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  1. Is this a serious comment? You don't understand why they signed a platinum glove winning, MVP candidate SS when they could? Sorry to break it to you, but Lewis is the one they'd have to find a position for. When Correa gets healthy they're going to put the platinum glove winning SS back at SS. If Lewis mashes they'll move him to 3B or LF or a super utility role.
    20 points
  2. So excited!! Royce is such a good guy. He's uber-talented, but he also believes in himself. That he is off to such a terrific start in St. Paul after missing two years speaks to his work ethic, confidence and ability!!
    17 points
  3. Never mind that Lewis was a complete unknown two months ago. The guy literally had not played an actual baseball game since 2019. You can put him in the cage and through every drill in the book but until you get him on a baseball diamond against peer competition, it's mostly guesswork.
    15 points
  4. It's been quite an interesting journey for Royce Lewis. The Twins surprised the baseball world when they selected him first overall in 2017, signing the California prep star below slot while passing up flashy names like Hunter Greene, Brendan McKay and MacKenzie Gore to gamble on the toolsy shortstop. It paid off. Lewis emerged as a superior prospect compared to all others at the top of that draft, and was a consensus Top 10 prospect in baseball heading into 2019, where he appeared in the Futures Game. But that season was a bit of a struggle for him, facing advanced competition in the higher minors. Lewis missed the next two seasons entirely, with COVID wiping out 2020 and a knee injury sidelining him for all of 2021. He came into this 2022 campaign plagued by question marks, but wasted no time in putting them to rest. Playing at Triple-A for the first time, Lewis has been an absolute monster. He hit his 11th double on Thursday night and is batting .310 with a .993 OPS for the Saints. The speedster didn't lose a step from his knee surgery, as he's already got eight steals on nine attempts. Perhaps most impressively, this historically undisciplined hitter has a 20-to-17 K/BB ratio in 107 plate appearances. Lewis came back after a two-year layoff and immediately conquered the biggest weakness in his game. Those of us who've been following him along the way are not shocked. Lewis is a rare specimen and it's extremely exciting that we'll now get to see him take the big-league stage, even if the circumstances that precipitated it are undeniably bogus. Lewis has played shortstop almost exclusively in the minors and is poised to play there almost every day for the Twins in Correa's absence, however long that lasts. (Presumably not long since he avoided the IL.) Lewis' defense will be worth watching closely, since many feel he's not destined to stick at the position. Despite his rocky road, Royce Lewis is going to debut in the majors at age 22, less than five years after being drafted out of high school. Somehow, despite all the turbulence, his timeline still worked out almost exactly as you'd hope. Now he's got a chance to make an impression -- albeit perhaps a brief one. Editor's Note: This article was updated to correct the mistaken assumption that Correa's broken finger was confirmed by Friday morning's CT scan. We apologize for the error.
    12 points
  5. We all hoped Lewis would get off to a tremendous start after missing two full years. But I expect most of us are pleasantly surprised that he has hit this well. What a fantastic night for baseball...Josh Winder on the mound for the Twins with Royce Lewis at shortstop. I for one am so hopeful they are still doing that six, seven years from now.
    12 points
  6. I've watched several Saints games and Twins ST games and even Ft. Myers miracle games to see Lewis in person. I'm not a baseball scout, but I've watched plenty of shortstops. I don't agree with the "he can't stick at SS" narrative. Lewis has far less shortcomings at SS than Polanco or Gordon. Arm strength, instincts, speed, it's all there. His hands aren't quite as good as Simmons or Correa but that's a pretty high bar to clear. Hopefully he proves the doubters wrong here with a few games as an MLB shortstop.
    11 points
  7. Or resigning Andrelton Simmons
    10 points
  8. I was probably the biggest Lewis supporter on this site amongst regular posters as I expected him to go Akil Baddoo on things and just be a great athlete and figure things out quickly, but I was ecstatic when they signed Correa (ate crow and reupped my season tickets even). Get the most talent you can and figure it out from there. Especially when Lewis is no sure thing to stick at short, let alone be one of the 5 best fielders in the game regardless of position. Lewis and Buxton in the OF together after Correa comes back still gives my baseball heart butterflies. I'm very excited for Lewis to debut and look forward to him being so good they can't send him back down!
