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  1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I would like to see Hirschfield move up now that Walters is gone from Rochester.
  2. MileHighTwinsFan's Avatar
    Span is the only player I see us getting anything close to 2014 MLB ready talent in return. Pavano, Liriano and Capps will not likely anything more than long term prospects or AAAA journeymen.

    Any chance that Willingham or Doumit might be dangled? Doumit is also in the same camp as Pavano, Liriano and Capps - but Willingham could draw real interest. If we are really looking at a long term rebuild, it makes sense to consider all our options.
  3. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    I think that Capps and Liriano go before Span because everyone can use average pitchers out of the bullpen and a back-of-the-rotation starter as a backup, and the Twins right now need to have a good lead-off hitter and table setter.
  4. Rosterman's Avatar
    The Twins could also go after arbitration eligible places that are on the cusp (up or down) that could pan out and give the team 1-3 years of service to supplement the young guys. I doubt that any free agent would sign with the team...even if the Twins offered loot. I mean, would Tori Hunter come back. Johan Santana. Jim Thome, even....all on the downside end of their career and could shine and contribute as teachers and inspiration in a rebui
    lding environs.
  5. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Very good points. My hope is that the Twins target pitchers who are a year or two away and target high-ceiling position players that can move through the system with Sano and Rosario. My preferred target would be the roster of the Hickory Crawdads of the Texas Rangers... but a lot of things would have to line up right for that to happen.
  6. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Benson played right field last night, with Hicks in center. Both were hitless.
    I'm excited to see the ground that they cover, though.
  7. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    The Wimmer's situation is a bit disheartening. I am not so glad the plug was pulled so soon on Benson at AAA. What position does Benson slot into at AA? Rightfield or a rover?
  8. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    For Wimmers' sake, but for yours as well (!), I hope Alex is fine in a month or so.

    Gibson, Wimmers, Solimon, Bromberg have or are faced/facing health issues now. That's four out of the teams top 6-8 pitching prospects.
  9. CDog's Avatar
    WHAT?!?! Chief disagrees with my rather wide-ranged description? And on the negative side? This is all brand new and unexpected information!!!

    One of the many things that amuses me in a rather absurd way is when people add "I was at the game" as if it's some sort of proof that they're right even when the subject is something that has nothing to do with the specifics of being at the game.

    Since I'm pretty big fan of the truth, I should mention that the SS nearly fielded the ball exactly where the dirt meets the grass. When he reversed course to go pick up the ball that he hadn't caught, he picked it up several feet into the outfield, which is where I was likely remembering that from. Smalley mentioned, and I agree, that it was a play he probably would make sometimes and was disappointed he didn't, but I don't see it as an error almost ever. And as long as we're on the truth, I don't really know how it matters, but since the five-hop description was given as evidence of how uncrisp the ball was hit, it hit the ground four times before the glove.

    When the ball was hit, the split second insta-reaction was "base hit up the middle" (that likely isn't the reaction of someone predisposed to the negative, or someone distracted by the hot dog vendor or someone focusing on mis-counting hops). Then in that next split second is when I realized "oh, infields play Mauer shifted to pull" and the SS was there to make the play. But it was hit "so weakly" that the pitcher really made no reaction until the ball was past him. Bremer referred to it as "hot," so factor down the proper amount from there and I'll stand by crispish. It wasn't blistered or scalded or ripped or tattooed or even no-doubt-crisp. It was a crispish groundball up the middle.

    Andohbytheway, if you're really interested, it's the 8th or so highlight on the videos on the Twins mlb official page if you'd like to watch it yourself.
  10. USAFChief's Avatar
    Not that it matters but the infield single was not "crispish." I was at the game...it was a weakly hit five hopper that just happened to be in a perfect spot. If it was well hit the SS wouldn't have gotten a glove on it.

    He was definitely favoring the leg all weekend. It was more noticeable during BP.
  11. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    I'm not a stats person but as I watched him run to 1st in his last AB yesterday, I commented on his knee. It wasn't a limp but it seemed like there was a hesitation in his step.

