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  1. Kirilloff was playing 1B last night, but he is in LF tonight.
  2. Edman was drafted as a shortstop out of college, and also started 231 games at SS in the minors. He’s well established as a MLB hitter too.
  3. In fairness to Smeltzer, I'm guessing most players feel the same, even if some chose different words to express themselves.
  4. Reports I've heard from the minors is that no one really notices the clock itself, and there's no buzzer that I am aware of. There is a rule on the books already: Unfortunately, that rule only deals with half the equation: the pitcher. The batter is covered by a separate rule that doesn't have a specific time limit. Also, the pitcher rule doesn't say anything about when a runner is on base, which is 42.4% of pitches so far this season. It's not that umpires are lazy, but rather, trying to enforce these two separate rules at the same time in a consistent, subjective manner is virtually impossible without a clock.
  5. If nothing else, they probably have good refreshments!
  6. Per Cot's Baseball Contracts, Correa has a limited no-trade clause right now, which allows him to block deals to 5 teams. (The specific teams have not been disclosed.) If he doesn't opt out after the season, it becomes a full no-trade clause.
  7. Even the double negative of injury and demotion failed to slow the Twins this past week, and conversations in the TD forums kept pace. As foretold by both Macbeth and @mikelink45, Paddack was called to surgery and Lewis to St. Paul, but the Twins gained two series wins to stay in first place. The Twins Daily community discussed those moves and more. After being swept at home last week, @alexthegreat looked back and asked, What did we learn from the Astros series? Maybe just "win"? Too simple? How about, "don't not win"? Whatever the lesson, the Twins bounced back. @ScottyB looked ahead and called the Next 17 Games Crucial. Perhaps it's because the upcoming schedule is filled with non-contenders, or perhaps Commissioner Rob Manfred copied the Harlem Globetrotters' "four-point circle" and made these games worth double. Either way, there's an opportunity for the Twins to pad their division lead. Wins seem more frequent with our star centerfielder in the lineup, which prompted @stringer bell to discuss Handling Byron Buxton. Recommendations for the Twins ranged from the Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care" to protect Buxton, all the way to the Georgia Satellites "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" and let him play every day, in the first-ever Twins Daily forum thread fully translated into 1980s rock songs. Yogi Berra once allegedly said, "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." That's apparently not the case at the Twins ballpark, where "The Wave" looks pretty pitiful these days according to @strumdatjag's Rant on Empty Seats At Target Field. If you are one of the multitudes following from home, Twins Daily game threads are a wonderful substitute for authentic ballpark chatter (even featuring optional waves ). Finally, @wsnydes revived an old Twins ad campaign. No, not the Pete Redfern Miracle-Gro giveaway, but rather Get To Know 'Em - Twins Daily User Edition. Featuring introductions from new and old posters alike, you can take a break from ball and learn about the people behind the screens. After you introduce yourself, go ahead and ask a question or share an idea in forums. Unlike the Twins, contributors here are guaranteed not to be optioned to the minor league forum! View full article
  8. As foretold by both Macbeth and @mikelink45, Paddack was called to surgery and Lewis to St. Paul, but the Twins gained two series wins to stay in first place. The Twins Daily community discussed those moves and more. After being swept at home last week, @alexthegreat looked back and asked, What did we learn from the Astros series? Maybe just "win"? Too simple? How about, "don't not win"? Whatever the lesson, the Twins bounced back. @ScottyB looked ahead and called the Next 17 Games Crucial. Perhaps it's because the upcoming schedule is filled with non-contenders, or perhaps Commissioner Rob Manfred copied the Harlem Globetrotters' "four-point circle" and made these games worth double. Either way, there's an opportunity for the Twins to pad their division lead. Wins seem more frequent with our star centerfielder in the lineup, which prompted @stringer bell to discuss Handling Byron Buxton. Recommendations for the Twins ranged from the Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care" to protect Buxton, all the way to the Georgia Satellites "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" and let him play every day, in the first-ever Twins Daily forum thread fully translated into 1980s rock songs. Yogi Berra once allegedly said, "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." That's apparently not the case at the Twins ballpark, where "The Wave" looks pretty pitiful these days according to @strumdatjag's Rant on Empty Seats At Target Field. If you are one of the multitudes following from home, Twins Daily game threads are a wonderful substitute for authentic ballpark chatter (even featuring optional waves ). Finally, @wsnydes revived an old Twins ad campaign. No, not the Pete Redfern Miracle-Gro giveaway, but rather Get To Know 'Em - Twins Daily User Edition. Featuring introductions from new and old posters alike, you can take a break from ball and learn about the people behind the screens. After you introduce yourself, go ahead and ask a question or share an idea in forums. Unlike the Twins, contributors here are guaranteed not to be optioned to the minor league forum!
  9. Thanks! Some of the Chipper Jones parallels are great: - first overall pick, just like Lewis - per B-Ref, Jones exclusively played shortstop in the minors, as you note (even moreso than Lewis, apparently) - missed his entire expected rookie MLB season to a torn ACL (very similar to Lewis in 2021) - next year, had his rookie MLB season spring training shortened by a labor dispute (like Lewis 2022) - made the team as a rookie playing 3B and occasionally LF (Lewis 2022, now that Correa is back?) A difference was that Jones was a poor defensive shortstop, it appears -- 56 errors in his first full minor league season, followed by 32 and 43 the next two years. I don't know that he was ever expected to play shortstop in MLB, but the record suggests they were in no rush to convert him. And of course, the Braves won the World Series in Jones' rookie season. Hopefully that becomes another parallel with Lewis!
