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  1. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl
    I like the uniqueness, generally, here in your countdown. But Koch that high?
    I have seen Koch make Pinto-like improvements in his game 2 seasons in a row.

    Koch can play in the majors right now with no worse production than Butera. Very very consistent and solid in every aspect of the game. Is he starting material right now? No. Can he be in 2 seasons? Probably, depending on how things go. If he goes up to New Britain and has another .750-.800 OPS season with double digits in HRs and 30+ doubles (which is totally reasonable for him, based on his history), eyes will open. Still not ranked as high as Herrmann was in some lists as a prospect and I think that Koch has at least the same potential, if not a bit more, because he is much more consistent...
  2. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I like the uniqueness, generally, here in your countdown. But Koch that high?
  3. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Yeah I liked Grimes heading into 2012 and then . . . that happened. I will be interested in seeing how he does there this year.
  4. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    Just a quick note - It's Logan Wade, not Wade Logan.

    I really like Grimes. I didn't as a SS, but last year, I got a chance to talk to him a couple of times, and he's a terrific person, hard worker and very smart baseball person. He's really enjoying the transition to catcher.

    Corrected. Thanks.

    Grimes is built like a bull too. Very similar body type to Pinto. I think that Catcher fits him like a glove
  5. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Just a quick note - It's Logan Wade, not Wade Logan.

    I really like Grimes. I didn't as a SS, but last year, I got a chance to talk to him a couple of times, and he's a terrific person, hard worker and very smart baseball person. He's really enjoying the transition to catcher.
  6. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    See I wish more people would go in depth like this, because here we get more guys off other people's lists to talk about. Logan, Grimes, and Larson are interesting guys to follow this coming season.
  7. kab21's Avatar
    Consider me unimpressed. the only thing that indicates Escobar is anything more than a utility player is a 43 game AAA sample size that includes a .373 BAPIP.
  8. Twins best friend's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DocBauer
    On a side note, my choice a break-out candidate is Hicks...Since he was drafted, it was known he was raw and would take some time. He has often been compared to Tori Hunter, and probably rightfully so.
    I agree with this or would it be so bad if he was a David Murphy+ type? I'd think Hicks would bring more to the table in defense and speed but David Murphy has been a solid offensive contributor.
  9. DocBauer's Avatar
    On a side note, my choice a break-out candidate is Hicks. He is so gifted, and last season's rush and failure, along with the tremendous and worthwhile excitement over Buxton, has tempered people's opinions, probably far too much.

    Since he was drafted, it was known he was raw and would take some time. He has often been compared to Tori Hunter, and probably rightfully so. And like Hunter, he has shown slow but steady progress, always adjusting and growing at each level. I believe he was simply rushed last season.

    And less we forget, he was showing signs of actually improving before his injury last year. With his excellent defense, he could learn on the job, hit .230-.250, still provide 20 SB's, possibly 20 HR's and 30 plus doubles with a smattering of triples and still be a real asset.
  10. DocBauer's Avatar
    I think everyone forgets how young he is. Probably because the Sox pulled him up too soon and his stats were not very good. Not surprising considering his age and lack of consistent every day playing time.

    All reports we've heard are good glove and athletic with a little speed. If he could supplant Floriman, who I LOVE for his glove, and people undervalue due to the Twins general lack of overall offense lately, I think we'd be better overall. At worse, I think he could platoon at SS against LHP and be a great sub at several positions.
  11. Linus's Avatar
    I've always liked the way he swings the bat. I also don't understand people wanting to peg him as a utility guy when he's only 24 and made his way to the big leagues rather quickly. He can easily improve as a hitter and fielder and, if that happens, he's clearly preferable to Florimon. I would give him every chance to win the SS job.
  12. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by IronMonkee
    I don't know how I feel about a sample size of 1, but I do hope you're right.
    Not exactly a sample size of 1. Lots of PAs and def reps in there, because the comparison is minor league careers and seasons.... I guess one can describe an entire baseball career as sample size of 1
  13. IronMonkee's Avatar
    I don't know how I feel about a sample size of 1, but I do hope you're right.
  14. ericchri's Avatar
    If he pulled a Dozier and made our SS spot in the lineup suddenly look acceptable as opposed to really bad, and could pull that off while drawing a wash in the defensive department with Florimon, that would be a good catalyst to a turnaround for the Twins. Hoping this analysis works out to come true. Thanks!
  15. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    I was pretty sure that Escobar got sent down in 2013 (to AAA) to play more SS and refine his skills. His .880 OPS in 188 PA showed a fluency with the bat that should have pleased everyone.

    Can he sustain this? I don't know, but when he came back to the Twins in September (SSS) his offensive numbers were very good for a SS. They featured a .324 BA and a .343 OBP for the 24 year old.

    I like Florimon as a fielder and wish him the best, but I believe the stronger Twins team has Escobar starting at SS and Florimon perhaps serving as the utility infielder.

    Like the parallels with Dozier. Good work. Thanks Thry.
    Updated 11-25-2013 at 10:31 AM by Oldgoat_MN (stupid keyboard)
  16. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    This is excellent analysis! I really like Escobar too, and I hope he beats Florimon out for the SS job in Spring Training. I think his offensive upside is clearly higher and he might even be a better defender. He's 2 years younger than Florimon too, so there's no downside.
  17. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by old nurse
    In regards to the stat that shows the pitchers to be different, isn't that the one that said Cole DeVries was an ace?
    Nothing showed up DeVries as an ace
    His xPE was at the 3-4 starter level, which was where he was in 2012.
  18. old nurse's Avatar
    After 2000 innings or more I would think that would get you predictive stats and the real one near the same spot.
    In regards to the stat that shows the pitchers to be different, isn't that the one that said Cole DeVries was an ace?
  19. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    Reports I've been seeing talk about the Twins wanting to add 2 SP this off-season. Bronson Arroyo may indeed be better than Correia, but will he still be able to help this team when the youngsters start to perform in 2015 and beyond?
  20. howieramone's Avatar
    King Theo is a Ryan clone. He'll want Berrios and Thorpe.
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