Hello! Welcome to the latest Twins chat on www.startribune.com! Let's get to the questions. I have a feeling there are many!!!
I don't sense that Molitor is in trouble. Too many people in the organization have wanted him in this role for it to happen during the season
Plouffe more than Jepsen. A decent third baseman should fetch something decent in return. Jepsen will have to pitch better to raise his value.
But I don't think the Twins are ready to go that route just yet.
You're assuming that this is it for Terry Ryan. IF that happens, I'm not sure what they would do. Assistant GM Rob Antony has been looked at as the GM-in-training. If ownership decides to change course during the offseason, my suggestion would be to hire a consultant to examine the entire operation and recommend a GM. Someone with the status on the Pat Gillick level who would be a set of fresh eyes on the operation
He has some shoulder issues that forced the club to rest him. He has started to play catch and should be getting close to throwing in the bullpen.
Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe have taken over as the veterans in the clubhouse who are trying to set the right example. It's tough to lead, however, when you are batting .199
He should be up. But keep in mind that he hasn't been at Rochester long. The numbers look great though. I'm sure the Twins will call him up when they think the time is right. How many times have they called up someone only to see them flounder and have to send them back down? Let's call someone up when they are ready to stay up.
I've had scouts from other teams ask me about him in the past. I think there would be a market for Nunez but, geez, he's the only one hitting right now!
Well, they drafted Buxton, Rosario, Berrios and they were all among the top 100 prospects in the game. So they must be doing something right. All three are still young, and it takes some players longer than others to figure things out. We have to be patient. We are all at fault for expecting the young players to produce right away. Given the expectations this year, I underestimated how difficult it is to win and develop at the same time.
The Twins have swung and missed with their free agent pitching signings. And they haven't developed many strong starting pitching prospects. That's on them. I'm concerned that many of these flaws are popping up with the Latin players, which makes me wonder if they need to have a Latin coach at every level to make sure the messages are being delievered.
Well, it seemed like Hughes bounced back some yesterday with a decent outing. The one alarm is that he didn't strike out a batter in six innings of work. Pitchers lose velocity as they get older, it's a fact of baseball live. Hughes losing 4 mph in one year is a head-scratcher, though
One of the age old questions. How much does a hitting or pitching coach matter? It seems like good players make them look good. One thing that Bruno can't get away from is that it LOOKS like hitters are making adjustments. Is that all his fault. I'm not sure.
I do, because they suffered through four seasons of 90-something losses, were energized by last season and now have had cold water splashed in their faces this year. Keep in mind that the young players should get better over the next couple years.
I watched it first hand. Torii was one of a kind in that department. But let's not kid ourselves. Moses couldn't get this team out of the hole it is in right now.
Buxton was just starting to figure things out at Rochester when he came down with back spasms. He just returned to the lineup, so let's see how he does. He just added a leg kick to his approach that seems to be working, but I'm sure the Twins will want to make sure he's at his best when they call him up again. Let's not forget that the man was batting around .160 when he was demoted. He HAD to go down.
We thought it would be easy for them to take the next step, but it wasn't. There have been injuries. And the pitching staff has been awful. The Twins should have done more for the bullpen during the offseason. That was a tactical blunder
I think Terry has been up front about not getting things done this year. What he has to prove is that he's able make moves this year that will make the team stronger for years to come. The Twins haven't raised the surrender flag yet, but once they come to grips with the season being lost, Terry has to be proactive.
Look, Sano doesn't have a toxic attitude. He's a young man who has to mature in some areas. I think he's being humbled now, statistically, and it's time for him to show what kind of man he can be. He's a good guy. Full of confidence. And he's learning what it takes to succeed on this level
The right side of the infield has to turn it on. Plain and simple. Hughes and Ervin Santana have to start going seven-to-eight
strong innings every time out.
I think the way things unfolded yesterday showed you don't have to hit a player to get a message across
Terry Ryan said Dozier will get things sorted out up here. So I don't see it.
I agree with half of that statement. Berrios, Sano and Buxton are not mediocre. Rosario can be a good player once he controls the strike zone better. These players weren't just good in the Twins' eyes. They were considered top prospects by people outside the organization