08-20-2012, 01:26 PM #21
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That may be... and I also think a lot of Law, btw... but if you're going to call in to question a young player's work ethic (which Law clearly is doing here) and not just his defensive abilities, then I think you should give a little more detail concerning your basis for doing so. I'd like to know if Law watched pregame infield or spoke to coaches or scouts or maybe team mates or someone within the Twins front office. Did Sano's body language give a hint as to his mindset defensively? Was he slow to cover a base or get in to cutoff position?
I've seen Sano play 6-7 times this year and there's no question that his defensive skills are below average at 3B, so if Law had simply commented on defensive shortcomings, there'd be no question here. But his comments concerning Sano's "disdain" for defense go deeper than lack of ability and I expect more from a writer I respect as much as I do Law if he's going to call a young man's character in to question.I opine about the Twins and Kernels regularly at Knuckleballsblog.com while my alter ego, SD Buhr covers the Kernels for MetroSportsReport.com.
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08-20-2012, 01:32 PM #22
08-20-2012, 01:38 PM #23
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No, its just that it is not free material so copy/pasting the article is not allowed. It is a respect issue I guess. Even a legal issue for that matter.
I posted an article by KLAW a while back and Bonnes got mad and deleted it. He was right to do it...
08-20-2012, 02:13 PM #24
08-20-2012, 02:26 PM #25
Here's my twitter length synopsis of Law's take on each player:
Sano – Helluva hitter, both power and contact, but doesn’t seem to care much for defense.
Rosario – Played CF and looked good there. Offensively, he’s interesting but seemed off balance in that game.
Vargas – Legitimate power, but Law is afraid he won’t make contact at higher levels and he has a DH’s body.
Taylor Rogers – Reliever looks like a legitimate left specialist. 87-89 fastball with a slurve.
08-20-2012, 03:46 PM #26
Law responded to a question in the comments of that article, about Sano going to 1B: "If third doesn't work out I'd put him in right field. He's not a slug."
This is same I've heard from almost every take I've read and have seen in person. Sano is a big boy, but he's not exactly "slow". He gets moving pretty good around the bases and is in no way pushing a plow out there. 1B is usually meant for guys who have no business playing elsewhere because of their combination of size/speed (big AND slow), etc...(like Vargas) but Sano's not in this category... yet. He's a better athlete at this stage than a 1B-man usually is (which is often why some give hope for him sticking at 3B). Plus he's got that rocket arm that would absolutely be wasted at 1B...Scouting Report: Tools - Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
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08-20-2012, 04:26 PM #27
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08-20-2012, 04:36 PM #28
I'm a little thrown by Law's comments on his defense. He makes it sound like he doesn't care, and having seen Sano play 6 games at 3B this year, I not once got that sense. The two games I saw in early June, he was a butcher but it wasn't a lack of effort. When I saw four games in August, and watched him in BP and taking grounders, he cares and he does work at it. he still takes grounders at SS, and I've seen him show great athleticism and hands there. I've seen him shagging balls in the outfield, in centerfield, and he does run quite well. Despite 41 errors, I would leave him there and keep working with him at it.
08-20-2012, 05:41 PM #29
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I don't think Law meant that Sano actively was dogging it out there. I took it is a situation where Sano clearly doesn't enjoy playing defense and doesn't look comfortable. If someone isn't enthusiastic about learning something, it's a problem even when they technically do what is expected in terms of practice and effort.
08-20-2012, 05:45 PM #30
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08-20-2012, 10:50 PM #31
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At this point all I care about is Sano's bat. I'm giving him a 1% (or less) chance at being a starter at 3B. The final nail in the coffin will be that his bat will be ahead of his defense (similar to Myers/Harper recently) and you'll have to make a decision about whether to keep him in the minors because of his defense or call him up because of the bat.
08-21-2012, 10:29 AM #32
Scouting Report: Tools - Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
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