Nice article and good view of different possible futures. Completely agree with the likely route -- growth and proving one's self are important. (Of course, now that I said that, they'll rush him up in September straight from AA!)
I'd personally promote to Rochester before deciding whether to call him up to the big leagues. Trout and Harper both spent time in Triple AAA. The one concern would be rather the organization would consider struggles in Rochester to be a reason not to let Sano play a few weeks with the Twins.
I posted this on a different thread, but it's on topic so I'll include it here.
I admit I wasn't sure Sano should get a September call-up, but at this point, why not? He's been tearing AA pitching apart the last month or so. At this rate, he's going to be on the MLB team next year. Why not give him his cup of tea in September, wait for his super 2 status to pass next year and then call him up for good in June. Unless Plouffe starts tearing it up, there isn't really any reason to keep Sano down. He's going to strike out a ton, might as well let him start adjusting to major league pitching in September and give him something to work on during the offseason.
I don't have any problem seeing him come up in September.
Edit: I think my suggestion is a combination of the aggressive and conservative approach. Please let me know if I'm missing anything.
Will Diamond and Worley have options left next year if needed/wanted?
Do you view the K/BB stat differently for pitchers that throw the knuckleball?
I ask as I just read the Call it What it is post by E. Andrew, that suggests that Deduno is throwing pitches that behave like knuckleballs, at least in terms of their rotation. This also meshes with the unpredictable nature of his pitches. If Deduno is throwing fastballs and change-ups that knuckle, as E. Andrew's post would suggest, does that change how you look at Deduno and analyze his stats?
I personally believe what is written in E. Andrew's post the comparisons make sense to me as well as the conclusions drawn from the graphs. I just don't know if that information translates to what the pitch actually does as it comes in on the batter.
edit: decided to add the link below
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A High Level Latin American Coach is exactly what this team needs. The future of the game is in Spanish Speaking countries and I think a coach with Stature could reach some of these young guys better than Jeff Smith.
Am I crazy to want the Twins to hire Ozzie Guillen as a "special instructor?" He seems to have some kind of love affair with Gardy and I always liked the guy.
Nick, I agree wholeheartedly. Trust me, I love Perkins in every way too, and 9 seasons out of 10 I think he stays. But this is that one season where he just has to go. The Twins have had so many bad trades and missed years where they could have been sellers, and they desperately need to sell what they can now so they can commit to a rebuilding process. Even if they move Morneau, Perkins is by far the best chip available. Ideally, I think they should offer him to Los Angeles and Arizona, who are both in a division race, have had major bullpen issues, and would have plenty of great prospects and/or current players to deal for him. Also, spot-on about the Soria bit. I had heard someone else mention that as well as a cautionary tale.
If he continues this trend through August, the Twins would be mistaken not to sign him to a 2 or 3 year contract for 5-7 mil/year.
I understand the premise, but have to disagree with the conclusion. Coming off of three straight 90-loss seasons, entering 2014 with Correia and Pelfrey comprising 40 percent of the rotation again isn't going to sit well. Pelfrey is what he is at this point, and I would much rather roll the dice with uncertain young arms with upside than lock up Pelfrey at a discount.
I'm a daily reader but never post, until now. This article makes an excellent case for trading Perkins. Given his contract and status as an All-Star, he likely brings more trade value than any other Twin (even more than Joey Baseball). The hesitancy to trade him because he's "one of us" is something fans have to get over. If you hold on to the hope of building a winner with local boys, you are going to be waiting forever. You want a winner, you can't sit on a roster that's losing. The Twins need starting pitching help that will prepare them for 2015 and beyond.
I do think the Twins will still keep Morneau but they will not offer him a huge amount of money. He is just like everyone else, has his off day. However ever since he had his concussion, Justin just has not been the same. We are still all waiting for his come back still. If they do want to keep him around, he could possibly be a Designated Hitter. The Twins do need new blood and younger team if they want success, as they have not had the best few seasons.
I'll be disappointed if the Twins don't make Perkins available. As much as I love him, he'd be a fantastic trade chip. If they did, though, I think it would be best if they offered him to the Dodgers, who desperately need a closer especially now that they're getting into contention for their division. Even though I do follow LA, I'll admit I don't know their farm system inside-out, so I think a piece on the Dodgers as a fellow trade partner would be a great idea. Good piece on Philly though!
With all of the hitters starting to come up, Arcia, Hicks, Parmelee, with Sano and Rosario close by and Mauer and Plouffe on top of that maybe the Twins will spend a little on the rotation this offseason to get a top of the rotation pitcher if one is available this offseason. If for no other reason than to help Gibson shoulder the load of hope for a decent pitcher to help front the rotation.
A sobering point and one we need to keep in mind.
Sano and Buxton, along with Rosario, have many Twins fans excited. Me, too.
Still, they are a long way from MLB.
Patience, fans, patience.
Exactly, I've been making this point off and on with people counting our prospects before they hatch. We can't think of these players as certainties.
If you are correct about the market and i think you are then it is an easy decision- keep him. We always look at the upside of prospects but not as much for struggling vets. Maybe he comes back- not looking likely but we do not need minimal salary relief or a marginal prospect for a homegrown former MVP. He may DH against right handers in the future and have to accept more of a Jim Thome role. We are getting younger and that looks like it will continue but you need some vetrans. I hope we keep Morneau or Willingham.
To target Pelfrey in this post is disingenuous, this is why the old quote about numbers lie apply. True, Pelfrey struggled early but he has been been just what we need in his last three starts. I can side with you on Diamond, but he is the one pitcher especially after a good outing the last time out you want to be patient with. Twins dont have the best rotation in baseball right now but are respectable and merit a B- to B+ rating, much better than anybody thought they would be.
Agreed. He has about a month, or the Twins will seriously have to consider extending Morneau and cutting Parmelee or seeing if another player can provide production at first base if Morneau is traded.
Florimon had some defensive miscues in early in the season, but to be honest I have not noticed him making too many mistakes in the field recently.
If he can be a + defensive Shortstop than I will take any offense we can get from him.
Two months does not a season make--this goes for the disappointments as well as the positive surprises--but I can't help but like what Florimon has done. He looks like a good shortstop and as Nick stated, he's a bottom of the order guy who hits a little bit and can steal an occasional base. I amnot as optimistic for Correia, but I think he'll probably stay in the rotation until at least September and win his 10-12 games. Worley needs to get his confidence back, first and foremost, and if a CG shutout for Rochester help that, great.