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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:38 pm

After 459 ABs in 2006 (the most in his career thus far), Punto posted a .290 AVG, swiping 17 bags and scoring 73 Runs last season. Is anybody looking at him this season? Either in deeper leagues, or as a MI option? He has eligibility at 2B, SS, and 3B, so position flexibility is there as well. How regular will his PT be? What league size/format should consider drafting this guy? With the question marks at the 2B position, is he a way to get a near-.300 AVG and upwards of 20 steals, or was last year a fluke??
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Postby bellings » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:36 pm

I think that a good year for Punto would be 85/2/50/20/.290. If you're happy with these numbers, then yeah, draft him.

Edit: I should say more. Punto wasn't a fluke last year. He worked really hard during spring training with guys like Paul Molitor to improve his approach at the plate. His BA is for real. And he's going to be playing everyday this year. That's why my projection is similar to last years numbers as opposed to his career numbers.
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Postby jfg » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:08 pm

Yeah, all he needed was an everyday job. He did fall off at the end, but I think he'll continue to hit lefties well this year and keep that average close to around .290
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Postby Surfs up » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:33 pm

I have him left from last year. Hes a keeper for $1.00 on my AL only team. He doesn't qualify at second in our league. But SS is fine with me. I can't fill the spot any cheaper. Its saves me money to put elsewhere. They have said Cirillo could steal some time from Punto but Cirillo isn't doing anything this spring.
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Postby bellings » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:59 pm

Surfs up wrote:I have him left from last year. Hes a keeper for $1.00 on my AL only team. He doesn't qualify at second in our league. But SS is fine with me. I can't fill the spot any cheaper. Its saves me money to put elsewhere. They have said Cirillo could steal some time from Punto but Cirillo isn't doing anything this spring.


"They" are probably fantasy "experts" that don't really follow the Twins. The major reason that Cirillo is getting a solid look is because Gardy is opposed to moving Punto around as a utility. Punto is the everyday 3B, and Gardy wants him to feel comfortable in that role. The only time that Cirillo should be playing in place of Punto is for a standard day off.
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Postby Ender » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:04 pm

The Twins should start Cirillo every chance they get because well Punto just isn't very good.

Sad thing is he was better vs lefties last year than righties and has no right to start against a righty with those stats.
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Postby Surfs up » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:04 pm

Thanks for that Cirillo update. ;-D I know Punto isn't the big power guy everybody looks for in a third baseman but hes the guy for me tis at SS.
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Postby cy23young » Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:49 am

Yeah, ss is a tough spot to fill this year. Not very deep at all.
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Postby looptid » Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:42 am

I'm not as bullish on Punto as most Twins fans. He set a pedestrian career high in games played last season with 135 and has landed on the disabled list a few times. He also had to post a career year to turn into a useful starter.

Anecdotes about Punto and Hall of Famers are nice, but I'm not sold the gains are real, or that even if they were, that some small regression isn't coming.
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Postby BlueBandit24 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:10 am

looptid wrote:I'm not as bullish on Punto as most Twins fans. He set a pedestrian career high in games played last season with 135 and has landed on the disabled list a few times. He also had to post a career year to turn into a useful starter.

Anecdotes about Punto and Hall of Famers are nice, but I'm not sold the gains are real, or that even if they were, that some small regression isn't coming.


I agree. I expect a step back in his numbers, last year just seemed too good to be true. I think he'll still be effective as a spark plug but from a fantasy standpoint I don't think his numbers will make an impact.
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