Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:05 PM
The conversations leading up to that selection here at Twins Daily and other places was pretty intense. This was a huge pick. The Twins need pitching. The Twins are strong in the outfield. Do we want a middle infielder, or would a high-end college pitcher be more appropriate.
Obviously Mark Appel's name was out there, but the Boras agent would be (and proved to be) a tricky sign. Kyle Zimmer was said to have some great stuff, but really hadn't been pitching terribly long. And, Kevin Gausman from LSU was also in the running.
So, my question to everyone is: Who did you want the Twins to take, and why?
I'll acknowledge that my hope was that the Twins would take Kevin Gausman. I always believe in best available and believe that if the scouts are convinced that a certain player is going to have the highest ceiling, the team should take him. However, with the Twins pitching issues and perceive (and probably real) lack of pitching prospects, I thought a sure-fire, hard-throwing, four-pitch possible future ace was the way to go.
Obviously there were other times in the month leading up to the draft where I made cases for Buxton, and Zimmer as well... and for a week, I agreed with the argument that maybe catcher Mike Zunino (who went third to Seattle and has already played in the big leagues, as has Gausman) was the guy the Twins should nab.
So, who was your pick, and why?
Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:17 PM
Now that said, so far it appears as though I was wrong. I'm happy to eat crow. My biggest concern (and a bit tangental here) is that I'm hearing ridiculous comps for him now, and while I hope he sees that, we should probably remind ourselves that he's just getting his first taste of AA ball. There's still a lot that needs to go right for him.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:18 PM
After seeing a season of this draft class, I love what Buxton means to the Twins. Not that Gausman, Appel, Zunino, and Zimmer among others won't be good, I think they will have nice careers and maybe a few all star games. The hype around Buxton is amazing. When you hear comps that his floor is Hunter, you know we nailed that pick.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:29 PM
kinda glad they (the Twins) pissed me off and didnt listen to me now...yup another crow sandwich. Really disappointed in our 3rd (1st rounder) Bard ...
Edited by johnnydakota, 14 February 2014 - 01:32 PM.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:33 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:41 PM
Plus, since then they shipped off some good players to acquire young pitching, which is arguably in the class of the guys available for them in that draft, they covered themselves in other ways.
Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:41 PM
Edited by Dman, 14 February 2014 - 02:48 PM.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:47 PM
It appears there will be very few busts among the top 10 or so picks in 2011, and I think that might be a notable trend.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:02 PM
1) Correa // super young for draft class. raked. projected to stay at short.
2) Zunino // I had visions of the next Buster Posey
5) Buxton // old for draft class. questions about competition and polish. I thought he had the highest bust potential.
I'm glad I was wrong, though I still think Correa will be a stud.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:07 PM
After perusing the Houston site, I now understand why they selected Correa rather than any of the others mentioned--but that is a thread for a Houston blog.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:15 PM
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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:42 PM
But I think the 2012 draft is a perfect example of why you always draft the best player available and never for need. You want the best player available, not the best pitcher or catcher or third basemen available. You're just undermining your own scouting department with that strategy.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:13 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:25 PM