04-18-2014, 08:08 PM #1
25th Roster Spot
When Arcia and a Willingham return, it could come down to choosing from the following for the 25
13th pitcher - Tonkin
3rd catcher - Herrmann
5th OF/CF2 - Mastroianni
2nd utility - Nunez
The Twins management might say there is little reason to discuss, but which role is most valuable to the Twins right now?
04-18-2014, 08:13 PM #2
I'd say Herrmann simply because his presence on the roster allows Gardy to DH Pinto. (Of course, he COULD DH Pinto without Herrmann, but I don't think we're getting anywhere on that argument).
I'd also like to see Tonkin stick around, but that'd require a few more moves.
04-18-2014, 08:18 PM #3
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04-18-2014, 08:38 PM #4
I'd vote Herrmann, too, for the same reason. But I'd be happy to keep Tonkin around.
i wonder if there is any chance it's Burton if he continues to struggle.
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04-18-2014, 08:40 PM #5
04-18-2014, 10:29 PM #6
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Considering the starters are pitching longer and stronger, I think Tonkin goes down first. I think Arcia will come back before hammer, and might go down when Willingham is ready.
04-18-2014, 10:36 PM #7
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Only way I wanna see Nunez up is if he performs to the extent we can't justify keeping him in AAA...or if Florimon or Escobar gets hurt...... also would like to see Arcia get his timing down in Rochester with everyday playing time before coming back
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04-19-2014, 12:38 AM #8
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Herrmann is staying. Tonkin will replace Burton soon enough.
04-19-2014, 10:47 AM #9
Herrmann gets Pinto in the game at DH.
However when Willingham and Arcia return, I would think Colabello is the DH. In that case, Pinto needs to get his starts at catcher. I don't see how Herrmann gets any playing time in the outfield or behind the plate.
I do see a value in Mastroianni in backing up in CF and pinch running. Unfortunately he swings from Hicks' stronger side and isn't a good fit for giving a day off against a tough righty.
I see more value in Nunez playing a super utility role. Pinch running. Pinch hitting for Florimon. Occasional starts in infield when a fly ball pitcher is pitching. I hope he continues to play the OF in AAA. They don't have a CF right now so put him there. Maybe he can be a Bonifacio type role player on this team for a handful of years.
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04-19-2014, 10:53 AM #10
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Burton looked a little better last night. Better than utterly lousy, but still better. So, I expect the Twins will stick with him a little bit longer.
04-19-2014, 01:37 PM #12
I wonder where super utility players (IF/OF) like Bonifacio are developed. In his case, he played middle infield in the minors and arrived at age 22. He first played CF in the majors in 2009 and in 2010 he played 18 games of CF in the minors at age 25. He not a good CF or a good SS, but has an important role. I would guess that virtually all players who end up in a utility role start as middle infielders exclusively in the minors.
Why not play Nunez some in CF at AAA? Farris and Rahl are the other options in Rochester.
04-19-2014, 08:27 PM #13
As mentioned when Arcia and Willingham come back from the DL, Pinto becomes third in the DH depth chart (with one of Kubel/Colabello returning to the bench). Given that, Hermann's value on the bench is pretty limited, if he's not enabling Pinto to DH.
Nunez' bat is probably more useful than the alternatives given the positions he can play. CF is only a problem for a limited amount of innings if Hicks gets hurt/ejected; throw a mid infielder out there, cross your fingers, and send the jet to Rochester.
I'd really like to see Escobar take some starts from Florimon so we can see if his bat and defense can hold up once exposed. His role is questionable as (supposedly) Florimon provides better defense and (supposedly) Nunez has the better bat; if either isn't true, I'd like to find out.
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04-19-2014, 10:49 PM #14
Here's the Gardy take on Nunez going to the OF:
Nunez also has seen time in right field for the Red Wings, but Gardenhire said reports were that he was “just like an infielder playing outfield would be.”
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04-20-2014, 06:00 AM #17
I just don't see how a team can carry four DH types on an active roster (Willingham, Arcia, Kubel, Collabello), especially since Mauer clogs up 1st Base. Collabello has been doing fine as DH - he should stay. Kubel has been swinging a good bat- he stays. That leaves Willingham/Arcia. I think Mastro stays up and Arcia goes down to find his swing. They just don't have enough spots to hide that many bad fielders. Mastro becomes the pinch runner/late inning defensive replacement for Kubel/Willingham.
04-20-2014, 08:55 AM #18
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04-20-2014, 09:43 AM #19
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Cut Burton or one of the other older RH RP. Tonkin is better than them right now.Lighten up Francis....
04-20-2014, 10:05 AM #20