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  1. Matt: Another informative and detailed report from our affiliates tonight. A few observations: 1. What are you (or others) hearing about Miranda? With another outstanding game in a year of excellent production-----is it just a matter of waiting till Sept. 1st before he's called up? Wouldn't shock me to see our FO not want to start the clock on his service time. 2. Another question? With Ryan's impressive outing last night coupled with Maeda's apparent injury today-------will we be seeing Ryan in our starting rotation next week? 3. Any update--you or others have on the health situation of Josh Winder? Is his injury--shoulder impingement going to shut him down for the rest of the year? 4. Nice to see Balazovic pitch a strong game tonight albeit against a bad hitting Springfield team. Just my opinion, but with his recent struggles (command/walks), I seriously doubt he's promoted either to SP or Twins before end of season. 5. Although I'm sure I'm missing implications with 40 man roster and/or limited rosters after Sept. 1st, I will continue to bang my drum for the front office to promote Drew Maggi and BJ Boyd in September. With 6000+ combined minor league ABs and both, especially Boyd, having strong seasons with the bat-----these guys deserve a call up to 'the Show' 6. Call me a downer, but is getting to early to call Matt Canterino a bust? Another IL stint with an elbow strain is a precursor to him being another prospect who won't ever make it. and finally Trying to reverse my last comment with a hopeful "atta boy" for the nice performance turned in tonight by Dobnak in his rehab outing with Fort Myers. Count me in the camp of not only rooting for Dobnak, but also believing he can be a viable and productive pitcher on the active roster next season.
    5 points
  2. The results speak for themselves. Miranda is having a monstrous season in the minors. He’s taken his advanced approach, one of the reasons he was selected 73rd overall as a 17-year-old in the 2016 Draft, and combined it with newly-developed patience and power. The most encouraging aspect of Miranda’s toolbox is that he isn’t selling out for pop. He’s maintained a 13% strikeout rate while consistently making hard contact. Miranda has gone from a .252/.302/.369 slash, empty batting average low-minors hitter to a true damage bat at the highest levels. There are many reasons to be excited. Miranda has power to all fields, makes consistent contact, barely strikes out, and hits the ball with authority. Entering Sunday, Miranda is hitting an insane .343/.405/.593 with 25 homers and 23 doubles in 94 games. He’s split time at Wichita and St.Paul, crushing equally at both stops. Let’s look at three ways the Twins could get Miranda into a full-time role for the final 35 or so games: 1. DFA Andrelton Simmons, move Jorge Polanco to SS, slot in Miranda at 2B/3B I’m confident in saying this is the crowd favorite. Simmons has been abysmal offensively and offers no future value. Even so, the Twins have expressed a desire to keep his glove behind their young pitchers and keep Polanco at second base. At this point, I’d call this unlikely. 2. DH Josh Donaldson, move Luis Arraez to LF, slot in Miranda at 3B This one makes the most sense. The problem: what happens to Brent Rooker? With Byron Buxton on the mend and Max Kepler in right, Rooker would be the odd man out in this scenario. Plus, the Twins would have to stop playing Jake Cave against righties. Unlikely. 3. DH Miguel Sanó, slot in Miranda at 1B Miranda has started at first base in 22 games this season. To avoid a part-time DH role, the Twins could give the reigns to Sanó, who will probably fill that spot in 2022. Again, how is Rooker getting at-bats? Ultimately, there is no simple way to promote Miranda. He shouldn’t play in anything but a full-time role. Without an injury, we may not see him in a Twins uniform until next spring. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
    4 points
  3. Rooker in LF, Miranda at 3rd, DH JD, Sanó at 1B. Arraez rotates to give everyone a day off so he plays regularly.
    4 points
  4. Chris Parmelee a24 season 2012 - .338/.457/.645 OPS 1.102, but it's not really apples to apples. Parmelee skipped AAA in 2011 for his cup of coffee, raked at the MLB level and made the 2012 opening day roster. He was then awful for 1-1/2 months with the Twins before getting demoted to AAA where he obliterated the ball to the posted line. Miranda has never been to the MLB level and he's never had the benefit of seeing MLB pitching so he could identify areas he could improve which were hidden against MiLB pitching. That's also why I think even a month or two in MLB can be incredibly valuable. MiLB players don't have the polish MLB players have. As a batter, for example, MLB pitchers will expose weaknesses a batter didn't know they had because MiLB pitchers were never able to exploit them. I also think it's why so many AAAA players are created after a brief MLB stint (the Chris Parmelee's).
