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    roger reacted to LA VIkes Fan in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    The defensive ratings all make sense to me, except maybe for Correa who I thought was better. Urshela is average to below average defensively - he makes some spectacular plays but has limited range and boots some easy ones.  Arraez isn't much of a middle infielder but we knew that already. 1B/DH is the perfect place for him.
    I think there are 2 changes that make the Twins better on defense AND on offense. The first is easy - Polanco comes back to play 2B and Arraez becomes a 1B/DH. By the way, has anyone else noticed that Arraez' hitting has dropped off since he went back to 2B and put more stress on his knee? Correlation is not always causation but the 2 may be related. The second is to play Miranda at 3B every day. His defense won't be much worse than Urshela and may be better and there's a good chance he's a better hitter. I know this puts Kirilloff in LF which is not ideal but I think that's a small price to upgrade 3b and get Arraez a better place to play.  It also gets Kirilloff and Miranda in the batting order at 5 and 6 and we can stop with the fantasy that either Kepler, Sanchez, or Urshela is a middle of the order hitter. 
    My lineup? Arraez 1B/DH, Polanco 2B, Correa SS, Buxton CF/DH (yes, I switched Polanco and Buxton), Kirilloff LF, Garlick/Urshela DH, Miranda 3B, Kepler RF, Jeffers/Sanchez C. Celestino and Gordon hit 9 when they play and everyone moves up one up to the spot of the guy who is sitting out. Trade Urshela as part of a package for relief pitching and bring up Palacios or Steer to be the primary IF backup. Urshela fills that job for now.  
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    roger reacted to mnfireman in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    How much of Correa's OAA change can be attributed to not having Bregman, Altuve and Gurriel as fellow infielders?? Are the Twins having him play "in the shift" more or less than Houston did? How about the difference in pitching staff's. Too many variables for me to be a big defensive analytics fan.
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    roger reacted to FlyingFinn in Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Nary A Win To Be Found   
    Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers won their leagues in the 1st half. 
    Individually, I'm still excited about Lewis (what he did in coming back this year and will do again), Steer, Wallner, Julien, Encarnocion-Strand, E.Rodriguez (another injury which does make things less exciting) along with these pitchers - Festa, Hajjar, Raya, Gipson-Long, Headrick, and SWR. I look at most of minor league starting pitchers and think we have a good chance to win.
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    roger reacted to 2wins87 in Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Nary A Win To Be Found   
    For the record the names of the Pena's are Alex, Isaac, and Daniel.
    I remember Alex Pena's name from last year. He is repeating the complex league right now. Last year he hit well for average but no power. He appears to have added some power which is good because I think he basically plays 1B.  Hopefully he will get a chance in low A soon. Given his age and experience level it would be good to give him an opportunity against tougher competition.
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    roger reacted to ashbury in Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Nary A Win To Be Found   
    A. Pena and D. Pena are both from Venezuela, which I suppose has islands.   Their listed locales are 450 miles apart, though they could be "distant" cousins. 
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    roger got a reaction from Mark G in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    Would the defense be better if they played where they did historically?  Seems every game has a crucial at bat by the other team that would have been an out had the Twins middle infielder been where he belongs...IMO.  We don't see how many outs they get because of the shifts, or at least they aren't as obvious.  Just drives me nuts seeing the team not get a DP last night cause there wasn't anyone able to get to second.
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    roger got a reaction from joefish in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    Would the defense be better if they played where they did historically?  Seems every game has a crucial at bat by the other team that would have been an out had the Twins middle infielder been where he belongs...IMO.  We don't see how many outs they get because of the shifts, or at least they aren't as obvious.  Just drives me nuts seeing the team not get a DP last night cause there wasn't anyone able to get to second.
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    roger got a reaction from RpR in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    Would the defense be better if they played where they did historically?  Seems every game has a crucial at bat by the other team that would have been an out had the Twins middle infielder been where he belongs...IMO.  We don't see how many outs they get because of the shifts, or at least they aren't as obvious.  Just drives me nuts seeing the team not get a DP last night cause there wasn't anyone able to get to second.
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    roger got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    Would the defense be better if they played where they did historically?  Seems every game has a crucial at bat by the other team that would have been an out had the Twins middle infielder been where he belongs...IMO.  We don't see how many outs they get because of the shifts, or at least they aren't as obvious.  Just drives me nuts seeing the team not get a DP last night cause there wasn't anyone able to get to second.
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    roger got a reaction from mikelink45 in Is Defense Part of the Twins’ Problem?   
    Would the defense be better if they played where they did historically?  Seems every game has a crucial at bat by the other team that would have been an out had the Twins middle infielder been where he belongs...IMO.  We don't see how many outs they get because of the shifts, or at least they aren't as obvious.  Just drives me nuts seeing the team not get a DP last night cause there wasn't anyone able to get to second.
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    roger reacted to jmlease1 in Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Nary A Win To Be Found   
    Wallner's 3-41 start also including 23 K's. He's rebounded from that incredibly well. Still gets a lot of Ks, which makes me nervous about how sustainable his production is long-term, but until other teams prove that it isn't...time to move him up and let him keep showing. That many walks plus all that power...
