the Twins this past off season from the Orioles in the same deal that brought Jim Hoey to the Twins in exchange for J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris. An Eastern League All Star for New Britain in 2011, Jacobson was 5-6 with a 4.56 ERA for the Rock Cats.
RHP Bruce Pugh: It’s been a rough start in the AFL for Pugh who has allowed 9 hits and 6 walks in 3.2 innings. His ERA right now is 17.18. Pugh is a hard thrower who spent most of 2011 with Class A Fort Myers going 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA and 13 saves.
RHP Dakota Watts: Like Pugh, Watts is off to a slow start with Mesa. He is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in 3 appearances. He has allowed 5 ER in 4.1 innings. Watts may be the hardest throwing pitcher in the Twins system and split 2011 between Class A Fort Myers and Double A New Britain.
One more note…The Baseball World Cup is going on right now in Panama and Tom Stuifbergen has really pitched great for the Netherlands. The big RHP pitched seven shutout innings against Puerto Rico in one start and followed that with eight shutout innings against South Korea in his next start. Stuifbergen finished 2011 with the Wings but will probably open up 2012 with Double A New Britain after skipping that level this past season.
You can follow these players, and stay up to date on player moves – like the Twins’ signing of three 2011 Wings to minor league deals for ’12 on today, or today’s 40-man roster moves by the Twins that could help populate our 2012 roster – in our Hot Stove Report, found in the News section of RedWingsBaseball.com
Coming up next week: an update on our Team Store Holiday Sale, Holiday Card Design Contest, and more information on the 109 opportunities you will have to see great Triple-A Baseball at Frontier Field next season.
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