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#21 Larsbars08

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 11:14 PM

Someone else mentioned that the Twins want him to pitch in the FSL first half playoffs. I would guess that as soon as the playoffs are done, he will be promoted. It's silly to keep him down, especially since a rotation spot just opened up in AA with Gilmartin being promoted.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 04:05 AM

Not exactly. The Miracle need a win today to win the first half. Berrios won't pitch today, so he has done all he can to help his current club win the first half.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:36 AM

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:26 PM

Someone else mentioned that the Twins want him to pitch in the FSL first half playoffs. I would guess that as soon as the playoffs are done, he will be promoted. It's silly to keep him down, especially since a rotation spot just opened up in AA with Gilmartin being promoted.


Just to clarify, there aren't actually "first half playoffs." Teams can qualify for the postseason by finishing first or second in the first half standings, but the postseason games themselves aren't played until September.

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#25 Larsbars08

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 08:22 PM

Ahh, my mistake then.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:19 PM

No breakdown.

Just...I love this kid. Never read a bad word. Only heard about athleticism, work ethic, willingness to learn and bulldog attitude.

Dont have to rush him. No need. But he might be one of those kids who just forces the issue. There is no reason, at his age and experience, to rush him to AA. But he will probably just buy his own bus ticket.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:05 AM

"There is no reason, at his age and experience, to rush him to AA."

Maybe true, but more importantly, given his record there is no reason to keep him where he is.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:03 AM

There is no reason not to promote him, other than some rigid belief about age.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:05 AM

There is no reason not to promote him, other than some rigid belief about age.


The Twins promoted Stewart to low A, making him the youngest pitcher in the league. They then promoted Thorpe to low A and he's 13 months younger than Stewart.

I don't think the Twins worry about age quite as much as we think they do.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:16 AM

I agree.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:21 AM

Dont have to rush him. No need. But he might be one of those kids who just forces the issue. There is no reason, at his age and experience, to rush him to AA. But he will probably just buy his own bus ticket.


Rush him?

I'd say this would not be rushing him.

The Twins have some belief they're in the hunt. So they hang onto Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, which slows down moving up Meyer/Mays, which slows down AA promotions, which slow down...

Trickle down effect, Twins style.

Rushing someone would be putting Stewart at Hi-A in the 2nd half.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:34 AM

I guess I think the point DocBauer was making is that there are plenty of top-tier starting pitching prospects ahead of Berrios in the pipeline so it's not like there's a need to rush him in order to get him up to the Big Leagues as soon as humanly possible. But that, if he continues to perform like he is this season, he may force his way in to consideration for a Big League rotation spot sooner than any of us expected to be the case.

It's a compliment to Berrios' efforts. And if he DOES continue to dominate higher levels like he is at A+ and makes it difficult for the Twins to keep him out of their rotation, regardless of how good Gibson, May, Meyer and whoever else might current be ahead of him in the pecking order might be, that would be a "problem" the Twins would welcome.

Berrios is going to be promoted and I doubt it will be much longer. If I were in Ft Myers, I'd keep an eye out to see when Terry Ryan shows up for a personal look at the Miracle and Berrios in particular. He trusts his scouts, but I think he also likes to see some things for himself (Buxton was promoted at the end of the first series Ryan saw him play in person last year).

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:07 PM

The Twins promoted Stewart to low A, making him the youngest pitcher in the league. They then promoted Thorpe to low A and he's 13 months younger than Stewart.

I don't think the Twins worry about age quite as much as we think they do.


Nine pitchers over 30 on the current 25-man roster. No pitchers under 26 on same. Only two pitchers (Hughes and Gibson), who aren't in the physical decline phase of their careers.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:40 PM

Nine pitchers over 30 on the current 25-man roster. No pitchers under 26 on same. Only two pitchers (Hughes and Gibson), who aren't in the physical decline phase of their careers.


How old were Radke, Hawkins, Liriano, and even Hendriks when they made the majors? If Berrios deserves to be in the majors when he is 21 or even 20, he will be there. You do have to factor in impatient fans, who for example thought Meyer should be in the majors 6 weeks ago.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:54 PM

The Twins promoted Stewart to low A, making him the youngest pitcher in the league. They then promoted Thorpe to low A and he's 13 months younger than Stewart.

I don't think the Twins worry about age quite as much as we think they do.


I agree. I wouldn't have two years ago, but I think something has changed. Whether it was a philosophy change or talent change I'm not sure.

There does still seem to be a favoritism toward guys who have "put in their dues" over younger guys. It's hard to argue that a Wheeler or a Pino don't deserve a promotion, both clearly did, but the bottom line in Berrios' case is the better pitcher did not get the call.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:17 PM

We also might be over reacting to stats and ignoring the scouting stuff - a theme that dominated the Anthony Slama threads. In his last two chats, KLaw has been pretty pessimistic about Berrios and doesn't think he's a top 100 prospect. I know other prospect guys like Berrios more but it is worth taking a moment and remembering that there is more to this than just stat lines.

That said, I hope he gets to AA this season.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:37 PM

We also might be over reacting to stats and ignoring the scouting stuff - a theme that dominated the Anthony Slama threads. In his last two chats, KLaw has been pretty pessimistic about Berrios and doesn't think he's a top 100 prospect. I know other prospect guys like Berrios more but it is worth taking a moment and remembering that there is more to this than just stat lines.

That said, I hope he gets to AA this season.


It's possible, but I think Slama and Berrios are different animals. Slama was putting up big numbers but we knew it was smoke and mirrors as he threw in the upper 80's and mediocre at best secondary stuff. We know Berrios has great stuff. It seemed to me KLaw was basically hung up about his height and what he expected it to do to the plane of his pitches. I haven't heard any concerns about that anywhere else and if one thing can be said about KLaw, he is stubborn.

Well plenty of things can be said about KLaw, but there are rules on this site.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:50 PM

Probably because hes a heavy flyball pitcher. We dont know the percentage of ground balls he get so its tough to judge.

Though pitchers like Darvish who are fly ball pitchers but he can dominate anyways.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:48 PM

How old were Radke, Hawkins, Liriano, and even Hendriks when they made the majors? If Berrios deserves to be in the majors when he is 21 or even 20, he will be there. You do have to factor in impatient fans, who for example thought Meyer should be in the majors 6 weeks ago.


Gardy thought Meyer should have been in the bullpen coming out of ST. Six weeks ago, Meyer was in all likelihood, the best pitcher in the organization, before Hughes finally started coming on. If Meyer is broken down a bit right now, so be it, it isn't the first time, and won't be the last time that the top pitching prospects bounce between the major and minor leagues. It has nothing to do with "impatience".

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:54 PM

We also might be over reacting to stats and ignoring the scouting stuff - a theme that dominated the Anthony Slama threads. In his last two chats, KLaw has been pretty pessimistic about Berrios and doesn't think he's a top 100 prospect. I know other prospect guys like Berrios more but it is worth taking a moment and remembering that there is more to this than just stat lines.

That said, I hope he gets to AA this season.


More to this than just stat lines? So far, the only "hard evidence" that Klaw has presented on Twins prospects is that Vargas isn't going to make it, because no 300 pound players ever make it. Berrios isn't going to make it, because no 6' tall players ever make it. And he seems to enjoy reveling in being a stubborn and abrasive reactionary about his simplistic stand, instead of strengthening the defense of his positions.

Edited by jokin, 21 June 2014 - 12:51 AM.