Wetmore: 5 thoughts following Mike Pelfrey's 2014 debut
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The Twins fell to 1-3 Friday after Mike Pelfrey had coasted through 5 innings. He was tagged for two bombs in the sixth and then things unraveled for the Twins in the seventh.
Cleveland was celebrating the 20-year anniversary of 'The Jake,' now known as Progressive Field.
Here are five thoughts from Friday:
1. Chris Colabello homered to right-center field Friday off Danny Salazar. It looked like a breaking ball that stayed out over the plate and above the belt. I'm not writing off Colabello's performance in spring and in the minors, but I'm curious to see if he can maintain production once pitchers starting busting fastballs on his hands.
2. Jason Kipnis' contract extension is an example of something the Twins should look to do with their young core players. He's one of the best young second baseman in baseball and Cleveland took a calculated risk. The deal is for six years, $52.5 million, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That includes all of his arbitration-eligible years and the first two years of free agency. Perhaps the best part for the Indians, they have a team option for a seventh year ($16.5 million, $2.5 million buyout). They get the choice at the end of the deal if a third free-agent, full-market-value season is worth picking up.
The Indians are taking a risk, but if Kipnis performs to the level they apparently think he's capable of, it could work out to be a bargain.
Let a prospect show you he's for real with a year or two of Major League performance, then take a calculated risk to buy out his arbitration years and a few free-agent years.
3. I'm not sure what third base coach Joe Vavra was thinking when he sent Kurt Suzuki home from second base on Brian Dozier's second-inning single. There were two outs and Brantley appeared to field the ball when Suzuki was on third base. Brantley threw him out at the plate by at least 10 feet.
Joe Mauer would have batted with two outs and men on first and third.
4. I still am skeptical of Trevor Plouffe, but he's got my attention. We have a lot of data to suggest he won't be anything more than an average big leaguer. His added muscle and hot start haven't made me change my mind on him, but he's worth watching this year..
5. Plouffe ranks fourth on this subjective list with a long title:
Players on the 25-man roster that I'm most curious to see on offense in 2014
1- Aaron Hicks
3- Josmil Pinto