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  1. As entities that predate recorded history, it’s very hard to get something by the Injury Gods. Yet that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday afternoon, as a wicked comebacker found Joe Ryan’s pitching hand without causing lasting damage. “Ryan’s a big part of their future plans so it seems like that’s an ideal place to really put the screws to the player and the Twins,” said a source close to Znon the Wrathful, the unspeakable beast responsible for tweaking Minnesota’s ulnar collateral ligaments. “I can’t explain it. Nor can They. The entire nether world is buzzing. To be clear, that’s mostly because of the bees we’re sending to swarm Byron Buxton next Wednesday, but it’s also the talk of the realm.” It initially appeared that the Gods had done as they always have to the bedeviled franchise, with Ryan immediately storming off the mound and heading to the showers. “Oh yeah, I thought for sure we tagged and bagged him,” said another source who works in Damnations and Accounts Receivable for Langurr The Plague King. “I should have known something wasn’t right when the ball didn’t deflect and hit Jorge Polanco in the eye. Classic double play and we didn’t even get the one? You don’t get surprised around this office too often, but that one put us back on our hooves.” The resulting X-rays were negative, with Ryan diagnosed as having a mere bruise. He might not even miss a start. The lack of traumatic injury is leaving more questions than answers among Those who exist to harm and maraud. “It’s a real stumper,” said a source familiar with Znon’s thinking. “His name is Znon the Wrathful. He just loves Himself some wrath. Lots of speculation that He’s going to make up for it by dropping a house on Ryan’s pinky toe or putting a black bear in his car. No one ever expects the black bear. Bears can’t drive!”
    7 points
  2. I've been advocating for a pitch clock for about a decade now and why we don't have a hard pitch clock in MLB continues to baffle me. It fixes a bunch of problems in one fell swoop: pace of play, overall game length, max-effort pitching, increased action, and probably other stuff I'm not thinking of in the moment. Make it happen already, MLB. Stop sitting around, hoping that the game is going to magically fix itself, you ineffectual buffoons. If you don't subscribe to The Athletic, you should probably do so but here's a game length chart from the article. Yikes. 1981 2:33 1991 2:48 2001 2:58 2011 2:51 2021 3:09 https://theathletic.com/2829518/2021/09/17/can-this-minor-league-pitch-clock-solve-all-of-mlbs-problems/?source=user_shared_article&fbclid=IwAR0RwcQsa-gGLdQ75UcduGHVJn09oZ_up1rWr3Bb9LMKfIfuvp2ojTED0SE
    6 points
  3. Good point, I hadn't checked in on him lately. If he finishes strong, he's likely on the 2022 roster. I knew he was playing better but didn't realize he was performing to the tune of a .900 OPS. In that case, I hope all of Cave, Refsnyder, and Garlick are gone and the Twins go find a stop-gap backup centerfielder until Celestino is ready. They can't continue to backfill a roster with corner players.
    6 points
  4. And yet, even in this very sentence, you did not.
    5 points
  5. TRANSACTIONS Wichita Wind Surge activated RHP Adam Lau from the temporarily inactive list. Cedar Rapids Kernels activated RHP Ryan Shreve from the 7-day injured list. Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Steven Cruz on the 7-day injured list. RHPs Travis Adams and Johnathan Lavallee, both 2021 draft picks, were assigned to the FCL Twins. SAINTS SENTINAL St. Paul 8, Indianapolis 0 Box Score Jose Miranda had another big game for the Saints, but when a team tosses a two-hit shutout, we'll lead with that. Veteran Derek Law could have become a free agent when the Twins DFAd him for a second time this season recently. Instead, he accepted his assignment to the Saints and has been extended. In his career, he had pitched in 231 minor league games, all out of the bullpen. On this night, he made the start and worked a career-high four innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out six batters. Chandler Shepherd came on, and despite walking three batters and giving up a hit, he did not allow a run. Vinny Nittoli tossed two scoreless before Robinson Leyer completed the shutout with a perfect ninth inning. Back to Miranda because, let's be honest, that's what we're all here for. Miranda went 3-for-5 with his 19th Saints double, and his 15th Saints home run (28th overall). He drove in four of the team's runs. Jimmy Kerrigan was also 3-for-5 on the night. BJ Boyd drove in two runs with a double. Mark Contreras his his 25th double of the season. WIND SURGE WISDOM Wichita 3, Arkansas 2 Box Score Chris Vallimont has had his ups and downs this season, but on Thursday night, he was on the mound with the opportunity to put the Wind Surge in the playoffs. He put together a very solid start. He started with five scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Jack Larsen in the top of the sixth inning. Overall, he gave up just the one run in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just two hits, walked four and struck out four batters. