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What was your favorite Luke Hughes moment?

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:07 PM

With the news that the Twins DFAd Luke Hughes today to make room for Jason Marquis on the 25 man roster, there is plenty of surprise. Sure, no one is completely surprised, but it's not like DFAing Hughes was the move that anyone anticipated in the "Corresponding Marquis Move" forum. I would be shocked if Hughes is not claimed simply because of his ability to hit and hit for power against left-handed pitching. So, with that, Hughes had several good moments with that Wins... what was your favorite? Mine? His first major league at bat, the opposite field home run in Detroit off of Max Scherzer.

#2 Mr. Ed

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:11 PM

Don't like the move. Twins are giving up on the guy, who has power potential. and for what? Burroughs?

#3 John Bonnes

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

Wow. Since the first day of the season I've been saying his job was in jeopardy, and I've been complaining about is defense, but I did NOT see this coming. I really do hope he manages to stay with the organization. I would like to see him come back up when the roster crunch is resolved.

#4 John Bonnes

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

Don't like the move. Twins are giving up on the guy, who has power potential. and for what? Burroughs?


I would not be surprised if the Twins are keeping Burroughs around because they can foresee having to platoon him and Valencia.

#5 gmarais66

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

Hughes is very similar to Plouffe... Both have some power, but aren't very good hitters, and neither has a position they are particularly good at... They are expendible, because the minor leagues are littered with players like this...

Edited by gmarais66, 18 April 2012 - 02:21 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:20 PM

I would not be surprised if the Twins are keeping Burroughs around because they can foresee having to platoon him and Valencia.

Burroughs is in the lineup at 3rd today.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

I don't like this move...Who are they going to use as a utility player? Why doesn't it make more sense to send Parmalee down so he can get regular AB's?

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:24 PM

I don't like this move...Who are they going to use as a utility player? Why doesn't it make more sense to send Parmalee down so he can get regular AB's?


Maybe this is precursor to another move, calling up Dozier to play short, moving Carroll to second and Casilla to the utility role.....

#9 Mr. Ed

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:25 PM

I would not be surprised if the Twins are keeping Burroughs around because they can foresee having to platoon him and Valencia.


Probably. Doesn't make it a good move. Burroughs? Really?

Keep guys around til trade waters get warm, then find out what you can get for them.

Payroll will be down big-time next year with Baker's 9 mill gone. Liriano get an extension? No way, more savings. Pavano and Marquis will probably get ridiculous contracts instead. And Cappy will probably get a 2-3 year deal.

ugh

#10 Steve Lein

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

I was hoping Terry Ryan would be much smarter about supplementary roster moves than Bill Smith, but this is evidence to the contrary. 13 pitchers on the staff? Why exactly? Quantity is not better than quality, and there's not much quality there for pitching already. There are players with options, like Parmelee, who hasn't been getting into the last few games anyway and has never played at AAA, and Luke can play 1B too, as he did yesterday. Jeff Gray on the roster still? who cares if he's gone. Matt Maloney? Who cares if he's gone. Alex Burnett? There's no harm in sending him to AAA for a little while, and I'll believe Nick Blackburn doesn't go on the DL when I see it... I do believe Hughes had a role on this team, and a greater one than Sean Burroughs, who also remains. I just find this very strange when there so many other options, including ones that don't risk anyone to another team. But I digress. Favorite Luke Hughes moment? Home Run in first career at-bat is pretty hard to beat.

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


#11 John Bonnes

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

I don't like this move...Who are they going to use as a utility player? Why doesn't it make more sense to send Parmalee down so he can get regular AB's?


Maybe this is an indication that they think they'll have Parmelee in the lineup consistently one way or the other. AFter all, it's really Clete Thomas that bumped him out of the lineup on Monday, and that's not too likely to last.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

And Cappy will probably get a 2-3 year deal.

ugh


I know you're kidding, but just to make you wince a little more, don't forget that the deal Capps signed has a team option for 2013. I'm just saying....

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

I would not be surprised if the Twins are keeping Burroughs around because they can foresee having to platoon him and Valencia.


I have been hoping Valencia has a big couple of months so some team would be willing to overpay for him. I was thinking a platoon of Burroughs/Hughes or maybe even Ploufee could be useful. I just don't see Valencia as the long term answer at 3B.

