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#1 dbminn

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:39 PM

I haven't seen any notice on Twins Daily yet, so thought I'd leave this here.

 

Eric Longenhagen has posted his new Twins prospect list at FanGraphs. The lists aren't as exciting this year, as very little info is available about prospect progress in 2020. However, there are a few notable changes to the FG list and I recommend reading those players' blurbs:

  • Alex Kirilloff moves to #1 on the list. He now has a 60 Future Value, which puts him in the potential star category. Lewis holds his grade and Larnach is bumped to 55 FV.
  • Matt Canterino moves to #7 and will be at the back end of their "Top 100" (FanGraphs includes everyone with a 50 FV, so it ends up being about 125 players). Says he developed a new change-up in 2020 based on info the Twins shared from Instructionals. 
  • Josh Winder jumps to #13, citing increased velocity and again, a new change-up, which could cause his "value to explode".
  • 2020 Draft Pick Aleck Soularie is placed at #16. Sounds very boom or bust. A fun writeup.

Longenhagen talks about the Twins draft strategy at the end of the article. I fully agree. The Twins need to draft more up-the-middle athletes.

 

 

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#2 Mike Sixel

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 11:02 AM

Sorely lacking in top end pitching.......but if you keep drafting corner OF in round 1, that's going to happen....

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:49 PM

 

Sorely lacking in top end pitching.......but if you keep drafting corner OF in round 1, that's going to happen....

 

And then there's Cleveland, who always has good pitching and an OF full of AAAA players. There's no simple, magic formula, or every team would follow it.

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 02:42 PM

 

And then there's Cleveland, who always has good pitching and an OF full of AAAA players. There's no simple, magic formula, or every team would follow it.

 

They seem to be the exception, not rule....the magic rule is that earlier picks are more likely to be great than later picks. Using your first round picks on corner OF at least three times in the last five or so years is going to lead to a lack of up the middle defenders and pitchers. 

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:02 PM

 

Sorely lacking in top end pitching.......but if you keep drafting corner OF in round 1, that's going to happen....

Third highest ranked pitching prospect projected for multiple innings in the pen isn't a good thing?


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:04 PM

When comparing what the Indians have an abundance of vs. what the Twins have an abundance of, I think it's much easier to cobble together a passable outfield and win with pitching than it is the other way around.

 

I'd much rather have a dearth of high-end outfielders than pitchers like what the case is now.

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 06:33 PM

 

They seem to be the exception, not rule....the magic rule is that earlier picks are more likely to be great than later picks. Using your first round picks on corner OF at least three times in the last five or so years is going to lead to a lack of up the middle defenders and pitchers. 

 

The draft is not the majority source of players for MLB clubs. There are international signings, trades, free agents, etc. 

 

In any case, this "magic rule" seems to have escaped the notice of more than just the Twins. The 1st overall pick in 2020 was a first baseman and the 2nd overall pick was a corner outfielder. 

 

In the 2019 draft, there were 5 'corner' players drafted before the Twins took a shortstop at #13, or 6 if you doubt that Riley Greene will wind up in CF. 

 

Which is to say, this "magic rule" doesn't exist.

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 06:50 PM

 

The draft is not the majority source of players for MLB clubs. There are international signings, trades, free agents, etc. 

 

In any case, this "magic rule" seems to have escaped the notice of more than just the Twins. The 1st overall pick in 2020 was a first baseman and the 2nd overall pick was a corner outfielder. 

 

In the 2019 draft, there were 5 'corner' players drafted before the Twins took a shortstop at #13, or 6 if you doubt that Riley Greene will wind up in CF. 

 

Which is to say, this "magic rule" doesn't exist.

 

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the rule that players drafted earlier aren't more likely to be better doesn't exist?

 

Huh. could have fooled all the analysts........and data.

 

Because I never said take a pitcher early, I said early picks are more likely to be great than later picks. I did say that if you consistently take corner OF (not one time, consistently), your system is likely to be lacking in impact players outside corner OFers. 

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 07:25 PM

 

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the rule that players drafted earlier aren't more likely to be better doesn't exist?

 

Huh. could have fooled all the analysts........and data.

 

Because I never said take a pitcher early, I said early picks are more likely to be great than later picks. I did say that if you consistently take corner OF (not one time, consistently), your system is likely to be lacking in impact players outside corner OFers. 

 

It doesn't work that way. When a club's draft slot comes up, they don't have a choice of equal projection at every possible position.

 

The averages are what they are because clubs try to pick the best players high in the draft, rather than drafting based on 'need.' 

 

The reason for that is how few draftees actually become impact players. Drafting more players at a certain position is useless if they don't pan out or are just so-so.

 

If you have to pick between a corner OF you project to be an all-star, and a pitcher that you project to be a #4 starter, you simply have to take the OF even if the system is short on pitching. All 30 clubs operate on that principle.

 

If clubs did draft based on 'need,' the draft statistics would be noticeably different (the average value of first round picks would be more uniform, rather than starting high and dropping off rapidly).

