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  1. Looks like Adam Brett Walker II might have found a home after being DFA'd 4 times in 3 months. Still doing ABW things - Leading Braves in RBI and XBH's, but striking out less lately. 2 Walkoffs this Spring. http://m.mlb.com/atl/video/topic/26663334/v1246089583/detatl-walker-gives-braves-win-with-walkoff-single/?c_id=atl Just glad somebody has given him a chance even if it is ST. Go Twins
  2. I think most people on the board agree with you. It would be a first in his career (stat line) however. But if you wish it hard enough - it might come true. I only know what I've seen and that stat line you proposed has yet to happen. So maybe? I'll bet on the "at least" 25 home run totals and 100+ rbi totals and 200 strikeout totals he's produced EVERY year on average. Maybe this is the year he won't be able to tap into that power and production. Maybe? - His lack of contact and SO's haven't kept his respective teams from having 80 win seasons and him being the teams leading run producer. So maybe, this is the year his SO's cost his team from scoring more runs than most other teams. Maybe this is finally that year. History shows..........................Balboni, Phelps, Deer, etc. so we will go by that history and play it safe with a Top 5 pick again. I know how my maybe's have turned out (80+ wins) Lol
  3. Hey the kid is playing baseball is all I know. Anything can happen from there. Crazy part is we are talking about a guy who just left the worst team in baseball and got DFA'd off the 40 man (Twins). 3 teams actually picked him up and now he has a chance to impress a new employee. Go figure. It's not like the Twins performed better by keeping Walker off the MLB roster. Like all lost prospects - Maybe a new voice helps with development. We will see how Buxton, Kepler, Rosario, and Vargas progress this spring with a new hitting coach. I pray well.
  4. Really, because I thought the Braves only had three outfielders on their 40 man roster. I imagine ABW will have one of the corner outfield spots opposite their up and coming star Peterson. I've been wrong before, but that is my guess. Just glad to see ABW has been wanted over the off season. 40 man or no 40 man, he will have to produce to make any team. We will see which team performs better at the end of 2017 I guess.
  5. Justin Haley Rule 5 pick up vs ABW II = 2 for 2 with a HR and 3 RBI (I know RBI don't count). Must not be an MLB caliber pitcher - Lol (now that's funny) That was a joke. I hope Haley pitches well. Laugh people. My money is on Duffey as our breakout candidate - Lol
  6. My Breakout guy last year won an AAA MVP and then got released (Lol) I might be a jinx, but I'm going with Niko Goodrum for 2017. He will be a better version of Santana.
  7. Since we are talking about first: First player in MN Twins history to be selected Organizational All-Star (by the organization itself) for 4 consecutive seasons and be waived immediately following selection. MLB Pitching will destroy him? Maybe it was all that bad AAAA pitching that held him back. .Just a thought - I know the comeback comment will be "he is the first to eclipse 200 strikeouts". I would respond with "Rochester's first 80 win season this millennium". On a AAA team that made 60+ transactions this year alone. But this board is talking (1) strikeouts and (2) who to pick with 1st pick in draft. 2013 - First Twins affiliate to have best record in minor leagues during a season. 2014 - Ft. Myers Miracle first ever league Championship 2015 - Chattanooga Lookout first ever league Championship 2016 - Rochester Red Wings first 80 win season in 20 years 2016 - First AAA Team MVP on the 40 man roster not to get called up (EVER) Mr. First?
  8. But a 32% K rate and a .221 BA by Chris Davis can earn you a $161 million dollar contract. Sometimes it just takes the right team to want to take that chance with you. I also wonder why everyone takes an All American collegiate 1st baseman and crucifies him for being an average to below average outfielder. Walker was an exceptional 1st baseman in college, but considered too athletic to be stuck at the position. Hopefully he's with an organization that thinks outside the box and can utilize his multiple skill set. I would bet that you have never seen Walker play defense either while drawing your above conclusion.