    4 points
  5. Polanco did have a huge K with the bases loaded and 1 out, but Sheesh. That guy has three walkoffs THIS WEEK. He’s the most clutch player on the team. Donaldson, on the other hand, has been largely a disappointment in those situations the entire year (to put it very mildly). On top of that, after chirping about Cole, he was thoroughly dominated by the Yankees pitcher again. Now 0-6 with 4 K’s since his cole comments. He really showed him!
    4 points
  6. The obvious response for me is that he should already be here. It is not about who gets moved where it is about the FO rewarding a player for outstanding performance. Service time is a joke and we all know it. We either extend or trade. Come On Falvey give us something more to cheer about. And maybe another young arm not named Gant, Garcia, Garza - forget the wonderful additions you keep making from the waver wires and bring up real prospects.
    3 points
  7. Miranda could always just catch the light rail to Target Field
    3 points
  8. Hopefully Maeda wasn't "pitching hurt." If he was, someone needs to be fired. If he GOT hurt, that's different.
    3 points
  9. 3 points
  10. It shouldn't be that difficult parsing and purging players from this woe begotten roster.
    3 points
  11. Designate 60% of baseball revenues to the players union. The players union will then pay the players based on results from the previous season and time spent in MLB. This would mean that players would not move based on competitive bids from teams. This would mean that a team from a smaller population could compete with the large metro areas. This would probably mean less player movement and more fan loyalty. Lots of other interesting things would happen, but when players are paid based on production the emphasis will be put on productive baseball.
    3 points
  12. Following the success of the recent 1991 Twins 30th Anniversary Celebration at Target Field, here's a preview of a future milestone, the 2021 Twins 30th Anniversary Celebration from the year 2051. (EDITOR'S NOTE: As time travel can introduce many unintended consequences, especially for the gambling conglomerate which owns Twins Daily in 2051, we have attempted to remove any references to specific baseball events that haven't yet occurred.) Once again, Dick Bremer hosted the 2051 proceedings by himself, as none of his 156 different broadcast partners from the 2021 season were memorable enough to recall. What follows is a transcript of the event from Target Field, broadcast exclusively in 2051 within the Caesar's Palace Sports app (blackout restrictions still apply). [2051 DICK BREMER HOVERS AT A PODIUM OVER TARGET FIELD, AGELESS LIKE HIS NAMESAKE DICK CLARK] BREMER: Many call it the worst Twins season of all-time. Some consider it matched only by [YEAR OF FUTURE AWFUL TWINS SEASON REDACTED]. Blown saves; trade deadline sales; viruses in the clubhouse; no fans in the stands and few watching -- legally, anyway -- at home. Like a Bizarro Lake Wobegon, it was a team where all pitchers were somehow below average. Tonight we will relive that trauma from 30 years ago. We have many of the players from that roster here tonight, even [PRONOUNCES CAREFULLY] Tzu-Wei Lin, and a majority of the 57 different pitchers used by the Twins in that fateful 2021 season. At first base, his strikeout rate was legendary in his time, even if it seems low now by 2051 standards; the "Boquetón" now retired to Boca Raton, Miguel Sanó. At second base, fans may "blank" on his brief time with the Twins, but he'll always be designated for assignment in our hearts: Travis Blankenhorn. At shortstop, the only thing hotter than Andrelton Simmons's glove was his Twitter takes. Simmons could not attend tonight, as he is accepting an honorary doctorate from YouTube University. So instead I present a [AIR QUOTES] "mystery" shortstop that all true Twins fans should recognize. [NOBODY RECOGNIZES THE PLAYER, WHO IS J.T. RIDDLE.] At third base, he is known as the "Bringer of Rain" for washing away all sticky stuff from major league baseball forevermore; still somehow the most expensive free agent in Twins history even after 30 more years of inflation, Commissioner Josh Donaldson. In the outfield, it's -- a bunch of infielders! [TZU-WEI LIN LEADS A SILENT PARADE OF PLAYERS ACROSS THE OUTFIELD; NICK GORDON, HOWEVER, REMAINS ON THE BENCH.] Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, appearing by Zoom hologram from Las Vegas where he is playing tonight for the A's. On the mound, the starting pitcher who in 2021 made the third of his improbable [REDACTED NUMBER] separate stints with the Twins, Andrew Albers. And in the bullpen, the person who traveled the least distance to be here, Caleb Thielbar. Finally, at every position, including catcher, pitcher, mascot, and head groundskeeper, La Tortuga himself, Willians Astudillo! [SEVERAL MINUTES OF THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AS ASTUDILLO DRIVES THE LATE T.C. BEAR'S FOUR-WHEELER TO EACH POSITION FOR A CURTAIN CALL, LOSING AND RETRIEVING HIS HELMET EACH TIME.] Throwing out tonight's ceremonial first pitch is second generation Twins waiver claim Ralph Garza Jr. Jr. [NOT A TYPO]. And catching the first pitch, the lab-created genetic combination of the 2021 Twins front office, and current 2051 Twins intern, T.D. Falvine. [FAN-ACTIVATED ANGRY FACE EMOJIS SCROLL ACROSS THE FIELD AS THE FIRST PITCH IS THROWN.] And now, please enjoy tonight's intra-continental game between your Minnesota Twins and their legendary opponent from, the 1991 World Series, the recently renamed Hotlanta Braves. Our 2051 sponsor, Amazon Prime Time Travel, received a commission for any thoughts you had while reading this.
