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#1 Brandon

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:23 PM

With Billy Hamilton DFA'd by KC today should we claim him to be our 4th OF/ speed off the bench?This would allow our OF defense to be at its best with Buxton out and that could be a big boon to our pitching staff.Also it would improve team base-running late in the game when Hamilton could be called on to pinch run.Cave is the other option when he is hitting he is the same as a regular.Hamilton has no power and has a low on base percentage.So the question is who is better for the playoff run Hamilton or Cave?

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#2 darin617

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:33 PM

You mean claim a speedster who has 18 SB this season..


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:49 PM

He's washed up. Pass.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:54 PM

If we can , yes, puts us more stable in the outfield ,  


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 04:57 PM

Tough call. I think I'd grab him for late inning defense, let him rest up and work on improving his OBP. Hamilton is an excellent base stealer too, which could come in handy in close games as a pinch runner. Imagine Nelson Cruz cracking a double in the 8th inning, then replacing him at 2B with Hamilton.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:04 PM

How many times have the Twins run themselves out of runs.Players thrown out and then a HR was hit afterwards ?The eye test says ."Too many times." 

With the Twins hitting HR at a record breaking pace, it is detrimental to risk loosing baserunners on the basepaths.Please let the players stay at their bases and trust their teammates to bring them around to score.:)

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:14 PM

Hamilton is great defensively in the outfield and a great basestealer, but I find it hard to ever pencil him into the lineup with his microscopic .544 OPS. I'd rather stick with Cave as the 4th OF.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:14 PM

 

He's washed up. Pass.

 

Agreed.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:24 PM

Assuming the Twins make the playoffs, wouldn't mind having a Hamilton-type player on the bench in a Terrance Gore-esque role. Don't know if Billy Hamilton is the answer but that type of player would be worth having down the stretch.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:52 PM

At the beginning of the month when the Twins played KC I wondered what it would take to get Hamilton. Defense and base running, but someone would need to tell him to bunt every time he came up. Then slap hit when the infielders pulled in. Get him a Matty Alou bat if necessary.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 05:53 PM

Best news related to this is he won't be at KC when we play them however many times this fall.Hate it when he does get on base because of his speed.  

 

Assume we will have 13 position players on the playoff roster.No way one could be Hamilton so I have zero interest in claiming him.

 

 


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:12 PM

I think he would be a great September addition if they could roster him until then.Elite speed and above average defense.I'd sure like seeing him on 2nd in the 9th inning of a tie game rather than Cron.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:19 PM

Hamilton would be a free agent this winter so the only reason to add hi. Is to use in the playoffs from the bench.

He might be worth a playoff spot. They won’t need 5 starters and they get off days so they won’t need as many pitchers.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 06:39 PM

I’d rather have him on the bench than Cave. Frankly, it’s not close. Especially with Buxton’s status up in the air. Just to be able to give Kepler a breather.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:28 PM

With only one 40-man roster spot (right?), I'd rather add Graterol. Not sure that anyone is worth dropping to pick up Hamilton.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:39 PM

Hamilton has game changing speed and is pretty good defensively. They certainly could use a good defensive OF until Buxton returns and having him as a defensive replacement or pinch runner after September 1st would be a real plus. 

 

Good teams find more than one way to win and with Buxton absent, speed and base running are not ways that the Twins routinely win games.

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:16 PM

With only one 40-man roster spot (right?), I'd rather add Graterol. Not sure that anyone is worth dropping to pick up Hamilton.


Shut Gonsalves down and put him on the 60 day DL if a spot is needed.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:17 PM

We are pretty stacked on the offensive side so normally I'd say no. 

 

However, come playoff time, having Hamilton on the bench, would be a late inning weapon. 

 

Imagine a tie game in the 8th inning. Cron leads off with a single... Hamilton coming in as a pinch runner.

 

After Buxton... we don't have that type of option and we may need that option at a key moment. 

 

So Yeah... I strongly consider it. 

 

I don't know how you fit him on the roster... but I strongly consider it. 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:23 PM

 

Shut Gonsalves down and put him on the 60 day DL if a spot is needed.

 

If that's an option, then sure.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:28 PM

I also don’t think I’d lose any sleep if Stewart were outrighted. It’s a foregone conclusion he won’t be on the team next year.
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