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  1. #796
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    We were counting/planning on Deduno as another long man out of the pen, but Pelfrey's injury has forced him into the rotation.....he just seems better suited for the pen. Yesterday's outing looked worse than it was...I mean both homers were on pretty good pitches and both Hunter and Cabrera basically bounced superballs off the area in front of the plate for hits. Sam's issue more so is he lets a couple baserunners cause him to try even harder which usually results in the inning snowballing.

    Our pen isn't in as good a shape as we'd like...Swarzak and Burton in particular are less reliable than they've been.
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  2. #797
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    Quote Originally Posted by specialiststeve View Post
    Understanding your thinking but respectfully disagree...

    With all of our "issues" especially pitching we are still only 2.5 games out of the last playoff spot. I think that is the reason for the pickup. Seems to be an educated risk - which is VERY smart. If we take off and continue to stay in the race ... we keep Morales.

    As far as our pitching I would believe that the "kids" will be up in the near future. Remember it is not AAA and bringing in the young pitchers is not a "sure" thing. Trying to let the Vets turn it around has to be 1st priority with the investment and experience they have. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint. Nolasco will be fine
    Correia, Deduno not so much and that is where there will be changes if they don't see consistent improvement soon
    If the organization thought we had a chance of winning they'd play the best roster they can muster. I wouldn't even expect them to spend money on Morales but to simply play the best players you have available. Instead, they spend money then continue to throw people out there who have no business being out there. Vets get a chance to push through a bad spout, I get that, but when do you call it quits? When do you say "We're still in this despite poor play - lets improve" and make the appropriate adjustments?

    May and Meyer are both 24. We're not talking about "pushing" 20-22 year olds to the majors early. Even if each of them pitch to a 4.5 ERA I'd be better served watching them gain MLB experience than the alternative....

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    With Meyer not on the 40-man roster, he won't be coming up any time really soon. It is possible that the team could move Pelfrey to the 60-day DL to open a spot for him. If that happens, I look for him to come up quickly.

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    Here is something to think about; http://www.sportingnews.com/fantasy/...-walker-heaney

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    Deduno to the pen where he'll likely fare better.....Pino gets the start on Thursday
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  6. #801
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    Pino makes his MLB debut at age 30? He's pitched well enough in AAA over the years I'm surprised he hasn't gotten a chance. I guess it's a good story and a decent move for a while. I don't see him having the potential staying power Meyer or May have on the roster but I guess we'll see.

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    Better late than never, guys. Its good to see his hard work rewarded like this. His debut was pretty impressive.

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    he definitely earned another start....and it's great to see guys like this stick to it and be rewarded, for sure
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    International Free Agency is about to start, and apparently the Twins are the favorites to land the #17 rated international free agent according to mlb.com
    16 year older Huascar Ynoa...

    The younger brother of A's pitching prospect Michael Ynoa, Huascar Ynoa is one of the most interesting prospects available on the international market this year. When Ynoa is on, he's really on, and he's arguably the best pitcher on the market. But when he's not on, he frustrates observers and draws the ire of scouts who have high expectations for the teenager.<;p> Evaluators love Ynoa's fastball, a pitch that hovers in the low 90s and was recently clocked at 94 mph. He also throws a cut fastball in the 90-91 mph range. Ynoa's repertoire also includes a splitter, curveball and a changeup -- the pitch some scouts believe is his best secondary pitch. Ynoa, who just turned 16 in May, is growing and still learning how to harness and repeat his delivery. He played in the International Prospect League.

    One thing is certain: arms like Ynoa's don't come around very often. He is based in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and is trained by Edgar Mercedes. The Twins are the favorite to sign the young pitcher.
    on an unrelated note, the Yankees are in the lead (according to mlb.com), to sign 11 of the top 30 IFA's, including #1, and #2.
    The Astros are second in leading for IFA's, as they are favorites to land 3 of these prospects.

    I feel something needs to be done about this. Maybe you lose draft picks based on how many you sign? I dunno, just seems like a pretty unfair advantage.

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    There is a lot of talk of having an "world-wide" draft. This would put an end to teams being "in the lead" to sign these kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    There is a lot of talk of having an "world-wide" draft. This would put an end to teams being "in the lead" to sign these kids.
    Instead of a world-wide draft they could either hold 2 separate drafts or place some type of draft pick compensation as PurpleJesus suggested. Since each team has an international bonus pool now say that if a team spends in excess of 10% on one player they forfeit their next years 2nd round pick. If they spend in excess of 20% on one player they forfeit their next years 1st round pick. It would hopefully even out the playing field a bit since you would hesitate to spend big money on multiple raw prospects. Additionally you could just decrease a teams bonus pool using "penalties" for signing players in the same way as the draft picks were surrendered above.

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    I know just enough about this to not really know anything about this, but teams have their various camps or schools in various countries (or maybe it's just the Dominican Republic) and I have no idea how that works as far as what kids are what which camps....or is that only for 16 yr olds already drafted by a team

    But yes, it's bad enough that the teams with money have the edge with their major league payrolls, let alone also having that edge in purchasing the rights to players that don't have to be drafted. The Twins have done well over the years, but there should be some sort of restrictions placed. The Yankees, for example, paid how much for the rights and contract of Tanaka...and still have the money to throw at young international players (or maybe Tanaka wouldn't fit this conversation, I don't know...maybe it should only involve players who've previously not played professionally in any country)
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    Jorge Polanco is coming up and Yohan Pino is going back to Rochester. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb
    I've seen Polanco play a few times and was impressed with his approach at the plate. He's another switch-hitting middle-infielder. He might not be ready offensively, but we'll see.

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    "Young" and "Patience" don't typically come in one package but from what I've read that's what this kid is. He's 20 (yes... 20) but can hit doubles. He has a plus arm. Obviously needs seasoning.

    I think this was a desperation move from the Twins. Lack of depth in the middle infield paired with injuries and poor play we had to take someone from the 40 man or we'd have to make a roster move. He'll fill in as a back up for a game or two then we'll send him back down I bet.

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    I'd take Jorge over Florimon at this point.........problem is, can't keep him up here if he's not gonna play most days

    Kid didn't look at all overmatched or overwhelmed...wasn't perfect, but very solid........wonder if he even goes back to A or they say AA instead
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