    2 points
  13. C'mon, this is so easy. Miranda is a third baseman. You add an infielder, you subtract an infielder. Donaldson is playing DH now, it seems. You want Arraez to play everyday. Put him at second, Play Polanco at short. Have Miranda play third. See how the last 30+ games go. You cut loose Simmons. Maybe a team sees defensive strength, and he gets on a playoff roster. They claim him, the Twins save some money. Right now, the Twins also will have to jettison someone to the minors when Buxton returns. Rooker, Cave or Refsnyder? Let's see who gets the most playing time to see if they remain on the roster in the week ahead. So many extra names in the bullpen. Someone will have to be removed to add Dobnak back to the 40-man. Who could that be. Of course, the Twins could give up on Pineda and Thorpe and make them 60-day disabled and end their seasons (as well as their career in the off-season with the Twins). Looks like the Twins will also have to add back Farrell. Of course, with the reworked rotation, would love to see the Twins promote Strotman, add in Ryan, maybe advance Balazovic for a start or two. Looks like Sammons, because of Rule 5 status, is also in the mix as a potential lefty. Of course the Twins could demote Barnes or Over if they wish, end their seasons early and keep their innings solid. But still need to get rid of a body if you add Ryan. But, yes. I vote for Miranda over Simmons. Stop playing guys out of position. Arrez has no need to be in the outfield. Miranda doesn't need to play any position open that day...make him your third baseman of the future and then decide after seeing him play if he opens in St. Paul next spring or the majors, and you have to do something with Donaldson, or be glad you have a DH who can also play the field. Then you only have to decide about Kirilloff over Sano at first base in spring training, and what to do with that odd man out. Simmons is not in the mix for 2022. Rooker still is. Look at anyone else NOT in the mix for 2022 and make roster moves now accordingly, please.
    2 points
  14. Yeah Miranda has had a fair number 0 for games recently so not too surprised by that number. His OPS was about to lose almost 100 points until he had his 4 hit game last night. He has been slumping just a little bit but those numbers are still good just not great like we are used to. I noticed he never got a hit on Cingrani who has been an MLB pitcher in the past so I do think his adjustment to MLB ball will be rough but I guess we will see. His over all numbers are impressive though as I don't think I have ever seen a Twin at the AAA level hit 341 with 1000 OPS before. Here is to hoping that his transition to MLB ball goes as well.
    2 points
  15. Yep, that’s why I find preseason worthless for fans. There’s no knowledge gained watching teams call 5-10 basic plays with some of the starters, then play the rest of the game with 3rd and 4th string players. Wake me up when the regular season starts.
    2 points
  16. Great article. In regards to Smeltzer, just because we don't protect him doesn't mean someone else is going to take him in the Rule 5. I view him as a AAAA player, but if he is not taken in Rule 5, then he gets another look in Spring training.
    2 points
  17. Well, this poll is particularly timely right now since Maeda left with “right forearm tightness” today. Sounds like that may be the end of his season for him. We have now lost all five starters from the beginning of the season. Don’t really need to wonder why we stink so bad do we? I went with the home game against Milwaukee because I think they will want to ease him in a little, not just send him out there to get hammered against Boston. My guess is our old friend Andrew Albers get a start in Boston. Frankly, he’s looked better than any of the other starters we’ve called up this year other than Jax and Ober. I also think Strotman will get a start pretty soon.
