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    RJA got a reaction from glunn in 2022 Prospect Previews: Noah Miller   
    Nice description of kid's potential.  Frankly, I thought the Twins reached a bit for this kid.  I know they like to draft shortstops, but I guess I am a bit worried that if he doesn't make it as a shortstop, he lacks the offensive upside to be an asset elsewhere on the diamond.  But, I confess I have not seen him play, and the scouts have, so I hope my concern is unfounded.  Maybe he could be a Kolten Wong type player at second base if he doesn't make it at short.
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    RJA reacted to Nine of twelve in Rod Carew or Kirby Puckett: Who Had the Better Career?   
    The answer is no.
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    RJA reacted to TopGunn#22 in One Twins Pitcher May Be a Perfect Opener   
    I agree with mikelink45 on the topic and the opener.  But I'm a hopeless traditionalist who misses  pitchers who "pitched" and just didn't go Max Effort/Velocity on every pitch.  That said...I also agree with ML Ready that some of these BP arms are suited to, and should go, 2 innings at a time.  Guys seldom pitch on back to back days unless they're the closer.  So why not leverage 2 innings out of these guys.  And Cody, I would opine that not "SOME" Twins pitchers are bound to be on pitch counts and innings limits.  Given the make-up of our current staff and it's youth I think almost "ALL" of them will.  If Winder, Ryan or Ober start, I'm betting they go 3-4 innings most times, even if they are effective.  After 3-4 innings, bringing Jax or Duran etc...in to pitch 1-2 innings would seem to fit.  So would the idea of Jax, Duran or even Canterino (who I want to be a starter who can go 175 innings someday) the first two innings and THEN (in the traditional opener followed by a starter routine) have Ryan, Ober and Winder come in.  And I can't believe I wrote "traditional opener."  
    But yes, even though I think it's vital for the Twins to add one more SP via trade and another via FA, THIS is the plan I think the FO and coaching staff have for 2022.  Give the young arms innings to show their stuff and learn how to pitch at the major league level, but also to closely control their workload as much as possible.  
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    RJA reacted to Dman in 2022 Prospect Previews: Noah Miller   
    I like that he is a switch hitter and that he has good defensive instincts.  I just don't think he will be able to stick at Short.  I was OK with the pick mainly because he is switch hitter and they are kind of hard to find these days and I do think he will hit and I think he will hit for power.  Personally I see him in a utility role but will have to wait and see as it takes a while to see how the high school players are going to develop.
    I certainly hope he reaches his highest potential but I see 2nd or 3rd base in his future and I think the bat will play at either spot in the end.  It felt like the pick was a reach but also a fairly safe pick for a guy who should work out just fine somewhere in the infield. 
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    RJA got a reaction from Dman in 2022 Prospect Previews: Noah Miller   
    Nice description of kid's potential.  Frankly, I thought the Twins reached a bit for this kid.  I know they like to draft shortstops, but I guess I am a bit worried that if he doesn't make it as a shortstop, he lacks the offensive upside to be an asset elsewhere on the diamond.  But, I confess I have not seen him play, and the scouts have, so I hope my concern is unfounded.  Maybe he could be a Kolten Wong type player at second base if he doesn't make it at short.
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    RJA reacted to mikelink45 in Rod Carew or Kirby Puckett: Who Had the Better Career?   
    I loved Carew and would hate to choose between them, but the thing that sets them apart was Kirby's determination to win.  His attitude was infectious, he did carry the team.  I was at all the Atlanta Brave games in the WS and Puckett was the center of attention in games six and seven.  So I take clutch Kirby, but not taking Carew hurts!  
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    RJA reacted to TopGunn#22 in Rod Carew or Kirby Puckett: Who Had the Better Career?   
