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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:10 PM

Brandon Kintzler was signed to a minor league deal, became a closer, became an All-Star, and now the Twins have traded him to the Washington Nationals.

In return, the Twins will receive 20-year-old left-handed pitcher Tyler Watson. Watson is a late-teens prospect, depending upon which site you look at. The Twins also received $500,000 in International signing bonus money in the deal.Brandon Kintzler's baseball story is a great one. He spent time with the St. Paul Saints. He was signed by the Brewers where he spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues. A knee injury got him removed from the 40-man roster, and he became a free agent.

Terry Ryan and the Twins quickly swooped in and signed him to a minor league deal. He spent about a month in Rochester before coming up to the Twins.

Since then, he has been a remarkably consistent big league pitcher. In 54 games last year for the Twins, he posted a 3.15 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP. He became the team's closer and recorded 17 saves.

This year, he has a 2.78 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He's recorded 28 saves and leads the league in games finished.

But he is a free agent at the end of the season, so now that the Twins have decided to be a seller, he becomes an obvious choice. Because of that, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have been fielding a lot of calls regarding their closer.

Rumors started swirling late on Monday morning, but the team practiced patience and the deal was consummated moments before (and announced minutes after) Monday's 3:00 deadline..

Tyler Watson is a 6-5, 200 pound kid who is 6-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) in Hagerstown, the Low A affiliate of the Nationals. In 93 innings he has 24 walks and 98 strikeouts. Most indicate that his prospect status has risen. He's a low-90s guy now, but is projectable, so he could add more velocity as he grows. He's also got a good curveball.

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#2 big dog

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:11 PM

Best wishes to Brandon- a great story, and I wish him all the best.  Here's to working hard!

 

PS, I hope I get to see you pitch in the Series this fall.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:15 PM

Tyler Watson.

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

 

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

 

Tyler Watson.

Elementary, my dear Winston.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

Certainly have an opportunity to get him back in the off season as he is a free agent.He was very solid in a Twins uniform.Good luck Brandon!Great example of not giving up and continuing to put in the work.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:17 PM

Somebody tell me how to feel about the return

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Hit dingers.  Never bunt.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:21 PM

Best wishes to Brandon Kintzler... Thanks for the saves! 

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:23 PM

 

Somebody tell me how to feel about the return

Hopeful.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:24 PM

 

Hopeful.

Eh.Good enough for a guy that was pitching independent ball 2 years ago.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:28 PM

Here's what Chelsea James, The Nationals' beat reporter, said

Nats sending lefty Tyler Watson, lefty from Hagerstown, to Minnesota. Was 6-4 with a 4.35 this year, but rising fast.


#11 Han Joelo

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:31 PM

Sounds a bit like a Tyler we already have in low-A, but you can never have enough spare Tylers.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:31 PM

Finally a FO that is decisive and realistic. Maybe I'm wrong but the past guy would have sat on Kintzler and crossed his fingers.
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#13 mazeville

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:33 PM

Twins also got international bonus money in the deal.

 

https://twitter.com/...119472861065217

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:33 PM

My thoughts are here:

 

http://twinsdaily.co...r-tyler-watson/

 

the addition of international money is great.

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One of the best opening day rosters in years. Now go get 'em.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

 

Somebody tell me how to feel about the return

 

Watson? Or the odds of Kintzler's return?

 

Better than zero for both.

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#16 rdehring

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:36 PM

I kind of like how these guys operate, Seth.
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#17 gunnarthor

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:36 PM

 

Finally a FO that is decisive and realistic. Maybe I'm wrong but the past guy would have sat on Kintzler and crossed his fingers.

The last guy made a lot of these trades, too.

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#18 Steve Lein

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

Pleasantly surprised to get that some bonus $$ as well. Watson was about the type of prospect one should expect back for Kintzler. Appears to have some upside yet.

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Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

The ERA is misleading. Good K and BB numbers. 98 K and 24 BB in 93 innings, and just turned 20 two months ago. Also scouting reports seem to say his frame is projectable (6 foot 5, 200 lbs) even though his FB is 89-90 now.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

 

Somebody tell me how to feel about the return

 

I vote for outrage. I expect every subsequent post from you about this topic to be in all caps.

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