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The Twins actually saw some growth from Schafer after he adjusted his stance at the plate and began taking more pitches. And he didn't play too poorly late last season when he was picked up by the club.
It's going to be interesting to see how the Twins handle this. I don't see how they can go through the season without trading for relief help. I expect a constant shuttle to and from Rochester to bring in relievers. Twins fans should pull for Nick Burdi and Jake Reed to zoom through the minors this season.
Thielbar will be back at some point. Aaron Thompson will get his chance. Manager Molitor said Blaine Boyer has the stuff to get lefties out as well as righties. We will see.....
I think Brian Dozier is set up to take off from last year. He spent the spring working on using the whole field more. He knows how to hit home runs - he has that swing in his bag. Now it's about rounding out his offensive game.
I leave camp worried about Oswaldo Arcia. He swing looks long and he keeps having stomach problems.
Brad Radke, Eric Milton, Cristian Guzman, Joe Mauer, Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia were called up before 25. It is not a Twins habit. And letting the future finish in the majors got them into the mess with Hicks.
Good question. I think Buxton has to knock off some rust first, but he could jump from Double-A. I think it comes down to the individual, and Buxton has a different mentality than Hicks.
I think Eric Farris. I'll check
It sure is. But it's hard to justify taking a guy to the majors when he walks four batters in a spring training game. He's got to throw more strikes.
They might move Hicks, Rosario and Farris around. You know the Twins, no one plays one position - unless they are Kennys Vargas
I think there's a good chance. He's been healthy since the end of last season, has been able to train the way he wants to train and prepare for the regular season the way he wants to prepare. He's been working on pulling the ball more - especially when the first baseman is holding runners on - and he just seems to be in a better frame of mind.
I think concerns about the bullpen could lead the manager to letting starters work out of jams more.
Well, Gardy liked to run too. The Twins were in the middle of the pack in attempts last season. And Molly wants to be active on the bases as well. If Schafer, Santana and Dozier maintain decent OBP they will heat up the basepaths
It's going to be close, and I'm going with Cleveland. Love the pitching staff, from top to bottom. The offense will be good. A little worried about the defense but they have some strikeout pitchers, so balls won't be put into play as much
Yes the two young fireballers in the division, Ventura with KC and Salazar with Cleveland
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Most teams send Kris Bryant down and will claim it is because of other reasons than service time. He hit for a lot of power in spring training but struck out a lot and is trying to improve outfield play, right? So the Cubs can say he needs to work on things. Look, the system needs to be changed. If the player's association wants to change the system they better be ready to offer something in exchange.
That lineup seemed to work didn't it? The Twins are committed to playing Santana at short. That's where they think he should play and you can't blame them. A kid with his offensive potential would be great to have at SS
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75-87, which could land them in last place again if the division is as competitive as everyone says it is.
I think Pelfrey can thrive as a reliever. He should be able to throw 94-95 out of the bullpen and he's had good results with the split-fingered pitch he's learning. This could actually prolong his career.
Tough break for him. You have to be concerned since his ERA has been on the rise over the last three seasons. You hope he's not on the path to a serious injury and time away from the game. Glad I was able to get through that without a Game of War reference....
Looks like No. 4 is going to bat No. 7 in the No. 3 spot in the order. Molly seems to want balance, so he's not going to put Dozier and Hunter in the 3-4 spots to bat Mauer third. I like Hunter in the cleanup spot for now because he's a veteran hitter who will find ways to drive in runs.
In the grand scheme of things, what is the problem with being patient? The team is not a challenger. There's going to be a surge of prospects to the majors over the next two seasons. Might as well go with this arrangement for now and call Hicks up if he gets off to a fast start.