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  1. Waverley Wildcat's Avatar
    Beresford has been selected at SS 4 times......why such a limited selection by team management? What error stats are you looking at? total number of errors or errors when playing SS, I have no figures but his error count over the past years would be very minimal, to say "a fair amount of errors" is a bit unfounded. This season he has 4 errors, two are wild throws, one an attempted DP the other a cut off attempt at a runner so therefore he has had 2 "fielding" errors............the SS who has played the remainder of the games has 18 errors.............go figure. Walks are thrown by pitchers so how can you blame the batter as not "great at getting walks"
  2. clutterheart's Avatar
    More on Beresford.

    Can he play SS? According to his numbers, he has only played it 4 times this year. Looking at his historical stats, he seems to put up a fair amount of errors at SS. - I know, errors are not the best fielding stat but thats all I got. - Furthermore if he hit .230 as a great defensive 2B that might be acceptable if he had some pop to his bat.
    But he doesn't.
    He is a really bad hitter when it comes to x Bases.
    He has 2311 Minor league ABs
    And 1 HR.
    Read that again 1 HR in his whole career, that is 4 less than Ben Revere.
    He doesn't seem great at getting Walks.
    He doesn't seem like a speedy guy as he only has 49 career stolen bases.
    He is good at hitting singles but this is the first time in his career that he is hitting over .300

    I really think he needs to prove that for the whole season that he can sustain his unsustainable BABIP (.383) before he gets any kind of a callup.
  3. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell
    IMHO, Herrmann doesn't need to play every day and shouldn't stand in Pinto's way. Isn't his ceiling utility guy/3rd catcher? I submit that Ryan Doumit is trade bait and if he leaves, someone like Pinto can fill his role (probably the role would be altered a bit). It is probably most important that he develop to be a quality receiver so that he can catch more and have Mauer catch less, it is good for the team.
    Herrrmann hasn't been great this season, but I'm not ready to relegate him to 3rd catcher yet. He had a nice 2012 season (.276/.350./392). Not the stuff that dreams are made of, but good enough for 2nd catcher on many teams I would think. I guess I'd like them both to play every day if that's at all possible.

    Also I very much agree that Doumit can be traded if the return is decent.
  4. stringer bell's Avatar
    IMHO, Herrmann doesn't need to play every day and shouldn't stand in Pinto's way. Isn't his ceiling utility guy/3rd catcher? I submit that Ryan Doumit is trade bait and if he leaves, someone like Pinto can fill his role (probably the role would be altered a bit). It is probably most important that he develop to be a quality receiver so that he can catch more and have Mauer catch less, it is good for the team.
  5. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Thanks for the comment.

    I guess I would say that it's not "supposed" that Beresford has good defense. He plays defense very well. Like, it's a fact. SS and 2B have been, and continue to be, positions of weakness for the Twins. So in my (albeit uneducated) opinion, if a guy can play very good defense at either or both of those positions in this organization, and can bat .300 -- even without power or the ability to take walks -- and can do it consistently, it's time to see if he can do it at the next level. I'm not suggesting Beresford is the next Jose Reyes, or will displace Eddie Rosario. I am suggesting that he's played very well in his second AA season. So let's see what he can do at AAA. By the way, great defense at 2B and the ability to bat over .230 in the bigs may in fact be a ticket to the majors for the Twins this season and next.

    Josmil Pinto has been very good. He needs to play every day. Chris Herrmann won't be with the Twins for very long (I expect, anyway), and will go back to AAA, where he also needs to play every day. I think it's a disservice to Pinto's development to have him split time with Herrmann at catcher. But your point is well-taken -- Pinto has been great, and shouldn't hang around longer than he needs to. I'd also add that, although he has a good arm, I'm not sure he's a great catcher yet. I.e., framing pitches and some of the finesse stuff.

