Twins Player Acquisition Tree
Image courtesy of © Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY SportsThe Twins Player Acquisition Tree Project, copyright pending (not really), has been something I’ve always wanted to do and recently decided to get the ball rolling. The idea is pretty simple: I will go through each Twins season starting with 2019 working my way back to 1961 and create a tree to show how each starter was acquired. To determine starters in an objective manner, I will find the leader in fWAR from each position in the field, as well as the top five starters, top three relievers, and any other notable players from that season. An example of “notable” players from 2019 that weren’t leaders in fWAR were Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez.
The fun of this is to find players like Jose Berrios and Trevor May who have multiple branches in their list of acquisitions and date back as far as the 1997 first year player draft. It’s also fun to see how acquisitions from certain years paid off way down the road, such as four acquisitions in 2009 that paid dividends in 2019. Here is what the 2019 Twins Player Acquisition Tree looks like.
So here’s where you, the reader, comes in ... I’m looking for some feedback on this before I get too far down the rabbit hole. First, does something like this already exist? I’ve done my own searching but haven’t found a “one stop shop” resource like this, but obviously don’t want to spend a ton of time creating something that’s already out there. Second, how does the format look? Is there anything you’d change or add? I’m open to and looking for constructive criticism!
Let me know in the comments below!
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