    10 points
  9. And who is going to tonight's game? ME
    9 points
  10. Shortly after the lockout ended, the Twins engaged in a frenzied activity to reshape their roster and prepare for the 2022 season. One of the first moves they made, was trading fan favorite Mitch Garver to the Texas Rangers for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who eventually was flipped to the Yankees to shed Josh Donaldson’s contract. Trading an aging catcher, with a lengthy injury history, made a lot of sense, even if Twins fans didn’t like the move. How the trade would be reflected upon, depended largely on the development of Ryan Jeffers and what he could offer offensively in 2022. Early in the 2022 season, the returns are promising. Jeffers’ development since being taken in the second round of the 2018 draft out of UNC Wilmington has been remarkable. At the time, the pick was immediately labeled a reach from Minnesota. The Twins, however, saw a solid power bat and a cerebral player they felt they could develop defensively, despite not having had a college catching coach. Jeffers was essentially self-taught defensively. Let’s dig into his offensive and defensive production in 2022 to see what’s under the hood. Offense When Jeffers was first called up in 2020, hitting .273/.355/.436 and managed a 120 wRC+ in a small, 26-game sample. 2021 was, by comparison, a disaster. Jeffers lost his strike zone control, walking less and striking out more, and struggled to get bat to ball, managing 0.6 fWAR in 86 games. In 18 games in 2022, Jeffers has already matched his season-long fWAR from 2021, hitting .228/.302/.456 to go along with a 125 wRC+. Looking at Jeffers’ Statcast profile tells its own interesting and encouraging tale. Jeffers ranks in the 96th percentile for Barrel % and 89th percentile for xSLG, those are elite numbers. You may not like the profile of hitter, but Jeffers is settling in on being a slugger that will strike out a lot but make a ton of hard, effective contact. That’s valuable in and of itself, for a catcher, even more so. There are a number of factors that hurt the perception of Jeffers’ offensive profile and production. Firstly, Mitch Garver’s 2019 season. It was a unicorn season, both for Garver and in the history of the position. Combine it with Garver’s approach at the plate, which combined elite power and strike-zone control, and it’s easy to wave away Jeffers’ low OBP as uninteresting and lacking value. Let’s put his numbers early in 2022 in some positional context. Jeffers ranks fifth in fWAR among all MLB catchers, seventh in SLG, seventh in wRC+, and ninth in wOBA. He just doesn't get on base a lot, and that’s OK. If Jeffers maintains his offensive production and a wRC+ of slightly above 100, he’s going to have an incredibly valuable 2022 season for the Twins. Defense Let’s start with the obvious, Ryan Jeffers is not good at throwing out runners. He ranks fifth last in this category among catchers in 2022. Also, who cares? Jeffers has had four bases stolen on his watch in 2022, and has thrown out one runner, for a CS% of 20%. Yadier Molina is at 29%. Base stealing has become such an irrelevant part of the game that this area of weakness is inconsequential. Measuring defense is difficult, for catchers, it’s almost impossible. There are no effective metrics to help understand the effectiveness with which a catcher ‘calls’ a game. Here’s what we do know about Jeffers. Per Statcast, he’s in the 84th percentile for framing among MLB catchers. Per Baseball Prospectus, he’s seventh-best in baseball. Rdrs/yr measures the number of runs above or below average a fielder would save over 1,200 innings (approximately 135 games). Jeffers sits at 36, that’s good for second-best among catchers in baseball. This is reflected in the eye test for Jeffers. How many run-saving blocks has he already made this year? While the defensive numbers can’t paint the full picture, the outline is clear. Jeffers is a defensive standout. All of this, of course, is a relatively meaningless sample of around 20 games. There’s plenty of season left to go right or go wrong. The early indicators point to Ryan Jeffers as an extremely valuable long-term commodity for the Minnesota Twins.
