This is pretty good stuff. A few comments:
- Span has to go. He has proven that all over again. Sell High. I hope he plays a bit so his off-season value can be as high as the trade deadline value was.
- Check the K/9 of Tyler Robertson. They is no way you get rid of the best strikeout pitcher in a team who does not have many.
- I have hard time with the Twins signing NL pitchers. For some reason NL pitchers do not translate in AL. (Sanchez and Greinke last couple examples, Marquis, Peavy, the list goes on and on and on...)
- I don't mind Baker as a number 2 (if he is healthy) And he is long tossing which is a good thing
- This team needs a young ace. Trade whatever you have not named Sano, Arcia, or Rosario (you cannot trade 2012 draft picks) and get him. Even if that means Gibson/Hicks/Span as a package.
Well, Guerra is out of options (strange isn't it), so they have to make a decision. I would doubt that he would clear waivers.
I like the idea of trading Morneau for an arbitration-eligible younger pitcher. There are about a dozen good ones. And Oakland has a few of them.
Burnett has gotten by somehow this year with more walks than strikeouts. I just don't really trust him, but he has an option left, so he can maybe setup in Rochester. I would expect DeVries to be slightly better than Swarzak in that role, actually.
I was a bit taken aback by how cheap it actually was this way. And I think I actually am $7 million high and should have started out with $60.25 million after paying for 1/2 of Morneau's contract.
Carson was the last guy on this roster . . . I didn't really know who else to start the season with. Carson is the guy who would be blocking guys if in Rochester, though. I want to see Arcia and Hicks in AAA for a bit next year before thinking about trading Span or Revere.
This blueprint makes a lot of sense. I'd trade Morneau for a MLB #2-3 starter, not a prospect, if possible. I'd also trade Span, perhaps for a MLB MI, perhaps for a quality pitching prospect. I might quibble a bit with your RP choices. I'd argue that DeVries is a AAA injury backup and that Swarzak and Burnett still can improve their performances. Guerra can sit in AA until he shows some consistency. Carson is a AAA guy. I'd rush one of the prospects along and start them. If someone would take Carroll from me, I'd do it and live with some combination of Florimon, Dozier, Escobar.
Why Slama over Gutierrez!? Something about how their stats compare in the minors, maybe?
I still think Span is traded before Morneau although Span's value may be lower now with his continued injuries and why Slama over Gutierrez???
The Twins have to look at 40-man adds for September vs. 40-man adds once the season ends (those guys can't be removed for free agent signings or such until spring training ends).
Also, the Twins don't move guys around a lot between Beloit and New Brit and Rochester. It can be hard on players to just move up a level for a few weeks, having to find new lodging and such. The taset of the higher level of play can come in the Arizona Fall League, or extended Fall play, if need be. That's not to say a playe or two will move up permanently.
Of course, depends on what happens with the Twins cutting bait with various minor free agents and such. If a player moves up to, say, Beloit, that player moving further up has to take the place of someone else, too. And the disabled lists can only hold so many bodies. Plus, you have to play games to keep players down for the Rule 5 (remember, there is a minor league version).
Be interesting to see how many spaces can be cleared in advance of season's end on the 40-man -- Toshi, Valencia, Casilla, Span, Pavano, Capps, Liriano. Will Fien and others stay or be resigned as minor league free agents (or will they move elsewhere). Like do the Twins really need to add Burroughs, for example, to the 40-man.
Derek Rodriguez to ELIZ is a no brainer as he's a 2nd yr guy playing well
Niko & Keplar to Beloit for the same reason.....think Harrison & Adam Walker could also.
Rosario & Sano...dont think MN is sold on em. Roberts is overdue
Pinto to New Brit for sure....not sure of Hauser now he's starting, but he should
MN considers AA the top lg for prospects, so I only expect Watts/Pugh, Bromberg again.
Hirshfield is already in ROC.
Hicks/Hermann/Arcia are all Sept callups straight from New Brit
Only new AAA promotions to me are Guerra & probably Duduno
Can't argue with that, other than the absense of players who are at the DSL right now. If you include current draftees, I think you got to include at least a couple of the DSL kids in this list.
I hate forgetting someone. Pedro Florimon is about 35 or so. And there are a bunch of relievers at Fort Myers and Beloit right now that could be added at the bottom for now.
While people may not like where I put Buxton, that could change after 100 plate appearances. The only player I went high on was Berrios, because I think he is a sleeper pick. I would rather generally be moving these guys UP after they start playing than having to move them down.
The list is a great point of referrence regardless of any potential debate on the order.
I enjoyed the list (though I don't necessarily agree with it!)
New draftees at 4, 7, 21, 28, 31, 36, 41, 44, 50, 55, and 59.
That is a good draft.
2011's draftees are at 15, 17, 20, 26, 37, 39, 40, 43, 47, 52, 54, 56.
The 2011 and 2012 drafts have gone a long way to re-stocking the system with talent. 8 of the top 28 prospects have been drafted in the past two years.
A positional breakdown and prospect movement trends (part 2) will be soon in coming.
Parenthetical numbers are pre-season 2012 and 2011 rankings, respectively.
Never underestimate Ersrad and his boys. They are by far the scariest team for Purdue.
I don't know much about him and there is a pretty small sample size to work with.
very good story/informatoin!
Maybe an earlier than late-season promotion to Fort Myers for Shibuya.
Thanks. Any opinions on Gophers' Dustin Klabunde? I've heard good things about him (and I know he is older)
Thanks as always for the update!
Seemed like he went away from the fastball and threw more out of the zone sliders. But I also submit this outing on May 14th as further evidence for my case.