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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/5): Opening Night Fever

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#21 gunnarthor

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:11 AM

Great to see minor league baseball back!

 

Only one game so not a lot to note but it's good to see Baddoo and Bechtold taking a lot of pitches/walks again. I really hope they both become on-base machines for us.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:12 AM

Love the top prospect update.

Don’t love that Hughes has a WHIP of like 2 in A ball.
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:15 AM

 

Love the top prospect update.

Don’t love that Hughes has a WHIP of like 2 in A ball.

Yeah, he's probably done. Too bad.

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#24 Seth Stohs

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:39 AM

 

How is Bechtold defensively? Going off of MLB's write up of him, it sounds like he will be able to stick at third and maybe even be above average there. 

 

He's a plus defender at 3B. Here's a story I did on him in the offseason: 

 

http://twinsdaily.co...-bechtold-r6339

 

I talked to him a bit in Ft. Myers. He told me he was clocked at 101 across the diamond, so he's got a big arm too. 

 

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#25 Mike Sixel

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 09:49 AM

I love these!

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


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 09:52 AM

How is Bechtold defensively? Going off of MLB's write up of him, it sounds like he will be able to stick at third and maybe even be above average there.


He is one of my AAPs this year. Everything I've read on him is that he'll be a very solid defender. He also has a terrific eye at the plate and will develop 20+ HR power. Oh...and he steals bases! The kid has a real shot to be a 5 Star player. 20/20, good average, high OBP, and solid defense. He's one to watch this year for sure.
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:20 AM

When I first saw"CHATTANOOGA CHATTER," I thought they had changed their team name. Great report-thanks!

 

Sorry if I missed it, but what was Hughes' velocity?

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

Thanks for doing the update!Thumbs up to the Top 20 prospect lines section.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 11:29 AM

 

 

I guess you would call Hughes outing what, ok? 

 

8 hits and 3 ER against high A hitters in warm Florida translates to not surviving the first inning in the majors in cold Minnesota against the defending World Champions.

 

Not.That.Good.

The Twins need a plan B, quickly, otherwise they might as well forfeit that game.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 11:37 AM

 

When I first saw"CHATTANOOGA CHATTER," I thought they had changed their team name. Great report-thanks!

 

Sorry if I missed it, but what was Hughes' velocity?

 

I heard that Hughes topped out at 92. 


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:41 PM

Gotta love me some Sammons!Big kid too... I think he might be a sleeper prospect with a bright future.One of my picks-to-click this year, among "lower ranked" prospects, along with Hector Lujan, Clark Beeker and Andrew Bechtold.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:50 PM

I heard that Hughes topped out at 92. 

How about exit-velocity? :)

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:45 PM

So, I take it the minor league pitchers are on more of a pitch count limit? Littell looked good stat wise, but only pitched 4.1 innings, and Sammons for Cedar Rapids pitched 4 innings of no run ball and 6 k’s. I would have thought both could have pitched deeper into the game, but I suppose they have to do more to protect those young arms.

#34 gunnarthor

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:58 PM

I do hope that Bechtold gets moved fairly quickly. He's 22 and has some college experience. I'd be thrilled if he could make it to AA this year, even for a cup of coffee.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:25 PM

So, I take it the minor league pitchers are on more of a pitch count limit? Littell looked good stat wise, but only pitched 4.1 innings, and Sammons for Cedar Rapids pitched 4 innings of no run ball and 6 k’s. I would have thought both could have pitched deeper into the game, but I suppose they have to do more to protect those young arms.


Littell stuff was not sharp yesterday. He pitched out of jams. Had a lot of pitches at that point

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:06 PM

I get that they made a financial investment (which isn't even that large, relatively), but how does that make starting Hughes beneficial to the franchise in any way? He's going to get obliterated, and the Twins will probably lose multiple games. If the guy is also damaging the team vs. no contribution, doesn't it make the contract worse?

I've always been confused about motivation to run a guy like that out there. A sunk cost is a sunk cost.

It doesn't take a doctorate from Oxford to see that. So, really, what's the deal? Does an MLB owner in 2018 really say, "we invested $12 million per year (peanuts) in this guy, he better be out there"? Even considering that their dad made all of the money, they have to have some business acumen, right?
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#37 gunnarthor

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 07:12 AM

 

I get that they made a financial investment (which isn't even that large, relatively), but how does that make starting Hughes beneficial to the franchise in any way? He's going to get obliterated, and the Twins will probably lose multiple games. If the guy is also damaging the team vs. no contribution, doesn't it make the contract worse?

I've always been confused about motivation to run a guy like that out there. A sunk cost is a sunk cost.

It doesn't take a doctorate from Oxford to see that. So, really, what's the deal? Does an MLB owner in 2018 really say, "we invested $12 million per year (peanuts) in this guy, he better be out there"? Even considering that their dad made all of the money, they have to have some business acumen, right?

Well, I agree that he probably can't help anymore the team should probably make sure. Letting him get some minor league starts to rehab his arm, maybe putting him in the pen are both reasonable options. 12m is a lot of money and I'm sure most owners don't want their GMs telling them to dump salary. It's pretty rare, even the Yankees have seldom done it.




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