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#81 darin617

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 03:06 PM

Trade him to Baltimore or Seattle.Let him go to a team that doesn't want to win many games so he can get a full season of AB's.

 

Then if he is doing what most think he is capable of doing he will be rewarded and traded to a contending team.

 

Sad part is that Austin has such great potential and will most likely not be given the AB's he needs to do it in MN. To be honest, the best place for Austin would be to go play in Korea or Japan. Eric Thames got another chance in MLB after a few outstanding years in Korea.

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#82 DrNeau

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:12 AM

Need to give Austin ABs. Find a way. RF?

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:17 AM

 

Need to give Austin ABs. Find a way. RF?

So have him platoon with Kepler? If so when will Cave get some AB's?


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:26 AM

So have him platoon with Kepler? If so when will Cave get some AB's?


Maybe. Battle it out in spring and see what happens.

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:32 AM

Kepler gets more walks. If he figures out how the hell to hit, he has a very high ceiling. Tired of watching him take 500 ABs and .224 to reach his little 20 HRs, though. Cave had a better year.

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 12:24 PM

 

Kepler gets more walks. If he figures out how the hell to hit, he has a very high ceiling. Tired of watching him take 500 ABs and .224 to reach his little 20 HRs, though. Cave had a better year.

 

So have him platoon with Kepler? If so when will Cave get some AB's?

 

Sustainability is in question.... Cave in 2018: BABIP .363 K%: 33%

 

Steamer projects a huge regression for Cave (.702 OPS/.3 WAR), with Kepler maintaining his WAR (2.6). FWIW, Kepler's defense rated much higher than Cave's in 2018.

 

Given the lopsided L/R hitting situation in the OF, it looks like the Twins might try Buxton becoming Cave's occasional part-time platoon partner, with Cave additionally spelling Kepler and Rosario on occasion. Didn't look up his minor league stats, but Cave was dreadful vs. LHP in 2018 (.598 OPS).

 

It looks like the Yankees gave up on the idea of Tyler Austin playing significant innings in the OF after his 2015 AAA season. Right now, he looks like a man without a position, or even a roster spot. Unfortunate, if that's the way it works out, especially if Cron pulls another LoMo debacle.

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 01:23 PM

Good points. You know, if Kepler or Cave were good, we wouldn’t even be worried about Austin getting ABs.
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