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[ENEMY LINES]
Mark Bechtel
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Twins
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March 26, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Twins

If good teams come to Minnesota not ready to play, the Twins can pick them off in a series. Winning 75 to 81 games and moving up a notch in the standings is a reasonable goal....

They have quietly built a half-decent pitching staff, especially with Brad Radke and Eric Milton at the top of the rotation. I'll take Milton's next five years over Radke's. Joe Mays is maturing. Matt Kinney looks like he could be a good middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. I want to see Mark Redman have another year like last year before I'm sold....

The bullpen is pretty good. Every team wants Eddie Guardado....

With the exception of Cristian Guzman and Matt Lawton, they don't have top position players. They're desperate for a big RBI guy. They have a bunch of number 6 to 8 hitters with no real upside....

They have to hope that one of three guys emerges with some power this year: Doug Mientkiewicz—and I don't see that happening—or Corey Koskie or David Ortiz. Ortiz is the wild card. He's got huge raw power, but that hasn't translated into game production....

Their outfield defense is good, with Lawton, Jacque Jones, Torii Hunter and John Barnes, a kid who can help them as a fourth outfielder....

Luis Rivas is a Randy Velarde-type player, a doubles hitter....

Stale is a perfect word for Tom Kelly. He's proved he can win with good players, but maybe he should be with another club and let a young, energetic guy take the kids and grow with them. Kelly ran Todd Walker out of town, and he's never been known for giving young kids a lot of leash.

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