Cross Him Off the List

19 Jul

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The Twins will not be trading for Felipe Lopez. Why? Well, according to BJ Rains, the Brewers acquired the second baseman from the Diamondbacks in exchange for two minor leaguers. Lopez and Freddy Sanchez are probably the two top second basemen believed to be on the trade market. As a reference point, here is what the Brewers had to trade to acquire Lopez:

  • OF Cole Gillespie – At AAA, the 24 year old is hitting .242/.332/.424 with 12 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. He was the Brewers third round pick in 2006. (seems pretty similar to Dustin Martin?)
  • RHP Roque Mercedes – In the Florida State League, he is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 29 relief appearances. In 41.2 innings, he has 45 strikeouts and 15 walks. He seems like a decent prospect because he is so young. In previous years, he spent time as a starter for at least part of the season. (who would this be in the Twins organization? Maybe Matt Williams?)

Now again, with the Grudzielanek signing, I think that Freddy Sanchez is now just a dream, but it will be interesting to see what the Pirates are able to acquire for him.

Check back as more details develop. Please feel free to Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here.


5 Responses to “Cross Him Off the List”

  1. John July 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Instead of 2 ‘C’ prospects, the Pirates will get 1 ‘B’ and 1 ‘C’.

  2. thrylos98 July 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm #


    the Dbacks got a great haul in this trade… In Twins’ terms, I’d say that comparables would be Rene Tosoni and Carlos Gutierrez. Gillespie is older than Tosoni but has much more power than either him or Martin and gets on base on a decent clip as well. Mercedes projects as a future closer based on stuff and this year he is putting the numbers as well…

    • John July 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

      This is not accurate information. Gillespie might have raw power but it has never translated to the pro game and he will never hit for average. He’s barely even a prospect.

      Mercedes projects as a middle reliever at best.

      • thrylos98 July 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

        Cole Gillespie was the #1 OF prospect of the Brewers and was ranked as #56 prospect in the minors (higher than Revere and Hicks) by Yes he was rushed (he is a AA talent right now) but he is a great prospect. His isoP has been hovering around .200 every season, which suggests that the power has been “translated in the pro game”. Not sure where you get your info 🙂

      • John July 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

        Gillespie is 25 years old, played a full season in Hi-A, a full season in AA, and now is in AAA. He has not been “rushed.” His sub-.200 ISOs are not impressive for a corner outfielder. I don’t care where ranks him, he’s nowhere near elite prospect status.

        Aren’t you the guy who said Ramon Santana was the Twins’ best SS a short while ago? When in fact he’s not even in the top 5…

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