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#1 Teflon

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:49 AM

What if the Twins, with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 MLB June Amateur draft, had taken Mike Trout (drafted three picks later) instead of Kyle Gibson? Would Trout have made as quick a debut and as immediate an impact with the Twins as he did with the Angels or would he just now be getting promoted to New Britain?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

What do we need another toolsie outfielder for? We need pitching. Oh wait, time machine, this is 2009. What do we need another toolsie outfielder for? We need pitching.

Yes, I do believe that he could have progressed through the Twins farm system just as quickly. When someone dominates at a level they will move, regardless of the organization. I don't think it will be fair to compare Buxton to Trout. He will get promoted when he is ready. He should not get promoted through levels just in an attempt to match the success of Trout.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:03 AM

What if the Twins, with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 MLB June Amateur draft, had taken Mike Trout (drafted three picks later) instead of Kyle Gibson? Would Trout have made as quick a debut and as immediate an impact with the Twins as he did with the Angels or would he just now be getting promoted to New Britain?


I don't believe he'd be in the majors if he had been drafted by us. Funny thing is, I looked at his numbers in high school and Buxton's numbers in high school. The major difference was Trout actually was already showing some HR power, so it makes me wonder how he was missed by so many teams when Buxton, who had lesser numbers against easier competition was viewed as the supposed best player in the draft this year.

Having said that, I wasn't that familiar with him coming out of high school, and I'm not really an advocate of drafting toolsy H School OFs in the first round anyway, so I'm not gonna dog the Twins for missing him. I wasn't, however, thrilled with the Gibson pick. Too risky with injury history before he was drafted.

I will, however, continue to dog the Twins for not getting Pedroia cause I wanted them to draft him with their first pick in 2004...and their 2nd pick, 3rd pick, 4th pick, 5th pick and 6th pick... :-)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:16 AM

I don't believe he'd be in the majors if he had been drafted by us.


Well then you'd be wrong.

#5 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:16 AM

Yes, Trout would be in the majors if he was drafted by the Twins. That's not even up for debate. The guy absolutely raked at every level of the minors.

Would he have been called up in May of this year? I don't know about that but we would have seen him by the end of the season. There is a ridiculous myth surrounding the Twins that they coddle their players in the minors... News flash: those players they "coddle" just aren't that good (yet). The last time I was really irritated with the Twins about a minor league player was Jason Bartlett. Before that, it was Justin Morneau. Right now, it's Slama.

That's three players in a decade, one of which turned into a middling position player while the jury is still completely out on the other. The only sure thing of the bunch was Morneau and he stumbled quite a bit in his first cup of coffee.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:51 AM



I don't believe he'd be in the majors if he had been drafted by us.


Well then you'd be wrong.


Sure I am

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

[quote name='ThePuck'][quote name='SpiritofVodkaDave'][quote name='ThePuck']

I don't believe he'd be in the majors if he had been drafted by us.[/QUOTE]

Well then you'd be wrong.[/QUOTE]

Sure I am[/QUOTE]

See: Joe Mauer (who ended up having only about 20 more games in the minors then trout, and didn't come close to matching his dominance during that time.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

Yes, Trout would be in the majors if he was drafted by the Twins. That's not even up for debate. The guy absolutely raked at every level of the minors.

Would he have been called up in May of this year? I don't know about that but we would have seen him by the end of the season. There is a ridiculous myth surrounding the Twins that they coddle their players in the minors... News flash: those players they "coddle" just aren't that good (yet). The last time I was really irritated with the Twins about a minor league player was Jason Bartlett. Before that, it was Justin Morneau. Right now, it's Slama.

That's three players in a decade, one of which turned into a middling position player while the jury is still completely out on the other. The only sure thing of the bunch was Morneau and he stumbled quite a bit in his first cup of coffee.

I thought they handled Morneau for the most part correctly, seeing how they had doug mientkiewicz coming off a very solid year in 2003, the prob waited a bit to long to trade mientkiewicz, but I have a feeling they were wanting his value to get up a little as he really was struggling by the time they traded him.

Bartlett, and Slama aren't exactly the most talented players in the world, so even though its frustrating its not a huge deal.

