Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:52 AM
If the Twins want another defensive-minded catcher, in addition to Suzuki, it should be Herrmann. He was ranked by BA's as the best defensive catcher in the Twins minors in 2013, for a good reason.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:06 AM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:02 AM
I agree with DAM. There are numerous mentors available to Pinto.
It will be fun to watch his development this year.
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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:31 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:36 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 01:34 PM
Are the Twins really going to carry a third catcher?--- I guess if the third catcher is Hermann, it isn't a huge deal because of his versatility.
I don't think they will... Herrmann would be an ideal 3rd catcher because of his versatility. But I don't think they'll have a 3rd catcher just because.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 01:44 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:46 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:47 PM
Are the Twins really going to carry a third catcher? It seems that Mauer could fill in for a part of a game with limited risk and then another could be called up. I was hoping with Mauer's move, there would be no more need to carry a third catcher. I guess if the third catcher is Hermann, it isn't a huge deal because of his versatility.
My opinion is since Mauer moved to first base, we should pretend he doesn't know how to be a catcher unless it is an extreme emergency situation. I don't see why the Twins would risk putting him back there. I might be overly cautious, but it just takes one bad foul tip to the head and his career could be over, or he could be nowhere near the player he was. It's not worth the risk to me.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:51 PM
The 3rd catcher move has always been around the question of what if Mauer was DH and your backup that year was catching and the backup got injured. They couldn't move Mauer to catcher without losing the DH so Gardy always wanted a 3rd option. Given that Suzuki and probably Pinto will not be good enough to earn AB at DH I don't think the Twins will waste a roster spot on a 3rd catcher. One of them will always be on the bench if the other gets injured in a game.
I'm with you. If Hermann was a better hitter than the fourth guy on the bench, I could see it. But there are several better hitters in camp this year. In particular, Parmelee from the left side and Ramirez from the right side.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:27 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 04:34 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:53 PM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:10 PM
Where does Kyle Knudson fit?
He hit .295/.382 /.352 in 28 games at AA last year
He doesn't have much power but looks to be able to avoid the SO, take a walk now and then and get a single or two.
What's his D like?
Considered very good. Works well with pitchers. frames well. Won't hit much, but tremendous reputation behind the plate.