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#10 Mike Sixel

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 09:53 AM

It doesn't work that way. When a club's draft slot comes up, they don't have a choice of equal projection at every possible position.

The averages are what they are because clubs try to pick the best players high in the draft, rather than drafting based on 'need.'

The reason for that is how few draftees actually become impact players. Drafting more players at a certain position is useless if they don't pan out or are just so-so.

If you have to pick between a corner OF you project to be an all-star, and a pitcher that you project to be a #4 starter, you simply have to take the OF even if the system is short on pitching. All 30 clubs operate on that principle.

If clubs did draft based on 'need,' the draft statistics would be noticeably different (the average value of first round picks would be more uniform, rather than starting high and dropping off rapidly).


I never said draft on need. I said if you draft corner OF over and over, your system will be short on other positions.

if you do this, you need to be willing to sign free agents for big dollars, or trade for good pitching. Which they've tipped their toes into, but not enough probably to be great.

But let's be real, there were pitchers taken not long after their picks, so it probably isn't black and white who is better.

If you don't draft and develop great pitching, you need to get it elsewhere
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Posted 07 February 2021 - 12:32 PM

 

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the rule that players drafted earlier aren't more likely to be better doesn't exist?

 

Huh. could have fooled all the analysts........and data.

 

Because I never said take a pitcher early, I said early picks are more likely to be great than later picks. I did say that if you consistently take corner OF (not one time, consistently), your system is likely to be lacking in impact players outside corner OFers.

 

MORE likely to be lacking.

 

Very important word there. 

 

The Indians drafted four pitchers in the first round in the last decade and none of them have really amounted to anything. They acquired their pitching talent in other ways.


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Posted 07 February 2021 - 12:39 PM

My point is, you're treating it as more of a binary than it really is.


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Posted 07 February 2021 - 03:31 PM

Thanks dbmin, for putting this information out there for us, I enjoyed it. I agree that we need to draft higher more impact middle fielders. It's alright to draft big bats/ no gloves but not to hord them.
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Posted 08 February 2021 - 08:28 AM

 

I never said draft on need. I said if you draft corner OF over and over, your system will be short on other positions.

if you do this, you need to be willing to sign free agents for big dollars, or trade for good pitching. Which they've tipped their toes into, but not enough probably to be great.

But let's be real, there were pitchers taken not long after their picks, so it probably isn't black and white who is better.

If you don't draft and develop great pitching, you need to get it elsewhere

 

I might agree with you but you are using a recent trend that may or may not indicate an organizational philosophy. The sample size you are using is too small to be meaningful. The last 20 1st round (incl supplemental) picks have been 10 pitchers and 10 position players.

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 09:05 AM

I might agree with you but you are using a recent trend that may or may not indicate an organizational philosophy. The sample size you are using is too small to be meaningful. The last 20 1st round (incl supplemental) picks have been 10 pitchers and 10 position players.

Your point about sample size is fair, but augmenting a sample with a different sample hurts more than it helps. At least, I hope my town, which had an E.Coli scare recently, doesn't go about assessing its water quality in this loose fashion.
 

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 11:40 AM

 

Your point about sample size is fair, but augmenting a sample with a different sample hurts more than it helps. At least, I hope my town, which had an E.Coli scare recently, doesn't go about assessing its water quality in this loose fashion.
 

 

Not sure what your point is here. You will have to elaborate. 20 years is a decent sample. Perhaps more to the point ... They allocated enough picks to pitchers early. They picked poorly with the exception of Berrios. I particularly hated the Tyler Jay pick.


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Posted 08 February 2021 - 12:41 PM

Not sure what your point is here. You will have to elaborate. 20 years is a decent sample. Perhaps more to the point ... They allocated enough picks to pitchers early. They picked poorly with the exception of Berrios. I particularly hated the Tyler Jay pick.

I was referring to the front office having undergone a pretty complete turnover by now. Tyler Jay has zero relevance to the current administration, unless you believe Jim Pohlad was instructing Terry Ryan, "no, no, forget that Benintendi chump, Tyler Jay is the guy you want," and is still offering his drafting acumen to FalVine.

 

Sometimes a small sample is the only sample one has for study.
 

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 02:53 PM

You make a good point. My approach was too generic.

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 03:39 PM

Really looking forward to young pitchers getting an opportunity at MLB level this year. Probably would have seen a few more of them last year if had been a regular length season. Chalmers, Duran, Ober, Colina, I think Balazovic is a year away may be late season.


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Posted 08 February 2021 - 05:26 PM

 

Sorely lacking in top end pitching.......but if you keep drafting corner OF in round 1, that's going to happen....

Sean Johnso,n who has run the draft since the 2017, draft has drafted 2 OF, 2 SS and 2 players who play bat in the first round. That is not keep drafting OF. The results of the drafting as a success or failure is a few years away, much to the chagrin of the impatient. 

Complaining about the old regime never gets old around here. They are history. They are not of active part of the decision making. It does not matter as to what the Twins will or could be.

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