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Ernie de la Trinidad gave the Wind Surge a 2-1 lead with a two-run single. Later in the inning, the Arkansas catcher tried to pick off Andrew Bechtold at third base, but he threw it away allowing Bechtold to score and put Wichita ahead by a score of 3-1. Erik Manoah got the final out of the sixth inning and then worked two more scoreless frames. He struck out four and walked none. Adam Lau came off the IL earlier in the day got the ninth inning. He got the first two outs, on a fly out and a strikeout. However, he walked the next batter. That brought up pinch hitter Joe Rizzo representing the game-tying run. Rizzo drove in a run to cut the lead to 3-2 with a bloop single to center. However, the next batter - another pinch hitter - popped out to center fielder Austin Martin to end the game and place the Wind Surge in the playoffs. Trey Cabbage and Jermaine Palacios each went 2-for-4 in the game. Palacios hit his 17th double. Stevie Berman not only caught a great game, but he went 2-for-3 at the plate with his sixth double. Congratulations to the Wichita Wind Surge on making the playoffs in their first season as a Twins affiliate! KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 1 Box Score Coming into this game, the Kernels were tied with Lake County for second place in the High-A Central League. They were one game ahead of Great Lakes. Just one of those teams will make the playoffs. The game was pretty quiet early. Through the sixth inning, the Kernels found themselves down by a score of 3-1. However, Edouard Julien came to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a bases-clearing double to give Cedar Rapids a 4-3 lead. Aaron Sabato then drove in Julien with a sacrifice fly to give the Kernels a 5-3 lead. It was a lead that the Kernels bullpen was able to hold. It was an important win as both Lake County and Great Lakes won their games on Thursday as well. Each team has three games remaining on their schedules. Sean Mooney got the start for the Kernels. He worked the first five innings and did not give up a hit. He was charged with one run on two walks and a hit batter. He struck out seven hitters. Lefty Denny Bentley came in to start the sixth inning. He recorded just one out and was charged with two runs on four hits. Osiris German came on and gave up just one hit over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Zach Featherstone recorded the final out of the eighth inning before striking out the side in the ninth inning for the Save. All four outs he recorded came on strikeouts. Matt Wallner went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in the team's first run with a single in the fourth inning. Jair Camargo was also 2-for-3 with a walk. MUSSEL MATTERS Fort Myers, Tampa (Suspended in 1st inning) Box Score Rains have won the day most of the time in recent weeks down in Florida. On Thursday, night, right-hander Jackson Hicks made his Mussels debut, but after just seven pitches and a single to the one batter he faced, the game was suspended. It will be continued on Friday. Unfortunately, the second game of Thursday's doubleheader has simply been cancelled. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday night. COMPLEX CHRONICLES FCL Rays 6, FCL Twins 4 Box Score Two extra-base hits from Endy Rodriguez wasn't enough to propel the FCL Twins to a win on Thursday afternoon in the Sunshine State. Rodriguez tallied two hits and two runs in the loss. The first of those hits came in the third inning when Rodriguez launched a triple to right field. He scored on the next at-bat thanks to a single from Noah Miller. After walking in the seventh, Rodriguez scored on a groundout fielder's choice from Kal'ai Rosario, who had a double on the day. Rodriguez also doubled with two outs in the ninth inning but did not score. Twins starter Travis Adams went 1 1/3 innings in his professional debut. He gave up three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three batters. Jordan Carr came on and was charged with an unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. Johnathan Lavallee came on for his pro debut. He worked two innings. He gave up one run on two hits over two innings. He struck out three batters with no walks. Erasmo Moreno carried the bulk of the Twins bullpen, tossing four innings of one-run, two hit ball while striking out four hitters. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day - Derek Law (St. Paul) - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K Hitter of the Day - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL) #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 0-3, BB #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain) #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain) #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement) #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-3, BB, RBI, K #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-4, BB, K #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - No Game (Paternity List) #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery) #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Rained Out #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-4 FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Jason Garcia (0-0, 14.40 ERA) Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (3-2, 2.63 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Casey Legumina (First Kernels Start, 4-2, 3.02 ERA in Ft. Myers) Tampa @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (6:00 PM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Thursday’s games!
