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  1. Okay, time to take a look at Lewis Thorpe. This is, afterall, the reason we all woke up this morning, right? Thankfully for all involved, we can skip the lengthy preamble and just get into the analysis. Like Dobnak, whom I covered in this space last week, Thorpe made his MLB debut for the Twins last season (though he started the year off in AAA, whereas Dobnak basically covered every level in the organization in 2019). Let’s take a look at Thorpe’s results from his MLB stint: • 27.2 IP (essentially the same sample as Dobnak) • 10.08 K/9 (yes, please) • 3.25 BB/9 (that’ll play) • 6.18 ERA (yikes) • 3.47 FIP (okay, let’s take a look at the BABIP, HR rates, and other batted ball tendencies) • 4.14 xFIP (so he had a lower than league average HR/FB rate, but honestly ½ of a run isn’t much in this small of a sample, it’s a difference of 1.5 ER allowed in 27 IP) I see a number of things I want to look at here, and we will see where this takes us: • Swinging Strike Rate: 11.8% • Zone Percentage: 44.3% • BABIP: .438 • HR/9: 0.98 • HR/FB: 10.3% • Line Drive Rate: 31.3% Let’s start with his plate discipline numbers to see whether we think these strikeout and walk rates, which are the stuff aces are made of (a quick a dirty thing to do to identify elite skills is to subtract the BB/9 from the K/9; anything over 6 is great). Let’s start off with the walks and underlying control skills. Thorpe was in the strike zone with 44.3% of his pitches in his limited MLB innings. Among qualified starters, he would have ranked 17th, just behind Yu Darvish and just ahead of Lance Lynn. As I mentioned last week, there were 61 qualified starters, so the top 20 is the top 1/3rd. It’s also worth mentioning that his BB/9 in nearly 100 AAA innings was 2.34 in 2019 and in AA and AAA in 2018, he compiled 130 innings with a 2.5 BB/9. I think it’s safe to say Thorpe has great control and can likely be relied upon to avoid free passes. On to strikeouts. Thorpe has consistently delivered a K/9 in the double digits throughout his time in AA, AAA, and MLB in 2017 (10.50), 2018 (10.92 in AA; 10.80 in AAA) and 2019 (11.12 in AAA, 10.08 in MLB). I’m happy to report that his swinging strike rate during his MLB stint backs this up. His 11.8 swinging strike rate would have been 22nd among qualifying starters (again, right around the top 1/3). As I noted with Dobnak, it is not particularly common for the same pitcher to post strong control numbers and miss a lot of bats. Here is the list of pitchers who had a zone percentage of at least 44.3% and a swinging strike rate of at least 11.8% (if you read the Dobnak post last week, this will look familiar). • Gerrit Cole – 16.8%/45.2% • Max Scherzer – 16.4%/45.6% • Justin Verlander – 16.1%/45.2% • Lucas Giolito – 15%/47.2% • Yu Darvish – 13.4%/44.5% • Charlie Morton – 12.9%/45.1% • German Marquez – 12.7%/46.6% • Walker Buehler – 12.1%/46.5% • Joe Musgrove – 12%/45.5% Still good company, just as it was for Dobnak last week (and I’m on board with prying Musgrove away from Pittsburgh). Okay, so he’s in the zone and missing bats. Those skills have consistently translated to strikeouts and walks (for pitchers in general, and for Thorpe since he was promoted to AA in 2017). So if he’s so great why did he post an ERA of more than 6 runs per nine innings? I know a lot of people won’t like to hear this, but he was unlucky. Pitchers cannot control everything that happens, and particularly in small samples some bad luck can really torch your ratios. For starters, he allowed a .438 BABIP. The highest BABIP among qualified starters was .347 – one hundred points lower! That’s a fluke. Thorpe also only stranded 66% of his baserunners. Only three qualified starters had lower strand rates, and none of then posted a K/9 over 8.5 (Musgrove had the lowest strand rate in the major leagues; more evidence that he'd be a great add). He was helped a bit by having a relatively low HR/FB, particularly given the fact that he allowed a lot of hard contact (39.8%), and the BABIP was fueled by a 31.3% line drive rate. It’s likely intuitive to anyone who has read this far, but line drives are by far the most likely type of batted ball to result in a base hit. Again, though, so much of all of this is dependent on such a small sample that it’s hard to know if that’s really who he is. If those line drives turned into fly balls he’d likely see his BABIP come down, but he’d also likely allow more home runs. It’s also feasible that a pitcher who misses bats like he does can figure out how to induce weaker contact, especially if he relies more heavily on his slider. A commenter noted on the Dobnak post that Dobnak had faced some weaker offenses. That’s also true of Thorpe, who faced AL central foes for the majority of his appearances. Something to keep in mind. Honestly, he’s a lot like Dobnak. The biggest difference between the two (aside from pedigree) is that Dobnak had good fortune with batted balls and Thorpe had bad fortune. All-in-all, I’d say Thorpe gives us plenty of reason to be excited about the possibilities for the back end of the rotation in 2020. The Twins don’t need all of the potential starters on the 40-man to be great, and they appear to have put together a system full of high variance, high upside arms. Not a bad place to be.
