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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:12 AM

Royce Lewis at 24.

 

Brent Rooker at 92.

Nick Gordon at 93.

Wander Javier at 95.

Stephen Gonsalves at 97.

 

No real suprises. A bit surprising to see Rooker up that high. The Baseball America guys paid no attention to Berardino's Top 10, placing Gordon in the Top 100. 

 

Be sure to click the below link for all of the list.

 

https://www.baseball...WLLaIS72l0Oj.97

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:17 AM

Wander Javier is #95


#3 clutterheart

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:26 AM

Gordon dropped 30 spots.  

2016, #53

2017 #60

2018 #93.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 08:32 AM

Law's 50-100 was also posted. No Twins on it. Lewis will obviously be top 50, not sure if anyone else sneaks in.

Papers...business papers.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:10 AM

Nice to see Lewis that high and ahead of Greene, McKay, Wright and Gore. 

 

I was surprised to see Rooker on the list so that's a good sign as well.Seems like the idea that we have one elite prospect (Lewis) and then a strong depth behind him seems right. I would expect that some of the upcoming lists will include Romero and Baddoo occasionally, as well.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:27 AM

I'm sure it is just a mathematical coincidence, and this list is based on objective criteria, but it is strange to see all four of those guys clustered together.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:34 AM

That would make Rooker our #2 prospect then right?!

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 09:38 AM

 

That would make Rooker our #2 prospect then right?!

On one list.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 10:08 AM

The BA live chat is going on now here: https://www.baseball...hat/?1516630410

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 10:43 AM

Law's 50-100 was also posted. No Twins on it. Lewis will obviously be top 50, not sure if anyone else sneaks in.


I predict Lewis around thirty, and Gordon at 48

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 11:50 AM

The BA live chat is going on now here: https://www.baseball...hat/?1516630410


Not mobile friendly, alas.

I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:34 PM

From the chat - Michael (Dayton): Will there be a follow up just missed article? If so can we get a preview of a few names?

Josh Norris: Yes, yes there will be. Usually we do an "Also Getting Votes" type of thing where we list everybody who ranked in our personal Top 150s. As for a couple of names, how about Twins RHP Brusdar Graterol and Yankees RHP Luis Medina? Those two have tremendous ceilings.

 

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#13 birdwatcher

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:45 PM

This season's lists are confirming the obvious to me, which is that the Twins need to add a front line starter through FA this season. They have lots of high-quality depth, but assuming Lewis is "untouchable", they probably lack a centerpiece prospect to get a guy like Archer. They probably need to acquire a second front line starter next year too, but by then they should have surplus assets of sufficient value in MLB and in the system to get something done via trade if they can't find a FA fit.

 

While CWS is the only other team to place five prospects on this list, two of them are elite. Both DET and CWS placed three pitching prospects on the list ahead of our only pitching prospect. CLE has one pitcher ranked #33 but they're in good shape with the big club. KC's big club is in rapid decline, they're not exactly flush with cash, and they don't have a single prospect on this list. How fortunes change, right?

 

This list reinforces to me that, to get to a point where sustained success is at least possible, our guys are going to have to enjoy continued success in IFA and in the draft, and then be smart and timely with trades from their surplus to build even more strength in the system. Rely on the system, as always, for the core, use FA to plug a big hole or two, and trade from MLB surplus to add elite prospects. They're finally close to being in a place where this can work for them. But the other clubs are just as smart and just as hungry, and a few of them always have fresh cash coming out of their ashtrays. Maybe with the exception of KC, the other clubs in the AL Central are making some good moves.

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:47 PM

Thom (MN): Thanks for everything that goes into this! It’s why a lot of us subscribe! I’m curious as This varies significantly from your Top 10 lists. The Twins organization alone doesn’t seem to have anybody in the same spot as the top 10 vs too 100... Why is that?

Josh Norris: With the Twins, it's a case of the margin between No. 2 and, say, No. 8, being razor thin. You could easily flop the two and it wouldn't look out of order.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:48 PM

Incidently, how cool is it that Vlad's kid has an 80 grade hit tool? I'm really going to enjoy watching him, just like I loved watching his dad. Also, this makes me feel incredibly old.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 02:38 PM

This maybe why Berardino had Gordon so low:

 

 

Mike T (Hudson): Nick Gordon dropped big from 2017 to 2018, but he improved on every category except Strike Outs. Whats the reason for the drop?

Kyle Glaser: I was surprised at how lukewarm the reports on Gordon were this year. Not much faith in him sticking at SS, not enough bat for 2B maybe, limited base stealing ability despite his speed....all things that were said. We'll see how he comes out at Triple-A this year. I think the criticism was overblown, but we'll see

 

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:02 PM

 

I'm sure it is just a mathematical coincidence, and this list is based on objective criteria, but it is strange to see all four of those guys clustered together.

 

It's like they got to 90 and said, 'We only have one Twins player. Give me your list of Twins to consider... Oh, I like that guy. That guy could fit in here. Gotta have that guy, for sure."

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#18 Seth Stohs

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:04 PM

 

From the chat - Michael (Dayton): Will there be a follow up just missed article? If so can we get a preview of a few names?

Josh Norris: Yes, yes there will be. Usually we do an "Also Getting Votes" type of thing where we list everybody who ranked in our personal Top 150s. As for a couple of names, how about Twins RHP Brusdar Graterol and Yankees RHP Luis Medina? Those two have tremendous ceilings.

 

So, I'd read this as Graterol being prospect #101... or that's what I'll think of it!

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#19 Seth Stohs

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:06 PM

 

This maybe why Berardino had Gordon so low:

 

probably, since Mike's list was all about ceiling. 


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 03:06 PM

 

Thom (MN): Thanks for everything that goes into this! It’s why a lot of us subscribe! I’m curious as This varies significantly from your Top 10 lists. The Twins organization alone doesn’t seem to have anybody in the same spot as the top 10 vs too 100... Why is that?

Josh Norris: With the Twins, it's a case of the margin between No. 2 and, say, No. 8, being razor thin. You could easily flop the two and it wouldn't look out of order.

 

Norris's response explains how you get so many guys clustered into the back end of a Top 100. 

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