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Relevant magic numbers with tiebreakers accounted for

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Fun With Numbers - 2020 Season

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Post Season Rotation

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Twins developed starting pitching history since Bert

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Back to the Future

Posted by SirLoin , 14 April 2015 · 1,242 views

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Back to the Future Sure, the season is only a week old. Yeah, it's a small sample size. But it's already starting to look like this current roster isn't going to give the fan base any reason to invest time or money this summer. I don't know about you, but I can just as easily go to a Red Cow location and enjoy a 60/40 burger and just turn away from the TV when Blaine Boyer throws a fastball down the middle of the plate that's hit over Oswaldo Arcia's head, booted by Jordan Schafer and airmailed over the cut off man by Torii Hunter. (Yeah Bert, that's a call) At this point, the only thing that's going to keep the average fan's attention, and that's to give us a glimpse of the future without a lot of pressure to win. When looking at the current roster, would making these changes make things any worse?

Outfield
Oswaldo Arcia
Jordan Schaefer Eddie Rosario
Shane Robinson Aaron Hicks
Torii Hunter

I don't take issue with the Torii Hunter signing, but there's no way he's a starting outfielder anymore...Let alone batting cleanup. He should be the proverbial fourth outfielder that could provide a little pop off the bench. Sure, I feel dirty just typing the name "Aaron Hicks", but I'm advocating for him to get one last look until June, when it's Buxton or Bust.

Bench
Chris Hermann
Eduardo Nunez Josmil Pinto
Eduardo Escobar

There's absolutely no reason Pinto's bat shouldn't be on this roster. As it sits now, we don't have a true backup catcher anyway.

Bullpen
Glen Perkins
Casey Fien
Blaine Boyer A.J. Achter
Tim Stauffer Michael Tonkin
J.R. Graham Mike Pelfrey
Aaron Thompson
Brian Duensing

Whether he likes it or not, Pelfrey's future is in the bullpen. If it's not, then he doesn't have a future. As far as Acther and Tonkin go, you could insert any of the following names....Thielbar, Oliveros, Pressly.

Rotation
Phil Hughes
Kyle Gibson
Tommy Milone
Trevor May
Mike Pelfrey Alex Meyer

One of the reasons we brought in Neil Allen was his track record with young pitchers. Let Meyer work with him at the major league level. Jason Wheeler is another interesting name here, he has been solid throughout his minor league career. He may not be spectacular, but we're talking about a 5th starter here.

There's probably a few other names you could put in here (e.g. Miguel Sano), but when it comes down to it, the only way to energize the fanbase is to give this roster a 1.21 gigawatt bolt of lightning.




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Apr 14 2015 02:56 PM

Two things:

 

1) You could make the argument that Chris Herrmann is a better back up catcher than Pinto.Offensively, Pinto will win out, but defensively.....

 

2) I've liked what I've seen of Graham thus far and wouldn't give him up.He's been used a lot more than you would want a Rule 5 draftee to be so far this year, but with his velocity up, he seems like a guy worth holding onto.

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1)  I would keep Hermann for his ability to catch, but I think they should find a way to get Pinto's bat into the lineup, at least on a part time basis.  

 

2)  I suppose Graham has been used more in the first week than you'd like to see for a Rule 5 pick.  I would, at a minimum, see what it would take to keep him via trade, a la Scott Diamond.  When it comes down to it, there seems to be a multitude of arms in AAA that could perform at a higher level than Boyer and Stauffer, particularly if it's full rebuild mode.