Article: What can Alexi Casilla provide in 2012?
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:51 PM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:23 AM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:29 AM
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:06 AM
People say "the Twins never have power guys", but of course, it isn't true...they've developed or acquired a fair amount of them, but they're all outfielders and 1st basemen. They haven't even tried to use 2B or SS as a legitimate source of run production for several decades. Well, J.J. Hardy would be a lone exception to that rule - they HAD it right with him, but bailed absurdly quick on that experiment and headed back to slap hitters.
I like Casilla just fine. He isn't among the biggest problems on this club. But sometimes you can have a "passable" options at several positions, and then you put it altogether and realize: "Crap! We don't have enough offense on this team". In other words, my fear is that the "whole" of the Twins is less than the sum of Casilla, Carroll, Span, and Revere added together. None of those guys are "terrible" at what they do, but that doesn't make the Twins a good "team".
Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:31 AM
but it has never translated into stolen base numbers that I have always hoped we could get from Alexi.
I think that is more of a product of not being on the field rather than not stealing bases. In the past three years he has swiped 32 bases in 37 attempts. That's a pretty good rate. Now, if he is able to maintain over the course of a season and post a .350 on-base percentage, I can see him adding more stolen bases in 2012.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:17 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:39 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:49 PM
One of those things is actually somewhat possible.