    5 points
  6. Barring a surprise, I think they keep him. In fact, unless someone picks up about 100% of his deal, his greatest value is keeping him. Actually paying someone to take him doesn't really offer that much salary relief, especially when you consider how little we may get back vs what he can produce if relatively healthy. He MIGHT be an interesting 2022 trade piece if the Twins aren't contending or have a viable replacement in place. I find point #4 regarding his personality to be interesting. I'm not saying he is a bad teamate. In fact, I think it's just the opposite. Since he was signed young players have gravitated towards him and he has responded with leadership and advice as a sort of mentor. But to coin an old expression, he is a "red ass". His team loves him, and opponents hate him. Think AJ back in the day before Mauer took over and just about every team AJ played for. He has been quite healthy for this year and has basically produced to career norms. I think he is mature enough in his career to recognize and appreciate his DH usage to keep him fresh. And really, this team could maybe use a little "red ass" to keep everyone sharp and determined. I will argue that when he doesn't play 3B the Twins are destitute there, (And yes, I'm hoping for AT LEAST 60% of his games being spent there). Arraez has gotten better there the more he's played there. Not great, but OK. And 3B might be Astudillo's best spot. And this prospect named Miranda may just take over the position at some point in 2022. I'd keep Donaldson 100% unless someone picks up his salary and offers something back you can't turn down.
    5 points
  7. Good Pineda game. This is why the Twins should keep him. Sunday I'd love to see Berrios pitch opposite Joe Ryan. Who's with me on that one?
    4 points
  8. Squirrel

    How quickly we Forget

    I have decided that this thread needs a break. I'll reopen it at a later date but for now we are spinning our wheels, arguing about what is/isn't evidence, bringing into it who said what when where how ... enough for now. Take a breath. Regroup.
    4 points
  9. I also advocated for this...not that my voice could be heard in the smoke-filled rooms, but I think it is a great spark plug for the pace of the game. Instead, they took the more bizarre option of forcing relievers to pitch to a minimum of three batters. Of course, it didn't work. It doesn't even make sense to me. If a reliever is sharp, most of the time, he'd probably stay in the game for multiple hitters. If he walks the first batter on 4-5 pitches, he's probably not sharp, so is it saving so much time by forcing him to pitch to two more hitters and then end up going to the bullpen anyway? Obviously not. Let's dump the goofy rule and go with the clock rule.
    4 points
  10. Simmons is on the restricted list because he cannot travel to Canada (more accurately, cannot travel outside the US) without resetting the progress he has made in becoming a permanent US resident.
    4 points
  11. I expect Mr. Ryan's response took everyone by surprise, as the plan was for him to actually tweak himself trying to complete the play, and then to throw it away in the process giving an extra base to the runner. This classic insult to injury move was foiled by Ryan's response.
    4 points
  12. Donaldson will be here for a while, and that's a good thing. His numbers are good, his fire is good. His public statements this year on pitching helped improve the entire game of baseball. People who will speak truth to power are rare, when you find one of them hold onto them. And I like that home run video, for what that's worth. I am assuming that umpire was calling a very bad game. As for his health, it's amazing how a losing season suddenly sees players sitting out more often. Only two players have played more games than Donaldson this year for the Twins. I wouldn't worry about his health. Of the 57 players who have been on the 40-man roster this year, Donaldson has been on the field more often than 55 of them.
    4 points
  13. I'm not sure how you arrived at #4, personality. I watch and/or listen to too many Twins games and I do not see any problems whatsoever. Because I have never met JD and do not know him it seems odd to me to include personality in your post. Health is the only item that slows down Josh Donaldson at this time. He and Jorge Polanco are the only two steady figures right now for the Twins lineup. I do wonder if JD can play an effective 1B to add to his play at 3B and use as a DH. There needs to be a place to try Jose Miranda and Alex Kirilloff next season if they are with the team.
