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aaron slegers alex kirilloff lamonte wade todd van steensel andrew vasquez
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#21 GameDay


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 10:19 PM


I'm ready for Wade to start pushing Buxton. Byron Buxton Stinky can't hit a slider or layoff high fastballs is getting really old. About time Buxton started to turn the corner at the plate.

Agreed. He is extraordinary defensively but if Buxton keeps proving he can't be a serviceable big league hitter I think that leaves the door open if Wade takes advantage of an opportunity/opening in the next few years. If Wade proves himself in the next few years and Buxton never gets it going it isn't out of the realm of possibility that Buxton soon becomes a 4th outfielder or gets sent packing. Too much talent coming up in the outfield between Kiriloff and Wade for Buxton to keep stumbling over the next year or two.

#22 jorgenswest


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:19 AM

i think Wade needs more time to develop his bat.

We don’t know how often he is getting a pitch he should barrel up and instead he misses it hitting a foul ball or puts it in play to weak contact. With his large number of walks, he must be seeing lots of pitches and should have more opportunities to get a good pitch to hit. With all of those walks must be plenty of counts in his favor and pitchers needing to throw him a good pitch.

How often is he getting those good pitches and not taking advantage or recognizing them? How often does he end up with a walk when somewhere earlier in the count he should have barreled up a pitch? We don’t know. The Twins staff should know. There should always be a at least a caution flag up when you see a player with a lot of walks and little power in the minors.
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#23 DocBauer


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:36 PM

Still a little confused why Gordon and Wade were at AA to begin the season, but like to believe it was for a reason; defense, increased power production, etc. Too bad Wade is hurt. But still have a hard time promoting him straight to the ML unless he is going to play daily. Even with his struggles, would Wade really supplant Buxton at this time? Question for Seth, or anyone, we've heard for some time now that Navarreto has power potential and defensive chops to play in MLB NOW. This is the first season we've actually seen the bat show a little life. Should we actually be encouraged?
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