All the Twins need to do is say Mauer has the flu and that should be able to keep him out through Sept 20th at least.
As well as he's playing in CR - I wouldn't be surprised if he gets an invite to instructionals this Fall. Might have to change your wedding plans Mr. Murphy ?
There certainly are a core of very talented players that have been around since the beginning of the season. I suspect, however, that the promotions are not over. Being a Twins fan in Cedar Rapids is certainly interesting. You want to see talented players stay with the Kernels as long as possible, but you also want to see that talent rewarded with promotion.
Great read by the way.........
The addition of Murphy, Kepler, and Licon to the position player roster has proven to be a great move. They are all gritty players who know how to play the game the right way (winners). The Kernels also had some players not promoted who were pretty damn good as well. Youth (age) was probably a key factor in keeping them in CR as well as possible position blockage ahead of them. Can't wait to see how Palanco; Harrison; Walker; and Goodrum finish this impressive second half start? Either way - I agree that the fans of Cedar Rapids are probably glad they still have some familiar faces to cheer on, throughout the season. The pitchers have been pretty solid as well. Hope to see some of the other Top pitching draft choices join the club soon too. Although that would mean somebody has got to go (release / promoted / demoted).
I think the following are the most likely to be traded, in large part because they don't figure in the future for the Twins. Doumit, Thomas, Carroll, Duensing, and possibly Burton. Some that you mentioned could be as well. Certainly if the deal is there, Morneau could be traded. None I mentioned are likely to bring a big return, but only Burton and maybe Doumit figure to help much next year and there are possible replacements.
Morneau is likely to be traded because of the expiring contract, not so much that there is a ready replacement. I have a hard time seeing Perkins traded, I can't see anyone offering enough to make Ryan let him go. But it could happen, I suppose. It makes little sense to trade Plouffe right now. Sano won't be ready for awhile, Plouffe could easily be worth a lot more if he can establish himself a little more. His versatility means that he can help at different positions if Sano gets to the majors sooner that I expect.
Pelfrey could also gather enough interest to be traded. I kind of think that the Twins might just offer him a contract for next year. If he doesn't sign one, he is a little more likely to be traded.
I would definitely put Duensing higher than Perkins and Plouffe. Jamey Carroll is another name people have been tossing around. Regarding #5, I don't think there is any real competition between Sano and Plouffe. They play the same position, but either (likely Plouffe) could be moved somewhere else.
There is not a Twin player that is not available for another team to trade for. The limit becomes value to the Twins vs what is offered in trade. Very few players may be more valuable to the other team than they are to the Twins.
Agree with you on Correia. I would trade any and all members of the bullpen for starting pitching prospects. So much of the future depends on accumulating pure numbers, and I don't see another opportunity until the 2014 draft. I sense the price for Perkins is rising almost daily and would be very happy with 2 starting pitching prospects in return. If not, wouldn't mind keeping a Gopher.
Expect Morneau to be traded, would not be surprised if Casey Fien was also (time to sell high on him). Burton could be. Doumit is not having a good enough year to bring a decent return. Do not expect teams to overpay for Perkins, though I hope if the offer is good enough TR trades him.
Wow, great article. I think the move might have saved Grimes' chances to climb the ladder.
Great interview, thanks for sharing!
My favorite part:
Goodrum: Yeah, just get on base. Thatís all Iím worried about is trying to get on base
I been following the twins farm system for awhile and I don't think i have ever been as excited for a group of prospects the twins have had. I would never say that in five or so years that they will win a world series. But as a group I would say that this is best group of propects that the twins have had ever. I think that a lot could go wrong, but based of the potential of this group, I would say that the twins are going to be really really good for a long time.
I bought 3 of those extra walk-up tickets last night. I would hazard a guess that it was more due to the absolutely PERFECT weather than Pelfrey's rehab start. 75, sunny and not humid on July 1st? That'll get anyone out of the house!
It was also awesome to see Kepler play (and hit a bomb). He's going to be a good one.
Great interview, regardless of if these two make it or not, we should be seeing them in the system for a long time barring trade. They both seem to be good enough ballplayers for the orgainzation to give long leashes.
I like that Melotakis acknowledges that he needs to continue to work on the change up and I'm not surprised he said they are starting from scratch with that pitch but I'm a little surprised they are doing so with the slider. I'd think that would be a big reason why his K numbers are down. Rebuilding two pitches has to be pretty tough at this point yet he's still pitching well enough. I'd imagine if the changeup develops those K numbers will rise quite a bit.
Hicks is my adopt a prospect and after the draft I took him last year too. I remember looking at the college numbers and thinking, wow, this dude is not a 17th round pick, especially in a day and age of profession baseball where the strikeout is not nearly the stigma it once was.
Great stuff, JC.
If the best I could do were Correia and Pelfrey I'd resign. BOO
It is. In fact, Drew Leachman, who went on the DL after banging up his shoulder Opening Day, should be ready to play by now, too.
Josue Montanez, who was called up from EST to take Leachman's spot on the roster and give Jake Mauer an extra pitcher, would probably be a candidate to head back to EST. Berrios' arrival would likely push Brett Lee back to a bullpen role. While he certainly demonstrated last night that he's capable of being a starter, he's still probably considered the "6th starter" in the rotation.
If Berrios meets the Kernels in Peoria - Who is getting released or placed on DL or Sent to Ft. Myers? Isn't roster at capacity?