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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/7): Rooker, Keirsey Lead Walk-Off Wins

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#21 jimbo92107

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:09 AM

At least we know Buxton's got the speed to stick at short.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 05:12 PM

At least we know Buxton's got the speed to stick at short.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:59 PM

Who will the Twins drop, release, demote...when Buck returns to the team?


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 07:49 AM

 

Since he's only been around for less than a year, it's easy to forget how young Littell is and how hard the Twins have pushed him.

 

Littell started last season in High A, entered this year with only 14 starts above that level and is still only 22-years-old. He's younger than all of the following pitching prospects: Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero, Kohl Stewart, Griffin Jax, Tyler Wells and Charlie Barnes.

 

Littell is the eighth-youngest player to appear in the American League this season. But I still agree with your main point. I'd rather see Romero or Mejia back or Gonsalves get a crack before Littell is brought back up to the Twins. He's not quite ready for that.

 

Littell is relatively young, but I get the impression that he was an "early bloomer". Maybe it's the beard. :) Perfect Game had him listed at 6'4, 201 lbs back in his draft year of 2013, and he was still only 17. (That seems to be the source of his age advantage, that he basically graduated high school a year early.)

 

In that sense, he reminds me a bit of Gonsalves. Gonsalves was 19 for his pro debut, but he's another big kid who reached AA for 13 starts in his age 21 season. (Of course, Gonsalves was then asked to repeat AA each of the following 2 seasons...)

 

Also interesting is that Littell has been traded twice already, first by the Mariners for a reliever, next by the Yankees for 2 months of Jaime Garcia. So despite his size/age/stats, maybe he's still seen as a bit of an underdog, stuff-wise?

 

And I posted this elsewhere, but maybe this isn't the right organization for Littell to get an opportunity. We tried to jump-start him with call-ups already, but looking at our roster, he may only be 8th or 9th on our SP depth chart for 2018-2019.




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