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    gman reacted to MMMordabito in Why the Heck Won't the Minnesota Twins Call Up Alex Kirilloff?   
    Why are they manipulating service time when Kirilloff doesn't play the position of need ATM? Here is the MLBTR article on Soto's call up.  It clearly states the reasoning for his selection.
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    gman reacted to Mike Sixel in Why the Heck Won't the Minnesota Twins Call Up Alex Kirilloff?   
    Based on what evidence? And they aren't buying Miranda's service time? Why is every move evil or wrong? Maybe, just maybe, they have a plan that is about the team continuing to have the division lead?
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    gman reacted to Jack Griffin in Why the Heck Won't the Minnesota Twins Call Up Alex Kirilloff?   
    This is such an uniformed lazy take. I don't even like how Rocco has managed but he constantly makes decisions that aren't "from a spreadsheet"
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    gman reacted to PatPfund in There's Only One Way the Royce Lewis Demotion Will Make Sense   
    Couldn’t disagree more. Royce had a great taste, but with Correa likely gone after this year, the team MUST know if he is the solution at short or not. That means beating all the rust off him at SS by having him play there every day for another month or so. (Pretty sure he had two errors in his short run.) There are other options at the other spots in the short run, and polishing Royce is far more important for later this year and beyond.
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    gman got a reaction from roger in The Numbers Behind Jose Miranda's Slump   
    The problem right now with sending Miranda down, who plays first? Arraez some times, but who would back him up?  So I think Miranda has to stay and work through his batting issues.
    Correa and Larnach are soon off the IL, but neither plays first. 
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    gman reacted to DocBauer in Twins Minor League Week in Review (5/10-5/16):   
    I know there was a full milb season in 2021, but with the lost 2020 year and so many injuries last year, THIS YEAR actually feels "normal" to me. And that's not to dismiss the prospects who had a good and healthy 2021 at all. We're seeing a TON of position players and pitchers settling in to develop naturally. Numbers and records seem to indicate that, including a few who started slow but are starting to heat up.
    But a few coments:
    1] I feel sorry for the Saints and attending fans because all of their best players are with the Twins right now, for the most part. GO Balazovic and AK! Some reinforcements may be coming soon.
    2] Just awesome to see Enlow back! Also gives me some hope in regard to Paddack, if he needs surgery, to be ready by June or July 1st in 2023.
    3] Steer and Julian could make great options for 2023. And SWR, Balazovic, Canterino are just a couple of arms that could be ready before the season is done, and especially for 2023.
    4] I am BLOWN AWAY, by how many arms are at Ft Myer, CR, and Wichita, some of whom have been recently promoted. I fully understand and appreciate exactly what the FO is doing, and have been doing. They have been drafting arms with projectability with "something" they already have and working on the rest. And they haven't been afraid to draft injured arms and projecting what they could be when healthy. And i know there are so few early 20's arms who are special enough to not only make MLB, but also succeed. So age to me is not that big of a deal. So the drafting of so many college arms makes sense in so many ways. What the Twins are doing with college arms just makes so much sense: draft as any solid arms as you can and work with them. But there remains the fact that some are just old enough and experienced enough that they SHOULD dominate at the lower levels. What I'm pleased to see is not only development of those arms, but an aggression to move them up quickly to the next level. I understand someone like Canterino is unique, but even he has been promoted pretty quickly all things considered. Not all of these good looking arms are going to turn out. But with tutelage and aggressive promotion, the best are going to rise. 
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    gman got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Did Twins Trade Berrios at right time?   
    Is Toronto a better hitters park than Minnesota? Are the Eastern Division teams better overall hitters than the Central? His current numbers might be reflective of what kind of pitcher he will be in Toronto.
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    gman reacted to Doctor Gast in Matt Canterino Continues To Dominate Minor League Hitters   
    I'd include SWR. I don't see any of these to really impact the Twins this year but being called up sometime this year and get their feet wet will do wonders for their development.
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    gman reacted to JimPohlad1 in Matt Canterino Continues To Dominate Minor League Hitters   
    Hey it’s not Paddack’s fault his elbow is messed up. Otherwise he has been solid this season.
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    gman reacted to Cody Christie in Is It Time to Start Worrying About Austin Martin?   
    There were questions surrounding Austin Martin when the Twins acquired him. Many of those questions remain, so is it time to start worrying about Austin Martin?
    When the Blue Jays drafted Austin Martin fifth overall, some evaluators considered him the best player in the 2020 MLB Draft. His collegiate career was nothing short of amazing as he hit .368/.474/.532 (1.007). Martin also played multiple positions in college, so there was hope his athleticism would translate to his professional career and make him a versatile player. 

    Because of the pandemic, Martin couldn’t make his pro debut until the 2021 season, but this didn’t stop the Blue Jays from being aggressive. Martin debuted in Double-A, where he hit .281/.424/.383 (.807) with 14 extra-base hits before being traded. When Martin joined the Twins organization, his OPS dropped to .779, but he was still getting on base nearly 40% of the time. He’s back in Wichita to start 2022, and he is hitting .244/.375/.321 (.696) through the season’s first 20 games. Martin’s pro career hasn’t lived up to his pre-draft expectations, but he is still over a year younger than the average age of the competition at his level. 

