Put them in, Coach: These Twins are ready to play center field

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 16, 2013 - 10:04 PM

There's an open competition for the Twins in center field, where one of three players with little experience is expected to get the nod.

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Dantes929Feb. 16, 13 9:25 PM

Puckett, Hunter, Span and Revere were all untested rookies at one point. I'm not really worried about center field. All we hear is that at an absolute minimum Hicks is an excellent defensive centerfielder. If Mastoianni can hit .250 with a little pop then I say put him at 2nd base until Rosario is ready. Hicks, Carroll, Mauer, Willingham, Morneau, Doumit, Plouffe, Parmalee and Mastroianni. Sounds so much better than having Florimon, Escobar, and Butera in there.

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ladykasFeb. 16, 1310:28 PM

I really get tired of the Twins running players out there that can barely hit their weight. we don't need a line-up full of sub .250 hitters.

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loop80Feb. 17, 13 4:11 AM

Hicksie? Come on Gardy, you can come up with something a little more creative than that nickname!

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bruisedupFeb. 17, 13 6:02 AM

My buddy who is a Phils fan knows the Twins screwed the Phils and there is no way I can cheer him up. Getting the Phils 4th starter Worley who goes after the hitters and the Phils #2 prospect, pitcher Trevor May, for Revere was almost unbelievable. Getting the Nats 6'9" 2011 first round pick Alex Meyer for Span was also a great trade. Meyer has a 100 MPH fastball, a circle change, a knuckle curveball, and a power slider, for his pitch selection to choose from. For that it's much easier to look at the inexperience in center field. Hicks alone has the potential to be better (far better) than Revere or Span.

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mlemke63Feb. 17, 13 7:26 AM

As much as I'd like to see Hicks start, I'm guessing the Twins will "Perkins" him and stash him in AAA until June.

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dduwenFeb. 17, 13 7:37 AM

That Clete Thomas even gets a mention as a possibility shows how desperate they are for Hicks to step up and fill the position.

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wndwmkrFeb. 17, 13 7:51 AM

With the Twins pitching prospects this year a centerfielder will be nothing more than a spectator anyway - watching balls leave Target Field.

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cannedfishFeb. 17, 13 8:06 AM

"Hicks, Carroll, Mauer, Willingham, Morneau, Doumit, Plouffe, Parmalee and Mastroianni. Sounds so much better than having Florimon, Escobar, and Butera in there." Dantes929, based on the "Sounds so much better", there really isn't too much hope is there....

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TonyMaFeb. 17, 13 8:53 AM

A lot depends on who is closest to being a Gardy guy.

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RonaldrjFeb. 17, 13 9:23 AM

Willingham-yep keep the older player with less staats for equal pay-makes good sense to me

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