Substitutions: Joe Mauer to 3rd base, Danny Valencia to Shortstop, Alexi Casilla to Bench or AAA Rochester
Like I said in the previous slide, the skills at catcher apply to 1st base. They also apply to 3rd base, but not as much as 1st base. Mauer can keep the ball in front of him, make a strong throw from 3rd to 1st, and he has quick reflexes.
Need any more reason to put him at 3rd?
Shortstop: I believe that shortstop is the hardest position to play in baseball, besides catcher. I thought it would easy when my coach moved me to shortstop on my 6th grade travel baseball team. I was a good second baseman, making one error over 20 games. That night when I was moved to shortstop, I made six errors.
Danny Valencia will be put up to a challenge if he ever moved to shortstop, but I believe he can handle it. In 81 games last year, he made six errors at 3rd base, which isn't too shabby. If he moves over, I'd expect him to take a lot of time to get used to it. He'd be a good fit.
Bench: Alexei Casilla is not a MLB player in my eyes. He is a MLB fielder, but his batting average is lower than a high school dropout's GPA. You may think I'm being too harsh, but Manager Ron Gardenhire is handing him his MLB opportunity to him on a silver platter, yet he still disappoints.
I've had enough of him.
He's currently hitting .152, which is 2nd worst on the team next to Drew Butera (who isn't exactly the best MLB player ever, but I will gripe about him at a different time). Gardenhire needs to either drop him down to AAA Rochester, or give up on Alexi.