    4 points
  14. I don't see the Twins unloading Donaldson. Most of the teams with high payrolls that could take him are pretty tapped out and or have more pressing needs than an aging 3rd baseman\DH. Having the Twins put in 6 to 10M per year to get rid of him for a decent prospect doesn't make much sense to me either. Paying another team 6 to 10 per year to watch your player OPS 820 to 850 for them seems like a bad use of money to me and If you are essentially paying a team 15 to 20 million for a prospect it better be a really good one. It also doesn't make the FO look good as they negotiated that deal and no one else will pay it? That is a bad visual IMO. I think if they could unload the full Donaldson contract and then invest that money in one of the good FA SS this year that would make sense. If they think Miranda is ready to replace him at third they could do that although I doubt Miranda OPS's 800 at the MLB level his first season. Like I said I think they keep him as he is providing what he was paid to provide which is 20 some homers an OPS over 800 and a decent walk rate making him a tough out at the plate. If a team wants him they need to pony up IMO and if the Twins do move him they need to reinvest that money in top tier pitching or someone who can play shortstop long term. This is a tough offseason to gauge with a new CBA to be negotiated so that might play into things as well.
    4 points
  15. Wow ... Duff K's the 2,3 and 4 batters ...
    3 points
  16. At this point I am on board with giving Gordon many starts at SS, not because I want to see his defensive stylings at a position I expect him to be overmatched at, but to get some peace from the voices who advocate that the Twins' talent evaluators must have missed something at AAA that will reveal his arm and range to be suddenly sufficient at the MLB level. I suspect he's not going to get more than one start against Toronto, though, because the latter is in a pennant race and there's an unwritten law about not tanking in such situations. Maybe against the Cubs, maybe in the final two series too.
    3 points
  17. Glad to hear it's not another Covid incident and has a legitimate, good reason to go onto the restricted list (not that I care whether Simmons plays at this point but I don't wish him ill or anything).
    3 points
  18. Danchat

    Twins Roster Moves - 2021

    Rooker is back from the paternity list, and they’ve added Nick Vincent to the 40 man and called him up again. Albers to AAA and Simmons restricted. The Twins have given every mediocre reliever in AAA a chance and then some!
    3 points
  19. This is both the funniest thing that I've read in a long time, and something that explains the last 15 years of Twins history really well.
    3 points
  20. I agree, it just makes sense. You really don't notice that it's there. I was even at a AAA game in which the pitcher was in a direct line between my seat and the clock. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have noticed it at all. The game had a perfect cadence and was probably one of the most enjoyable games I've attended since some of those Buerhle/Silva matchups that would take just over 2 hours to complete. And now is a good time to implement it. It's been around long enough that most, if not all, of the players coming up have had it ingrained in them.
    3 points
  21. Every single player in the Twins system should be available. If a trade improves the team, make it. Josh Donaldson and Jorge Polanco are the only two Twins who can hit and field. Byron Buxton is a true talent but if he cannot be signed, the Twins need to see what other organizations may offer in return for our dynamic CF. Miguel Sano hits the ball as hard as anyone, but his deficiencies are pretty big as 1B and his slumps, K's, and average make him expendable if he returns a decent pitcher. Max Kepler is an enigma offensively but his defense is solid. The team needs good defense and Larnach, Rooker, and Kirilloff do not begin to measure up to Max. Again, if Kepler returns the pitching the Twins need he can be traded. Starting pitching help is needed unless the Twins plan on a full stripping of their current core and totally rebuild. Ryan, Ober, Dobnak, Thorpe, Smeltzer, etc. will result in 100+ losses. I do think Ober and Ryan could work as the back end of the rotation. My comments are not aimed at wholesale trades and sweeping change across the diamond but to those of us who watch the Twins play it is obvious that there are changes needed to the roster if the team wants to be competitive in 2022. I do not denigrate those who are looking for the Twins to roll with the current squad and let the young arms get experience, but am hoping for a return with relevance next season through 4-7 offseason moves.
