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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Water on La Tortuga   
    I lean more toward Ted. I would get beat up this winter when I would mention names like Parmelee and Pinto in referring to Astudillo. 
     
    But I don't think it would require him to "entirely shift his approach." I don't think I would want that. And frankly, it's not realistic. The key is for him to understand where he can barrel up the baseball. That doesn't have to mean just in the strike zone. He''s not going to become Mitch Garver at the plate, ,and that's OK. But he just can't swing at everything.
     
    Eddie Rosario went through that struggle early in 2016 and got sent down. I talked to someone at that time and they said that Eddie's going to be aggressive ,and that can be OK IF he understands which pitches he can hit hard. Kirby Puckett was able to barrel up baseballs that weren't in the strike zone. Rosario can do the same. What Rosario has done successfully is tame down his approach enough to lay off a few more non-strikes that he just can''t' do anything with and crush pitches he can. 
     
    If Astudillo can do that he can be an OK backup catcher or fill that 25th man job that he started the season with. 
     
    The other thing is defense... it''s just not good. He's not a good defensive catcher at all. And that is easily his best defensive position. So on this current Twins roster where is he going to play consistently enough to make it worth it?
     
    C: Behind Garver and Castro.
    1B: Behind Cron, Gonzalez, Sano and Adrianza.
    3B: Behind Sano, Gonzalez and Adrianza
    OF: Behind the three starters and Gonzalez and Adrianza. 
     
    Hard to get at bats. But again, a nice luxury to have when he is hitting. But MLB pitchers are too good and they have adjusted to him. Like all MLB hitters, the onus is now on Astudillo to make the next adjustment... and that will determine what his career path will be.
     
    If he can make an adjustment, he can be that 25th man and #2 or #3 catcher. If not ,I know I don't want a pinch hitter who swings at the first pitch no matter where it's thrown. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Tomj14 in Water on La Tortuga   
    I lean more toward Ted. I would get beat up this winter when I would mention names like Parmelee and Pinto in referring to Astudillo. 
     
    But I don't think it would require him to "entirely shift his approach." I don't think I would want that. And frankly, it's not realistic. The key is for him to understand where he can barrel up the baseball. That doesn't have to mean just in the strike zone. He''s not going to become Mitch Garver at the plate, ,and that's OK. But he just can't swing at everything.
     
    Eddie Rosario went through that struggle early in 2016 and got sent down. I talked to someone at that time and they said that Eddie's going to be aggressive ,and that can be OK IF he understands which pitches he can hit hard. Kirby Puckett was able to barrel up baseballs that weren't in the strike zone. Rosario can do the same. What Rosario has done successfully is tame down his approach enough to lay off a few more non-strikes that he just can''t' do anything with and crush pitches he can. 
     
    If Astudillo can do that he can be an OK backup catcher or fill that 25th man job that he started the season with. 
     
    The other thing is defense... it''s just not good. He's not a good defensive catcher at all. And that is easily his best defensive position. So on this current Twins roster where is he going to play consistently enough to make it worth it?
     
    C: Behind Garver and Castro.
    1B: Behind Cron, Gonzalez, Sano and Adrianza.
    3B: Behind Sano, Gonzalez and Adrianza
    OF: Behind the three starters and Gonzalez and Adrianza. 
     
    Hard to get at bats. But again, a nice luxury to have when he is hitting. But MLB pitchers are too good and they have adjusted to him. Like all MLB hitters, the onus is now on Astudillo to make the next adjustment... and that will determine what his career path will be.
     
    If he can make an adjustment, he can be that 25th man and #2 or #3 catcher. If not ,I know I don't want a pinch hitter who swings at the first pitch no matter where it's thrown. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from luckylager in Why I'm Out On Craig Kimbrel   
    And as I keep saying... if the Red Sox have zero interest in him, that's all I need to know.
     
