05-02-2012, 05:01 PM #101
I can see where the Twins decide that Gausman/Buxton/Zunino and Zimmer are all equally valid at #2 and decide to take the cheapest one but I don't think they'd do anything more than that, at least this year.
05-02-2012, 05:32 PM #102
The difference this year is that most teams will be more or less unable to sign guys who fall in the draft. In past years, a number of teams took advantage of high school players who fell over signability concerns.... Red Sox, Tigers, etc. Now that option has been greatly restricted. So a much larger group of talented high school players will still be on the board this year after the first few rounds.
It's just hard for me to believe it's better to have Zimmer than to have a ~#10 guy like Fried or Shaffer + 2 late first-round types.
05-06-2012, 09:56 AM #103
where do u stand on the top hs pitching prospect. By all accounts he has the best chance to be a true #1 ace type pitcher Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake H.S. (Calif.).
05-06-2012, 10:17 AM #104
I guess that means I'd pass at #2 and if I have the chance to draft him later, maybe I draft him and see if I can get creative in how I spend my money.
05-09-2012, 11:59 AM #105
Law released his top 100 today. Some notables:
Buxton stayed at 1. Correa and Gausman moved up to 2 and 3. Zunino and Fried round out the top 5. Appel has dropped to 6.
Rochester Century P Mitch Brown shows up at 45. Would appear to be a likely target for the Twins in the supplemental round.
Jorge Fernandez, a Puerto Rican CF, shows up at 96. That is usually around the time the Twins take a prospect from Puerto Rico.
05-09-2012, 12:22 PM #106
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05-09-2012, 03:50 PM #108
I seriously wonder if the Twins would go after Buxton if he was available. Or would consider Correa. Either would be a gutsy move considering how much they need pitching. I'm not sure I'd even want them to.
05-09-2012, 04:56 PM #109
Things change as the draft nears, but right now I think Carlos Correa looks like the best prospect in the entire draft.
I sure hope the Twins take Correa (assuming the Astros do not) , that way between him and Sano they'd have their 3B of the future, surely, and maybe Sano can play 1B/RF/DH... Correa is likely a 3B down the line but could stick at SS.
Correa is looking more and more like the TOP positional prospect in the draft now.
I'm 100% in the mindset that their is NO ACE in this draft, you take the TOP positional guy at pick #2 and take pitching pitching pitching with picks 32, 42 and 70 whatver.
I'm with John Bonnes...
my guess if i had to put out today:
1. Astros - Correa
2. Twins - Really hoping for Correa, but otherwise Gausman ? maybe?
3. Mariners - Zunino (catcher)
4. Orioles - Buxton - John Sickles doesn't completely believe in his bat
5. Royals - Appel
6. Cubs - Albert Almora
7. Padres - Kyle Zimmer
8. Pirates - Devin Marrero
9. Marlins - Fried, Smoral or Stroman
10. Rockies - probably a pitcher Beck, Heaney, Fried, Smoral, or Virant.
Last edited by shs_59; 05-09-2012 at 04:59 PM.Top Twins prospects ?
1. Miguel Sano (3B-A+) 2. Byron Buxton (OF-RK) 3. Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Aaron Hicks (OF-AAA), 5. Oswaldo Arcia (OF-AA) 6. Eddie Rosario (2B-A+) 7. Kyle Gibson (SP-AAA) 8. Trevor May (SP-AA) 9. J.O. Berrios (P-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11. Max Kepler (OF-A) 12. Joe Benson (OF-AAA)13. Jorge Polanco (SS-A) 14. Chris Herrmann (C-AAA) 15. BJ Hermsen (SP-AAA)
05-09-2012, 05:12 PM #110
Hate to say it, but the last Minnesotan who was drafted in pretty high roundand made it to the show was Glen Perkins. (And I totally hope that AJ Pettersen, Kyle Knutson and Austin Malinowski reverse this trend btw ) But there were some serious busts including Derek McCallum and Kyle Carr, so they should go with talent vs. home towns.
The more and more I think about the #2 overall pick is that they should go with the pitcher with the highest upside. And that would be Giolioto right now. They need to to their due dilligence etc. but they should not settle for an OF, SS or a C. Now, if there were a Bryce Harper type player, they should take him no matter what position he plays. But there isn't.-----
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05-09-2012, 06:34 PM #111
Brad Hand. Not that he's had major league success, but he's still young, and did make the show.
05-09-2012, 06:37 PM #112
05-09-2012, 10:19 PM #113
05-10-2012, 08:21 AM #114
I think it's fair to say that the Twins are looking to stock up on pitching in the draft, but i don't think that means they're set on using the #2 pick on a pitcher. None of the college pitchers are "ace" quality. I think they'll take a position player (Correa, Buxton or Zunino) with the #2 pick and then stock up on arms after that. You don't draft for need in MLB. Not with the #2 pick. That guy has to have the potential to be a star. If none of the college arms have that tag they're not going to use the #2 pick on them, they'll wait to grab pitching with their supplemental picks.
05-10-2012, 06:49 PM #115
Baseball America released mock draft 1.0 today.
It had the Astros kicking off with Appel, though the argument was made for Buxton.
"Scouting director Bobby Heck has taken an up-the-middle position player with his top pick in each of his four drafts, and he and his staff are believed to favor Buxton, a five-tool center fielder."
It goes on to say that the owner appears to want to take a MLB-close-to-ready pitcher.
Callis predicted the Twins follow - and later confirmed this approach on Twitter - with best player available... and that's Byron Buxton.
"Minnesota needs plenty of pitching help too, but it will set its draft board and take the best player available. That should be Buxton, though Zunino would enable the Twins to shift Joe Mauer to a less taxing position."
I'm not Jim Callis or BA or pretend to be... but if I had to bet on how the Twins draft board looks on June 4th, I'm guessing it's Buxton/Gausman or Gausman/Buxton.
You can view the whole first-round mock here. You can also read a good story on Buxton, or should I say "Buck", here.
I also feel that since I've mentioned him on the board a few times, I should mention him again since BA is showing him love. Him being Mitchell Brown from Rochester, MN.
From their latest draft tracker (membership required):
"I saw three plus pitches and one average pitch," a scout said after the game. "It was maybe the best high school game I've seen pitched in 10 years." Throws mid-90s with a plus cutter and plus curve. Weight room guy.
If he didn't before, he has my vote for a supplemental-round pick.
05-10-2012, 08:11 PM #116
I really like Kevin Gausman, not that I know anything about any of these players. He does have a really weird ritual though. When he is pitching, he eats 4 powdered donuts every inning.
05-10-2012, 09:38 PM #117
There are 10 aces on the planet, of course none of these guys look like aces.....pass on them all, then wonder why they have no pitching. How has that whole "draft the best toolsy OF" thing worked the last few years? This farm system has delivered nothing in three years...I'm starting to wonder if it even matters who they pick right now.Win Twins.
05-11-2012, 08:45 AM #118
05-11-2012, 09:14 AM #119
List the recent success for drafting hitters? Just because they suck at drafting and developing doesn't mean they should stop drafting players. Zero hitters have come up from the minors in three years, and none are on the horizon.....Look, I'm ok drafting all the hitters you want, but ONLY if you are willing to deal for or sign legit pitchers. If you refuse to do that, you have to draft some....Revere has shown nothing to indicate he's a legit starting OFer, yet. Hicks is all hype, and mediocre production so far. Our definition of "on track" is very different.Win Twins.
05-11-2012, 09:42 AM #120