It also should be noted that rushing prospects for the sake of rushing them fails more then it succeeds: See:Carlos Gomez

#9 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:18 AM

I thought they handled Morneau for the most part correctly, seeing how they had doug mientkiewicz coming off a very solid year in 2003, the prob waited a bit to long to trade mientkiewicz, but I have a feeling they were wanting his value to get up a little as he really was struggling by the time they traded him.

Bartlett, and Slama aren't exactly the most talented players in the world, so even though its frustrating its not a huge deal.

It also should be noted that rushing prospects for the sake of rushing them fails more then it succeeds: See:Carlos Gomez


I was of the opinion that JR should have done what he did with Pierzynski/Mauer for Mientkiewicz/Morneau. Maybe he learned his lesson from sticking with Mientkiewicz too long and that's why we saw Pierzynski dished to the Giants.

The Twins should have received more for Mientkiewicz but whatever, that situation is long gone. My point is that there have been very few players who have sat in the minors for too long.

Gardy's management of some of these players (Cuddyer, Kubel) early in their careers once they were on the Major League roster was more problematic, in my opinion.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

To me, Brian Dozier looks like an apt comparison of how Trout might have progressed with the Twins. Also taken in the 2009 draft, Dozier moved through the minors at the same speed and was given an MLB starting position in a similar time frame as Trout. The difference is that Dozier was drafted as a 21-year old while Trout was 17 - although I don't know that the Twins would have a different strategy for the development of collegians versus high-schoolers. Or international players.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:59 AM

I decided to take the time machine back to 2000 and look at the drafts since then - I almost threw up when I saw what our rotation could have been. There is no way we would have lost 90+ games. Let's see what could have been.

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[TD]2000
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[TD]1
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[TD]Adam Johnson
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[TD]Chase Utley
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
[/TD]
[TD]Tagg Bozied
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[TD]Xavier Nady
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[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
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[TD]JD Durbin
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[TD]Chad Qualls
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[TD]2001
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[TD]1
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[TD]Joe Mauer
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[TD][/TD]
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[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
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[TD]Scott Tyler
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[TD]JJ Hardy
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[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
[/TD]
[TD]Jose Morales
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[TD]Scott Harriston
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[/TR]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]4
[/TD]
[TD]Angel Garcia
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[TD]Ricky Nolasco
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[TD]2002
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[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]Denard Span
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
[/TD]
[TD]Jesse Crain
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
[/TD]
[TD]Mark Sauls
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[TD]Josh Johnson
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[TD]2003
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[TD]1
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[TD]Matt Moses
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[TD]Chad Billingsley
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[TD]2
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[TD]Scott Baker
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD]Johnny Woodward
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[TD]Jonathan Papelbon
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[TD]2004
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[TD]Trevor Plouffe
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]1B
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[TD]Glen Perkins
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]1C
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[TD]Kyle Waldrop
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[TD]Gio Gonzolez
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[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2A
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[TD]Matt Fox
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[TD]Reid Brignac
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[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2B
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[TD]Anthony Swarzak
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[TD]Dustin Pedroia
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[TD]2005
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[TD]1
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[TD]Matt Garza
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]Sand A
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[TD]Hank Sanchez
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[TD]Clay Buchholz
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]Sand B
[/TD]
[TD]Drew Thompson
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[TD]Taylor Teagarden
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[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2A
[/TD]
[TD]Paul Kelly
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[TD]Chase Headley
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[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2B
[/TD]
[TD]Kevin Slowey
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[TD]Jeremy Hellickson
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
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[TD]Brian Duensing
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD]2006
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[TD]1
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[TD]Chris Parmelee
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
[/TD]
[TD]Joe Benson
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[TD][/TD]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
[/TD]
[TD]Tyler Robertson
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[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2007
[/TD]
[TD]1
[/TD]
[TD]Ben Revere
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[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
[/TD]
[TD]Danny Rams
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[TD]Jonathan Lucroy
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[/TR]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
[/TD]
[TD]Angel Morales
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[TD][/TD]
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[TR]
[TD]2008
[/TD]
[TD]1A
[/TD]
[TD]Aaron Hicks
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[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]1B
[/TD]
[TD]Carlos Gutierrez
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[TD]Lonnie Chisenhall
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[/TR]
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]Sand
[/TD]
[TD]Shooter Hunt
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[TD]Jason Kipnis
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[/TR]
[TR]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2
[/TD]
[TD]Tyler Landedorf
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[TD]???
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[TD][/TD]
[TD]3
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[TD]Bobby Lanigan
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[TD]???
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[TD]2009
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[TD]1
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[TD]Kyle Gibson
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[TD]Mike Trout
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In the 3 drafts since 2009, it's still too early to judge. But our scouting was terrible from 2000-2005. We could have had a rotation of Chad Billingsley, Gio Gonzolez, Jeremy Hellickson, Clay Buchholz, and Josh Johnson. And we could have had other options including Matt Garza, and Ricky Nolasco, and then we could have drafted Mike Trout instead of Gibson. And the infield would not have been the problem it is today. Boy, talk about woulda, shoulda, coulda.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:14 PM