  2. The reality, though, is that we all know things are going to fall somewhere in the middle for both buyers and sellers. We know the Twins need help - definitely in the bullpen and possibly in the rotation - and the next couple of weeks are going to be full of rumors and speculation. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to present a series to you that hopefully takes a different look at things. Today’s part - Part 1 - will start by focusing on next year, but we’ll get more into that soon. Part 2 will be a continuation of today’s article, but will look at the financial side of things. Especially who this regime has invested in. Part 3 will update an article I posted seven weeks ago looking at who might the Twins be most motivated to move? Part 4 (the teams) and Part 5 (the players) will narrow the focus as the deadline approaches. And, finally, Part 6 will be me revisiting something I’ve done in the past, playing GM for a Day. ---- The Twins leadership has banged the same drum repeatedly over time. They aren’t interested in committing future dollars, but they value control. Beyond Jorge Polanco's and Max Kepler's contract extensions, only Marwin Gonzalez is on the books for a guaranteed dollar amount next year. Nelson Cruz and Martin Perez have buyouts on team options. Which is really just a fancy way of maybe telling us they overvalue prospects and pre-arbitration-eligible player. You could assume they value guys in arbitration too, but as price increases and control decreases, the value decreases quickly. And then they hit free agency. The Twins will have five guys hitting the ranks of free agency after the season: Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson, Michael Pineda, Jason Castro and Jonathan Schoop. Knowing how the organization values control, we need to look at next year before we can look at the moves for the next few weeks. (Seems backwards though.) Assuming the free agent leave and the Twins add no other players, here’s a guess at how things could look on the 25-man and 40-man roster: C: Mitch Garver 1B: C.J. Cron 2B: Luis Arraez 3B: Miguel Sano SS: Jorge Polanco LF: Eddie Rosario CF: Byron Buxton RF: Max Kepler DH: Nelson Cruz Bench: Marwin Gonzalez (UTIL) Bench: Jake Cave (OF) Bench: Willians Astudillo (C/3B) Bench: Ehire Adrianza (SS) SP: Jose Berrios SP: Martin Perez SP: Devin Smeltzer SP: Lewis Thorpe SP: Sean Poppen RP: Taylor Rogers RP: Ryne Harper RP: Trevor May RP: Blake Parker RP: Fernando Romero RP: Matt Magill RP: Tyler Duffey On assignment: LaMonte Wade On assignment: Nick Gordon On assignment: Kohl Stewart (P) On assignment: Stephen Gonsalves (P) On assignment: Zack Littell (P) On assignment: Trevor Hildenberger (P) On assignment: Ryan Eades (P) To be added: Brusdar Graterol (P) To be added: Jhoan Duran (P) To be added: Wander Javier (SS) To be added: Jorge Alcala (P) To be added: Luis Rijo (P) To be added: Griffin Jax (P) To be added: Lewin Diaz (1B) To be added: Travis Blankenhorn (2B/3B) Not adding: Luke Raley (OF), Gilberto Celestino (OF), Jovani Moran (P) No room: Mike Morin (P) (Edit: Morin was DFA'd yesterday before the game.) Other top prospects: Royce Lewis (SS), Alex Kirilloff (OF), Trevor Larnach (OF), Jordan Balazovic (P), Brent Rooker (OF), Yunier Severino (2B), Blayne Enlow (P), Ben Rortvedt ©, Jose Miranda (3B), Edwar Colina (P), Akil Baddoo (OF), Ryan Jeffers © First thing, I’ve not actually adding eight guys to the roster, but for this exercise, I wanted to have a full 40-man just so that we can work backwards. Let’s take a closer look. Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron, Luis Arraez, Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez seem to fill out the top 10 position players pretty well. Garver has split duties with Castro, but has become the more regular catcher. Schoop departs and Arraez slides in nicely. This leaves spots for a backup catcher (Willians Astudillo), a backup shortstop (Ehire Adrianza) and a fourth outfielder (Jake Cave). Astudillo and Cave both have options left, if needed. Gonzalez could serve as the fourth outfielder and backup infielder too. Adrianza is a smooth fielder. But when your only concern is whether or not to upgrade your bench next year… that seems like a winter question, not the trade deadline. The rotation - with 60% on expiring deals - is much more interesting. Jose Berrios will be the Opening Day starter in 2020 and beyond. Martin Perez is very likely to slot into one of the other four spots. The Twins will not go into next season slotting