Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Black Freighter Speaks: Joe Crede & Danny Valencia

Occasionally commenter, Twins-related contributor The Black Freighter has seen the possible writing on the wall when it comes to the hot corner in the Metrodome, and Target Field. Back in April, TBF said this about Danny Valencia:

Do not be surprised when Danny Valencia is manning the hot corner on opening day of Target Field. The 24-year old is the most complete 3rd base prospect the Twins have had in years and will get his chance to be the 3rd baseman of the future. Valencia is a slick fielder, can hit for average and has power. In 486 at bats for Fort Myers and New Britain, Valencia hit .311, with 37 doubles, 15 homeruns and 76 RBI.

Today Joe Crede did not play, after being very effective at the plate the night before, and not playing the night before that. The Twins have to pay big bonuses to Crede if he hits a certain number of at-bats, regardless of performance. Will they give Crede time to prove he's effective enough to get spot duty, or will they start to look at this 2nd part of this season as a time to bring up Valencia?

The Black Freighter Speaks:

I’m calling a Danny Valencia sighting very soon. Crede pulled himself out of the lineup today with severe shoulder pain. If he goes on the DL, I bet they call up 3rd baseman of the future Danny Valencia, who is absolutely raking in AAA (.362 average). Split between AA and AAA this year, he is hitting .308 with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 12 homeruns and 47 RBI. He’s also getting on base at a .370 clip and plays very solid defense. I don’t think he’ll be an immediate All-Star, but I would not be surprised if he put up Cuddyer-like numbers in his first full year (.270, 20 and 75).

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