06/18/10 7:05 PM ET
Moyer's son unsure whether he'll sign
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
The 6-foot-1 shortstop from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to University of California-Irvine. He is a frequent presence in the Phillies clubhouse, though on Friday he spoke on the steps of the visiting Twins' dugout.
"I was really honored," Moyer said of being drafted. "Out of high school it was pretty cool. The Twins are obviously a great organization, I've only heard good things about them."
Moyer said his parents have not pressured him either way about his decision. He hit .351 with 16 runs and seven stolen bases in his senior season for IMG this season.
"I didn't get the pitching genes," Moyer joked.
"I've been around it my whole life, so it's natural for me," he said.
Cuddyer starts at third for first time since '05
PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Michael Cuddyer brought his third baseman's glove out for a game was 2005. At the time, Cuddyer was a young, versatile infielder getting his first shot at an everyday position -- a position that, after 15 errors in 95 games, didn't appear to suit him very well.
Five years later, Cuddyer is once again starting at third base, against the Phillies on Friday, and will likely be a regular there while the Twins visit National League parks for the next nine games.
Cuddyer has already played right field, center field, second base and first base at different points this season. For him, moving back to third doesn't require too much of an adjustment.
"As long as I don't look into it too much and psyche myself out, so to speak," Cuddyer said. "You just try and go out, and be an athlete, and play the game. Just go out and do the best you can."
Because the Twins won't have the designated hitter option in the National League, manager Ron Gardenhire needed to be creative in order to keep Jason Kubel, Delmon Young and Cuddyer's hot bats in the lineup. Additionally, Minnesota activated second baseman Orlando Hudson off the disabled list on Friday.
So Cuddyer's flexibility makes him invaluable.
"That's kind of why you like him," Gardenhire said. "He's a great player, but you like his ability to do all those things and not even blink. No argument. Whatever you ask him to do, he'll try it. That's pretty impressive. For a player of his caliber to just say that's fine, I'm excited about it."
Cuddyer said his prior experience at third base wasn't spectacular -- he made 22 errors in 157 games there before Friday's start -- but his last time there was five years ago, and he was a different player.
"It was the first real crack I had at playing every day, no strings attached," Cuddyer said. "I probably put a lot of excess pressure on myself. Maybe that's why I didn't look comfortable."
Cuddyer has been taking ground balls there for the past three days, and Gardenhire first brought up the possibility before the Colorado series. Gardenhire indicated Cuddyer will likely be the main option there over the next week.
"We'll mix it up as best we can, but we'll put him there tonight and go from there," Gardenhire said.
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.