AFL Observations: Manship and Valencia

AlexAnalyst INovember 7, 2008

The Arizona Fall League kicked off at the start of October, and for the last month some players from the Twins organization have impressed while some have, well, lets just say, not played well.

John Sickels, one of the best minor league coverage guys on the Internet, is a known Twins guy. He does a great job with Minor League Ball, and just recently wrote some observations for several players in the AFL.

Here are a few:

Jeff Manship, RHP, Minnesota Twins: Solid fastball, average velocity but some movement, seemed to have some problems locating his secondary pitches, which was the same knock on him in Double-A. Looked kind of tired to me, not unusual given the long season.

Danny Valencia, 3B, Minnesota Twins: His swing looked longer than I expected. Decent throwing arm, but I thought his range afield was pretty mediocre, though reports from the regular season indicate an improved glove. Has had some problems with strike zone judgment in Arizona and that could be an issue for him going forward.

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