    2 points
  18. Ryan is 25 years old, so the Twins already have control of him through his age-31 season. I don't think they'll bother manipulating that to age 32. And holding him down for cost savings would take even longer -- at least until next June (past the "Super 2" arbitration point), or longer if he collects any service time this September -- and the savings would be fairly marginal/speculative. I think the Twins recognize they need MLB arms for 2022, and Ryan is one of the best positioned to contribute due to his age, health, and AAA performance this year.
    2 points
  19. A few September starts isn’t going to change his development. The Twins aren’t going to learn anything they wouldn’t learn working in the minors. I still think they should bring him up. They should bring him up because it will simply be more interesting and fun to watch the game. I would look forward to his few starts. The Twins are in the entertainment business. Ryan has earned the call up. Bring him up in September. Limit his pitches. Entertain us.
    2 points
  20. 1. Go back to four divisions. 2. Only division winners go to the playoffs. 3. No interleague play. 4. Allow ties after ten innings. 5. Increase major and minor league minimum salaries. 6. No more "everybody clap your hands!" or Addams family theme songs at the ballpark.
    2 points
  21. 1. I'd shorten the season, but there's no way anyone would give up the money that comes with the 162 game schedule. 2. Definitely realign divisions (especially with universal DH) to promote more regional rivalries. 3. 15 second pitch clock. 4, Once tech is really figured out I'd have robo umps for sure. The strike zone is the strike zone, not what the ump feels like making it. (I also don't really believe in "pitch framing." That "stat" isn't really measuring what they say it is. It's just measuring how many times umps screw up.) 5. They're getting better at some loosening of video restrictions, but definitely need to get rid of blackouts and make it so their fans can see games. 6. Some sort of pick trading would be fun. If they're going back to 40 rounds I think they'd have to put some limits on it, but I like the idea of teams being able to move up if someone like Kumar Rocker starts falling a little like this year. 7. Don't know why anyone would be against this. 8. Commissioner is always going to be a puppet for the owners to be used to attempt to push more money into the owner's pockets and less into the player's. Never going to change. 9. I'd add a floor and cap for payrolls and have all media money pooled to allow every team to make the minimum and base the floor and cap on league revenues (50/50 split with players and owners like NFL).
    2 points
  22. High enough for a frustrating draft position after all this putrid baseball we've endured.
    2 points
  23. 1 point
  24. Those starting pitching matchups look like an 0-6 week. You are pulling the plug too soon on Kepler. In 2021, he has 1.1 WAR, OPS+ of 101. The wOBA and wRC+ look below average, I will give you that. I'm not walking on a guy with 16 HRs so far in 2021 during the worst season of his career and a .215 BABIP. The Twins have him signed for 2-3 more seasons dirt cheap. I can get behind moving Kepler down in the order and putting Arraez leadoff.
    1 point
  25. Good post. That is a really interesting but depressing observation.
    1 point
  26. Wait till there is 3 weeks left in the season. Then it makes sense to promote him and let him play 1B, DH, and 3B 4 starts a week maybe 5 and a few pinch hitting opportunities. now You can find time as he won't be digging into too much playing time as Sano, JD, and Rooker each get a day off and can rotate so once during the three week period they each get 2. and really I can see Miranda getting 2 or 3 starts at 3rd and JD Dhing a day or two and Rooker getting the extra day off or get a start or two in the OF. Miranda would get around 45-60 plate appearances in that time but at least a chance to get some time to see what it is like in MLB.
    1 point
  27. Is there a lack of communication in this organization, or are we just being lied to day in and day out? Players/pitchers injured throughout the entire 40 man roster and then some, and all we hear is either it is just day to day and we are just being cautious, or we didn't know he was playing hurt and was just trying to play through it. Scanning through the current roster I found 9 pitchers on one IL or the other, and that doesn't include Maeda if he is now hurt nor does it include previous trips to the IL by him and others who have since healed. Add to that 3 players currently on the IL and 5 or more (I counted 5 just at a glance) that have spent a bit of time on the IL earlier and you are talking almost half the 40 man roster either currently hurt or recently hurt. And, frankly, I don't remember being leveled with by this FO or manager as to the causes, the severity, or the time frames of these injuries. Maybe that is on a need to know basis, and the fans just don't need to know. But right now if this manager or FO told me the sun rises in the east, I would call my science teacher for confirmation before I believed it. Oh, and the above is in 124 games. And, yeah, I hear about injuries all over the league, and that also makes one wonder what is going on in the game itself. But that is a discussion for another day, I guess. In the meantime, another game, another injury, and another collective shrug and shake of the head. Berrios and Happ gone (traded), Maeda and Pineda hurt, and Shoemaker dumped for making critical remarks. Not one starting pitcher left from opening day after 124 games. And no one will pay a price. What a gig; where does one apply?
