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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Harris or Punto at 2B?

My 2B Organizational Rankings post sparked a little bit of a conversation as to whether Brendan Harris or Nick Punto will be the Twins starting second baseman this season. While I'm going to get into this in a lot more detail just prior to the start of Spring Training, and throughout the spring battle, I wanted to just clarify my position now for the record.

First, let me say that if I were the one making the decision, I would almost certainly pick Harris. Punto is an excellent defensive player, but I don't think Harris is such a butcher that the difference would be particularly meaningful. Given Harris' generally recognized offensive superiority over Punto, then, I think the Twins would get more of a benefit from having Harris in the lineup at 2B rather than Punto.

Nonetheless, I think Punto is going to be handed the job out of Spring Training unless he does absolutely horribly at the plate. The reasons are that the Twins have a much longer relationship with Punto than they do with Harris, and Ron Gardenhire seems to value having his glove on the field. In other words, I think the race is rigged pretty seriously in Punto's favor. As I said, I'll have more on this once Spring Training gets underway -- but this, at least, should provide you with an understanding of why I've stated that Nick Punto will win the 2B job, even if you disagree with my conclusion.

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4 Comments:

  • At Wed Feb 06, 02:18:00 PM , Anonymous SethSpeaks said...

    I fear you are right...
    I hope we are wrong...

     
  • At Wed Feb 06, 04:43:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I know Bill Smith didn't trade away Jason Bartlett to get a bench player. I think he will put the pressure on Gardy to start Harris and not Punto. How bad would the lineup look with Punto and Everett in it.

     
  • At Wed Feb 06, 05:19:00 PM , Anonymous Heine Manush said...

    Bill Smith didn't trade Bartlett to get a bench player, he traded him because that was what he heeded to do to get Delmon.

    That said, I pray that Gardy plays Harris.

     
  • At Thu Feb 07, 03:23:00 PM , Anonymous silv0154 said...

    How can putting out the best lineup be Gardy's worst managerial skill? It seems to defy logic. At least Jason Tyner won't be the starting DH.

     

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