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  1. Sam Morley's Avatar
    Arcia's K rate throughout his minor league career, including his time this year at AAA, is right around 20%- not great, but not "far too high" either. Last year, his OBP at AAA was .426, this year, it's .365. With his BA basically identical, the difference is in the BB rate. He has demonstrated plate discipline in the minors. He needs to put it together at the show.

    His minor league K rate of around 20% is fine. If he can bring his big league K rate of around 30% down to that, he'll be doing great. Another, albeit better fielding, right fielder, Yasiel Puig strikes out at around 20% and walks at around 10%. I think Arcia's hit and power tools profile similarly. If he can bring to the show the plate discipline he has demonstrated in the minors, I think we could see comparable production. He has nothing left to prove at AAA.
  2. huhguy's Avatar
    isnt he fun to watch? Every night im glued to his performance, sure he can slump probably will, but I doubt he s going back down...
  3. jokin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr
    I think expectations locally were such that everybody knew it would not be a line up that measured up to last year's, but yes, it's been a letdown to this point.

    I do think there is more talent in CR than what they've shown. The starting pitching, outside of Stewart, was simply expected to be much better than it has been. I'm not sure there's a lot of help in that area still to be had outside of perhaps Gonsalves. By and large, the guys here now are going to have to simply pitch better.

    Not sure on Williams. He got off to a hot start his first couple games and then faltered.

    I'll be surprised if we see Gordon this year. More likely he starts in CR next year, as Buxton did. Then again, he's starting a level higher than Buck did, so who knows?

    I do know the Twins like Engelb Vielma, the current CR shortstop, and I imagine they want him to get regular ABs.
    I know it's too soon, but I'll ask anyway, with Gordon in the pipeline, does Engleb look like a future utility type, or do the Twins run both of these guys at SS up the organization simultaneously? What would it take for Vielma to force Polanco back to long-term at 2nd Base?
  4. tarheeltwinsfan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huhguy
    btw..hows our Santana bet looking?
    I had forgotten that. Do you remember what I said? I may owe you some $.
  5. huhguy's Avatar
    btw..hows our Santana bet looking?
  6. huhguy's Avatar
    ive often thought we need Joe in Center, evidently mgt doesnt think he has the legs for it.

    Willingham plays the ball well..but he doesnt get to some that better legs would.

    I like the idea, Mauer to outfield, especially center
  7. tarheeltwinsfan's Avatar
    You sold some of your baseball cards? Oh Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  8. twinstalker's Avatar
    My hope when Arcia was rehabbing was that the Twins would see his strikeout rate was far too high even at AAA and keep him there with the mission that he needed to figure that part out prior to coming back to the Twins. That's still what I would do (demote him). Unfortunately, the Twins don't have any OFers to bring up, except Hicks, who also needs to figure things out at AAA.

    It's probably time to give Mauer an outfielder's glove and consider giving Vargas, already on the 40, a chance as DH and backup 1B for a while. Arcia and Hicks need to spend their time through July down on the farm with specific goals in mind. Arcia can obviously destroy pitching there, but apparently he can't not strikeout a lot there. Fix that and come back.
  9. stringer bell's Avatar
    Turner is having a pretty good run at Fort Myers. The word when he was drafted was that he was a top defensive catcher, but questionable with the bat IIRC. He's up to .249 with a .723 OPS, after being buried below the Mendoza line for much of the first part of the season.
  10. SD Buhr's Avatar
    I think expectations locally were such that everybody knew it would not be a line up that measured up to last year's, but yes, it's been a letdown to this point.

    I do think there is more talent in CR than what they've shown. The starting pitching, outside of Stewart, was simply expected to be much better than it has been. I'm not sure there's a lot of help in that area still to be had outside of perhaps Gonsalves. By and large, the guys here now are going to have to simply pitch better.

    Not sure on Williams. He got off to a hot start his first couple games and then faltered.

    I'll be surprised if we see Gordon this year. More likely he starts in CR next year, as Buxton did. Then again, he's starting a level higher than Buck did, so who knows?

    I do know the Twins like Engelb Vielma, the current CR shortstop, and I imagine they want him to get regular ABs.
  11. jokin's Avatar
    Great write-up, JC. Has to be a little bit of letdown for local fans after last season's success.

    What happened to JDs numbers in May- compared to last season? Perhaps there is more pitching help coming besides Burdi, in addition to the bats you mentioned? Is there a LH arm that has any projectability? And maybe Gordon gets hot in E-Town and gets an early call? But really, in the end result, it looks to me like there just aren't enough guys who project to climb much higher in the system.
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