    Great Topic and nicely laid out.  The way in which you framed it really shows the strengths vs the weaknesses (if you can call them weaknesses) of each player.  Yes, Carew had better offensive stats and a longer runway--leading to more WAR.  But I'm going to say Kirby had the better "career."  The weight of those two World Series Championships and the key contributions of Kirby in them are what puts Kirby ahead of Rod for me.  Because what's the point of playing ?  It's to win the World Series right ?  And Puckett did that TWICE.  (As a kid who grew up living and dying with every at bat for Oliva and Carew this is quite difficult for me to choose Puckett over Carew, but, this is just how I feel today as I prepare to go out and shovel some Minnesota SNOW)!!    
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    RJA got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in 3 Twins Prospects That Need Healthy 2022 Seasons   
    Cody, I would have to say Lewis.  He was among the best prospects in baseball before he struggled in 2019 and the injury bug bit him.  As a former overall number one pick, the expectations for him and the hoopla around him were much greater than for Canterino and Duran.  Plus, he has been out two years and his injury, as you noted, could definitely impact his long term potential.  I think this really is a huge year for him.
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    RJA got a reaction from wabene in The Lockout Diaries: Week 7   
    The owners are greedy, and I have little sympathy for them in any of this.  Yet, I agree with Whitey that baseball players do have the best contract in professional sports as they have no salary cap.  This allows the Correas of the world to get 300 million dollar contracts, but it doesn't do much for the average joe who is not a superstar.  I would have more sympathy for the players if they made it their clear priority to help the average player rather than the superstars that are already prospering under this system.  Boras brags about his influence with the players union, and many of the negotiating committee members are his clients.  I think this causes them to negotiate what is best for the superstars.  You see lots of players in free agency now who have a hard time finding homes.  If free agency comes earlier, the players who will really benefit are the Correas of the world as they will get their megacontracts a year or two earlier.  The average joe will still be lucky to find a job.  Why not negotiate for a doubling of the minimal salary which would help far more players as only a very small percentage of them will ever be signed to 300 million dollar contracts.  Greed on both sides.
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    RJA got a reaction from glunn in Locking up Louie: Should the Twins Extend Luis Arraez?   
    I think you outlined the pros and cons of an extension very well, Nash.  I like watching this kid play, so it is hard for me to be objective.  But, if I were the front office I would see how this year goes, and if he is playing consistently again and his knees are holding up, I would consider an extension or trading him if Martin is ready.  Martin would bring the same skills with more power and better defense.  The Twins do need players who can get on base regularly, so he does have value to this team as it is presently constituted.  It is hard not to pull for this kid--he has so much energy and a great personality.
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    RJA reacted to Dman in How Far has Royce Lewis' Stock Dropped?   
    I think the evaluators are correct.  Even I don't know what to expect anymore.  He needs to show everyone where he is at before he can be properly ranked.  I still am a big believer. I have my concerns about his swing but he has had so little development time or time to adjust it all feels premature to judge.  I think it is fine they let him drop and like Nick said they can wipe the egg off their faces after he proves them all wrong.
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    RJA reacted to Dman in Lockout Lookup: Jaime Garcia   
    Yeah that was a pretty crazy turn of events.  At the time Ynoa was having control problems and was a long ways away so I wasn't that burned about the trade.  Even when they eventually decided to trade Garcia to the Yankee's it looked like it could be a win for the Twins as they were getting a closer to ready pitcher instead of one further away.  Granted not as much upside for Littell but we needed pitching ASAP so again it didn't seem like all was lost. Not sure why the Twins gave up on Littell so fast.  He was injured in 2020 which seemed to impact his stuff and he became pretty homer prone but he had had a pretty good 2019.  At any rate they lost out big time on that trade in the end IMO.
    As a side note remember they were going to trade Burdi to Atlanta but they didn't like the medicals.  If they would have taken him instead of Ynoa this trade looks a lot different.  Most teams that are close generally do try to trade their further away high upside assets for assets that are ready or closer to ready but lot's of times those asset's don't pan out.  Kind of surprising with Gil and Ynoa that both turned out actually better than expected at least to this point. So have some of the relievers the Twins have moved on from.  Their pen management kind of boggles my mind.  I have no idea what their strategy there is other than grabbing guys at the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them stick.
