I base my optimism for Pinto on 1) minor league performance--he swung at strikes in NB and Roch. He was very consistent--not many o'fers and a lot of game with a hit or walk. A lot of extra base hits. 2) Eyeball test--compared to Colabello, he looks like Paul Molitor. Quiet at the plate, not off balance, able to adjust to hit off-speed stuff. He hasn't appeared to be fooled very often. 3) Almost all of his hits have been hit hard--when he had three doubles, the ball was stung each time. He isn't dropping bloopers over the infielder's heads.
I'm just going to say excellent article and snicker in the corner as I imagine responses to this intelligent breakdown of something we absolutely need to do.
Good story. It took just the first ground ball to him for me to have a huge amount of respect for his defense, and to know it will quickly be forgotten. Like Mike Redmond, I enjoyed having him on the team.
You have to imagine the players love this and a bunch eagerly volunteer. Easily the most entertaining thing to happen with the big club in the past month. (Or past three years?)
This adjustment was expected. We've known the type of hitter Arcia is for a few years now. It was expected that pitchers would start to try and make him chase out of the zone. Good analysis Parker. I'd like to have the inside info about how they are trying to get Arcia to adjust.
Isn't Ball a little more out of the picture for the Twins than guys like Manaea and Meadows (whom you profiled in the last couple days)? He is certainly intriguing. Is there a reason we haven't heard him mentioned alongside someone like Kohl Stewart?
These are the managerial moves that will define Gardy's final contract year. Are the young players progressing? Is the current manager building up the organization? Too soon to tell, but woudln't it be nice if a ballgame at Fenway in early May 2013 will be remembered as a turning point in Aaron Hick's long career as a Twin? Gardy has had this impact in the past, as Justin Morneau credits his turnaround, not on a fight with Torii Hunter in Kansas City, but with a sit-down heart-to-heart with his manager, early in his 2006 MVP season. JockBio: Justin Morneau Biography I'm hoping Uncle Gardy takes the kid aside when the cameras aren't rolling, debriefs the situation, and puts "Hicksie" back in center field tonight. I would love to see the kid get his first multi-hit game of the season on the backside of this incident.
Hicks is a big boy who's not going to cry because Gardenhire yelled at him for a stupid play.
Was this really worth the tirade, captured by the cameras? Was it worth embarrassing the kid?
> Never say never but, if history has any indication, the likelihood of him pitching effectively in April appears low.
Now, got any stock tips, as the market appears to be nearing a top?
Very nice analysis Parker. Thank you.
I am not anxious to give up on Dozier. Here's hoping for a breakout year for Brian.
"switching from his current agent to Dwight Yoakam, in response to Robinson Cano’s switch to CAA that is partnered with Jay-Z"
That's pretty damned funny, unless you're his current agent.
Um, I like our bench more this year.
If I didn't believe this was a rebuilding year I would be terribly disappointed.
Should be interesting to see to what extent Hicks, Plouffe, Parmelee and Dozier can secure a position going forward.
Also we will probably see Worley, De Vries, Gibson, Hendriks, Deduno and others given enough time to see who might seriously contribute next year.
That's how I am looking at the season.
For me, any other approach would just be depressing.
It's good to see that Hendriks is working on making himself a better pitcher. He has the skills to be a #3-#4 type guy; he just needs to realize his full potential against MLB hitters like he has against AAA hitters.
This is a great read. I actually ran into Hrbek at Target Field in 2010! He smelled like smoke and looked like he was about 280 lbs. My kinda guy. I said, "Hey Kent!" He was not happy to be recognized because there were a ton of people around. So i just kept walkin.
I think delmon hit 21 HR's in 2010
Line-up construction. Can others besides Mauer get on base consistently at the top of the order. Is Morneau around for the long haul. Will Parmelee and Plouffe follow him and strike fear in the hearts of pitchers everywhere?
Might be time to "sell high" on Willingham as well. It is pretty obvious that we won't be seeing the Twins contend for at least a couple of years.
That means our focus should be younger pitching. No pitcher should be signed who is over 30 and should be younger. If this means trades and getting younger, so be it. It would be hard to less competitive than last year. Stockpile arms, that is how you make good trades for very good players.
Twins need to move their young arms forward, faster than slower. Get as many of these types as possible.
Coming into this off-season, Terry Ryan said multiple times that everyone was on the table. He's now hedging his bets on next season in an interview with Phil Mackey - in other words 'don't expect much, I'm not spending a lot of money'. As long as we're throwing away 2013, let's build for 2014 and 2015. I liked Span, I like Revere, but I'd be willing to trade him away as well as Morneau and/or Willingham, if we could get some good starters who could be here by mid-2014. If Avisail Garcia can be playing regularly for the Tigers (a contender), Hicks and Arcia should be able to play just fine on a team building for the future. It might even draw more fans. Let the clock start ticking now, because down the road we can have Buxton and Kepler. If you could move all three for pitching, I'd be willing to take our lumps with an outfield of Hicks, Arcia and Benson, with Parmelee at first. It would actually be a much stronger defensive outfield than our current option (Willingham, Revere, Parmelee). As Ryan said, everyone should be on the table.