The Red Wings got off to a slow start to the 2010 season, as they won only nine of their 22 games in April. Though some prospects stood out, the team just did not have much consistency, and the team saw some top players get promoted to the big league club. Rochester has a nice collection of players, and are much better than their 9-13 April record showed.
The team hit a respectable .267 as a unit, as some prospects got the sticks going early. Brian Dinkelman played some outfield and second base, hitting .304 in 21 games. His 13 walks led the team, and he led the way in hits.
Dustin Martin was the big bat in the lineup all month long, as the young outfielder hit a robust .338 in 18 games. He finished the month second in the organization in hitting, was number one in home runs and runs batted in, and scored 13 times. He was by far the most consistent bat in the lineup.
Jason Repko made a big splash in his first season in the Twins organization, leading the farm in hitting for the month of April. A very good fielder, Repko did not make an error all month long, and he led all regulars in on-base percentage. Trevor Plouffe also had a nice month, batting close to .300, while playing some slick shortstop.
The month saw three Red Wings get promoted to the Show, as Luke Hughes and Wilson Ramos made their Major League debuts. The loss of guys like Hughes, Ramos, and Jeff Manship has hurt the team, but it is something all Triple-A affiliates go through.
Anthony Slama may be the best closer in the International League, and he was lights out to start the season. Appearing in 12 games, Slama notched five saves, and posted an earned run average of 1.17. Rob Delaney was also stellar from the pen, picking up three wins, while striking out better than a batter per inning.
Other than Glen Perkins and Anthony Swarzak, two guys who were supposed to lead the rotation, the starts pitched very well in April. Yoslan Herrera, Manship, Mike Maroth, and Ryan Mullins all had low earned run averages, and accounted for nearly half the teams’ wins. Another bright spot was former first rounder Matt Fox, who continues to impress.
The key setup man for the team was Kyle Waldrop, who appeared in 11 games for the Red Wings in April. A former starter, Waldrop had a 2.35 April earned run average, and held the opposition to a batting average under .200.
As a team, the Red Wings finished first in the organization in batting average, and third in earned run average. Their 200 hits, 18 home runs, 84 walks, and 93 runs were better than the other three affiliates. If they can get some consistent pitching, they should still be able to challenge in the International League.