Thanks, Parker. Excellent analysis as usual.
Best line in a scouting report yet: "[hits the ball] a distance reserved for those wearing big boy pants". I am picturing a future where grizzled scouts say "He's got big boy pants power..." and Brad Pitt growls at them from the GM chair.
Great write up on Buxton--shots of him eye to eye with Mauer and Morneau breed confidence (bordering on foolish optimism) and even if he turns into Matt Kemp-lite he's a worthwhile investment for the Twins.
If only he could get through to Valencia and Hicks (and tell Hicks to stop trying to be a switch-hitter), the Twins could have two impact players up in the bigs right now so we wouldn't have to watch Trever Plouffe out in the field (only said that because I was at a game last year where he made 2 horrible throwing errors 2 innings in a row.)
It's nice to see Revere's BA sitting in the 0.290s after today's game. Hopefully he can build on that and work on drawing more BBs.
Boston continued to throw Valencia fastballs away, and Valencia tried to hit a homerun on every one of those pitches, most of them he of course hit a baby pop fly, or sent a tailor made double play ball to the shortstop. Nothing is going to be changed with Valencia, he is uncoachable, and will continue to try and hit the ball over the fence like the selfish player he is.
But the Dutch get free health care!!!
Excellent analysis Parker. Keep it comin'.
Swarzak is not very good. His minor league numbers since 2007 (!) show that pretty clearly. He has no business being a major league starter. He's the Luke Hughes of the pitching staff . . .
Nice article! As you mentioned, I sure hope the Twins' staff are taking a look at his mechanics. We need him firing on all cylinders!
Yes, this means something new for the Twins. IF Morneau is ok, and now the Twins have a RH pull hitter with power, this means more than mid-70s wins. The OBP is going to be there. If the slugging is as well, nay-saying "fans" are going to be in for a shock.
An Independent League player has a good chance of getting signed if he can dominate and is still young.
The Twins purchased pitcher Caleb Thielbar from the Saints last year. He is playing in Ft. Myers.
Ryan says he's worried about the Bullpen? This is his Bullpen, why is he worried? This year, the market experienced a glut of proven Free agent Bullpen arms at reasonable prices. Instead, Ryan chose to go Dumpster diving. His collection of waver wire candidates cost less then a million dollars. Last fall, Terry Ryan told the season Ticket holders that "payroll would not inhibit him from doing what he needed to do to improve the Ball Club." I will take him at his word. Obviously, Ryan must feel that what he did was superior to the Teams who picked up the proven Pitchers.. If he has second thoughts this might apply (YOU MADE YOUR BED, NOW GO SLEEP IN IT!!)
Are you saying that a guy who has been a successful big league manager and played in the big leagues doesn't understand these things?
No, no. I'm just saying what he relayed to the media did not provide much insight - not that he doesn't understand these things.
Despite not dripping with much insight, Gardenhire’s assessment may have more to do with understanding how he is accomplishing this scorched-earth policy. T
Are you saying that a guy who has been a successful big league manager and played in the big leagues doesn't understand these things? Or am I reading this the wrong way.
Great article!! It's your turn Kyle Waldrop. Let's hope the idiot manager does not screw it up by deciding to go with Burnett or Doyle. The way he plays favorites is something that at least has to be considered.
I actually, tried to explain what a "tender elbow" might be here. Bottom line is that if we do not know whether the "inside" or "outside" of the elbow is affected it is very hard to draw conclusions (or even guess...)
The Twins training staff is a joke. They should have a way to determine if there is something not structurally sound in his elbow. Instead they will say he just needs to take it easy for while then ramp it up, which will happen, until something goes terribly wrong catching the training staff off guard leaving them looking like idiots.
A number of bloggers and commenters have suggested Hughes is a near lock to make the Twins. I have wondered about that, and maybe Ryan is saying that Hughes is not. He has appeared to me to be more of a backup than any kind of future regular. He is not that gifted defensively. I guess that he needs to be a better fit than his competition to make the Twins this spring, despite the lack of options.
I am pleasantly surprised there havenít been 10 comments about how Punto would have played through the concussion and that Morneau is a pansy. Maybe Souhan disciples havenít infiltrated this site yet?