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#41 diehardtwinsfan


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:33 AM

Wasn't it Correia who got swapped for as yet unknown returns?


I'm getting my trades mixed up...

#42 Seth Stohs

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:04 PM

The names I'm most surprised by are Alex Wimmers and Levi Michael... 


I like the idea of Cole Johnson too. No need to send Burdi at this point.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:10 PM

I agree with Seth, they know what Burdi is, and more work won't develop some new pitch for him. Save that golden arm.


Michael and/or Wimmers.....they need more data on them.

I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 11:58 PM

ABW has a lot more work to do than most prospects, and he's not a 40 man candidate yet as well.I'd add he's not in AA either, and AFL players tend to be AA (though I get that there are exceptions).He has to work on his contact issues, and those are already pretty severe.It doesn't get any easier in AA



30% K Rate in Rookie Ball(Appy League Champions)

20% K Rate in Low A Ball(MWL - Best record in all of baseball / minor leagues)-

28% K Rate in High A Ball ( FSL - Best record in the entire league)

22% K Rate in AA(Bold Prediction for 2015)


Take away his production at any of those levels and these teams are not as successful.All the Top prospects get their promotions throughout each year, but Walker continues to be the offensive force that stays consistent.His contact rate is truly a concern, but I believe that his other offensive attributes are highly overlooked


Amongst league leaders:


Runs Scored- regardless to OBP - you had to have been on base to be amongst the best to score.


Total Bases (1st) - When you do hit the ball it must be for a lot of extra bases.Shouldn't be dismissed as yeah but those are HR numbers.If it were easy - every prospect would do it as consistently as Walker.


Obviously HRs and RBI (1st) - A yearly occurance that would be better received if he had lower numbers and better OBP.Power potential is obviously rewarded more than actual proof of power in game situations. Maybe he is an anomaly that "is what he is": (Low OBP / Major run producer).  


Name another prospect in Twins history who has led both Low A and High A in HRs - RBI - and Total Bases in consecutive years? (for the record - Harrison struck out more than Walker last year and Walker was 18th in the league in K's). Judge this ANOMALY for what he is - Not what past history has told us about other prospects. 


Why can't he experience a new level like everyone else and prepare for it in the off season based on what he learned from his promotion? Instead he has to prepare all off season, based on what he is told to expect about a new level. AdvantagePromoted Prospect



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 05:22 AM

Me thinks Walker is turning into a controversial prospect. To be clear, I like him. He has star potential, which isn't bad for a 3rd rounder. He's also high risk. The big issue is contact. He dosn't make nearly enough of it. He's a great mistake pitch hitter, but those number of mistakes drops significantly as he moves up the chain. Letting him work on that in an area where he's not overmatched is wise. the A+ to AA is one of the hardest transitions to make, and while he's improved a bit in A+ over the season, he's still got some contact issues, and I really don't think these are minor issues at this point, and this isn't just a concern of the Twins, pro scouts are saying the exact same thing. I think the Twins know what they are doing here.

As for your prediction, I'll drink to that. I don't think that smaller ballparks are going to have too much of an affect on K rate and contact rate. They might help a few foul balls that turn into outs stay out of play, but beyond that, if he drops is K rate 6% as lightfoot predicts, he's going to rocket up a lot of lists.

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 09:22 AM

I hope wimmers gets the nod and Burdi gets to rest. He really could just start in aa next year and make the jump the twins before june. There is no reason for slow promotion with him.
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