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Rosario Placed on Outright Waiver

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https://www.mlbtrade...ht-waivers.html So long, at least temporarily, old friend.

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Is Dec.2 the last day that Rosario is a Twin?

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Is Dec.2 the last day that Rosario is a Twin? On "Gleaman & the Geek" , Gleaman stated that Ken Rosenthal wrote an article about each...

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Develop A Catcher

Posted by PintoWF , 17 June 2016 · 1,817 views

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Develop A Catcher The Minnesota Twins have the worst team ERA in the American League and their starters combined ERA, 5.59, is over a full run higher than the league average.

As I have said before, there is no real help in sight.

The same can be said for the catching situation.

Past Kurt Suzuki, in his third year as a Twin, the orginization has nothing promising. The best catcher in the minors is A.J. Murray. Murray, the Class-A Cedar Rapids' main catcher, leads the team in home runs, doubles and RBIs. He also leads them in strikeouts and has allowed 34 stolen bases.

That's it. That's as deep as it gets at that position.

The reason I bring this up is because I'm a firm believer in a catcher having a significant impact on pitching success.

The pitching staff as a whole feels much more comfortable when the guy behind the plate has everything together. The arm, the ability to call a good game and an understanding of what is working for that pitcher on a particular night.

Players like Salvador Perez and Buster Posey are unique. A player like Joe Mauer was unique. They could hit as well as be the best defensively at their position.

And it would be fine if Suzuki could do one or the other really well. But he's not.

What's the saying from the show Heroes? "Save the cheerleader, save the world?"

While not in the world saving business, the success of an organization revolves around a pitching staff. Develop a catcher to help guide a pitching staff and you could save an organization.

Develop a catcher, develop the pitching staff. Or something like that.




Best Catcher Murray?  I would say Garver, throws out 64% of runners, and was ML hitter of the year in the farm system two years ago...lets see what Murray does as he moves up to real competition

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howieramone2
Jun 18 2016 10:07 AM

Murphy in Rochester is our catcher of the future. I understand anyone TR trades for instantly becomes a board scapegoat, but Murphy will be our catcher next time we are in the World Series.

howie, I'm not discounting a word you said. And you're right about Ryan, there is so much disappointment, frustration and general vitriol at this point that anything he does is just "wrong". And despite his poor introduction to the Twins and the fan base, Murphy has some talent and ability. He was a pretty high draft choice. He has some tools and ability, and potential, from all scouting reports. But my money is on Garver. He has glowing reports as to his work behind the plate, his throwing, and he's hit everywhere he's been thus far. Yes, he's hit average, and he's hit well. And he's had poor starts, but then always hit better as he adjusts and the season goes on. I think he's our guy.