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Doctor Gast last won the day on October 14 2022

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  1. Being a very good switch hitter, IMO the Twins over depends on Polanco. You can plug him in with any pitcher & you can always expect a very good AB that's great in the clutch. That plus willing to play hurt has plagued Polanco. Polanco isn't injury prone, he just gets hurt like everyone but unlike everyone else he's trotted out to play out the season hurt. Everyone knows he's hurt because he's far from 100% but they still play him. Playing hurt drastically effects his stats that people go crazy over. If given the adequate time to recuperate his #s would be much better. I'm a fan of Polanco and he's still needed here. But I'm sad that his days are numbered here because it's more practical to see the Twins future to take over. Polanco has been underrated & under appreciated. Hope he has a great season that he's capable of & help the Twins win their 1st post season game for a very long time.
  2. I believe I've read it in the Athletic but even though I've subscribed I can't get access to these old Athletic articles, I'm sorry I can't come up with any info. Here is an article which had some videos of him having success in AFL where he resorted back to the high leg kick https://www.mlb.com/news/royce-lewis-arizona-fall-league-homer-great-catch What I've read or maybe heard from an interview that he changed his swing to the toe-tap swing because his old swing was hurting his knee. He developed that swing during the off season while recuperating. I have no idea if the Twin staff suggested it or he came up with it all by himself. Either way that's the swing that he wanted to experiment with and it worked.
  3. Lewis usually says yeah put me anywhere, I want to play. When Lewis said he prefer to play the INF, Lewis hates to say no, IMO that's him saying indirectly that he doesn't want to play the OF.
  4. Glad it's not a physical reason. I feel better not exposing him to non Twins games.
  5. You beat me to the punch, buddy. The # of LHPs that we'll have to face is minimal. But I agree that we have our bases pretty much covered when we do. We need to get Taylor in as many games as we can.
  6. I like your personal favorite. I've stated before that we should never trade Lewis, because of his many tangible & intangible qualities. But I'd trade him in a heart beat if management has any inkling of playing him in the OF. I'd rather lose him to another team than the risk of him losing his MLB career. Many say there's no difference in danger between the INF to OF and I'd kinda agree if the player has no knee problems. Running full blast, jumping high and coming down on that problem leg at that angel & force is like playing Russian Roulette which in Lewis case was the 1st attempt. Now w/ his 2nd operation, the gun has only a single chamber. I don't care if it doesn't fit your depth chart, you can't take that risk on Lewis.
  7. Welcome John to TD. Martin was fine until they started to tinker with his swing, beginning of '22 , it really affected his ability to make contact. Towards the end of the '22 season, he went back to his old swing & he made a surge. He entered AFL with a bang & showed some pop. He'll continue to find his own way much like Buxton & Lewis & will flourish. Martin is an athletic player that can play most anywhere (although IMO is overstretched at SS) , which is a very valuable. An OB machine, whose not afraid to get hit (which I'd advise against because I'd hate to see him get hurt or have his rhythm thrown off). He's a terror on the bases which is exciting to see. As he develops I can see him gain some surprising pop. I can see him carry that AFL momentum into AAA, which will raise his stock considerably. Because he's not on the 40 man, there's no hurry bring him up unless things really blow up. Julien should that leap before him unless there's a need before Lewis is ready. His RH bat might come in handy in the OF next year. Because of his high versatility, I'd like hold onto him.
  8. I like Urshela, he's a good 3B, I don't care what the #s say. To begin the off season the odds for us to land Correa was very low. We needed & still need a decent SS back up, Urshela is not a good back up so Farmer made a lot more sense. Our right side is all right handed hitters so keeping Urshela didn't make sense. We don't know how well Miranda will handle 3B, if he can't handle it then Farmer will have to man there. Miranda plays there only when Farmer need to play SS, until Lewis is ready to come up. Gallo was a mistake because he'll take ABs away from Gordon, Larnach and Wallner. If Kiriloff isn't ready, then Gallo probably makes the most sense at 1B but we have others that have some experience and IMO Julien could make that jump to MLB 1B. We have a log jam at corner OF LH bats. I'm not sure the shift ban will help Gallo that much. Even though we have log jam there, that's no reason to trade Kepler for peanuts. The shift ban is more likely to help Kepler. OF LH bats are a premium so I expect Kepler will be traded and probably Gallo.
  9. Hi Seth, what kind of info can you or anyone else give me about Ricardo Olivar? I know he's mainly plays catcher but also plays OF, including CF. He had a pretty good FSL season at 20 yrs. old & was promoted to A. But have no idea how is his glove or arm. I believe his arm above average & his athleticism would produce a good glove at catcher. I'm looking for another big step from him this year & hope they focus him at the catcher position. I guess I'm hoping for an Endy Rodriguez type of break out.
  10. I agree he's a solid prospect, much like Helman. But be very difficult for him to climb to overcome those ahead of him.
  11. I'm sure pulling for Correa as a Twin to put up the #s & advancing well in the PS. It'd be great to see another Twin in the HOF. Hope both Mauer & Correa be able to make it 1st ballad.
  12. Hi Seth, what kind of info can you or anyone else give me about Ricardo Olivar? I know he's mainly plays catcher but also plays OF, including CF. He had a pretty good FSL season at 20 yrs. old & was promoted to A. But have no idea how is his glove or arm. I believe his arm above average & his athleticism would produce a good glove at catcher. I'm looking for another big step from him & hope they focus him at the catcher position.
  13. For sure the best defensive OF. Taking a way single here, double there throw in some triple & HR thefts for outs. Sure beats missing outs & let them turn into singles, doubles, triples & even HRs. Our kind of OF defense makes a lot of difference in won & lost games.
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