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    dbminn reacted to jokin in Santana's Defense   
    Just say it, if you mean it.   Are you calling for Escobar to take over at short?   (Esco had his own flub in LF tonight).   If so, are you calling for Santana to be sent down, or sent out to CF?   His bat has been gradually coming to life after his 0-12 start to the season-   .924 OPS in his last 5 games before tonight. 
     
    What I'm saying, is that there are going to be tradeoffs during this apprenticeship/trial period, and the Twins have to find out if Santana is a long/intermediate-term answer at SS.
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    dbminn reacted to DocBauer in Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/30): The Stars Shine Bright   
    Very happy to see Hicks hot and reportedly making plays in the OF. I think he's right where he should be and needs to be for now, especially considering the past couple of seasons and his new leg kick. I just hope the Twins can resist brining him up too soon by either making a trade or getting Sam Fuld-like fortunate on the waiver wire again.
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    dbminn reacted to IndyTwinsFan in Article: Can Kennys Vargas Make The Adjustment?   
    I think that some time in Rochester might be in order.   At his age and level of experience, that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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    dbminn reacted to Shane Wahl in Article: Short Change?   
    Escobar has yet to spell Dozier, and both Vargas and Mauer will get days off soon (Arcia to DH, etc.) so that part of the issue won't come into play yet. They should stick with Santana at the leadoff spot playing SS for two more weeks before making any changes. 
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in J O Berrios   
    Correct. Berrios shows that the Twins aren't afraid to push players who not only put up numbers, but they're getting people out with their pitches in the strike zone. He's 20. Won't be 21 for a month.
     
    I tweeted earlier tonight that I do think that Berrios could be OK in the big leagues now, maybe a 4.50 ERA, though probably a little higher. But, the Twins - and we (fans) - want him to be better than OK. He's still learning and developing. They'll move him up appropriately.
     
    And Hu started last year in Extended Spring Training. He moved up to E-Town to start their season and after three starts moved up to Cedar Rapids. He only made 8-9 starts with the Kernels and they still pushed him up to Ft. Myers this year. 
     
    Lewis Thorpe was in Cedar Rapids last year, and he was younger than both of them. If not for his injury, he'd probably be in Ft. Myers. Ditto for Fernando Romero. 
     
    The only, Twins promote guys too slow thing just isn't factual at all anymore. Maybe never really was.
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    dbminn reacted to nytwinsfan in Article: When Is It Time To Take Action?   
    Totally agreed, except for Gibson, who I think should be given a much longer leash.
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    dbminn reacted to HitInAPinch in Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/10): Pitching and Polanco   
    Sliders are what separates the men from the boys :-)
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from glunn in Nolasco to have MRI   
    From Gleeman at NBC Sports:
     
    "Last season Ricky Nolasco pitched horribly for two months before finally admitting to the Twins that he was playing through an injury, so when he had a rough 2015 debut Wednesday afternoon I joked on Twitter that they should save time and simply ask him if he’s hurt again.
     
    Turns out it wasn’t really a joke. Nolasco revealed that he felt pain in his elbow three batters before leaving the loss to Detroit and is now headed back to Minnesota to undergo an MRI exam..."
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Article: 2015 Chattanooga Lookouts Roster Preview   
    I think that's a lot of assumptions. We don't know. I don't know that Buxton woudl be better than Schafer right now. In fact, I don't think that would be the case right away. A big K guy like Sano who is just coming off of a missed season? I don't think he'd be better than Plouffe in 2015. Berrios? Meyer? Will they be better than Pelfrey and Nolasco? Probably. But not necessarily in 2015. 
     
    Double-A is a TOUGH level. AAA is tough too. Let them go through the steps. Rosario hit .237 in AA last year and he hit .230-something in the spring... I don't think he'd be better than SChafer right now.
     
    Of course, I believe they will be better, but not yet. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from birdwatcher in Article: 2015 Chattanooga Lookouts Roster Preview   
    Chattanooga has an incredible AA roster and Rochester has fine AAA pitching staff. That being said, don't confuse potential with current ability. The combined team would be soundly defeated by the Twins...right now.  Next year at this time, it should be a different story.
     
    This is the year when prospects separate from suspects, when call-ups will bring a bit of fun to a fifth year of 90 losses. The young guys will get their feet wet, ready to compete next year.
     
