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#21 ChrisKnutson

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:19 AM

While I’m predicting it’s either gonna be Hildy or Romero that gets the call, don’t forget about Alcala’s triple digit heater, nor his improved control.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:29 AM

Two thoughts:

1.Maybe Twins will add with an impending trade and they are clearing space on the roster. 

2.I feel sorry for the person who put in the "winning bid" on the La Tortuga package during the auction for the Twins Community Fund the other night.Maybe the Twins will lfy the "winner" to Rochester, New York.

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#23 LA VIkes Fan

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:43 AM

I’m hoping this was necessary for a trade of prospects for a relief pitcher. Hoping for Smith or Dyson from SF, but would even take Meloncon or Watson, depending on the cost.

#24 KGB

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:43 AM

Seems like an overreaction to him striking out twice last night.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:01 AM

I'm guessing they are doing this to help him reset.

 

I'd guess Romero is the call, but I hope I get a pleasant surprise.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:06 AM

 

I completely agree that he needs to go to AAA to work on being more selective at when he swings. Mauer wasn't afraid to hit with 2 strikes because of his ability to make contact. Astudillo also should have no fear with 2 strikes, but he almost never gets to a 2 strike count.

I hope he does this. He needs to learn to be more selective to succeed. His contact abilities are exceptional, now he just needs to learn to make better contact.

 

As a complete non-expert, I think a lack of fear might be his undoing. 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:15 AM

 

Seems like an overreaction to him striking out twice last night.

Garver needs to play as often as possible - the turtle was a luxury - not so much now that he has been scouted and figured out. He'll make the adjustments down in Rochester and be back. I'd reach down to Pensacola - that is where our best relief pitchers are right now. We have about 6 weeks to figure out who can be helpful from the minors (if anyone?) before we pull the trigger on some reinforcements.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:20 AM

I'm guessing they are doing this to help him reset.

I'd guess Romero is the call, but I hope I get a pleasant surprise.


Romero's last few outings don't sound promising... Perhaps the Aussie Lewis Thorpe gets the call. That would be a pleasant surprise!

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:27 AM

 

Seems like an overreaction to him striking out twice last night.

I think it probably had more to do with his .443 OPS over the past month.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:28 AM

Not a surprise that Astudillo go sent down, he's had a sub .500 OPS since he came off the IL and hasn't been making hard contact. My guess on who gets called up is Alcala (with Torreyes waived).


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:30 AM



I liked watching him pitch in spring training. Good luck!

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#32 Einheri

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:30 AM

They should have just let the Turtle pitch.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:32 AM

 

 It's hard to keep a good turtle down.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:41 AM

Smeltzer is possibly an intriguing option for the bullpen, given how well he does the first two times through a batting order. Also, Luis Arraez is the most obvious substitute for Astudillo. He's nearly as versatile and hits (much) better.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:44 AM

Dear, Astudillo

 

Pitch selection... Work on it.

 

Be more selective...you'll be back. 

 

It's up to you. 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:07 PM

The beautiful thing about depth is that allows for ugly moments of sending down a major league talent. 

 

Astudillo and Arraez have options... so does Cave. This is beautiful. Astudillo needs some work... go work on it and bring him back when we need him. 

 

I stand by Astudillo and strongly feel that he can hit... if he can just stop swinging at the pitchers pitch... his value will shoot through the roof as a defensively capable catcher who can hit better than the other catchers. 

 

Don't mess around with Astudillo... Fix him and reap the rewards. 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 01:44 PM

I believe he is a quality hitter with decent power. I think he us at least close to what we saw last season and the start of this one. But I think timing and recognition have been off since his IL stint. He has absolutely been flailing at pitches well out of the zone.

He CAN hit and make good contact. He just needs an little re-set. He will most definitely be back.
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:12 PM

I hope the organization takes advantage of this opportunity to work on Astudillo's defense behind the plate.

 

If he's going to stick in MLB, it'll be because he's competent behind the plate, IMO. He can be quite valuable as a quirky .750 OPS hitter if he spends most of his time behind the plate. Not so much at third base.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:19 PM

I hope the organization takes advantage of this opportunity to work on Astudillo's defense behind the plate.

If he's going to stick in MLB, it'll be because he's competent behind the plate, IMO. He can be quite valuable as a quirky .750 OPS hitter if he spends most of his time behind the plate. Not so much at third base.


Not sure .750 is a realistic number for him. He won’t ever have an obp much higher than .320. I don’t see him as much more than a .400 slg ever. And right now, he’s no where near that.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:24 PM

Not sure .750 is a realistic number for him. He won’t ever have an obp much higher than .320. I don’t see him as much more than a .400 slg ever. And right now, he’s no where near that.

Yeah, maybe, but the point stands whether the number is .700, .725, or .750. That plays as a backup catcher or spot start in the field but not as a third baseman.