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  1. Vzltwins's Avatar
    Switch Polanco and Michael. Add Gonzales.
  2. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Will these guys make Miracle team and/or who will be left off or added?
    Updated 03-29-2014 at 01:08 AM by lightfoot789
  3. lightfoot789's Avatar
    My thoughts:
    With so much talent still on the roster and increased pitching (Eades / Sulbaran / Segles?) possibly joining them by mid season - I think they will again make the playoffs and prove to be a force in the FSL. Possible lineup:
    1. Jorge Polanco - leading off and playing SS. I heard he played for the past week.
    Line up changes since JD Williams went down with injury
    2. Levi Michael - playing 2B and hoping for bump to AA as offense improves
    3. Max Kepler - He has been killing the ball this spring (MLB and Minor league games) CF
    4. AB Walker - 12 Doubles and 5 HRs in less than 20 spring days. RF (Run producer)
    5. Dalton Hicks - Will continue to provide RBIs and hit in clutch situations - 1B
    6. Travis Harrison - Great at hitting line drives with growing power - LF (replaces JD)
    7. Stuart Turner - Will work well with staff and hold runners in place (Love Grimes too) C
    8. Niko Goodrum - Has played 3rd w/ Harrison in LF - Best infield arm - Good OBP
    9. Jonathan Murphy - DH provides great speed in certain gameplans
    or
    9. Grimes / Turner at DH or another Power guy from AA club who moves down

    Pitching should continue to progress from second half of Kernels season. Under the Radar prospects who just win.
  4. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I suspected that might be Mauer but I think the three hole is fine (maybe move him up to second for a while if you feel the need). Arcia and/or Willingham batting behind him should be ok.

    I'm a believer in chemistry, and also a believer in promoting Jake Mauer to the big leagues as a bench coach. Why not?
  5. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dainir
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
    Interesting - So should player "A" be batting 7th or 8th and player "B" become the new clean up hitter. How would Joe do as a clean up hitter?
  6. lightfoot789's Avatar
    The OBP is somewhat unrealistic for Player "A". That being said: With a slightly better OBP (.320), but better similar numbers in other categories, who would you then take?
    Player "A" is fictional - Player "B" is Joe Mauer's average numbers over 10 years.

    I hope we never become a money ball team. I like bunts and stolen bases and hit and runs. Play small ball with your small ball guys and let your Big Boppers do the Bopping. That should be the Twins Way of the future. Lot's of speed on the horizon and lot's of Power.

    The same way Jake Mauer led the Kernels to the BEST record in the MiLB. And he did it with a pitching staff that was 8th out of 16 teams. Speed and Power will be the Twins Way. Chemistry and Character will determine our future. How do our pieces fit moving forward? Is there chemistry with our prospects and Big Leaguers? Just do your job doesn't always work. I'm excited to see the chemistry of our lower level teams. Winning breeds winning.
  7. Dainir's Avatar
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
  8. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Do you have an opinion?? and are there specific players behind this? The OBP for the home run guy looks unrealistically low with the huge gap in OPS. For the long baseball season I'd rather have the on-base guy, which was what Moneyball was predicated on-- get on base, no bunts, no steals, let the next guy come up and get on base, keep the line moving, and so on, inning after inning, game after game, all year. Of course those Oakland teams also had great pitching...

    Tweak the numbers and it would be an interesting experiment to simulate a bunch of seasons with those guys and all others factors being equal. NCAA brackets get simulated a lot this time of year.
  9. twinsfan34's Avatar
    Good stuff lightfoot!

    Great resource here as well. I'll definitely be revisiting as the year goes along.
  10. tellis205's Avatar
    I think the main reason they had him at first base was because of the arm problem he had last year. I'm hearing he'll be going back to the outfield now that his arm problems are behind him. Still, I think they'll have him playing both positions this year with the outfield being primary. He's impressive as a hitter in the context that he's always been playing with older players. My prediction is that he'll be traded within a year or two. We've got several impressive outfielders and he'll be more attractive if he can play an infield position. He's not the only one that will be traded down the line. When you draft high several years in a row you tend to stock alot of players that can get blocked.
  11. KirbyHawk75's Avatar
    Thanks for posting this. Really excited about our future.. I know I am greedy, but hopefully we can trade a veteran or two (Correia, Plouffe, and/or Willingham) for more prospects.
  12. DocBauer's Avatar
    This shows his flexibility as a player, not only for now, but potentially with the Twins in a few years, especially if the OF prospects in the system continue to prove themselves. But he is undobtedly a quality OF prospect in his own right and will continue to play there mostly for the next few seasons.

