This article speaks to the obvious. Gardy needs to rethink his position on Platooning. Give a guy the greatest chance at success. Gene Mauch used this approach to get ultimate offensive performance from his teams. Remember DH, Jose Morales-RH Glen Adams LH, 2B, Bobby Randall-RH Rob Wilfong LH, OF, Hosken Powell-LH Bombo Rivera-RH Steve Braun-LH Steve Brye RH and on and on. If the Twins went with 3 catchers you could platoon Suzuki, Pinto and Hermann. In the Outfield and DH you could rotate Kubel, Arcia, Parmalee with Colabello Pinto. On some days Plouffe could sit and Escobar could play 3B. For this offense to get better, Gardy has to employ a little creative thinking, like Mauch did, and platoon guys to give them their greatest chance at success.
I do not believe the Twins will have a true DH. Willingham puts up better numbers in the field then DHing and I believe Kubel does as well. I believe Mauer will also get some DH time, as will I believe Escubar.
I'm predicting Deduno breaks camp as the 5th starter. Diamonds velocity was down last season, his K rate was even lower then 2012 and his curveball got killed. Worley's peripherals suggest 2011 was a fluke. Whoever it is I hope Gibson, May, or Meyer break out and take the 5th spot at mid season.
If Polanco can stick at SS he is going to be a top 40 prospect next year.
I am really looking forward to his season
No prospect is a sure thing, but I don't see a situation where Buxton is not an 8-10 year MLB player. Top prospects from a few years back, like Marte the 3B for the Red Sox/Indians totally flopped and was out of baseball. Buxton's speed and arm will not dissapear barring some freak injuries. So you should get plus range/arm defensively out of him and the ability to steal 40 SB. That should be a given and if for some reason he hits .260-.270 with no power he should still be our starting CF.
I don't think that is a likely situation, but the intriguing thing about Buxton and Sano maybe that they are so talented their floor would still be an average to valuabling MLB player.
The signing this off-season that I am most confused by is Paul Maholm to the Dodgers for 1.5 mil plus incentives. He likely starts the season out of the bull pen despite putting up numbers similiar to Arroyo over the past several seasons and being considerably younger. Is there something in his medicals or did he just REALLY want to play in LA?
Bronson Arroyo was a guest speaker at Jeff Smith's camp this weekend. I was talking with a coach who was there and talked with Arroyo. He wants a 3 year contract. I doubt we'd be interested.
Part of me wants them to decide to just do the surgery now. My nightmare for this is that they wait a couple more months before pulling out the blades. This shouldn't be that hard to diagnose. There should be lots of data on how injuries like this heal and what to expect. If this type of injury has any tendency to linger if surgery is not performed than he should get cut now. If they do perform surgery in a couple of months than somebody(s) need to look for other lines of work.
Nick, you hit it on the head!
Why do we think the Indians won't be signing him?
Had to come back one more time.
Obviously I am reluctant about signing Hughes.
Still, Nick... those home/away splits are pretty intriguing....
I'm going to post this one more time then I promise to shut up.
Last 3 years
Player A: 411.2 IP, WHIPs of 1.487, 1.265, 1.455, bWARs -0.1, 1.9, -0.7, total: 1.1
Player B: 510.1 IP, WHIPS of 1.390, 1.298, 1.419, bWARs 0.1, 0.2, 1.6, total: 1.9
Player A: 2013 FIP 4.50, xFIP 4.39 (Fangraphs)
Player B: 2013 FIP 4.40, xFIP 4.24
Player A is Phil Hughes.
Player B is Kevin Correia.
We already have one of those.
Duensing may not be here next year. So that would open up another reliever arm.
Good article, Nick. I agree with much you wrote, but have less patience. I think some of the talk needs to be backed up by a changed approach and new personnel. While I think Gardy is a good baseball guy and a good manager, his extension also symbolizes more of the same from a franchise that is a good bet to lose 90+ games for the fourth straight season. Ryan is doig a lot of talking and his rhetoric suggests to me that he hasn't bought in to the realities of this decade--that the Twins are a mid-market franchise, that the team needs to augment their talent by being a player in the free-agent market and that they need pitchers in the rotation that can make hitters swing and miss.
"As Mackey himself points out, the only two starting pitchers that the Twins have drafted and guided to the major-league ranks in the past eight years are Kyle Gibson and Jeff Manship"
Everytime I hear Manship's name I cringe. Then you look and see he is actually in the major leagues with Colorado. So as bad as the Twins pitching has been at least we aren't having to deal with Manship's lack of ability. How bad is Colorado's pitching situation if he has started 4 games for them. Or Houston having to pitch Phil Humber nearly a half a year. Maybe Houston and Colorado would be interested in Liam Hendriks? Looking at Seth Stoh's 2009 Prospect Book Manship was actually ranked our 14th best prospect. Other pitching propsects ahead of him were Anthony Swarzak (6th), Tyler Robertson (7th), Kevin Mulvey (8th), Carlos Gutierrez (10th), and Deolis Guerra (12th). Obviously Swarzak is the only one that worked out. Two things come to mind. Why are our scouts so poor at finding pitching prospects? And how can guys like Anthony Slama, when he was healthy, not get an extended look a few years back. Between the scouting and front office decisions on pitching it pretty much leaves us with the mess of starting pitching we have now.
I would rather trade Dozier than Rosario.
Also, what is the likely of Rosario transitioning to Shortstop. God knows we need one of those. Do you feel Danny Santana has a lock on that, or Rosario a possibility?
I personally would have to disagree with you saying that Rick Anderson can take credit for Deduno's improvement in the walk department. I think its pretty much been proven that Anderson has lost his touch as the Twins pitching coach. It seems like every year the Twins have pitchers who supposedly have "potential" but they struggle and never seem to find this potential. This is a coaching issue, the coach is supposed to be watching and helping the pitcher change what he is doing wrong, as a pitcher you cannot see what you do differently between pitches. Deduno has absolutely filthy stuff, just like Liriano, and its on Anderson to get him straightened out. I'm sick of the twins pitching staff being garbage and Anderson taking absolutely no blame for it. How many young pitchers have we seen struggle with the Twins, only to be traded or lost to free agency and go on to success(Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Liriano, just off the top of my head). I honestly feel bad for the young pitchers in the Twins organization(Kyle Gibson, Liam Hendriks), because obviously Anderson's approach is not cutting it.
Be saying this since I've seen him in the majors. Looks like an all star prospect from the right and a replacement player from the left. The righty righty match-up is not nearly as detrimental as the lefty lefty one so I'm pretty sure a ballplayer of hicks caliber could make the adjustment. While they're at it florimon should quit switching as well.
The defensive issues, whatever they are, are an issue. He's been catching in pro ball for years. How much better is he going to get?
I don't know how far he is from MLB ready as a C. His bat does seem to look promising.
I remain optimistic about Pinto, but I've been optimistic about a number of guys who never made it or simply got a cup of coffee.
Apparently being a really good MLB player is quite difficult.