    Baseball America updated their top-100 prospect list following the season’s first month, and Austin Martin dropped significantly in their eyes. Here at Twins Daily, the writers also updated their top prospect lists, and Royce Lewis took over the top spot from Martin. It’s clear his stock has dropped, but what are the reasons behind his struggles?

    One of Martin’s most significant concerns has been his lack of power since leaving college. In 93 games last season, he combined for 25 extra-base hits. So far in 2022, he has been limited to six doubles in 78 at-bats. On the positive side, he has shown the ability to make contact and use the entire field, but he has over 500 minor league plate appearances, and his power is still absent. 

    “We do think there’s some untapped power potential in there,” Twins player development director Alex Hassan said. “We tried to get him to catch the ball a little more out front and be comfortable using the big part of the field and use the pull side a little more.”

    Martin dealt with a hand issue last season, which may have been one of the reasons for his lack of power. He also tended to crouch and stride toward the plate, which gave him more coverage but took away from his power. If Minnesota can fix this, he has the potential to unlock more power. 
    There are also questions about Martin’s eventual defensive home. In college, he played time at shortstop and third base, but there have been some throwing issues in the past. Since turning pro, he has split time between shortstop and center field. Second base might be his eventual defensive home, and he has made starts at that position during the 2022 campaign. It’s interesting to consider that he has yet to play a pro game at third base, which was the position he played most often in college. However, he’d need to showcase more power if he wanted to move to the hot corner. 
    Power is the key to unlocking Martin’s full potential. Luckily, he is only 23-years-old, and there is no reason to rush him through the upper levels of the minors. He’s played fewer than 65 games in the Twins organization, so there is time for him to continue to develop under the tutelage of Minnesota’s coaches. 

    Are you worried about Martin’s falling stock? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.  
     

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    gman got a reaction from Danielspr in Is It Time to Start Worrying About Austin Martin?   
    No. What 57 games in and you're worried?
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    gman got a reaction from nicksaviking in Minor League Report 4/23 Emmanuel Rodriguez Does it Again   
    E.Rod. 19 years old. 14 games, 16 walks, 8 extra base hits. 5 Homers. Good start. Worth following.
    I hope it's real.
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    gman got a reaction from roger in Minor League Report 4/23 Emmanuel Rodriguez Does it Again   
    E.Rod. 19 years old. 14 games, 16 walks, 8 extra base hits. 5 Homers. Good start. Worth following.
    I hope it's real.
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    gman reacted to mikelink45 in Minor League Report 4/23 Emmanuel Rodriguez Does it Again   
    Sure why wait? Some players have so much talent that they bust out early and I love to see him challenged and keep growing 
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    gman reacted to Major League Ready in Minor League Report 4/23 Emmanuel Rodriguez Does it Again   
    It would appear removing the big leg kick has Lewis on the ball and it has not reduced his power.  This could be the development of the year.  Man, I hope this version of Royce Lewis continues to show-up.  Now, we need last year's Jose Miranda to return.
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    gman got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Archer as Closer?   
    The way the bullpen looks, I think I may continue with the 6 man rotation and try to push the starters more into the 7 innings range. With that extra day between starts it wouldn't seem to be a problem.
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    gman got a reaction from Brandon in Do the Twins Have a Dark Horse Utility Candidate?   
    I agree with the statement that Robertson or Beckham on the Roster would be less than ideal. I also agree with Dman on the Palacios choice as I have made similar comments to other to other discussion topics. Palacios is rated as the best infield defender and best infield arm in the system, as well as showing power last season.
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    gman reacted to Heiny in Ranking the Twins Top-5 Fastball Prospects   
    Our cache of pitching prospects is very impressive to me, and exciting as we watch them progress.  I am looking forward to the time when our staff is populated by a majority of home grown talents.
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    gman got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Twins 2022 Position Analysis: First Base   
    I hope not
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    gman reacted to chpettit19 in Twins 2022 Position Analysis: First Base   
    If they trade Kirilloff for a pitcher with 1 (Manaea) or 2 (Montas) years of control left they should be fired on the spot.
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    gman reacted to Dman in Johnny Cueto rumor   
    I am only going to say this meekly as I ended up being wrong about the SS scenario but I have to believe the price is just too high right now for Montas.  If this ends up being a Pittsburgh Overpay scenario then I will be happy the Twins are out of the running.  There has to be other ways to get what we need.
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    gman reacted to mikelink45 in Is Duran a realistic option for a reliever this year?   
    I would give him a year in the RP role and hope to get him enough work to put him in the rotation when someone goes down or fails.  
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    gman reacted to specialiststeve in Is Duran a realistic option for a reliever this year?   
    His stuff is filthy... most think he is going to end up as a closer.. I would use him as an "opener" like TB does with their guys.. 2-3 innings and once through the lineup... if he looks decent expand his innings 3-4... 4-5... 5-6... slow but sure. Get him up ... 
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    gman got a reaction from wabene in Twins To Sign Carlos Correa   
    Good deal. I was hoping to get a shortstop from the Yankees in the Donaldson trade. It's about time we won one.😀
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    gman got a reaction from glunn in Twins To Sign Carlos Correa   
    Good deal. I was hoping to get a shortstop from the Yankees in the Donaldson trade. It's about time we won one.😀
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