    3 points
  22. Assumptions: 1. Twins understand who they are: a mid market team that went all in over the past two seasons and failed (both financially and in the standings). 2. Ownership and the FO know that they don’t have the pitching talent or currently the $ necessary to solve the pitching, particularly with Buxton being resigned. 3. The team’s roster of promising young players, both in the field and on the mound, will need to be developed in 2022 in order to develop the talent and financial space to open a new window for 2023-2025. 4. Buxton is resigned. That’s a must. So with Donaldson, Kepler and Sano still on the team, there is not enough $ to go top end on a FA SS or SP. That’s the reality. So the question for those three players is who is going to be on the 2023 roster? The assignment was opening day lineup in 2022 - I’ll give you end of year as well. C - Garvers, Jeffers (and Rortvedt). Two are always on the team, but all three are needed through the year. All three are around at the end of the year (but one of them, most likely Garver, could be moved at the deadline). 1B - Kiriloff. Starting and ending. 2B - Polanco. Starting and ending. SS - FA. Lewis is not ready and the depth in the FA market is too good to pass up for solving the SS market for three years. 3B - Arraez/Miranda. Donaldson is moved. We won’t get all the $ back, but it’s a sunk cost anyway. His trade value will not be any higher than over the off-season based on his strong September. Arraez starts the year and Miranda gets the call early in the year at some point. DH - Sano. He gets another year to prove he can hit .240, 40 dingers, and 100 RBIs. INF Util - Gordon. In reality, Arraez, Gordon Polanco and Miranda all are available to play multiple INF positions (with Arraez and Gordon also available for the OF) based on injuries, rest, and in game strategy/decisions. LF - Larnach/Martin. Larnach starts in LF but the goes to RF. See below. CF - Buxton. This has to happen. RF - Kepler/Larnach. Kepler gets the start but is moved by the TD (to make room for Martin, create $, and receive quality and controllable BP help or minor league SP in return). OF Util - Celestino. He is defensively very strong and can play CF when BB gets hurt. By the end of 2022, this lineup of 13 position players is balanced in terms of defense, offense, youth, veterans, flexibility and pay. It will be ready to compete in 2023. As an aside, I’m not sure Rocco is the guy to lead this team given its relative youth and the importance of the ongoing development of the younger players.
    3 points
  23. Thanks. I had to do me some research, as all i know of Canada i learned from SCTV... and i finally found something. In honor of all the dingers, here's Take Off!
    2 points
  24. Alcala seems to in the groove today.
    2 points
  25. wow ... that was a nice catch
    2 points
  26. gggggeeeeez ... Polanco ... you have a great bat ... but I hope you aren't playing SS next year
    2 points
  27. Another question - #5 - are our pitching gurus really as good as we have claimed? Was Shoemaker wrong to make the statements he made? He gave up one run in 20 innings over four starts in St Paul. Sure we dumped him, but that is just a way of ignoring the truth in the statement. When Happ departed we all cheered - who wants him. The Cardinals did. Somehow he is 4 - 2 with a 4.08 ERA for St Louis. Berrios is 4 - 3 with Toronto and a 3.31 era - down from 3.48 with us and is the kind of pitcher we hope we can sign in FA. Coincidence or something to wonder about?
    2 points
  28. yep ... was just coming to post this here ... and I hope that they give Gordon those 3 games at SS ... or at least 2 of 3.
    2 points
  29. As a clarification, I don't think it's actually pronounced "moron." Same vowel sounds, but emphasis on the second syllable rather than the first. I believe it's pronounced "mo-RAHn," not "mOHR-on" (like moron).
    2 points
  30. Opening Day lineup? I've heard it said that the single best way to predict tomorrow's weather is to anticipate more of the same from today, until something changes. I'll go with that philosophy here too, and expect minimal changes from this season, along the lines several have suggested here. The thing is, the opening day lineup will last only through batting practice that day, during which someone will suffer a pulled head or sprained liver from a freak accident involving a batting donut and pitching stickum. Sorry, made the mistake of reading RandBall's Stu before diving into this topic.
    2 points
  31. Do they replace the ACL with honey comb, claiming that part of his anatomy for their winter food supply? Byron Buxton: the bee's knees.... Or is that spoiler? Right. Mum's the word.
    2 points
  32. Opening sentence from the Twins' orthopedic team physician Michael Knudsen's upcoming book, Byron Buxton's Bees: "Look, to be honest, until I saw it for myself, I never thought it possible that a massive series of bee stings could even cause an ACL to spontaneously rupture."