Going back and playing captain hindsight on the freaking baseball draft is a futile endeavor. You act like guys like Josh Johnson etc were clearly "can't miss" guys and everybody but the Twins knew this, when it clearly isn't the case. Also shouldn't the other 31 teams be embarrassed they didn't Take Jason Kubel in the first 16 rounds or whatever?

Would it have been nice to get Trout? No doubt, but Gibson at least is looking like a potential very good #2, if you can grab that in the draft its a success. Hopefully Plouffe continues to produce, two years ago the 2004 draft class was looking like a complete lost cause, if Perkins ends up being a good closer and Plouffe at least a average starting 3B with pop it turns out to be somewhat of a win.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:18 PM

Going back and playing captain hindsight on the freaking baseball draft is a futile endeavor. You act like guys like Josh Johnson etc were clearly "can't miss" guys and everybody but the Twins knew this, when it clearly isn't the case. Also shouldn't the other 31 teams be embarrassed they didn't Take Jason Kubel in the first 16 rounds or whatever?


Johnson was an obvious "can't miss" prospect. After all, it's not as if every team in baseball passed on him.

Twice.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

See: Joe Mauer (who ended up having only about 20 more games in the minors then trout, and didn't come close to matching his dominance during that time.


Joe Mauer was a #1 pick from the local area...and you're comparing numbers from a catcher as opposed to an OF. And then there's the OFs we have in the system too.

In any event, NO ONE can say with CERTAINTY he'd be in the majors by now or not if we had drafted him...which is why I said I don't think he would instead of being 100% decisive. My crystal ball isn't as good as some I guess...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

I wasn't trying to play "Captain Hindsight" as you say - I was just having fun and looking at what could have been. I know we never would have had a rotation like I laid out, or the potential team. It would have been way too expensive for the reality which is our Twins. My main point is that the Twins are a team that lives and dies on their farm system. And because of that, they live and die by the draft, and a number of those players would have been very tradable to restock the farm clubs once they got too expensive.

Obviously, the Twins had a number of very good to great (or potential) first round choices as well - Torri Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer, Denard Span, Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe, Glen Perkins, Chris Parmelee, Aaron Hicks, Kyle Gibson, and Byron Buxton. But, the Twins had way too many early round draft busts from 2000-2005, guys that didn't even smell AAA, let alone MLB. That's why we're in the place we are today. I also believe that the last several years have been better, but only time will tell.

Edited by ScottyB, 16 November 2012 - 12:54 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

All sorts of "We could have had" players out there. Don't get too hard on the Twins drafting, Oakland hasn't drafted a player that latter had a + WAR in the majors since 2006. The players from 06 were all traded, too. The same for Boston with Bill James to help them. The Yankees have less in numbers produced than the Twins since 2000. The SABR people do no better than the money people. In 2005 Tampa Bay drafted Longoria and Hellickson. 2006, they got Price and Jennings. Not much help since then either.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

Joe Mauer was a #1 pick from the local area...and you're comparing numbers from a catcher as opposed to an OF.


What do those two things have anything to do with the topic at hand?

