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#1 Shane Wahl

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 10:45 AM

Sort of an anti-climatic AFL season so far given the Buxton injury, but I thought this would be a good place to just jabber about day-to-day stuff happening there. Odd that more people aren't talking about it . . . .

Anyway:

Eddie Rosario and Alex Meyer are impressive. Max Kepler is doing ok in a league that is advanced for him. Trevor May is also ok. A.J. Achter is good. Zach Jones is struggling.

Also, NICK WITTGREN, that guy who is from Lafayette, IN, went to Purdue, and who I raved about and hyped his draft chances in earlier rounds . . . is just dominating. He has been completely dominant for two years and it is continuing in the AFL. 11 Ks in 5 1/3 innings. The Twins drafted L.J. Mazzilli instead . . .

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:25 PM

Sort of an anti-climatic AFL season so far given the Buxton injury, but I thought this would be a good place to just jabber about day-to-day stuff happening there. Odd that more people aren't talking about it . . . .

Anyway:

Eddie Rosario and Alex Meyer are impressive. Max Kepler is doing ok in a league that is advanced for him. Trevor May is also ok. A.J. Achter is good. Zach Jones is struggling.

Also, NICK WITTGREN, that guy who is from Lafayette, IN, went to Purdue, and who I raved about and hyped his draft chances in earlier rounds . . . is just dominating. He has been completely dominant for two years and it is continuing in the AFL. 11 Ks in 5 1/3 innings. The Twins drafted L.J. Mazzilli instead . . .


Yeah, we aren't talking about the AFL enough. Wittgren is a nice late pick on your part but I'm not going to kill the Twins for not taking a college reliever. For all I know, he could be the next Anthony Slama. After the first few rounds, the draft is pretty tough to predict.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:20 AM

Buxton, Jones, and Kepler are all playing talent that sits higher than where they played this season. I think the expectations are a bit high if we were expecting them to dominate. This is more a learning situation for them. They now know what they have to be better at next year. I see that as a positive. If you remember, Buxton didn't exactly light the world on fire in rookie ball last year. Apparently, however, it inspired him to go back home and work harder that offseason... and look what happened. I suspect this will be a good thing long term (at least for Buxton).

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:25 AM

Well, Buxton did homer yesterday. His second in the AFL. I think he will continue to heat up as he gets more familiar with the league.
Kepler accually seems to be keeping up for the most part which is encouraging.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:00 AM

....

Also, NICK WITTGREN, that guy who is from Lafayette, IN, went to Purdue, and who I raved about and hyped his draft chances in earlier rounds . . . is just dominating. He has been completely dominant for two years and it is continuing in the AFL. 11 Ks in 5 1/3 innings. The Twins drafted L.J. Mazzilli instead . . .


The Marlins picked this guy up on the 9th round?
Their scouts must just be way better than ours.
Sadly, Wittgren is not an isolated incident.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:25 AM

The Marlins picked this guy up on the 9th round?
Their scouts must just be way better than ours.
Sadly, Wittgren is not an isolated incident.


Marlins scouts are at least 8x better than ours. We passed on this guy 8-9 times. Oh wait, so did 29 other teams.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:12 AM

Marlins scouts are at least 8x better than ours. We passed on this guy 8-9 times. Oh wait, so did 29 other teams.


Yeah this. The average draft is going to get you what, 40-60 major leaguers? It would be awesome if the Twins managed to get 10-20 of them with their draft but that's just unrealistic. From about the 3rd round down, just about everyone picked is a complete crap shoot. It would have been great to get Wittgren, but every team is saying that right now. They all passed him up.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Yeah this. The average draft is going to get you what, 40-60 major leaguers? It would be awesome if the Twins managed to get 10-20 of them with their draft but that's just unrealistic. From about the 3rd round down, just about everyone picked is a complete crap shoot. It would have been great to get Wittgren, but every team is saying that right now. They all passed him up.


No argument there, but the Marlins and Rays seem to wind up with excellent prospects without going through the string of bad luck years like most other MLB teams.

They are doing something better than the other teams. Year after year is not a coincidence. They are seeing something different. Teams should be trying to figure out what it is that they are doing different.

That was the point of, 'Wittgren is not an isolated incident.'

I refuse to believe that people in Florida are just smarter than everyone else.

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#9 Shane Wahl

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:06 PM

Keep in mind that I was jabbering about Wittgren for months before that 2012 draft, so that's why I brought him up in the first place. This wasn't just some guy it was one guy who I thought was going to be fantastic and even picked in round 4!

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:34 AM

Wasn't Achter a 10th or 11th round choice? The Marlins and Rays must be really slipping to let him fall that low.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:50 AM

Achter as actually the 46th round pick in 2010.

#12 Shane Wahl

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:10 AM

I want nothing more than to just end this thread now.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:28 PM

I want nothing more than to just end this thread now.


Well, you're going to get that response quite often when you bash a team for not picking a guy that 29 other teams also passed over several times. We've all had our pet picks that went to another team and saw success. It's part of the game.

Had you phrased it "I wish the Twins had picked this guy, he's flat-out dominating" instead of taking an opportunity to slam the team in the process, it's probable that the response would have been vastly different.

#14 Shane Wahl

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:47 PM

Well, you're going to get that response quite often when you bash a team for not picking a guy that 29 other teams also passed over several times. We've all had our pet picks that went to another team and saw success. It's part of the game.

Had you phrased it "I wish the Twins had picked this guy, he's flat-out dominating" instead of taking an opportunity to slam the team in the process, it's probable that the response would have been vastly different.


Are you being serious here? I mention Wittgren and say "the Twins drafted L.J. Mazzilli instead . . . "

That is "bashing" the Twins?

What is going on around here?

#15 Shane Wahl

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:50 PM

The exuberant defenders of all-things-Twins are pretty sensitive, seeing "bashing" and "slamming" when it isn't there. It's no wonder there are complaints about one-sidedness in infraction giving.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:54 PM

The exuberant defenders of all-things-Twins are pretty sensitive, seeing "bashing" and "slamming" when it isn't there. It's no wonder there are complaints about one-sidedness in infraction giving.


Defensive much??

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 04:32 PM

What can you tell us about Mazzilli? I remember them drafting him but I don't remember any details. Or we can forget this because it isn't related to the AFL, either way.

I would like to see Buxton get back on the field ASAP.

#18 Shane Wahl

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 04:50 PM

What can you tell us about Mazzilli? I remember them drafting him but I don't remember any details. Or we can forget this because it isn't related to the AFL, either way.

I would like to see Buxton get back on the field ASAP.


He didn't sign with the Twins and was not likely too do so. I believe he was drafted in the 4th round this year.

Buxton is back. In his first plate appearance back, he smacked a homer.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Thanks, I had quit checking MiLB.com so I missed the Buxton HR. Very glad to hear it.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:00 PM

[quote name='Shane Wahl']The exuberant defenders of all-things-Twins are pretty sensitive, seeing "bashing" and "slamming" when it isn't there. It's no wonder there are complaints about one-sidedness in infraction giving.[/QUOTE]

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And...

[quote name='Twins Twerp']Defensive much??[/QUOTE]

Not helping, at all, brush up on the trolling section of that link. :)


Back to the AFL discussion in this thread, thanks.