    We have yet to see the best of him. Hopefully that begins this year.
  13. twinsfan34's Avatar
    Nice to see Kepler on the list...although, some context.

    The Overall 1B Grade =======> D+

    It's a pretty sorry bunch compared to most positions.

    I would guess only 4-5 of those guys ever have a WAR season over 2.
  14. killertwinsfan's Avatar
    I still think Twins will try him in the OF for the time being. Especially with Mauer now at first till 2018
  15. lightfoot789's Avatar
    When looking at minor leaguers like Miguel Sano who has a flare for big moments - or Byron Buxton who seems to always be in the middle of game winning scenerios (runs/rbis/hrs) - What makes certain players clutch and others not so much?

    *Dalton Hicks game winning Grand Slam in Elizabethtons 2012 extra inning Championship game
    *Adam Brett Walker's game tying 3 run HR in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs in same game
    *Hicks continued to hit clutch doubles - HRs and singles in Cedar Rapids in 2013
    *Walker hit another 3 run HR in the bottom of 9th to tie a game in 2013
    *Walker hit 3 Grand Slams in 2013 and went something like 9 for 12 with bases loaded in 2013

    Who and what were some of the clutch hitting and pitching performances in our minor league system in 2013? Give some stories as to who you think has that clutch trait..............
  16. Thrylos's Avatar
    This is kinda of a slippery slope, because you are mixing ethnicity (e.g. Hispanic) with race (e.g. black/African American, white, Asian, native etc). African Americans/blacks can be Hispanic or not. Dominican republic is part of the Americas so people with Dominican origin are also considered Americans.

    That said, I suspect that you are asking why there are so few non-hispanic blacks in the Twins' system. I think that your count is off. I counted at least 6 who played with Cedar Rapids last season:

    Josh Burris
    Byron Buxton
    Niko Goodrum
    Tyler Jones
    Adam Walker
    J.D. Williams

    might even be more.

    Getting inner city kids in the US (African American or not) to play baseball has not been very successful, thus programs like RBI. And it is not the Twins, it is the whole league.
  17. twinsfan34's Avatar
    I could be walk-ing right into this one, but I think Prospect A has a shot. He improved YoY...and I think, if he's willing to make the adjustments, shorten his swing, etc (if that's what's needed)...he can still be a successful power hitter because he has so much power.

    Ironically, Jose Dariel Abreu has the same scouting report. Can't hit the inside fastball, destroys mistake pitches, tons of power.

    I don't know if he'd ever hit over .270 in the pros. Do the Twins have room for an average to above average OF...who hits .240-265...22-34 HR type of player. Maybe.
  18. James's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure that I know who the player is, but I won't name him so others can judge this scenario on the numbers.

    Judging from the numbers alone, it looks like Prospect "A" could be very good. Obviously there is caution because he's only been in A- ball, and I don't know if comparing him directly to Braun is a good idea, but I think overall you are correct. We might just have another possible star. Let's hope he can make the the proper adjustments and bump up that OBP.
  19. lightfoot789's Avatar
    No steriod jokes please - I would truly like opinions based on the above facts as they are presented. Which way are you more inclined to go - Excited by prospect "A" or skeptical based on his OBP? What history makes you sway one way or the other?
  20. VandyTwinsFan's Avatar
    I had the initial excitement of getting someone new to roam the outfield, but I'm at the same point. Arcia and Hicks just made it up and have some learning to do, so they need playing time. Parmelee (who I used to be excited about) is pretty much done. Presley played well for us I thought. Who else batted above .280 for over a month? I hoped last year at ST that Mastro was the everyday CF so that Hicks could get more seasoning. Hopefully, he comes back healthy.
    Let Presley and Mastro work on CF. Hicks can play AAA for a few months and then replace the less valuable one. Bringing Buxton up this year is a tad aggressive if you ask me.
    I think Parmelee or Collabello is expendable. Parm plays a better outfield, but we have a plethora of guys like him to throw out there. I still think Collabello deserves an offseason to adjust to pitching.
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