”Plenty of time”? Whaaaaat?
Their first draft was 2017. They essentially lost a development season in 2020, as did all of MLB.
Exactly how long do you think it takes to draft/sign and develop a great pitcher?
I’m far from assured that this front office has pitching locked down but you’ve been pretty unreasonable about their timelines from day one when you complained that they weren’t firing and replacing staff within two months of taking over what was a broken franchise at the time.
Never mind that drafting/signing is not the only way a franchise develops players. The Twins have shown with a myriad of pitchers, both starters and relievers, that they can acquire a veteran from another team (even highly respected ones like the Rays and Dodgers) and actually improve that pitcher’s results on the mound.
In tepid defense of Mike Sixtel, (coincidentally, I ingested some delicious mushrooms tonight ) I do understand his concern. Given a three year draft and development record, with 2020 being one of them, the amateur scouting people and Falvey passed over pitching in the first round. Mr. Sixtel may eat crow regarding one or more of Enlow, Raya, and Canterino picks, especially if he's open to comparing results team to team.
A couple things cross my mind. First, if the goal is to have the equivalence of first round drafts in your rotation? It's possible that Berrios, Pineda, and Maeda will anchor the rotation. These guys WERE first-rounders or the IFA equivalent. And the reality is that those two guys came to us for less cost and after much uncertainty was reduced. Pitching occupies its own special category when it comes to risk and uncertainty, right?
I don't know what a 30-team study will reveal, but we have a hint when we look at FanGraph's grades for CWS, CLE, and MIN. That's seven pitching prospects awarded a 45FV grade or better ( 3 of 7 are Twins), and all but one were drafted AFTER the first 20 overall selections, with the "outlier", Crochet, a projected reliever, picked 11th overall in his year. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the idea that it's essential to pick pitching early on in the draft.
Very few clubs are going to have a top 10 Power Ranking AND a top 10 prospect pipeline entering the 2021 season. The Twins will be one of them, it appears. This gives me hope that, if they have surplus positional talent, which we can envision certainly, that Falvey's pro scouts will continue to do well on the trade front more often than not. The recent evidence is promising: Maeda, Duran, Alcala, Celestino, Vallimont, Smeltzer, etc.