First, at least someone read your blog, I enjoy your writing. Second, I am not disagreeing I am simply pointing out that we are comparing stats. Is this Yangervis guy going to better than Dozier? Maybe. But who knows. I am not a SABR guy by any means, but I would have to guess Dozier is at about replacement level. I agree that our Twins have had a horrible time or are terrible at developing middle infielders. This is a fact that any swinging Richard on the street could tell you.
But if you look at any organization, this happens. Do you think the A's or Reds made good decisions on Jared Burton? Do you think the Astros made a good decision on Johan Santana? You never know how a guy is going to react or how he is going to develop. I have heard Keith Law and Buster Olney whom are very respected in baseball, say they do not blame the Twins for trading Calos Gomez and letting Big Papi walk. My point here is, you can't just look at how a guy is hitting in AAA years after the fact.
Now if you want to talk about letting Joe Benson go for nothing, even if he doesn't pan out, then we can talk. Chill Shane, you are a good blogger when you aren't so damn negative. That is a compliment btw.
Of all the people to read and comment, it had to be you. Part of the point is that Solarte would likely be in the majors if he were not blocked. Meanwhile Dozier has little to compete with. But keep on making "points" that just amount to sarcastic assclownery.
Comparing AAA stats to a guy who is in the majors...nice
B Richard, I am probably just going to do an overall blog post about the rest of the positions, and then one on pitching. I appreciate your interest, but no one else gives a rat's ass. It takes a lot of time to do this and there is just one other person interested. Thank you, though.
Alex Wimmers, Randy Rosario, Kuo-hua Lo, and Felix Jorge are notable people off this list. I need to see how they do this year to put them somewhere. I have no idea what to do with Wimmers, in particular.
Kepler is likely starting after the short season starts and thus after the draft. Cedar Rapids is his place and I would expect J.D. Williams to move to Fort Myers at that time.
May has control issues, yes. I am not going to worry about those for the time being. He is chilling the long ball right now and I view that as an underrated thing. Anyway, I do not see May as a bullpen option at the moment, but I also see another full year minimum between AA and AAA. I think that he and Meyer arrive at the same point late next year. And I am fine with that.
I have a tough time keeping May in the top 10 given his performance this year, especially in light of his K/BB ratio. Do you still project him as more than a future bullpen piece? I personally have more faith in Meyer who is being pushed. Nice list though. Do we have anymore news on Kepler's return date? I'm really excited about that guy
Wow! Great job.
Honorable mentions to Dan Rohlfling and Kyle Knudson.
In that case, I will actually continue with shortstops very soon!
Thanks for this Shane, for the record I read your 1B breakdown and look forward to future installments.
I don't do this ever, but I have to say: sheesh, REALLY? This is not worthy of comment? I am finishing up the second base stuff for tomorrow, but damn. should I even bother?
I am really happy about the Twins start. Really happy. And much better than 2012 (and 2011). BUT...
I am not impressed. I'd be impressed if they were 12-3 or something (like Colorado and Atlanta)
I think that it is promising (and I second all about the minor leaguers and the pipeline) but I am not about to applaud mediocrity...
One then has to wonder what the projection is like for Rodriguez. He will be 21 soon and you think he will stay in rookie ball after two seasons with the GC Twins? Yikes. E-Town is a small step for him.
I'd be shocked if Dereck Rodriguez plays in CR this year. He's a raw, toolsy type. He'll spend the year at E-Town. There are several other OF who will likely go to CR before him, like Murphy and Proctor at least. (but i do like Rodriguez's potential)
From what I saw, JD Williams looked good, and looked much more confident.
Roenicke instead of Slama, Mastro instead of Boggs (oversight), and Ramirez decision made. Looks good to me.
Interesting lineup, Shane. I just posted mine, and there are many similarities between our rosters. There are a few notable exceptions as well, including a very different looking bullpen. I really feel like the season is close when i start to make projected lineups, and it really gets me excited for the season. I'm lucky my girlfriend is such a big-time Twins fan, because I'll be fooling around with my projected roster off and on every day for the next three weeks!!
You have to look at who is on the 40-man. Guerra is moot. He'll be a minor league disability like Blackburn and Oliveros. Slama is already gone and not on the 40-man. You want to add two bench names from three guys, also on the 40-man. You want to keep Pressly. The Twins, barring a 60-day disability, have no 40-man spots. Possibly Pressly would be one if not kept. Maybe they will deep-six Roeincke and Wood, but see them keeping at least one of the duo. Not sure what wil happen with Butera. If Burnett can't make the team again, I doubt that Robertson will.
Originally Posted by garbralter
I agree with your everyday lineup Shane, however Mastroianni is a lock for a bench spot, so I would kick out Boggs.
That was a late-night oversight! You are right. An alternative would be to keep Hicks down for a month and platoon Boggs and Mastro.