Back to the Twins future ( cause the present is pretty bleak)
by, 08-24-2012 at 01:47 AM (1052 Views)
The future outfield of the Twins (Hicks, Arcia and Buxton)
- I currently hold high hopes that this trio might be united by 2015. not entirely sure how exactly they're going to fit into a lineup though. Hicks is certainly showing that he has the capability to become a top lead-off man and yet early on in the going Buxton is also displaying the speed to profile in such a position as well.
- At the moment I would give the leadoff spot to Hicks because he has the speed yet has also displayed a profinity for drawing walks throughout his minor league career, averaging 76 walks per season (note: i'm counting 2008 and 2009 as one year since the combined games played of those two years equate roughly the same amount as 2010 through the current season.) as well as an overall ability to get on base (note: his lowest on base percentage thus far has been .353).
- Currently I can see Arcia profiling somewhere around a 5 hole hitter. He's not pumping out home runs like a typical clean-up hitter should but he's got the gap power down with 35 double between Ft. Meyers and New Britain this year.
-Buxton.... I haven't the foggiest where he'll profile in a lineup. Dreaming? He'll usurp Mauer and Mauer will slide into the no. 2 hole which might actually suit his ridiculous on base skills more than his current no. 3 role
- Defensively? I am imagining an alignment of Arica in LF, Hicks in CF, and Buxton in RF. My reasoning? Hicks is well known to be a defensive star thus his position in center and Buxton is reported to have a cannon for an arm, profiling him in right. Arcia, therefore falls to the position which is leftover.
- Truly, Diamond is THE bright spot that Twins fans can hold onto in what has turned out to be another dark year in Twins Territory. However, I reside in the camp that he will experience a decline in production. However, that doesn't mean that he can't be the anchor of future Twins rotations to come. I see him becoming the Twins version of Mark Buerhle, a guy who's stuff isn't outstanding but who's sound mechanics and fundamentals lead to wins. Maybe even a Brad Radke with a better ERA? Workhorse, that's the keyword.
- Trade them. Next year is lost. Ship them out for starting pitching and middle inflield help. Parmelee will transition to the majors, Sano is on his way and the outfield and bullpen have plenty of names to count on.
- forget that last statement. Sign everyone. Dan Haren. Zach Greinke. League minimum salary. BOOM! Mad you call me?!... yeah that sentence got away from me a bit. Kudos to anyone who gets the reference. (Hint: Blink)
Finally, my 2015 Twins roster
1: (CF) Aaron Hicks
2: (C) Joe Mauer
3: (RF) Byron Buxton
4: (3B?) Miguel Sano
5: (LF) Oswaldo Arcia
6: (1B) Chris Parmelee
7: (2B) Eddie Rosario
8: (DH) Doumit? Plouffe if he ever returns to his mashing ways?
9: (SS) Brian Dozier
1. Scott Diamond
2. Ervin Santana (this would make sense if you read my last blog and its comments)
3. Kyle Gibson
4. J.O Berrios
5. Liam Hendriks
(not a bad looking rotation if you ask me!)
Alright. Let the comments fly. The only reason I write is to hear what other people think.