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  1. stringer bell's Avatar
    I agree that Liriano should go to the bullpen but I don't think or expect that he will become a dominant reliever. It doesn't make sense that a guy who has seemed to melt under the pressure in the early innings would have the mental makeup to succeed in late innings with high leverage. Liriano has often shown great stuff, but he hasn't produced. Perhaps a trip to the bullpen will help him find what works again and be an effective pitcher.
  2. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
    I have been saying this for the last two seasons. Liriano is a relief pitcher not a starter. I think in two years he could be the closer with Perkins as set up.

    Put Liriano in the pen now and give Swarzek and Hendricks the ball every 5th day and maybe Duensing too.
  3. DJSim22's Avatar
    TJ Oakes has looked real good since he stepped foot on campus, having your pitching coach as your father must be an interesting dynamic.
  4. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Including Nebraska, 22 Big 10 players were chosen in the 2011 MLB draft.
  5. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I will comment on my own blog first. I should add that if I am right about Grimes and Santana, what has been a lack for the Twins (middle infield) suddenly becomes a strength, with good prospect depth (Rosario, Dozier, Michael, Goodrum at the top).
  6. by jiminy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic Jack
    Hicks is just another #1 first round bust by Deron Johnson our great scouting director. Hicks in 2008, Gibson in 2009, Wimmers in 20120, and Michael in 2012. We need Mike Radcliff back in charge of the scouting department.
    That Levi Michael -- what a bust!
  7. by jiminy's Avatar
    I'd like this idea if we could watch the AAA team on TV, instead of the MLB team.
  8. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Darin617, honestly, I would hope that Danny Lehmann gets the most time catching there, at least until Herrmann moves up. Butera and Rivera clearly don't belong and Towles likely doesn't either.

    Daan4786, I do agree that Parmelee could be the exception. Baseball is not "more mental than physical" though.
  9. daan4786's Avatar
    I mostly agree, but I think the Twins are doing it right with Parmelee. Hes been hot since he got called up last year and seems confident. The coaches showing confidence in him will only help him: baseball is more mental than physical. Investing in his upside makes sense, even at his age; I hear he's a real hard worker, so he'll do what he can to make adjustments. And even if they were wrong, and Parmelee is too young for the big leagues and doesn't produce, they can bring up Burroughs to replace him and let him get some time at AAA.
  10. darin617's Avatar
    Which catcher would you put on this list Butera or Towles? Neither one should make majors.
  11. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Yeah, I would have liked Derrek Lee. And easily on the cheap too.
  12. Craig in MN's Avatar
    I would like this idea better if they had decided on it 2 months ago and brought in one more decent MLB-quality player (or even a potential MLB-quality player) to round out the outfield/1b/DH mix. As it is, there are too many question marks on the MLB team to go north with so many scrubs that might not even be AAA players.
  13. coachingkid's Avatar
    I'd Hicks defense and arm over Revere right now. He is a potential 5 tool player and the best Revere ever will be is a 3 tool player and right now is only a 2 tool player.
  14. John Bonnes's Avatar
    The high number of walks AND strikeouts worries me. And an OPS of barely 700 in High A ball isn't anything to write home about, though Fort Myers is definitely a pitchers park and league. But I'm going to look forward to seeing what he can or can't do in AA. That's often a make or break year, and he'll be 22 most of the year, which isn't old but isn't super young, either. There's no reason to panic - what good would it do exactly? - but it'll help the Twins considerably if he gains back a little luster. After the AFL, I'm hopeful he will.
  15. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I wonder if NB will have Hicks-Herrmann 1-2 in the lineup? That is some serious isolated discipline (though maybe they could swing a bit more).
  16. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Prospect rankings don't only account for statistics. They also consider projected ceilings (Hicks' ceiling is very high, obviously) and how they play. Still, the statistics aren't that bad, especially his career OBP. That's coupled with stellar defense.
  17. Neinstein's Avatar
    I've never understood why Hicks has been placed at the top of the list year after year. It's become a joke with some of my buddies.
  18. Steve Lein's Avatar
    per Jim Rantz talking to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, Hicks is going to start in AA this year.

    You have a very short-sited, unfortunate circumstance, and small sample (or no sample in Michael's case) view of what a "Bust" is, Jack... Adam Johnson, now THAT'S a bust (and a Mike Radcliff guy, at the #2 overall pick)
  19. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Jack, I think it's just a little bit on the early side (like maybe 5 to 10 years early) to call Hicks, Gibson, Wimmers and Michael busts.
  20. Fanatic Jack's Avatar
    Hicks is just another #1 first round bust by Deron Johnson our great scouting director. Hicks in 2008, Gibson in 2009, Wimmers in 20120, and Michael in 2012. We need Mike Radcliff back in charge of the scouting department.
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