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    Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
    I'm not even confident that he can turn into a .300 OBP hitter.
    I think this is a key strategic question. Here's a post I shared in another forum, related to Aaron Hick's 2013 OBP. It may produce more fruitful conversation here:

    "There's a lot of talk here about Hicks, but how about Florimon too? Perhaps we could see a statistical improvement in on-base percentage similar to Dozier's sophomore season:
    Player's OBP (Plate Appearances) Minors (PA) 1st Year MLB (PA) 2nd Year MLB (PA)
    Brian Dozier .370 (1613) .271 (340) .312 (558)
    Aaron Hicks .376 (2192) .259 (313) ???
    Pedro Florimon .321 (2900) .281 (446)* ???

    *Florimon had 160 MLB plate appearances in 2011-12)

    Dozier's OBP climbed 41 points between his 1st and 2nd full seasons with the Twins (his slugging percentage also climbed 82 points). It may be unrealistic for both Florimon and Hicks' OBP to climb over .300 OBP in their second full MLB seasons, but even a modest increase should tilt the balance toward more overall runs scored.

    Also, factor the uptick both Hicks and Florimon bring in the field over/against all of the other available options. We want these guys in the field. Now if they can only reach base..."

    I really appreciated Reider's points about watching Florimon, and what his glove brings to the game. But I wonder about a SS who posted a .321 OBP for his minor league career.

    However, Greg Gagne's career MLB OBP is .302 and Christian Guzman's OBP didn't climb above .300 until his third year with the Twins (.269 & .299 in 1999 & 2000) so there is a precedent in the Twins organization for playing shortstops with below-average offense in favor of above-average defense.

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    In a nutshell, I'd say Gardenhire should ink in Florimon as the #9 batter in the 2014-15-16 lineup, until a prospect from within the organization (Santana, Polanco, Trea Turner in the 2014 draft?) makes a compelling argument for a position/lineup change.

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    One thing to remember about Florimon is that, even though, he is a switch hitter, he is truly terribly against lefties, and actually relatively decent against righties. Escobar is a switch hitter with the reverse platoon strength. A platoon of the two of them could conceivable get you nearly average SS offense and well above average defense. Bartlett was a strong hitter against lefties, so he could be in the mix too, if things go well for him.

    That doesn't give Florimon any more pure value, but it does help the team if the player has a notable weakness that you they can plan to cover up. Gardy doesn't like to platoon, of course, but it's an option. I think part of the reason he doesn't like to platoon is that it is usually with more offensive-oriented players and it makes it easier for the opposing team to play reliever matchups towards the middle of the batting order. Plus, those other offensive players are rarely as bad in their platoon-weakness hitting as these guys are.

    Who's going to bring in a loogy/roogy to turn Escobar or Florimon around? Nobody. What about having one come in to face someone like Parmalee or Plouffe?...a lot might. Parmalee and Plouffe have roughly a 650 OPS on their weakside platoon...that is bad but not so bad. That is basically the strongside platoon splits for Escobar and Florimon...they have closer to a .500 OPS from their weakside....that is what you need to get away from. Platooning these two switch hitters that are batting ninth regardless seems like there is little downside and more relative upside.
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    I have no idea where Florimon compares to other shortstops defensively, trying to rank them somehow, I don't watch enough other games to even try, and others have already listed the statistical stuff. I do know that going into the 2013 season I was unimpressed with his defense, and following the season I was very impressed.

    He's more than good enough to hold down the spot until the roster stabilizes into what looks like a future core of players that will compete. He's also young enough with enough intriguing features (a little pop in his bat, good speed) to potentially be a big contributor to that future core if he improves offensively. I'm not sure I anticipate any significant improvement offensively, but a tiny bit wouldn't shock me, and with his defense, that would be plenty enough.

    I'd still prefer somebody who had a little more offense as part of his game, I think looking to improve is definitely prudent, but I'm not sure there's anything out there at a reasonable price (in dollars or other assets) that would honestly be a definitive improvement to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig in MN View Post
    Who's going to bring in a loogy/roogy to turn Escobar or Florimon around? Nobody. What about having one come in to face someone like Parmalee or Plouffe?...a lot might. Parmalee and Plouffe have roughly a 650 OPS on their weakside platoon...that is bad but not so bad. That is basically the strongside platoon splits for Escobar and Florimon...they have closer to a .500 OPS from their weakside....that is what you need to get away from. Platooning these two switch hitters that are batting ninth regardless seems like there is little downside and more relative upside.
    According to Dickbert, the Twins think Florimon's strong side is as a RH batter. His minor league numbers do support this conclusion. Obviously this makes Florimon and Escobar even more redundant.

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    Florimon is best served in a UTIL role due to his slick fielding nature. I don't think he will ever do enough with the bat to truly warrant a starting job on a legit competing ball club. The Twins really don't have much in the SS pipeline at this point, and counting on Florimon for anything more than 1 season is a mistake IMO. The Twins should strike now, sign Drew to a 2-3 year deal and instantly improve the SS position (which has been dreadful for about a decade now)

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    Against RHP, which is 2/3 of all games, the entire infield minus Mauer will be at a platoon disadvantage. If they could bring in even one LH hitting util infielder to displace one of Plouffe or Florimon, that might be a big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
    According to Dickbert, the Twins think Florimon's strong side is as a RH batter. His minor league numbers do support this conclusion. Obviously this makes Florimon and Escobar even more redundant.
    Is that right? I don't know where to get his minor league splits. That's kind of amazing, if true. He has a .665 OPS as a lefty this year, and .459 as a righty. If his righty stats could even match his lefty ones, there would be no concern about him being an everyday player.

