So many people in this thread I want to quote.DocBauer, I view you as a solid sage on each thread that emits from TD.I'm glad someone brought up the Gerritt Cole proposition.I remember it as, Gordon, Tyler Jay, and Gonsalves.Should've, could've, and stop regretting.Geez he was good this year though...
Gonsalves haters, Stephen Gonsalves has eventually owned every level he's been at.I stress eventually.He doesn't ever come up and "wow" everyone.He is a product of his work ethic.He has figured out every level w/below stunning "stuff".I, for one, am excited for what Gonsalves has yet to show.He'll figure it out.
Gordon is 22.I'm over his "prospectusness".As is many of people w/any AAA player, unless they tear it up right away.Now it's just wait and see.Let's give this kid a chance.Dozier was the most recent guy to move from SS to 2B.That didn't happen overnight, but it worked out pretty well.
Jeffers comes off as more self-confident guy than Rortvedt.Rightfully so, if you like that type.I really like Rortvedt, after much criticism of his bat, but I like him as I like Drew Butera.Jeffers has the potential to be an A.J. Pierzynski, not as likeable, but likeable because he produces.
Thank you for the ego boost Jrod! Lol (pointless but interesting, one of my best friends is named Jarrod and we call him J-rod). But seriously, thank you for the compliment! No ego on my end, but if you are willing so gracious publicly, then I can graciously thank you publicly as well. Quick...how do I post a blush icon? LOL
On a serious note, I always try to maintain an even balance when it comes to the Twins, despite being a fervent fan since I was 5yo courtesy of my father. I've always believed it's OK to being an optimist, but jts also OK to call out your team as well.
I liked your comment about Gonsalves to "haters" and his eventual "owning" each level be has been at. I have often commented on this, and expressed candidly I expected him to struggle initially. The move to the ML is seldom easy. This kid is smart and has ALWAYS learned to adapt. I take his last couple of appearances with a grain of salt due to being the primary, and not the actual game starter. But it's also an indication, IMO, of a young rookie settling in.
I also agree on Gordon, but again, IMO, if kept, he might fit best as a utility player who does a lot of things well. And despite disappointment for a 1st round pick, there is real value in that. I am a HUGE believer in Polanco as well as Lewis. In the next season or so, I can easily see those two as a tremendous keystones combo. At the end of the day, what's wrong with Gordon being a really nice role piece for a ML roster?
I find your comments about Rortvedt vs Jeffers interesting. What have you seen or heard that makes you feel Jeffers is more confident? Really interested in your AJ comparison to Jeffers.
Despite being so young I hate to make comparisons, but I could easily see Rortvedt as a better hitting and more powerful version of Butera. Jeffers is obviously older, though their trek through the system may parallel, as Seth alluded to. Jeffers, probably, is the better bat with even more power. Reports are the Twins like him behind the plate and like his framing. This could be a very interesting "battle" over the next couple of years!