    And, while they may not be Kimbrel, guys like Morin, Harper, Adams, and Addison Reed remind us that high priced relievers don't have to be the answer.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Danchat in Why I'm Out On Craig Kimbrel   
    And as I keep saying... if the Red Sox have zero interest in him, that's all I need to know.
     
    And, while they may not be Kimbrel, guys like Morin, Harper, Adams, and Addison Reed remind us that high priced relievers don't have to be the answer.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from KGB in Why I'm Out On Craig Kimbrel   
    And as I keep saying... if the Red Sox have zero interest in him, that's all I need to know.
     
    And, while they may not be Kimbrel, guys like Morin, Harper, Adams, and Addison Reed remind us that high priced relievers don't have to be the answer.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from peterb18 in 2019 Minnesota Twins TV Broadcast Team   
    Kaat is incredible. He's like 82, had a long playing career and a long broadcasting career. He has an incredible eye for detail, and a memory and an ability to tell great stories. I really am looking foward to it.
     
    For me, Hunter was a lot like Tom Kelly. Kelly was great the first time he did it because he just talked. It seemed after that, he heard how much people enjoyed it and he tried to do too much and it was never the same. 
     
    Hunter was kind of fun the first time, but it was not good, and frankly, I always felt a little (lot?) uncomfortable wondering what he would say next.
     
    I think LaTroy and Roy are terrific. 
     
    And, I'm a big fan of Bremer. I thin he's very good at being able to let the color analyst shine. He knows this game and the team and the organization so well, but he lets the other guy get the glory. He sets up good questions to help. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from mikelink45 in Bullpen BS   
    I mean, they can only have 40 players on the roster... no sense in calling up guys like Molina (split the season between EST, ET and CR). Moran split the season between Low A and High A. Harper is a minor league journeyman. 
     
    I'd love to see Reed and Anderson, for sure, but again, service time has nothing to do with this at all. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from mikelink45 in Bullpen BS   
    Drake has put himself in good position to at least stay on the 40-man roster through the November additions. 
     
    Vasquez ... I mean, the service clock thing doesn't really matter. With Rogers and Moya ahead of him, he would likely start 2019 in Rochester (pending injury, etc.) The service time thing has nothing to do with Vasquez. But, he hasn't been used for more than a batter or two in any outing as he's getting adjusted to MLB. He's obviously staying on the 40 man roster, so they're just getting his feet wet while they are likely looking to make decisions on guys like Duffey, Busenitz, Drake, Magill, maybe Curtiss and others. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Danchat in Bullpen BS   
    I mean, they can only have 40 players on the roster... no sense in calling up guys like Molina (split the season between EST, ET and CR). Moran split the season between Low A and High A. Harper is a minor league journeyman. 
     
    I'd love to see Reed and Anderson, for sure, but again, service time has nothing to do with this at all. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Thrylos in 2018 Twins mid-season preliminary prospect list 1-60   
    Why the drop for Jose Miranda? He's been fantastic and is filled with potential?
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from mikelink45 in The Real Minnesota Twins   
    Man... Elijah Dukes... what an incredible talent... 
     
    But man... Elijah Dukes... what a non-good person... his Crime in Sports podcast episode was fascinating. 
     
    https://www.podcastone.com/crime-in-sports
     
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from howieramone2 in Another Big Move Coming for Minnesota?   
    For Gordon, the "service time" isn't an issue, at least not in my opinion. If he's up for 5 days, that's just five days of service time. The bigger issue to me is the usage of the option for five days. If it's going to be just 5-8 days, then they should go with Gregorio Petit. When Sano comes back, you DFA Petit (or Adrianza). 
     
    If we knew Sano would be out for 20-25 games and Gordon would play, then there is value in bringing him up.
     
    Then again, if the Twins call up Nick Gordon, I will be incredibly excited for him!
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Another Big Move Coming for Minnesota?   
    For Gordon, the "service time" isn't an issue, at least not in my opinion. If he's up for 5 days, that's just five days of service time. The bigger issue to me is the usage of the option for five days. If it's going to be just 5-8 days, then they should go with Gregorio Petit. When Sano comes back, you DFA Petit (or Adrianza). 
     
