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This piece feels like kind of a tweener. The point, that institutional continuity in Minnesota is making staleness into a virtue, is well-taken. But outside of smartly contextualizing over the past two and a half decades instead of the last one and a half, there's not really a lot of insight into why what the Twins do isn't working. Since it's not working at present, that works - but without reference to specific ruts the Twins are living in there's not much to work with here. And if they start winning again, then it's pretty easy to shrug off the above.
Twins fans could fill in a lot of the details. Command/control pitchers. Veteran acquisitions whose best attributes are having played for the Twins before. Parker Hageman wrote a nice thing for TwinsDaily on their MiLB system kind of shoehorning every hitter into the same swing. Stuff like that.
Conjecture seemed to be in play when you described "a short sighted organizational philosophy." But since we have access to the Twins brass' actual, stated notions about Jay then that seems like a useful way to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Deron+Johnson">Deron Johnson</a></span> was pretty explicit that the Twins drafted Jay in order to make him a starter. That might not work, but it seems worth noting in a blurb that kind of dings (fairly, if it's true) picking a reliever that early.
My understanding was that his suspension was for a drug of abuse, not PED.
I really enjoyed it when this site (I believe) coined the term "Brad Radke Clone Army" but I think it's led to an unfortunate diminishment of a really nice career. A team would be lucky to have a rotation full of Brad Radkes just as the Twins were lucky to have even the one of them when they were losing 95+ games.
The problem with collecting Brad Radke types isn't that those pitchers might turn out like Brad Radke. It's the more likely scenario is that you'll end up with the same amount of attrition as any other team faces with pitching prospects but your only graduates are the Nick Blackburns of the world.
I think the weird "what was Eddie Rosario suspended for?" story landed on a drug of abuse and not a performance enhancing one. I don't think that matters for the above analysis, but if I'm not wrong (and I could be) it seems worth correcting.
Does Cedar Rapids top New Britain as the Twins affiliate to catch because the Opening Day destination and promotion schedule of Sano, Buxton, and Meyer is a bit tough to guess? Or because the Kernals rotation is that much fun?
I actually plan on seeing both this summer, so I'll be delighted with either answer.
That's entirely reasonable. Thanks for the reply.
Would clarifying in some way how many anonymous sources are here harm their ability to contribute in the future? Because it's kind of a difficult to read this as a conversation when it's unclear how many Redacted-s are chiming in.
There you go. Thanks for that!
That makes complete sense, but both MiLB.com and BBRef list Orlando as a Dominican, from someplace called Anaco.
I thought Orlando Arcia was Oswaldo's brother. How did they end up from different countries?
I suspect he means that the Twins are in the position of a team that usually sells aggressively at the deadline, not that it is part of the Minnesota Twin character.
Pat Neshek apparently sort of happened into that delivery between high school and college. I think the story was that his coach at Butler had to show him video to prove that he was throwing kind of weirdly.
They left Jorge Polanco, whose primary attribute so far seems to be his glove at short, in the GCL while two of his classmates that seem destined to outgrow shortstop, Sano and Niko Goodrum, have been manning shortstop in Elizabethton. Kind of weird, but so far it seems like shortstop quality is pretty far down on the list of reasons why Appy League pitchers can't keep runs off the board.
If Polanco still needs to learn how to hit, maybe it's better to take that time to see how long Sano and Goodrum can hack it in the middle infield.
Mauer has started a rehab assignment. He's caught once and DH'd once with the Miracle.
I have a question about pop times. Two-tenths of a second from, say, a plus time of 1.85 seconds to an apparently slower-than-average time of 2.05 seconds points towards a ... very high level of confidence in the human thumb. If I recall correctly, the conversion for manual timing to a speculative electronic timing for sprint events in track and field is .24 seconds, for instance.
Is this the kind of measure that scouts gain certainty of through volume? How many times do you need to see a catcher do this in order to think you've got it right?
Is Soliman a "Manny"? He came out of nowhere last year and while I'm happy to refer to him by whatever he wants, the Manny-and-not-Manuel memo hasn't filtered all the way down to the fan level yet, it seems.
Twins president is Dave St. Peter. Not Carl.
I didn't have anything to add or ask, but wanted to chime in anyhow with a "thanks for this". Seriously, I appreciate the work.
I agree with ErikJH. There was, for instance, in Saturday's game a fairly compelling momentary showdown between the best position player and the best pitcher in the AL that may have been worth digging into a little bit. I don't expect BPro writers or readers to bother with the "Twins do the little things" reputation because, true or not, it's not very interesting. What's good about this site are conversations about what *is* interesting about baseball, not perfunctory pieces about how uninteresting the baseball I've been watching the past few days is. Or weirdly disconnected follow-up scolding that seems better directed towards John Kruk or Harold Reynolds.
Fun Fact: Michael Tonkin is Jason Kubel's brother in law.
Didn't Alfonso Soriano go 40/40 in 2006 with the Nats?
What happens to this game and the possible Tuesday play-off if it rains? Because it really looks like it\'s going to rain.