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Harrison Greeley III

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  1. His splits first time through the order last year weren't all that bad (if the ball stayed in the park) and then he was terrible after. I'm guessing they're going to do a John Gant type thing with him where you'd be surprised to see him come out for the 5th inning. It's basically Alex Colome money so maybe he'll even be moved to the pen for multi-inning jobs.
  2. A big part of the equation of Buxton's future I rarely see discussed is Buxton's national perception. Yesterday Bill James posted a Twitter poll of whether Buxton or Benintendi was more likely to still 'break out' despite their injuries. Completely missing the reality of Buxton's production from 2019 to 2021. Any time I talked baseball with a non-Twins baseball fan in the last 3 years and fawned over Buxton, there was a reception of pity and holding back a laugh at my future heartbreak whenever the next injury was to hit. And of course, the reaction frustratingly often wound up correct. The question I have is how do other front offices see him? What matters more, the massive talent or the uncertainty, especially with the CBA issues ahead? I'm inclined to believe he is valued more highly by the Twins fanbase relative to the national baseball fanbase. As unfair as I think it is, I think Buxton's health history has made him a punchline outside of Minnesota. I think if they shop him for a trade they will be lowballed and disappointed by the potential returns. And when he hits free agency he's going to be disappointed with the offers. Of course it'll only take one team to prove me wrong on this, so I can't even say it with a high degree of confidence.
  3. Cruz needs to do the right thing. He needs to sign with the White Sox and be a shadow of himself like a good Twins hall of famer.
  4. It has seemed apparent to me for the last 3 years that the front office sees a market inefficiency in prioritizing deliveries, particularly deliveries with deception. They want pitchers like Cody Stashak, Kenta Maeda, etc. Joe Ryan's unremarkable velocity that's extremely difficult for hitters to pick up is, what I would assume, this front office's Holy Grail. From there, after acquisition they can work on unlocking a couple extra MPH with Wes Johnson on his lower half biomechanical tutoring. It adds roster flexibility by cheaper to do it this way. Most other teams are understandably obsessed with velocity, so they're more willing to part with someone like Maeda or Ryan. It's a clever angle which worked well in 2019 and 2020. Intuitively, focusing less on velocity would theoretically lessen injury risks, but 2021 certainly does NOT back that idea up.
  5. Yep, the questions 'How does a team that was on the cutting edge of analysis and implementation of advanced data suddenly become one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball? And does that have anything to do with the fact that the most outspoken hitter on the substance topic is playing 3B?" have crossed my mind quite a few times this spring. I can't prove anything either way, so I can't/won't officially have that take. But I do wonder...
  6. Solid 'on the fence' on this one. There's nothing really wrong with your argument and the case made. On the other hand, I'm not so sure we need to think rebuild at this point. There is a ton of veteran talent and some impact rookies on the horizon, particularly on offense. The pitching is a mess, but probably a fixable mess. You can look at Berrios as a potential jackpot for a return, or you can look at him like a cheap upper-tier pitcher on a one year deal for 2022. If I didn't believe they could retool and bounce back in 2022, I'd be totally with the idea. But as it stands, I'd rather start thinking about how to fix the staff for next year. With a few tweaks they could be good again and having Berrios would help.
  7. I'm wondering if it's the new ball doing something to his command.
  8. He has been an All Star in the last 2 full seasons because he dominates the first half. We're not actually going to know if he's different until August where he has a career ERA of 5.57 and hitters slash .273/.353/.448 off of him. He's been Bizarro Johan Santana having his bad stretch late instead of early. If he avoids hitting the wall in the second half, then yes I'm ready to say he's found a new gear. I hope he has.
  9. Is it fair to give up on that slider that he came up with in Spring Training that was supposed to strike everyone out? Was that just hype?
  10. I talked to a friend who's a White Sox fan about him after they signed him. Paraphrasing his take, 'He puts 2 runners on like every time, but he gets the job done.' So therefore I've set my expectations at 2003 Eddie Guardado. He'll be fine. But I will likely switch to radio and go for a walk or turn the game off and await my mlb.com game over notification when he pitches the 9th with a slim lead.
  11. Yeah, I see it now. I got caught up in the comments of this thread.
  12. One point of reference for me is that he played in the Pac 12 in 2018 just like Trevor Larnach. Larnach 21yo - .348/.463/.652 - 19hr Vaughn 20yo - .402/.531/.819 - 23hr He's pretty talented. I have my doubts he'll take Uncle Jerry's low-ball extension offer before the first MLB plate appearance though. So I assume he's in AAA till at least June unless something happens to Abreu.
  13. We'll see. But he's still got his speed so I'm not so sure how much that negative factor comes in to play. https://twitter.com/fsnorth/status/1373421889847169025?s=20
  14. Fair. But it still looks to me that the hope is getting an average bat at best either way. To me the bat part is the smallest part of this role. This is the guy who is coming in to pinch run for Nelson Cruz in late innings, replace Arraez in LF if needed, and is going to get spot starts as players need rest. I think I'd rather take the plus outfield defense instead of the hope of an ok bat. I know Cave did well defensively last year, but I'd still prefer Broxton's track record. If you have an outfield of Buxton/Kepler/Broxton with Simmons and Donaldson on the left side of the infield in late innings, that's pretty dreamy for pitchers.
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