Yes, Mike Trout would be in the majors by now with the Twins (assuming he produced similarly in the minors-plus no injuries), it's really not that difficult of a concept. The Twins front office isn't the bumbling bunch of idiots that geniuses like Thrylos and others on this board try to make them out to be.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:12 PM


See: Joe Mauer (who ended up having only about 20 more games in the minors then trout, and didn't come close to matching his dominance during that time.


Joe Mauer was a #1 pick from the local area...and you're comparing numbers from a catcher as opposed to an OF.


Which makes Dave's case stronger, not weaker. It's far more difficult for a catcher to move through any farm system quickly than it is for an outfielder to do the same. It usually takes a few years for a catcher to learn how to call the game on a professional level. An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).


Oh, and he doesn't have to close his glove at just the right time? Hmmmm???? C'mon, man, you're smarter than that!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

[quote name='Brock Beauchamp'][quote name='ThePuck'][quote name='SpiritofVodkaDave']
See: Joe Mauer (who ended up having only about 20 more games in the minors then trout, and didn't come close to matching his dominance during that time.[/QUOTE]

Joe Mauer was a #1 pick from the local area...and you're comparing numbers from a catcher as opposed to an OF.[/QUOTE]

Which makes Dave's case stronger, not weaker. It's far more difficult for a catcher to move through any farm system quickly than it is for an outfielder to do the same. It usually takes a few years for a catcher to learn how to call the game on a professional level. An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).[/QUOTE]

Not necessarily...not for a #1 overall pick with no one in front of him worth a darn in the minors. And it's not like they didn't know what they had in him all along. With us being supposedly very strong in OF prospects, that would have factored into Trout's rise to the majors as well.

We can keep arguing this all day long...but we don't know. I don't, you don't, Dave doesn't. No one can say with certainty and be taken as fact. It's all hypothetical.

Edited by ThePuck, 16 November 2012 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).


Oh, and he doesn't have to close his glove at just the right time? Hmmmm???? C'mon, man, you're smarter than that!


Didn't you know, playing the outfield is simple...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

What do those two things have anything to do with the topic at hand?


You're comparing hitting by a catcher and an OF and you're discounting the PR value in having Mauer, the #1 pick from the local area, up as soon as possible...impacting revenue and such with the local boy done good. Obviously he'd have to perform too, but they knew he'd do that. I'd think that'd be pretty obvious as to how it affects the topic at hand...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

[quote name='ThePuck'][quote name='CDog'][quote name='Brock Beauchamp'] An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).[/QUOTE]

Oh, and he doesn't have to close his glove at just the right time? Hmmmm???? C'mon, man, you're smarter than that![/QUOTE]

Didn't you know, playing the outfield is simple...[/QUOTE]

It's actually quite hard.

But when compared to playing catcher, it's absurdly simple.

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[quote name='Brock Beauchamp'][quote name='ThePuck'][quote name='CDog'][quote name='Brock Beauchamp'] An outfielder just has to run fast and open his glove (a simplified take on it but mostly true).[/QUOTE]

Oh, and he doesn't have to close his glove at just the right time? Hmmmm???? C'mon, man, you're smarter than that![/QUOTE]

Didn't you know, playing the outfield is simple...[/QUOTE]

It's actually quite hard.

But when compared to playing catcher, it's absurdly simple.[/QUOTE]

It's simple when compared to any other defensive position on the diamond, except for probably a pitcher, who can and often does get by with doing little or nothing after he releases the baseball toward the plate.

Fielding fly balls is childs play compared to fielding ground balls.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

thanks for that summary, scottyB. as painful as it is to see, it is fun to see. it took some work on your part for sure, and i appreciate that, and i don't see you presenting it as "captain hindsight" at all, but as a treat for your fellow fans.

Edited by h2oface, 16 November 2012 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

I think this is a valid question and I also think that history shows the Twins are far more conservative than EVERY other team at promoting their players. Those that argue are ignoring the facts - see this study from Baseball Prospectus: http://www.baseballp...articleid=13018. From 2001-2009 Twins led the major leagues in time spent in the minors among it's major leaguers... Twins Major Leaguers had an average of 200 more at bats in the minors than any other team in all of baseball. There were only 2 teams with more IP per pitcher in the minors than the Twins.

