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  1. This winter the Twins showed their faith in Randy Dobnak by giving him a 5 year $9.5m extension. It was an unexpected move but a welcome one after the sinkerballer had been so successful in his first two years. Things have not gone according to plan since then however. No player in baseball is immune to the league adjusting and Dobnak has proven to be no different. After posting a 1.59 ERA through 28.1 innings in his debut season, Dobnak took a bit of a tumble in 2020. He started out just as hot but eventually was optioned and finished the season with a 4.05 ERA. The league really appear
  2. Cody Pirkl

    Down on Dobnak

    No player in baseball is immune to the league adjusting and Dobnak has proven to be no different. After posting a 1.59 ERA through 28.1 innings in his debut season, Dobnak took a bit of a tumble in 2020. He started out just as hot but eventually was optioned and finished the season with a 4.05 ERA. The league really appeared to finally figure him out as he tallied a 6.41 mark in his last 6 appearances. Since then the numbers speak for themselves. Through 36 innings this year Dobnak owns a 7.36 ERA and 7.95 FIP. He’s been worth -.4 fWAR, often allowing blowup performances that take the Twi
  3. The time has come for the Twins to begin prioritizing their younger players over the struggling one year veterans they brought in. Three prospects in particular are in need of some playing time to see where they stand for 2022. Bailey Ober Ober has surpassed Lewis Thorpe as a possible back of the rotation option for 2022 in my eyes. He’s dominated the Minors at every stop including AAA this year where he’s posted a 2.81 ERA and 20% K rate. He doesn’t have ace level stuff but he does have a high spin fastball that appears to play up higher than the 90-92 you see on the rada
  4. Bailey Ober Ober has surpassed Lewis Thorpe as a possible back of the rotation option for 2022 in my eyes. He’s dominated the Minors at every stop including AAA this year where he’s posted a 2.81 ERA and 20% K rate. He doesn’t have ace level stuff but he does have a high spin fastball that appears to play up higher than the 90-92 you see on the radar gun, and his control has been nothing short of impeccable. Ober has gotten just the one start for the Twins so far, but that should change. Happ and Shoemaker are arguably not even eating innings at this point and Ober could emerge as a
  5. Agree with all of the above information but I also need to mention some appreciation for Tom and everything he's done to keep the content flowing here at TwinsDaily. He does more behind the scenes than most of us will ever know and is truly just one of the nicest and most helpful dudes you could ask to work with as a new writer. You'll be missed Tom but I'm certainly looking forward to the increase in content!
  6. The Twins are attempting to return to contention in historic fashion after a terrible start to the season. While their recent hot stretch has been propelled by recently struggling players such as Sano, Kepler and Polanco, one of their cornerstones hasn’t been as advertised. After inking Josh Donaldson to a 4 year $92 million contract, the Twins were surely disappointed in him missing 32 games of the 60 game season in 2020, not to mention the playoffs. Confidence crumbled even further when in the first at bat of his 2021 season, Donaldson laced a pitch into the gap only to pull up with a
  7. After inking Josh Donaldson to a 4 year $92 million contract, the Twins were surely disappointed in him missing 32 games of the 60 game season in 2020, not to mention the playoffs. Confidence crumbled even further when in the first at bat of his 2021 season, Donaldson laced a pitch into the gap only to pull up with a hamstring injury which led to an IL stint. After Donaldson slashed .222/.373/.469 (good for 29% above league average) in his shortened 2020, it appeared all the Twins could do was hope for good health. Since coming off the IL on April 14, Donaldson has had his longest stretch
  8. Nope, not rotation. He's got a good sample size of not being able to maintain his velo in the rotation now. I just wouldn't be shocked if he flourished in the bullpen.
  9. He looked like a future piece and was a big prospect as recently as 2019 (the last time baseball was normal). He's been a valuable pitcher basically whenever he's been able to get to 91-93 consistently so why not see if he can get there in one inning appearances? I know he's been a disappointment but I'm surprised at how many people want to cut bait without trying everything after watching similar mistakes with guys like Nick Anderson.
  10. He'd have been there if he didn't have that extra option. At this point though I'm not sure they should even go the long relief route. I'm interested to see how his stuff plays up in a traditional one inning relief role. He could turn into a valuable guy in the middle to late innings.
  11. I could write an entire article on why the Twins should look to trade Rogers. He's a proven arm who can pitch in any situation and is left handed. Relievers are volatile. If you can trade 2 expensive years of one for a haul (the Twins probably can) then you absolutely should. Also for as much as they failed this winter to build a bullpen, being this bad this early gives them plenty of time to backfill Rogers spot and find the next high leverage guy headed into next year.
  12. It’s hard to really pick at Lewis Thorpe’s performance on the season. In fact, his performance so far isn’t the issue at all. He has a 3.86 ERA and 4.22 FIP which is much better than most of the current rotation. His SIERA, Skill Interactive ERA however tells a much different story. SIERA is more predictive than most ERA indicators and puts Thorpe at a 5.44 mark, over a run and a half higher than his current ERA. If you’ve watched Thorpe’s handful of starts then you know exactly what the issue is. For the 2nd straight season, Thorpe is averaging under 90 mph on the fastball. In fact, Thor
  13. Lewis Thorpe has put up respectable numbers in his few MLB starts so far this season. That being said there is certainly cause for concern in regards to his future in the rotation. It may be time to try something a bit different. It’s hard to really pick at Lewis Thorpe’s performance on the season. In fact, his performance so far isn’t the issue at all. He has a 3.86 ERA and 4.22 FIP which is much better than most of the current rotation. His SIERA, Skill Interactive ERA however tells a much different story. SIERA is more predictive than most ERA indicators and puts Thorpe at a 5.44 mark
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    Internal Relief

    Shaun Anderson Anderson was acquired by the Twins for LaMonte Wade Jr. this winter because of their excess of fringe outfield types. He has some control and command issues with over 4 BB/9 in his short MLB career but the stuff is there. He posted a 10.5 K/9 in 2020 for San Francisco along with a 3.52 ERA in 15 innings. It seems the Twins are already at the point of giving Anderson some run considering he pitched two innings on Wednesday in Chicago and they have yet to option him again. He gave up four hits and four runs (one earned) but struck out three and only walked one which was encou
  15. The Twins bullpen is certified bad at this point and outside help seems like a long shot. The Twins have been trying a lot of the same arms in relief but the time may be coming soon to try some new names. Here are 3 internal arms that could make a big impact in the bullpen. Shaun Anderson Anderson was acquired by the Twins for LaMonte Wade Jr. this winter because of their excess of fringe outfield types. He has some control and command issues with over 4 BB/9 in his short MLB career but the stuff is there. He posted a 10.5 K/9 in 2020 for San Francisco along with a 3.52 ERA i
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