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  1. LaBombo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mnfireman
    Where else do you play him? Buxton, Hicks & Arcia are the OF of the future, Sano is the 3B of the future and Mauer's concussion issues won't let him play C anymore.

    If the team had given him all off-season to learn 3B it might be a different story, but they thought Sano would be ready to go, so that is what it is. Maybe they deal Willingham and move Arcia to LF and move Mauer to RF, but then Buxton comes up next year and you have to move Mauer again.

    I would rather have Mauer, Willingham and Arcia in the line-up everyday over Colabello.
    One of your outfielders of the future batted .192 last year, and the other is a bad fielder in an organization with no likely everyday DH after Willingham's deal is done at the end of the season. Buxton is almost certainly going to be a fixture but hasn't played above A ball. Sano is an enormous kid who was challenged at third even before he may have permanently lost arm strength from TJ.

    So it's pretty safe to say that the Twins should probably find the most valuable defensive position for their best player (and who will take up a pretty big chunk of their payroll for the next several years), and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.
  2. twinsfan34's Avatar
    I have a feeling of Colabello is hitting and the OF is full...he'll DH a bunch, but if say, Pinto and Suzuki hit, then maybe Mauer will find more work at 3B (he already takes a few ground balls over there).

    But those are things that probably have to fall into place before there's really any urgency to try to get those guys in the lineup that much.

    And that's a problem, I'd be glad for the Twins to have. But it has to happen first.
  3. zchrz's Avatar
    The only person Mauer is really blocking anytime soon is maybe Vargas or Harrison in a year or two. First offers the least wear and tear, the smallest learning curve, and should allow him to not only stay healthy and on the field more but also let him focus his energy on hitting.
  4. mnfireman's Avatar
    Where else do you play him? Buxton, Hicks & Arcia are the OF of the future, Sano is the 3B of the future and Mauer's concussion issues won't let him play C anymore.

    If the team had given him all off-season to learn 3B it might be a different story, but they thought Sano would be ready to go, so that is what it is. Maybe they deal Willingham and move Arcia to LF and move Mauer to RF, but then Buxton comes up next year and you have to move Mauer again.

    I would rather have Mauer, Willingham and Arcia in the line-up everyday over Colabello.
  5. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    It appears that 2011 was a career year for him in MiLB and MLB.
    Sadly, he's had nothing like it before or since.

    Good luck to him, but he has no business on an MLB roster until he gets something figured out. And that something needs to look like it did in 2011.
  6. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dainir
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
    Interesting - So should player "A" be batting 7th or 8th and player "B" become the new clean up hitter. How would Joe do as a clean up hitter?
  7. lightfoot789's Avatar
    The OBP is somewhat unrealistic for Player "A". That being said: With a slightly better OBP (.320), but better similar numbers in other categories, who would you then take?
    Player "A" is fictional - Player "B" is Joe Mauer's average numbers over 10 years.

    I hope we never become a money ball team. I like bunts and stolen bases and hit and runs. Play small ball with your small ball guys and let your Big Boppers do the Bopping. That should be the Twins Way of the future. Lot's of speed on the horizon and lot's of Power.

    The same way Jake Mauer led the Kernels to the BEST record in the MiLB. And he did it with a pitching staff that was 8th out of 16 teams. Speed and Power will be the Twins Way. Chemistry and Character will determine our future. How do our pieces fit moving forward? Is there chemistry with our prospects and Big Leaguers? Just do your job doesn't always work. I'm excited to see the chemistry of our lower level teams. Winning breeds winning.
  8. Dainir's Avatar
    If they were both on the same team, I would say player A isn't doing his job very well.

    Player B is scoring on 53% of his singles and doubles.

    Whereas player A is scoring on 52% of his singles and doubles.
  9. tobi0040's Avatar
    I wrote a similar blog awhile back. My take is in the short term Mauer would probably be better than Sano, Arcia, and Willingham at their respective positions.

    Long term if Sano sticks at 3B we could put Mauer in LF. Arcia in RF is he sticks or DH/1B if he doesn't. Flip Hicks for a pitcher or SS. And sign a good DH/1B in the mold of Cruz.

    I am hoping that we have Mauer at 1B because we want Sano and Arcia to stay where they are and we need time to evaluate. And we have Willingham in LF because we want to maximize his trade value. Long term, I agree Mauer's athleticism and arm would be a waste at 1B.
  10. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    Do you have an opinion?? and are there specific players behind this? The OBP for the home run guy looks unrealistically low with the huge gap in OPS. For the long baseball season I'd rather have the on-base guy, which was what Moneyball was predicated on-- get on base, no bunts, no steals, let the next guy come up and get on base, keep the line moving, and so on, inning after inning, game after game, all year. Of course those Oakland teams also had great pitching...

    Tweak the numbers and it would be an interesting experiment to simulate a bunch of seasons with those guys and all others factors being equal. NCAA brackets get simulated a lot this time of year.
  11. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    This blog has been promoted to an article. Feel free to comment there.
  12. Paul's Avatar
    Good for you, AJ. Keep going. You're on a very rewarding track. If you were my son or grandson I' be proud.
  13. Sconnie's Avatar
    Thanks AJ good stuff
  14. Sconnie's Avatar
    In 2017 the Twins will have a very good deal if Perkins stays healthy and remains effective.
  15. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    Somebody shut this guy up.


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  16. Dman's Avatar
    That's some good stuff there.
  17. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    I chose Mastro as my TD Adopt-a-prospect a couple of seasons ago, and I mourn his apparent demise. He is like the son I never had.1

    1 Because my actual two sons are like their father, and never showed baseball talent that would support a professional career.
  18. tobi0040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sconnie
    i agree that the turn around strategy doesn't fit the revenue. I will even go so far as to say, even today 3 years into a rebuild, a lot of things still need to go right/get lucky in order for it to only be a 4-5 year rebuild, and that is a shame.

    The fans will repay the incompetence with their wallet. Ticket sales have already started to decline.
    I didn't realize how bad it has gotten. They had 3.2 million tickets sold in the first year of target field. It was at 2.47M last year, just 54,000 more than the last year in the Dome. The all star game will probably prevent them from falling through the dome number

    http://www.startribune.com/local/min...250548991.html
  19. Sconnie's Avatar
    Wouldn't it be nice for Escobar to carry a .300 batting average as the lead off hitter and starting SS? Not certain it's very likely...
  20. twinsajsf's Avatar
    Wait, didn't Correia go 9-13 for one of the worst hitting teams in MLB last year? How exactly does that equate to "an automatic loss"? I'm not opposed to trading him for value, but "dumping" him seems a little extreme.
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