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  1. Sconnie's Avatar
    He has the nastiest stuff of a Twins pitcher for three innings. Better off in the bullpen for him and the team
  2. Sconnie's Avatar
    If Plouffe gets traded, who do you see filling his cleats? Waring looked good in ST (not that it matters) as a AA player.

    I think 8 is dead on, but with the low obp of the team, the dingers will be solo
  3. pierre75275's Avatar
    The twins possibly have a ton of legit trade bait this year. Corria, Willingham, Duensing, Burton, Fien and Trevor P could all be replaced with players from AAA. Due to the depth of the Twins Minor League System, we could shoot for high upside talent in the lower pools of competition. I am excited to see what the roster looks like in August and who gets traded and who stays. I am also excited for the draft. One could also add Mike Pelfrey to the list if he does well.
  4. jimv2's Avatar
    I'm with you on almost eveerything. I only disagree with #9--I don't think we'll see Buxton and only see Meyer if we have a lot of injuries--and I'd pick a nit with #5. I think you are underrating Hicks' speed. And not sure I agree that the glove at right will be below average--I'm not even sure who will be playing there. But I agree that unless we trade for someone, it won't be better than average.

    And I most want to second your opinion re #1. Based on my limited time at ST, if I retire rich, I'm spending a ton of time there! I couldn't care less about autographs. But hearing what people like TK and Carew and Ryan etc etc. have to say so enhances my enjoyment of the game.
  5. lukingood's Avatar
    It is criminal that Deduno is not in the starting five. He may have the nastiest stuff of any pitcher in a Twins uniform.
  6. dgwills's Avatar
    [QUOTE=rukavina;bt10183]I felt watching him that:

    1) his sinker was outstanding
    2) the ball broke more than the umpire was expecting and he got screwed in ball/strike calling

    This was backed up by Inside Edge - Gibson was the fifth most-victimized pitcher in MLB in
    % of called strikes on pitches taken in-zone. (This was also explained by Parker - http://twinsdaily.com/entry.php/4458-Have-the-Twins-been-screwed-by-umpires)

    I don't know if the umps will start calling his strikes, but I am confident he will be a decent starter for the Twins.


    Nice post. I remember reading that article after reading it again. No way I could remember it off the top of my head. I guess he'll get more calls after he has been more successful, but we are getting into a chicken or the egg argument at that point.
  7. tobi0040's Avatar
  8. tobi0040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco
    I agree we need to be playing young guys. The Kubel signing is already leaving a bad taste for me. He has a huge hole in his swing on the high strike which Parker has shown on other threads. He cannot hit for average any more. Speaking of sample size.. I also think of Colabello as a potential DH but if you go back and look, Colabello hit 150 points lower than Pinto with twice the at bats and Pinto's power numbers dwarfed Colabellos. Pinto is one of the young guys and needs to be in the lineup, at catch, DH, third base, shortstop, somewhere. In hindsight 2013 would have been the season to baptize the young guys with playing time.
    Good article. You said several things I have thought for years. Gardy's in game substitutions make no sense. That manages in baseball have less impact than the other major sports. The irrational fear of losing the catcher, etc.

    As it relates to Pinto, I think it highlights Gardy's worst trait. He seems overly stubborn. For some reason he thinks that he can't have a catcher as a bench bat or DH. It is hard to understand how he would think Colabello or Parmelee are better bats than Pinto.

    So he will likley go with Fryer/Parmelee on the bench, then complain about his bench options later. Seems to me Pinto catching 35-40% of the time, learning from Suzuki daily, and hitting another game or two is the best for the team in the short term and Pinto's development.
  9. Blackjack's Avatar
    Yikes!!! Grim report!!

