ive often thought we need Joe in Center, evidently mgt doesnt think he has the legs for it.
Willingham plays the ball well..but he doesnt get to some that better legs would.
I like the idea, Mauer to outfield, especially center
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My hope when Arcia was rehabbing was that the Twins would see his strikeout rate was far too high even at AAA and keep him there with the mission that he needed to figure that part out prior to coming back to the Twins. That's still what I would do (demote him). Unfortunately, the Twins don't have any OFers to bring up, except Hicks, who also needs to figure things out at AAA.
It's probably time to give Mauer an outfielder's glove and consider giving Vargas, already on the 40, a chance as DH and backup 1B for a while. Arcia and Hicks need to spend their time through July down on the farm with specific goals in mind. Arcia can obviously destroy pitching there, but apparently he can't not strikeout a lot there. Fix that and come back.
Turner is having a pretty good run at Fort Myers. The word when he was drafted was that he was a top defensive catcher, but questionable with the bat IIRC. He's up to .249 with a .723 OPS, after being buried below the Mendoza line for much of the first part of the season.
I think expectations locally were such that everybody knew it would not be a line up that measured up to last year's, but yes, it's been a letdown to this point.
I do think there is more talent in CR than what they've shown. The starting pitching, outside of Stewart, was simply expected to be much better than it has been. I'm not sure there's a lot of help in that area still to be had outside of perhaps Gonsalves. By and large, the guys here now are going to have to simply pitch better.
Not sure on Williams. He got off to a hot start his first couple games and then faltered.
I'll be surprised if we see Gordon this year. More likely he starts in CR next year, as Buxton did. Then again, he's starting a level higher than Buck did, so who knows?
I do know the Twins like Engelb Vielma, the current CR shortstop, and I imagine they want him to get regular ABs.
Great write-up, JC. Has to be a little bit of letdown for local fans after last season's success.
What happened to JDs numbers in May- compared to last season? Perhaps there is more pitching help coming besides Burdi, in addition to the bats you mentioned? Is there a LH arm that has any projectability? And maybe Gordon gets hot in E-Town and gets an early call? But really, in the end result, it looks to me like there just aren't enough guys who project to climb much higher in the system.
Now that even Seth is saying that BA is over-rated, I was wondering if you could discuss where you would draw the line...
Obviously, in the extreme of two players with an identical OBP of .360, the player who hits .360 with no walks is more valuable than the one who hits .240, but has a 12% walk rate (I know because of the AB/PA difference it would be higher than 12%, but the math escapes me at the moment).
However, what if we compare a .300 hitter with that same .240 hitter who had the .360 OBP. In your opinions, at what OBP would the .300 hitter become more valuable?
I understand the value of a walk in not creating an out, but I think the value of a hit is actually under appreciated nowadays. Walks never score a runner from second (and very frequently third), or move a runner from first to third. And if 30% of a #3 hitter's ABs occur with runners on base, a lot of opportunities for taking an extra base are missed by drawing a walk.
Brandon, I think we've gone just about every which way on Burton, mostly in the thread about this post over on the forums, so I wont rehash that here.
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