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A little late, but here is the final part of the Twitter mailbag… I’m heading to the Twin Cities right now and hoping to catch a Twins game tonight if the weather cooperates!!
Because unless you draft in the Top5 (maybe Top 10) of the draft, there is a ton of risk. There is generally less risk with college players. The Twins, however, have a pattern of drafting college pitchers and high school hitters with their early draft picks. It has been a very good strategy for them.
High School Bats: Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Denard Span, Ben Revere
College Arms: Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Brian Duensing, Matt Garza, Jesse Crain,
Might depend somewhat on the future contract negotiations with Michael Cuddyer. I think Benson can be a starter in right field. I also think it may be dependent upon how Ben Revere develops. And, of course, it depends on how he develops. I personally would plan on him being a starter in the Twins outfield in 2013.
Most Likely – Kyle Gibson and Liam Hendriks are pretty much for sures.
Least Likely – Tough question for someone as optimistic for me. The two who are furthest from the Twins are Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. Sano got the money and he will be given every shot. Plus, he’s got the size and power. So, least likely would probably be Rosario, but we won’t know this answer for at least six years.
He just has to keep working. He has struggled at times in New Britain, but again, it is important to note that he is just over one year from signing as a non-drafted free agent out of St. Thomas and he has already made it to AA. That’s pretty impressive! So, he just needs to continue to work and improve all factors of his game. He will need to gain a little more velocity, continue to improve his control, and generally improve all of his pitches.
I think the comment that each team (and its fans/bloggers) value its own prospects more than other teams do, in most cases. I do think that the Twins Top 10 is very solid with some high-end talent at the top, but I know that the Twins don’t have one of the top Top 10 prospect lists in MLB. I think they remain very middle-of-the-pack.
Catcher… I think Danny Lehmann can be a very good backup catcher. The catcher that I think has the best chance of contributing to the Twins in Chris Herrmann, and his value is because he can play great outfield and be very solid behind the plate. Having a guy with that kind of versatility will really help as Joe Mauer gradually plays more at 1B and DH going forward.
Need to trade.
Well, I guess .263/.295/.333 is an improvement over the .188/.254/.214 that he hit last year. He turns 29 in September, so I don’t know about the word “prospect.”
He’s thin. That’s always been the comment. He worked hard, and he has tried to gain weight. I have seen him play a few times and have always been impressed with his defense. He is a good singles hitter. He is hitting.279/.335/.314 with Ft. Myers despite hitting just .161 in June.
Mini_tb @SethTweets How does the infamous Hrbek/Gant play at 1B from the 91 Series look in 2011?
Looks like the umpire called him out!! J
Fair or unfair, left-handed pitchers who are not top, top prospects are typically projected as bullpen types. Also, to really project as a starter, you have to have at least three pretty good pitches whereas a reliever can be good with two pitches. O’Rourke right now is doing a great job as a starter. He has a good fastball with good control. He has a terrific, sharp slider that is tough on lefties. He is working on a changeup and how that pitch comes along will likely determine if he will be a starter or a reliever.
Kyle Waldrop is pitching great in Rochester. Big time ground ball pitcher! Gutierrez will be good. Another ground ball pitcher who throws in the mid-90s with sink. Still needs better control.
Probably not, because they know what they are getting into as a minor league manager. They have to understand the big picture. They may get annoyed if their team is left short-handed for a few games.
I have a feeling that I am underrating a couple of players, but for sure I think that Yangervis Solarte is underrated. All he has done this year in Double-A New Britain is hit over .300 all four months and he’s got 30 doubles.
I think that the performance of Anthony Swarzak has been a huge surprise this year. A 2nd round pick in 2004, he was always thought of highly. However, those 50 game suspensions are never a good thing. And, after a few solid big league outings in 2009, he was pretty bad in 2010. I had a lot of people ask me last offseason why Swarzak was still on the 40 man roster. Well, thankfully, we are seeing why this year!
I wouldn’t fire either of them. I definitely believe in most of what Gardy does and I think he deserves a ton of credit for how good the Twins have been over the last decade. No, I’m not saying he’s perfect. I’m not always a fan of how he treats some young players (but Tom Kelly was even worse at that). But he is the least of the Twins problems.
I wouldn’t fire Bill Smith, but I would replace him as GM with either Mike Radcliff or Rob Antony as the final decision-maker.
Slowey… I hope!
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