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    Stephen Gonsalves

    In my quest to find a quality southpaw for the Twins I am adopting Gonsalves to go along with Brett Lee as my "adopt-a-prospects".

    As most of you know, Stephen was the Twins 4th round pick (110 overall). He slipped in the draft--from a late first or early second round pick because of a minor marijuana incident and questions about his upside.

    Stephen is just a kid--he turns 19 on Monday (7/8). He is a big dude--6'5" but very skinny--just 185 pounds. He is from southern California and went to San Diego Central Catholic HS where he was a dominant pitcher his junior year (10-0 with an ERA of 1.91). He had 79Ks in 66IP. His senior year was less dominant due to a suspension (marijuana incident). Still 6 wins with a 2.19 ERA and 55Ks in 48IP. I take HS stats with very few grains...level of competition, etc.

    Stephen is now with the GCL Twins but has not made an appearance (at least I cant find one). I will post updates whenever he pitches...

    Now for the questions about his upside...Stephen has a build like Randy Johnson but doesn't yet have Randy's fastball...depending on which reports you read--his fastball tops out at 89MPH or 92MPH. Good enough to get HS kids out...but not much else. He has mediocre curve and change and is working on a slider...

    Most reports I read project Stephen as a bottom of the rotation starter...like Diamond??? All of this is meaningless now. It is up to Stephen and the Twins pitching gurus to get him to improve his stuff (and control) and probably add 20-30 pounds in the next year or two. IMHO the key year in Stephen's development is probably next season (2014) at Cedar Rapids?? Meanwhile, he will get some chances hopefully in July and August in Florida.

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    He's in HS, so adding a few ticks to the FB isn't all that unusual. He could be up to 95 in a few years, or could go the Twins route and be throwing 85.

    He had his debut today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
    He's in HS, so adding a few ticks to the FB isn't all that unusual. He could be up to 95 in a few years, or could go the Twins route and be throwing 85.

    He had his debut today.
    You beat me to the punch--as it turned out both of my "adopted prospects" pitched today...you are right...he could develop into a 95 MPH fastball pitcher...or the Twins way...run into arm difficulties and become mediocre...for how he did see below...

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    Steven Gonsalves update #1

    Steven made his professional debut tonight in rainy Florida...it looks like all GCL games were hit by rain. The GCL Twins game vs the GCL BoSox was called after 3 innings with the score 0-0. It will be picked up tomorrow. Stephen pitched 2 innings. He faced 10 batters. He walked 2. He gave up 2 hits. He didn't allow a run. He had 3 groundouts and 3Ks. So his K/BB ratio is 1.5. His groundout to fly ball ratio is infinite (very small sample size). All in all not a bad debut...his record for 2013 is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA.

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    Stephen's suspension was not due to a marijuana incident but for not telling on his teammates that were drinking beer. Zero tolerance school so even though he didn't partake he was disciplined. Great adoption!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Twin View Post
    Stephen's suspension was not due to a marijuana incident but for not telling on his teammates that were drinking beer. Zero tolerance school so even though he didn't partake he was disciplined. Great adoption!
    If this was the reason he dropped on a lot of boards, then a lot of teams screwed up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Twin View Post
    Stephen's suspension was not due to a marijuana incident but for not telling on his teammates that were drinking beer. Zero tolerance school so even though he didn't partake he was disciplined. Great adoption!
    Not exactly how he told it to the media after being drafted. His words, paraphrased, were that he went to get his roommate out of a room where people were smoking weed. After he got back to Cali, he lied to the Dean about it and that's why he was suspended.

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    Really excited to see this guy get going. I don't mind the suspension issue at all. Showing that kind of loyalty isn't even an issue for me at all.
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    I believe he was misunderstood the kid he went to get was drunk. There was a separate incident of 4 kids smoking dope and they were dismissed from the team.Yes he did lie cause he didn't want to get teammates in trouble. All in all he learned a valuable lesson. We believe the reason he dropped was due to the fact scouts did not see him throw for 4 weeks leading up to draft. Stephen is a stand up young man who will work hard and make the Twins Nation proud. I know I couldn't be any prouder as his father.

