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  1. If you want to compare Arraez to a former Twin, how about Chuck Knoblauch - a fellow second-baseman? In Knobby's seven years with the Twins, he won Rookie of the Year, led the league in doubles and triples once each, went to the All-Star game 4 times and scored over 100 runs 4 times as well. He finished his great 1996 season by batting .341. He also never hit more than 13 HR as a Twin. Everyone was fine with that.
    8 points
  2. You can get away with a light hitting player like Revere or Arraez when you have a lineup that legitimately just set the new record for HRs and they added another 30+ HR guy. I have no problem if Arraez collects singles and walks if the others will be busy hitting him in. And, as the article mentioned, Revere hit a lot of groundballs, and Arraez hit more line drives, so I think Arraez's performance can be more sustainable if that keeps up.
    8 points
  3. @Moderator it was me ^ I compared Josh Donaldson to Jesus.
    6 points
  4. I can’t imagine someone comparing Josh Donaldson to Jesus. What a tool.
    6 points
  5. I mean, if the deal doesn't work out he'll be crucified on here sooooooooo....
    5 points
  6. Nope, it's WAR, OPS+, wOBA, wRC+, and BABIP. You can hit .276 with 32 HR and 109 RBI while batting cleanup on a 100+ win team - doesn't matter. You'll be considered a by many on this thread to be a below-average player who needs to be replaced by a guy who's never taken a MLB at bat. As for your thoughts on Arraez, I couldn't agree more. Let's be happy with what we have. He's got plenty of room to grow, and having a high-average slap-hitting singles/doubles guy at the top of this lineup isn't a bad thing.
    5 points
  7. I agree that the Revere comparison is a stretch, but this is a good analysis of *why* As for comparing to Knoblauch, you have to remember his value (and his batting statistics) were greatly enhanced by his speed and extremely intelligent baserunning. Arraez is not in that class.
    5 points
  8. Ted, love your work and appreciate the OP, but find it a bit strange to compare a CF and 2B 10yrs apart in the beginning of their careers. Despite changes in philosophy over the years, especially defensive shifts, Arraez nips Revere in every quad split during their milb career. And while it is a very SSS, Arraez EASILY eclipses Revere in those same quad splits for their rookie season. There is a difference in making contact and making successful contact. It would appear, to this point, that Arraez has better bat control, a better approach, and just a better "hit" factor overall. His eye a
    5 points
  9. Only if he can do a somersault on the base paths while running out a triple.
    4 points
  10. A few comments after LMAO at Nash's comments. 1] I should copy and paste my comments on the 3B depth post, but won't. Shouldn't have to. NOBODY who has a very good 3B has a plug and play alternative. The Twins have depth in Marwin and Adrianza. Maybe Astudillo if the 2018 and non-injured 2019 version fighting to get back in to a groove after showing some production when healthy and not chasing the way outside pitch version of himself returns. (Whew!) Sano can also still be decent/passable if something dreadful happens. (I need wood to knock on!) Oh crap I AM repeating myself! 2] There is
    4 points
  11. The difference between a .315 and a .360 woba is the differnce between a burger at a cafeteria that has sat in a steamer for hours versus thr burger that was at Victory 44. Arraez can improve his fielding, Revere went backwards in the batting. There really is not a similarity
    4 points
  12. Revere had a career because of his defense and base running. Arraez will only have a career if his bat is much better than Revere’s.
    4 points
  13. In this dugout, weighing a total of 156 stone, the AL East Wild Card, the Rays! 0. Yonny Chirinos (R ) P 1. R. Arozarena (R ) RF 2. Ji-Man Choi ( L) 1B 3. Jose Martinez (R ) DH 4. Joey Wendle ( L) 3B 5. Kevan Smith (R ) C 6. Ryan LaMarre (R ) LF 7. Brian O'Grady ( L) CF 8. M. Brosseau (R ) SS 9. Lucius Fox ( S ) 2B And in that dugout, weighing a whopping 163 stone, the reigning heavyweight champion of the AL Central, the Twins! 0. Jhoulys Chacin (R ) P 1. Max Kepler ( L) RF 2. Luis Arraez ( L) 2B 3. Jorge Polanco ( S ) SS 4. Josh Donaldson (R ) 3B 5. Mitch Garver (R ) C 6. M. Gonzalez (
    3 points
  14. more than one strength; dude also gets a lot of walks for someone who collects that many hits. He controls the strike zone, which is another strength.
    3 points
  15. One other thing, initially Kirby didn't have power, he developed it. I have high hopes Luis can do the same. If not, I'm extremely happy with a .333 hitting second baseman that wins multiple batting championships.
    3 points
  16. Unfair. They cleaned up the Cuyahoga River many years ago.
    3 points
  17. When FM station 102.9 The Wolf acquired the rights to simulcast Minnesota baseball games, it seemed like a win for radio listeners and the team. A tragic misunderstanding leaves many wondering if it’s worth it.Gloria Runnells knew something was wrong immediately. “We’ve been coming to Fort Myers for Spring Training games for years,” said the Little Falls retiree. “We always sit by the play-by-play booth, Dan Gladden will wave at us, it’s a real fun time. When we got there on Thursday, there was debris everywhere, people yelling, and what looked like claw marks?” Those marks were courtesy o
    2 points
  18. Should we ignore the 4th percentile hard hit rate or 19th percentile exit velocity? I don’t think it is wise to jump to only lack of home runs from there. Are there any other players who have consistently been better than league average hitters at those ranks? I don’t know the answer to that question but it can’t be many. It will be interesting to see how teams pitch and defend Arraez differently this year and then how he adjusts.
    2 points
  19. I believe how we handled Hicks and Buxton was a terrible short sighted mistake, I believe that all front offices should avoid repeating this mistake at all costs. Yet... We kept repeating the same mistake over and over again in CF. Hicks and Buxton were shoved into the opening day lineup with no Plan B should they fail. They failed and the Twins kept trying and they kept failing. With this so fresh in our memories... I don't understand how people can just say... Next Year Kiriloff will start in LF and we can trade others to accommodate. It is so much better to debut your minor league t
    2 points
  20. TFRazor

