Article: Change is a challenge Tyler Grimes has embraced
Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:19 AM
Writing about the Minnesota Twins and their minor league organization, with an emphasis on the Cedar Rapids Kernels, at Knuckleballsblog.com since 2010.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:27 AM
The Kernels have had several players move up to Ft. Myers, but there is still a lot of talent there. Grimes, along with Adam Walker, Jorge Polanco, Niko Goodrum, Travis Harrison, Max Kepler, JO Berrios, Mason Melotakis remain. That alone is more talent than most minor league teams can boast. They are fun to watch and yes, I still recommend making that trek south to watch the Kernels!
Posted 17 July 2013 - 08:53 AM
Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:03 AM
I have read about Grimes for the past few years, and it didn't click for me that he had switched positions. I hope he keeps making progress as a catcher. I think it's also pretty great that the Twins saw potential for him to be more effective at a different position and give him a shot at it. Keep up the good work Tyler!
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:30 AM
In talking about defense, the first thing that Jake Mauer commented on was his ability to receive the ball and particularly the low pitch. The second was calling the game. I found that encouraging. Those skills are so much more critical than throwing out runners trying to steal or even blocking a wild pitch. If it was first in his mind, it must be a priority I training catchers as they come through the system.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 10:32 AM
Tyler just turned 23, so he's not exactly young for his league. He's putting up good numbers on offense, and if he's a plus on defense then he's got a chance. He basically can't afford a stumble in any future seasons as he works his way up the organizational chain. Definitely fun to root for him, going forward.
I think sometimes we all worry about age too much. I acknowledge when I do a Top 50 Propsect list, age to level of competition is a factor. However, for MLB purposes, it isn't very important. It's even less important when a guy switches positions. I don't think anyone thinks that Grimes is a future big league all star, so who cares if he comes up at 25, 26 or 27 to be a backup. And, who knows, he could come up at 27 and be a starter until he's 32!
It's like the Colabello thing. Yes, he's 29, but if he is a solid big league first baseman for the next 2-4 years, who cares?
I think this move has been great for Grimes, and hopefully he continues to improve. When I talked to him, he talked about stretching differently and needing to be able to move differently. That's not necessarily natural and it will just take time. I'm encouraged by his pitch receiving and by his arm. He's a terrific athlete and hopefully it goes well for him!
The reality is that something like 85-90% of minor leaguers have that 'stumble' and don't make it, but like you said, it's going to be fun to root for a guy like Tyler.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:37 PM
I've enjoyed sitting down for interviews with every Kernels player I've had the opportunity to talk to one-on-one, but Grimes really was a pleasure to talk to. We actually talked way too long for me to include everything we discussed. As with Seth, he did talk about his need to work on flexibility, etc., and we talked more about his family, his tattoos (which are all testaments to family members), and a number of other things. Just far too much to get all of it in to one article that still turned out to be longer than most.
Again, I'm glad a number of you enjoyed the read. Tyler and hundreds of guys like him are, to me, what minor league baseball is all about. They work so hard to overcome some pretty daunting odds and everybody has a story.