03-15-2012, 02:06 AM #1
Article: Twins' Bullpen Banter
You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...Bullpen-Banter
03-15-2012, 09:02 AM #2
The Twins made their first cuts Thursday morning, sending pitcher Scott Diamond and eight others to their minor-league camp. Diamond was with the Twins for a part of last season and was seen as having a chance to make the team.Others sent down were right-handed pitchers Deolis Guerra and Lester Oliveros, left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson and outfielders Darin Mastroianni and Oswaldo Arcia.
Nonrostered pitcher Aaron Thompson, infielder Steve Pearce and catcher Danny Rams were also sent to the minor-league complex
03-15-2012, 09:52 AM #3
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At this point the last 3 bullpen spots should be Burton, Maloney, and Manship or Waldrop. Still a few weeks of spring left to decide.
03-15-2012, 10:10 AM #4
If Baker's elbow is troublesome, and he winds up on the DL, do the Twins move Swarzak to the rotation? Duensing? Would open another 'pen spot.
03-15-2012, 12:12 PM #5
Your banter about Alex Burnett being talented has really grown old. I could careless the guy is 24 years old and did spend much time in Rochester, he clearly can't make the adjustments at the M.L. level. Your not Gardy, so please stop protecting this guy. He has been given more chances than Waldrop, Slama, Delaney, and many others ever will. Here is all you need to know.
2010. He had a 5.29 ERA in 47.2 IP. (7.0 K/9 ratio).
2011. He had a 5.51 ERA in 50.2 IP. (5.9 K/9 ratio).
2012. He has a 16.87 ERA in 2.2 IP. (By guys who will be unemployed in two weeks).
The guy has not improved at all, in fact he has got much worse. I would straight up release him and give his 40-man roster spot to someone who deserves it. I thought you were all about giving opportunities to guys who deserve it. This guy had his chance and his 15 minutes of fame are up.
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03-15-2012, 12:17 PM #6
One of my favorite things is when Jack says guys should be immediately released because generally speaking that means that the player will play quite well in the near future.
03-15-2012, 12:25 PM #7
Give me another example besides Jesse Crain????? "Generally speaking" I get tired of every prospect in the system being thought of as the next Willie Mays. Some guys just are not very good, but according to you they are all superstars. Why not just talk about how they are in fantastic shape and brush their teeth well. Sorry to burst your bubble but 85-90% of all prospects never make it at the M.L. level. However, you still believe Cole Nelson, Alex Burnett, and Lester Oliveros are great prospects. I actually disagree with you. You are entitled to you rosey outlook on everything but more people agree with me, even if they are not willing to say it. In fact your site would not be successful if everyone did.
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03-15-2012, 12:51 PM #8
I don't recall ever saying the Cole Nelson was even a good prospect, and you know I don't think that I've ever called a reliever a great prospect. I had Burnett ranked as high as #10-12 when he was a starting pitcher in the minor leagues. I had him (and have Oliveros) in the 30s of my rankings.
Secondly, I'm not sure where my rosey analysis on Burnett was from this article. Here's what I wrote:
Alex Burnett – Gardy and Rick Anderson really believe in Burnett, and for good reason. There is no questioning his stuff. Simply, he was not given time to develop in Rochester, and I think it would be great for Burnett (and Lester Oliveros who has given up one run on four hits in three innings while striking out four and walking none) to spend a couple of months improving themselves in Rochester. Burnett has thrown 2.2 innings this spring and given up five runs on eight hits and two walks. It isn’t as if it is just one bad outing; he has struggled each time he has taken the mound.
03-15-2012, 12:56 PM #9
You said on your show several different times "I really believe Alex Burnett could be the future closer for the Twins." This has been your analysis for the last two years. Pretty optimistic for a guy who has been absolutely throttled by other teams and is not improving.
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03-15-2012, 01:22 PM #10
age 22 season: 4-10, 5.21 ERA, 1.508 WHIP, 6.0 K/9, 2.2 K/BB
age 23 season: 7-15, 5.49 ERA, 1.590 WHIP, 5.4 K/9, 1.4 K/BB
Should the Twins had released him?
Any idea who that pitcher is?
03-15-2012, 01:59 PM #11
03-15-2012, 02:06 PM #12
FJ sucks me in again . . .
While it is understandable to be frustrated with Burnett, it is true that he was up for too long in 2010 and really had no business being up in 2011 instead of working on stuff (literally) at Rochester. Once up in the Show, it is not always easy to continue to work on stuff. Rochester is the place to do and develop. The "free Chuck James" movement really was aka "the help Alex Burnett" develop movement. It was fairly uncharacteristic of the Twins to push Burnett like they did.
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Give me another example besides Jesse Crain?????
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03-15-2012, 03:05 PM #17
Player Comps are always cool because you can always find guys who have struggled and turned it around. But you also have to be careful in assuming that a player will suddenly meet that comp. it's like with Burnett. yes, two years ago, or even last offseason, I was thinking he had the potential to be a big-time closer. Right now, it certainly doesn't look good for that happening, but there are plenty of players throughout history that have struggled as much or more than Burnett at a young age who have turned into very productive big league pitchers. Does it mean he will for sure? Of course not, but I think it's silly to think that a guy who throws that hard and has that much movement coudln't turn it around.
03-15-2012, 03:10 PM #18
What did Liriano do again last year? Oh that's right!!!
03-15-2012, 03:20 PM #19
So you are comparing Frank Viola to Alex Burnett? What's next, your trading in a Chevrolet Corvette for a Ford Pinto. Come on the comparison is a joke and you know it. Viola had talent with a great change up, slider, fastball, and curve. Burnett has limited talent, unless you count a straight fastball right down the middle of the plate. Everyone can jump on me that is fine. However, I was right about Terry Doyle as he was shelled again today, Liriano (1 good season), and most likely about Burnett. Maybe somebody can find some stats and compare Doyle to Dwight Gooden.
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