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    Re: Reds P/U another Twin

    Damn if I don't dig the Minor league forum! My only one contribution was the adopt a prospect part. But this is where most of my time on this site is spent. I think it is due to the promise even in many cases if it is false. The hope of our Beloved Reds lies with the blood of our kids and in most cases I see a lot of promise
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    Re: Reds P/U another Twin

    I like that we're starting him at Dayton. Maybe it's just because we've got a roster spot, but this puts him back to where he's shown success. That may allow him to move forward; the one step back, two steps forward notion.

    I think it's jarring that he's got four years as a pro under his belt and yet is just 21. He's got time to move up.

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    Re: Reds P/U another Twin

    Another outdated article about this kid...

    April 19, 2005

    GENEVA, Ill.--Twins lefthander Alexander Smit is soft-spoken, polite and more that just a little humble. In a age where most big-budget signees spend their first bonus check on an Escalade, or maybe even a house, Smit takes about 10 seconds to think about it before finally coming up with, “Oh yeah. A watch. It was a pretty good watch, though.”

    Smit, just 19, is in his first full season with the Twins, and third overall. Signed out of The Netherlands to an $800,000 bonus at 16, Smit represents the first big dip into Europe for an organization that is one of the most aggressive when it comes to acquiring talent from beyond the Western Hemisphere. Howard Norsetter, the Twins director of international scouting, has spearheaded the push, drafting and signing players from Canadians Justin Morneau and Corey Koskie to Australian pitchers Grant Balfour and Mike Nakamura to Smit.

    While most professional players take a fairly standardized path to professional baseball, things are a little different when you grow up in The Netherlands.

    “I grew up in Eindhoven, a town of about 300,000 about an hour south of Amsterdam,” Smit said in the dugout prior to a game against the Kane County Cougars. “Soccer is big everywhere in Holland, but especially there, where the local team is usually pretty good.” ‘Pretty good’ is an often-used Smit understatement. PSV Eindhoven are the Yankees of the Dutch Eredivisie Soccer League, currently sporting a 23-1-4 record and well on their way to their 18th league title.

    Luckily for the Twins, Smit gravitated towards baseball, which is more popular in Holland than most European countries, having produced big leaguers such as Robert Eenhoorn, Rikkert Faneyte and of course Dutch native Bert Blyleven.

    “Every town has a Peanut League, which I started when I was six,” said Smit, speaking of the Dutch equivalent of T-ball. “I really liked American baseball, and we could watch the games there on television, especially the playoffs.”

    While postseason baseball owns the primetime slot here in the states, once again, things are a little different in Holland. “With the time difference, games started at 1 or 2 a.m. I couldn’t watch all of them, but I always watched the World Series.”

    By the time he was an early teen, Smit was a member of the junior national team and excelled both on the mound and at first base. Norsetter first saw Smit when he was 13. At the same age, Smit first saw the possibility of playing professionally. “I was a pretty good hitter, and a pretty good pitcher, so I wanted to come to the U.S. as soon as possible.” Just 16, tall, lefthanded and already touching 90 mph, Smit was much more than just ‘pretty good.’ He became the subject of a bidding war eventually won by Minnesota, who has taken it slow with Smit’s development.

    “It’s a different timetable for a player like Smit,” longtime farm director Jim Rantz said. “We started him in the (Rookie-level) Gulf Coast League for 2003, which gave him his first daily structure, with fundamentals in the morning, and games in the afternoon.”

    While Smit has struggled in his first two starts for Beloit, giving up 11 hits and 10 runs in five innings, he’s happy with his progress so far. “I’m getting ahead of hitters, I’m just having problems with my curve . . . it will come around.”

    Smit’s confidence showed as soon as he arrived in America. Just a few days after he arrived in Florida, Rantz introduced Smit to Blyleven, now a broadcaster with the Twins.

    “They spoke in Dutch, which I don’t speak,” Rantz said. “But knowing Bert, and seeing Alexander’s reaction, I’m fairly certain most of it wasn’t suitable for print.”

    To learn more about Alexander Smit, you can log onto www.alexandersmit.com, a Website he launched along with a friend who supplied the technical know-how. Not surprisingly, Smit describes the site as, “Pretty good.”


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    Richmond, Indiana

    Re: Reds P/U another Twin

    I love his stats --anybody that k's 16 per 9 innings is ok by me ---it's also clear he has an injury. No one can be that dominat at that level and then have all is stats go to heck.

    He's the kind of pickup who i would just shut down for the rest of the year. He's been pitching with an injury-there's no doubt about it.

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