Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:10 PM
Pinto and Herrmann can hold down C. Unless the Twins want to find a way to bring in Salty (they won't be able to do so). I would be fully prepared to roll out with most of the youth movement now, and that includes Pinto, Herrmann, Hicks, and Arcia.
Maybe the Twins do what's wise and by August 1 Willingham and Doumit are gone.
The position players possibly on the team:
Parmelee or Colabello
Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:27 PM
This is a bummer statement. Every position on the diamond is tremendously important.
I suppose Keith Hernandez was blocked from playing SS because of Garry Templeton and there was no room for Don Mattingly at SS because the legendary Bobby Meacham was manning SS. It takes a great amount of talent to play each and every position in MLB. Some teams may try to hide offense only players at 1B or the corner OF positions, but those moves are only made out of desperation or logjams.
Hot Diggity Damn... 1B is important!
PS: Sorry if I came across as a "Richard". The word "Lowly" made me feel very depressed for a minute. Mr. Hrbek, Mr. Mientkiewicz, and to a lesser extent Mr. Morneau saved or won some games for us with their glove work. I value first base and believe it not to be a place where you should dump your bat only players. No position should be treated that way - that is why the AL has a Designated Hitter.
Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:54 PM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:59 PM
Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:23 AM
The luxury of losing is you can really find out what you have.
Jose Fernandez got a chance with the Marlins after being in High A-ball. Florida State League, yes, where Byron Buxton ended up last year while hitting .326.
So "if" there's a luxury of losing, it's that you can find out what you have in your minors sooner. Perhaps the equivalent of spending $15M on average free agent pitching, only nice thing is you're not committed to that bum of a free agent pitcher and his salary for a long period of time.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:27 AM
Not sure there's room for both Collabello & Parmelee on the roster this season, especially with the Twins seeming desire (need?) to keep 12 pitchers. Bad luck for them, but neither has exactly seized their opportunities to show they can be consistent MLB hitters. Even worse, neither has shown a platoon split that would increase their value as a bench bat/situational hitter.
Doumit still has pretty good value as long as he can still catch some, so I'm not going to clamor for him to be dealt just to open up a spot. Willingham might have a little value as a 1 year rental if he proves he's healthy.
If Sano is ready to make the jump, I'd like to see this Twins lineup:
If Sano's not ready (and please, please don't rush him!) then Colabello/Parmelee has the first shot at RF with Plouffe staying at 3B and Arcia going back to LF. Which will be a brutal defensive lineup, but that's the way it goes.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:34 AM
I don't like signing AJ Pierzysnki because he is not a good defender behind the plate anymore. I want to see them sign a catcher with a good glove to help the pitchers prevent runs.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:10 PM
You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:43 PM
Who is the most likely to be traded out of this group? What would be an acceptable trade? Can you get MLB ready guys for any of these guys? Or at least high end prospects? Who will play the outfield and DH in 2015
Edited by Rusty, 12 November 2013 - 12:45 PM.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 02:11 PM
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:22 PM
especially with the Twins seeming desire (need?) to keep 12 pitchers.
I would be ecstatic if we carried 12 pitchers all year in 2014, especially if the other 13 guys were actually all healthy.
It's tough to manage a team well when you keep having 2-3 guys availible off the bench.
As far as ripple effects go, I really think that Plouffe and Parmelee are at high risk of being out of the Twins organization before opening day. They both have been inconsistent with their offense, and neither have shown stellar enough defense to ride on that. Even without Sano, Plouffe is going to have competition from Escobar, Bartlett, Bernier, and possibly Florimon. Only one of those guys can be the starting shortstop and I'm sure the rest would rather be starting 3B than utility guy.