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#61 tobi0040

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 03:43 PM

At this point, you're just looking for anything to complain about, right? The Twins kept a kid (and his agent) informed of their thinking. Those bastards!


I just don't see the upside. You either pick him or you don't If you don't he knows you had someone ahead of him. If you tell him he is number two he knows the guys in the draft room are ticked they missed their guy. Welcome to the club! Thrilled to have you

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 04:06 PM

I just don't see the upside. You either pick him or you don't If you don't he knows you had someone ahead of him. If you tell him he is number two he knows the guys in the draft room are ticked they missed their guy. Welcome to the club! Thrilled to have you


I'm pretty sure that agents and players are not that insecure in thinking they are the top player on everyone's draft board. They likely had a deal already in place with Burdi and they were keeping him informed on whether or not they would pick him. That would not be an insult to anyone.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:00 PM

I love this pick. Seen him pitch in 3 occasions the past 2 seasons. He is 21.5 years old and he is practically MLB-ready. I'd compare him to Chapman (who was ranked high as a prospect because people thought he were a starter, and he is a lefty) as far as readiness at the same age goes. I hope he starts this season at A or A+, gets invited to ST in 2015 and sticks. And I hope no craziness about letting him start or changing his mechanics. Let the kid pitch.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 08:49 PM

I'm pretty sure that agents and players are not that insecure in thinking they are the top player on everyone's draft board. They likely had a deal already in place with Burdi and they were keeping him informed on whether or not they would pick him. That would not be an insult to anyone.


I will provide two scenarios. You are 21 and about to be drafted, which is sort of exciting. Which would be a better experience and make you feel better about your future employer?

A ) some had you at 21 to the Tigers, you are on the board at 43. The team at 46 reaches out to you and says they are watching you but have someone else ahead of you. At 46, they pick you and you know the draft room may be upset they got you and missed out on who they want

B) You are sad that you fell here, but after pick 45 you receive a phone call. The Twins say they have been keeping tabs on you for five years and are really excited that you were available at 46 and they wont to welcome you to the Twins

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 09:51 PM

I really like this pick. There are no guarantees, but this kid has real stuff and real possibilities. And yes, I also wonder if he might not be ready pretty quickly. 2015 though? I'm doubting that unless its late in the season, reason being simply that no matter his stuff, he has a little to work on, the majors are nothing like college or even the high minors. Duh. Lol And they might watch his innings a bit this season due to already having a college season under him. Thinking Cedar Rapids and a split season promotion to Ft Meyers. That sets him up for AA next spring.

This is not baseball 40 years ago. Closers, setup men and specialists have changed the game. You need a strong pen. Successful teams, even World Series teams, don't always have the deepest bullpens in the game, but they always have that trio or foursome they can really count on. Reflect back on our two series winning teams for instance.

Personally, I'd work pretty hard on that change of his, or something similar like a slurve. Not for a tryout as a starter, but just to give him at least a so-so pitch as a third offering he can get across here and there to really get the hitter thinking.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 10:24 PM

I will provide two scenarios. You are 21 and about to be drafted, which is sort of exciting. Which would be a better experience and make you feel better about your future employer?

A ) some had you at 21 to the Tigers, you are on the board at 43. The team at 46 reaches out to you and says they are watching you but have someone else ahead of you. At 46, they pick you and you know the draft room may be upset they got you and missed out on who they want

B) You are sad that you fell here, but after pick 45 you receive a phone call. The Twins say they have been keeping tabs on you for five years and are really excited that you were available at 46 and they wont to welcome you to the Twins


They were in contact with him long before #43. They probably worked out a deal before the draft and were staying in contact with his agent during the draft. By telling him that there is one more guy on their board prepares the agent that they might not pick him but that he is close.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:44 PM

I really like this pick. There are no guarantees, but this kid has real stuff and real possibilities. And yes, I also wonder if he might not be ready pretty quickly. 2015 though? I'm doubting that unless its late in the season, reason being simply that no matter his stuff, he has a little to work on, the majors are nothing like college or even the high minors. Duh. Lol And they might watch his innings a bit this season due to already having a college season under him. Thinking Cedar Rapids and a split season promotion to Ft Meyers. That sets him up for AA next spring.

