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  • Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

    With the 4th overall pick in the 2012 Rule 5 draft, the Minnesota Twins drafted RHP Ryan Pressley from the Boston Red Sox organization.

    John Manuel reports that he throws up to 95 mph. The 23-year-old split the 2012 season between Hi-A and AA. He posted a 6.28 ERA in 20 games in Hi-A. When promoted to AA, he posted a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings. He walked 10 and struckout 21. He apparently impressed in the Arizona Fall League.

    The Twins did not lose any players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft.

    Click through to see picks by the Twins in the minor league portions as they're announced.

    Seth's initial response - 50/50 at best that Pressly sticks with the Twins all season. Could the team work out a deal with the Red Sox to keep him? He is about to turn 24 years old, so he could figure things out in the bullpen, I guess.

    Wanting 3B depth, the Twins selected Mark Sobolewski with their pick in the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft from the Blue Jays. In AA last year, he hit .262/.295/.457 with 17 doubles and 18 home runs. He hit just .188 with 4 doubles and 2 homers in 23 AAA games. This guy might give competition to AAA 3B Deibinson Romero, although both bat right handed.

    The Twins lost RHP Tom Boleska to the Baltimore Orioles organization. He came to the Twins following a tremendously dominant season as the closer for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. It's a disappointing loss, as he throws quite hard.

    The Twins passed on their AA Rule 5 selection, as did every single other team.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. chagen's Avatar
      chagen -
      Ain't no stopping us now! I suppose Jim Pohlad couldn't eat breakfast this morning since it costs 50,000 to be in the Rule 5 draft!
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Is that all you have to add to the conversation, chagen?
    1. chagen's Avatar
      chagen -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      Is that all you have to add to the conversation, chagen?
      Scouting Report: Pressly has a polished delivery with excellent balance and a consistent release point. Doesn't create much drive out of his delivery and is shorter with his arm extension. Features a four-seam fastball that sits 90-91 mph and occasionally tops out at 93 MPH. Primarily relies on a cutter that sits 84-87 mph with inward break on lefties. Can leave it in middle of the plate too much. Secondary pitches include a mid-70s 11-to-5 curveball and an 80-82 mph changeup. Creates good arm speed and deception when throwing his change, with it fading away from righties and in on lefties. His changeup doesn't have a lot of separation from his cutter, but can play well off his four-seam fastball. Pressly's curve can be sharp at times, but he is still developing consistent feel for the pitch and needs to work it more into sequences.


      There you are i added this to the Conversation! hope that helps watching bird man
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      This adds some competition for Alex Burnett I guess. Wasn't expecting them to find the type of talent worthy of being stashed on the roster a la Johann.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Thank you, Mr. Hagen, much obliged.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Lets just hope this pick is as astute as the Terry Doyle pick was last year.
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      "The Twins did not lose any players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft."

      So . . . Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? I mean, does it reflect the fact that the Twins don't have anyone that any other MLB team is interested in? Or, are the Twins just crafty enough to somehow protect the players that another team could be interested in?

      Seems like often the more I know, the less I know!!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      BTW...is he a "22 year old" or "about to turn 24?"
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      Twins lost 195 games the last 2 years. My guess is they don't have good players rather than them being "crafty" and somehow protecting them.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Seems like a "C" prospect to me.

      Actually, he doesn't. The most damning thing about his stats that I can see is that at the end of this year, being used only as a reliever, he struck out 21 in 27 innings at AA. In fact, he's bounced between starter and reliever throughout his minor league career. So even the hope that his stuff will be amped up out of the 'pen seems unfounded. He is the longest of shots to stay with the team this year, IMHO.

      It might just be that the Rule 5 just isn't worth paying attention to any more. Or it might just be that the Twins, who have had the #2 and #4 picks the last two years and come up with almost nothing, just don't know how to really take advantage of it any more.

      Can anyone remember of any Rule 5 picks from last year for any team that look like they're going to be worthwhile?
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      BTW...is he a "22 year old" or "about to turn 24?"
      I caught that too, and fixed it, probably while you were commenting. He was 23 years old last year.