  10. Manny Machado played 2 games at 3B in the minors before he was called up to play the position every day in MLB. (And that was before widespread shifting, when 3B and SS had less overlap.) Yes, Manny Machado is/was a special talent -- but so is Lewis!
  11. No need to make him learn "2 or 3" new positions. 3B plus DH plus occasional SS is enough to have Lewis in the lineup almost everyday. And since we shift the 3B over to SS nearly 50% of the time anyway, 3B is more like half of a new position to Lewis. Seriously, though, the positions are pretty closely related in modern MLB.
  12. No third base for Lewis at all? I like the DH at-bats but I think they should be mixed with 3B to ease him in over there.
  13. Gordon is an interesting case. What is his role on this roster? Last year, Gordon made some sense -- we wanted to see what he could do, and Lewis was out, Simmons was underwhelming, Celestino was an unknown, etc. But now? There's no path to playing time for Gordon in the middle infield here, and while he has playing outfield with Larnach out, his bat is obviously miscast in the outfield, if not everywhere else -- 77 wRC+ last year, 78 this year. He's basically replacement level, 26 years old, and out of options. People talk about Lewis not having a position on the roster with Correa back, but Gordon is even more without a position, even before we activate Larnach, frankly.
  14. FYI, Larnach still hasn't started a rehab assignment, so we're unlikely to need a spot for him until Monday, at least.
  15. I mean, I'd send down Miranda right now for Correa. If they want to activate Larnach before Friday's game, probably send down Stashak then. Not that Stashak is bad, but he's 8th in the bullpen depth chart now, or 9th if you count Winder as a reliever rather than a 6th starter. Update: Larnach will be on a rehab assignment this weekend, so you don't have to decide the pitcher to send down until Monday. If they plan to start Smeltzer on Friday, he'd be an obvious candidate to option when activating Ober for Saturday or Sunday. Winder should be available again by Sunday if necessary.
  16. Good point on Ober. He threw 72 pitches for St. Paul on Sunday so I don't think he'd have to piggyback with anyone on his return this weekend.
  17. Smeltzer has 1 option year remaining -- he didn't spend enough time on optional assignment in 2020 to burn an option year.
  18. On the need for pitchers: we have an off day tomorrow, Duran hasn't thrown the past 3 days, Pagan and Smith haven't thrown the past 2 days. So we don't have an urgent need for pitchers right now. Looking ahead, with Bundy back, we have 6 starters including Winder. Winder just threw 78 pitches out of the pen last night, so he's going to be unavailable for a bit no matter what. If we don't want to option Winder right now, I think Smeltzer is on track to start Friday, and it could make sense to option him after that start. And we still have Stashak in the pen with options -- a big part of his utility right now is that he can be swapped out anytime for a fresh arm if we really need it.
  19. Wait a sec -- if Correa is banged up and taking DH reps, then that means there would be SS space for Lewis. But I doubt that Correa will see much time at DH (he has zero time there so far, and only 2 games in his entire MLB career to date). And even Buxton is getting full days off more than DH'ing -- just 6 starts there on the season, basically once a week.
  20. Here's some data on Twins defensive positioning. In 2022 so far per Statcast, 43.2% of our pitches have been thrown in front of a shifted defensive alignment, where the 3B lines up in the traditional shortstop position, while the SS is closer to the traditional 2B position. I'm guessing the Twins operate the St. Paul defense in a similar manner. So while he's been exclusively a shortstop, Lewis is already used to playing in multiple spots on the field -- and even playing 3B, he'd spend nearly half of his time in the traditional shortstop spot.
  21. The presence of Urshela and the composition of the rest of our roster should be a point in favor of keeping Lewis in MLB right now. We don't need Lewis to "move to 3B" as in immediately play 3B every day. Maybe every other day as his progress warrants, with the rest of his time at DH and 1 start a week or so at SS (remember Correa took scheduled off days before his injury). DH starts, last 2 weeks: Sanchez 7 Buxton 2 Polanco 1 Miranda 1 Garlick 1 Jeffers 1 Arraez 1 Larnach is due back, but he should primarily take over LF from Gordon. No reason Lewis can't take a big chunk of DH starts to keep his bat sharp while he transitions away from shortstop. And if you keep Lewis on the MLB roster, it's not permanent -- you can always change course later. If we sense he really needs more intense reps at 3B or the playing time just isn't there, you can send him down later. Dude's got a 162 OPS+ right now, with a HR and a double just last night.
  22. But isn't Lewis better than those guys? This isn't Sano to RF, or Arraez to 1B. And with shifting in the modern MLB game, playing SS and 3B have a lot more overlap than they have in the past.
  23. I understand that Lewis wasn't taking grounders at 3B all day in the AFL, but competitively, it was probably comparable to St. Paul now and I'm sure Lewis approached his 12 3B starts there professionally (it's not a position you want to go into unprepared!). And he won AFL MVP, so he wasn't affected negatively at the plate. I'd say an elite shortstop prospect, who's locked in at the plate, is precisely the kind of player who could expect to transition to a new position without too much difficulty.
  24. Foreshadowing the 21st century, the Twins blow a lead to the Yankees for the second consecutive night in this WCCO report. Trying to protect a 7-3 lead in the 7th, Twins pitchers Pete Filson and Curt Wardle each walk in a run before Wardle serves up a grand slam to Ken Griffey (not yet known as Sr.). Watch that day's full newscast here. Presented in partnership with TC Media Now.
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