    1 point
  28. It takes a few games for hitters to get their timing back. These guys take pride in what they do. If I was in their position, I’d want to take some hacks against lesser competition before doing it in real games. I just don’t understand how someone could object to this, unless they only see players as something like automatons who are only useful as long as they entertain us.
    1 point
  29. Jose Miranda had four hits, Jordan Balazovic went six scoreless, and Austin Martin had a late go-ahead hit. If that doesn't get you excited to read about this minor league report, then nothing will. TRANSACTIONS RHP Matt Canterino placed on the 7-day IL at A+ Cedar Rapids (right elbow strain) RHP Breckin Williams placed on the 7-day IL at A+ Cedar Rapids (right shoulder strain) LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to AAA St. Paul RHP Randy Dobnak assigned to A Fort Myers for a rehab assignment Saints Sentinel St. Paul 7, Iowa 4 Box Score Bryan Sammons: 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K HR: Jose Miranda (12) Multi-hit games: Jose Miranda (4-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Tomás Telis (2-for-4, R) Jose Miranda. Yeah, usually I begin with the pitcher, but this one is going to be different. Jose Miranda dropped four hits on Saturday, including a home run, and I’m left wondering what in the world he possibly needs to do in order to get called up. I mean, he’s having one of the best minor league seasons these eyes have seen, and the major league team is not doing much of anything at the moment. Figure it out. Speaking of guys that need to be called up, Jovani Moran pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief with one earned run and three strikeouts. He will certainly be up at some point, but whenever that time comes, it’ll already be overdue. Beyond Miranda, the Saints found the 5th inning to be the perfect time to strike. Mark Contereras singled home a run, Drew Maggi brought another run in with a groundout, and a wild pitch scored the final run of the inning. All-in-all, the Saints had six runs on the board. Ian Hamilton brought us all home with two clean innings to end the game. Yeah, maybe he walked a guy, but he was just keeping the hitters on their toes. It appears that it worked. Wind Surge Wisdom Wichita 2, Springfield 0 Box Score Jordan Balazovic: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 6 K HR: None Multi-hit games: None Wichita’s pitching took care of business on Saturday. Jordan Balazovic had an interesting day on the mound. He held the Cardinals scoreless, which is good; but then he walked five batters, which is not good. This is one of those times we just say “we take those” and move on. Details don’t matter. Wichita did not score much, but they didn’t need to. Austin Martin plated the first run of the game with an 8th inning single, and Andrew Bechtold brought home the final run with a single of his own in the 9th inning. Honestly, that was it. But that was all that was needed. After Balazovic’s six innings of work, Adam Lau took the team to the ninth and Erik Manoah Jr. ended it. Those three pitchers combined to allow just five hits total in the entire game. That’ll work. Funny enough, the Wind Surge actually only had four hits. Kernels Nuggets Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 12 Box Score Cody Laweryson: 4 2.3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K HR: Matt Wallner (11), Michael Helman (15) Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Matt Wallner (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-4) The Kernels were unable to come back on Saturday. Cody Laweryson put forth an impressive effort with half of his outs coming via the K. He was bogged down by some 4th inning shenanigans that saw a double error play score a run. This was actually not even the only double error play of the game by the Kernels; the 7th inning saw a similar effort that ended up plating a pair of runs. As you will read later, it was not a great day for defense in the system. I hope Laweryson’s fielders bought him one of those real cheesy Hallmark apology cards after the game. Despite scoring just three runs, Cedar Rapids brought some firepower. Matt Wallner deposited his 11th homer of the year over the fence while Michael Helman, who suddenly has been possessed by the spirit of Hank Aaron, blasted his 15th home run. The problem was that both of these blasts came without a runner on base. Edouard Julien reached base four times because of course he did. I find myself more shocked when he doesn’t get on base multiple times than when he does. I assume that his season OBP is still .600 or something like that. Mussel Matters Fort Myers 3, Dunedin 4 Box Score Randy Dobnak: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Charles Mack (2-for-4) Well, Randy Dobnak sure came to play on Saturday. The right-hander emerged from his long slumber (or injury) and took the mound for the first time in two months. Using his major league success as well as his right hand, Dobnak completely shut down the Dunedin lineup in just 32 pitches. It’s good to see Dobnak back on the mound; his return will hopefully be a relief for a depleted major league pitching staff. On the offensive side of things, Jesus Feliz carried the team. He broke the 0-0 tie in the 5th with a solo homer, before then putting a ball into play in the 7th that brought home two off of an error. That must have been one impressive error. It appears