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On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins (and teams around MLB) needed to add players to their 40-man roster. By adding these players, they will not be eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft next month. They will be at Twins MLB spring training.

The Twins added left-handed pitchers Lewis Thorpe and Stephen Gonsalves and right-handed pitcher Zack Littell.
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Pitching was the theme of the Twins 40-man roster additions. Adding three pitchers to the roster continues the front office's theme of finding and retaining quality pitching.

Stephen Gonsalves was the easiest choice of the group. The lanky left-hander from California has been the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and he was the runner-up in 2015. He was invited to spring training in 2017. He had a 9.7 K/9 rate in 2017 in AA and AAA. He will be 23 years old through the majority of the 2018 season.

Gonsalves was excited to learn that he had been added, but knows it comes with more work. He told Twins Daily, "I'm very thankful for the call I received this morning, but this is only a stepping stone to my dream to become a big leaguer. Now it's time to push even a little harder and fight for a jersey."

The Twins acquired right-hander Zack Littell from the Yankees in a late-July trade for Jaime Garcia. On the season, he went 20-1. He went 9-1 with Tampa in the Florida State League. He went 5-0 for Trenton, the Yankees AA team, and then he went 5-0 with Chattanooga. That's 19-1, so I included a playoff win that he got to make it an even 20. His combined ERA was 2.69 and he averaged 8.1 K/9. Littell will be 22 through the 2018 season.

Littell was also excited to learn that he was added to the roster. "It’s awesome to get this news, and I couldn’t be more excited about this year. Obviously this isn’t the end goal, but this step feels really good to have accomplished and motivate me even more to keep going."

Injury always makes 40-man decisions interesting, and the Twins had a couple such decisions. One made the roster.

Lewis Thorpe was a Top 10 Twins prospect as a 19-year-old after a nice showing in Cedar Rapids. Unfortunately, he missed over two seasons due to a Tommy John surgery and a bout with mono. He returned this year, and moved up to Ft. Myers, and he looked good again. He posted a 2.94 ERA in 77 innings in Ft. Myers. He walked 31, but he struck out 84. Thorpe will turn 22 on Thursday.

Thorpe was a little surprised when he got the call today. "It felt awesome when I️ got the call today. I️ was in shock and was just so excited." He continued, "After having two-and-a-bit years out of the game, it’s just a relief they still believe I’ve got what it takes to still get there. I’m very excited for 2018, to see what it has to offer me. I’ve still got to work hard because I️ haven’t made anything yet."



So, there are several players who are more likely to be selected in the Rule 5 draft including Nick Burdi, Jake Reed, Lewin Diaz, Kohl Stewart, Luke Bard, Ryan Eades, Brian Navarreto and Mason Melotakis.

What do you think of the Twins decisions tonight?


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jorgenswest
Nov 20 2017 09:46 PM
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Deduno Abides
Nov 20 2017 10:05 PM

I think, most of all, this demonstrates the folly of depending on your minor league system to supply your relief needs.
I can't remember how many times I've read the Twins didn't need to sign bullpen help, because doing so would block so and so.
The Twins farm system was just overloaded with all these top end arms.
They've gotten virtually nothing from that.


That might be a little too broad. It may simply be that Falvey and Levine think there was a lost generation of minor league pitchers during Ryan II. Either they were overhyped or not developed well or had a rash of unfortunate injuries, or all of the above, and after one year, they’ve decided to cut bait with most of them.

You can’t, however, say that your own minors can’t supply your own relief needs. Relievers need to come from some organization and the Twins have gotten some promising relievers from their own system. Interestingly, the good ones aren’t the ones that were hyped. The “top end arms” you cite simply may not have been.
    • dbminn likes this

Damn. So much for the hard throwing relievers. You'd think at least one would work out. Pretty disappointing. I guess there's still Chargois.

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Taildragger8791
Nov 20 2017 10:09 PM

 

 

Good article. So long story short there are some games that can be played, but one way or another he'd have to spend 90 days on the active roster which I can't see happening. A team would have to be pretty desperate or convinced of greatness to sacrifice a 25-man roster spot for half a season.

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Taildragger8791
Nov 20 2017 10:11 PM

 

Damn. So much for the hard throwing relievers. You'd think at least one would work out. Pretty disappointing. I guess there's still Chargois.

