If you’re a Minnesota Twins rookie about to make his major league debut, you can’t do much better than by matching a feat accomplished only by the one and only Kirby Puckett.
That’s just what Wilson Ramos did on Sunday. In his big league debut, Ramos collected four hits in a victory against Cleveland. Ramos, replacing the injured Joe Mauer, became the first catcher in major league history to get at least four hits in his first-ever game. He joins Puckett as the only Twins at any position to accomplish the feat.
Gaudy numbers for sure. And with those numbers comes the inevitable, "What are the Twins going to do with Ramos and Mauer?"
Early in spring training when Joe Nathan went down, I suggested trading Ramos to try and get a bona fide closer. But Ramos absolutely raked in spring training after doing so in winter ball, and I did a 180. I decided, "Let’s wait and see how this kid does."
I still feel that way now. It was great to see the game he had Sunday, but I’m going to reserve judgment. And why not? Mauer is now said to be week-to-week now with his injury, so let’s see how Ramos does as a semi-everyday player first.
I know there’s a tendency to jump to conclusions, and as someone who blogs regularly, I’m guilty as charged on that account. Heck, if I didn’t jump to conclusions, what would I have to write about?
But at this point in the year, it’s hard to believe the Twins will be able to make any big trades, at least not until July. Trades like that can be made in spring training, but they rarely get made in the first half of the season. So I’m just going to see how Ramos does tonight, and the next night?
Ramos’ debut was very encouraging for Twins fans. But I’ve already talked myself into circles once with the Ramos debate. I’m reluctant to do it again.