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    Article: Hump Day Happy Notes


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    Moderator note:

    These are some nice things to think about.

    The article begins with: "Things are pretty bleak for Twins fans these days." Let's not turn this thread into a debate about how bleak things are. Let's try to keep on topic -- happy notes. There are many other threads on TD for discussing unhappy notes, and you can start your own if you wish, but please don't derail this one.

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    I wanted Salty over Suzuki, but he had definitely been a nice surprise. And I wanted Phil Hughes to sign with us since I had a feeling he would do well here. Didn't think he'd be this good though!

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    6) Santana's been a very nice surprise in his time up here, or at least he's surprised me; I don't know if he'll avoid another trip to the minors this year, but he looks like he's for real.

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    Part of the reason I follow Twins Daily is to find the happy stories in the minors. I really like the direction things are going, we're starting to see that the high draft picks the Twins keep making are coming out of the gate very well. Those were picks they couldn't miss on and so far so good!

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    A huge happy note for me is that, when a SP goes down, which is an inevitability, we have palatable solutions: Johnson, Pino, May, Darnell, and Meyer have all made a case for themselves. Another is that we're in almost every game, with very few blowouts, and this indicates that we're pretty close to having enough talent to convert a lot of those close losses into wins. Much more fun this year to watch this team play.
    Last edited by birdwatcher; 07-09-2014 at 08:15 AM.

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    I am excited to see what happens with Polanco. When does he get a promotion to AA? Will he continue to rake at NB? Also, the group of players that could eventually all be together at NB are loaded with talent. Buxton, Rosario, Berrios, Polanco, Vargas to name a few. Wow! The talent is starting to trickle towards the upper levels of the minors which gives hope for the big league club.

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    I've just plain enjoyed watching this team more than last year. Especially when Santana was playing. More exciting in general. Most people hate September when the team is out of the running but I like seeing the young guys come up and play. This should be a good September to see some of the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VandyTwinsFan View Post
    I've just plain enjoyed watching this team more than last year. Especially when Santana was playing. More exciting in general. Most people hate September when the team is out of the running but I like seeing the young guys come up and play. This should be a good September to see some of the future.
    Hopefully over the next 2 months Buxton tears the cover off the ball so they give him a September call-up.

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    If it wasn't for TwinsDaily informing me about what was going on with young guys coming up, I might have walked in front of traffic sometime in the last 3.5 years...

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    I don't think things are that bleak unless you really thought the Twins would contend this year. Bleak was the 2nd half of 2011 when guys were dropping like flies and we were replacing them with guys that were doing poorly in the minors so all jokes aside we truly did end with a poor AAA team. Now we are almost wanting guys to get hurt so we can see the guys busting at the seams in the minors get their chance. The biggest position hole was shortstop and now we have a great choice of Nunez, Escobar, Santana and Polanco. Because of this log jam I kind of want a 2015 outfield of Rosario, Buxton and Santana with Polanco at short. I haven't given up on Arcia, Hicks and Parmalee and I have gone from anti Plouffe to pro Plouffe so if Sano develops that will also complicate things but in a good way. Vargas is also doing great and Pinto having a good stretch in AAA. I like building through the system and the system looks great.

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    How about an aggressive prediction for Gordon. After the Appy season ends he goes to Cedar Rapids for the last handful of games this year and then jumps to High A for the start of next season (all barring injury of course).

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    Nice story, thanks for pointing out some of the many positives. Don't forget about Buxton returning to Action and Sano's positive prognosis as positive headlines. Those are two of the most important storylines to monitor in my opinion.

    OH! and Nick Burdi has struck out every batter he's retired in his past two appearances!!!
    Last edited by twinkiesfan11; 07-09-2014 at 10:12 AM. Reason: Another thought

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    Didn't know Gordon was doing so well - that is most EXCELLENT news.

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    I know it's way too early, but how soon could we see Gordon in CR? Is it plausible he gets there this year?

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    The tip to check out Gordon caused me to notice that the second position player chosen this past June, Max Murphy, is even more killing the ball, batting .424 including 5 HR in 77 PA, for a positively sick 1.350 OPS. Don't talk to me about SSS - move over Byron Buxton, this guy plays CF too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
    I know it's way too early, but how soon could we see Gordon in CR? Is it plausible he gets there this year?
    Possible, yes... but unlikely. He's fresh out of high school so the earliest I think we see him at CR is next spring (and that's okay).

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    [QUOTE=twinkiesfan11;253484OH! and Nick Burdi has struck out every batter he's retired in his past two appearances!!![/QUOTE]

    I had to read this twice to make sure I had it correctly. Every one of his 6 outs this season has come via a strikeout. Besides his first outing where he walked four guys in a row (all of which later scored), he has walked one and gave up two hits.

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    Big Nick Gordon fan, have been for months. Super happy he's in their system.

    On the MLB front, super thrilled about Hughes. I liked the signing, but was nervous, very glad it is working out.

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    Even with the negatives about this offseason, Suzuki and Hughes represent enormously positive accomplishments for the front office this offseason.

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