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  1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TwinsTerritory
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
    Holy crap, we're on the same wavelength. I originally had Blalock in the Francoeur spot, but I couldn't resist ripping Frenchy. Blalock was out of baseball by 30. How odd.
  2. TwinsTerritory's Avatar
    A lot of really good players on that list, and Hank Blalock. How on earth did Hank Blalock hit 32 home runs and drive in 110? Baseball is hard to understand sometimes!
  3. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Prediction 12 - Jason Bartlett will destroy us all.
  4. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ericchri
    That list of the under 23 hitters... It's easy to forget how really, really good Grady Sizemore was.

    Kudos for name-dropping Yokozuna and making me cringe over the fact that I even knew who he was.
    Sizemore - 14.3 rWAR before age 24. Just ridiculous. It's a shame his body couldn't hold up.

    You should be proud that you know who Yokozuna is. My opinion is that our society is not fully and reliably Yokozuna-aware.
  5. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy
    Imagine the interest that would be had if Sano could have been in Minnesota this year also.
    When I was originally thinking of 2014 predictions, I thought Sano would hit more home runs than Willingham. Colabello is a much bolder choice and I do believe in the prediction. But yes, having Sano on the team would have made my outlook even rosier.
  6. ericchri's Avatar
    That list of the under 23 hitters... It's easy to forget how really, really good Grady Sizemore was.

    Kudos for name-dropping Yokozuna and making me cringe over the fact that I even knew who he was.
  7. TKGuy's Avatar
    Imagine the interest that would be had if Sano could have been in Minnesota this year also.
  8. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    It's weird to find so many holes (or potential holes) in a three-time defending division champion, but there they are. I agree with your assessment on Verlander. He didn't look as dominant last year and his numbers validate that statement.
  9. tobi0040's Avatar
    I agree I think they got worse, but also that they are the best team in this division still.

    Losing Fister hurts. I know they like the rookie, but Fister had a 3.50 ERA over 370 IP the last two years. I think Price for Kinsler hurts them this year, but it was a great move for them down the road.

    I think they also have risk to the downside for Verlander and Scherzer as well. Max had a 2.90 ERA last year. If he is 50-80 basis points one way of that it will likely be 3.40 to 3.70 versus 2.10 to 2.40. I think Verlander could be wearing down too. He has pitched 1,171 innings in the last five years.
  10. Sconnie's Avatar
    Your wife and my wife are shockingly similar... This would be funny if it wasn't so close to home.
  11. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
    That was great ... still laughing.
  12. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    You have my support.#Eddie400
  13. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BigTrane
    Good point on Mauer, though I would go further.
    @ 1B, he's likely to make more starts & get more ABs than behind the dish the last couple seasons, bringing along his OBP. Sure, he doesn't fit the trad. 1B mold, but if Suzuki has a decent OBP & is on base with Mauer batting behind him, he could pick up some extra RBIs. Regardless, he'll be on base plenty. Will be interesting to compare his '14 numbers with post-concussion Morneau, though...

    Net benefit.

    No reason to believe Mauer won't continue to be a hit machine, and to try and pigeon-hole him into a slugging 1B slot makes no sense. Mauer will produce just fine- probably better, and the Twins' overall fate won't hang on his SLG.
    100% agree and I wouldn't be shocked if Mauer slugged around .500 anyway.
  14. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    False, J.D. Drew is retired.

    I'm warming to Stephen Drew though. It would be nice to have that position figured out for the next three years. Drew misses time often, but the Twins have Eduardo Escobar to back him up. That 2nd round pick will likely be nothing, so I guess there's nothing holding me back.
  15. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    Brad, True or False: The Twins should sign J.D. Drew to play SS, give him 3 years and somewhere aroudn $10mil/year.

    EDIT: Stephen Drew
    Updated 01-05-2014 at 07:59 PM by Paul Pleiss
  16. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Good post! I *love* the burnt popcorn label. Perfect.
  17. BigTrane's Avatar
    Good point on Mauer, though I would go further.
    @ 1B, he's likely to make more starts & get more ABs than behind the dish the last couple seasons, bringing along his OBP. Sure, he doesn't fit the trad. 1B mold, but if Suzuki has a decent OBP & is on base with Mauer batting behind him, he could pick up some extra RBIs. Regardless, he'll be on base plenty. Will be interesting to compare his '14 numbers with post-concussion Morneau, though...

    Net benefit.

    No reason to believe Mauer won't continue to be a hit machine, and to try and pigeon-hole him into a slugging 1B slot makes no sense. Mauer will produce just fine- probably better, and the Twins' overall fate won't hang on his SLG.
  18. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    My overall feeling about the infield is that I would like to see more of Eduardo Escobar in 2014. They may find out that he isn't worth playing, but that would be good information to have going into 2015.
  19. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I completely agree that Polanco is a much better prospect than Santana, but I'm not sure he reaches the Majors by 2015. That would require him to move three levels in less than two seasons and the Twins just typically aren't that aggressive. I could see Santana as a utility guy by 2015, just because he can play multiple positions and even if the batting average is empty, someone is going to look at it and think he deserves a shot.

    Regarding Plouffe, I completely agree. I don't actually think he is versatile because he can't play any one position well. However, I am certain that the Twins like the idea of having a guy who can play third and a corner outfield position, with second base being an option in a huge pinch. I'm not sure he'd be average at any of those positions, but he can physically play each.
  20. Steve Johnson's Avatar
    Also,

    I don't think the Twins would be satisfied with rushing Polanco to be a utility guy. If all goes well, in 2015 he will be in double A looking forward to his first real look in spring training in 2016.

    With Danny Santana I'm more worried about his strike zone control. He's not going to hit .290 in the majors with that little power and those strikeout/walk rates. Often, a shaky glove works its way out in ways a bad eye at the plate doesn't.
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