three rookies - Devin Smeltzer, Lewis Thorpe and Sean Poppen - in those spots. Could one break the rotation? Maybe. But that’s two starters, minimum, that need to be acquired between now and March. If the rotation is interesting, the bullpen is downright messy. Taylor Rogers is the Ace. Ryne Harper has been fantastic and, at this point, probably is at least written in dark pencil for next year. Trevor May has the ability but hasn’t been consistent. There’s no doubt that he can be a part of a very good major league bullpen though. And then… questions. Blake Parker and Matt Magill are controllable, but replaceable. Fernando Romero has upside, but has been a disaster and out of options after his year. Tyler Duffey has been OK at times, but is also out of options. Zack Littell and Trevor Hildenberger could be solutions, but both can start the year in the minors. I also had to get rid of Mike Morin, who is out of options. There are other options, like Kohl Stewart, if the Twins wanted to try him out in the bullpen. But as much depth as there is in the system, there are no great answers for next year to the bullpen question either. What we have above is the sketchings of the 2020 team. Print it out, make changes, run your own projections. Because there is a 100% chance that it changes before the spring… and a lot of fans that hope it changes before August 1.
  3. https://www.si.com/more-sports/2011/07/01/kaplan-spahnmarichalToday I was motivated by reading an article on ESPN by Bradford Doolittle - hitting the reset on pitcher wins http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21439977/hitting-reset-button-starting-pitcher-wins-baseball As a baseball fan who started out rooting for Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee Braves and then moving over to the new Twins as an usher for their first season my views are tainted by history and, while I like many new stats, I am bothered by the tendency to throw out the old stats with the recycling. Over and over I hear that wins don't count, then we drool over our greater win totals. True it is a team game and the wins by an individual pitcher have to be looked at under a new lens since the idea of a complete game where the pitcher really does control the outcome has changed and now we have shifted to the bullpen as masters of the mound, but the true aces rise above this. Sale and Kluber, Kershaw and Scherzer are not just great starters, they actually win games, even though they do not pitch very many complete games. To understand my love of the complete game and the true aces you should read about the Spahn/Marichal game in 1963 - https://www.si.com/more-sports/2011/07/01/kaplan-spahnmarichal How nostalgic this game is for me. Now admittedly in this era it is a thrill to see two starters go 7 innings against each other, but that does not diminish the win and loss records. It is true that the scorer never invokes his right to award the win to the most deserving so a relief pitcher can come in throw one ball and then get the win, but that is not all that common. The starter gets his record because he pitches long enough, often enough to get to the position to win. ​And I understand fielding and hitting are essential I remember when Ryan won the ERA title in 1987 came with an 8 - 16 record, hardly a great pct. Yet he overcame the poor teams he pitched for to surpass 300 wins just as Blyleven won 287 games pitching with some mediocre teams. I give him credit for this win total in addition to the new stats that pushed him in the Hall of Fame. I do not want to negate the new approach. In fact the bullpen era will create some interesting statistical aberrations that challenge our ability to compare pitchers from one era to another, but take nothing away from those winners of yesteryear. It is common place to always state today's athletes are the best ever. Kershaw is being anointed by ESPN weekly and he deserves his recognition, but necessarily his ranking. Give the same diet, training and opportunities, the greats of the past would be the greats of today and the greats of today put in another era would still rise to stardom. So how do we judge players? Old stats, new stats, the eye test? Maybe all of them. If real baseball was just a statistical exercise we could dispense with the field and just play strato-matic, but the human element is what gives it greatness and is the reason we still talk about players like Cy Young and Honus Wagner even though they are simply grainy photographs and statistical lines in our life times.