    You can say they're a year behind the Astros with call-ups but they are not a year behind in performance (the Astros won only 70 games as well). I say they are a year behind the Cubs. I expect spring training next year to have several dogfights for roster positions, just like happened in Chicago this year. And, like in Chicago, we will again find some hope for the future.
     
    So here's to a successful first half to Chattanooga's season. And a hopeful second half to all the players that move to AAA and the majors!
      
     
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from eLee612 in Article: 2015 Chattanooga Lookouts Roster Preview   
    Chattanooga has an incredible AA roster and Rochester has fine AAA pitching staff. That being said, don't confuse potential with current ability. The combined team would be soundly defeated by the Twins...right now.  Next year at this time, it should be a different story.
     
    This is the year when prospects separate from suspects, when call-ups will bring a bit of fun to a fifth year of 90 losses. The young guys will get their feet wet, ready to compete next year.
     
    You can say they're a year behind the Astros with call-ups but they are not a year behind in performance (the Astros won only 70 games as well). I say they are a year behind the Cubs. I expect spring training next year to have several dogfights for roster positions, just like happened in Chicago this year. And, like in Chicago, we will again find some hope for the future.
     
    So here's to a successful first half to Chattanooga's season. And a hopeful second half to all the players that move to AAA and the majors!
      
     
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from birdwatcher in Article: Embracing Substance Over Style   
    Two issues:
     
    Platoon, the problem is not the Twins players who are dependable, it is those who are not. We were three starting pitchers short of a dependable rotation and two or three outfielders short of a dependable defense. That is why the Twins lost 90 games last year.
     
    The bigger concern for me is Ryan's vision of the team: Does he see a competitive team this year or one that is building for the near future?
     
    Moving Danny Santana to short looks to the future. Not acquiring a solid defensive centerfielder seems to be part of a long-term plan. Signing Ervin Santana, Duensing and Stauffer looks like a short-term program.
     
    PS - I actually view the one-year Hunter contract as part of the long-term plan because he can mentor two outfielders that don't play consistent defense and do not have enough quality at-bats. (Obviously, Arcia is farther along than Hicks but he still gives away too many swings, especially against quality pitching). Unlike Santana and Nolasco, Hunter will be done by the time the prospects are ready.
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    dbminn reacted to stringer bell in Article: Embracing Substance Over Style   
    Another well-written piece, John. I share your mixed feelings about SS/CF.
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    dbminn reacted to USAFChief in Impact of Defense   
    Because we can be absolutely positive it's not the measurement system?
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    dbminn got a reaction from Siehbiscuit in Article: TD Top Prospects: #7 Jorge Polanco   
    A team needs players that can play multiple positions to compete. Polanco will add to the Twins positional flexibility, taking either 2B or SS . Santana should be used the same way. Here are a couple of lineups showing possible flexibility:
     
    Start of This Year:
     
    OF - Arcia, Santana/Hicks, Hunter
    IF -  Plouffe, Escobar/Santana, Dozier, Mauer
     
    By Middle of Next Year:
     
    OF - Rosario/Santana, Buxton/Santana, Arcia
    IF - Plouffe/Sano, Polanco/Santana, Dozier/Polanco, Mauer
     
    Someone will either get injured, traded or not pan out as an everyday player. Letting Polanco and Santana play multiple positions will give the Twins needed depth and flexibility until everything is settled.
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    dbminn got a reaction from shs_59 in Article: TD Top Prospects: #7 Jorge Polanco   
    A team needs players that can play multiple positions to compete. Polanco will add to the Twins positional flexibility, taking either 2B or SS . Santana should be used the same way. Here are a couple of lineups showing possible flexibility:
     
    Start of This Year:
     
    OF - Arcia, Santana/Hicks, Hunter
    IF -  Plouffe, Escobar/Santana, Dozier, Mauer
     
    By Middle of Next Year:
     
    OF - Rosario/Santana, Buxton/Santana, Arcia
    IF - Plouffe/Sano, Polanco/Santana, Dozier/Polanco, Mauer
     
