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  • COMING SOON: Adopt-a-Prospect

    Recently, we have seen the “Adopt a Prospect” concept run on various team sites for baseball, and for hockey. We liked the ideas as well, and we want to bring it to Twins Daily. Here is what we were thinking. We use this thread to come up with any ideas or suggestions for this.

    Then on Monday morning at 10:00 central time, we will set up a separate Forum section called Minnesota Twins Adopt-a-Prospect. Seth will initiate a forum in which Twins Daily members can “adopt” a player. The thread will determine who gets to adopt each player. However, each Twins Daily member can adopt just one prospect, and each prospect can only be adopted once. It will be first-come, first-serve, determined by the time of the post.

    By Monday afternoon, Adoptees can start their Prospect’s thread in the Adopt-a-Prospect forum. There are nearly 200 Twins prospects, so there will be a lot of threads. That thread can go any which way, either as a news only update type thread or one with more discussion and observations. Hopefully people would be able to watch and share some videos, stats, local newspaper stories, etc., about their prospect.

    What does everyone think? Possible success? Doomed for failure from the start?

    RULES

    The following are the rules for the Adopt-a-Prospect forum. If you don't believe you can abide by these rules... don’t Adopt-a-Prospect. These rules can be discussed and a final set of rules will be posted in Monday morning’s initial Adopt-A-Prospect thread.

    1) The first post must be an introduction of the player. The format of the post is up to the individual, but please be sure to get all the important information needed on the player. For Example, Name, Position, Handedness, Drafted/Signed/Acquired (out of where/what round), Previous Stats, etc. Feel free to make it as detailed as you want. (There are a lot of websites you could link to such as their Baseball-Reference, The Baseball Cube, First Inning, Fan Graphs, etc.)

    2) After the initial post (and throughout the season), you MUST update the thread AT LEAST once a week. If you fail to do this, the prospect will be taken away from you. [If a player is inactive due to injury or suspension, this requirement is waived as appropriate.]

    If you would like to update more often, feel free. Updates should, at least, include Year-To-Date numbers for the player. The more information given, however, the better. Brag up your prospect!

    3) Any major event (i.e. Promotion/Demotion/Trade/Perfect Game/4 HRs in one game...) must be reflected in the thread within a day of the event. Failure to update for this purpose may result in losing your adoptee.

    4) Threads will be closed one week after a prospect has been traded out of the organization. However, if the player is traded back to the Twins (for some reason), the member who had the prospect will have the option to regain the prospect.

    5) If a player is placed on the 25-man roster, this is wonderful news and you can continue that player’s thread. Reward for your player getting to the big leagues is that you can adopt a second prospect at that point. Even if the first player is eventually sent back to the minor leagues, you can maintain both prospect threads.

    6) All other rules which are enforced on the main board will be enforced here.

    What do you think?

    This article was originally published in blog: COMING SOON: Adopt-a-Prospect started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Sounds like fun! only one caveat: There might be 200+ prospects (and non-prospect minor leaguers) in the Twins' organization, but only about 100 or so are active now and not in EST/rehab. From those, truly about 70-80 are "prospects". The others are older minor leaguers or the likes of Butera and Nishioka.

      So the field of play is a bit limited, esp. if someone adopts a prospect in EST. It would be hard to update once in a week if there are no games

      I love the idea, but it might make sense to allow for less frequent updates for players not actively playing, up to when they are in games. Makes sense?
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      I'm obviously not a minors guy, but I like the idea of checking in on one guy occasionally, seeing how he's doing and giving an update. It give me someone to root for, especially if he's an underdog. I gotta think a little about who I want to it to be.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      I'll throw out one concern - once per week seems a little aggressive. Once every other week seems more reasonable and once per month probably passable. The only caveat would be #3 - if there is a major event, jump on it as soon as you can.
    1. Teflon's Avatar
      Teflon -
      I'm in! Now I wish this was a coed sport...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      I love the idea, but it might make sense to allow for less frequent updates for players not actively playing, up to when they are in games. Makes sense?
      Makes complete sense... if a player is in EST, may not have more than an occasional update until their games start in late June.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      If you're looking for a sample of what this might end up looking like, check out the Sons of Sam Horn Adopt a Prospect Forum (for the Red Sox):

      http://sonsofsamhorn.net/forum/10-th...rospect-forum/
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I'm in... although I'm not sure who the "perfect prospect" is...
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Great idea. Perhaps we can send care packages, too. Seriously, though, this will be a good way to keep track of the minor leaguers.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      I'll throw out one concern - once per week seems a little aggressive. Once every other week seems more reasonable and once per month probably passable. The only caveat would be #3 - if there is a major event, jump on it as soon as you can.
      Fair enough, although it is baseball and there are games 6+ days a week. Lots happens. Lots of games... It just seems to be that a weekly stats update could tell information.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      I'm in.......I want to adopt Drew Butera!
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I rarely would ever say this, but . . . OMG.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      How about every 10 team games/2 starts for SPs? seems like a compromise . . . every 10-11 days.
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      Can we adopt 2?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfanstreif View Post
      Can we adopt 2?
      I think we'll keep it at one for right now and see what the interest is... maybe after a week or a couple of weeks, we could adopt a second.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Maybe keep it to the four teams playing now and then in June add the other 2 (or 3) for those want another? I guess I am not sure if there are 25 people, 50 people, 100 people, 200 people, etc. interested in doing this. I am guessing that those who are interested won't mind something like a week to ten or so days for posting windows.

      This is a very cool idea in a lot of ways. Maybe it even generates revenue for teams down the road because of interest in players one would not have had otherwise.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      In thinking of who I want to adopt, I got to thinking that just like top prospects have more pressure to perform, so will those who adopt them. Ha.

      I almost wish Shooter Hunt was still around for this.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Seth, could you post a link to your top 50 prospects, so relative newcomers can get some names, positions, levels, etc?
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      I like it. The decision making process is stressful though! Do I adopt a Snapper I'll get a chance to see play a few times in Cedar Rapids this summer? Or one of my "favorites" who have already passed through the MWL and have moved up the ladder a bit closer to reaching his "dream"? So much to consider.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket View Post
      I like it. The decision making process is stressful though! Do I adopt a Snapper I'll get a chance to see play a few times in Cedar Rapids this summer? Or one of my "favorites" who have already passed through the MWL and have moved up the ladder a bit closer to reaching his "dream"? So much to consider.
      This brings up a good point, that anyone with (even relatively) local access to one of the teams should get dibs on a player on that team, in preference to someone like me who isn't within a thousand miles of any of these players.
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      I'm trying to decide between BJ Hermsen and Micheal Tonkin. I liked them both a lot in 2008 and was very happy when we signed them both. Hermsen might be the most under rated prospect we have but I also called Tonkin the sleeper of the draft in 08' so I'm kind of proud that he's been good. Any help or thoughts?
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