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Article: The Top 20 Minnesota Twins Assets of 2019: Part 4 (1-5)

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#41 Penthang

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 11:18 AM

Thanks! This was an immensely fun series to read and go through the commments for. I’m sort of hoping Kirilloff reaches the majors this year. With a health and productive Cruz, Buxton, Sano, and Kirilloff along with the good versions of Schoop and Cron and a moving the needle forward version of Kepler this could be a great lineup.
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#42 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:00 PM

Larnach vs. Rooker: I think Larnach the much better prospect.

a. he is a better hitter for average

b. probably better in the field

c. much better bb/k ratio

d. power is a wash.

Mr. Larnach is getting short-changed here.


I agree, and don't think it's even close.
I guess I'm missing the boat on Rooker, but I wouldn't rank him higher than Walker and Palka were when they were in our system.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 01:19 PM

 

Larnach vs. Rooker: I think Larnach the much better prospect. 

 

a. he is a better hitter for average

 

b. probably better in the field

 

c. much better bb/k ratio

 

d. power is a wash.

 

Mr. Larnach is getting short-changed here.

You might be right (probably are) but right now all we have to go by is 177 PA in rookie-ball and Low-A. He did what you expect from a first-round bat-first college draft pick, and hasn't been meaningfully challenged yet. If he puts together a quality first full season he'll be on here. 

 

 

I agree, and don't think it's even close.
I guess I'm missing the boat on Rooker, but I wouldn't rank him higher than Walker and Palka were when they were in our system.

He's really smart and sophisticated in his mindset about hitting, and he has an uncommon ability to drive and elevate the ball, which points to sustainably prolific power. This article calls him one of the top breakout candidates in the minors for that reason. 

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#44 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:27 PM

You might be right (probably are) but right now all we have to go by is 177 PA in rookie-ball and Low-A. He did what you expect from a first-round bat-first college draft pick, and hasn't been meaningfully challenged yet. If he puts together a quality first full season he'll be on here.


He's really smart and sophisticated in his mindset about hitting, and he has an uncommon ability to drive and elevate the ball, which points to sustainably prolific power. This article calls him one of the top breakout candidates in the minors for that reason.


This is a whole 'nother can of worms. But, if he did what was expected, and it didn't tell us much, why do the Twins bother sending these advanced college bats to rookie ball in the first place? Seems like a waste of time.
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#45 BJames

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 03:15 PM

I still have no love for Buxton.Rosario is a good all around player (bat, glove and can run) Kepler is solid defensively and at least hits for power.Buxton-Great Glove.Thats it so far.I think Rosario is proven, Kepler- if he can get the bat a little more solidly on the ball could be .265, 30HR guy.Buxton? I got nothing,30SB's? Bat 9th?I'm not a Sano guy either, but, he could hit 40Hr's.Sure most of them would mean nothing, but its not out of reach.Buxton????


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 04:03 PM

 

This is a whole 'nother can of worms. But, if he did what was expected, and it didn't tell us much, why do the Twins bother sending these advanced college bats to rookie ball in the first place? Seems like a waste of time.

I wouldn't call it a waste. The first half-season after being drafted is generally about getting a guy acclimated to the pro culture and lifestyle, as opposed to putting them immediately on the fast-track to the majors. If Larnach follows the same path as Rooker next year he could potentially be poised for an early-2020 debut. 

 

 

Buxton? I got nothing,30SB's? Bat 9th?I'm not a Sano guy either, but, he could hit 40Hr's.Sure most of them would mean nothing, but its not out of reach.Buxton????

What's "out of reach" for Buxton? He hit 10 HR in September of 2016 alone. He stole 16 bases on 16 attempts in the second half of 2017. He was also named the most valuable defensive player in baseball that year. It's not like he hasn't shown his ability on the field.


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:29 PM

I was not particularly impressed by the Kirilloff pick but I love being wrong when it looks like this.

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 07:33 PM

I still have no love for Buxton. Rosario is a good all around player (bat, glove and can run) Kepler is solid defensively and at least hits for power. Buxton-Great Glove. Thats it so far. I think Rosario is proven, Kepler- if he can get the bat a little more solidly on the ball could be .265, 30HR guy. Buxton? I got nothing, 30SB's? Bat 9th? I'm not a Sano guy either, but, he could hit 40Hr's. Sure most of them would mean nothing, but its not out of reach. Buxton????

Rosario took a huge step forward in 2018.

His season tally was still .1 fWAR lower than Buxton’s partial 2017 season.

In all likelihood, Rosario will be the better hitter. But Buxton is better at literally everything else and it’s not close. If Buxton can stay healthy and hit his way out of a paper bag, he’s immensely valuable.
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 11:48 PM

 

Nothing against Gonsalves, but I would’ve put Thorpe or Stewart in his spot.

 

Bingo!

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:39 AM

Nick: I wonder what scouts would say about Twins assets.Does Twins Daily have some relationships with scouts around the country that would be will to look over the list?If Twins were looking to make a trade for an establish MLB star and the potential trading partner was told to take any Twins asset, how would they rank the assets? 




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