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    Theo Tollefson

    Back in November, the Twins signed first baseman Curtis Terry to a minor league deal and added him onto the St. Paul Saints roster. Could he provide some insurance for the Twins offense in 2022?

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    Curtis Terry, 25, has spent his entire professional career to this point in the Texas Rangers organization. He was drafted in the 13th round (378th overall) of the 2015 draft out of Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

    Terry made his MLB debut with the Rangers in July of 2021 and then played another dozen games.. Although Terry’s numbers in his first 13 MLB games do not stand out (4 hits, 45 at-bats), he had a solid 2021 season in the minors. He hit .275 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI with the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

    Terry’s best season in the minors came in 2019 when he hit .293 with an OPS of .899. He hit 25 home runs and drove in 80 runs in 129 games between the Rangers' High-A and Low-A affiliates. 

    As of now, Terry is the only infielder listed on the St. Paul Saints roster on their website. That, of course, means very little at this point in the offseason. 

    Terry will likely see plenty of playing time during the start of the minor league season at first base. Last year, the Saints used players like Tomas Telis and Damek Tomscha at first base, and Jose Miranda played there at times in the second half. Along with Miranda, first base in Wichita was manned by Roy Morales and Andrew Bechtold. 

    He will likely be a good player for the Twins to have only 15 minutes away from Target Field if the injury bug finds Miguel Sano this season. 

    Terry’s primary positions are similar to that of Sano’s, and if Alex Kirilloff is seeing more time in the outfield than first base, will allow for Terry to potentially see more playing time in MLB with the Twins than he did with the Rangers.

    But the Twins signed Curtis Terry for his bat. Also, he will be just 25 years old throughout the entire 2022 season. He's young. He has upside. He has a ton of power potential. He is built like Miguel Sano, though it appears that Sano is the much better athlete. 

    The Twins clearly see potential with Terry in their 2022 plans at some point in the season. Hopefully Terry will repeat his success in the minors in 2021 with the Saints and possibly the Twins in 2022.  

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    I do not see as much potential - Texas was desperate but did not choose to give him the time to prove himself.  What I see is that our minor league rosters are a little light after the Larnach, Rooker, Kiriloff, Jeffers promotions (and hopefully Miranda) and we still have them plus Sano and Garver to fill 1B and DH.  

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    It was a good depth call as the Twins basically have no first base prospect unless you consider Miranda a first baseman, or Andrew Bechtold, who might still start the season at Wichita. Roy Morales and Caleb Hamilton are catchers that saw a lot of first base action. Of course, Curtis could also translate into the designated hitter.

     

    But there is also an over-abundance of outfielders for the roster (when you look at 10 names from the Twins roster will be at AAA/AA ball). Celestino and Larnach will probably start at AAA. Sadly, so will Miranda, as well as Royce Lewis and/or Austin Martin (Not on the 40-man). Rortvedt will also be the AAA catcher in all likelihood. And maybe Rooker will also end up back in St. Paul.

     

    I found it interesting that this transaction ws just posted on major league trade rumors, considering the signing happened back at the end of October and was briefly mentioned in another streaming post on this site.

     

     

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    With a real chance that the lockout will continue thru 1 April, the Saints will be missing at least a dozen players who are on the Twins 40-man.  Expect more of these type of signings of players to fill out the Saints roster 75 days from now.

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    IMO this move didn't move the needle at all. Many of our OF prospects on the 40 man roster Larnach, Rooker and Kiriloff are better suited at 1B with also Garver able to play there. Arraez lack of range also makes him a good candidate there, some say he's too short to play there but Arraez is 1" taller than Astudillo. They should focus their attention on some one who is a MLB ready CF to sub Buxton, or at least compete for that role.

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    20 minutes ago, Doctor Gast said:

    IMO this move didn't move the needle at all.

    No minor league signing is going to move the needle.  Needle-movers get major league contract offers, usually multiple offers from teams wanting their needle moved.  And yet, every organization sign minor leaguers every year.  Every organization.  Every year.

    This guy, at least, is still a bit young and could be a decent substitute if he starts out hot and a roster vacancy occurs.  He's 25 and may be just a later bloomer.  He's not some 30-year old with no remaining upside.

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    17 hours ago, ashbury said:

    No minor league signing is going to move the needle.  Needle-movers get major league contract offers, usually multiple offers from teams wanting their needle moved.  And yet, every organization sign minor leaguers every year.  Every organization.  Every year.

    This guy, at least, is still a bit young and could be a decent substitute if he starts out hot and a roster vacancy occurs.  He's 25 and may be just a later bloomer.  He's not some 30-year old with no remaining upside.

    I totally disagree that all minor league don't move the needle. Minor league signings at this stage should be done to give depth and shore up weak areas which would move the needle. 

    Like I stated

    "IMO this move didn't move the needle at all. Many of our OF prospects on the 40 man roster Larnach, Rooker and Kiriloff are better suited at 1B with also Garver able to play there. Arraez lack of range also makes him a good candidate there, some say he's too short to play there but Arraez is 1" taller than Astudillo. They should focus their attention on some one who is a MLB ready CF to sub Buxton, or at least compete for that role."

    We have a lot of depth at 1B and not only MLB ready but also in the lower minors. We've been hurting for a long time at MLB ready true CF to help out Buxton. Right now we don't have anyone who is ready to be placed on the active roster to be Buxton's steady backup (Celestino, Martin and even Lewis will be excellent candidates but as of right now cannot be depended on). So tell me how many  true CFs have we signed to a minor league contract?  That'd really move the needle, not another potential bat that can plug into 1B. I'm saying that their priorities are all wrong.

     

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    On the flip side, a certain percentage of minor league free agents don't make it thru spring training. But the Twins are a far cry from the near 40 they signed to play last season.

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