    I don't know the answer to all this but I think you are absolutely correct in your conclusion that he will go through periods like this (probably many of them) as long as he continues to cqatch.
  12. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    CDog, thanks for the clarification on that ground ball single -- like I said, I didn't see it, but was just going off of something one of the SEA or MIN writers had penned.
  13. CDog's Avatar
    As I've said in response to another of your posts (I think), when Mauer tried to play at the start of '11 and clearly wasn't right, the main cause of the not-rightness was lack of strength in his left leg. The result of that not-rightness was a lot of grounders and almost always to 2B. There was also some not-rightness at the end of the prior season (leading to the surgery) and there was an increase then, too, of grounders to the right side. Now he takes a nasty foul ball off that same leg (one he described as one of the worst he's ever gotten hit with), in the same area that was the cause of problem, and he immediately is hitting a ton of grounders to 2B. Yeah, I think there's a pretty natural inclination to worry about that. I know I am.

    As for a couple other things you mention, yes two of the games were against Weaver and Hernandez, but the rest were not. Big time not. And for whatever reason, Mauer had previously absolutely RAKED King Felix (with a small sample as all individual matchups are, but a fair amount more than those usually have). And the infield hit to shortstop wouldn't have been an error anywhere, I don't think. It was a crispish ground ball right up the middle that the shortstop got his glove on well behind the second base bag (he was several feet into the outfield grass). A play he maybe could have made and would sometimes, but certainly not an error.
  14. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
    I've always wondered the same thing. I live in Seattle, so I try to go to make it to Safeco whenever the Twins are in town, and it seems like they lose nearly every game I go to. It could just be that the Twins don't do well on the West Coast, period. But you're right, they should still have a better record against some pretty miserable Mariners teams in recent years.
  15. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
    I have Mauer's back. Yeah, he'll most definitely hit into some GIDP's. I believe he will have a great season in the midst of a Twin's train wreck of a season. 15 HR's at best, but a batting title in play!
  16. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CDog
    One of the things I don't like is when a person wishes he would pull the ball more and then that same person gets upset when he grounds out to 2nd. Increasing one will increase the other. (And no, I'm not suggesting that you are being that person with this post.)

    It looks like his GB/FB ratio this year is higher than normal, but it's coming as a result of fewer fly balls as much as increased ground balls. The line drive rate is actually up, so that's good. I generally agree that 2011, especially his first stint before the DL was alarming because of how often he was hitting ground balls. This season started that way for like three to five games if I remember right, and yes, the last couple. Maybe something to keep an eye out for, but obviously we're talking short "streaks" and not full-fledged patterns yet for this year.
    Good points. As long as that line drive rate stays high, he'll be successful -- at least the way I'm defining success for Mauer at this point. And you're correct, if he starts pulling the ball, it's going to be grounders to second rather than liners to LF and CF, which comprise most of his extra-base power.

    Plus, I mentioned a couple pitchers in there, like Sabathia, because it's fair to point out when Mauer's having a tough time -- and it's against really, really good pitching.
  17. CDog's Avatar
    One of the things I don't like is when a person wishes he would pull the ball more and then that same person gets upset when he grounds out to 2nd. Increasing one will increase the other. (And no, I'm not suggesting that you are being that person with this post.)

    It looks like his GB/FB ratio this year is higher than normal, but it's coming as a result of fewer fly balls as much as increased ground balls. The line drive rate is actually up, so that's good. I generally agree that 2011, especially his first stint before the DL was alarming because of how often he was hitting ground balls. This season started that way for like three to five games if I remember right, and yes, the last couple. Maybe something to keep an eye out for, but obviously we're talking short "streaks" and not full-fledged patterns yet for this year.
  18. rogrulz30's Avatar
    He has to hit the ball in the air and hit more hrs in the 3 spot, he isn't going to change, he needs to bat #2
  19. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
    I think you are correct about the culture and expectation of winning, that we have a good chance to win every game we play, even when it's late and we're down. You can't teach this, but it pays dividends.
  20. MWLFan's Avatar
    Ashburyjohn makes a good point on the competitive game part you watch enough minor league ball and you understand there is a shell game taking place to some degree, in the low minors I have seen this. Also, the team you see in April will NOT be the team you see in June or August in Beloit. I was lucky enough to see Arcia when he dropped in and he was the best hitter on the team by far last year, by June he was gone to Fort Meyers. But it is part of the game isn't it.
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