    9 points
  11. Carlos Correa exited in the seventh inning after taking another pitch to his right hand during a partial swing. He underwent x-rays and was diagnosed with a potential non-displaced fracture in his middle finger. He underwent a CT scan on Friday to confirm the initial diagnosis, but the results of the exam had not yet been announced when this article was published. In the past hour, we have learned that Correa did NOT break a finger, and at least for now, he will avoid the Injured List. (Quick note: Why is it that x-ray imaging detected a potential fracture, but the CT scan did not? Both imaging techniques are good at identifying boney injuries, but CT scan provided a much clearer and more in-depth picture than x-rays. As such, they are considered the gold standard for skeletal pathology. If x-rays are inconclusive, CT scans are often utilized to make a firm diagnosis.) The reaction from Correa and a teammate... Now, Correa is still sore and won't be able to play for a few games. So, Royce Lewis is still being promoted and will take Luis Arraez's spot on the roster. Arraez is out after a positive Covid test. With that, we had asked Lucas to tell us what he knows about a non-displaced fracture of the finger, why it doesn't need surgery, and how long would it take for Correa to potentially get back in the lineup. We are still going to leave this article here as information on what could have happened, and thankfully has been avoided now. -------------------------------- Luckily for Correa and Twins, bone is one of the only tissues in the body to heal completely and typically does so within 4-6 weeks of the fracture. The term “non-displaced” means that the two portions of the fractured bone did not separate from each other and, therefore, can typically mend on their own without surgery. The prognosis for this type of injury is excellent as the finger bones have good blood supply, making a complicated recovery unlikely. In the grand scheme, Correa’s injury is relatively minor, and he should be back on the diamond by mid-to-late-June. The Twins’ schedule is relatively fluffy during the weeks in which Correa is expected to miss and he should be back in the lineup by the time the schedule heats up after the All-Star Break. In the meantime, the Twins will rely on top prospect Royce Lewis in his stead. Lewis missed the previous two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an ACL injury, but he has torn up Triple-A pitching through the first 24 games of the season, slashing .310/.430/.563 with three home runs and 11 doubles.
    8 points
  12. I'm going to create about 17 different profiles, so I can keep clicking "like."
    8 points
  13. Hope he does well. But I hope more strongly Correa heals quickly and is back in a couple weeks.
    8 points
  14. I can't believe how every day there is a new scheme to push Lewis to the majors. He needs to stay in St Paul until an everyday slot opens for him at his most valuable positi.... oh. Never mind. I'm pumped! (Though I want Correa back as soon as he can play, too.)
    8 points
  15. With Correa's and Sano's injuries, Covid-19, and a gastrointestinal bug going around . . . Anybody seen "Apollo 13"? Remember right after takeoff an alarm goes off, but it turns out to be nothing. Jim Lovell (Hanks) goes, "Looks like we just had our one glitch for this mission." Fingers crossed this is our one glitch with Mission World Series
    8 points
  16. With news that Bally Sports North is close to finally offering a subscription service for local sports fans, rumors are swirling that a premium version will soon be available. “The outcry for a non-cable, non-satellite option for local sports fans is undeniable,” said a BSN executive who requested anonymity. “We also know that there’s an appetite for a premium experience. Our goal is to provide a bespoke product for every level of consumer.” Although details on the available tiers are unconfirmed, multiple sources say there are four options being discussed: BSN Basic: $20/month, Twins/Wolves/Wild/Lynx/United games available on tape delay no sooner than 72 hours after the live event; however, you must submit a written request to the Bally Sports North offices in Minneapolis to watch it. “Politeness will be a plus,” noted one source. BSN Basic Plus: $25/month, one live event per week. The event will not be telecast but rather described by a feral Kevin Lynch off his cell phone's Twitter feed. BSN Platinum: $35/month, all live events streamed as they happen unless there are blackout rules, conflicts with new episodes of Tim Laudner’s Street Justice, or BSN just calls it a weekend early and heads to the lake. BSN The Laudner Level: $40/month, all episodes of Tim Laudner's Street Justice available on demand, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage exclusive to BSN The Laudner Level subscribers. No live sports, but they will share all Athletic promo subscription offers they see online. “There’s a lot of noise out there about people wanting to watch the Twins or the Wild live, but our market research indicates the consumer really values choice,” said the BSN executive. “If they have the option to watch a World Series champ take the law into his own hands on an all-new episode of Tim Laudner’s Street Justice, then we think they’ll choose our Platinum or Laudner Level services. This week Tim busts some kids who are rearranging letters on the Lakeville Dairy Queen marquee to say 'PENIS.' Tough stuff, powerful.” When asked if they envision a streaming tier that would contain only live, local sports, the executive laughed for 17 minutes straight.
