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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:39 AM

The Twins did not make a MLB Rule 5 pick, and they did not lose any players either.

In the AAA draft, they lost recently-signed Jon Velesquez and Tim Atherton. They added RHP Kevin Thomas from the Cardinals, a 27 year old who did well as a reliever at AA last year. They also added Jim Fuller, a 26 year old lefty from the Mets.

As I tweeted, Atherton was one of just three Twins minor league starters that struck out more than a batter per inning (full season only). The other two were Alex Meyer and Trevor May.

Overall, the loss of Atherton far outweighs the new signings.

Edited by ashburyjohn, 12 December 2013 - 06:21 PM.


#2 nicksaviking

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:59 AM

Not a lot of action this year, only nine selections in the MLB section. I liked Brian Moran but in all honesty I didn't know the guy aside from his numbers. Interesting that the Brewers took a Rookie League pitcher. He's a 22-year-old Korean, they must think he's pretty advanced. With the Brewers taking that leap, maybe it was good to protect Polanco and Kepler after all.

#3 jokin

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:13 AM

Not a lot of action this year, only nine selections in the MLB section. I liked Brian Moran but in all honesty I didn't know the guy aside from his numbers. Interesting that the Brewers took a Rookie League pitcher. He's a 22-year-old Korean, they must think he's pretty advanced. With the Brewers taking that leap, maybe it was good to protect Polanco and Kepler after all.


Excellent point, the Brewers, Stros and Marlins all might have taken a bite there.

I still wish the Twins were better at multi-tasking. True, there wasn't a lot of talent in this year's Rule 5, but there was talent available in their slot. They could have done what Houston did in selecting Patrick Shuster and packaging him in a bigger deal, or taken someone like a coveted talent in Thomas Kahnle on a flyer and make a deal with the Yankees to stash him in the minors or return him for another prospect.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:45 AM

I see the Dodgers traded for Seth Rosin who just selected by the Mets in the Rule V. They must really like their Minnesota pitchers. In the Rule IV draft their first two picks were Chris Anderson and Tom Windle.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:49 AM

I see the Dodgers traded for Seth Rosin who just selected by the Mets in the Rule V. They must really like their Minnesota pitchers. In the Rule IV draft their first two picks were Chris Anderson and Tom Windle.


Annnnd, the Mets just traded Rosin to the Dodgers! How did the Twins miss on this one? They already made a great trade for Butera with LA.

Annnnd, the Twins themselves drafted Rosin way back BEFORE he was a Gopher in '07. Gotta like the 6'6" MN kids- too bad the Twins missed this one.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:38 AM

Velesquez was a minor league signing that snuck in (like C.J. Ziegler just did). He didn't stay here long. Hey, the Twins get $25 grand for him. Atherton was a converted batter to a pitcher, but is slowly rising thru the system. These guys get offered back to the Twins if they don't stick? Again, Rule 5, you have to be seeking someone better than someone you already have on your roster that can stick for the year. Sometimes you find a hidden gem that just needs a little more seasoning and you can work a deal or hope they are young enough not to be stifled by sitting in the bullpen or on the bench for a year.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 11:35 AM

Velesquez was a minor league signing that snuck in (like C.J. Ziegler just did). He didn't stay here long. Hey, the Twins get $25 grand for him. Atherton was a converted batter to a pitcher, but is slowly rising thru the system. These guys get offered back to the Twins if they don't stick? Again, Rule 5, you have to be seeking someone better than someone you already have on your roster that can stick for the year. Sometimes you find a hidden gem that just needs a little more seasoning and you can work a deal or hope they are young enough not to be stifled by sitting in the bullpen or on the bench for a year.


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All of those were taken in the MiLB (actually AAA) portion of the draft. So no $ exchanges hands, no return if not on the AAA roster (they can play anywhere in the system) and it is pretty much final.

Different rules than the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft.

I think that overall it is a wash for the Twins. Lost a AA LHP and a A+ RHP and got a pair of the same AA players. I am not as high on Atherton as many (heck he was 24 years old in Cedar Rapids last season) and I am not going to even say that the Twins are conspiring against Australians, even though he is the 4th (or something like that) Aussie to bite the just in the organization this off-season
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:25 PM

Yeah, in the MiLB portion they don't have to remain on the AAA or AA active roster - they can just be stashed for the full year on the AAA or AA reserve roster (similar to the MLB 40-man roster) and play at another level.

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:36 PM

I think teams pay $12,500 for AAA Rule 5 picks and $5,000 for AA picks.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

As I tweeted, Atherton was one of just three Twins minor league starters that struck out more than a batter per inning (full season only). The other two were Alex Meyer and Trevor May.


Actually, Atherton averaged only 8.5 K/9 as a starter last year, and 11.1 as a reliever.

#11 lecroy24fan

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:09 PM

Where did 2014 go? ;)

#12 ashburyjohn

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:21 PM

Where did 2014 go? ;)


Fixed. Seth, if you really meant 2015, feel free to change it back. :)