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Article: Kernels Post-Buxton Era Begins: Welcome Max Kepler

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#1 SD Buhr

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:55 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...come-Max-Kepler

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#2 orangevening

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:48 AM

Do we know if he will be in CF most of the time with Buxton in FM now?

#3 SD Buhr

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:28 AM

Do we know if he will be in CF most of the time with Buxton in FM now?


We don't "know," but we'll get a clue today at noon today (weather permitting). If his elbow still isn't 100%, I would imagine he goes to LF with JD Williams moving to CF. Interestingly, however, Kepler and Jeremias Pineda are listed on the Kernels official roster as a CFs (Williams is simply listed as an OF), for whatever that's worth, which isn't much really.

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#4 Mike Sixel

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:34 AM

Big fan of Kepler. Hoping he makes a nice adjustment to A ball this year. He's either starting in the OF or 1B in MN in 4 years.....

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:09 AM

Very excited about Kepler. He had the 2nd highest BB/K ratio in the Appy League last year and the 4th highest ISO. Still young and inexperienced which means he has the potential to improve rapidly. A real shame he had to miss the first half of the year.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:31 PM

Sounds like a nice kid, wish him well.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:39 PM

JD didn't play much CF last year with Beloit either. For some reason, he's been primarily in the corners. A lot of RF last year. He was an infielder in high school.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for the great read ... seems to bring a lot of personality along with talent.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:25 PM

Hope plenty of CR fans are savoring this season. That lineup, even without Buxton, is as good as it gets. A team OPS of .800 and .275+ BA? Wow.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:31 PM

Kepler played CF today for the Kernels.

He had a double (his 4th) and his first HR of the season, an opposite field 2-run HR that gave the Kernels their margin of victory in a 6-4 win.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:46 PM

In the 8th, Kepler smashed the go ahead homer to put the Kernels up 6-4. For Kepler, his first home run as a Kernel and 5 of his first 7 hits have gone for extra bases. The long ball was also just the 2nd off the season hit off of Bees reliever Joey Krehbiel.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:47 PM

That is a quote from MiLB.com (so as to make it legal and such).