    8 points
  17. I've got to say that I am bit flummoxed by the bullpen use in the last three games. A sweep was very possible. In the first case, was I the only person who wanted to see Joe work out of that 5th inning jam? He wasn't getting hit hard. Two of the hits in the inning were pop flies that dropped. If he is supposed to be our ace, let's see how he does in those situations. In the next game, the coaches did a 180. They continued to let Bundy get shelled until the (very winnable) game got completely out of reach. In today's game, Archer had his best inning in the fourth. He struck out the side, and instead it is Theilbar starting the 5th (and promptly serving up the tying home run)? Then they bring in Jax who seemed to have really good stuff. He gives up a triple and he's out. I thought he at least gives us one more inning. Nevertheless, I was happy to see his replacement as Duran. What I cannot understand, however, is how you let a guy who can throw 103 mph throw five straight breaking balls? If your a hitter, you might look goofy on one of those splitters, but you are jumping for joy not to see the 103 mph missile coming your way, so if Duran is willing to keep throwing the splitter, as a hitter, I am just going to wait for one of those in the zone. There's an old adage in baseball that says, "Don't get beat on your secondary pitch." I think it holds true. OK. I've now ranted. Let's get back to playing smart baseball.
    8 points
  18. Don't want to jinx him, but man does Winder look like the real deal. Can't take him out of the rotation when he's pitching this well. Finally, the pipeline of prospects arrives!!
    7 points
  19. He gets to save on a lifetime's worth of hair products!
    7 points
  20. Finally, a gorgeous night for baseball!
    7 points
  21. Who the hell is this Royce Lewis guy and why am I just hearing about him now?!? You'd think he'd get mentioned around here a few times!
    7 points
  22. When Correa returns, he goes right back where he won a Platinum Glove - Shortstop. Royce Lewis will slide over to 3rd base, taking Urshella's spot. The only thing stopping that would be a prolonged slump at the plate, which to me seems very unlikely. Imagine how Lewis and Correa will eat up grounders hit by righties. Forget about bunts and nubbers down the line. Royce will pounce on them like a cat. For the time being, expect good starting SS from Lewis. Not as radically good as Correa's defense, but solid, with great range. Lewis is supposed to be a Mauer-level athlete, so we can expect some highlights. I hope they put him in today's game..!
    7 points
  23. At shortstop? I guess it took a busted finger of the $105 million dollar man for them to finally listen to me. Wouldn't it be classic if Royce started playing like they paid Correa a fortune to play and they had to figure out what to do with Correa? I never understood that signing and never will.
    7 points
  24. It must be rare because Dan Gladden and Thad Levine both said solo HR's don't beat you, after one of the Orioles 5 solo HR's.
    7 points
  25. No worries. The issue always with college players (both pitchers and hitters) is the metal bats. Gotta get used to them, how the ball comes off them, etc. Plus, once you start going up-up-up in the minors, the competition rises, too. You may be hot stuf in your high school or collegiate league, but suddenly you are playing against, for the msot part, people of equal quality. Which is why you have minor leagues, folks.
    7 points
  26. TWINS WIN!!! Winder was fantastic, Miranda showed us why he's one of our top prospect, and THE top prospect shows some nice plays on defense and gets his first MLB base hit. Oh, and the best player in the AL went yard again. It wasn't beautiful, and the 9th was painful, but I'll never complain about a win. Until tomorrow, Enjoy your chicken!
    6 points
  27. I've been doing a lot of carpentry lately, and I thought I'd come up with a good pun for the game thread. ... But nothing wood work.
