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  1. On 1/8/2022 at 10:04 AM, wabene said:

    One thing no one is mentioning is didn't Martin have some nagging injury? A wrist? If so that could explain the power drop similar to what we saw with Kirilloff.

    Yes, that’s why I’m not throwing him into the Arraez pile yet. Hopefully his wrist doesn’t become a multi-year thing that leads to surgery like Kirilloff’s did. 

  2. On 1/6/2022 at 11:43 AM, tony&rodney said:

    I don't either, yet he struggled in 2019 because that is what young players often do. I am hopeful that Miranda can take the adjustments he made last season into MLB this year.

    Rortvedt is a catcher though and the bar is significantly lower, especially if they are good with a glove and Rortvedt has a good glove. If he can duplicate his St. Paul numbers or come close, he would be quite useful. Catchers need to be looked at differently. There simply isn't any other position in baseball similar to it.

    I agree with that. For me his bar is Butera. I think he has a better bat than Butera, not enormously better but better. If he becomes a successful backup for 10+ years then he will have at least met that Butera bar. 

  3. On 1/5/2022 at 12:21 AM, tony&rodney said:

    A miracle like Jose Miranda? Rortvedt did ok in St. Paul; he was competent there. He hasn't projected to hit but the exposure and experience gained last year was eye opening for him and like Miranda and others a simple adjustment applied may bring results. This will be an interesting year for both Rortvedt and Miranda.

    I guess I don’t see Miranda as that much of a miracle? Miranda was Arraez with a little more power before 2021. Now he’s Arraez with a lot more power, which I hope continues. 

    It’s easier to teach a guy who has good plate discipline to hit for power, but it is not easy to teach a guy with power to have good plate discipline. Unfortunately for Rortvedt he’s not a power or plate discipline guy. 

  4. On 12/18/2021 at 7:44 PM, Mark G said:

    I just have one question:  what makes everyone on this site (no offense intended) think Ryan and Ober are locks, and we need to find 3 starting pitchers?  I wouldn't consider any of the young pitchers we have on the roster right now a "lock" going into '22; none of them has enough innings behind them to know if the league has started to get a book on them or not and how far into a season they can go from the beginning.  I sure hope they pan out, I am rooting for them and I like their style, but I am not counting on anything and we better have a plan C, D, and maybe even E.  

    I think a lot of us are saying they are locks because if they aren’t the Twins still need to sign/trade for 4 SP which I absolutely do not see happening. 

    I can see them signing/trading for 1-2, not 4. The reason Ober and Ryan are the two names brought up is because of what they have shown so far. They are both ready to be in the bigs.  There are no guarantees that they won’t have setbacks but I believe in them way more than I believe in Bundy who has only had one good season (2020) in his career 

  5. On 10/9/2021 at 9:07 AM, mikelink45 said:

    There is something that impacts the central teams when they get into the post season and maybe it is the fact that they are not hardened by the competition during the season.   

    I agree 100 percent. The White Sox aren’t any different from the Twins when it comes to results the last few seasons. They play really well vs the bad teams and are mediocre against teams that are actually good. 

    I was shocked when they actually won one last night. I’m not sure it happens again. There really needs to be a more balanced schedule so the Twins and other ALC teams can see if they are truly for real each year or just pretending. 

  6. As is, no. I think Ryan and Ober need to be in the rotation next year guaranteed which means Ryan needs to be up ASAP. 

    How they do in FA and trades will be more important than ever since they need so many pitchers. They need to go hard after guys who are way more than 4/5’s. My top choices are Rodon and Ray. Getting one of them would be a good start. I prefer both, but trying to be as realistic as I can. Trade for someone else (Means? Pablo Lopez?). Hard to know who would be available and seems to be slim pickings on the bad teams. 

    I’m against signing guys who are 4/5 types next year. The Twins have had horrible health luck with their pitchers this year (I’m sure it’s the same for most teams) but I think they’ll have more than enough minors depth to handle 1-2 spots next year if something happens to Ober or Ryan. Too many injuries and it’ll turn into a lost season anyway so no reason to keep trying to waste money on the next Shoemaker/Bailey/Perez etc. So many of their attempts to just fill the rotation have backfired. Pineda has been the best one in recent years. I’d rather they take all that money they’d want to spend on three SP and spend it on one or two really good ones. 

  7. I’d be okay if the Twins gave him a Wheeler contract. Too much more than that would probably not be great. 

    The way I see it, the Twins will probably need 3 SP and 3 RP next year. Two can be filled internally (Ober and Cano?) but the rest they may have to look at FA. If they have the same success rate as this past offseason then they aren’t going anywhere next year either. I can get behind trading Berrios, if needed, though I like him. Better that than him walking for nothing. 

  8. On 5/29/2021 at 12:04 PM, MN_ExPat said:

    Hey Seth, 

    Somewhat off topic I guess, but you mentioned Landon Leach at the start of the article as a former teammate of Julien.  I thought I had heard that he was no longer with the organization, and BA has no stats listed after 2018.  Is that the case?  Hadn't heard anything more.

    I’m not Seth, obviously but I believe he missed all of 2019 with a shoulder injury. Not sure what’s happening with it now but we know shoulder injuries are terrible for pitchers. He’s still listed as in the Twins org on the MiLB site


    On this date in 2019 the Washington Nationals were 14-21 with the worst bullpen in all of baseball.  They went on to win the World Series.

    That is the exception. I heard somewhere, can’t remember where, that before the Nats did that...the last time a team started as bad as the Nats did and won the WS was 1914. So I wouldn’t count on it...

  10. White Sox: Contender. Two to three of their starters will regress but the rotation will still be good especially if they give Kopech more starts. Their hitting has been good but less power than I’d expect so far. If they increase the power they could be the 2020 version of the Twins.


    Indians: Their pitching has been Bieber and not much else no matter what Civale’s ERA says. Hitting is bad but I think it will improve. If the rotation keeps this up they won’t even be a .500 team at the end of the year and we’ll have nothing to envy anymore.


    Royals: average to slightly above average pitching (mostly three starters) combined with average offense. I can easily see them being .500 and maybe even better than that.


    Tigers: 100 losses


    Twins: Average pitching at best (someone stop using a Maeda voodoo doll). Average hitting if they’re  lucky. Buxton, Cruz, Arraez and Donaldson are carrying the team and if they’re not hitting then the team won’t win. Looks like a .500 team unless Maeda goes back to normal..not even 2020, just normal Maeda and other guys start hitting. 


    Has it been reported anywhere how many Twins players and staff chose not to get vaccinated?

    This statement says majority, but on the telecast last week, it was mentioned that it was less than 85% of the team required to change/ease some of the restrictions.

    Gleeman said they are at 82%. He may have been quoting Dan Hayes, that part I don’t remember specifically but that’s the number coming from the Athletic reporters. 

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