Monday, March 14, 2005

Rock Cats gain first player

The Rock Cats received word of their first player today as hard throwing lefty Franciso Liriano was optioned down to New Britain by the Twins.

Pitchers and catchers reported this weekend and while official word on some players will have to wait, it seems almost certain that the Rock Cats will have some new talent. Garrett Jones will be playing in Rochester, so expect for the Cats to have hard hitting Danny Matienzo on first base. Matienzo lead the Fort Myers Miracle with a .305 batting average and five homers in the 2004 season.

Also expected to join the Cats is switch hitting catcher Jose Morales who was a Florida State League All-Star last season. Morales was fifth on the Miracle in batting with a .286 average and four homers and 46 RBI's. Both players should make a big impact on the New Britain line up.

Some friendly faces will return however, as utility infielder Tommy Watkins say he expects to rejoin the New Britain squad this season.

Meanwhile the Cliburns are both busy assessing talent at the Twins Minor League training camp and hope to come north with an impressive looking team this season.

In other moves made by the Twins today, former Cats Travis Bowyer, Rob Bowen, and Luis Rodriguez were optioned down to Rochester, and Josh Rabe and Luis Maza were assigned to Minor League Camp.

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