Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ok...Now What?

Now with Revere and Span gone, the Twins are going to turn, most likely, to Darin Mastroianni to fill in as the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.  However, with only 78 major league games under his belt, the former 16th round draft pick, is not exactly what any major league team would be excited to call their game day starter in the #8 position.

He batted only .252 last season with 45 K's to just 18 walks and a .328 OBP.  One bright spot however, is the 21 stolen bases which put him 2nd on the team behind Ben Revere's 40.  So as long as he can get on base, he can make some things happen on the base paths.  Mastroianni's defense isn't anything worth noting, however, and is a far cry from the glove work of Span or Revere.

Aaron Hicks
So what's the full time answer at center field?  More than likely, the position will be open for 2008 first round draft pick Aaron Hicks.  He put together a nice season in AA last year hitting .286 with 13 hr's and 61 RBI.  He also hit 11 triples and swiped 32 bases to go along with a .384 OBP.

Defensively, Hicks is ranked as the top outfielder in the Twins farm system and has the best outfield arm.  In high school he was clocked at 97 mph as a pitcher.

Of course, throwing a rookie in the starting lineup can always be a crap shoot, but if he's ready, Hicks could be a viable replacement to Span and Revere. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Span, Revere - Gone

Former Twin Ben Revere
The Minnesota Twins are making some waves to say the least.  After just recently dealing starting center fielder Denard Span to the Nationals, the Twins decide to trade their only existing center fielder away to the Phillies.  Ben Revere will now be donning the Philadelphia pinstripes as their newest field general, and in return, the Twins get the be-spectacled, mohawk wearing, 6' 2" right hander Vance Worley plus Phillies top pitching prospect, righty, Trevor May (AA - 10-13, 4.87) as well as minor league RHP Ryan Pressly (A, AA - 7-5, 5.38). 

It's easy to see what Twins GM Terry Ryan is focusing on this offseason and that's PITCHING!  Of course Denard Span was traded earlier this week for a 6' 9" flame throwing minor league prospect called Alex Meyer, Nationals top pitching prospect, who strikes guys out at a 10.5 per 9 clip.

Former Twin Denard Span
Amid speculation that the Twins are scrapping the 2013 season by getting pitching "prospects", Terry Ryan said, "I don't think we are taking steps back.  We are trying to take steps forward. I would understand if someone did equate it into taking a step back, [but] we aren't going to take a step forward until we get pitching."

New Twin Vance Worley
Ryan says there's plenty of money left in the piggy bank for free agents, but is that something they will be looking to spend on more pitching?  Let's not forget the other gaping hole in center where Denard Span and sometimes Ben Revere once stood.  Guys like  Darin Mastroianni, Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson are the top choices as of right now to fill that void.