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  1. tobi0040's Avatar
    He was unranked in 2011 and 2012 and #80 in 2013. I don't think his numbers last year did much to shoot his value up. So I think Sano, Buxton, Meyer, and Kohl are all too much as they are much higher end guys. But we have one of the worst SS in the leauge as well as a very deep farm system. So something could likely be worked out.

    In 2013, BA said 70 fielding and 70 arm. 50 speed, 50 bat, and 35 power.

    In that example, I am guessing they would pick Berrios/Thorpe/Gonslaves/Gibson. I would probably give up Gibson straight up. Thorpe and Berrios is probably too much. But maybe. If you fill the SS hole here you still have the #5 pick to grab another high end arm.
    Updated 03-25-2014 at 09:43 AM by tobi0040
  2. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Thank you for writing this. First, congratulations on your engagement. That is very exciting. Congratulations on getting through the first year as a pastor in your church. That can be tough. There's a lot going on, so I fully understand.

    Best wishes to you. Hopefully you will stop by from time to time for a Twins fix if you like!
  3. pierre75275's Avatar
    Once the All-Star game is over, my guess is Escobar, or maybe Romero from AAA
  4. Jham's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie
    He has the nastiest stuff of a Twins pitcher for three innings. Better off in the bullpen for him and the team
    Oh, did Deduno not lead the team in quality starts last year? Who pitched into the 7th or 8th inning more than him? I forgot, the rest of the staff, throw in the new guys even, were consistently going 7 strong every time last year right? Deduno was better in the first and still better in the 7th than the other trash pitchers we have.

    Pelfry had one of the worst full seasons I've seen. He was rewarded with money and a spot in the rotation based on the hope that he'd improve. Deduno worked his butt off, improved on everything the Twins asked him to improve at, had the best season of anyone on the staff, comes in and pitches well in spring training after rehabbing his shoulder, and the Twins demote him to the pen based off the assumption that Pelfrey and Gibson will be better than their horrible showings last year and that Deduno will regress.

    The disturbing message this sends a young ball club is that doing what the club asks and working hard doesn't matter, and that management can't be trusted. Antony just called out players for not "stepping up". Why step up if the club is just going to play favorites anyway?
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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  12. 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.
  13. 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!!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
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