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Alex Burnett, His Stuff, and Why He's Hasn't Been Sent Packing

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#1 LimestoneBaggy

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:41 AM

I'm generally a postive-type Twins fan (call me Seth-like in that regard), but I can't figure out why Alex Burnett has been kept at the major league levels this long. Without getting into specific statistics (I'll let the responders take this up), my research shows only an organizational belief that his "stuff" will develop. Can't they develop this in AAA (I honestly don't know his option status as of today). Someone convince me otherwise.

#2 Seth Stohs

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:53 AM

I agree that it should develop in AAA... It should have two years ago and it should have last year. It's almost as if, because he's been up for two years, that it would be wrong to send him down. I disagree. He's still young and could develop because he does have "stuff." I'd like to see him maximize it, and in my opinion that means a step backward before he can go forward.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:01 AM

I might be wrong but I think he's out of options. They still shouldn't waste a roster spot on him. We have had plenty of solid bullpen arms show up this spring. There are better pitchers on our roster.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:12 AM

I might be wrong but I think he's out of options. They still shouldn't waste a roster spot on him. We have had plenty of solid bullpen arms show up this spring. There are better pitchers on our roster.


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#5 J-Dog Dungan

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:28 AM

Seriously, they need to use that option. Like they did with Parmelee, Benson, and Revere, they brought him up from AA because they thought that he was ready. All stats since have said otherwise, but it seems like the Twins refuse to believe that they can't develop someone like Burnett in the Majors. They need to let him slow down, get his feet under him, get more control over his "stuff", and give his spot on the roster who has proven they can play in the bigs (or at least "proven" in spring training that they can play in the bigs)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:37 AM

What I find interesting about Burnet is that he put up some pretty ridiculous stats in the minors when he came up... it was the Twins that held him back much to the consternation of many fans. That said, at his return to AAA, he hasn't been nearly as good, so clearly they want him doing something else that he cannot seem to do well. I do agree with one option year left, he seems like a logical candidate to return to AAA to work on things. Hopefully the kid figures them out.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

I would be cool with him developing in a mop-up role in the majors, but he seems to be handed a lot of high-leverage situations and seems to fail frequently. If Gardy and Rick Anderson decide to take him north, I suppose there is something in him that can't be seen on telecasts. Maybe he's an amazing clubhouse presence. If the last bullpen spot comes down to Burnett and Manship, I sure hope Manship would get the nod.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:15 AM

He looks like a guy who has lost confidence if he has "stuff" or not and he probably needs some time in AAA to regain that confidence! He hasn't been good in Spring Training so far (or maybe they have him working on something?)



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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:32 AM

I bump him to AAA to start the year, and tell him he's the first guy up, and they'll make room for him if he produces down there. This seems like a confidence issue (as others have stated), and I think a month in Rochester would do wonders for that. Tell him to go after hitters, take risks and try and groove his fastball. Burnett has all the tools, and I think he is evidence that the Twins way of slowly bringing up their prospects has merit. Realistically had he not been rushed, he would have been looking at a full season of AAA in 2010, and half a season in 2011.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:57 AM

Alex Burnett has all the ability in the world there is no question about it. However, how long can the Twins afford to wait on him to put it all together. My guess is one more year because he has one option left.

Edited by Fanatic Jack, 22 March 2012 - 12:18 PM.


#11 Seth Stohs

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

Mu guess is one more year because he has one option left.


That would be my guess...

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

I'm generally a postive-type Twins fan

Nice Bert-ism. :D

Here's my take on Burnett: Probably shouldn't have been in the majors the last two years, and probably shouldn't be at the outset of this year. But he's got a quality 93 MPH FB/86 MPH SL combo. Those are going to be good pitches if he can learn to harness them better. He's still only 24 and oftentimes pitchers don't turn the corner until 25 or 26. Still much too early to give up on him.

#13 LimestoneBaggy

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

Nick, I'm glad you caught my Bert showing. I do think he should be retained, just not at the major league level right now. Create a plan, send to AAA, and develop some confidence in his "stuff".

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:35 PM

I'll give two rival reasons he was on the roster the last two years: 1) The Twins were desperate. This is undoubtedly true for why he was originally called up. 2) Bill Smith was in charge. Ryan seems to be a lot more interested in competition, and it's showing. I don't think Burnett is on this roster on 4/6.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

AAA sounds good to me. I got awful tired of seeing him and his ERA last season. Let him learn in the learning league.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:51 PM

He looks like a guy who has lost confidence if he has "stuff" or not and he probably needs some time in AAA to regain that confidence! He hasn't been good in Spring Training so far (or maybe they have him working on something?)


I agree. Burnett looks like a guy who is trying to find not just his stuff, but his whole pitching style each time out. For awhile it looked like he was channeling Rivera, but that didn't work. I think he's tinkering too much, and that's a problem best solved in AAA, not with games that count against the major league club.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:36 PM

Last year, I think Burnett was Channeling Ron Davis.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:41 AM

What I find interesting about Burnet is that he put up some pretty ridiculous stats in the minors when he came up... it was the Twins that held him back much to the consternation of many fans.


This is quite a claim. He had a nice 2009, but not much more evidence that he'd develop into a high quality MLB pitcher. Maybe his stuff is going to get to the next level, but 2009 was a while ago.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:22 PM

This is quite a claim. He had a nice 2009, but not much more evidence that he'd develop into a high quality MLB pitcher. Maybe his stuff is going to get to the next level, but 2009 was a while ago.



My point was that there was a time when fans were screaming for the guy and he wasn't getting called up... that's all. Yes, 2009 was a while ago. I was more pointing out the irony.