06-04-2012, 04:01 PM #41
Gausman does not appear to project as an "Ace". Scouting Report from mlb.com
Fastball: Gausman has plenty of arm strength. He's been up to 95 mph in the past and was sitting 89-93 mph in this start.
Fastball movement: Throws a pretty straight fastball.
Slider: It's a below-average slider that's been flat and without bite.
Curve: His curve is below-average.
Changeup: He has trouble throwing his changeup for strikes.
Control: Shows average overall command but struggles commanding his secondary stuff.
Poise: Has decent mound presence.
Physical Description: Gausman is tall and wiry. He's projectable, but he might have some difficulty putting on weight.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: It's all about arm strength and the ability to throw an above-average to plus fastball. He's got a projectable frame and is very athletic.
Weaknesses: His secondary stuff is all below-average, both in command and effectiveness.
Summary: Gausman is a known name in Draft circles after hitting the summer showcase circuits. In those settings, he was able to show off his plus arm strength and the ability to light up radar guns from a projectable frame. This spring, however, he hasn't shown the aptitude to do much else consistently. His secondary stuff has not been sharp, and he struggles to throw any of those offerings for strikes. As a "name" prospect who does have big-time arm strength, he's still likely to garner some interest, but it seems like his stock has taken a hit this spring.
Last edited by luckylager; 06-04-2012 at 04:10 PM.
06-04-2012, 04:09 PM #42
As far as position players go I feel that Correa is a better pick than Buxton. And i feel that if Gausman, who resently started throwing a slider instead of a curve, develops a nice breaking ball that he can get strike outs with he will be an "Ace" type pitcher.
06-04-2012, 04:21 PM #43
This is a more general question than the thread, perhaps, but it keeps coming up here about how long it will take various people to get to the big leagues. Generally speaking, why do "we" care? Are some of you planning to stop being Twins fans in the next few years and don't want to miss the debut of Prospect X if it's outside that window? As long as the path isn't ridiculously long where you start to lose them to Rule 5 draft or they're not ready when they're out of options (both seem to be worries outside the scope of this discussion), shouldn't the concern be how good they can be when they do get to the big league team?
06-04-2012, 04:25 PM #44
10-1, 2.84 ERA, 15 GS, 1072/3 IP, 93 H, 38 R, 34 ER, 24 BB, 125 K
Low walk and high strike out rates. He recently switched to a slider and it has been steadily improving as he has been throwing it. He has been gaining control with his change up which is said to be "major league ready." How many pitching prospects come out with a plus breaking ball and plus arm strength? Buxton hasn't shown power or much offense for the level of competition he has played against. I rather trust a pitcher to tune his pitches with major league help than a batter to learn how to bat. He might have great defense but to me he won't be anything more than a Hicks, talented but cant put it together to be an all-star player which is what you want with the second pick. He has too many question marks to draft at 2.
06-04-2012, 04:29 PM #45
Cuddyer was drafted in 1997 and didn't play more games at the MLB level than in the minors until 2004.
Kubel was drafted in 2000 and didn't play more games at the MLB level than in the minors until 2006 (granted the 2005 year was lost to injury, so he never completed 5 full years of minor league ball).
Justin Morneau was drafted in 1999 and didn't play more than half a season at the MLB level until 2005.
Ben Revere made it in four years, but I'd suggest that was as much due to lack of other options last year as it was to his own performance.
Point is simply that anyone who thinks a HS position player who's drafted #2 tonight by the Twins will automatically be suiting up for them on an everyday basis four years from now is likely being ambitously optimistic. Mauer did it in three years, but that doesn't happen often.
06-04-2012, 04:36 PM #46
06-04-2012, 05:18 PM #47