 

Chargois missed basically the whole season with a mystery elbow injury (impingement? stress reaction?). I wouldn't count on him for anything next year.

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jorgenswest
Nov 20 2017 10:21 PM
I think someone could take Burdi with the knowledge he would need to start on the 25 man roster in 2019 and finish his 90 days. At that point, if he needs more minor league time he could be sent out. I would imagine that it will take him some time to regain his command which was a big problem prior to TJ. It is hard to imagine he will be useful before 2020.

Winkler is a similar case. He still hasn’t paid off for the Braves after 3 years and many days on the DL.
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ChrisKnutson
Nov 20 2017 10:22 PM

I'm a little worried about dangling Stewart and Reed, but then again if it's for free agents I'm all for it, especially relief pitching. I like the idea of bringing Kintzler back as our 7th inning guy, then Tommy Hunter as the set-up (most underrated free agent reliever, IMO), and then trade for Brad Hand to be fireman/closer. If Falvine makes moves for these guys the Twins could have an actual playoff bullpen. 

 

Just imagine....

 

Tyler Duffey

Trevor Hildenberger

Alan Buesnitz

Taylor Rogers

Ryan Pressly

Brandon Kintzler (no introduction needed, yall already know)

Tommy Hunter (former starter for WS losing Rangers teams -> turned 95-100 mph reliever)

Brad Hand (career similar to Andrew Miller's) (has funky delivery) 

 

not to mention: Buddy Boshers (please no) Tyler Jay, John Curtiss, Aaron Slegers, Trevor May (maybe?) and Gabriel Moya

 

If we're looking to extend our core players 2019 and beyond we can't break the bank on Darvish, Minor, 1b Santana (why would we?), Lynn, Davis, Cobb, Morrow, etc. We subtracted from our roster last year and still made the playoffs, all we need to do is add a few "actual" major league ballplayers, not overrated/overpriced stars. Both Kintlzer and Hunter great relievers that are in a way underrated so they should come at a relatively affordable price while Hand, our "big splash" wouldn't cost money, but instead top prospect Gordon and probably Kohl Stewart and Felix Jorge as well.

 

Rogers, Moya and Enns are the only other lefty relievers in the system who compare, until Jay proves himself, and none of them proven. If you think Melotakis is better than Boshers, we’re just going to have to agree to disagree. The Twins are not going to consider bringing up Thorpe or Gonsalves in May to pitch as an emergency bullpen arm if Rogers or Moya are injured or ineffective. They’ll probably keep Mejia as a starter until at least mid-season, also.

 

Agree with you on this stuff... But again, if the Twins go out and sign a Jake McGee or another lefty reliever, Boshers can be DFAd then.

 

I'd keep Slegers until absolutely needing a roster spot. He can be a solid back end of the rotation guy at least early in the year until Gonsalves and crew are ready. And, well, he's got three options left, so having a 6th/7th starter in Rochester is always valuable thing... 

    • DJSim22, Twins33, DocBauer and 3 others like this

 

Yeah, it's the same every year. 

 

"Our guys are great-- protect them, every last one of them" -- even though no one beyond this website believes that.

 

Look, other organizations have a lot to juggle as well.Realize, any of these guys selected has to be on the 25 man roster ALL YEAR.

 

We may think Lewin Diaz or Burdi or Bard or even a Cheeseburger can be left on the bench of a team competing for wins, but the reality is, they are just prospects, the odds are stacked against them ever making a difference at a Major League level, not to mention, actually helping a team win in a playoff context.

 

Nope.Our guys ain't that good.

 

Their guys ain't that good either--witness Pressley-- so let's get on to the real off-season.

 

No one is saying they would be taken by contending teams, but there are a LOT of teams that are competing for losses and acquiring as many prospects as they can in whatever ways they can. It's very possible none of these guys get selected, and that's great... 

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I think, most of all, this demonstrates the folly of depending on your minor league system to supply your relief needs.

I can't remember how many times I've read the Twins didn't need to sign bullpen help, because doing so would block so and so.
The Twins farm system was just overloaded with all these top end arms.

They've gotten virtually nothing from that.

 

I'm not going to question the strategy, but injuries happen and the Twins have been bitten by injuries to Chargois, Reed, Burdi, Melotakis. Hildenberger is the one who has stayed healthy for the most part to this point. 

