05-05-2012, 12:27 PM #41
Problem is that most of these outfielders are on the lower end of the "Jason Spectrum", ranging from Tyner to Repko but never to Kubel - decent batting average, good defense, will steal a base, power anywhere from "nil" to "doubles and an occasional home run", at AA-AAA, projecting to hit .280 with an OPS of maybe .650 in the majors if they reach their potential. They're OK to stock up on, as insurance for injuries and to help make the AAA team more competitive for the fans in Rochester. But they are not the kind that "can make the [major league] team better". And they won't be significant trade bait: they're the very definition of Replacement Level - the other teams can get one for no investment at all.
The Rule V draft isn't what it was a decade ago and it's just about not worth bothering with the players available through that route. That the Twins are spending time bottom-feeding isn't very strategic looking, to me.
Last edited by ashburyjohn; 05-05-2012 at 12:30 PM.
05-05-2012, 12:37 PM #42
05-05-2012, 01:12 PM #43
05-05-2012, 01:30 PM #44
I wouldn't read much into this... It's simple stockpiling. The Kid is a prospect... The Twins brass thinks he could develop into something and all they have to do is hold on to him during a year when it's looking like it doesn't matter who they hold on to.
It doesn't mean the Twins think less of Revere or Mastroianni or anyone. The Twins are increasing options when the chance to do so arises. It's too bad that he isn't an IF or Pitcher because we really don't have any options in those positions but you have to take them wherever they come.