    If we knew Sano would be out for 20-25 games and Gordon would play, then there is value in bringing him up.
     
    Then again, if the Twins call up Nick Gordon, I will be incredibly excited for him!
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from lecroy24fan in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    I don't think sending a Rule 5 pick back to his original team is every an "egg on face" thing. It's the normal. Keeping Rule 5 picks is the unusual.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from howieramone2 in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    Last point... 
    I was "upset" about losing Bard and then picking Kinley at that time.
    But, at that time (late November), I think we all assumed that the offseason would take a much different route than it did. Obviously they intended to add veteran bullpen arms. They did. Obviously they decided to focus their 40-man roster spots on starting pitchers and they protected three starting pitchers and no relievers. I'm perplexed with those two takes why they would then take a similar, though not as good, reliever with their own Rule 5 pick, but they did. 
    I also think let's not judge too much on anyone's MLB debut. There are nerves. There was cold weather. Other factors. I mean, if we're going to give up on a guy after their MLB debuts, then why are we still high on Trevor May. Let''s give Kinley some time. Maybe he'll be OK. Maybe he'll stink. I know which one I think will happen, but maybe he can become a solid 6th inning guy, and if that's the case, it's a very successful Rule 5 pick regardless of the other situations surrounding it. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from howieramone2 in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    I don't think sending a Rule 5 pick back to his original team is every an "egg on face" thing. It's the normal. Keeping Rule 5 picks is the unusual.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from howieramone2 in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    This is my point, and I keep forgetting. Yes, they lost Bard and Burdi, which stunk, but they didn't' lose Reed, who I would guess if they did protect a RP on the 40-man, it would have been him. 
     
    What Kinley has that Chargois hasn't had to this point... durability. Of course, as others have mentioned, guys are durable until they're not, so that could always change. 
     
    I feel like I'm justifying the Kinley pick when I was probably most vocal about not understanding it. That's not my goal. Bard is one of my favorite people, and since he's been healthy, that spin rate and K-rate have been amazing. I just think that we're not privvy to all the information that the decision makers are, so there must be something. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from howieramone2 in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    The reality is that the Twins chose not to protect Bard or Burdi from the Rule 5 draft. I was as harsh on the Kinley selection when it happened for a couple of days, and for the very reasons you're mentioning (if you're going to select a hard-throwing RHP, why not just protect Bard?)... But that's the risk with every Rule 5. 
     
    My guess is that the Twins aren't terribly surprised by Bard's success. They've touted his spin rates the last couple of years. I have no idea why they didn't protect him, but I know it had nothing to do with Kinley. 
     
    As for Chargois, he's got options. They didn't have to keep him on the 25-man  roster regardless. That was just a weird DFAing, and weird timing, and it suggests something more. But again, I don't think there is a direct link between Kinley and Chargois. In all likelihood, I'm guessing Busenitz, Duffey and maybe even Curtiss were ahead of Chargois on the depth chart. 
     
    Moya's thrown like 2.1 innings or whatever. He probably would have gone to AAA to start the season if they hadn't been wise and "DLd" Hughes, allowing them to keep an extra reliever. 
     
    It's fun to mock and second guess everything. Like I've said, I do it too. But,, the reality is they've got a ton of RP depth and they clearly prioritized SP with their 40-man roster adds. It's hard to get too worked up about a Rule 5 pick. If they like and believe in Kinley's arm, they should keep him on the roster all year. If they question that, which they are free to, then they'll let him go back to the Marlins. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from bizaff in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    This is my point, and I keep forgetting. Yes, they lost Bard and Burdi, which stunk, but they didn't' lose Reed, who I would guess if they did protect a RP on the 40-man, it would have been him. 
     