  4. Seems to me there are few camps in the debate over what the Twins should do about the Starting Pitching: 1) Sign a FA (or 2) that fit the budget and is hopefully better than last years starters 2) Trade for a young, controllable, established Ace with prospects of unknown potential, but fair to high rankings in the minors, along with a MLB starter or 2 3) Roll with the young prospects and continue wishing and hoping they are more than the Real Deal 4) Sign (not just attempt) a Free Agent that has shown shutdown, Cy Young performance in the past These all have been, and will continue to be discussed, debated and moderated until next April ad nauseam So, having gathered all the firewood I'll need for at least the next couple of days...here's some thoughts on each approach Sign a FA pitcher the will fit the Budget To me, and Mr. Einstein, this is the definition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Sure there have been some good hits along the way...one year of Phil Hughes, Big Erv's rejuvenation...as well as far to many misses that I won't list here (too hard on my own psyche) Can we please Stop the Insanity! Or maybe this is a good thing for Twins Daily, it will provide pages of consternation and veiled accusations questioning the intelligence of each poster (as in person who posts) and the wisdom of the FO. This approach does keep expectations down and is the safest route to 81 wins of the bunch...UGH! Trade for an young Ace One can only guess what the Rays would find acceptable for Chris Archer, but by most accounts it'll be a load. Does it really make the Twins better to send Rosario/Kepler, Gonsalves, Gordon and Enlow to the Rays for a guy who, while dominant, was worth 1.2 WAR last year and would directly affect 34-36 games next year? To me that's just too much potential for too much uncertainty...Gerrit Cole, while an awesome add, would cost as much or more in trade and is headed for higher salary through arbitration than Archer is under contract for If you're willing to trade away a chunk of the present along with the future for a young, controllable Ace, you're putting an awful lot of stress on one guys elbow Roll with the Prospects Being good Minnesotan's, or at least fans of the local 9, we all have hope born into us...hope that sooner or later the snow will melt...hope that it's not the heat it's the humidity...hope that the Vikings will make it to the Super Bowl knowing that they will only disappoint us once again and hope that all the good things written and said about the Twins prospects will come to fruition and the negatives, well they are just outsiders dismissing our peeps because of their East/West coast bias I believe that Gonsalves is and will be a good MLB "Pitcher", he may not light up the gun with triple digits, but I don't recall Sweet Music or Johan doing that either...pitchers pitch, throwers throw guys who do both are so rare that's why they are already making $30M/year...My point here is, no one knows who will become the next Kershaw or Verlander but their teams held on to them (until they got too expensive) and grew with them but it's a crap shoot, DBacks traded a young Max Scherzer for Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson probably not a win for them Given the choice, I'd spend monetary resources before I'd spend talent resources to acquire an Ace.... What if we took Van Hagar's advice and had the "Best of Both Worlds" Buy an Ace...spend the money that's been promised or at least suggested, on a proven, but older, #1 starter. The Twins can keep the young prospects that might grow into stars who will provide us joy and happiness for the foreseeable future (or 3-6 years depending on arbitration). Best of Both Worlds, have your cake and eat it too. Ace pitcher for a couple of years to mentor younger pitchers and it shows the whole team the FO recognizes the time is now to make a leap (you can only use the "FO gave up on us" motivation once a generation) and go for more than competing for a Wildcard spot It's never a good time to spend more money in any business but there is a right time...visionary leadership plans for the right time and when they see it on the horizon they seize the opportunity and reap the rewards in the future Invest in the present while not mortgaging the future We now return to the Twins Daily version of "Waiting for Godot" (credit to Thrylos for the awesome correlation)
