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Minnesota Twins Player Power Rankings (6/26)

Posted by Brandon Warne , 25 June 2018 · 573 views

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I’ve decided to re-format these a little bit, as I’m going to separate them into position players and pitchers. It’s hard to truly gauge the effect between a utility infielder and a lefty specialist — just an example — but separating the positions out seems to make the most sense to me.

If you have an objection, feel free to air it in the comments section, and it will be heard.

Position Players (10 words or less)
  • OF Eddie Rosario – Saving the entire team’s bacon, one hack at a time.
  • IF Eduardo Escobar – Swings at everything — hits most of it. Fogo power.
  • 2B Brian Dozier – Only this high in down year because offense is struggling.
  • OF Max Kepler – Crushing lefties, struggling v. righties. What?
  • IF Ehire Adrianza – No offense should have him this high. A bad sign.
  • 1B Joe Mauer – Offense better with him around; no power, though.
  • C Mitch Garver – Supremely streaky; .855/.584/.632 OPS by month.
  • 1B/DH Logan Morrison – Needs more May (.822 OPS), less April (.503) and June (.549).
  • OF Jake Cave – Total wild card; has some pop.
  • UTIL Taylor Motter – Still seeking first Twins hit.
  • C Bobby Wilson – Only plays because of defense, great behind plate.
  • OF/DH Robbie Grossman – Really struggling; possibly on borrowed time.
To see the pitchers, please click through to Zone Coverage here.




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LA VIkes Fan
Jun 26 2018 09:12 AM

You have Dozier and Morrison both too high - way too high in Dozier's case. He is no better than the 6th best offensive player on the team and his defense is nice but doesn't move the needle. Morrison is simply the guy we all thought he was before last season - a .675-.740 OPS guy with occasional power.I strongly supported the signing of Morrison but it sure looks like last year was an illusion for him and we'd be better off with Vargas or Carter in "the slow guy who can play first base and DH, but nothing else" role. I think the order should be - Rosario, Escobar, Mauer, Kepler, Adrianza, Dozier, Garver, Grossman, Cave, Morrison, Wilson, Motter. 

 

That raises the obvious question - why on earth is Motter on this team?Even worse, why does Molitor feel a need to play him just because he's on the roster? I'm sure he plays good defense and is a prince of a human being, but he can't hit. At all. He couldn't hit in Seattle, didn't hit in Rochester (.167/.255/.310) and he can't hit in Minnesota. Astudillo as the backup 3B/C or Gordon would be a better choice. So would Petit. I know Motter's gone when Polanco comes back but that may be awhile because of his hand and times a wastin' if you want to try to win games. Very frustrating. 

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