Rumblings from Minnesota Twins Territory: Taylor Rogers becoming elite
By Nate Palmer
The Minnesota Twins have some great writers covering them. “Rumblings from Twins Territory” is small a collection in one place for Puckett’s Pond readers.
One of the greatest things about writing about the Minnesota Twins at Puckett’s Pond is that we are no different than most of you reading us. We are fans. And like you, we are reading all the other great content that is being written about our favorite team the Twins.
Below is a collection of some of the most recent pieces being written around Twins Territory. Enjoy!
Among a widely disappointing season for the Twins, the excitement that should have surrounded the further development of relief pitcher Taylor Rogers was lost. Over at Twins Daily Jamie Cameron did a great job of laying out just how Rogers change in approach and improved command has helped him not just be in the conversation for impact bullpen arm for the Twins internally, but league wide.
Staying on the pages of Twins Daily, Ted Schwerzler writes on how he expects the Twins to make a Big Splash in free agency as the Twins enter their first season in the post-Joe Mauer era. Schwerzler highlights four players, of which he believes the Twins must sign at least one and then lays out his expectations on how the Twins can move into contention again come 2019.
Over at Twinkie Town, TJ Gorsegner dives into Bill James recent controversial statement made on Twitter that all players are replaceable. The point of the comment is that fans cheer more for teams than individual players, but as Gorsegner points out with Mauer as the main example, the players do matter. Just a reminder for us that it will be harder to truly replace Mauer moving into 2019 than maybe any of us were ready for.
Going back a few weeks, Benjamin Chase over at Call to the Pen wrote about how the Twins pitching staff is set up to adapt a minor league strategy to the majors. As the Twins and new manager Rocco Baldelli have experience using the opener, Chase suggests the Twins are set up well with their wealth of number 3/4/5 starter types to use a similar strategy in stacking.