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Article: Royce Lewis Promoted To The Kernels

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#41 spycake

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:52 AM

 

I don't think a few months in age makes that much of an impact for a kid that just turned 18 two months ago. I'd weight overall experience far more and they all had basically the same amount when entering pro ball. Having an entire professional offseason to develop, train, and mature prior to going to single A is a significant preparation advantage over a few months of age difference.

I guess a better way to express it, rather than age, would be signing date.  The deadline used to be later.  Owings, Lindor, and Harper didn't even sign until August 11/15/16, respectively.  Lewis isn't really doing something they failed to do in their first year, so much as they didn't have the chance.

 

And actually, Mike Trout did get promoted to the Midwest League in his draft year, on September 1st.  And he signed about 2 weeks later than Lewis, so it's roughly an equal accomplishment, I'd say.

 

Of course, pointing out the other circumstances around his promotion is hardly being critical of Lewis.  Still an outstanding group of comparables!


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 09:56 AM

 

I guess a better way to express it, rather than age, would be signing date.  The deadline used to be later.  Owings, Lindor, and Harper didn't even sign until August 11/15/16, respectively.  Lewis isn't really doing something they failed to do in their first year, so much as they didn't have the chance.

 

And actually, Mike Trout did get promoted to the Midwest League in his draft year, on September 1st.  And he signed about 2 weeks later than Lewis, so it's roughly an equal accomplishment, I'd say.

 

Of course, pointing out the other circumstances around his promotion is hardly being critical of Lewis.  Still an outstanding group of comparables!

 

Ah, that makes a lot more sense. I'm really glad MLB worked out that system so draftees get in and get started so much sooner. Seeing guys lose almost a year of development while hashing out money was a pretty painful process.

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#43 Seth Stohs

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:00 AM

 

I like the asterisk you normally put in about signing dates...

 

Yes, Mauer hit .400 in his time at Elizabethton, but it was only 32 games. By contrast, Lewis already had played 36 games with the GCL Twins.

 

In addition, Mauer was far and away the best prospect/player on a really strong E-ton team that lost in the finals.

 

Mauer was also a catcher, so he didn't play everyday either. 

If the Twins would have promoted Lewis to E-Town, he would have been far and away their best prospect (maybe player) too. 

That's why any time we talk about GCL or ET numbers, we have to remember that none of them really play every day. There are guys (prospects) that play more, but even Watkins said that they are not going to play Lewis every day, remembering that he is still acclimating to pro ball, playing so many games, etc.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:53 AM

Good interview with Royce on the latest mlb.com pipeline podcast.

 

Callis and Mayo talked about him a little bit afterward, gave some context to his performance so far this year. The big takeaway was their discussion of him at SS. They agree with the general position to keep a prospect at the toughest position until they can't do it anymore, and they seemed somewhat optimistic that he can ultimately be serviceable at SS. They even hinted that some of the conversation about Lewis moving to CF was driven as much by the thought he would be really good out there rather than he has no chance to stick at SS.

 

If he could become an average SS, but possibly elite CF, that is an interesting conversation of where to develop him.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:00 AM

 

OK, A+ and AA are now covered. What about AA-? WE NEED A CLARIFICATION ON THE CLARIFICATION

What is this; the NFL rules book?!

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

 

This is outstanding news, and I'm glad it's happening already rather than waiting a couple more weeks. He has nothing more to prove.*


*This opinion may or may not be influenced by the fact that I have a business trip taking me to eastern Iowa, arriving on the 19th when the Kernels play Beloit.

 

I know it's lame to quote your own post, but it would be fun to have a Twins Daily gathering in Cedar Rapids on Saturday night (the 19th). Any takers? 

I grew up south of Iowa City and went to a bazillion game at old Vets Memorial as a kid, but I've only been to the new digs once. If someone has a suggestion on a good place to gather before the game, I'm all ears. 




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