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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:57 AM

Unless something crazy happens, I will be making the 2014 version of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook available later tonight. In fact, there will be a special Hangout tonight on YouTube (which you can also see here at Twins Daily) in which Jeremy Nygaard and Cody Christie and I will discuss Twins minor leaguers and the process of writing the book this year.

Though we tried to be more concise and efficient in our profiles, we ended up with about 188 pages of Twins minor league content. Included are:

  • Stories on my minor league award winners: Miguel Sano (hitter), Taylor Rogers (starting pitcher), Tyler Jones (relief pitcher) and Jake Mauer (manager).
  • A Foreword by Twins Daily's John Bonnes.
  • Cody wrote an article on The Anatomy of a 5-Tool Player.
  • Jeremy wrote articles reviewing a review of the 2013 Twins draft, and another looking forward to the 2014 draft.
  • Jeremy also conducted an interview with Twins scout Freddie Thon.
  • Season Reviews from each of the four Twins minor league affiliates. Twins Daily contributors Chris Fee (Rochester), Andrew Walter (New Britain) and Steve Buhr (Cedar Rapids) along with Miracle play-by-play guy Adam MacDonald penned these articles.
  • The Top prospect lists for myself, Cody and Jeremy.

And most important, there are the prospect profiles. There will be about 150 profiles on Twins minor leaguers. Yes, there are profiles on Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer. There are also profiles on Adonis Pacheco and Leonel Zazueta, as well as Jim Fuller and Kevin Thomas, the Twins minor league Rule 5 picks from Thursday.

If you're looking for Christmas gifts for yourself or your Twins fan friends or family, this just might be it. The plan is for it to be available as both an e-book and a paperback book. The e-book is for those who don't like hard copies of anything. The paperback book is great as a coffee table book. When Dick Bremer or Cory Provus talk about a Twins minor leaguer, or a player recently promoted, you can go through the pages and learn a little about the player. It's also great for autographs. The cover is something that will look great autographed and many get the players' profiles autographed.

It's been a ton of work for myself, Jeremy and Cody, but it's exciting that it's close. More information will be available later tonight, and also on the special episode of the Hangouts.

Thanks also to Josh Johnson for designing the cover for the third straight year!Special thanks also to Justin Rinaldi (of Rinaldi Photos) for many pictures used on players of the Kernels and Rock Cats. Also, Linwood Ferguson, a Miracle photographer, and Scott Blanchette, a photographer for the Rock Cats.

#2 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

Here is the cover...

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#3 raindog

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 01:54 PM

Awesome, I will be buying for sure.

#4 Jim Crikket

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 04:30 PM

Here is the cover...

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Cover looks great, guys. Looking forward to reading it.
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#5 Wookiee of the Year

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:53 PM

Awesome. Looking forward to ordering the bound version as soon as it becomes available.

#6 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:33 PM

You can view the page at http://www.twinsdail...t-Handbook-2014

#7 Paul Pleiss

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:43 PM

Order confirmed! Some very merry Christmas reading to follow.

#8 Otwins

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:02 PM

How do you order the E-copy?

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

working on e-copies now. I'll update when they are available.

#10 SgtSchmidt11

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:30 PM

working on e-copies now. I'll update when they are available.


Will the E-copies be cheaper?

#11 Seth Stohs

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:59 PM

I can't answer that yet, until I see the costs. But I would assume so. The pdfs only will be. I am trying to make it available for Nooks and Kindles and stuff, but we'll see. Not certain about costs for that.

#12 Twins Twerp

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:46 AM

Don't mean to be a pest but...what is the timeline on the E-books? I have my card in hand and will checking back every 2-3 minutes. Very excited.

#13 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

Seth's working on it... he's also got some other stuff going on... I'll leave it at that. Hopefully it will be soon though.

#14 BrentMpls

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:21 PM

other stuff?

#15 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:41 PM

If you watched last night's hangout, he talked about his on-going bout with kidney stones. Those little guys are slowing him down.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:55 PM

And successful surgery tonight.

Feel better Seth!
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#17 Seth Stohs

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

Sorry everyone. I should be back home later this afternoon and will try to get the electronic version up and running.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:57 AM

Sorry everyone. I should be back home later this afternoon and will try to get the electronic version up and running.


We can wait. Please take care of yourself first. :)
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#19 lightfoot789

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:19 PM

We can wait dude - As much as we like your articles - a few weeks won't end us. Get better.

#20 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

I just did a little research on getting the book on the Amazon market. It appears that it will be on there automatically, but not for awhile, and for a much higher price than the PDF version. (Last year's book is currently available on Amazon for $29.95.)

#21 MrHockey

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:53 PM

Great job Seth & Company. I just ordered 4 as gifts.

#22 nytwinsfan

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:47 PM

I know Seth was out of commission for a day or two, so I am really not trying to rush you guys, but I just wondered when you think the pdf version (whether through Amazon or directly from twinsdaily) will be available. I don't even mind paying a little more (if what Jeremey says is true), but I have my credit card ready to go!

#23 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 06:08 PM

The amazon process as it was described takes a couple weeks for them to pick up. I'm gonna talk to Seth shortly and (fingers-crossed) hopefully the ebook can be ready to go tonight.

#24 nytwinsfan

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 06:28 PM

Thanks, really appreciate it.

#25 Seth Stohs

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:50 PM

Thanks everyone for your patience.

#26 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:42 PM

Here it is.

Holy spit was that more work than I thought it was going to be. :|

Anyway, here's the link to the eBook: http://www.lulu.com/...t-21359874.html

Available for immediate download at $10.99.

#27 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:46 PM

The Amazon Marketplace (and all other big-time marketplaces) will pick it up, but it usually takes 6-8 weeks (or at least that's the notification that we received).

#28 Seth Stohs

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:33 PM

Thank you to Jeremy for working on the electronic/PDF version of the book... Great to have it available!!

#29 Seth Stohs

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

You may not be able to get the paperback version in time for Christmas, but the electronic version you can download immediately.

#30 SoCal Twin

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:12 PM

Just got my copy via Fed Ex ! Looking forward to reading about some of my sons teammates . Thanks for the great coverage.
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