Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:42 PM
Even if the Twins are happy with Florimon, I'd love to see Escobar get some starts at 3rd and enhance the team defense.
I'm also an Escobar fan. I hope he continues to hit like he did at AAA at the end of last year. However, I'm not so sure he's who I'd want at 3rd base. I didn't actually like his D at 3rd. He didn't look as comfortable as at SS (best) or 2nd. I won't use stats since the sample size is small, but they're aren't favorable for him at 3rd. My views are just from watching him closely as a fan of his. Plus, I'd prefer it if Plouffe was given every opportunity there until Sano is ready. A low average Plouffe with chance of power is better than a low average Escobar with no power (as a 3rd baseman).
I do hope he comes into spring training and gives Florimon a run for the starting SS position. I have no problems with the defensive "loss" and I think he has a better chance at becoming a better hitter. Florimon never looked like he was seeing pitches late, just guessing at what they were out of the hand. Escobar seemed to try and adjust as he was swinging to go get those breaking balls. Neither was particularly successful though...
Fun article! Thanks.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:20 PM
Guys like Brian Dozier and Glen Perkins are great and nice and super, but they aren't really core players. Dozier is good, but not great.
I think it's too soon to say Brian Dozier is only good. He hasn't had more than 1,000PAs yet and in his 3rd season, even at age 26, I think he still has the ability to improve his game by a legitimate margin. So he's not going to be Robinson Cano, Jason Kipnis, or Pedroia, but he could still be a vital piece to a core of players. I view the 'core' as the team's 4-5 best players and I feel like it may be possible to be competitive with Dozier being the #4/5 overall if he does make some improvements.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:30 PM
Dozier: .244/.312/.414 (.726) 18HRs; 14/7 SB:CS in 623PAs for 3.8 WAR
Kipniis: .257/.335/.379 (.714) 14HRs; 31/7 SB:CS in 672PAs for 4.0 WAR
If you go off of WAR per Plate Appearance that is EXTREMELY close value and it is Actually Dozier who comes out ahead. But the age difference though, right?? Well, Kipnis was 25 in his 2nd year and Dozier was 26. I'm just thinking that they are pretty similar players. Dozier has the better glove and Kipnis has more speed, however.
And we all saw what Kipnis did year 3.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:42 PM
As for who is a white castle cheeseburger - I'd say Ryan Doumit is a pretty good fit. Simple, pretty good, you'd like to have more than one, but it's no one's favorite and sometimes it makes you really sick. It's just too bad the Twins traded him away.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:35 PM
1. CF Buxton
2. LF Rosario
3. 1B Mauer
4. 3B Sano
5. DH Arcia
6. RF Hicks
7. 2B Dozier
8. C Pinto
9. SS I have no idea.
I'm thinking it will more than likely be danny Santana
He had a pretty strong year last year behind the plate, however, committed way too many errors and had a pretty bad fielding %.. If he can keep it up in the batters box and get his game together defensively, We have definitely found Florimons replacement.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:58 PM
Wouldn't Polanco be considered ahead of Santana amongst the young shortstop/middle infielders? And there is also Goodrum to consider.
Yeah, I'd say in the long-run, say 5-6 years, Polanco is ahead of Santana. But, since Santana has AA experience and Polanco hasn't reached Fort Myers, Santana has the upper-hand for 2015.
I love Goodrum. I still think he has a major breakout in the very near future.
Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:00 PM
I love Mike Pelfrey and I don't know why. He's not very good at baseball (compared to competent starting pitchers) but I irrationally expect him to be better than average in 2014. Please help.
I'm right there with you, on the 2014 part at least. I think he will be much better next season and I think that signing him will look very intelligent after the next two seasons. Watching him pitch is gross though.
Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:23 AM
Yes, 2015 is looking almost promising. Unfortunately, we have to endure 2014 first.
Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:22 AM