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#1 gunnarthor

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:49 AM

https://www.mlb.com/...ist/c-265065930

 

While their top 100 isn't out yet, the #10 shortstop is probably a top 40 prospect. Looks like BA is probably the low man on Gordon.

 

The article says about Gordon - "Gordon did play well in Double-A at age 21 and went to the Futures Game, but he slumped badly in the second half (.609 OPS) and struggled against lefies (.513 OPS). He'll need to show he can produce at the higher levels for an entire season while continuing to prove he can stick at shortstop."

 

And, Wander Javier got a mention as well - "By the end of the year, it's possible Gordon won't be the top shortstop in the organization. Signed for $4 million in 2015, he had a strong United States debut in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2017 and could really break out with a move to the Midwest League this season."

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#2 nicksaviking

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 10:04 AM

This is all good news. The best currency in baseball is stud young pitching, but the second best is stud young shortstops. I really hope the team is able to elevate these guys' play to time their peak value with feasible trade opportunities.

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#3 Seth Stohs

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

 

And, Wander Javier got a mention as well - "By the end of the year, it's possible Gordon won't be the top shortstop in the organization. Signed for $4 million in 2015, he had a strong United States debut in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2017 and could really break out with a move to the Midwest League this season."

 

The bold part is funny since he's #10 and Royce Lewis is #5 on their list... 

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#4 redstorm

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 11:18 AM

Jim Callis also noted on his twitter that the top 5 SS will all rank in the top 20 of the overall top 100

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 11:43 AM

 

The bold part is funny since he's #10 and Royce Lewis is #5 on their list... 

 

Maybe he means defensively? IDK

 

The best part of having prospects on these lists is that we get an early look at their new write-ups.Their take on Gordon's defense is probably among the most bullish I've seen, pegging him as a slightly above average defender overall, which would actually be pretty valuable at short.They do say that his range is the limiting factor, but it kind of sounds like they still view him as a shortstop.


#6 Mike Sixel

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 11:54 AM

It appears the board gave up on Gordon too quickly......

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There's always next year, or the next, or maybe by the time I'm Chief's age, I guess....


#7 amjgt

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 12:27 PM

Lewis not mentioned once in the best tools section. Odd for the #5 guy on the list, especially since on of the tools (arm) had like 7 guys tied.


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

 

And, Wander Javier got a mention as well - "By the end of the year, it's possible Gordon won't be the top shortstop in the organization. Signed for $4 million in 2015, he had a strong United States debut in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2017 and could really break out with a move to the Midwest League this season."

They edited that last part. It now reads:

"By the end of the year, it's possible that Javier will be getting more of the attention among Twins shortstops. Signed for $4 million in 2015, he had a strong United States debut in the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2017 and could really break out with a move to the Midwest League this season."

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:13 PM

I am disappointed in this list - not because of Gordon who seems to be at a plateau, but because I seriously think Lewis should be higher. 


#10 Mike Sixel

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

 

I am disappointed in this list - not because of Gordon who seems to be at a plateau, but because I seriously think Lewis should be higher. 

 

Who would you move below him? The four above him are pretty darn good players.....

There's always next year, or the next, or maybe by the time I'm Chief's age, I guess....


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:47 PM

 

Who would you move below him? The four above him are pretty darn good players.....

I know that Torres has gotten tremendous press, but he is in NY.But I cannot argue.Brendan Rodgers looks like a nice player, but the way they have used him makes it look like he could end up at 2B so I would have Lewis pass him up.And I would push him past Tatis even though this looks like a real upside player, Lewis' numbers are better than his right now.So I would make Lewis #3 or 4.  

 

But of course that will sort itself out.What I am concerned about is that they are already seeing Lewis ahead of Gordon and warning that Javier might pass him soon.Gordon's stock is still good, but Dozier and Polanco should be watching Lewis not Gordon and down the road Javier.So what do we do with Gordon if the team believes this?  

‚ÄčIf they trade they have to figure out if he holds value or is sliding. 

 

How many of the top five were missed by the Twins?

 

Good speculations.  


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:09 AM

 

It appears the board gave up on Gordon too quickly......

I don't think the board has given up on him. They have dialed back their unreasonable midseason hype correctly. He is still a very good prospect but he isn't top 25 overall material right now. If he can address his flaws this season then he could certainly move into that category.

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Is 2016 2017 2018 the year that a good pitching prospect is truly blocked by 5 good pitchers in the starting rotation? 

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