  5. With our "rotation" in shambles for the stretch run, how about running out some "bullpen games?" You can start Santana and Gibson, but the others are shaky. Why not get Berrios in here, and move May back into the rotation. For example, if you can get 3 innings out of May, followed by 3 innings of Hughes on one day, then the next get 3 innings out of Milone and 3 from Berrios, and the third start shoot for 3 from Pelfrey and 3 from Duffey. This lets us use the guys who are on innings limits or working back from injuries. It also attempts to stretch out May so we have him ready to start a playoff game if we make it.
  6. Third thread in three days--hoo boy! I have to give Brian a lot of credit for being able to provide topics every day. There are some talkers going on with the Twins, so I will bring them up along with my own observation. 1) I just heard that Mauer is hitting second tonight. I have no problem with this except that there really isn't a legit #3 hitter. Molitor is going with Plouffe at #3, not my preference, but I guess shaking it up is a good idea. Joe hit like a #3 hitter for about three weeks IMHO. His slump has been longer, but not as deep as Plouffe's. 2) Polanco is in the lineup, batting ninth. I wasn't in favor of him assuming the shortstop position and I'm still not convinced he is a true shortstop. He is a more of a sure thing as a hitter and I doubt he will be overmatched offensively. 3) Iron man Kurt Suzuki is catching again. I have seen more balls get by Zuke in the past couple weeks than he permitted last year. At least two of May's wild pitches (and maybe all three) should have been blocked IMHO. He isn't doing much offensively either. Of all the positions on the team, I believe upgrading the catcher position is the most troubling. The Twins don't have a prospect at catcher that projects as a satisfactory hitter and a good defender behind the plate. If the Twins stay in the race, I think they should consider trading for a catcher (I have been beating the drum for Jonathan Lucroy). 4) Gibson on the mound. Molitor (I don't call a grown man "Molly") moved Gibson in front of Milone, in part because of his success against the Royals. I came away much impressed with his outing last Friday. He allowed three homers for five runs in the first three innings, then completely shut down the Brew Crew, retiring the last 13 hitters, with only one ball leaving the infield. 5) The Royals. Another thread is pointing out the better talent among the position players and the absolute superiority of the Royals' bullpen. True, oh so true. Bullpens come and go, but KC has depth in the 'pen, so even if somebody flames out, the Royals figure to have probably the best bullpen in the majors. I would like to point out where the Twins have really improved--their starters have the fourth-best ERA in the AL. There have been a lot more innings pitched by the starters, protecting the Twins suspect bullpen. Their numbers are far better than the Royals. BTW, the Twins and Royals have scored approximately the same number of runs, so while KC might have the better position players, it hasn't translated like that on offense. I predicted a Twins win both on Monday and Tuesday. No prediction today. Time for some bats to break loose. Here are the lineups: Kansas City Escobar ss Moustakas 3b Cain cf Hosmer 1b Morales dh Gordon lf Rios rf Perez c Infante 2b Volquez p (4-4 3.26 ERA) Minnesota Dozier 2b Mauer 1b Plouffe 3b Hunter rf Suzuki c Vargas dh Robinson lf Hicks cf Polanco ss Gibson p (4-3 3.00 ERA)
  7. Here's the August pitching numbers. As good as the Twins' hitting numbers were last month, these numbers are bad. The bullpen has regressed badly. I do think they are worn out, but they aren't as good as their ERAs and regression to the mean is part of what has happened. I wouldn't be offended if the club called up five or six pitchers today and shut down or released three or four. http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/pitching/_/name/min/split/44/minnesota-twins
  8. With the big signing of Nolasco and Hughes last month and the recent re-signing of Pelfrey (God, please no), the Twins are reportedly still in on Arroyo, Maholm, and possibly even Garza. If Minnesota signs another on of these starters, would they have gone too far in signing starting pitchers? With Diamond, Correia, Deduno, Worley, Albers, Gibson and potentially Meyer and May ready and capable (for the most part) for a starting job, are the Twins over signing so far?
