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Tenth Annual Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook Now Available

Tenth Annual. It's hard for me to believe that I have now self-published ten Minnesota Twins Prospect handbooks. With the help of Cody Christie and Tom Froemming the 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect handbook is now available. Below, maybe you'll find a way to place your order before then.

You can now order the 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook two ways.
The 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook is chock-full of information on the Twins minor league system and its prospects. The handbook is a must-buy for fans of the Twins who understand that to develop a long-term championship-caliber team requires a lot of building from within. 2017 Twins team that jumped into the playoffs. While they did add a few veterans via free agency, the core of the Twins roster consisted of players that were developed in this system. As much as things may change in the front office and in the minor league development staff, the importance of the minor leagues continues to be vital for every Major League organization.

That is part of why I write this book. Twins fans should have a knowledge of the minor leaguers who could someday be members of the big league club.

I always envisioned that there are copies of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook on coffee tables all around the Upper Midwest. When people are watching a Twins game on television and Dick Bremer mentions a minor leaguer, the fan picks up the handbook and learns even more about the player. A person who has already read the handbook will be able to impress their friends and family with knowledge of that player without even looking.

As I've always written in the prospect handbooks, another reason I write the book is because I believe wholeheartedly that the minor leaguers deserve to be recognized for all the work that they put in. Most minor leaguers don't even make a minimum-wage salary for what they are doing. The players work hard in season and in the offseason in an attempt and with a goal to reach the Major Leagues. The Twins have a fairly strong minor league system with a lot of depth. There are a lot of players with the potential to be solid contributors at the big league level. Some will make it. Some won't. That's just the reality. But nevertheless they all deserve to be talked about and written about.

Here is a listing of some of what you'll find in the 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect handbook.
  • Let’s start with what I consider the meat-and-potatoes of the Prospect Handbook, the prospect profiles. Can book contains 169 profiles of twins minor league prospects. That number is a little higher than it has been in previous years. Cody wrote the Header information, organized pictures, and put the book together. Tom wrote the 2017 Recap for each player. Seth wrote a background and a scouting report for all 169 players.
  • As we have done in the past, we have stories on the Twins Daily 2017 Minor League Award winners. Jeremy Nygaard wrote a story on Hitter of the Year Mitch Garver. Tom wrote the story on two-time Starting Pitcher of the Year Stephen Gonsalves. Finally, Seth wrote an article on Relief Pitcher of the Year John Curtiss. Each story includes quotes from those players.
  • In addition, we had a couple of guest writers. Ted Schwerzler wrote two stories; his annual timeline story, and a story on one of the other Twins top prospects. Ben Chase, who writes at Puckett's Pond, also wrote an article for this year's Handbook.
  • You will also be able to see our top 30 Twins Prospect rankings. Find out who made my final list. It is a little bit different than what I posted last month. But I also share my historical top 30 rankings going back to 2005. It's fun to look back and remember those names and see who you are right about and who you may have missed a little bit on. You can also see the top 30 list or Cody, Tom, and Jeremy.
  • And more. There are a couple more stories. There are 138 pages of Twins minor league content.
  • Former Twins blogger Josh Johnson put together the cover of this year’s handbook and did a great job. It features Nick Gordon, Royce Lewis and Brent Rooker. I think it looks great. Here is a look at the full cover:
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It’s also fun for me to see several people getting their Prospect Handbooks signed by players. No one does it better that @TCAnelle who often posts photos of her signatures on her twitter account.


The Release

We had thought about waiting to release the 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook until next week sometime, but it’s done, and it’s ready, so we thought we would make it available now.

This way, you can actually order the book, print a copy of the cover, and give it as a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

As we have in previous years, the 2018 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook is available in two ways. You can buy the print version, or you can buy the e-book and immediately download the pdf. Maybe the best option is to buy both. You can order the e-book and read it now while waiting for the printed version to arrive in your mailbox. Again, use the promo code LULU20 for 20% off of print versions (through December 25th).

As always, we welcome your feedback on the book. We are very proud of the end result. It’s been a three-month process to put it together, and yet it’s been a year in the making. We certainly appreciate your support of this effort.

As you know, Twins Daily is the leader in terms of Twins minor league content. We take a lot of pride in that and do not take it for granted. We provide the daily Twins Minor League Reports throughout the season. We often post Q&As with Twins minor leaguers to get to know them. We focus heavily on the draft as well. This prospect handbook is a fun complement to all of that and something you can use for the entire year.

One thing I am curious about, however… Which prospect handbooks have been your favorites, particularly the covers? Here is a quick look at the past prospect handbooks for you to rank. How does the 2018 cover rank for you?

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If you have any questions or comment, please let me know. And again, I hope you’ll consider purchasing a Prospect Handbook or six for the 2018 season!

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terrydactyls1947
Dec 22 2017 09:08 AM
I am having my second shoulder replacement surgery next Wednesday for which the normal recovery period is four to six months. I just ordered and downloaded my third annual Prospects Handbook. With the long Maine winter about to commence in full force, the handbook is a great way to get through my recovery. I've really enjoyed the previous two editions and absolutely expect this year's to be even better. Plus, when I return to Minnesota in July for a week of golf with old high school friends, I can impress them with my in-depth knowledge of the Twins minor league system. I just hope that not too many get traded between now and opening day!!!!
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Christmas came early.Thank you!!!

