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The 30-And-Under Experiment (Plus Joe And Glen)


Greg Logan

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blog-0023233001406606625.jpgIt's over, folks. Time to throw in the towel. Again.

 

As we push past the trade deadline into the final 50-ish games of the season, conventional baseball wisdom would suggest that the younger players should be getting the majority of the plate appearances and innings. I say we throw caution to the wind.

 

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that we find new homes for the likes of Willingham, Suzuki, Correia, and even Duensing, and let's also assume, as expected, that Twins Daily is given complete control over the roster for the remainder of the season. What's the worst that could happen if we refuse to give another PA or IP to anyone under the age of 30?

 

A 30-or-younger active roster might come out looking like the one below. Try to look past the fact that I have 31-year-olds Mauer, Perkins and Nolasco in there. The guys have contracts. We might as well be realistic here.

 

25-Man Roster

C Josmil Pinto

1B Joe Mauer

2B Brian Dozier

SS Eduardo Escobar

3B Trevor Plouffe

OF Aaron Hicks

CF Byron Buxton

OF Oswaldo Arcia

DH Kennys Vargas

 

C Eric Fryer

C/OF Chris Herrmann

SS/OF Danny Santana

1B/OF Chris Parmelee

 

SP Phil Hughes

SP Ricky Nolasco

SP Kyle Gibson

SP Alex Meyer

SP Trevor May

 

CL Glen Perkins

SU Casey Fien

LHP Caleb Thielbar

RHP Ryan Pressly

RHP Stephen Pryor

RHP Michael Tonkin

LHP Logan Darnell

 

 

Frankly, I've yet to find anyone who can convince me that this isn't a good idea, or at very least a replacement-level one. I'll admit that you probably keep Buxton in AA, but you gotta put fans in the seats somehow, right?

 

Fire away. Santana or Hicks in CF instead of Buxton? Eddie Rosario in the mix? Go all-in and throw in Jose Berrios? Go for it. It's your organization. TR and Gardy are just working in it.

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I'm increasingly hoping that this is exactly what happens, (though with Buxton getting more development time in AA), so I'm not much of a critic, would be interested to hear the counter argument though.

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I'll say this: it would be interesting to see what would happen if the Twins just promoted a bunch of talent, ready or not, and had them work things out at the major league level. I worry it might be a complete disaster, truly a five-lane wide car accident, but it worked in the late 90s - several years later. 

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See, if nothing else, I have to think it would be an entertaining disaster. The alternative is equally disastrous, but boring at the same time. And that's the recipe for just god-awful ticket sales next year.

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