All Things 2021-2022 Minnesota Twins Off-Season Thread

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If they did that (I don't think they will), Polanco would still probably get his fair share of starts at SS. So Arreaz could easily play at least 1/3 of the time at 2B and 1/3 at 3B.

I'm pretty certain they will sign a veteran SS for 1 year again. I'm not sure Gordon will ever be an everyday player. But he could be a solid speedy utility guy.
With Miranda ready, there won't really be 3B AB's for Arreaz IMO. And playing him in the OF is not ideal.
 

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from all accounts, the Twins do not see Gordon as an everyday SS. That's why they played him at so many positions - as a try-out for the super-utility position.

One thing to consider for roster spots - La Tortuga is almost sure to be gone.

At C, they have to decide between Garver, Jeffers and Rortvedt. Garver would have some trade value. Jeffers and Rortvedt are the better defensive catchers. Jeffers also looks to have some power.
 

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from all accounts, the Twins do not see Gordon as an everyday SS. That's why they played him at so many positions - as a try-out for the super-utility position.

One thing to consider for roster spots - La Tortuga is almost sure to be gone.

At C, they have to decide between Garver, Jeffers and Rortvedt. Garver would have some trade value. Jeffers and Rortvedt are the better defensive catchers. Jeffers also looks to have some power.
I am against the idea of trading Garver. With Rocco. even if Garver stays healthy, the back-up catcher will catch 30-40% of the time anyway. I don't want Rortvedt getting 250 AB's.
 

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Twins reassign their hitting coach with designs on updating their organizational philosophy

The Twins want someone who can break down a swing, but they’d also like to hire a hitting coach adept at using analytical tools. Those were two of the traits identified by Twins brass as desirable after the club announced Wednesday that co-hitting coach Edgar Varela has been reassigned to a new role following two seasons in the major leagues.

The Twins also announced the reassignment of major-league field coordinator Kevin Morgan. Morgan’s field coordinator position will not be filled, but the Twins still have three openings on manager Rocco Baldelli’s coaching staff. In addition to a co-hitting coach, the Twins are searching for a bench coach and another coach following the retirement of Bill Evers. Varela and Morgan are expected to remain in the organization in player-development roles.

“This person that we bring in next will be a very big voice on our hitting side,” Baldelli said. “We’re going to want to weigh that person’s thoughts but (also) the technical aspect of swing work and a lot of the other advancements that are going on in our game. … I do think a lot of different (offensive) advancements in the game are happening as we speak, and I think someone that can tap into those things — that will be a big part of what we’re doing here.”

Similar to the way pitching throughout baseball evolved through the use of analytics more than half a decade ago, the Twins see rapid development occurring on the offensive side of the sport and want to be on the cutting edge. They’d like a coach who’s adept in areas such as kinematic efficiency and wouldn’t be afraid to use biometric sensors to analyze a swing.

An alteration in offensive strategy should not come as a surprise. The Twins have embraced change under president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, particularly in the way they’ve approached pitching. Long gone are the days of pitching to contact. Through adjusted pitch sequencing, identifying underutilized pitches or even pitching coach Wes Johnson’s biometrics background, analytical information has helped Twins pitchers unlock more consistent swing-and-miss pitches than at any time in the organization’s history.

Though the 2021 season was an outright disaster, Twins pitchers led the American League in FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement from 2019 to 2020 and were second in baseball. Falvey sees a similar opportunity to improve on the hitting side.

“Your players are expecting to have some of those resources, have people that know how to use that information, how to translate it for them,” Falvey said. “I remember I had this conversation five to seven years ago about pitching, and now all of a sudden we’re here on hitting. It’s the same thing on the other side.

“We’ve all talked about it, our whole group has: What type of skills do we need? What are we missing? What communication styles do we have? And then, ultimately, how can we fill that as creatively as possible, both on the bench and off the bench as we build through the offseason?”

One internal candidate on the Twins’ list is Triple-A hitting coach Matt Borgschulte. Young hitters Ryan Jeffers and Trevor Larnach sang Borgschulte’s praises after they worked with him this season. So did veteran Rob Refsnyder, who worked with Borgschulte to revamp his swing with Triple-A St. Paul in April and had an .871 OPS in 62 first-half plate appearances before a concussion and several hamstring injuries derailed his season.

