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Who will have a preposterously good ST and earn a trip north this year?

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Poll: Who will have a preposterously good SSS-fueled ST and go north? (44 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will have a preposterously good SSS-fueled ST and go north?

  1. Sean Gilmartin (2 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  2. Matt Hoffman (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Deolis Guerra (6 votes [13.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.64%

  4. Yohan Pino (2 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  5. James Beresford (4 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  6. Dan Rohlfing (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Doug Bernier (3 votes [6.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.82%

  8. Deibinson Romero (9 votes [20.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.45%

  9. Brandon Waring (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Other (18 votes [40.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.91%

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#1 Willihammer

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:09 AM

Aaron Hicks, Luke Hughes, Brian Buscher, Randy Ruiz, Brian Bass, Willie Eyre... The Twins have a history of bringing scrubs north based on strong ST performances. Players who, sometimes, faceplant when the regular season starts. Who will it be this year?

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:17 AM

I think Duensing gets traded and Edgar Ibarra gets a long look for the pen though I like Matt Hoffamn's chances too.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:48 AM

Aaron Hicks, Luke Hughes, Brian Buscher, Randy Ruiz, Brian Bass, Willie Eyre... The Twins have a history of bringing scrubs north based on strong ST performances. Players who, sometimes, faceplant when the regular season starts. Who will it be this year?


I'd hardly call Hicks a scrub. And if you recall, the Twins really didn't have much choice to bring him north given how either everyone else played or the condition they were in physically. And given how well he did and that he was a highly ranked Twins prospect, they took a chance. I just don't put Hicks in with the rest of the group you named.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:12 AM

Tom Powers thinks it will be Romero; I'd like it to be Kyle Gibson.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:26 AM

I don't think he'll have a preposterously good ST, but I predict Kris Johnson travels north.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:32 AM

The obvious name missing (and perhaps what could lead to a runaway win by "other") is Byron Buxton. He's certainly not likely to break camp with the big club, but when you think of potential for having a "preposterously good SSS-fueled ST," he's more likely than most. Especially true if the Twins happen to have any sort of injury issues among their outfield corps.

I cast my sentimental favorite pick for Beresford, though. Not because I expect him to have a "preposterously good" spring training, but simply because I believe he's the best defensive infielder in the organization (due respect to Florimon) and if the Twins want someone on the bench for late inning defense, he may be the best choice.
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#7 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:32 AM

Aaron Hicks, Luke Hughes, Brian Buscher, Randy Ruiz, Brian Bass, Willie Eyre... The Twins have a history of bringing scrubs north based on strong ST performances. Players who, sometimes, faceplant when the regular season starts. Who will it be this year?


It's a bit unfair to call Aaron Hicks a scrub.

Or really unfair, actually.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:41 AM

I voted "Other"--because "Nobody" wasn't a choice.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

I think Hicks will kill it again and earn the first crack at the starting gig.
To much logjam in the pen and back end of the rotation for any of those pitchers to make it IMO.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

I think Hicks will kill it again and earn the first crack at the starting gig.
To much logjam in the pen and back end of the rotation for any of those pitchers to make it IMO.


God, I hope not. Hicks hasn't had success anywhere since the 2012 season. Let the kid get his feet under him in the minors before exposing him to MLB pitching again. Please.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:57 AM

[quote name='Jim Crikket']The obvious name missing (and perhaps what could lead to a runaway win by "other") is Byron Buxton. He's certainly not likely to break camp with the big club, but when you think of potential for having a "preposterously good SSS-fueled ST," he's more likely than most. Especially true if the Twins happen to have any sort of injury issues among their outfield corps.

I think he may have preposterously good ST but not because of a SSS, but because he is a "preposterously good" player. I know he is too young and inexperienced, but facing pitchers that are still getting the feel for their pitches, he can do a lot of damage.

Edited by adjacent, 15 January 2014 - 10:59 AM.
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:22 AM

Given the logjam with out of options starters, I'm not sure any of these pitchers make it unless there is a wide array of injuries.

I vote Bartlett makes it over Escobar, however.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

Bartlett, Hicks, Ramirez, Guerra, Fryer
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:05 PM

God, I hope not. Hicks hasn't had success anywhere since the 2012 season. Let the kid get his feet under him in the minors before exposing him to MLB pitching again. Please.


This. The Twins can't afford to have another setback with Hicks as last year was pretty much wasted. Two wasted years at this stage in his career could be big trouble. Pretty much the poster child for not rushing prospects not named Mike Trout.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:19 PM

Bartlett, Hicks, Ramirez, Guerra, Fryer
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

Hicks, Tonkin..... Sano :)

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:34 PM

The obvious name missing (and perhaps what could lead to a runaway win by "other") is Byron Buxton.


There is no way that Buxton is coming up North. But there are 2 obvious names missing:

- Alex Meyer
- Miguel Sano

those guys could come up North if things fall their way. Even Ryan said that Meyer could potentially win a spot. And these 2 guys will make the Twins a better team.
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:57 PM

Guerra could get a chance this year but only if Ryan makes some trades. But I would love it if Hicks could step up and make the club and be not terrible at the plate batting 8th or 9th and playing good D.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:31 PM

I think there's about 3 or 4 who could either be primed, or sort of come out of "nowhere", so to speak.

I have high hopes for Hicks to take what he learned last year and make a move. I think Tonkin is ready to roll and will foce his way in to the bullpen, barring anyone else injured, at the expense of Pressly more than likely.

If anything happens to Suzuki or Pinto to disappoint or some injury factor, Fryer could surprise. Not overly high on him, but in his milb past he has shown a better ability to make contact and work a count than he did last season in AAA. Is he maybe ready to improve this season?

And Twin Cities scribe Powers recently brought up a very interesting name that has had me intrigued for some time in Deibinson Romero. Now, all bets are probably off if the Twins still sign another veteran utility guy like Tucker, Baker, Reynolds or the such. Or a sudden return o some form of Bartlett. But a few years ago Romero looked like a pretty decent prospect at 3B, some 1B, with decent hitting and power. He always maintained a pretty good OB% as well. He seemed to find himself again in 2012, and if it wasn't for his late arrival to the states in 2013, a solid year might have been even better.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:36 PM

Keep a Bullpen eye on Lester Oliveros.