    What Kinley has that Chargois hasn't had to this point... durability. Of course, as others have mentioned, guys are durable until they're not, so that could always change. 
     
    I feel like I'm justifying the Kinley pick when I was probably most vocal about not understanding it. That's not my goal. Bard is one of my favorite people, and since he's been healthy, that spin rate and K-rate have been amazing. I just think that we're not privvy to all the information that the decision makers are, so there must be something. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Danchat in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    I don't think sending a Rule 5 pick back to his original team is every an "egg on face" thing. It's the normal. Keeping Rule 5 picks is the unusual.
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Borealis in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    The reality is that the Twins chose not to protect Bard or Burdi from the Rule 5 draft. I was as harsh on the Kinley selection when it happened for a couple of days, and for the very reasons you're mentioning (if you're going to select a hard-throwing RHP, why not just protect Bard?)... But that's the risk with every Rule 5. 
     
    My guess is that the Twins aren't terribly surprised by Bard's success. They've touted his spin rates the last couple of years. I have no idea why they didn't protect him, but I know it had nothing to do with Kinley. 
     
    As for Chargois, he's got options. They didn't have to keep him on the 25-man  roster regardless. That was just a weird DFAing, and weird timing, and it suggests something more. But again, I don't think there is a direct link between Kinley and Chargois. In all likelihood, I'm guessing Busenitz, Duffey and maybe even Curtiss were ahead of Chargois on the depth chart. 
     
    Moya's thrown like 2.1 innings or whatever. He probably would have gone to AAA to start the season if they hadn't been wise and "DLd" Hughes, allowing them to keep an extra reliever. 
     
    It's fun to mock and second guess everything. Like I've said, I do it too. But,, the reality is they've got a ton of RP depth and they clearly prioritized SP with their 40-man roster adds. It's hard to get too worked up about a Rule 5 pick. If they like and believe in Kinley's arm, they should keep him on the roster all year. If they question that, which they are free to, then they'll let him go back to the Marlins. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    Last point... 
    I was "upset" about losing Bard and then picking Kinley at that time.
    But, at that time (late November), I think we all assumed that the offseason would take a much different route than it did. Obviously they intended to add veteran bullpen arms. They did. Obviously they decided to focus their 40-man roster spots on starting pitchers and they protected three starting pitchers and no relievers. I'm perplexed with those two takes why they would then take a similar, though not as good, reliever with their own Rule 5 pick, but they did. 
    I also think let's not judge too much on anyone's MLB debut. There are nerves. There was cold weather. Other factors. I mean, if we're going to give up on a guy after their MLB debuts, then why are we still high on Trevor May. Let''s give Kinley some time. Maybe he'll be OK. Maybe he'll stink. I know which one I think will happen, but maybe he can become a solid 6th inning guy, and if that's the case, it's a very successful Rule 5 pick regardless of the other situations surrounding it. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in The Kinley Conundrum is Coming for Twins   
    This is my point, and I keep forgetting. Yes, they lost Bard and Burdi, which stunk, but they didn't' lose Reed, who I would guess if they did protect a RP on the 40-man, it would have been him. 
     
    What Kinley has that Chargois hasn't had to this point... durability. Of course, as others have mentioned, guys are durable until they're not, so that could always change. 
     
    I feel like I'm justifying the Kinley pick when I was probably most vocal about not understanding it. That's not my goal. Bard is one of my favorite people, and since he's been healthy, that spin rate and K-rate have been amazing. I just think that we're not privvy to all the information that the decision makers are, so there must be something. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Jamie Cameron in Bullish - The Upside of the 2018 Bullpen   
    Ohhhh... Mean ASIATA joke!!
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from sploorp in HildenWho?   
    Just giving you a hard time... This is good, and Hildy is a great story. I enjoy hearing about 4-year college guys who make it, and Hildenberger was at Cal-Berkeley for 5 years. So it's a great thing. 
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