Twins Sign Dominican Shortstop

30 Nov

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According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Twins have signed Dominican shortstop Javier Pimentel to a $575,000 signing bonus. In July, the 17 year old was ranked as the #10 prospect to come out of the Dominican Republic this year. The Twins continued their trend of spending internationally. Last week, they ‘won’ the rights to negotiate with Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka by posting a bid of $5.3 million. Last year, they signed the #1 prospect from the Dominican Republic, Miguel Sano, to a $3.15 million signing bonus. They also signed Dominican shortstop Jorge Polanco for approximately $750,000. They also signed Max Kepler, believed to be the best prospect ever to come out of Europe, for about $750,000.

Last year, Twins GM Bill Smith told John Bonnes of TwinsCentric (in the 2009/10 Offseason GM Handbook) that the Twins have spent the past decade focusing on the international scouting and now in the last year, they are really seeing the benefits of those efforts. It takes time to penetrate a new market. The Twins clearly have a much better name now in the Dominican Republic. They now have a name in Japan and the Far East. They have been strong in Australia.

What do I know about Javier Pimentel? Pretty much nothing other than what Blake Bentley wrote at MLB Trade Rumors in early July which was, “A wide-shouldered shortstop with a solid bat and plenty of room for improvement.” Sounds like a very talented kid, with power potential, who is very raw and has a long way to go. He may be in the GCL next year, or the Twins may have him spend the summer in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the States.

It’s exciting to be a Twins fan thanks to Target Field. I mean, it’s always exciting for me to be a Twins fan, but the opportunities that are open to the Twins now that were not options just two or three years ago can’t be ignored!   

Any thoughts?  Please feel free to e-mail me or leave your comments here.

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7 Responses to “Twins Sign Dominican Shortstop”

  1. DH in Philly November 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    This continues a trend of generally positive news flow from the front office. Hard to find somthing to complain about in this story (without resorting to the standard crap like “I’d rahter sign an ace pitcher than a 17 yo kid”, or “call me when they win a playoff series”)

    I personally am really happy with the organization right now.

  2. Large Canine November 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Agree with DH in Philly. A steady stream of good news coming out. Twins seems to be a legit organization from the top down. Honestly, I would not be opposed to the Twins taking a rebuilding year one of theses seasons, ie cutting payroll for one season and reloading. This ins’t the year to do that. MAybe next year. We’ll see. And hopefully they can stay competative w/out ever taking a year off so to speak.

    • ben November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

      I doesn’t make sense to have Mauer at that price on a rebuilding team. I think the Twins will be committed to winning every year as long as he’s with the team. And that’s pretty cool as a fan.

  3. mike wants wins November 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    DH, I agree this is all good news lately, but if they let Pavano go, and don’t sign a starting pitcher, that would be bad, right?

  4. DH in Philly December 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Depends on what you mean by bad. I think signing Pavano to a 3 yr deal at the rumored price would be bad. I think signing Cliff Lee at teh rumored price for the rumored years would be bad. And I think that trading for Greinke at the rumored price tag would be bad. So pick your poison.

    Of all the bad outcomes listed above, I would rather let Pavano go and not sign a pitcher or just take a flier on a Webb reclamation type project.

  5. mike wants wins December 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Well, if you go into the season with Liriano, Baker, Slowey, and two other starters, that is worse for next year than adding Pavano to that list. I do agree, signing Pavano for one billion dollars would be a bad idea….

  6. DH in Philly December 2, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Obviously the Twins are better with Pavano than without. That doesn’t mean I think a 3 yr $33 million contract is a good idea. I would pass on that and go with some combination of Blackburn, Duensing, Manship, Swarzak, Gibson (mid-season), et. al.

    Give him that contract and certain posters will be obliviously complaining in 2013 about the albatross of a contract and how they would never have given it to him.

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