that defense was the Achilles heel for Fort Myers on Saturday. The team had five errors in total (Keoni Cavaco had his 17th error of the year), and it was a Charles Mack throwing error that sent the game-winning runner to third base in the 9th inning. That run was then brought home off an infield single. Hopefully the team can clean it up on Sunday. Complex Chronicles FCL Twins 5, FCL Red Sox 11 Box Score Develson Aria: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K HR: Endy Rodriguez (1) Multi-hit games: None The FCL Twins lost a rough one to the FCL Red Sox on Saturday. A certain swear for poop hit the fan quickly in this effort as the Red Sox plated two runs before fans could even find their seats. Top draft pick, Marcelo Mayer, dropped an RBI single while Bryan Gonzalez singled home another run. In fact, the Red Sox scored 10 times before the Twins plated a single run. In the 5th, Mayer then blasted his first career professional home run. This is far from the first time that we’ve seen a Mayer have multiple hits. Alright, let’s get back to talking about the Twins. The team responded to the 10-0 deficit with an impressive gusto. A 6th inning rally brought three runs home while individual runs were then scored in the 7th and 8th, respectively. That 8th inning run came due to Endy Rodriguez’s first home run of the season; so congrats to Rodriguez. The run of, well, runs, was not enough, and the team fell to the Red Sox on Saturday. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) – Out for season (torn ACL) #2 – Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-4, RBI #3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 6 K #4 – Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch #5 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #6 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 4-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI #7 – Joe Ryan (St. Paul) - Did not pitch #8 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #9 – Chase Petty (Complex) - #10 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 1-5, 3 K #11 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Shoulder Impingement) #12 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K #13 – Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-3 #14 – Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch #15 – Noah Miller (FCL Twins) - 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 K #16 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play #17 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for Season (Tommy John surgery) #18 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-4 #19 – Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch #20 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) - Did not play SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Fort Myers @ Dunedin (11:00 AM) RHP Bobby Milacki Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 PM) TBD Iowa @ St. Paul (1:05 PM) RHP Drew Strotman Wichita @ Springfield (4:05 PM) RHP Chris Vallimont View full article
    1 point
  30. Thanks Parmelee is just a tad before I really started following the minor leagues as closely. It might not be apples to apples but close enough IMO. AAA is AAA even if he had some MLB expeirence. Hard to believe he hit that well and couldn't make it translate. MLB is just different I guess. Any small weakness gets exploited and if you cannot adjust you are toast. I still like Miranda's chances though. The low K rate and good contact rate bode well for his future. He is still a bit aggressive at the plate and doesn't walk much but have to believe the low K rate can offset that with more balls in play. I guess we will know soon enough as he doesn't have too much more to learn at AAA.
    1 point
  31. Sure hope he continues to impress. He has been a bright spot this year.
    1 point
  32. O.k. Tony&Rodney here's an example of what you're talking about based on MLB Trade Values. Twins get: Sandy Alcantara 25 years old 61.90 value Marlins get: Ryan Jeffers young catcher 27.9 value and Max Kepler OF'er 37.5 value. Cost controlled talent. Total Value: 65.40 I have the Twins slightly over-paying because Starting Pitching probably needs to be slightly over-paid for. I hate to give up what we're giving up, but we have Garver and Rortvedt (and Telis as well as Austidillo). Jeffers is an asset that should probably be heavily considered in off season moves. I hate to give up on Kepler, but maybe a change in scenery is what he needs. It frustrates me no end that with the entire left side of the infield WIDE OPEN Max is hitting .200. Miami needs offense and Max could bounce back in a big way for them. With Kiriloff, Larnach, Lewis and Martin we can make a move like this. The second potential deal with the Marlins would be Max Meyer 29.3 value acquired for Jeffers and Brent Rooker 3.3 value Total Value: Twins get 29.3. Marlins get 31.2. With the Universal DH coming and Rooker having undeniable power, this is a worthy gamble for the Marlins. They get their catcher of the future and a DH with POWER. We get a young pitching prospect with high upside. The question is how soon would Meyer be in the Big Leagues. The Marlins are loaded with pitching, so either Alcantara (who would head our rotation immediately) or Meyer (who would arrive at a to be determined date) would be hard for them to give up, but like us giving up Kepler and/or Jeffers the Marlins have the depth to seriously consider either of these moves.
