La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins postgame: Three thoughts from LEN3

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 15, 2012 - 5:41 PM

The Twins were rolled 17-6 by Pittsburgh on Thursday as most of their pitchers struggled. The highlights for the Twins were a double steal in the second, followed by a two-run single to left by Joe Mauer. Glen Perkins, Matt Capps and Luis Perdomo each tossed a scoreless inning. Other than that, it was nice to catch up with Garrett Jones, the former Twin who just needed a chance to play and found one with the Pirates.

Here are three things on my mind following this game.

1. Where's the Terry Doyle that the Twins liked in the Arizona Fall League? We haven't seen the version that moved the Twins to select him in the Rule 5 draft. He was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in the AFL. He's been durable and a strike thrower in the minors. He couldn't get out of the first inning on Thursday, as eight of the 10 batters he faced reached base. He said he had trouble spotting his fastball. I'm wondering if the pressure of being in major league camp for the first time is having an effect. Just a thought. It won't get easier for him, as he'll be facing better hitters the longer he remains in camp. It will be interesting to see if the Twins try to keep him and reach a deal with the White Sox if they want to send him to the minors, like they did Scott Diamond last year.

2. Luis Perdomo throws hard. There were rumors that this guy can hit 100 mph on the gun. Alexi Casilla, who, like Perdomo, is from San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, said it's more like 97.
Perdomo hit 96 on Thursday and has a sharp slider. Looking at his numbers, knowing where it's going appears to be the problem. He has 36 games of major league experience, mostly with San Diego in 2009. But he's one of those arms you wonder how the Twins will develop.``Throws hard. Good stuff,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ``Pitched in the big leagues. You saw him today. He came in and just attacked. He's a pretty excitable kid. Moves around good. We'll see. He's going to get more innings.''

3. Jamey Carroll didn't bring his bat to spring training. After a groundout, two flyouts and a walk. Jamey Carroll is 1-for-20 (.050) this spring. The Twins' Opening Day shortstop still has plenty of time to discover his stroke. I guess drawing the walk in his final at bat could be viewed as a step in the right direction.

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