 

But I do think that these decisions are very much telling that this offseason the Twins will be adding a couple of spendy relievers. I mean, there are a ton of those 3 year, $21-24 million types available this offseason. 

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Are we sure Burdi can just be stashed on someone's 60-day DL most of the season? That seems like a major loophole in the system if there is next to zero cost to the team other than paying out a meager rookie salary. Seems like something is missing here.

 

He can be on the 60 Day DL, but there are a certain number of days that he has to be on the active roster. If he is on the DL longer than that, the rules would bump to the next season. 

Here's what's available in Rule 5 Draft (from mlbpipeline.com Team's Top 30)

Arizona Diamondbacks
12. Brad Keller, RHP
19. Victor Reyes, OF
26. Jose Almonte, RHP
Atlanta Braves
13. Travis Demeritte, 2B/3B
15. Dustin Peterson, OF
Baltimore Orioles
19. Randolph Gassaway, OF
29. John Means, LHP
Boston Red Sox
24. Jake Cosart, RHP
25. Kyle Martin, RHP
28. Hildemaro Requena, RHP
30. Jhonathan Diaz, LHP
Chicago Cubs
9. Trevor Clifton, RHP
16. Chesny Young, 2B/SS/OF
22. Charcer Burks, OF
26. Erling Moreno, RHP
29. Jose Paulino, LHP
Chicago White Sox
21. Jordan Guerrero, LHP
29. Luis Martinez, RHP
Cincinnati Reds
20, Gavin LaValley, 1B
26. Nick Longhi, 1B/OF
28. Michael Beltre, OF
Colorado Rockies
15. Dom Nunez, C
21. James Farris, RHP
24. Harrison Musgrave, LHP
Detroit Tigers
21. Jose Azocar, OF
26. Adam Ravenelle, RHP
Houston Astros
16. Jason Martin, OF
Kansas City Royals
14. Ryan O'Hearn, 1B
19. Marten Gasparini, OF
Los Angeles Angels
27. Osmer Morales, RHP
30. Damien Magnifico, RHP
Miami Marlins
10. Jeff Brigham, RHP
23. Ricardo Cespedes, OF
24. Isael Soto, OF
26. John Norwood, OF
27. Austin Dean, OF
Minnesota Twins
9. Kohl Stewart, RHP
10. Lewin Diaz, 1B
23. Jake Reed, RHP
28. Nick Burdi, RHP
New York Mets
12. Wuilmer Becerra, OF
15. Jhoan Urena, 3B
17. Luis Carpio, SS
20. Ali Sanchez, C
Oakland A's
26. Casey Meisner, RHP
Philadelphia Phillies
16. Jose Gomez, INF
23. Carlos Tocci, OF
Pittsburgh Pirates
19. Yeudy Garcia, RHP
26. Tyler Eppler, RHP
30. Adrian Valerio, SS
San Francisco Giants
20. Sam Coonrod, RHP
21. Jordan Johnson, RHP
24. Kelvin Beltre, 2B
Seattle Mariners
12. Luis Liberato, OF
13. Anthony Jimenez, OF
14. Greifer Andrade, OF
22. Ian Miller, OF
28. Chuck Taylor, OF
Tampa Bay Rays
25. Nick Cuiffo, C
Texas Rangers
28. Michael De Leon, SS
Toronto Blue Jays
8. Max Pentecost, C/1B
19. Jordan Romano, RHP
23. Francisco Rios, RHP
24. Patrick Murphy, RHP
30. Angel Perdomo, LHP
Washington Nationals
18. Drew Ward, 3B
23. Taylor Gushue, C
26. Osvaldo Abreu, SS/2B
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    • Jerr, nytwinsfan, Tom Froemming and 3 others like this

Here's a better look at available players from Roster Resource

    • jorgenswest and Jerr like this

Would be surprised if we lost either Stewart or Diaz.Would agree with Seth, that it seems the Twins will be signing some relievers this offseason, otherwise some of this makes no sense.Twins have gone from rebuild to contenders and these moves seem to reflect that change. 

Now if the Twins do not sign some relievers the pitchforks will be out on the website.

Here's a better look at available players from Roster Resource


Yeah judging from that list I got to think the Twins lose Diaz and Stewart. I’d like the twins try and grab Max Pentacost of the Blue Jays
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The Wise One
Nov 21 2017 03:50 AM

 

Let's see:

Rogers, Moya, Melotakis, McIverand I am not counting the likes of Enns or Thorpe or even Mejia and Gonsalves who could pitch from the pen in a pinch.