  9. Couldn't do worse than we did last year when ABW didn't play - Lol 186 SO / 9 SB / 5 CS / BA .254 / OBP .327 - AA & AAA while an average Defender in Palka Palka had a .232 BA & .296 OBP in AAA with a 38.6% SO rate yet looked at as a replacement for Rosario. Lol - Oh and a 8.1 BB rate in AAA 25 SO / 5 SB / 3 CS / BA .319 / OBP .343 - AAA Rosario 91 SO / 5 SB / 2 CS / BA .269 / OBP .295 - MLB Rosario Only in Minnesota would fans want Palka over a MUCH MUCH better defender in Rosario Somebody would have to explain that to me someday. 202 SO / 7 SB / 4 CS / BA .243 / OBP .305 - This guy [ABW] doesn't have a chance in hell to make it in the MLB though because he struck out at a lower 38.0% rate in AAA with a higher 8.3 BB rate in AAA than the above mentioned Palka. One guy is a replacement for Rosario and the other guy doesn't have a chance at ever making it in the MLB. Honest assessment is why exactly? Palka has a stronger arm than Walker, but is nowhere near the defender of Walker in the OF. According to Rochester manager Mike Quade. All that being said - Neither player should be a replacement for Rosario - PERIOD!
  10. You're talking WAR and we have the 1st pick in the draft - LOL - Oh that's right ABW didn't play on that team, so we can't drag his bad play into those results. We love our OBP statistic as that go to predictor for success, but Joe Mauer fails to score every year because those other guys behind him DO NOT DRIVE IN RUNS. We suck because we don't have a guy on the team who can drive in 100 runs EVERY year. The good teams have that or at least several people who are close (80+). The second best RBI player on the Twins had 66 - LOL. We'll see if RBI's matter moving forward with new management. NOTE - We talk about strikeouts - But the Twins sucked this year because they were the ONLY team in the AL who DID NOT have at least 2 players with 70 RBI on their team. The team with the most Runs wins every time! But let's talk about WAR - LOL or let's blame the pitching. A team with no role players and no production fixtures will lose most nights. Joe Mauer is one of the greatest hitters of his generation and averages 68 runs a year and 61 RBI a year over 13 seasons. Must be all those high OBP guys hitting behind him and in front of him. 3 playoff appearances in 13 years because he never had enough help (Producers). Team with the most runs wins every time.
  11. As bad as he is professed to be - He never played on a team with a winning percentage below .550. I would have kept him as a good luck charm if nothing else. Might not be all approach, but intent often controls approach and helps with recognition. Not doing too much helps with contact. "Approach"
  12. I have no problem disagreeing with an organization that just EARNED the first pick in the draft. Justification on Walker being placed on waivers would hold more water if this were an organization that made better decisions overall. New management = New Decisions - Time will tell I guess? At least Walker was claimed by a playoff team this time. The Orioles can afford to take more chances with players, than a team with 100 loses. The Twins have less room for error in their decision making and need to go with the more sure thing IMO (if there is such a thing). Change of scenery is good for both parties. Here's to the Twins pulling a Colorado University (Worst to First). And here's to Walker learning how to do his Chris Davis impersonation at the MLB level. Maybe he'll be on a team that actually believes in situational hitting and forces him to act accordingly. That just doesn't happen in the Twins minor league system. I agree that Walker has never changed his approach while with the Twins, but I also agree that he was never asked to do so. Never benched for poor approach, Never chastised for poor approach, His reward was playing in more games than any player in the Twins system over the last 4 years. When and how does an organization get changed results if they continue to reward a poor approach? Please help me understand how the player is the only one with flaws in this equation?
  13. Your theory is possible, but you know what they say when you ass u me - He's never had an OBP below .300 despite assumptions he would at every level. It's also crazy that ABW II may someday go into the: Cedar Rapid Kernels HOF for his 2013 season accomplishments (League MVP w/27 HR & 109 RBI & best overall record in minor league baseball that season) Chattanooga Lookout HOF for his 2015 season accomplishments (breaking HR & RBI franchise records [1930 - pressent] while winning league AA championship in Twins 1st full year affiliation with Chattanooga) Waived without a sniff/cup of coffee - The Twins ASSUMED wrong IMO
  14. May be he stays on 40 man in Baltimore? ABW II won't be able to do "it" at the next level, might actually become a fact someday. Just hasn't happened yet. Always produced. Always. Has been on a winning team at every level in the Twins system. Except the actual Twins. #NoCallUp (1) Will never hit for power against MLB pitching despite hitting for power at every level. (Avg. 27HR/per season) (2) Guaranteed to have low OBP at MLB despite never being below .305 at any level. (3) Will never curb SO's despite having a SO rate of 20% under different hitting coach in past. Maybe Chris Davis can teach ABW how to succeed with his SO approach - Lol #PlayoffBound #JustWinBaby #TimeWillTell #Faith #Pressure=Opportunity
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