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Player importance to organization

Posted by NoCryingInBaseball , 13 May 2018 · 499 views

Player importance to organization The Wednesday show of 1500ESPN of Mackey & Judd’s morning show included a segment of the Twins players that are most important to the organization. They both selected their top 10 and each added two honorable mentions, basically a top 12 list. They both agreed that their selections were not a MVP list, but player importance to the organization, which translates to more about the future than current value. That distinction means that prospects that have a high ceiling or are knocking on the door have as much value to the organization as a current roster starter.
Judd Zulgad wrote an article about the on-air conversation on the 1500ESPN website on Friday
Articleand revised his list by moving Sano and dropping him from his top 10 list to 11th. Here are their respective lists:
Judd
Byron Buxton
Fernando Romero
Royce Lewis
Max Kepler
Eddie Rosario
B. Dozier
J. Berrios
Nick Gordon
Stephen Gonsalves
M. Sano
Jake Odorizzi
E. Escobar
Mackey
Royce Lewis
J. Berrios
Byron Buxton
Eddie Rosario
Fernando Romero
Max Kepler
B. Dozier
Stephen Gonsalves
M. Sano
Nick Gordon
Brent Rooker
Jake Odorizzi

Observations
Similarity of lists- Both lists include 11 similar names with only Rooker and Escobar on only one list.
Youth- Of the 13 players on both lists, 10 are 26 or younger and only three are between 28 and 31 years of age.
Distribution- Nine position players and four pitchers. The only overlap of position players is shortstop or second, depending where Gordon plays.
Sano- Regardless of how anyone feels about where Sano would be on a list, I think that most would agree that he would be either one or two just a couple of years ago (maybe even midway through the season last year).




Nobody accused Zulgad to knowing anything about baseball and Mackey has dislearned what he knew...