Rand: Twins prospects project to be better than veterans

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  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS player projections for the 2014 Twins, released Friday at FanGraphs.com, can be read a couple different ways. In the short view, it offers a pretty pessimistic look at the potential offensive output for 2014, as it stands now — which of course still includes plenty of offseason.

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Jakein08Dec. 17, 13 6:48 AM

What happens between the lines is what matters. Who cares about these projections?

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danbann5Dec. 17, 13 8:32 AM

Twins have no interest in putting a quality product on the field. As long as "fans" fill the seats at the ballpark, mediocrity will continue to be the name of the game.

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Dantes929Dec. 17, 13 9:29 AM

Projections here aren't really much different from the eye test. Projections probably weren't that great for the 1987, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2008 Twins and probably too rosy for the 2011 Twins. This analysis wasn't anything new. How has the predictions in the past related to reality?

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greenway1Dec. 17, 13 9:50 AM

Bring the kids (Sano and Buxton) and let them get their lumps. It can't be any worse than where they are now.

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boneyardDec. 17, 13 9:53 AM

Well, to build a team, a FO has to make projections. It would be impossible to draft, trade, or sign a FA without some prognostication. Sometimes they're wildly wrong (see, e.g., projection that Nishioka would be a better mlb SS than Hardy). No FO is going to be right 100% of the time. Or even 90%. Their job is to be right more often than not. The Twins FO, unfortunately, has been mostly wrong about things for several years now. That's what really ahs to change.

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kindaliberalDec. 17, 1310:00 AM

The ZIPS report means zip. Mauer will certainly hit better than .292 and hit more homers in 2013 than ZIPS projected even though he missed the last 1/4 of the year. WAR means nothing to me and IMO Mauer's bat has always been more valuable than his catching. It would be nice if Sano and Buxton can make the move to the majors. Hrbek jumped from single A and I think Buxton has more talent. Sano may need one more year of fielding his position in the minors but could be a dangerous DH. If we are going to lose, bring up the kids like they did with Hrbek, Gaetti, Bruno and that bunch and let them rip and learn.

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nshoreDec. 17, 1310:09 AM

If they can find somebody to hit behind Mauer I think the change to 1B is going to do him a lot of good and he's going to have a monster year.

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jacksoncageDec. 17, 1310:36 AM

My 50 year old neighbor with 1 leg projects out higher tham hjalf the lineup.

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duke71Dec. 17, 1311:10 AM

The Twins should sign Choo. That would give them a big boost offensively as well as making right field a strength. Go for broke Twins!

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Jakein08Dec. 17, 13 1:15 PM

That sure would be nice duke71!

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