    Someone will either get injured, traded or not pan out as an everyday player. Letting Polanco and Santana play multiple positions will give the Twins needed depth and flexibility until everything is settled.
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    dbminn got a reaction from birdwatcher in Article: TD Top Prospects: #7 Jorge Polanco   
    A team needs players that can play multiple positions to compete. Polanco will add to the Twins positional flexibility, taking either 2B or SS . Santana should be used the same way. Here are a couple of lineups showing possible flexibility:
     
    Start of This Year:
     
    OF - Arcia, Santana/Hicks, Hunter
    IF -  Plouffe, Escobar/Santana, Dozier, Mauer
     
    By Middle of Next Year:
     
    OF - Rosario/Santana, Buxton/Santana, Arcia
    IF - Plouffe/Sano, Polanco/Santana, Dozier/Polanco, Mauer
     
    Someone will either get injured, traded or not pan out as an everyday player. Letting Polanco and Santana play multiple positions will give the Twins needed depth and flexibility until everything is settled.
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    dbminn got a reaction from jimmer in Article: What Happened To Joe Mauer?   
    Back spasms early in the season. Oblique injury early in July. It's no wonder Mauer had trouble pulling the ball. Mauer hit much better after he healed (125 WRC+ during the second half).  
     
    Mauer had good seasons in 2012 and 2013. It's all a matter of health.
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    dbminn reacted to Steve Lein in Keith Law's Top 100   
    He wasn't ranked, may have just missed. But I do agree it seems a bit stubborn after last year. I think he sees him as (and I do too) a poor man's Yordano Ventura, who he had at #50 going into last year and he voiced the same height and FB plane issues with.
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    dbminn reacted to cmb0252 in Keith Law's Top 100   
    Twins questions from his chat:
    Lots of people in MN think Stewart is a bust b/c of his low strike out totals. Can you calm them down?
    Klaw (1:48 PM)
     
    That's stupid. He's barely out of HS and was as much a thrower as a pitcher when he was drafted. I think the Twins have already done a hell of a job with him.
     
    Correa breaks his leg, loses a season and climbs in the rankings but Sano loses a season and gets dropped 10 spots? What gives?
    Klaw (1:48 PM)
     
    Correa didn't lose a season. Try again.
     
    I'm hoping you're wrong on Berrios, although 97th isn't necessarily awful. He looked pretty darn good against older competition in the Futures Game and WBC. Being a fly ball type of guy at Target Field can't hurt right?
    Klaw (1:59 PM)
     
    I don't think being a flyball guy is a good thing unless you're in Petco or AT&T Park. And Berrios' fastball is going to get squared up.
     
    Is Max Kepler completely out of time at this point to become a viable major leaguer?
    Klaw (2:02 PM)
     
    No, not at all. I think he's a big leaguer in some form, but to be an everyday player his BP power must show up in games.
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    dbminn reacted to DAM DC Twins Fans in Article: Center Of Attention   
    I agree.  Long-term--our plan has to be Buxton in CF.  We all hope it happens this summer.  Until then, hold down the fort with Santana in CF and Esco at SS and Hicks in Rochester.  Only bring Hicks up for one LAST chance if Santana regression is huge and Hicks is doing it in Rochester.
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    dbminn reacted to Dman in Article: Center Of Attention   
    IIRC wasn't Hicks having trouble from the left side.  Based on what happens in spring training I am thinking the Twins will Platoon Hicks and Schaeffer in center.   That way they can find out what both players bring to the team.  Should build trade value for two players instead of one as well.  
     
    Santana needs to win that shortstop position otherwise how do they get his bat and speed into the game?  If he isn't good enough defensively then maybe they make a change and let him play center.  I would like to see Escobar play short this year as I think he can build trade value if he does, but he looks like the odd man out in this scenario and back to a utility role.  That is my two cents.
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    dbminn reacted to Craig Arko in Article: One Man's Opinion: Tovar Snubbed Again   
    Agree 100%. Pepe was great.
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    dbminn got a reaction from glunn in Article: Who Should Be In Line For Fifth Starter Spot?   
    Seth, I think Phil Hughes had an impact on May's improvement as well. Is that a decent read? (Hughes also thanked Anderson for his help)
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    dbminn got a reaction from glunn in Article: Who Should Be In Line For Fifth Starter Spot?   
    May as 5th starter, Meyer in the bullpen, where he can learn to be aggressive and throw strikes.
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