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Article: Offseason Primer: Twins Should Stick With Jorge Polanco at Shortstop

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#81 Physics Guy

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 10:43 PM

 

I wish those numbers were switched and we were seriously looking for an upgrade at SS.

I concur, just starting to wonder whether Iglesias is that option.I originally advocated for it, but I wonder if there is a rebuilding team that would be willing to trade a SS that is a step up from Iglesias.

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#82 mngopherguy

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 10:53 PM

 

 In fact, when was the last time you saw a butcher at first base? Hmm ...

 

 

I'd say Austin.  


#83 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 11:07 AM


In fact, when was the last time you saw a butcher at first base? Hmm ...


I'd say Austin.

Tyler Austin had 0 errors, league average range factor, and exactly neutral defensive runs saved.

It's fair to argue that he's not a defensive asset over there. But calling him a butcher is certainly not based on any factual data.

Edited by Mr. Brooks, 15 October 2018 - 11:07 AM.

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 11:46 AM

Maybe the new strength and conditioning folks can build up Polanco's shoulder strength. He'd probably be quite adequate if his arm wasn't below average. 

 

If we can figure out how to get pitchers to add velocity I'd think you'd be able to do it with a shortstop as well. Anyway, that probably won't be the case but paying some physiology wiz to figure it out sure sounds more economical and practical than paying millions for a sub-par offensive shortstop.


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Posted 15 October 2018 - 12:10 PM

Maybe the new strength and conditioning folks can build up Polanco's shoulder strength.

It's the thing to try. But it's not as though it hasn't been known as his weak point (no pun intended) as he came up through the minors; I expect strengthening has been tried. Indeed he's been a little better at SS than I ever dared imagine, and I chalk that up to likely extra attention to building up his arm strength further.

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#86 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 01:30 PM

Polanco’s problem isn’t entirely with his arm strength, nor is it with fielding the ball, the problem is his inefficient (and ugly) throwing mechanics and his extremely slow “catch and release” transition. A shortstop is supposed to (at least) adequately ‘smooth,’ Polanco is not.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 02:03 PM

 

Polanco’s problem isn’t entirely with his arm strength, nor is it with fielding the ball, the problem is his inefficient (and ugly) throwing mechanics and his extremely slow “catch and release” transition. A shortstop is supposed to (at least) adequately ‘smooth,’ Polanco is not.

 

When asked to explain his throwing errors when he was in the minors, Polanco said he likes to throw the ball as hard as he can every time. Wasn't this Eduardo Nunez's problem too?

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 03:27 PM

When asked to explain his throwing errors when he was in the minors, Polanco said he likes to throw the ball as hard as he can every time. Wasn't this Eduardo Nunez's problem too?


Not sure about Nuñez, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Also, I think it’s well well known around the Twins community that our development process sucks (Sano, Buxton, Vargas, Gonsalves, Gordon, Meyer, ABWII, Stewart, Jay), but what’s truly embarrassing about this specific situation is that most ‘high school programs’ work on eliminating extra movement through “short arming” the ball as an infielder and making quick “catch and release” transfers, yet a freaking ‘Major League’ organization like Twins can’t instill this in Polanco.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:01 PM

He doesn’t have the requisite arm to play short and he knows it. Hence all the rushed throws and plays. His bat is excellent and he would be a great second baseman. Just put him in a spot to succeed
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Posted 18 October 2018 - 04:02 PM

 

Not to mention other 1B also had scoops.....that ability is in the defensive rankings, and there just isn't that much difference between 1B at the MLB level. These guys have been fielding grounders since they were 7 ......or 5.

Maybe we need to look at why he had so many scoops and correct that. 


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 07:31 PM

AJ Hinch reportedly said that Marwin Gonzalez was the best defensive 3B, SS, 2B, and 1B on the Houston roster. I would offer the Twins SS job to him for a couple years.