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7 Days 7 ST Games 10 Observations Early In Spring


TFelton
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Started at opening night at Hammond and ended in Hammond with stops in Bradenton, Port Charlotte, and Dunedin.

 

Was at every game but 1 before gates opened to let my eyes and ears absorb and process.

 

(No particular order)

 

1.). Kepler - he'll push a decision soon. Like how he carries himself. He has grown up and looks and plays like he belongs.

2.) Hicks - Catcher from Seattle. He's pretty good and commands a presence with his size and seems to really fit in and throws pretty good. JR Murphy seems quieter but watched him throw rockets to second we haven't seen here in a while.

3.) Polanco - didn't have most successful in-game at bats but solid up the middle in BP and games. Really want him to be a 2017 MLB asset and appears an able 2016 fill in, and Veilma is little but he is learning to hit to go along with a nice glove..not ready but like what I saw all around.

4.) Buxton - glove and arm yes plus. Even in BP, was more disappointed in the bat than I hoped. Not sure what to say.

5.) Park - he can catch up to 92-93 mph w a homer and hard single..early yes while against mlb pitchers early in the games. Fingers crossed.

6.) Sano - made routine catches. Know it is early in Spring while watched him play a couple liners into base hits. Tulo tried to stretch one of them in a double and Sano gunned him, then Nunez bowed and waved his cap to him while laughing so not sure if it was the fielding or throw he was referencing.

7.) Sweeney - he surprised me to the good. Quentin is working hard just don't see it.

8.) Starters - Berrios was clearly nervous only time I saw him home opener night, he'll be fine. Was hoping he'd push in Spring. Milone looked sharp, Duffey had a couple bad pitches in the Dunedin wind otherwise looks confident and belongs. May needs to start (see relievers). Kid Rosario was more impressive than I expected him to be while Dean has good stuff for soft tossing lefty I just don't see it long term.

9.) Relievers - a lot of lefties in the grab bag.. I guess chose one from 2-4 of them others not so much. Reed, Burdi, and Chargios have velo. Watched Chargois throw all off speed to a Philly named Stalli (?) to start JT's inning today. Was feeling worried about an injury until saw some smiles after the ab between hitter and pitcher (that was cool to see) then the gas returned for next couple hitters. Melotakis looked ok while don't know why expected more so soon. Reed and Burdi soon in mlb me thinks.

10.) Said a 30 second hello to TR and St Peter on different days and didn't want to linger but they wanted to know where I was from, how many games I was going to, what I thought...i just wanted to wish them good luck and thank them for Twins baseball.

 

TFelton

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Love the update, TFelton.  Thanks.  I hope you'll provide another in a week or two, assuming you continue to hit a bunch of games.  I really appreciate the effort!

 

Unfortunately, I am flying home tonight as need to get back to work... My family was there for first 3 games then home since kids in school and don't think they would have enjoyed 7 games but 2-3 was fine for them.

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Great write up. I admit I haven't really seen Hicks, or didn't really know who I was seeing if I did, but while watching practices, I watched a bullpen session of Santana's and Murphey was catching him, and he was quite vocal about what and where and how. And after, he and Santana talked a bit about the session. Was very interesting to me as he didn't seem like the new, young guy at all. That signals to me that not only is he really getting to know the pitchers, but he's not afraid to tell them what's what. And Santana was asking him his own questions as well, so it seems to me that Murphy is developing a good relationship with the pitchers as well.

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Great write up. I admit I haven't really seen Hicks, or didn't really know who I was seeing if I did, but while watching practices, I watched a bullpen session of Santana's and Murphey was catching him, and he was quite vocal about what and where and how. And after, he and Santana talked a bit about the session. Was very interesting to me as he didn't seem like the new, young guy at all. That signals to me that not only is he really getting to know the pitchers, but he's not afraid to tell them what's what. And Santana was asking him his own questions as well, so it seems to me that Murphy is developing a good relationship with the pitchers as well.

Absolutely.  I only saw Murphy in a couple of games so wasn't under-selling him, as his arm was very noticeable and great to see.  JR got a great applause in Bradenton as he is a hometown boy from there.  It seemed the games I saw normally had Hicks there and usually on the upper dugout step or warming up the pitcher, and engaged.  Again, early, but I like what I saw at Catcher.

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