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Nice write-up, and I agree with your rankings. Burroughs hasn't done much to blow anyone away this spring, but he's been taking good at-bats and Gardenhire would love to have a guy who can come off the bench late and give a good professional AB.
I will second that!
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:51 PM
Sounds like I might be in the minority here, but I think the Twins do need to take 3 catchers north. Given Mauer's and Morneau's injury history you can be sure that there will be many times that both Mauer and Doumit will be in the lineup at the same time in some combination of C and 1B/OF/DH. When that's the case, we will need to have a 3rd catcher on the roster in case either of them needs to come out of a game.
The only real reason to carry 3 catchers is to cover the scenario where both Mauer and Doumit both have to leave the game. Other than that situation, the worst case scenario with only 2 catchers results in the forfeiture of the DH for the remainder of the current game. After the game a replacement catcher can be called up if needed.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:09 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:10 PM
One attribute the must be looked at with this group (and sadly absent here) is pinch running. You've got to have one bench guy for PR purposes. Who's the best base-stealing threat, fastest, best base-running awareness of this group. Also, I cannot endorse taking a waiver option (so I don't) until you know whom the waiver guy is and what he brings to the plate (pardon the pun). You can only evaluate real options at this point. And last, the landscape will arrange itself in the next two weeks for most of these guys with increased PA and PA against MLB pitching. If someone could put together that potential waiver list, that would be fun to see.
I agree, Plouffe and Hughes can provide offense, they do need to consider a PR on the bench. To be honest I think the PR will be Revere some of the time as I see him and Plouffe platooning in LF.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:16 PM