A sobering point and one we need to keep in mind.
Sano and Buxton, along with Rosario, have many Twins fans excited. Me, too.
Still, they are a long way from MLB.
Patience, fans, patience.
Exactly, I've been making this point off and on with people counting our prospects before they hatch. We can't think of these players as certainties.
If you are correct about the market and i think you are then it is an easy decision- keep him. We always look at the upside of prospects but not as much for struggling vets. Maybe he comes back- not looking likely but we do not need minimal salary relief or a marginal prospect for a homegrown former MVP. He may DH against right handers in the future and have to accept more of a Jim Thome role. We are getting younger and that looks like it will continue but you need some vetrans. I hope we keep Morneau or Willingham.
To target Pelfrey in this post is disingenuous, this is why the old quote about numbers lie apply. True, Pelfrey struggled early but he has been been just what we need in his last three starts. I can side with you on Diamond, but he is the one pitcher especially after a good outing the last time out you want to be patient with. Twins dont have the best rotation in baseball right now but are respectable and merit a B- to B+ rating, much better than anybody thought they would be.
Agreed. He has about a month, or the Twins will seriously have to consider extending Morneau and cutting Parmelee or seeing if another player can provide production at first base if Morneau is traded.
Florimon had some defensive miscues in early in the season, but to be honest I have not noticed him making too many mistakes in the field recently.
If he can be a + defensive Shortstop than I will take any offense we can get from him.
Two months does not a season make--this goes for the disappointments as well as the positive surprises--but I can't help but like what Florimon has done. He looks like a good shortstop and as Nick stated, he's a bottom of the order guy who hits a little bit and can steal an occasional base. I amnot as optimistic for Correia, but I think he'll probably stay in the rotation until at least September and win his 10-12 games. Worley needs to get his confidence back, first and foremost, and if a CG shutout for Rochester help that, great.
Yes, how about a rotation that includes BOTH Gibson and Deduno!?
I would prefer Gibson just because he is someone to hope on for the future. If everything works out for Deduno at best he is a 1 or 2 year fix. Gibson is a long term solution to this team's biggest weakness -starting pitching.
Pelfrey and Deduno aren't quite interchangeable, since the latter is not on the 40-man roster. Someone (probably not Pelf) would need to be dropped if Deduno is added. That makes them related but separate issues.
My guess is he is going to have 1 more shot, I think his best option his to go to AAA and find out how to get the ball past the hitter, he will ultimately be better, 11 months returning is just too quick. The twins are going to have to give deduno a chance thus season, this would b the perfect time. Having pelfrey out there now just reminds me too much of what happened last year, whew we as fans were just hoping to get through 4 innings.
Pelf is entitled to refuse a AAA assignment, though he does have an option remaining if he does choose to accept. It is probably too far-fetched to believe that Gardy left him in to face Fielder so that if the worst happened Pelf would maybe be persuaded to accept the demotion, but that thought still crosses my mind.
Agree heartily with comment 3 - not only the errors, but (listening on the radio), heard a lot of "dug out by Morneau" on his throws. It's early. Small sample size. But eerily reminiscent of observations from last year. Defense up the middle is going to be important this year with the ground ball pitchers we have.
I appreciate a well thought, well articulated article like this.
Thank you Nick.
Quite the optimistic write up. I think health is a big issue as Plouffe has suffered injuries almost every year. I do believe it will help him to prepare to play just one position. I think that by the end of the season he will be regarded as a better ballplayer and more valuable that his buddy Delmon.
Nice summary of the position. There is no real battle here as Plouffe is clearly the best option. The Twins don't have any decent options outside of Plouffe and it really doesn't seem as though there is a candidate in the minors that is close. I can't see how Sano would be ready until 2015 at the earliest if he remains at 3B. I'm really hoping Plouffe can at least be average in the field and lift his average to .260.
The Twins seem to give their MIs plenty of time and chances to be marginally adequate after flashing a little of anything. We can go back to Rivas, then Punto, and even Casilla.
So, for our sake, let's hope Brian is able to perform and have some success. He'll be around for a while if history tells us anything.
My gut tells me that neither Swarzak or Burnett makes this team, will have Roneicke and Wood in there place. My also have Pressey here. That would be good for the pitching staff. Perez was a surprise, but maybe. Rest of lineup was as expected.
This is a sort out year anyway, do not risk his future to rush him back. Just more opportunities to find what we have in the upper minor leagues. At least Rochester will have a good rotation.
I think after the surgery, Liriano had to change the way he threw the slider.It was the motion causing the arm problem Has Gibson had to make any mechanical adjustments?