In your opinion. On major league results Rodgers and Moya. On the others it is a big ole guess. 

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The Wise One
Nov 21 2017 05:13 AM

 

Agree on both of these. Thorpe was a lock of locks. He might be the best pitching prospect in the system.

No one is rostering a 1b/dh that hasn't made it past low a.

I'm a little intrigued by Stewart and Burdi, but Reed/Melo/Bard weren't a priority since they couldn't make the roster last season.

There is always a first. San Diego has a habit of trying.They made it through last yearOakland could look at what the Padres did with their 3 rule 5 and consider if they are going to be bad for a year, try to find any talent. Same with the Reds.They could try to teach a big infielder to be a rf. It has been tried somewhere before

So is the rule 5-er who doesn't get picked a minor league free agent? Can he then sign with anyone he wants?

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diehardtwinsfan
Nov 21 2017 07:07 AM

 

So is the rule 5-er who doesn't get picked a minor league free agent? Can he then sign with anyone he wants?

 

I believe you need to have accumulated 5 or 6 years (I think it's 6) of minor league service time to be a minor league FA.

 

 

The Twins farm system was just overloaded with all these top end arms.

They've gotten virtually nothing from that.

 

The sad story about this is that both the guy who drafted them and the guy who was running the system that failed to develop them, were given promotions in the organization...

 

No accountability.

We can now see that there is a new sherriff in town.And its going to be interesting...I like it!

 

Unlike the past, they cleared 40-man roster space early and didn't refill it with prospects.Rather, they kept four spots for four players they expect to add over the next month(s).We can all speculate who they will add, but not even the Twins Execs know who they will be able to sign...although I expect they have a good idea on a couple.Expect all four spots will go to pitchers, although one could be a bat or catcher.

 

This method of managing the 40-man also tells me that they like the guys they kept on their roster, all of them.That includes Sleegers, Boshier, and others.

 

Gonsalves, Littell and Thorpe all have a high ceiling.All those left off have some warts...Stewart's lack of results for much of 5 years plus the knee, Diaz is too far away, Burdi's injuries, etc.

 

They will likely clear a spot on the 40-man at the end of spring training when they move May and/or Hughes to the 60-day DL.Having had TJ surgery at the beginning of last season, there is no way May is going to be anywhere other than XSP on April 1st.Personally, I see him spending the first 6 weeks of the year in XSP, then go on a rehab to be ready to rejoin the Twins in June.Could be as a starter, but more likely as a reliever...which wouldn't prohibit him from going back to the rotation in 2019.Moving either to the 60-day will open a spot for any player they want to add who was signed to a minor league contract to the 25-man roster.  

 

Do any of the guys left off the 40-man get selected?We will find out in a few weeks.The important thing to remember is that only 20 some guys get picked every year.So the likelihood of losing more than one (or maybe two) of the eight we are all talking about is minimal.

    • Jerr and Deduno Abides like this

The sad story about this is that both the guy who drafted them and the guy who was running the system that failed to develop them, were given promotions in the organization...

No accountability.


"Promotions". They are no longer in charge of those aspects of talent acquisition and development. That's some accountability, no?
Moderator Note: Please keep to topic and don’t side step to another tangent. If you wish to discuss scouting and ‘failed’ prospects and related decisions from past administrations, please start another thread. In this thread let’s please keep to the rule 5 draft and the resulting 40-man additions.
    • birdwatcher, Jerr, gunnarthor and 1 other like this

So is the rule 5-er who doesn't get picked a minor league free agent? Can he then sign with anyone he wants?

Nothing changes. The player is still in the Twins org and not on the 40 man.
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I think Stewart is a lock to be drafted by some team. He's still young, throws mid 90s and it's easier to hide a pitcher in the pen all year. Why wouldn't a rebuilding team like the Padres or Phillies try that and at least see what he's got in ST? Plus those teams probably still have detailed write ups from his draft year so they'll be intrigued to see if they can 'fix' him. 

 

Interesting, it looks like other top 15 picks from the 2013 draft that weren't protected including Mark Appel (DFA'd), Phil Bickford, Trey Ball and DJ Peterson. I'm not sure what happened with Ball. I thought he'd be ok.


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