1. If prospect talent were evenly distributed, we'd have three prospects on this list. I keep coming back to my insistent belief that having a prospect pipeline that is well above average is essential to any chance of sustained excellence. And yes, of course it has to be put to good use.
2. I'm far less concerned with whether any specific pitcher becomes productive in relief versus in the rotation, as long as the high-quality prospect numbers ( I arbitrarily think of FG's 40 FV as a good measure of quality ) are there. Right now, I think I just counted 17 Twins pitching prospects in FG with a 40 FV or better.
3. The important part of this last point? If a guy nudges his way into an already-solid bullpen, we have an opportunity to move the guy being replaced. Example: the ill-fated Sam Dyson trade cost us TWO 40 FV pitching prospects, Kai-Wei Teng and Prelander Berroa, plus 40+ FV OF Jaylin Davis. Consider this: Teng and Berroa, whose ETA is 2020, are in the same category as Stashak, Enlow, Sands, Colina, Alcala, Smeltzer, Rijo, Winder, Cano, and Moran. And Davis slots in with Urbina, Javier, Miranda, and Wallner. The point is, whether you move a roster guy or a prospect in this kind of situation, you're dealing with some serious trade value. It can be argued, as I often do, that moving the roster guy creates greater value for you.
4. The everyday roster for the Twins is regarded as among the very best in all of baseball. We have three prospects in Lewis, Larnach, and Kirilloff who will have to demonstrate that they represent an upgrade over someone on a talent-rich roster in the next year or so. If guys like Rosario, Buxton, and Kepler refuse to be pushed aside because they remain the better alternative, what a great problem to have.