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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:49 PM

You can view the page at http://www.twinsdail...t-in-the-Minors

#2 glunn

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:10 PM

Thanks for another excellent report.

#3 rickyhawaii

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:35 PM

interesting that everyone of Vargas hits have been extras. Polanco seems promising, been getting plenty doubles so it's nice to see him hit one out.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:11 AM

I appreciate the updates! Encouraging to see the overall system improve over the last couple of years. AAA manager seems to have been a really good hire.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:01 AM

Hey Seth, It's great to see Dallas Gallant continue to strike people out as he climbs the ladder. Do you have any more info on whether his fastball is still a plus pitch? Thanks!

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:43 AM

Hey Seth,
It's great to see Dallas Gallant continue to strike people out as he climbs the ladder. Do you have any more info on whether his fastball is still a plus pitch?
Thanks!


He's walking nearly a batter an inning... color me unimpressed.

#7 Seth Stohs

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:02 AM

Hey Seth,
It's great to see Dallas Gallant continue to strike people out as he climbs the ladder. Do you have any more info on whether his fastball is still a plus pitch?
Thanks!


From what I'm told, he's throwing the ball very hard again. Very impressive considering he's about at the 14-15 month since TJ surgery.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:07 AM

Don't get me wrong, he's definitely a C/C+ prospect and, as 23 yr. old reliever, a very long shot to even make AA. However, I think one of the fun things about the Minors is not just reporting the stats but trying to project whether any of the stats indicate future success. In that vein, I am more impressed by the high strikeout numbers than worried about the walk totals from someone who didn't pitch at all in 2011 because of Tommy John surgery. I would also posit that his walk rate against lefties will likely improve as he regains command of his fastball (i.e. due to arm-side run). Maybe all just mental mast********, but what's the harm of trying to identify a diamond in the rough. Besides, aren't we all clamoring for power arms?

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:19 AM

Age and level of competition are just a couple of the variables that have to go into prospect discussion. Gallant isn't young for the level, but considering he missed a full year of development time has to factor in to where he is right now. Similarly, people can talk about how Brian Dozier wasn't young for the level of competition until he got to AA last year. Some will even tell you that he is 'old' for a rookie. Well, when you consider that he was a four-year senior, he made a very, very fast rise to the big leagues. That's not to say Dozier is a future all-star, or Gallant will or won't make the big leagues and be an impact reliever... it's just to say that everything has to be looked at individually and by their own merit.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:08 AM

Age and level of competition are just a couple of the variables that have to go into prospect discussion. Gallant isn't young for the level, but considering he missed a full year of development time has to factor in to where he is right now.

Similarly, people can talk about how Brian Dozier wasn't young for the level of competition until he got to AA last year. Some will even tell you that he is 'old' for a rookie. Well, when you consider that he was a four-year senior, he made a very, very fast rise to the big leagues.

That's not to say Dozier is a future all-star, or Gallant will or won't make the big leagues and be an impact reliever... it's just to say that everything has to be looked at individually and by their own merit.


Good points. Also why I don't agree with the idea that the Twins hold their players in the minors "too long." Because what is "too long"? It isn't objective.