Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 17-23, 2012 Active Tweeters who debuted in 2012

Q.         Who is the only Rangers pitcher with 200 strikeouts this season?
Hint:     During his first spring training he was caught smoking and gambling, both illegal due to his age.
Hint:     He was named to the All-Star team this year, but did not appear.
Hint:     He was named Asia Series MVP in 2006.
Twint:    His father played college soccer for Eckerd College.
A.         Yu Darvish (205K)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Whom did the Red Sox call up when Kevin Youkilis went on the Disabled List with a back injury in 2012?
Hint:     He filled in admirably, leading to Youk’s trade to Chicago.
Twint:    His first Major League home run was a game-tying grand slam over the Green Monster.
A.         Will Middlebrooks (HR 06-May-2012)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento

Q.         With Chase Utley injured, whom did the Phillies turn to as their starting second baseman on Opening Day 2012?
Hint:     In June he tested positive for a banned steroid, earning a 50 game suspension.
Twint:    He was given the 2011 Paul Owens Award as the best position player in the Phillies’ minor league system.
A.         Freddy Galvis
FCR -    Greg Gosselin, Arlington, VA

Q.         Who was the first native of Canada’s Province of Quebec chosen in the first round of the Major League draft?
Hint:     As a minor leaguer he was traded for Cliff Lee.
Twint:    He pitched for Team Canada in the 2006 World Jr. Championship, 2007 World Cup & 2009 WBC.
Twint:    During his lone WBC appearance he escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson & David Wright in order.
A.         Phillippe Aumont (11th overall pick in the 2007 draft; traded [with J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gilles] for Lee 16-Dec-2009)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Whose first Major League hit, after an 0-6 start, was a game-winning 3-run home run against Jonathan Papelbon on 07-May?
Hint:     With that homer he became the first player whose first major league hit was a home run off of a pitcher with over 200 career saves.
Twint:    His iron glove caused the Mets to move him from second base to the outfield at the start of the season.
A.         Jordany Valdespin
FCR -    Leanne Rohrbach, Minnapolis, MN

Q.         Who was the first player called up under the 24-hour taxi squad roster extension included in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement?
Hint:     After Dennis Tankersley in 2002, he was the next pitcher to get his first major league win and hit his first major league home run on the same day.
Hint:     The Pirates claimed him off waivers after the 2011 season, then waived him days later when they signed Erik Bedard.
Hint:     He was twice drafted by the Mets, but did not sign either time.
Twint:    He was the Padres’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2008.
A.         Jeremy Hefner (CBA; taxi squad 23-Apr-2012; W & HR 29-May-2012; picked up by PIT 18‑Nov‑2011, waived by PIT 09-Dec-2011; drafted by NYN 2004 [46th round] & 2005 [48th round])
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX

Q.         What pitcher was the key to the trade bringing Adrian Gonzalez to Boston?
Hint:     He got a hit in his first game in the majors and got his second one last (Friday) night.
Hint:     Upon completion of the Boston trade, he immediately became the top player in the Padres’ minor league system.
Hint:     He gave up a football scholarship at University of Tennessee to sign with the Red Sox.
Hint:     Even though he was only the 30th overall pick, he received a $3M signing bonus.
Twint:    His father is a former major league catcher.
A.         Casey Kelly (traded BOS-to-SDN 06-Dec-2010; 1st H 27-Aug-2012; 2nd H 21‑Sep‑2012; Drafted & signed by BOS 2008; son of Pat Kelly)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who was the first UCLA player to be named Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine?
Hint:     He holds the school record for most career innings pitched, wins and strikeouts.
Hint:     He struck out seventeen batters in his first nine professional innings pitched.
Twint:    He was the first player from the 2011 draft class to make his major league debut.
A.         Trevor Bauer (CBPoY 2011; 373.3 IP, 34 W, 460 K; debut 28-Jun-2012)
FCR -    Mitchell Below, Oakland

Q.         Who was the top-ranked Diamondbacks prospect in the 2011 Baseball America mid-season prospect rankings?
Hint:     He was the player to be named later in the trade that brought Dan Haren to the Angels.
Twint:    He was named Diamondbacks Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011.
A.         Tyler Skaggs (19th-ranked prospect)
FCR -    Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ son of Lefty Fink

Q.         Which minor leaguer was traded straight-up for Orlando Cabrera at the 2011 trading deadline?
Hint:     He was a draft-and-follow pick in 2005, signing in 2006 for $220K.
Hint:     He missed all but 10 games of the 2007 season when he dislocated his throwing shoulder, requiring reconstructive surgery.
Twint:    In 2009 he was named the best outfield arm and best hitting prospect in the California League.
A.         Thomas Neal (traded for Cabrera 30-Jul-2011)
FCR -    Paul Rupright, Cleveland

WEEKLY THEME – Active Tweeters who debuted in 2012

Aumont             @P_Aumont17
Bauer                @BauerOutage
Darvish             @FaridYu
Galvis               @Tooc13FG
Hefner              @JeremyHefner17
Kelly                 @IamCaseyKelly
Middlebrooks    @16WMBrooks
Neal                  @TdaddyNeal
Skaggs             @TylerSkaggs23
Valdespin         @Jordany023

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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