Posted 19 March 2014 - 08:23 AM
I mentioned Herrmann as a 25th man candidate and think he still figures in there, besides competing with Pinto for backup duties. IMHO, Herrmann hits like a backup catcher at best and as a receiver, he's nothing special. That skill set equates to "hanger on" at the MLB level, with little or no job security.
However, Herrmann has had a nice spring, he hits lefty while Pinto and Suzuki are right handers, and there's that versatility. Would the Twins consider going with Herrmann as Suzuki's only backup? Should they?
Posted 19 March 2014 - 08:32 AM
"If Pinto makes the team, as seems likely, the club understands that he will need to play more than twice a week."
And I'm also coming around to your position that Herrmann may need to be the 25th man. If that is what it takes to get Pinto additional AB's as DH, then maybe that's the price to pay.
It's not as though there are options that are heads and shoulders above Herrmann so for the reasons you state, it may well make sense to make him the 25th man on the roster.
Posted 19 March 2014 - 08:43 AM
So that makes the bench and DH Colabello, Parmelee, Hicks or Presley, Escobar, and Herman
The Twins will probably carry 12 pitchers to start the season since there is more of a need there in terms of who we need to keep. the only variable is if the Twins feel they need another middle IF and keep Romero or Bernier over Parmelee.
Posted 19 March 2014 - 09:58 AM
Posted 19 March 2014 - 10:26 AM
The extra roster spot should be used for a bench bat or true DH.
Keep in mind, if it wasn't due to Mauer's injury and subsequent move to first base, Pinto would still be developing at AAA this year and possibly next year. So while it would be optimistic to think that Pinto is ready to move into the starting role right now, he should realistically need at least another year at AAA. Hermann should be the back up catcher this year if he has a passable spring.
Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:39 AM
a) he satisfies the coaches that he can be an adequate defensive catcher,
he shows that his hitting last year was not a fluke, and
c) he has spent enough of this year in AAA so push his service time clock back.
I suspect all 3 of those will factor into decisions regarding Pinto. It also give Hermann a last chance to display in MLB the skills that made him an asset at the plate in AA.
Posted 19 March 2014 - 12:08 PM