Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:53 AM
Now again, the Twins do have outfield depth, and we'll see what Arcia and Hicks do early next year to see if they are legit big league candidates for late in 2013. Benson (and Tosoni) play into that whole equation... I still 100% believe in Benson and that he will be good whether he is with the Twins or elsewhere.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:57 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:03 PM
I think 2013 will be the year that we find out if Benson is more similar to Torii Hunter or Lew Ford.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:19 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:39 PM
Roberts should skip FM and start 2013 in AA; I think he's already proving he can handle that level.He's more complete in his abilities than anyone that played OF at the end of 2012 in FM.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:30 PM
Skip FM? This is the Twins we are talking about.....and the AFL is a ridiculous hitters league....
Right. That's why I said they SHOULD.
But won't. Roberts will have to toil a 1/2 season in FM, then to NB for 1 1/2 years, on to Rochester, and debut as a 26 or 27 year old rook in the bigs, if he gets that far.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:39 PM
I think the idea of giving up on Joe Benson is absolutely crazy. It'd be like giving up on Gibson or Salcedo at this point. Injury was the primary reason that Benson struggled in 2012. Hamate bone is a big one that is painful and then takes awhile to return from. Then he had the knee injury that when they went in found out it was much more than they expected. The talent is still there and he's still just 25 years old. Just needs to be healthy.
From my memory he was healthy in the beginning of the year in 2012. He did not get injured until after he was sent to AA. So unless my memory is wrong, we can't blame his poor 2012 on injuries. Instead we need to blame his poor play.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:54 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:56 PM
Benson wasn't a future all-star in 2011. But he's at least got a a valid excuse in a bum wrist for what happened in 2012. At the bare minimum, he has the brand of defense and platoon spilts you like to see in a good fourth outfielder.