03-29-2014, 08:51 AM #21
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Seth, will you be putting together an organizational depth chart? Or have you?
I realize, we all can wait until April 4th and the affiliate websites should have the rosters by then.
03-29-2014, 10:54 AM #22
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This discussion takes place a lot, where prospects(in this case, pitchers) should be placed on the organizational ladder. It does seem that the Twins will often start the year placing certain pitchers lower than many observers feel is appropriate. One thing the Twins will do however, is move players up pretty quickly. Sometimes more than one level in a year, if the player is dominating. This year may be a bit tougher than normal for pitching prospects in the Twins organization, because there seems to be a lot of pretty high end starter prospects, especially in the lower levels.
Maybe things will change because of all the starter prospects, but in the past the Twins often got guys to the majors pretty quickly if they were good enough, at a pretty young age. Radke, Liriano, Hawkins all got to majors at pretty young ages without a lot of time in the upper levels of the system. That seemed to be more or less true of certain college pitchers like Baker and Slowey, or even non-college guys like Hendriks even though they were never premium prospects.
Hopefully, the Twins try to do what seems appropriate for each prospect, without trying to shoehorn them into some preconceived "route to the big leagues". It can be frustrating for us fans though when certain prospects we are interested in are moved up so slowly.
03-29-2014, 05:58 PM #23