      (Also, just a point of grammar to all you budding writers out there: if that phrase is being used as a noun or adjective, it should have hyphens. So the 23-year-old or the 23-year-old pitcher will be turning 24 years old.)
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Pressly turns 24 next week. If you want to see the action on his pitches in the AFL, you can view the games he pitched in vs. the Twins prospects at Peoria on Oct. 9, 19 and 22.

      In these games he used mainly his FB (93-96) and curve (79-82). He has had a very good groundball rate in the past, and he seems to have good downward plane on his fastball, but he was leaving quite a bit up in the zone in these three games.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Seems like a typical Twins pitcher.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      2011:

      Seattle took LH reliever Lucas Luetge, who tossed 40 innings out of their pen with an ERA around 4 and over 8 K/9.

      Baltimore took 3b Ryan Flaherty, 77 games, .216/.258/.359

      those were the 2 picks immediately after the Twins.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      See he was a starter last year at high A ball, then a reliever when he moved up to AA. If they like him in spring training, see him stashed in the bullpen as the long relief guy. The hope would be that he get some time in AAA in 2014 and hopefully beccomming a member of the rotation later that year. If he does work out in spring training, he could replace Swarzak's role with Swarzak moving to either short relief, a starter or be moved in a trade.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      Seems like a "C" prospect to me.

      Can anyone remember of any Rule 5 picks from last year for any team that look like they're going to be worthwhile?

      Yeah, Lucas Luetge was a pretty useful arm for the Mariners last year.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      BTW...is he a "22 year old" or "about to turn 24?"
      I caught that too, and fixed it, probably while you were commenting. He was 23 years old last year.

      (Also, just a point of grammar to all you budding writers out there: if that phrase is being used as a noun or adjective, it should have hyphens. So the 23-year-old or the 23-year-old pitcher will be turning 24 years old.)
      Skipping year 23 isn't unheard of. I was closing down bars at age 22, passed out in an alley, and when I woke up I was 24, married and working in an office cubicle. Weird stuff happens at 23.

      This pick is defninitely a yawner. But let's be honest, anyone available in the Rule 5 is iffy, at best. With Boston drafting a Twins minor leaguer later, maybe there's a shot at simply trading one for the other and allowing both teams to keep the players they drafted even if they don't greatly impress.
    1. louisschaff's Avatar
      louisschaff -
      Why is everyone down about this pick? Sure there's about a 10% chance that he sticks all year and becomes valuable but every player available has significant issues. The Astros had their pick of anyone and selected a guy who walks 6/9. We were all mad when the Twins sent Bullock to Atl for Diamond.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Just in this thread he's gone from 90-91 to 93-96. At this rate, by spring training we'll have another Sidd Finch on our hands.
    1. Musk21's Avatar
      Musk21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post

      It might just be that the Rule 5 just isn't worth paying attention to any more. Or it might just be that the Twins, who have had the #2 and #4 picks the last two years and come up with almost nothing, just don't know how to really take advantage of it any more.

      Can anyone remember of any Rule 5 picks from last year for any team that look like they're going to be worthwhile?
      Here are the picks from the 2011 version (via MLB.com):

      HOU: Rhiner Cruz, RHP, Buffalo (NYM)
      MIN: Terry Doyle, RHP, Charlotte (CWS)
      SEA: Lucas Luetge, LHP, Nashville (MIL)
      BAL: Ryan Flaherty, 2B, Iowa (CHC)
      KC: Cesar Cabral, LHP, Pawtucket (BOS)
      CHC: Lendy Castillo, RHP, Lehigh Valley (PHI)
      PIT: Gustavo Nunez, SS, Toledo (DET)
      ATL: Robert Fish, LHP, Salt Lake (LAA)
      STL: Erik Komatsu, OF, Syracuse (WAS)
      BOS: Marwin Gonzalez, SS, Iowa (CHC)
      ARI: Brett Lorin, RHP, Indianapolis (PIT)
      NYY: Brad Meyers, RHP, Syracuse (WAS)

      Does anyone ring a bell other than Komatsu?

      Pressly seems like a pretty big meh pick. A 5.0 K/9 in 130 IP in 2011? I think you might be right about this that maybe the Rule 5 draft just isn't what it used to be.
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