    2 points
  33. Baez also makes sense in attempting to lure Berrios back when he hits free agency. More likely we sign Simmons back for 1 year at $2M, and hope to see a prospect by the middle of the season. I think they go cheap and temporary at SS. More likely make a splash at starting pitching, after trying to go cheap and temporary last winter w/Happ and the Shoeless one.
    2 points
  34. I wouldn't worry too much about the ACL injury by itself. Soccer players come back from ACL all the time, in a sport that twisting on the knees is essential, and with plenty of contact in the area. Sure, he probably will be rusty at the beggining, and probably will not play his best SS intially. But I would bet that he can come back from this.
    2 points
  35. 2 points
  36. I would keep JD rather than eat salary and trade him. He is still a good player, and I like his attitude. I think its good to have a veteran with some fire in the clubhouse. I have heard no criticism about his attitude internally. Honestly, I think sometimes he's the only vet that really has some fire in him.
    2 points
  37. Still treating Sano like a development piece. Sad. Arms on the mound that only decide to throw well 30-40% of the season don't get the same deference. Give me his season stats, not what he did in one month. He is not a prospect and should not be treated like one. There is an inability to stay engaged here---you referenced you might have to keep him playing first to keep him tuned in. 20 HR and 20 2B is is no major threshold with the style of baseball being played now. Rosario did it 3 yrs in a row 2017-2019, Dozier 2014-2018. They are not hard to find--and those players were contributors year round and on the defensive side of the ball. Use your statistics to figure out how many HRs Sano needs to even out his partial season contribution and being a defensive liability at 1st. I say that number is close to 35. Kiriloff and or Larnach are not athletic enough to play the OF and are less than average fielders there. Logjam at first. Twins still have no LF'r. Mr Kepler is very frustrating at the dish. James Rowson helped him open up and make contact deeper in his stance, thereby using the opposite field much more in 2018/19, but he is gone now. There is something to be said for having the league's best RF sweeper, who can also play center. If you let Kepler go, you have to be positive you are upgrading the position. With more left handed batters than ever, RF is responsible for a lot of assists every game. The fact that you have a defensive hole in LF and a CF'r that is not consistently available to play makes the position more important.
    2 points
  38. I think Brandon is right. Over his last 18 games, Rooker is hitting .294/.419/.510. Unless he collapses (certainly possible), you could argue that he's slowly adjusting to ML hitting and first round picks tend to get multiple chances. I think it's probably more a 80/20 odds that he stays.
    2 points
  39. Look, I know it's possible I'm the only one who has read this, but I don't sprinkle bat wings over my tea every morning while saying an incantation to Calvin Griffith's poodle for this clown to come along and mess with the juju,
    2 points
  40. I’m not so sure about that. I’d put Rooker at 50/50 right now. While this front office drafted him, I think they also realize they can’t continue to assemble a roster full of no-position players and succeed. I don’t know which players they’ll keep and which they’ll jettison but Rooker is certainly on the list of candidates.
    2 points
  41. 2 points
  42. I have to have Miranda as the number one prospect. His growth this year is amazing. I know Martin plays SS - but 242 AV and 750 OPS puts him behind Miranda and Royce Lewis needs to prove he is still number one. Miranda has done it all and should be in MN. Ryan would be second for me. He is here, he is doing all we could hope for. There are a lot of names on the prospect list that actually are on the IL list and not a lot making me wish they were with the Twins. I do wish Winder was not hurt and that Balazovic had been pushed to AAA. Thanks for the report.