    Ex-Twins in 2020

    Who's in charge of keeping their trash cans in usable condition? Asking for a friend.
    2 points
  21. Are we at a point where HRs are the only measure of a players value? I have no idea if the famous sophomore slump will hit Luis, or if he will simply regress, but I am also a big fan of his and would like to give him some more playing time before we start reaching for comps and attacking what I think is a really great skill set for this lineup. Go Arraez.
    2 points
  22. Arraez put up a wRC+ of 125 last year. Revere’s career wRC+ was 82. They’re not even remotely close.
    2 points
  23. I thought cuddyer was great. But when I see kep play I think he will be greater.
    2 points
  24. With Mookie moved to the NL only Judge really stands in his way as the most notable opponent for a GG. Given Judge's health history I think Max has a good shot at it!
    2 points
  25. All they have to do is force the issue and magically a spot will appear.
    2 points
  26. We won 101 games last year. Prospects should be held back!
    2 points
  27. Honestly, I don’t know why people keep reacting to ZIPS projections for minor leaguers. Everyone is flabbergasted about how they project our best guys to, basically, suck if they make it to the majors this year.....when literally ZIPS says this every year! Everyone know that’s ZIPS is just a statistical tool, right? Basically put, statistics assume that everyone will regress to their mean; which is is why every guy who has a breakout is expected to regress the next year....and every guy who had an off year (unless he’s old enough for the statistics to suggest natural age-related regression
    2 points
  28. I just noticed they actually still keep track of wins and RBIs, so that's good news.
    2 points
  29. After eating Jonathan Schoop’s lunch last season Luis Arraez went on to draw comparisons to players like Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew. PECOTA recently projected him to win a batting title in 2020, and he’s quickly vaulted into the hearts of Twins fans everywhere. What if he’s Ben Revere though?Twins Daily’s Nick Nelson recently workshopped a couple of ideas on Twitter regarding the Minnesota second basemen. Chief among them was that his hard-hit rate was in the 4th percentile, he posted a 19th percentile exit velo, and he didn’t cover the inside part of the plate. Coupled with defensive questions,
    1 point
  30. The second choice was the Patriot 107.5 so this is still acceptable.
    1 point
  31. RB, the difference is being in a full rebuild vs. a win now mode. Hicks and Buxton were handled okay.
    1 point
  32. It is possible, but only if Buxton is healthy enough to allow Das Wunderkind to spend most of his time playing right field.
    1 point
  33. I have never seen this much optimism for a twins season. Its freakin awesome.
    1 point
  34. a simply 'no' would have been easier than the few hundred words you pushed out here. Better yet, how about not doing comparisons between players that have very little in common.
    1 point
  35. Very interesting article and discussion. Thanks.
    1 point
  36. I thought T. Blankenhorn was a third baseman and highly regarded prospect.
    1 point
  37. 2020 is a Win-Now year. That means the roster must be filled with guys that are at or near their very best, NOW. In order to have a chance of beating teams like the Astros, Nats, Dodgers, etc, you best bring your top-level game. Twins can't be a team trying to baby-sit the superstars of two years from now. Much as I like Lewis, Larnach, Rooker, Kirilloff, etc, these guys are all a couple to three years from nearing their peak level of performance. Meanwhile, the outfield of today is composed of guys that each have some years of experience. Rosy, Buck and Kep each have seen enough pitchers th
    1 point
  38. Sconnie

