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#1 Nick Nelson

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:43 PM

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#2 howieramone1406390264

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:04 PM

IMO the next milestone in the rebuilding process, is Meyer and/or May making it to Target Field. It does underscore the need for Ryan to continue to accumulate top starting pitching prospects. I would be very surprised if Perkins doesn't net us the next one.

#3 CwK

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:39 PM

I liked him resting until they came out and said he was resting indefinitely. Ugh. Fingers crossed.

#4 clutterheart

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:50 PM

The future of the rotation is in the CR, GCL and E-twon
Guys like Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario, Yorman Landa, Berrios, Stewart are going to be the future.
Gibson, Meyer, May are nice pitchers, but in my opinion, by the time the above guys get to AA, the Twins are going to be looking at a amazing future rotation.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:06 PM

It's nice to look at guys in the minors and project that they become solid (or better) SPs, but history shows most of these guys fail. Consider recent Twins pitchers that had substantial success in the minors--even at Rochester who floundered or even completely failed at the ML level.

Recall this preseason when people were guessing who would be in the rotation this year? Diamond was not only deemed a lock for this season, but for several years. Now? His future as a SP is in question. Things change. There are very good reasons why teams sign free agents to join their rotation.

#6 howieramone1406390264

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:13 PM

The future of the rotation is in the CR, GCL and E-twon
Guys like Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario, Yorman Landa, Berrios, Stewart are going to be the future.
Gibson, Meyer, May are nice pitchers, but in my opinion, by the time the above guys get to AA, the Twins are going to be looking at a amazing future rotation.

I hope you're right and I've read several of your articles, so I know you watch things much more closely than I do. That said, I find it hard to get excited about starting pitching prospects in the lower minors. I much prefer Ryan's approach of getting prospects with one or two+ years of experience from our friendly competitors.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

just schedual his surgery now and hope hes back next spring...

#8 jokin

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:15 PM

just schedual his surgery now and hope hes back next spring...


If it's a sticky shoulder surgery situation for Meyer, by the time they properly diagnose and schedule it, he probably would have little chance to be ready to pitch next spring.

But it could be even worse than that. Recent studies have been done that show that while around 85% of elbow surgeries end up in pitchers equaling or exceeding previous performance levels......for shoulders, it's less than 50%. This is very, very disconcerting news and the Twins extreme caution is well-justified. If things don't take a turn back to the positive, it's now getting too uncomfortably near the area wherein it's less than a coin flip that Meyer still projects to being the potential Ace pitcher we once all hoped for.

Now, more than ever, why didn't the Twins get John Lannan thrown into the deal, when the Nats were going to avoid arbitration and cut him anyway? At least they would have had a still-young (only 28) and proven innings-eater to show for the "blockbuster" trade.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:56 AM

Who is a good comp for Gibson? I always thought he had a Brandon Webb-type of ceiling. Webb's sinker was absolutely devastating but Gibson throws a little harder than he did. I don't expect Gibson to win a Cy Young but I think some were underselling him a bit.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

I wish everyone would stop focusing on the speed of pitches. Location and baseball smarts are more important than mph. Gibson looks like he has a good off-speed out pitch. Let us hope he develops to become a Cy Young candidate, using smars & skills, instead of speed.

#11 nicksaviking

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:24 AM

I wish everyone would stop focusing on the speed of pitches. Location and baseball smarts are more important than mph. Gibson looks like he has a good off-speed out pitch. Let us hope he develops to become a Cy Young candidate, using smars & skills, instead of speed.



Terry Ryan, what are you doing on this site?

#12 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

I wish everyone would stop focusing on the speed of pitches. Location and baseball smarts are more important than mph. Gibson looks like he has a good off-speed out pitch. Let us hope he develops to become a Cy Young candidate, using smars & skills, instead of speed.


Part of what makes a good out pitch is a pitch that the batter cannot keep up with. Speed is very much a factor. What's nice is that Gibson does keep his pitches in the low to mid 90s.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:11 AM

It's not like they traded our best outfielder and leadoff guy guy for Meyer.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

It's not like they traded our best outfielder and leadoff guy guy for Meyer.


It's not like a leadoff guy with a .314 OBP is that phenomenal. Even Clete is 20 points above that at the moment, and doing better than that when he leads off. I'll take my chances with Meyer.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:22 AM

Part of what makes a good out pitch is a pitch that the batter cannot keep up with. Speed is very much a factor. What's nice is that Gibson does keep his pitches in the low to mid 90s.


Most if not all major league hitters can hit a 97 mph fastball down the middle. What is more important IMO is command, movement and speed difference. A 85 mph fastball looks like a 90 mph fastball when you can throw a 70 mph change up. A 90 mph fastball with late movement on the outside corner on the knees is harder to hit than a 100 mph down the middle. Velocity is nice and can cover up mistakes, but not the most important.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:37 AM

It's not like they traded our best outfielder and leadoff guy guy for Meyer.

You haven't checked Span's hitting line this year, have you?

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Most if not all major league hitters can hit a 97 mph fastball down the middle. What is more important IMO is command, movement and speed difference. A 85 mph fastball looks like a 90 mph fastball when you can throw a 70 mph change up. A 90 mph fastball with late movement on the outside corner on the knees is harder to hit than a 100 mph down the middle. Velocity is nice and can cover up mistakes, but not the most important.


No one thinks that command isn't important, but minimalizing the effect of velocity is the same arguement as minimalizing the effect of a higher payroll. Neither guarantee sucess but they are very strong indicators as they provide a very large advantage.

Edited by nicksaviking, 01 July 2013 - 10:47 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

You haven't checked Span's hitting line this year, have you?


Have you looked at what our leadoff guys have done this year?

May all our prospects be All Stars and the beer be free.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:58 AM

Have you looked at what our leadoff guys have done this year?


Option A: Keep Span. Result? Have a bad leadoff guy.

Option B: Trade Span. Result? Have bad leadoff guys AND a minor league pitcher with good potential.

B seems better to me.

#20 Seth Stohs

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

Velocity allows for a little more margin for error in location, but coupled with good command and two good secondary pitches, that makes an ace. But velocity alone is not enough.

I like and am excited about Randy Rosario, Yorman Landa, Jose Berrios, Felix Jorge and Kohl Stewart. However, the only one in that group whose potential is equal to Alex Meyer's is probably Stewart's. What's exciting is having a bunch of guys with big potential so that at the end of the day 2 or 3 of them can be successful big league pitchers.