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    SoCal Twin, you must be a one proud papa! Best of luck to Steven! I can't speak for everyone here, but I for one would love to read posts from this young man's father on the regular. Please don't hesitate to provide your prospective as I believe they would offer an interesting perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Twin View Post
    I believe he was misunderstood the kid he went to get was drunk. There was a separate incident of 4 kids smoking dope and they were dismissed from the team.Yes he did lie cause he didn't want to get teammates in trouble. All in all he learned a valuable lesson. We believe the reason he dropped was due to the fact scouts did not see him throw for 4 weeks leading up to draft. Stephen is a stand up young man who will work hard and make the Twins Nation proud. I know I couldn't be any prouder as his father.
    Thanks for the clarification. After he signed, the text I got was that other scouts were "stunned" he signed so early, when they Twins weren't concerned about getting it done. I thought he was a steal on draft day and pairing him with Stewart is only going to help both of them. Excited to have him in the system and excited to hear from his dad. Keep us posted!

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    What I've been told about him dropping had to do with "not having a chance" to see the curveball come around due to the missed month. I think that lines up pretty well with what Papa said.

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    Steven Gonsalves Update #2:

    Steven made his second GCL Twins appearance today. It was a near perfect 3 innings. (4-6). He definitely impressed and showed his upside. He got the win--stats for the day--3IP 0 runs, 0H, 1BB, 3Ks, 3 ground outs, 2 flyball outs. A few more appearances like this and he will move up on all of Seth's lists.

    Steven's 2013 stats (2 appearances, 1 start). 5IP, 0 runs, 2hits, 6Ks to 3BB, 6 ground outs to 2 fly outs. Obviously his K/BB ratio is 2-1. His ground to fly ratio is 3-1. His WHIP is 1. very small sample size. Officially he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

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    He's fresh out of highschool and doing quite well in the GCL against competition that is on average older than him. That is a great sign. If Gonslaves, Stewart, and Thorpe keep this up, here's to hoping they get some Appy league exposure yet this year. All three of those kids have looked really good thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Twin View Post
    I believe he was misunderstood the kid he went to get was drunk. There was a separate incident of 4 kids smoking dope and they were dismissed from the team.Yes he did lie cause he didn't want to get teammates in trouble. All in all he learned a valuable lesson. We believe the reason he dropped was due to the fact scouts did not see him throw for 4 weeks leading up to draft. Stephen is a stand up young man who will work hard and make the Twins Nation proud. I know I couldn't be any prouder as his father.

    Please continue to post. It's always nice seeing the perspective of people close to the players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
    He's fresh out of highschool and doing quite well in the GCL against competition that is on average older than him. That is a great sign. If Gonslaves, Stewart, and Thorpe keep this up, here's to hoping they get some Appy league exposure yet this year. All three of those kids have looked really good thus far.
    Nice to see. I'm looking forward to watching these kids progress through the system. Hopefully up the prospect lists as well.

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    Loving the class of 2013 so far.

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    Nice to see stephen off to a good start. I think he will really excel with good coaching. Did anyone see him throw or just reading the box score? Seems like forever since I've seen him pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Twin View Post
    Nice to see stephen off to a good start. I think he will really excel with good coaching. Did anyone see him throw or just reading the box score? Seems like forever since I've seen him pitch.
    It's funny you say that. Interesting perspective - which I have heard from others - and politically correct.

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    Stephen Gonsalves Update 3:

    By the way, I write this from the box score and anything I can read about the game...where I live (MD suburbs of Washington DC) the only Twins affiliate that I have a chance of seeing live is New Britain (when they come to Bowie or Harrisburg)...maybe in 2014 I will adopt a prospect from New Britain but I like the ones I have...

    Stephen made his 3rd GCL appearance today...he didn't get the start that went to Alex Wimmers (rehab??). Not his best but still pretty DAM good. Stephen pitched 3 innings (5-7) gave up his first professional run (on 2 hits--a single and a double). He struck out 4 and didn't walk anybody (or hit a batter either). He did make an inconsequential error on a pickoff attempt. He had 3 groundball outs and 1 flyout in addition to his 4Ks.

    His 2013 (and career) totals--8IP, 1 Run (Earned), 4 hits, 3 BB and 10Ks. So his K/BB ratio is still outstanding (10-3). His ground/fly ratio remains 3/1 (9/3) and his WHIP is a miniscule 0.875. His official line is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. All of this is outstanding and with each appearance I grow more optimistic about his future in the Twins organization...(Seth and Jeremy could Stephen and Kohl move up in Sept. for playoffs with Sept. call ups or will the Twins as usual move them slowly up the chain???)...again remember we are dealing with a very small sample size here...

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