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#1 Brandon

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 10:55 AM

Its been quite here lately so i thought Id post about a trade of one of our former prospects we traded to Tampa Bay for Kevin Jepsen was traded to Cleveland to pitch in their pen. Hu was a starter for us in the minors and was mostly up in high A with one successful AAA start. With Tampa they had him start in the minors then moved to the pen in the majors. He is a flyball pitcher who throws 93 mph.

https://www.baseball...Linker&utm_sour

https://www.mlbtrade...hu-indians.html
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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:06 AM

 

Its been quite here lately so i thought Id post about a trade of one of our former prospects we traded to Tampa Bay for Kevin Jepsen was traded to Cleveland to pitch in their pen. Hu was a starter for us in the minors and was mostly up in high A with one successful AAA start. With Tampa they had him start in the minors then moved to the pen in the majors. He is a flyball pitcher who throws 93 mph.

https://www.baseball...Linker&utm_sour

https://www.mlbtrade...hu-indians.html

The Hu jokes in the comments live on!

 

 


#3 Doomtints

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:10 AM

I didn't like this trade at the time. Let's hope he doesn't dominate the Twins....


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:23 AM

If you didn't like the Hu trade, then you can't ever complain if the Twins make win-now trades. They traded a future Kevin Jepsen (if he's lucky) for the current Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was fantastic for us down the stretch in 2015, after we had suffered through 4 losing seasons and were trying to make the playoffs. 

 

Complaints about that trade are ridiculous. 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:46 AM

If you didn't like the Hu trade, then you can't ever complain if the Twins make win-now trades. They traded a future Kevin Jepsen (if he's lucky) for the current Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was fantastic for us down the stretch in 2015, after we had suffered through 4 losing seasons and were trying to make the playoffs.

Complaints about that trade are ridiculous.


Exactly. I consider that trade a win for the Twins. Jepsen at least made an impact for the Twins. Hu barely pitched in the majors in 3 years with Tampa. If Hu was still with the Twins we would have been waiting until now for him to do something? Hard pass.
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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:19 PM

I'm an irrational prospect hoarder, so I didn't like it at the time either.  But I like it in hindsight.  I hope all traded Twins' prospects have solid--but unspectacular--careers.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:21 PM

 

If you didn't like the Hu trade, then you can't ever complain if the Twins make win-now trades. They traded a future Kevin Jepsen (if he's lucky) for the current Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was fantastic for us down the stretch in 2015, after we had suffered through 4 losing seasons and were trying to make the playoffs. 

 

Complaints about that trade are ridiculous. 

 

I suppose there were a few people who didn't want to trade Hu, but if memory serves, the overwhelming gripe was that the front office ONLY traded for Jepsen when they should have done much more. 

 

But I'm not crying over Hu. Just another baseball footnote, I don't see the Twins rueing the day they traded him. Alexis Tapia on the other hand......huge mistake!

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:53 PM

The Rays needed space on the 40. Hu was going to be available. Alex Tapia the other player In the trade never made it out of A ball. Jepsen gave them valuable innings as they competed for a play off spot in 2015.
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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:58 PM

 

I'm an irrational prospect hoarder, so I didn't like it at the time either.  But I like it in hindsight.  I hope all traded Twins' prospects have solid--but unspectacular--careers.

is just another guy that wouldn't have been good enough for the Twins 40 man, which is why I am for trading prospects for proven talent.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 01:51 PM

I was happy about the trade for Jepsen. Just I was also a fan of Hu too. I always wanted to see him have success in MLB. Just a lot less now that he is with Cleveland. I also wanted to see Jepsen have continued success too but that didn't go well.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 02:07 PM

 

If you didn't like the Hu trade, then you can't ever complain if the Twins make win-now trades. They traded a future Kevin Jepsen (if he's lucky) for the current Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was fantastic for us down the stretch in 2015, after we had suffered through 4 losing seasons and were trying to make the playoffs. 

 

Complaints about that trade are ridiculous. 

 

Who is to say the Twins could not have traded someone other than Hu? Also, I didn't "complain about the trade" -- I simply said I didn't like it, and that is based purely on losing Hu.

 

The Twins didn't win anything in 2015, btw.

 

I don't expect Hu to be the best thing since sliced bread or anything, but he was starting to shine when the Twins set him free. (I have no clue how he has played since, mind you, but with just a cursory glance it looks like he could have been a nice asset out of the pen.) He's still only 25!

 

Also, who do you trust more: Cleveland's ability to rate a pitcher, or then-Twins management's ability to rate one?

 

I'm pleasantly surprised that Hu is remembered at all. He seemed to appear on everyone's radar at the same time and was traded very quickly after that.

Edited by Doomtints, 19 November 2018 - 02:27 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 04:11 PM

 

The Rays needed space on the 40. Hu was going to be available. Alex Tapia the other player In the trade never made it out of A ball. Jepsen gave them valuable innings as they competed for a play off spot in 2015.

 

 

Hey, nick could still be right about the huge Tapia mistake. I see he's been converted to the mound in Venezuelan Winter ball for Aragua and is sporting a nifty 4.85 ERA.


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 04:53 PM

I had worked hard to forget Jepsen ever donned a Twins uniform, then this thread showed up......

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#14 Mike Sixel

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 09:55 AM

My recollection was that people didn't like it was the only move. Why bother, if you are not really trying?
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I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 08:53 AM

And whatever happened to Jepsen? Actually, he was with the Texas Rangers in spring training last year and made the club,only to get released again in May. Not sure if he played anywhere after that or not?


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 06:42 PM

 

If you didn't like the Hu trade, then you can't ever complain if the Twins make win-now trades. They traded a future Kevin Jepsen (if he's lucky) for the current Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was fantastic for us down the stretch in 2015, after we had suffered through 4 losing seasons and were trying to make the playoffs. 

 

Complaints about that trade are ridiculous. 

God, yes, so much this. It was a fair trade. A good reliever for a middling pitching prospect.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 09:37 PM

Hu was putting up some decent numbers at A+ as a starter when they traded him for Jepsen, which is one of the reasons I didn't love the trade, but I didn't realize that Hu wasn't a high caliber prospect. So the Twins didn't lose much (Tapia probably isn't going to reach the MLB), and getting a couple good months out of Jepsen was worth it.

 

Of course, they also got a full control of Jepsen's 2016 season... which promptly ended in disaster in a stint as the closer, so it's hard to really call the trade a win. (Plus TR needed to do more at the deadline if they actually wanted to make the playoffs.)


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Posted 22 November 2018 - 12:16 AM

 

The Hu jokes in the comments live on!

That was my only complaint about the trade - I really liked the Hu's on first jokes."When you pay the guy on first, Hu get's the money?" "Every dollar of it. Sometimes his wife comes in to pick it up." "Hu's wife?" "Yes" 

 

It's tough to give that up.

 

 

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 10:10 AM

 

I don't expect Hu to be the best thing since sliced bread 

What was the best thing before sliced bread was invented?


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Posted 22 November 2018 - 03:03 PM

Cheese.