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Falvey and Levine's Farm System


menthmike

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Of all the things that I love about the MLB, the farm systems are near the top. Following baseball is so much fun because even in the lowest years there is that optimism that comes with building up a minor league program. Honestly, I would rather be at that bottom than treading water in the middle. Now, it goes without saying but I’ll say it anyways, a World Series every now and then would be nice. However, for much of the last decade Twins fans have been watching the pipeline grow. Speculating about Miguel Sano’s future production, salivating at the thought of Buxton roaming the Target Field grass, and always searching for the top pitching prospect has been and continues to be a challenging enjoyment.

 

What got the Twins to this place, building from the bottom, however; was the lack of consistent growth in the farm system. Like most Twins fans, I have been pleased with the work of Thad Levine and Derek Falvey. Honestly, it is hard not to be impressed considering the improvements the club has made over their watch. However, what I’m most excited about has been their ability to put a winning club together at Target Field and not just keep their prospects, but build out the farm system. MLB.com just put out their 2018 Prospect Lists and I thought it would be fun to look at who of the Twins Top 30 Prospects are the results of Levine and Falvey moves.

 

Let’s take a look…

 

Player/Prospect Rank/Acquire Through

Royce Lewis #1 Draft

Brent Rooker #8 Draft

Blayne Enlow #9 Draft

Zack Littell #15 Trade

Andrew Bechtold #20 Draft

Tyler Watson #22 Trade

Jacob Pearson #25 Trade

Landon Leach #28 Draft

Yunior Severino #29 International Signing

David Banuelos #30 Trade

 

Taking into account only the moves made to acquire minor league talent it is safe to safe this front office did well last year. Certainly drafting from the top gave them an advantage. However, they took full advantage of that draft slot and the money that came with it. With one draft class Falvey and Levine have stacked their farm system with five talented players. Three of whom are in the top ten. Beyond the draft class which has yielded great early results, they were smart with their International Signing Money. The Twins were able to jump on Severino, who was made available after the Braves scandal. In addition to the middle infielder, the Twins made two smart trades sending away money to bring in Jacob Pearson and David Banuelos. Obviously, all three players have their flaws, but they are also young and were acquired wisely. I believe that is the best way to sum up the early returns of this new front office; wise moves. The Twins really haven’t yet made a big splash, but they have made smart, calculated moves. Falvey and Levine seem perfectly content to continue to stock the selves with raw talent, watch it grow and strike when the timing is right. I must admit, it’s been fun to watch so far!

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This is a good synopsis. Like you, I've been watching the front office continue to add prospects, which is probably the biggest reason that I'm not gripping over the team not landing a big free agent starting pitcher. I'd much rather have a deep farm system that regularly sends quality prospects up to the bigs than a weakened farm system that requires regular flyers on free agents. This approach is much better-suited to longer, sustained runs of playoff years, much like the 2002-2009 Twins.

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My concern is how they advance those minor league players.  Do we keep getting questionable old vets or move the young players to the majors?  Do we package prospects or DFA them like we have with the relief pitchers they inherited. 

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My concern is how they advance those minor league players.  Do we keep getting questionable old vets or move the young players to the majors?  Do we package prospects or DFA them like we have with the relief pitchers with poor health records that they inherited. 

 

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