Good piece. I like the idea that it's just how he stands normally. Have you seen those biceps? It might actually be the case.
Last year with the Rock Cats, when Arcia got a big run-scoring hit, he would do a somewhat similar arm motion, and scream "WE LUUURRRK!" The team was down a few games in the standings, and someone taught him what "lurk" meant. It was actually pretty cool (and a little funny) to hear him yell that, and to see the reaction it got on the bench.
When the teams that want to keep their kids from super 2 stautus start calling them up then the picture will be clearer.
If the best I could do were Correia and Pelfrey I'd resign. BOO
Nice work with correlation coefficients. So how do you not give up hits? How does the bats missed data relate to this discussion? If teams are not getting good contact, maybe there are less hits. That is a little different than strikeouts. Is your spread sheet available ?
What's wrong in today's Free agent market is that teams pay a player (Josh Hamilton) for their 20's but get there 30's.Which is usually worse.
The key, as you propose, is the starting pitching--and the possibility that Gibson, Deduno, Devries or another arm could bolster the rotation. I would love to see Hernandez convert to a lefty option out of the bullpen. Worley needs some time in AAA, it appears.
As for the offense, I could see an uptick in production. Just to use the 8th spot in AL runs scored as an example, I could see the Twins move up two or three spots here, especially when Hicks, Willingham, and Doumit and Plouffe are tied for 3-5 in runs scored. They haven't exactly been filling the bases. We could easily see more production here.
Thank you! His glasses are almost exactly the shape of the sunglasses I wear and I can't get over it.
My pleasure. Looks like the number 3 pick is up for grabs as well, since the guys who are rotating for the Twins are also rotating for Colorado (they got pick number 3.)
I happen to agree with this model as choosing which young players to invest in from your own organization would inevitably have to be more efficient than the free agent market. It didn't work out so well with Blackburn, but plenty of people (rightfully) argued immediately after the signing that he wasn't the right kind of target.
I've always been hoping Mauer would start racking up more doubles in the absence of his home runs. But each year I am somewhat disappointed in the totals. I've always felt he should be around 40 doubles each year with his abilities but he seems to always be around 30 or so...maybe this is the year he starts to prove me right.
I live in Chicago so I don't get to see a ton of games but I always follow on gameday and I kept seeing him striking out and thought it was weird. Then Nick posted in a thread that he was striking out around 20% of the time...which validated my concerns that he was indeed K'ing too much. It's something to keep an eye on, but he's hitting .341 so I won't worry just yet.
So Rizzo is 23, but has spent 2+ years beating up AAA pitching? Any idea why he wasn't called up sooner?
And Rammstein seems like an appropriate post-game Twins loss soundtrack.
This is awesome Thrylos. Thank you for sharing it. It is feeling like the 4th pick is kind of wide open right now.
Nice blog, loved the glasses, and liked on facebook...
I think the Salvador Perez might be a better comp for Arcia, though I would tack on a couple more options.
I think it's an interesting thing to consider... I've referenced the Evan Longoria and Matt Moore deals. This one is a little more risky, I think. The TWins have definitely shown a willingness to by who some arbitration and free agent years. They did that with Hunter, Santana, Mauer, Morneau, Span, Blackburn, etc.
I've referenced it relative to Oswaldo Arcia. I just think it's important to get players through at 31, maybe 32. After that, it's probably even more risky to sign free agents than signing them early.
aaaaaa! That was ard to read, but totally worth it!
You're welcome, I loved that article.
Originally Posted by DutchFarmer
Thanks, and a valuable public service announcement too.
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