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    minorleaguecentral.com for minor league splits.

    IHe hit .687 as a LHB and .758 as a RHB also with better K and BB rates. We are not talking about a high ceiling player that if given more playing time might suddenly turn into a guy who should be hitting everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy View Post
    In a nutshell, I'd say Gardenhire should ink in Florimon as the #9 batter in the 2014-15-16 lineup, until a prospect from within the organization (Santana, Polanco, Trea Turner in the 2014 draft?) makes a compelling argument for a position/lineup change.
    Strongly agree, with Escobar or a rejuvenated Bartlett getting a platoon there. Gardy simply has to look at this option to give the lineup the best chance to succeed. Either could potentially give the Twins defense at least comparable to Floriman, and would give the lineup a better turnaround to the top again.

    I also appreciate the OB% comparison given and hope to see at least a small rise from Florimon just due to a year under his belt, as well as possible platoon splits helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
    minorleaguecentral.com for minor league splits.

    IHe hit .687 as a LHB and .758 as a RHB also with better K and BB rates. We are not talking about a high ceiling player that if given more playing time might suddenly turn into a guy who should be hitting everyday.
    Thanks Willihammer! I have been thinking about adding a guy to take maybe 100 PAs from Dozier, 150-200 from Plouffe, and maybe another 150-200 as the left fielder. Such a player would certainly render Parmelee totally obselete. I don't think Escobar is the guy, but a lefty hitter in those positions could help the team dramatically.

    Florimon's splits are puzzling, given his minor league career. I guess it shows that even a season's worth of data is still a small sample size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
    Thanks Willihammer! I have been thinking about adding a guy to take maybe 100 PAs from Dozier, 150-200 from Plouffe, and maybe another 150-200 as the left fielder. Such a player would certainly render Parmelee totally obselete. I don't think Escobar is the guy, but a lefty hitter in those positions could help the team dramatically.

    Florimon's splits are puzzling, given his minor league career. I guess it shows that even a season's worth of data is still a small sample size.
    The problem is, there aren't a whole lot of lefty hitting SS/2B/3B.....

    However if you want a guy who can hit everything and play all of those positions...look no further than Mark DeRosa!

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    Florimon is an outstanding defensive SS. After Simmons, who is in his own league, I'd put Florimon in the next tier. That tier for me includes..

    Troy Tulowitzki
    Escobars (Alcides and Yunel)
    Jose Iglesias
    Brendan Ryan
    Pete Kozma

    He is a useful MLB player and should be in the majors for the next 5-7 years. Depending on how long his defense holds up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig in MN View Post
    Is that right? I don't know where to get his minor league splits. That's kind of amazing, if true. He has a .665 OPS as a lefty this year, and .459 as a righty. If his righty stats could even match his lefty ones, there would be no concern about him being an everyday player.
    I think what this tells us is that it is reasonable to expect improvement in his overall numbers because he SHOULD have better numbers from the right side. Plus, it would sure help if the man could learn to lay of the stuff thrown at his feet when batting LH. The optimist in me hopes he improves his plate discipline and gets it together RH. Is it unreasonable to think he can make these improvements? If so, would he be roughly league average offensively?

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    This thread reads a lot like past Butera threads. "If Player A would stop being awful at Skill B, he'd be a decent player."

    Florimon will never be more than a bad hitter, which is a slight step up from his current status as "awful hitter". But it's likely that he'll always be an awful hitter.

    The guy has eight pro seasons under his belt. We know who he is at this point. Predicting anything else for him is wishful thinking at best, outright naïveté at worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
    Against RHP, which is 2/3 of all games, the entire infield minus Mauer will be at a platoon disadvantage. If they could bring in even one LH hitting util infielder to displace one of Plouffe or Florimon, that might be a big help.
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    It is true that Florimon's MiLB career would suggest he is never going to be much of a hitter but it is reasonable to expect based on those same numbers that he will improve from the right side. That would help a little. He also will probably never have good plate discipline but if Cuddyer can finally learn after 10 years how to lay-off a breaking ball that is 16 inches outside, it's not too late to hope Florimon can learn to lay-off balls at his feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    This thread reads a lot like past Butera threads. "If Player A would stop being awful at Skill B, he'd be a decent player."

    Florimon will never be more than a bad hitter, which is a slight step up from his current status as "awful hitter". But it's likely that he'll always be an awful hitter.

    The guy has eight pro seasons under his belt. We know who he is at this point. Predicting anything else for him is wishful thinking at best, outright naïveté at worst.
    Your either overrating Florimon's futility with the bat or underrating Butera's. 100 pts of OPS is a lot. With good defense at SS a .600 OPS is tolerable, a .500 OPS isn't, regardless of position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iastfan112 View Post
    Your either overrating Florimon's futility with the bat or underrating Butera's. 100 pts of OPS is a lot. With good defense at SS a .600 OPS is tolerable, a .500 OPS isn't, regardless of position.
    I would tend to agree with this. I argued this same point last preseason. Florimon put up a .611 OPS with above average defense at SS. The league average for a #9 hitter is .633. I have no problem with Florimon as our SS and #9 hitter for the near future. I also expect he could approach the league average this season.

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