I also agree with TwinsTerritory's lineup, and hoping that Sano's elbow is good to go.
I would think ALL of us would like to see a Hicks/Buxton/Arcia outfield by August, wouldn't we? That would be fun to the max. Why will it happen or not?
I would agree on Buxton. I'm as anxious as the next fan, but I just don't see any way he is on a Twins roster by August. In the most unscientific way possible, I've put together the following percentages for his arrival:
April-August 2014: 0.1%
September 2014: 4.9%
April/May 2015: 25%
June-September 2015: 65%
After 2015: 5%
I suppose my lineup is not much different, but of course I have to post it anyway since it's been on tablets, scratch paper and napkins pretty much since the season ended. Trying to keep it practical with a couple small liberties.
1) Presley=LF. (Possibly some Mastro or a utility like Baker on occasion)
4) Willingham=DH (more than likely Kubel here as well switching out lineup occasionally)
6) Plouffe=3B (hoping for a bench LH bench bat to swap out on occasion)
7) Pinto=C (Suzuki might drop a notch in the lineup when he plays)
8) Hicks=CF (my pick as rebound candidate, defense, power & speed-hitting in works)
9) Floriman/Escobar=SS (platoon or either could win outright. Bartlett? Shrug-maybe)
Keep coming up with a 14 man roster even though I'm sure it will only be 13.
Also torn on LF and RF. Arcia is work in progress, but decent athlete/range and arm for right, and the faster Presley covers more ground in the larger LF. Or, the more polished Presley in RF and the still developing Arcia in LF where a mistake might be less costly.
In an ideal situation, Sano's elbow is just fine, he builds upon what he did at AA last season and moves to AAA pretty quickly before finishing at some point with the Twins. Possibly all star break-ish or fairly soon after.
Along with that, the uber-talented and hard working Buxton, coming off his fantastic season, and some work in ST with the Twins coaches, tears up AA pretty well before his jump to AAA and finishes the season in the majors.
But I don't see it for a couple simple reasons. The first being that the stop at AA has always been reputed to be the most difficult first jump, and at his still very young age, there is no reason to rush him (push yes, rush no) and offer any set backs. And the second is also somewhat age related in so much that last season and a full season this year will obviously be the most ball he's ever played consecutively. Perhaps so many games and four levels in two years might be enough, and then a bit of a break before seeing if he might be ready to start, or advance early on, in 2015.
However, if it doesn't affect his clock very much, or at all, I COULD see a Sept. cup of coffee just to work with the MLB coaches more, take OF and batting practice, and just explore and experience MLB after another strong season.
With his talent, who knows, maybe he just blows us all away and forces the issue!
My first lineup of the year! How exciting!
I hope that Bartlett shows well enough to earn the starting job but I assume he won't right away and will come up from AAA at some point. Sano will start in AA and maybe be up by the All-Star Game. No Buxton this season but it will be close enough for people to grumble about it. Willingham will get traded to make room for Hicks by the break. Pinto will catch as much if not more than Kurt but as the vet Kurt will get the first game. This will be our last year of (different lineup every game nonsense.)
Suzuki C (Pinto in AAA)
. . . it gets trickier . . . you would have Hicks, Presley, Arcia, Parmelee, and Kubel as lefties in the OF/DH. And yet Willingham.
The Twins will likely not have Hicks involved, I guess.
I would probably go with:
Any team that has all three of Presley, Mastroianni and Parmelee on the roster is assuredly not one that I am anxious to watch. Hopefully by August only one of those three if even that is still around. How many agree with me/or not on this premise?
Shane Wahl wrote:
I would probably go with:
You might want a 3B rather than two RF...could leave a hole on the left side of the diamond.
To bad we don't have Slowey. He would be perfect for having 2 slow right fielders instead of a 3rd basemen since nothing will be hit on the ground.
Shane Wahl don't sound so upset about Parm/Plouffe, not a lot of difference between the 2 thus far.
Do you believe that Gardy will work in more LH/RH lineups this year? At least personal wise, maybe not such a dramatic shift in order?