    6 points
  28. I think Larnach is the most improved Twin from 2021 to 2022.
    6 points
  29. Trevor Larnach crushes baseballs
    6 points
  30. Royce is going to make history tonight. The stars are aligned. Trust me. All is well! I'm actually nervous for him. I might go pour myself a drink...My excuse, It's Friday, 75 degrees and Royce makes his MLB debut. Just moved into a new place and have no cable. Will be listening to WCCO. Let's go Twins!!
    6 points
  31. Excellent. Now we can enjoy Royce's debut without a dark cloud hanging over it. Win-win.
    6 points
  32. Yikes. Injuries, Covid, bad gastro mojo, the Bundy Implosion (not a John le Carré novel). As a good Twins fan I have to think, "Oh great, what's next?"
    6 points
  33. If you go for the super premium $100 a month option. You get Tim laudner autograph and a sticker to put on your window that says Sinclair really got me this time.
    6 points
  34. You know, when BSN+ was first announced I was adamantly opposed to such a concept and price point. The concept was ridiculous, I thought. But this is a game changer! I "can" still listen to every game on the radio or follow via Gamecast but get Laudner Street Justice and Laudner level services too? I can't contain my excitement! Where do I sign up?!?
    6 points
  35. I'm pretty sure as soon as the ball hit him it was a dead ball, so he couldn't go to first.
    5 points
  36. Byron is just the best, man
    5 points
  37. My guess is Lewis probably struggles during his first exposure to the bigs, but in some ways this might be the ideal way for him to dip a toe into the lineup. Since there's basically no way he won't be replaced by Correa once the finger is mended, it kind of takes the pressure off, at least in comparison to being the opening day starter or some such. Here he knows his time is limited and he's a stop gap who just needs to be basically replacement level and keep the spot warm. That being said, here's hoping he forces his way into being the utility man or in some other way staying on the big league roster.
    5 points
  38. The Correa news sucks hard. He was really heating up at the plate, and his defense is spectacular. But it is exciting to see Royce come up to the majors. He's been playing so well at Saint Paul that it looks like he might realize his talent in all the ways we hoped. It's also great that when someone like Correa goes down we're bringing up a highly-rated prospect to fill in, rather than hoping a journeyman can slot in and have a couple of great weeks. That's what building the pipeline is all about. Personally, I'm bummed that I'll be on a plane during the game and will have to miss the debut!
    5 points
  39. Well, heck, I think I'd buy a ticket to see either of them for very different reasons. But right upfront, I want Correa to stick to the team longterm. Lewis converted to 3rd or OF.
    5 points
  40. The FO definitely put all of their chips in on Jeffers to perform, so it's great to see that he is.
    5 points
  41. Like . . . a rogue meteor passing too close to the earth and sucking all the moisture off the planet?
    5 points
  42. Of all the injuries he could've suffered I think this is one of the better ones. It's not a blown out knee or torn hammy or blown out elbow. Broken finger will heal relatively quickly and he'll be back, but it gives Royce the chance to come up and do his thing and establish himself as well. Certainly would've preferred Correa not get hurt, but with the situation being what it is there's worse things that could've happened.
    5 points
  43. I didn't expect Lewis to come out of the gate like he did, so I figured that the Correa signing was a great excuse not to rush him. And if he performed they could figure out a way to get him in the big league lineup if they wanted to. And if that happened, it would be a huge bonus. Not that I wish Correa, or anyone, to be injured, but this is a great opportunity for Lewis to work with Correa and get the real game reps at the same time. That's a blessing in disguise, in my view.
    5 points
  44. After all the optimism, it is up to the Twins to right the ship in a hurry. This was a bad game and I know we are going to lose games, but these are the Orioles and they are the teams that we need to beat up on.
    5 points
  45. Not worried at all it’s the first month of the season he has put the ball in play taken walks and found his way on base and then stolen bases. Not every hitter need to hit 30 hr and strike out 200 times. I like the positional versatility look at how valueable Arraez has been filling in. i do think the SS experiment needs to end and move him back around the OF and 2B 3B. If the power doesn’t come 4 of the 5 tools with great bat to ball skills is still extremely valuable.
    5 points
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