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    RJA reacted to tarheeltwinsfan in 3 Twins Prospects That Need Healthy 2022 Seasons   
    Lewis. To whom much is given, much is expected. I have a feeling that nobody expects more of Lewis, than Lewis expects of himself. 
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    RJA got a reaction from DocBauer in 3 Twins Prospects That Need Healthy 2022 Seasons   
    Cody, I would have to say Lewis.  He was among the best prospects in baseball before he struggled in 2019 and the injury bug bit him.  As a former overall number one pick, the expectations for him and the hoopla around him were much greater than for Canterino and Duran.  Plus, he has been out two years and his injury, as you noted, could definitely impact his long term potential.  I think this really is a huge year for him.
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    RJA got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in 3 Twins Prospects That Need Healthy 2022 Seasons   
    Cody, I would have to say Lewis.  He was among the best prospects in baseball before he struggled in 2019 and the injury bug bit him.  As a former overall number one pick, the expectations for him and the hoopla around him were much greater than for Canterino and Duran.  Plus, he has been out two years and his injury, as you noted, could definitely impact his long term potential.  I think this really is a huge year for him.
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    RJA got a reaction from Dman in 3 Twins Prospects That Need Healthy 2022 Seasons   
    Cody, I would have to say Lewis.  He was among the best prospects in baseball before he struggled in 2019 and the injury bug bit him.  As a former overall number one pick, the expectations for him and the hoopla around him were much greater than for Canterino and Duran.  Plus, he has been out two years and his injury, as you noted, could definitely impact his long term potential.  I think this really is a huge year for him.
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    RJA got a reaction from adjacent in The Lockout Diaries: Week 7   
    The owners are greedy, and I have little sympathy for them in any of this.  Yet, I agree with Whitey that baseball players do have the best contract in professional sports as they have no salary cap.  This allows the Correas of the world to get 300 million dollar contracts, but it doesn't do much for the average joe who is not a superstar.  I would have more sympathy for the players if they made it their clear priority to help the average player rather than the superstars that are already prospering under this system.  Boras brags about his influence with the players union, and many of the negotiating committee members are his clients.  I think this causes them to negotiate what is best for the superstars.  You see lots of players in free agency now who have a hard time finding homes.  If free agency comes earlier, the players who will really benefit are the Correas of the world as they will get their megacontracts a year or two earlier.  The average joe will still be lucky to find a job.  Why not negotiate for a doubling of the minimal salary which would help far more players as only a very small percentage of them will ever be signed to 300 million dollar contracts.  Greed on both sides.
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    RJA got a reaction from DocBauer in 2022 Prospect Previews: Chase Petty   
    Wow!  The kid is impressive.  Like everyone else, I hope he stays away from injuries and harnesses his tremendous potential  There are cases where young pitchers debut in their teens, but it is so rare.  In the olden days, Joe Nuxhall debuted at 15 for the Reds in 1944 during WW2, and pitched into the mid 60's.  Doc Gooden debuted for the Mets at 19 and struck out 276 batters and pitched over 200 innings in 1984.  Boy, things have changed.  There isn't a front office anywhere that would let that happen these days.
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    RJA reacted to Dman in 2022 Prospect Previews: Chase Petty   
    I was pretty excited about this pick when the Twins made it.  I know high school pitcher picks come with ton's of risk but it sure beats picking another slow footed bat first player.  There was a nice scouting report write up that I am guessing others have read taking a pretty objective view of Petty.  If the arm holds up I think the Twins have the upside of a front to mid rotation starter and floor of elite reliever which isn't bad for where they picked either. I am hoping the Twins get lucky with a high school pitcher pick for once.
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    RJA reacted to bean5302 in 2022 Prospect Previews: Chase Petty   
    We'll know how his pitches play quickly this year. The true aces out there generally move up through the minors very quickly. If Petty's fastball and slider are as good as advertised and he can throw the changeup, he should arrive 2024 at the latest.
    It'll be very exciting to see how his performance looks against a far higher level of competition in Ft. Myers than he was seeing in high school.
