I received a few questions about the Minnesota Twins through Twitter, Facebook and email. I will answer those questions in this article.
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Who has the brighter future: Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano?
It is tough to compare the two because of their contrasting skill sets.
With that said, I think Buxton is going to be a better player in the future. I say that for one reason, Buxton is a more complete player.
The 2012 first round draft pick can hit for power, average, steal bases and play defense.
Sano, an international free agent signing in 2009, is the best power hitter in the minor’s and can hit for average, but he is still a work-in-progress with the glove.
Sano should make his major league debut first, but Buxton should be the face of the team in a few years.
What are your thoughts on the Sano benching? Did he deserve it or did the Twins overreact?
I didn’t see his celebration, but did see the video and it did take him quite awhile to start rounding the bases.
With that said, there has to be more to the story – word is that Sano did not take too well to his trip to management – because more than a one game suspension for over-celebrating is excessive.
He sat four games and hopefully doesn’t change the way he plays because of it.
Who is going to be the Twins first basemen in August and next season?
I doubt the Twins will be able to trade him by Wednesday’s deadline. He has struggled in July and the power numbers are not there. It is highly unlikely anyone will be willing to give up anything for him and his contract.
Is Chris Parmelee a major league hitter or is just somewhere between a major league and triple-A hitter?
Right now, he is a quadruple-A hitter. If he doesn’t figure out how to hit major league pitching more consistently, he is destined to be a depth player.
What is Liam Hendriks’ future? Is he still a possible starter for the Twins or is he going to be traded?
Hendriks threw a good game the other day, but has been inconsistent this season. He has the stuff to be a big league starter, but the Twins can’t have a few good starts sprinkled in between a bunch of bad ones.
The Twins have three options for him; moving him to bullpen, trading him or designating him for assignment. Placing him on waivers appears to be the most likely outcome.
When is Oswaldo Arcia going to be called back up? He is raking in Rochester.
That is a good question. It should happen as soon as possible, but nothing appears imminent. It is curious that the Twins would have two aging backup middle infielders (Jamey Carroll and Doug Bernier) while having a catcher play the outfield. Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann have done a fine job in the outfield, but it is time to get Arcia’s bat back in the lineup.
Right now, who is the ace of the pitching staff for next season?
Mike Pelfrey. The right-hander has been the team’s best starter over the last month or so. Samuel Deduno is the next best option, but Pelfrey is more consistent.