This is not baseball 40 years ago. Closers, setup men and specialists have changed the game. You need a strong pen. Successful teams, even World Series teams, don't always have the deepest bullpens in the game, but they always have that trio or foursome they can really count on. Reflect back on our two series winning teams for instance.

Personally, I'd work pretty hard on that change of his, or something similar like a slurve. Not for a tryout as a starter, but just to give him at least a so-so pitch as a third offering he can get across here and there to really get the hitter thinking.


Burdi sits at 34 innings, his workload this spring shouldn't be a huge factor in what the Twins ultimately decide to do. After watching him tonight in the NCAA Superegionals, his throwing motion didn't appear to be as violent as has been alleged. And having said that, he dropped a few FBs that hit the gun at 99MPH, and then his 88-90 mph slider is what he threw twice in a row to get the last out of the game, so he must be pretty confident with it as an additional out pitch.

During the broadcast, Mike Radcliff sounded open to where Burdi starts out with the Twins, TK pushed him on Cedar Rapids and Radcliff didn't say "no". I'd like to see the Twins make some adjustments in Burdi's delivery to insure his health and longevity...and if all goes well, starting out in AA with a shot at an early call-up in 2015. Burdi hasn't had a blown save going into the 9th inning for the Cardinals since May of 2012. Unless he has fooled everybody who has scouted him, somehow, thus far, it would be foolish to waste this fireballer for very long in the minors.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:01 PM

Came across this, with a nice video segment on the specialness of a 100 mph heater:

http://bleacherrepor...-2nd-round-pick

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:53 PM

100 MPH fastball, 93 MPH slider, second round. What's the problem?
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 01:47 PM

It sounds like he's going to be a reliever, but I'd have Cuellar teaching him a change up as soon as possible.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 10:39 AM

I was looking up the upcoming Vanderbilt vs. Louisville college world series match-up and found this nice little video. "Louisville's Nick Burdi 'pissed' about draft." Apparently he didn't think too highly of dropping to the second round. He says the Twins are getting one of the most determined players in the draft. The young man is ready to play.

There's a chance to seem him this Saturday at 8pm on ESPN2's coverage of the CWS. You should also get a chance to see Tyler Beede (#14 Giants) and Kyle Funkhouser (13-2, 1.73 ERA, 2015 draft eligible), both of which are very good pitchers. Go Vandy! I still hope to see Burdi pitch, just not in a save situation.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:44 PM

At least one Detroit blogger thought Burdi might be the answer to some of Detroits bullpen woes:

http://motorcitybeng...rs-best-option/


So maybe Burdi had some reasonable late 1st/early 2nd round expectations.

Assume the Twins can't sign him until Louisville is out of the CWS?

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:06 PM

Anyone care to guess which of the 2-9 picks our favorite team will attempt to convert to a starter?

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:24 PM

Anyone care to guess which of the 2-9 picks our favorite team will attempt to convert to a starter?


cederoth, clay and curtiss.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 05:24 PM

cederoth, clay and curtiss.


Cederoth has been a starter. He was put to the pen to "save his arm" for the pros this season. So no conversion. He just needs a third pitch ;)
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 06:08 PM

cederoth, clay and curtiss.


Yeah, this is a pretty good guess. Curtiss for sure.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 07:41 PM

"I think he's gonna pitch in the big leagues this summer."-Louisville Head Coach on Nick Burdi's determination.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 07:48 PM

Anyone think Burdi is in Twins pen in 2014?

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:00 PM

Anyone think Burdi is in Twins pen in 2014?


I would like the pick a lot better if he does.

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

Assume the Twins can't sign him until Louisville is out of the CWS?


Basically yes. If he signed then he couldn't play in the CWS and players aren't giving that up.