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?
Glass half full or half empty. Starting pitching could implode again and Twins could lose 100. Worley does not recover from surgery, Pelfrey is toast, Correra is reincarnation of Marquis, Diamond regresses to second half pitcher. Center field and middle infield are black holes on offence. Twins trade remaining big contracts in midseason to aid in restocking farm system(Morneau, Willingham).
Other side is starting pitching is only slighty below average, Hicks, Parmalee and Pouffle become major offensive aids and the bullpen is solid so the Twins finish around .500. This is what makes baseball interesting and why you play the games.
+1 for the Tom Powers boomroast
We'll given he's 19, he's not likely to get much, if any taller. He could still put on muscle mass though. My cousin was about the same height and weight as Sano at the same age and ended up not gaining any height but he ended up at 260 and played TE in college. So, Sano could be destined to be a 1B. I can't imagine they'd want a beast like that running around in the OF much less playing 3B.
I disagree with the final paragraph. I am hoping that Burton, Fein, Duensing, Perkins, and Theilbar will be all the Twins need for innings 7-9. IF there is an injury, I would elect to find a young arm within the organization rather than extend an invite to Capps. We know Capps is below average, maybe we could learn more about our young arms by giving them a real shot in Minnesota during this surely ugly 2013.
He's still relatively young. He got a chance to stay at one position and he thrived until he was injured. I expect that Plouffe will be better in 2013, particularly on defense.
So what if there were? Short of taking up a collection here on TwinsDaily.com I cannot imagine how that would mean anything to the Twins.
Encouraging. Let's hope for the best.
A move to the outfield would be unfortunate.
Too many OFs in the pipeline & we badly need infielders.
Josh Roenicke is also in the mix. And the Twins will be taking a hard look at Caleb Thielbar as a lefty. So, I picture Swarzak on the bubble. Wood would have to stay or be lost, I believe. DeVries could also be long man. Two interesting cases in the minors. Guerra made it thru waivers. The Twins can look at him all year and add him back on the 40-man for 2014, although he would be out of options. If the Twins choose to add Slama back on the 40-man in 2014, I believe that would be his last option year, so they could keep him in the organization and send him up and down in 2014 before making a hard decision on him come 2015...sadly for Slama...who shouldn't been Rule 5 pickup by anyone the last two seasons.
Hasn't it always made sabermetric sense to have a non dominant pitcher pitch twice a week for 2 and 4 innings +/- then once per 6 days? Relievers pitch best on 1 and 2 days rest. They pitch poorly on 1 and 3 or more. Starters pitch better in innings 1-4 then 5-7. This also gives you a second point each game to bring in a reliever when a "starter" is in trouble. So why hasn't a team made a staff out of a bunch of long and short relievers yet? If ever there was a year to try it...
I don't think a 6-man rotation makes sense for this team, despite their accumulation of 4-5 type starters. I suspect Pelfrey to start the season on the DL, and Gibson to be in EST to start the season and limit innings on his arm. The suspect the Twins will go with a standard 5-man rotation, but that we will see a lot of different guys moving into and out of that rotation, especially early in the season.
Too bad there are no decent free agent middle infielders to spend the money on.
It is hard to get excited about FA options like this. Considering what the other teams in the AL Central have already done to improve their squads, one can easily see the Twins with 90+ losses again in 2013.
I am not Gardy fan. I believe that Gardy is not good at developing young talent, which is the direction the Twins are headed in. Gardy has failed to get the best out of Lohse, Garza, Bartlett, Dozier, Valencia etc. Instead of making these players better Gardy's answer is to either ship them down or ship them out. Twins need a manager who can mentor and develop young talent. Gardy does not seem capable in this area.
Sometimes I wonder whether Gomez or Benson might have done better if they had spent more time in AAA.
I agree completely. There are some doubters out there, however, so maybe a more extended case is necessary.