#14 Mr. Ed

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Maybe this is an indication that they think they'll have Parmelee in the lineup consistently one way or the other. AFter all, it's really Clete Thomas that bumped him out of the lineup on Monday, and that's not too likely to last.


Clete Thomas: LH Lew Ford

#15 Mr. Ed

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

I know you're kidding, but just to make you wince a little more, don't forget that the deal Capps signed has a team option for 2013. I'm just saying....


Honestly John, some of the moves they've made have jaded me to believe that they'll pull a couple nonsense moves this offseason with average players like Capps/Marquis/Pavano being overpaid,simply because the organization depth at the high levels is not good.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:33 PM

I understand that, but, don't both Parmelee and Morneau struggle against lefties, which is a perfect reason to keep Hughes?

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

This stinks. Count me amongst those who believed that Hughes can be a solid player, assuming he gets more than 3 ab a week. Why not Burroughs instead of Hughes? I think we are finding out that Gardy is in love with Burroughs. Gotta have that big left handed bat to come off the bench, don't ya? As Soucheray would say, this is B. as in B., S. as in S! Will Hughes make it through to Rochester? Very unlikely in my opinion.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:40 PM

The Twins have far too many players on the fringe of their 25 man roster that are out of options. Something had to give. I'm not a big Luke Hughes fan but I wonder if they would have been better off cutting loose a reliever.

#19 gunnarthor

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:40 PM

I'm a bit surprised, too. I'd rather have him on the roster than Plouffe.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:44 PM

This stinks. Count me amongst those who believed that Hughes can be a solid player, assuming he gets more than 3 ab a week. Why not Burroughs instead of Hughes? I think we are finding out that Gardy is in love with Burroughs. Gotta have that big left handed bat to come off the bench, don't ya? As Soucheray would say, this is B. as in B., S. as in S!

Will Hughes make it through to Rochester? Very unlikely in my opinion.


Burroughs at least has some history of success at the major league level... Hughes has struggled, for the most part...

#21 SL__72

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

Gotta love the 13-man pitching staff.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:50 PM

I was in the middle of the woods on a mountain bike when Hughes hit his first HR off Detroit. Awesome moment and i almost fell off my bike. I saw a lot of Hughes in 08 for New Britain and he was just raking. Have fond memories of early 08 Hughes. I wish him luck, but i'm not surprised by the move the way he's been booting the ball.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

Bring up DOZIER - like NOW! Handwriting is on the wall - Here's a call for you - Dozier will be here with in 10 days - that's by May 1st -

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:57 PM

Can't stand carrying 13 pitchers. The two times we won a World Series, we carried 10 pitchers.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

Can't stand carrying 13 pitchers. The two times we won a World Series, we carried 10 pitchers.

I imagine 13 pitchers is a temporary reaction to the uncertainty surrounding Blackburn and Perkins.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

I'm a Luke Hughes fan. If he makes it through waivers, I'll be surprised. He's a tough-nosed utility guy that can play several positions, and he doesn't look intimidated by the big league stage. Twins will be lucky if they can get him to Rochester. That said, what Hughes offers is similar to Plouffe, who was a first round draft pick. If nothing else separates them, you keep the first rounder.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

Does anyone else think this is a good move? Lets not forget that we're talking about a 27 year old utility man who plays questionable defense, can't get on base and has a career OPS of .627 in 300+ PA's. Twenty-seven is considered to be a hitters prime so he's too old to progress much more as a hitter. He can't really play second all that well, so he's basically a corner infielder who was 3rd on the depth chart at 3B and 5th on the depth chart at 1st base. Why do we need that? It needs to be Dozier time. The Twins aren't competing this season, so they need to quit wasting time with Casilla at 2nd and use him as the middle infield backup that he is.

#28 Shane Wahl

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

13 pitchers cannot be what the plan is for more than a few days at most. I assume, that somebody is likely head for the DL. By the way, Luke Hughes is not a good hitter. FYI. I would not be surprised if he makes it to Rochester. That said, I find 12 pitchers to already be gratuitous. Jeff Gray? This means Dozier is coming soon.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:17 PM

Why not send Parmelee down to the minors where he'll get regular playing time instead?

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:21 PM

There still is no word on what happened with Bowden. People should start to suspect a trade is in the works since there should be news on who won the claim by now. The Red Sox are looking for a right handed bench bat. Any chance there is a Hughes/Bowden swap in the works but the Twins needed to lose someone off the roster today so Marquis can pitch?