Rookie shortstop Pedro Florimon continues to get mixed reviews for the Twins.
Before Sunday’s game, Manager Ron Gardenhire said, “It’s really fun to watch Florimon play shortstop. I mean, that’s pretty exciting.”
General Manager Terry Ryan said, “Is he going to hit or not? That’s in question. Can he get a bunt down? Can he get a sac fly? Can he move the runners? Can he take a quality at-bat? Can he coax a walk? So you start looking at on-base percentage [.288].”
“Alright, he’s still young,” Ryan continued. “You can still project out on him. He did a pretty decent job at Triple-A, so there is some signs and hope that maybe he can get it. But we need to see it. He’s played well the last week in the field. Previous to that he wasn’t finishing plays. He’s got to finish plays.”
Florimon had another good day defensively Sunday, and went 1-for-4 from the No. 9 spot. In the fifth inning, after Alexi Casilla got to third base with a single and two stolen bases with one out, Florimon took a big strikeout.
But Florimon came right back in the seventh inning and delivered an RBI single. That scored the game’s only run on a day when Justin Morneau went 0-for-4, stranding seven runners on base, extending his hitless streak to 15 consecutive at-bats.
In the eighth, Florimon came up in another big spot -- runners on second and third, two outs -- and lined out to left field.
“Short swing, took a deep breath,” Gardenhire said. “He really knocked the living fire out of it, and unfortunately the guy made a nice play on it. Those are the things you need to see. You need to see some nice, quality at-bats in some big situations, and he did.”