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I am having my second shoulder replacement surgery next Wednesday for which the normal recovery period is four to six months. I just ordered and downloaded my third annual Prospects Handbook. With the long Maine winter about to commence in full force, the handbook is a great way to get through my recovery. I've really enjoyed the previous two editions and absolutely expect this year's to be even better. Plus, when I return to Minnesota in July for a week of golf with old high school friends, I can impress them with my in-depth knowledge of the Twins minor league system. I just hope that not too many get traded between now and opening day!!!!

 

First and foremost... best wishes for a successful shoulder surgery, and thank you for your support and kind words. It's a ton of work and time, but when it's complete, I know we're very proud of it!

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Christmas came early.Thank you!!!

+1 ... Just purchased and downloaded it ... Excited just reading the great "Introduction", and I get to look forward to 133 more pages!

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+1 ... Just purchased and downloaded it ... Excited just reading the great "Introduction", and I get to look forward to 133 more pages!

Thank you very much. We hope you enjoy it!

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tarheeltwinsfan
Dec 22 2017 03:39 PM

Seth, Your introduction is wonderful. It puts the whole book into perspective.  I understand your passion for the Twins, because I feel the same way. Largely due to your faithful, informative writing, I have 150 "Twins" players to read about and to learn about and to pull for instead of just 25. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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Bob Sacamento
Dec 22 2017 05:29 PM

It’s also fun for me to see several people getting their Prospect Handbooks signed by players. No one does it better that @TCAnelle who often posts photos of her signatures on her twitter account.
I'm pretty sure I do it better than TC, finished the book last year (of all players that were still with organization) plus 2017 Draftees.

I've got my copies ordered & can't wait to start working my way through it. 

 

I really like the cover and it would be among my favorites, along with the 2012 version. Similar styles, with one featured prospect and 2-3 others blended in along the side.

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Awesome.  Always love reading the prospect handbook.  I'll have to purchase it once I settle in after all the holiday travels.

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Seth, Your introduction is wonderful. It puts the whole book into perspective.  I understand your passion for the Twins, because I feel the same way. Largely due to your faithful, informative writing, I have 150 "Twins" players to read about and to learn about and to pull for instead of just 25. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

 

Very kind of you to say... thank you!!

 

I am having my second shoulder replacement surgery next Wednesday for which the normal recovery period is four to six months. 

Have the Twins approached you to help in the bullpen yet? You have one of the major qualifications covered in a big way. 

 

Just kidding. I hope all goes well with the surgery and you have a speedy recovery.(They do shoulder replacements now?) 

 

One thing I am curious about, however… Which prospect handbooks have been your favorites, particularly the covers? Here is a quick look at the past prospect handbooks for you to rank. How does the 2018 cover rank for you?

The content keeps getting better every year, although my favorite was probably the first just because it was the first, it was new, and there wasn't anything like it (and there still isn't).

 

As for the covers, here are my rankings:

1. 2014 (The whole package fits together well)

2. 2015 (Great photo of a great prospect; tidy up the graphics and it's #1 easily)

3. 2012, 2013, 2018 (tie) (Nice photos, backgrounds a bit noisy) (From 2012 on, the covers all look professionally done)

6. 2016, 2017 (tie) (Featured photos aren't nearly as good as 2015. 2016 - no action. 2017 - ugly grimace.) 

8. 2011 (Better photo layout than 2010; the last of the covers that look DIY) 

9. 2010 (Photos are better than no photos) (Not crazy about the square cover)

10. 2009 (We have a book, so I guess we need a cover)

 

I have the first 9 and will have #10 as soon as it gets here. Sometimes I feel funny never having heard of a guy that makes the all-star team for some other team when I can name half the starters for the Twins AA team. Hey, I have priorities (and the handbook.)

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Really enjoyed the Handbook this year guys. Thanks! Haven't been this excited about Twins prospects in a couple of years. Some of the guys in low-A and rookie ball are really quite exciting. As someone who has been worried that the Twins now-open window might end in 2021-22, this gives me hope for at least a decade of good Twins baseaball. I'm not necessarily against trading a few prospects if the return is great, but I hope we keep most of these guys. 

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terrydactyls1947
Dec 25 2017 09:00 AM

Have the Twins approached you to help in the bullpen yet? You have one of the major qualifications covered in a big way. 
 
Just kidding. I hope all goes well with the surgery and you have a speedy recovery.(They do shoulder replacements now?)


Tanks. This is my second (2012 was the first) so yes, they do shoulders now. However, it is the longest recovery time of the three major replacements (hip, knee, shoulder). The expected recovery time is four to six months and it took almost the full six months the last time. I should be ready for golf season in May or June.
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ashburyjohn
Dec 25 2017 09:57 AM

I echo everyone else's kudos on the content.

 

The covers? I have no eye for style but the 2012-14 "era" was a big step forward from it looking too much self-published, and starting with 2015 the cover looks really quite polished, with the photos slightly overlaying the text making it really pop out at you. I could imagine one of those sitting on a display table at Barnes & Noble fitting in with other top-notch publications. Brock was behind those, right? This year's, I have to say, seems like a small step backwards; but since my style sense is so bad, that probably means it's pretty good. :)

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biggentleben
Jan 10 2018 03:29 PM

My nephew was over last night and had the chance to see the handbook, so he started thumbing into it. His eyes got big, and he looked up at me with surprise, and then he quickly thumbed forward in the book. His mom was curious what was up, but he kept shushing her, telling her that he would answer her in just a second.

 

Then...

 

"Did you know Ben has a story in this Twins book?! It's right here...and it's pretty good!"

 

I'll take that.


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