    Instead of extra practice for the offenders, how about wind sprints or laps for the whole team?? Gardy needs to make them all realize that he's serious!!
  10. 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.
  11. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I agree we need to be playing young guys. The Kubel signing is already leaving a bad taste for me. He has a huge hole in his swing on the high strike which Parker has shown on other threads. He cannot hit for average any more. Speaking of sample size.. I also think of Colabello as a potential DH but if you go back and look, Colabello hit 150 points lower than Pinto with twice the at bats and Pinto's power numbers dwarfed Colabellos. Pinto is one of the young guys and needs to be in the lineup, at catch, DH, third base, shortstop, somewhere. In hindsight 2013 would have been the season to baptize the young guys with playing time.
  12. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    I disagree with the patience given to Plouffe by this organization, but that sort of thing is just a symptom of a larger problem. We can hope the pitching is so good (or good enough) that the quality of play rises overall and we get some wins, and build on that.
  13. Sconnie's Avatar
    Sounds familiar... Thanks for the update Thrylos. I'm trying to be optimistic for the season, but your report confirms my memory of last year. Bad defense, bad offense.
  14. 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?
  15. lightfoot789's Avatar
    How much does a Radcliff try to get to know draftees on a personal level if they are not Top Prospects? Does he solely rely on the word of his managers at the lower levels and coaches at the lower level? What about when that late round draftee becomes a surprise Top Prospect?

    Basically I'm asking - When do prospects get to know Radcliff and learn of his (Twins front office) personal expectations? Following Draft? Rookie Ball? A? AA? AAA? or is it always the coaches who share expectations to the players?

    Great Article
  16. 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.
  17. tobi0040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie
    Of third basemen, corner outfielders, and first basemen with the big league club I trust Mauer the most to play consistently good defense and offense, more than Arcia, Plouffe, Willingham, Parmelee, or Colabello.

    The Twins started this season with Mauer at first presumably because Sano is/was the third basemen of the future, and Mauer had played first in the past, it was an easy transition with no real immediate candidates for the position coming up through the minors.

    No one knows what the future holds for Sano. He may come out of TJ surgery just like the kid from "The Rookie" and magically able to throw 100 mph, but we do know is best case scenario, he comes back ready to play for spring training 2015, and maybe not until mid way through the season, and maybe (though highly unlikely) never plays again. He wasn't a lock to come up to the bigs at any point this season, and now being out of baseball for 6 - 18 months, he's going to need to ease back into things. I'd look for Sano to be major league ready in 2016.

    Now the question becomes would you rather have Colabello/Parmellee at first than Plouffe at third? Or Colabello/Parmellee at first than Willingham in LF or Arcia in RF.

    i think Mauer could become a defensive upgrade over all of the other options, I don't trust Colabello/Parmellee to hit well enough over a season to justify the shift.

    What if Mauer negotiated that the only way he would get out from behind the plate is if he went to first?
    I guess for me I am more concerned about the future. I like the prospects of Mauer in a corner or 3B, then seeing what we can get on the free agent market at 1B or DH. Realistically, we could have a lineup with Mauer (LF), Buxton (CF), Arcia (RF), Sano (3B), Dozier (2B), and a FA 1B and a FA DH. Think aging corner OF, overweight players that can hit, etc. That is a pretty good lineup. Worst case, Arcia is your DH or 1B and you have one FA slugger and a FA RF, or Rosario or Hicks if they stick.
  18. Sconnie's Avatar
    Of third basemen, corner outfielders, and first basemen with the big league club I trust Mauer the most to play consistently good defense and offense, more than Arcia, Plouffe, Willingham, Parmelee, or Colabello.

    The Twins started this season with Mauer at first presumably because Sano is/was the third basemen of the future, and Mauer had played first in the past, it was an easy transition with no real immediate candidates for the position coming up through the minors.

    No one knows what the future holds for Sano. He may come out of TJ surgery just like the kid from "The Rookie" and magically able to throw 100 mph, but we do know is best case scenario, he comes back ready to play for spring training 2015, and maybe not until mid way through the season, and maybe (though highly unlikely) never plays again. He wasn't a lock to come up to the bigs at any point this season, and now being out of baseball for 6 - 18 months, he's going to need to ease back into things. I'd look for Sano to be major league ready in 2016.

    Now the question becomes would you rather have Colabello/Parmellee at first than Plouffe at third? Or Colabello/Parmellee at first than Willingham in LF or Arcia in RF.

    i think Mauer could become a defensive upgrade over all of the other options, I don't trust Colabello/Parmellee to hit well enough over a season to justify the shift.

    What if Mauer negotiated that the only way he would get out from behind the plate is if he went to first?
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