  9. The Twins roto stats as of today- Scott Diamond- 35.1IP, 15K, 4.08ERA, 1.30WHIP Kevin Correia- 53.2IP, 22K, 3.35ERA, 1.23WHIP Vance Worley- 39.0IP, 21K, 7.15ERA, 1.95WHIP Mike Pelfrey- 38.1IP, 18K, 6.57ERA, 1.77WHIP Pedro Hernandez- 28.0IP, 15K, 5.79ERA, 1.57WHIP First thing I should note is none of these pitchers belong even close to a 1 or 2 spot on a roto. If Diamond pitches like he did last year hes an ok number 3. So far he has been ok but will end with the best ERA and WHIP on the team probably by a good amount. Correia has been the best so far but dont expect that to keep up for too long, his track record shows he sits between 5.00 and 4.50 ERA. Pelfrey has been pretty bad so far too but I think he will get a little better as the year goes on, but he shouldnt be any higher than a 5 maybe a 4. Worley and Hernandez dont belong in the MLB, they are both horrible. They throw meatballs every pitch it seems like. In all theres not much to say about our roto, its full of guys that struggle to reach 90MPH and have very little movement on any of their pitches. They show no comand and control. Diamond and Corriea are the only 2 that should be on a MLB roto that expects to actualy win games, and they would be 4 and 5 guys. We have the least amount of Ks for a starting roto in the league and the next closest has double ours. Its sad when your closer has 1 less K than your top starter.... I know pelfrey, Hernandez and Worley wont be here long but I cant stand them. The Twins finaly decided to get some pitchers that can throw hard and get Ks when they got Gibson, Meyer, May and Berrios. I cant wait til they start trickling in so we can look forward to watching our pitchers. Hopefully we draft Manaea or Stewart in this years draft, then we will have a really good group of starting pitching prospects that throw hard and get Ks. I dont understand how it took so long for the Twins to realize that the more Ks the roto gets the less times the ball is in play.
  10. My brother and I have been in Ft. Myers since Sunday night. My brother is talking about extending his stay next winter--good for him--but I'm sure I won't be down here more than a week in the near future. The weather has been cooler than last year and I've only gotten in the pool once. I'm playing golf tomorrow ahead of going to Jet Blue to see one more game before heading back to wintry Minnesota. This is my second year here and with the added experience I have seen more and experienced much more minor league activity. I have seen almost all of the Twins top minor leaguers, except for Berrios and Rosario, and I think the future looks pretty good. Sano and Buxton could be great players and JR seems particularly high on Buxton. There are oodles of Latin players and I noted an increased number of Hispanic coaches among the minor league staff. I'm not sure there's enough pitching in the lower minors, but perhaps that is the case in every camp. The big league team doesn't look too good. Part of that may be the absence of Mauer and until yesterday, Morneau. The starting pitching looks subpar and the bullpen is iffy. There doesn't figure to be much offense from the middle infield and the prospective corner OFs lack range. This rebuilding team is slated to start four guys over 30 on Mauer's birthday, which points to me that the Twins will almost certainly move someone by the deadline. The experience of watching Twins games is a good one. You see many people and get to know quite a few of them. The staff is friendly and helpful. It is worth it if any Twins' fan gets the chance.
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