This goes beyond a minor anomaly, it's a trend. Now we can argue about whether the Twins are right and everyone else is wrong all you want, but the fact remains the Twins are very conservative at promoting players. The occasional exception with a Mauer or Puckett is just that an exception. I happen to think that you can harm a players growth by promoting him too slowly, as much as you can by promoting him too quickly. Trout may have been an exception based upon his minor league performance, but it would have been a rare one. With the recent lack of success coming out of the Twins minor league organization, isn't it time to re-think things and find a better way?

Now, can we put to rest the notion that the Twins don't promote their players slowly? Our do we add this to the statistical facts that so many want to ignore, like strikeouts don't matter as long as the pitcher gets outs?

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

Going back and playing captain hindsight on the freaking baseball draft is a futile endeavor. You act like guys like Josh Johnson etc were clearly "can't miss" guys and everybody but the Twins knew this, when it clearly isn't the case. Also shouldn't the other 31 teams be embarrassed they didn't Take Jason Kubel in the first 16 rounds or whatever?

Would it have been nice to get Trout? No doubt, but Gibson at least is looking like a potential very good #2, if you can grab that in the draft its a success. Hopefully Plouffe continues to produce, two years ago the 2004 draft class was looking like a complete lost cause, if Perkins ends up being a good closer and Plouffe at least a average starting 3B with pop it turns out to be somewhat of a win.


Pretty much this. Looking back and condemning the front office for every guy the draft they missed is incredibly foolish. None of these guys were can't miss guys. If they were, they'd all have gone 1 or 2 overall. FWIW, Albert Pujols was drafted in the 13th round. The greatest hitter in our generation was passed up 13 times by most teams. Think about that... It isn't rocket science. Not even close.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

I think this is a valid question and I also think that history shows the Twins are far more conservative than EVERY other team at promoting their players. Those that argue are ignoring the facts - see this study from Baseball Prospectus: http://www.baseballp...articleid=13018. From 2001-2009 Twins led the major leagues in time spent in the minors among it's major leaguers... Twins Major Leaguers had an average of 200 more at bats in the minors than any other team in all of baseball. There were only 2 teams with more IP per pitcher in the minors than the Twins.

This goes beyond a minor anomaly, it's a trend. Now we can argue about whether the Twins are right and everyone else is wrong all you want, but the fact remains the Twins are very conservative at promoting players. The occasional exception with a Mauer or Puckett is just that an exception. I happen to think that you can harm a players growth by promoting him too slowly, as much as you can by promoting him too quickly. Trout may have been an exception based upon his minor league performance, but it would have been a rare one. With the recent lack of success coming out of the Twins minor league organization, isn't it time to re-think things and find a better way?

Now, can we put to rest the notion that the Twins don't promote their players slowly? Our do we add this to the statistical facts that so many want to ignore, like strikeouts don't matter as long as the pitcher gets outs?


I'm too lazy to look it up, but I seem to remember them also leading the league in actually getting players to the majors during that same time span.... something else to think about before you simply condemn them for being conservative.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

[quote name='ThePuck'][quote name='SpiritofVodkaDave'][quote name='ThePuck']

I don't believe he'd be in the majors if he had been drafted by us.[/QUOTE]

Well then you'd be wrong.[/QUOTE]

Sure I am[/QUOTE]
sure you are , the twins wouldnt keep a kid in the minors just so he didnt hit free agency till he was already in or past his prime ...

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

All sorts of "We could have had" players out there. Don't get too hard on the Twins drafting, Oakland hasn't drafted a player that latter had a + WAR in the majors since 2006. The players from 06 were all traded, too. The same for Boston with Bill James to help them. The Yankees have less in numbers produced than the Twins since 2000. The SABR people do no better than the money people. In 2005 Tampa Bay drafted Longoria and Hellickson. 2006, they got Price and Jennings. Not much help since then either.


Bringing it up again because they're so lauded in their development, but the Rays have not drafted a player that's made the major leagues since 2008, and they're the only team in baseball that can say that.
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