    Gaming!

    the backside of that thing must have a dozen ports. Setups for foot pedals and joy sticks are available. Cool stuff
    1 point
  39. For those radio listeners in the Twin Cities, Twins games will be on both their flagship WCCO AM 830 and FM 102.9 "The Wolf" this season: https://twitter.com/Twins/status/1234855885765300225?s=20
    1 point
  40. it’s 100 miles, he could almost live at home and commute
    1 point
  41. I know this is weird for all of us since we're used to having to fill holes with minor league players that aren't quite ready, but we don't have any holes to fill and the minor league players we have are not ready. If somebody tears up AAA we will find them a spot. No one's done that yet. Probably, no one is really torn up AA. Until that happens, I say we just enjoy that we have future depth for 2021, 2022 and beyond and hope the guys we have for 2020 all stay healthy.
    1 point
  42. Good gravy, man. Sano had 439 PAs last season. Extrapolate those 439 PAs to 600 PAs - roughly a full season - and he drives in 108 runners, despite stinking up the joint for three weeks (.560 OPS as he swung at everything and just looked hopeless). What do you want from the guy? You mention 307 homers, well... it's pretty damned hard to drive in a runner if everyone on the team is putting the ball over the fence. And Sano was still on pace for well over 100 RBI in a full season.
    1 point
  43. I might have felt a little schadenfreude about all those poor Yankees fans...
    1 point
  44. stringer bell

    Ex-Twins in 2020

    With no Twins game today I was checking the box scores of other games. Detroit had a slugfest against someone and the first scoring was "Cron homered, Goodrum and Schoop scored". Three ex-Twins scoring on one swing of the bat.
    1 point
  45. Two things stood out from the prospects today: 1. Brent Rooker's double off the wall...not the sight of it, but the sound. BANG, like a firecracker. That's the sound of a focused kinetic chain transferring max energy to that poor little baseball. That last bit of uncoiling wrist action is how Eddie Rosario gets his shocking power from an easy swing. Rooker is going to be a good power hitter in the majors. 2. Edwar Colina's 100 mph fastball. Not the speed, but the smooth motion. Like Rooker's swing, Colina's heater is the result of a focused kinetic chain, in this case throwing a baseball with
    1 point
  46. So today we learned that Riverbrian in the real world is named Kent....
    1 point
  47. I think Arraez is the real deal and will continue to be a high OBP guy with adequate defense. If he is a flash in the pan, there aren't any immediate answers, but giving Gordon a shot makes sense. I don't think Gordon has proven anything about his hitting and his defense in the minors from what I've seen is pretty average. He does have good speed, an ingredient the Twins lack and he's played a lot of shortstop so far. I question whether he is a good enough defender at short, as well. I don't think we can dismiss Gonzalez totally as an option at second base. He played little there mostly beca
    1 point
  48. I mean it's not like they stand on the bags so we're ballparking it here. (Has that phrase ever been used more appropriately?)
    1 point
  49. Our depth at 1B is a bit odd: Sano is clearly the starter and expected to take most of the time there, but we don't really have an identified backup and clear depth if he misses extended time (which Sano has, unfortunately). Marwin fields the position well, but his bat is pedestrian there. Garver deserves some time there, but having his bat at catcher is such a huge advantage that spending significant time at 1B isn't where you want to go. Adrianza can play pretty much anywhere, but he's not a 1B. The minors is interesting too: Rooker can probably play it, but hasn't gotten much time at it
    1 point
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