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  33. The big thing on this list I would go for is the umps. I would put in an automated strike zone but continue to let home plate ump make all the rest of the calls. I do agree with giving minor league players a livable salary, but more in the line of 50k or so. I would also like to see a rule put in that states all the bling players are wearing today must be out of sight, tucked under the uniform or left in the locker or whatever. I don't know if a pitch clock will help much unless a) there is another rule to keep the hitter in the box, and b) the umps are strict in enforcement. I could go along with a shorter season if it meant expanded playoff format.
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  34. I'd consider a 6 man rotation to help limit Ober/Jaz/Barnes workloads.
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  35. Give the guy a break, he had 3 walk-off hits in the last week and ranks near the top of the league in WPA. He's not going to come though for us every single time. Not to mention that he was up against one of the best pitchers in the league.
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  36. I voted 15 - 26, with the loss of Maeda today, maybe for the year and the FO not willing to bring up the talented starters in the minors, the last stretch will be brutal. It could be worse.
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  37. Yup. Postponed already. Like a snow day in Virginia, when they close the schools for the next day from the weather forcast (but many times, it is a nice day). But Hurricanes and floods.... nothing to mess with. Good call. They had to shut down the big Central Park Reopening Concert early today, too!
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  38. The 2022 team is not close to set if the Twins hope to be relevant. If management decides that it is time to tank then Buxton, Maeda, Rogers and others may bring back some future roster members. If the Twins want to compete there needs to be some serious free agent dating and a few good trades. No player is untouchable on the Twins team. Their pitching needs attention first and we should remember that Maeda is, at most, a #3 pitcher for a decent rotation and I am a big fan of Kenta Maeda. The Twins should look to Miami, or someone else, to make a mutually useful trade. I have no idea what makes total sense for Miami but they need a catcher (either of Garver or Jeffers) and some outfield help (anyone?/any of Kepler, Larnach, Celestino or even Royce Lewis). Miama has a wealth of young pitching (looking at Sandy Alcantara and Max Meyer) and a trade might work beautifully for both teams. This is just an example where the Twins need to make a move/trade to improve their roster next year if they truly want to compete. Additionally, TopGun#22 is right on about how the CWS identified pitchers and went after them aggressively. Rodon and a few other SP are available this winter as are a few good relief pitchers. It is late August and Twins Daily has turned quickly to the offseason while there are still 38 games to go and the Twins need to look over players in these last games. It is noteworthy that the Saints are a tough ticket some days. Let's hope that management has some solid plans to make the Twins competitive for 2022.
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  39. Yankees fans experience more stress sitting on a beach than watching them against the Twins. This is my first time seeing Garcia and Garza Jr pitch live on TV. They’re both unimpressive.
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  40. Kirilloff, Dobnak and Colina stay. The other three are likely headed out. Maybe there is a chance that enough spots will open up and one is kept around, either till spring training or to be included as an extra part of some trade this winter. Unfortunately, there won't be any opportunities to move them in a trade as everyone is looking to get rid of marginal players...not add.
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  41. I hardly doubt they don't have a clue. I think this kind of rhetoric is just ridiculous. With all the injuries and illnesses this team has had this year, it's been more juggling of the roster and players than usual. And at this point, they are trying out a lot of the fringe players to evaluate before jettisoning, because that's what you do in a lost season. We have seen a lot of rookies this year, even if not the ones or the many we want. Because it's not always what we like or want to see doesn't mean they don't have a clue. They know better than us, even with the seeming mistakes or actual mistakes they make. But I agree, I haven't a clue what they will do, either.
