Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:17 PM
I AM an eternal optimist. Life or Twins, it's my nature. And I have followed this team for 45 years. I've seen prospects come and go. I have seen guys like Larkin, Stahoviak, Jorgenson, Allen, Pittman, Newman and Nivens, that I THOUGHT might work out. (Just to name a few). And there are guys like Banks, Gasser, Baumgardner, Sontag, Benson that I KNEW were going to turn out, but didn't. (Again, just to name a few).
But I tell you truthfully, I've never doubted Berrios for a minute. And I feel the same way about Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler. Everything I have seen from talent, potential, milb and ML production tells me these guys can do it. SUCKS that everything seemed to fall apart this season. But...we have seen what each of these guys can do!
A re-set, slimmer and healthier Sano already has proven himself previously, and is seems set for a big 2019. Kepler has all the ability in the world. Still growing and developing, and remembering how to hit RH pitching, he's ready to explode. Polanco comes back and hits, and is playing the best defense he's ever played. And we should just give up on the uber-talented Buxton?
An apologist for Gibson after 2016...reminding everyone what he showed in '14 and '15, I was ready to jump off the wagon the first part of 2017. And look what has happened since?
Depending on Mauer and Castro, there are holes, to be sure. 1B/DH needs to be looked at, along with 2B and utility. IMO, Mauer is a key. Which position do we invest most in?
After that, it's 2B. Re-sign Escobar, and bring in another quality infielder for depth and competition.
Then, trade or sign another big arm for the pen.
Crazy, but I find the rotation less of a concern than the rotation right now.
"Nice catch Hayes...don't ever f*****g do it again."