    2 points
  43. You know what? After reading a bunch of these replies and ideas I’m going to switch mine a bit. Assumptions: Donaldson is traded. They use that money to partially fund a more expensive shortstop. They still don't bring back Cruz. C - Jeffers (for Opening Day) 1B - Sano 2B - Polanco SS - Top 5 FA SS 3B - Arraez LF - Kirilloff CF - Buxton RF - Kepler DH - Garver (for Opening Day, various overall)
    2 points
  44. Yeah not sure about Kep anymore and really tired of tons of ground balls into the shift as well as pop ups. I know he is trying harder to go the other way but the results are not there yet. I could see Celestino in that role or possibly Mark Contreras who can hit for power and cover all three outfield positions. Kep does need to up his game or as the OP said maybe trading him gets us something we need. Center needs to be Buxton they have to find a way to extend him. We don't have anyone that can do what he does when healthy. Left is likely a rotation of Rooker, Larnach and Arraez IMO. Kirilloff could play there too but I think they play him first more often than not because he is a plus defender there. I don't think we should sleep on Sano either he is going to hit 30 HR's and that is after doing almost nothing the first two months of the season. If he was doing this to start the season he would be in the 40 HR club which is pretty exclusive. I don't love Sano at first but he is OK there and he was made for the DH spot to become big little Nellie. Pitchers are trying to pitch around the big fella right now especially in tight spots because they are afraid of what he can do. I think he comes into his own next year. I love the turtle, the hustle, the try hard every play, the emotion but I think that with Garver, Jeffers and Rortvedt we have enough catcher depth. With no options left he can't be moved up and down so the value he brought is over. I think Gordon likely takes his spot as the guy who can play Left, center, 3rd, short, 2nd and pitch as needed. Their offensive value isn't that much different with either as they both have 600 OPS's. Gordon can't play catcher but his speed and position flexibility and greater defensive value will likely have the turtle moving on IMO.
    2 points
  45. But they'll pay that amount for an aging 3B? The "Pohlads are cheap" bit is getting old. They obviously don't spend anywhere near the top of the league, but they also don't spend anywhere near the bottom feeders either. Sure, I'd like them to do more, and sure I think they CAN do more, but this organization is VERY reactionary; to combat the remembrance of a terrible, terrible 2021 season, I think it's almost certain they're going to go hard at a big time free agent even if it's for the wrong reasons. Seager may very well not want to come to MN, but there are five elite SS available in free agency, they aren't all going to have the luxury of both getting paid AND being choosey about their destination. But my guess: C - Garver 1B - Sano 2B - Polanco 3B - Donaldson SS - Trevor Story RF - Kepler CF - Buxton LF - Kirilloff DH - Cruz Arraez will be moved along with some prospects for pitching.
    2 points
  46. A couple of (I think) safe assumptions - Corey Seager will stay in LA or at least not come to MN, MN will not pay the 15-20m a year necessary to get one of the top FA SS, will lose Simmons, and will pick up an interim guy. With that: C - Garver, Jeffers 1B - Sano 2B - Polanco SS - Galvis or Iglesias 3B - Arraez/Donaldson LF - Kirilloff CF - Buxton RF - Kepler/Refsnyder platoon DH - Donaldson/Arraez I see this as the only way to get all of Arraez, Donaldson, Kirilloff and Sano in the lineup. Sano has hit .252/.333/.542 (.855) the last 30 games and I'd wager that's about what he's done the second half of the season as a whole. He's won a 2022 spot. He's got to play 1B and Kirilloff in LF to get Arraez in the lineup by splitting 3d base and DH with Donaldson. Donaldson is only good for 70-90 games a year in the field so a split there and the DH makes sense. Kepler starts because we (unfortunately) don't have anyone better but he can only play against RH pitching. I'd love to see us get a RH OF FA - Rooker isn't the guy - to be the weak half of the RF platoon, DH against LH pitching with Arraez on the bench, and DH when Donaldson and/or Arraez is on the shelf.
    2 points
  47. We were the team that put the value on him. Pay and play rather than pay and trade. It makes no sense to eat part of his salary unless it gains us an amazing pitcher.
    2 points
  48. C - Garver 1B - Kirilloff 2B - Polanco SS - TBD FA (or trade) 3B - Donaldson LF - Larnach CF - Buxton RF - Kepler DH - Sano I think there's a strong possibility that Kepler gets dealt, but I included him here anyway. I agree with John in that they don't bring back Cruz. I'm not sure that I want them too. Let Sano DH and Kiriloff man 1B. I like Arraez's bat, but I don't know where to play him in the field. I'm 100000000% against moving Polanco back to SS even if that creates a place for Arraez.
    2 points
  49. I think you have to let him play it out. He's such a boom or bust player with the injuries .. At the moment you'd be selling low and eating a TON of money for not much in return. The best option the Twins have his to pray that he stays healthy the next few years and hope a team at the deadline in the talks themselves into taking on the remaining portion of his contract. It's not like the Twins are getting a player that hampers them when he plays too .. Still a very solid option at 3rd.
    2 points
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