    Danny Ortiz. Again, I've been impressed. He's held his own. Struggling a little lately (batting .194 over last 10 games) but he's been good and has shown decent power. He's played 56 games at AA. He hasn't dominated like, for instance, Oswaldo Arcia did (played 69 games in New Britain; .955 OPS). But then again, Brian Dinkelman played left field tonight for Rochester, so it's not like a legitimate prospect is blocking Ortiz in Rochester. Let's see what happens at the trade deadline. If Willingham is traded and Arcia called up permanently, there's a corner spot open at Rochester. I'd give that to Ortiz in August.
  6. clutterheart's Avatar
    I don't get this Beresford love. I think he is a marginal prospect at best.
    High Average? Yes. The highest ever in his MiLB career. But no power, not good at taking walks, and just slaps singles.
    Supposedly he has good Defense, but...good Defense at 2B is not a ticket to the big leagues.

    I am interested to know why you don't think Pinto and maybe Danny Ortiz do not deserve to be at AAA.
  7. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
    Great post.

    I asked in another thread do the Twins have the right type of pitching coach working with Meyer and May for that matter?
  8. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Fantastic analysis. This is a very insightful thing. Um, can you pass this along to the Twins?
  9. clutterheart's Avatar
    From your post, it sounds like he might have problems out of the stretch. Is that right?

    I have heard that young guys can have this problem when they move from windup to stretch and have to wonder if being so tall some how makes it harder.
  10. CK's Avatar
    Nice post! Thanks for this refreshing view from up close.
  11. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Nice report.

    I hope they get to see Pinto or Herrmann in a long enough stretch this year so the Twins can determine if either has the defense to be a viable back up catcher for 2014.

    I am not sure that the Twins can get back anything more valuable than what Doumit can provide with the bat in 2014 so he may not be an asset on the trade market. If not, he would have value as a switch hitting DH/bench bat/emergency catcher on next year's roster.
  12. spycake's Avatar
    Great report. I think this is why I love pro baseball (and this site): there is so much more action and so many more stories with the minor leagues added in.
  13. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Good point -- a guy that can play 3 infield positions well has a shot to move up in this organization!
  14. stringer bell's Avatar
    I noticed Christian at spring training. He is taller and whiter than almost all of the other middle infielders. He seems to have a pretty nice lefthanded stroke and runs pretty well. He picked the right organization if he wants to have a chance to move up.
  15. old nurse's Avatar
    If Hermsen adds MPH there should be steroid testing done.
    It will be interesting what develops from last year's pitching selections from the draft as they get a full year under their belt. Can Bard start. Is Baxendale a legit starter. Can any of the drafted relievers become starters.
  16. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    And . . . with the Ben Revere trade now official, please add Vance Worley as, I guess, a #3 starter to this list. He had similar service time to Revere, so my guess is that he is a ways from free agency, too.
  17. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim H
    I think that the oft repeated refrain that there is no pitching in the Twins system, is overstating the case. Pitching, even starting pitching, can move quickly through the system. There are several interesting guys beyond those you mentioned. I think it is a bit early to be sure that Hermsen can't add both velocity and "stuff" to his toolbox. Salcedo and some of the more recent draftees and international signing have some promise.
    Good catch on Hermsen. I liked what I saw out of him for the Rock Cats last season. I'm no expert -- it's tough to project what his ceiling is. It would be great if he could add a couple MPH, though, to go along with his good control.
  18. Jim H's Avatar
    I think that the oft repeated refrain that there is no pitching in the Twins system, is overstating the case. Pitching, even starting pitching, can move quickly through the system. There are several interesting guys beyond those you mentioned. I think it is a bit early to be sure that Hermsen can't add both velocity and "stuff" to his toolbox. Salcedo and some of the more recent draftees and international signing have some promise.
  19. Steve Penz's Avatar
    Good call on revisiting Wimmers. Word was that he had gotten past many control issue before his injury. Lets hope that he can recover properly and find control again. Also, this will be a big year for the college relievers that we drafted last spring and are trying to convert to starters. Hopefully some of them pan out.
  20. Twins Twerp's Avatar
    Too bad Span going on the DL killed his trade value. Hopefully he gets traded, Revere fills in at Center, and Hicks can take his time in AAA. Revere is an abover average centerfielder.

    WIth Span, we could have an outfield of Hicks in Left, Span in Center, and Revere in Right. Arcia could DH and play the Kubel role. The hammer could be San Fran or anywhere and we could get some great pitching prospects. Boy for the 3rd worst team in the league I sure am giddy with excitement...

    Now lets go out and spend 30 million on a pitcher or 2 and we will be good for 3rd in the Central
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