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  42. jmlease1

    Revisiting the 60 Day IL

    Smeltzer is the toughest question in this group. He's a useful pitcher...but with limited upside. If the Twins are really crunched on the 40-man with better prospects, someone like him could get left out in the cold. I have no doubt that he'll get a shot at a major league roster from another team in a heartbeat, which is where it gets painful. But I don't think he's got a lot of value in a trade either (he's a throw-in in a bigger deal, maybe). That seems harsh for a guy who has had some success in MLB, but his ceiling looks like 5th starter/long man. I had higher hopes for Stashak as an impact reliever, but he's looking like a fungible guy and proof positive for why you have to be careful in where you put your money on the relief corps. A lot of these guys are going to be good one year and not much the next. He's probably not as bad as this year's numbers suggest, but also probably not as good as he was in 2020. The K's are great, but he's also a bit too hittable, so if his control slips (for whatever reason), then the WHIP is unsustainable. But he could have a nice bounceback year and be a decent middle relief option next year, which I'm sure will cause people to call for Falvine's collective heads if he goes elsewhere. He's another guy who the team will have to balance his potential utility against his lesser upside in evaluating him for a 40-man spot against a prospect with a higher ceiling.
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  43. I will be cheering for Smeltzer wherever he continues his career, such a good story, agree that it may be time to move on. I thought Garlick might stick early in the season until Refsnyder came on the scene. We have so many corner outfielders.
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  44. Smeltzer's life story is a great one. But in spite of that I don't see how he should outrank younger rising talent. I think he has pretty much peaked. I'm much more willing to let him try to continue his career elsewhere than to risk losing a prospect who is still improving.
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  45. I wonder whether the umpires buy into the Twins-fan narrative of Yankee domination over our boys? The home plate umpire really squeezed Barraclough on the Voit AB before his home run. Two two-strike pitches nicking the zone but called balls before the cookie Voit inevitably clobbered. [edited to correct name of pitcher]
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  46. I agree that they both need to play, but I don't think this is that hard. Arraez is the 3rd Baseman next year for 80-100 games, plays second to give Polanco a rest for 20 games, DHs a few, plays LF for a few, and is on the Il at least once with his balky knee. He winds up playing in about 125 – 140 games. Donaldson simply isn't the same guy in the field much anymore because he can't really move, so he winds up DHing 100 games and playing 50-60 games at 3B next year. Frankly, I wouldn't be too surprised if he thought about retirement because of his physical ailments and the Twins worked out a settlement of his contract but I'm probably being a little optimistic there. With Donaldson as the primary DH though, it does make things a little interesting with respect to Sano, Kirilloff, Kepler, Larnach and Rooker. It also pretty much eliminates a Nelson Cruz revival, although I don't think that was a likely scenario anyway. Bottom line, next year I would really like to see the starting lineup with Polanco at 2B, Arraez at 3B, Donaldson (or Cruz) at DH, Sano at 1B, a new SS, Kirilloff in LF, Buxton in CF, Kepler and Miranda platooning in RF, with Miranda also backing up in the infield, a Garver/Jeffers catching combo, Gordon as the IF/OF utility player, and a fight to the death between Rooker, Laranach and maybe Astudillo for that last spot on the bench. Losers go to AAA as the 27th and 28th men to join Cave, Refsnyder and Contreras as players in waiting.
    1 point
  47. There is no data to support this assertion. Pitchers commonly train with weighted balls, if that was an injury risk they wouldn't. The ball weighs 5 ounces. My suggestion is increasing that to 5.5 ounces. A football weighs 15 ounces and NFL quarterbacks have a lower rate of throwing injuries than MLB pitchers. A pitcher would probably like a ball that is lighter and has a better grip because he can get more spin and strike out batters more easily. Pitchers WILL NOT like a heavier ball that spins less. The idea isn't to make pitchers happy, it's to get us out of the "Home Run Derby" era of baseball and get more athletic action into the game. A lighter ball that spins more would mean even more strikeouts, even fewer balls in play and an even more boring MLB.
    1 point
  48. Arraez is the real deal. Great instincts batting. There will be numerous batting titles.
    1 point
  49. 1. Keep 162 games 2. Expand, realign, and play a balanced schedule within each league; keep AL & NL separate 3. Enforce 20 second pitch clock - this is done in milb, but may prove difficult, but the 30-60 seconds is unnecessary 4. Keep the umpires - they are human and make about the same mistakes as the players and managers 5. End blackouts and video restrictions 6. Allow trading of draft picks 7. Pay minor league players a living wage 8. Choose a commissioner interested in baseball (end h.s game doubleheaders and extra innings nonsense) Those are my eight but I do think MLB & MLBPA should focus on % of $ paid to players. Perhaps media money needs to be distributed more equitably, because local contracts create huge discrepancies, but this would require some difficult changes and is extremely unlikely. NFL shares all media but that is a different game.
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