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    roger reacted to ashbury in Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Nary A Win To Be Found   
    Did as badly, you mean to say?
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    roger got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Your post is way too reasonable, Cody.  How dare you write something that makes so much sense.
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    roger got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins 1, Guardians 0: Devin Smeltzer Throws 6 Shutout Innings and the Bullpen Holds on   
    Wasn't that long ago when the Twins had three solid starting prospects, Smeltzer, Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe.  Always thought Thorpe was the most talented with the most upside.  Dobnak was such a good story, as was Smeltzer.  Dobber got off to that really good first couple months, while Thorpe seemed to find ways to disappoint.  Meanwhile, Smeltzer just seemed to do well when he had an opportunity, yet, always seemed to be the odd man out.
    Here we are a couple years later and Smeltzer is standing out as the man.  Couldn't be happier for him and hope like heck he can keep it up for the rest of the year, and beyond.  
    Don't know what the future holds for Dobber,,,,,,,,just happy that he will be getting a nice check for what was it, five years.  Expect he and his wife will be set for life, happy for them.  As for Thorpe, don't have a clue where he is.  Does anyone know?
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    roger reacted to Shaitan in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    I think the real debate here is:
    Is Miranda a top prospect or an "average" prospect?
    The OP, for example, compares Miranda to Lewis. I do not see Miranda at that level.
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    roger got a reaction from DocBauer in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    I liked your post, Doc.  And then I read your last sentence.  Can I like it twice?  And thanks for bringing me a good smile.
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    roger got a reaction from chpettit19 in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    I liked your post, Doc.  And then I read your last sentence.  Can I like it twice?  And thanks for bringing me a good smile.
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    roger reacted to Mike Sixel in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Who is your SS next year? Because you don't keep CC and sign two big time players, probably not even one. Why do we think the other teams won't be better next year, but the twins will? If a team that is on pace for ninety wins isn't going to try to win, why will next year's team? 
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    roger reacted to DocBauer in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    It's not Miranda on pace for 126 games played. It's the way in which he's being used for that 126 games that is being called in to question, IMO. 
    I like Urshela a lot. I've seen him fail to make a few plays, but not that many. And I love the big time, standout plays he's made. And his bat is solid. Not great, but solid. And he seems well liked and a good guy. 
    But Miranda is a top prospect. He has a much better bat and is actually part of the future. I'm all in favor of his continuing to learn and play 1B for roster construction and flexibility, but how does a top prospect develop and show how good they can be when they don't hardly play their primary position?
    Again, I like Urshela. If he can fit roster wise, I'd like to have him for 2023 playing across the infield, (though I know he's limited in experience at 1B/2B). But he's not good enough, special enough, part of the future probably, to just take up 90% of the time at 3B ahead of a top prospect who can only get better when allowed to do so.
    Don't even get me started on the catcher at DH scenario 
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    roger reacted to old nurse in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    In the opening paragraphs the OP seems to think that Miranda is not playing much and the loyal fans do not dispute it. It could have meant that he only plays a few games a week at third base, but I am not inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. The Twins have seen Miranda play for 6 years. They have an idea of what his ceiling is as a fielder. 
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    roger reacted to old nurse in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Miranda has played in 19 out of 23 games, starting 16 of them. Miranda has not sat an inordinate amount  of games. 
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    roger reacted to Mike Sixel in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Wowsers. The dude is on pace to play 126 games, if he had been up all year, and people think he's not playing enough....
    Arraez should be the DH and Kiriloff the first baseman. That leaves third base on a regular basis. I don't love Gio, but I'm not sure if Miranda is any better or not. I am not sure I understand the certainty of so many here that Miranda would be better. This is a playoff caliber team, and people want to insert an unknown at third full time? 
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    roger reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    Can't agree with you on the rookie thing. The current Twins are not a playoff team. Cleveland just proved that. And a team doesn't "improve" by keeping average players in the lineup when it has rookies that may be better. But the only way you can prove a rookie can do a better than average job, is to play them. A lot. And give them all the chances in the world to play at the position they have been trained for at the level of competition you need them to play at. If you have to play them at a new position, then its only fair to cut them some slack while they adapt instead of immediately condemning their performance and ruling them a disaster.
    I've been preaching all year that this season is for the Twins to kick the tires on their prospects if they want to be a playoff team next season. Witness the negative effect  the absence of Sano and Donaldson has had. None. Yet the 2022 team is better than the 2021 team because getting rid of those two made room for Arraez and the rookies. Yeah, the rookies will make mistakes, but that's how rookies learn. And if they get enough playing time this year, they won't be rookies next season.
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    roger reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    I have the same optimism. Gio has done an okay job at 3rd in my opinion but he's not the future answer for the Twins. Miranda will be an upgrade, if he gets playing time at 3rd this year. At the major league level. He has nothing left to prove in the minors. Use him or lose him.
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    roger reacted to Karbo in Jose Miranda Deserves a Shot   
    The simple solution is to stop using Sanchez and his ;ow 200's avg as a DH. Rotate between Miranda, Urshela, Arraez, AK, Larnach, and Kepler. Theres plenty of AB's to be had and a way to get some guys a day off their feet here and there.
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