I am happy that Jeffers has made these improvements, yet, scratching my head when I see him at #7 and Rortvedt not in your top 20.
Was not Rortvedt the first promoted from A to AA last spring?Is not Rortvedt the better defensive catcher insofar as throwing out runners and controlling the running game?Is not Rortvedt the superior catcher as far as blocking the ball in the dirt?Although he doesn't have Jeffers power, wasn't Rortvedt hiting very well prior to his knee injury?
Not saying that Jeffers hasn't improved more than any Twin in his draft class.Just find it puzzling that he is #7 and Rortvedt is nowhere to be seen.
The one thing I keep seeing is everyone raving about his pitch framing.I know that is the current in thing for rating catchers defense these days.Well, that is going to go away when big league baseball goes to robo umps in a few years and framing will add zero value.Perhaps then we can get back to rating catchers on values of the past, blocking balls, throwing out runners and handling their pitchers.
I definitely am a fan of Rortvedt, and I love the Wisconsin love for Rortvedt.
But from a prospect status standpoint, the two aren't particularly close. I think Rortvedt will play in the big leagues, and could play for ten years. Jeffers could be an All Star. I had Jeffers 7 and Rortvedt 30, and I feel pretty good about that. And also, that continues to speak volumes about the Twins depth in the minor leagues when a guy I think can be a long-term big leaguer ranks #30. In many organizations, Rortvedt is easily top 20. Jeffers is probably Top 5 in a majority of organizations.