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    RJA reacted to mikelink45 in 2022 Prospect Previews: Chase Petty   
    The dreaded Tommy John is always lurking for big armed pitchers.  Let's hope he can somehow avoid it.  The comp of Hunter Green is good, but Green missed 2019 for TJ surgery and is now 22.  Will he make it this year?  He and Royce Lewis were 1-2 in the draft that year.  Who makes it first?  Both have missed a year for injury and a year for covid.  For that high a draft pick it is time to move up.  If we look at it without the TJ he would have already been locked in for the Reds at 21.  If Petty stays healthy that is the earliest I would think we could look for him - if he lives up to his scouting potential. 
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    RJA got a reaction from roger in The Lockout Diaries: Week 7   
    The owners are greedy, and I have little sympathy for them in any of this.  Yet, I agree with Whitey that baseball players do have the best contract in professional sports as they have no salary cap.  This allows the Correas of the world to get 300 million dollar contracts, but it doesn't do much for the average joe who is not a superstar.  I would have more sympathy for the players if they made it their clear priority to help the average player rather than the superstars that are already prospering under this system.  Boras brags about his influence with the players union, and many of the negotiating committee members are his clients.  I think this causes them to negotiate what is best for the superstars.  You see lots of players in free agency now who have a hard time finding homes.  If free agency comes earlier, the players who will really benefit are the Correas of the world as they will get their megacontracts a year or two earlier.  The average joe will still be lucky to find a job.  Why not negotiate for a doubling of the minimal salary which would help far more players as only a very small percentage of them will ever be signed to 300 million dollar contracts.  Greed on both sides.
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    RJA got a reaction from roger in 2022 Prospect Previews: Chase Petty   
    Wow!  The kid is impressive.  Like everyone else, I hope he stays away from injuries and harnesses his tremendous potential  There are cases where young pitchers debut in their teens, but it is so rare.  In the olden days, Joe Nuxhall debuted at 15 for the Reds in 1944 during WW2, and pitched into the mid 60's.  Doc Gooden debuted for the Mets at 19 and struck out 276 batters and pitched over 200 innings in 1984.  Boy, things have changed.  There isn't a front office anywhere that would let that happen these days.
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    RJA got a reaction from beckmt in The Lockout Diaries: Week 7   
    The owners are greedy, and I have little sympathy for them in any of this.  Yet, I agree with Whitey that baseball players do have the best contract in professional sports as they have no salary cap.  This allows the Correas of the world to get 300 million dollar contracts, but it doesn't do much for the average joe who is not a superstar.  I would have more sympathy for the players if they made it their clear priority to help the average player rather than the superstars that are already prospering under this system.  Boras brags about his influence with the players union, and many of the negotiating committee members are his clients.  I think this causes them to negotiate what is best for the superstars.  You see lots of players in free agency now who have a hard time finding homes.  If free agency comes earlier, the players who will really benefit are the Correas of the world as they will get their megacontracts a year or two earlier.  The average joe will still be lucky to find a job.  Why not negotiate for a doubling of the minimal salary which would help far more players as only a very small percentage of them will ever be signed to 300 million dollar contracts.  Greed on both sides.
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    RJA got a reaction from DocBauer in The Lockout Diaries: Week 7   
    The owners are greedy, and I have little sympathy for them in any of this.  Yet, I agree with Whitey that baseball players do have the best contract in professional sports as they have no salary cap.  This allows the Correas of the world to get 300 million dollar contracts, but it doesn't do much for the average joe who is not a superstar.  I would have more sympathy for the players if they made it their clear priority to help the average player rather than the superstars that are already prospering under this system.  Boras brags about his influence with the players union, and many of the negotiating committee members are his clients.  I think this causes them to negotiate what is best for the superstars.  You see lots of players in free agency now who have a hard time finding homes.  If free agency comes earlier, the players who will really benefit are the Correas of the world as they will get their megacontracts a year or two earlier.  The average joe will still be lucky to find a job.  Why not negotiate for a doubling of the minimal salary which would help far more players as only a very small percentage of them will ever be signed to 300 million dollar contracts.  Greed on both sides.
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