“He’s really good,” Refsnyder said. “He’s young. He studies and he knows what he’s talking about. I think, shortly, he’ll be in the big leagues here soon as a hitting coach. I think he’s really, really good.”


Win Twins!!
 

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Twins reassign their hitting coach with designs on updating their organizational philosophy

The Twins want someone who can break down a swing, but they’d also like to hire a hitting coach adept at using analytical tools. Those were two of the traits identified by Twins brass as desirable after the club announced Wednesday that co-hitting coach Edgar Varela has been reassigned to a new role following two seasons in the major leagues.

The Twins also announced the reassignment of major-league field coordinator Kevin Morgan. Morgan’s field coordinator position will not be filled, but the Twins still have three openings on manager Rocco Baldelli’s coaching staff. In addition to a co-hitting coach, the Twins are searching for a bench coach and another coach following the retirement of Bill Evers. Varela and Morgan are expected to remain in the organization in player-development roles.

“This person that we bring in next will be a very big voice on our hitting side,” Baldelli said. “We’re going to want to weigh that person’s thoughts but (also) the technical aspect of swing work and a lot of the other advancements that are going on in our game. … I do think a lot of different (offensive) advancements in the game are happening as we speak, and I think someone that can tap into those things — that will be a big part of what we’re doing here.”

Similar to the way pitching throughout baseball evolved through the use of analytics more than half a decade ago, the Twins see rapid development occurring on the offensive side of the sport and want to be on the cutting edge. They’d like a coach who’s adept in areas such as kinematic efficiency and wouldn’t be afraid to use biometric sensors to analyze a swing.

An alteration in offensive strategy should not come as a surprise. The Twins have embraced change under president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, particularly in the way they’ve approached pitching. Long gone are the days of pitching to contact. Through adjusted pitch sequencing, identifying underutilized pitches or even pitching coach Wes Johnson’s biometrics background, analytical information has helped Twins pitchers unlock more consistent swing-and-miss pitches than at any time in the organization’s history.

Though the 2021 season was an outright disaster, Twins pitchers led the American League in FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement from 2019 to 2020 and were second in baseball. Falvey sees a similar opportunity to improve on the hitting side.

“Your players are expecting to have some of those resources, have people that know how to use that information, how to translate it for them,” Falvey said. “I remember I had this conversation five to seven years ago about pitching, and now all of a sudden we’re here on hitting. It’s the same thing on the other side.

“We’ve all talked about it, our whole group has: What type of skills do we need? What are we missing? What communication styles do we have? And then, ultimately, how can we fill that as creatively as possible, both on the bench and off the bench as we build through the offseason?”

One internal candidate on the Twins’ list is Triple-A hitting coach Matt Borgschulte. Young hitters Ryan Jeffers and Trevor Larnach sang Borgschulte’s praises after they worked with him this season. So did veteran Rob Refsnyder, who worked with Borgschulte to revamp his swing with Triple-A St. Paul in April and had an .871 OPS in 62 first-half plate appearances before a concussion and several hamstring injuries derailed his season.

“He’s really good,” Refsnyder said. “He’s young. He studies and he knows what he’s talking about. I think, shortly, he’ll be in the big leagues here soon as a hitting coach. I think he’s really, really good.”


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Wes? :unsure:
 


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With Miranda ready, there won't really be 3B AB's for Arreaz IMO. And playing him in the OF is not ideal.
Miranda will only be in the Majors if he gets the opportunity to play everyday. I'm not sure that will happen right away next year unless there's injuries, Donaldson is going to be primarily a DH or someone's traded.

I would love to see him with the team ASAP, just not sure when it will be.
 

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Miranda will only be in the Majors if he gets the opportunity to play everyday. I'm not sure that will happen right away next year unless there's injuries, Donaldson is going to be primarily a DH or someone's traded.

I would love to see him with the team ASAP, just not sure when it will be.
I think Donaldson will be the primary DH next season with Miranda at 3rd. He will probably still play 3rd 1-2 times/week. His defense is not what it once was.
 




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