Creative Ways Falvey and Levine acquire prospects:
The Dynamic Duo have brought a creativity towards acquiring prospects that even Terry Ryan who was the master of acquiring prospects never thought of.
The first example is one of my favorites. With Ohtani on the market and notifying the Twins they would not be one of the finalists for his services Falvine went and traded their extra international spending cap space for 2 prospects. They traded 1 million in cap space to the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles for Pearson a 2nd round draft pick and OF. The Twins also traded 1 million in cap space to the Mariners of Seattle for David Banuelos a 5th round draft pick and C. Banuelos is still with the Twins and in AAA. I hope to see him get in some games with the Twins just to make these trades a success, But we got essentially 2 high draft picks for nothing.
Another example was in the draft when the Twins followed suit from the Astros example and saved money on Royce Lewis to be able to sign another draft pick in the third round who had first round talent. Today Enlow is one of our top 30 prospects in the system and being creative is how we landed him. Granted he lost some luster as a prospect because of the lost 2020 season then Tommy John surgery in 2021, but 2023 should be the year he bounces back from that completely so hopefully we have another mid rotation starter being developed here.
The trade deadline sell off. Lets face it we were all mad when the Twins threw In the towel and traded several fan favorite players at the time for prospects. The 2 big names were RP Presley and IF Escobar. We netted Alcala, Duran, and Celestino from those trades, however. The trade of Berrios was unpopular as well and we received Martin and SWR. 2 of our top 15 prospects. For Cruz we got Ryan and Strotman who was a top 30 prospect before regressing.
As much as I didn’t like the sell offs I did like this next technique. Making a trade and a little bit more…. When the Twins traded Lewin Diaz to Florida, they got Romo and a little bit more in prospect Valimont (who was a top 30 prospect before regressing). He is no longer with the Twins but this is not the only example. When the Twins traded Garver to the Rangers for their SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa the Twins got a little bit more with Henriquez who is a top 30 prospect. With the trade for Lopez the Twins got a lot (little bit more) with Jose Salas a top 15 prospect and Byron Chorio which is essentially an extra international signing.
I actually forgot this and am now adding but they also got Severino when the Braves were penalized for their international signing practices and the Twins were able to swoop in and sign Severino away from the Braves for 2.5 million. This added another in and out top 30 Twins prospect. As Seth Stohs points out he should be in AA next season and 1 year younger then the average player at that level. He also had a high OPS last year.
The one creative way that is missing is the Rule 5 draft. A favorite of the last regime, but not used by this one. I am also leaving out the waver wire because most of our acquisitions have not been prospects per se. Also I don't remember the full details on acquiring Cave from the Yankees I think we gave up Gil who is a great prospect for the Yankees and I don't remember what we gave up for Littell either. If i remember correctly he was also a pickup from a playoff sell off with the pitcher we had for a week going to New York. we trade Hnoa to the Braves for that pitcher so essentially a three team trade of Hnoa for Littell and a start by the other pitcher.
Overall from their creativity we have a #3 starter in Ryan, 2 RPs in Duran and Alcala, a back up OF in Celestino, and 5 of our current top 30 prospects ( Enlow, Salas, SWR, Martin, and Henriquez) and 1 just outside the top 30 in Severino.