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    roger reacted to MMMordabito in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    They're still projecting though.  MLB did pretty well in 2016. There are some misses, but there are loads of stars and players who have had good seasons.
    https://www.mlb.com/news/2016-top-100-mlb-prospects-list-c301608606
    Hopefully, Miranda will be our Matt Olson. 😀
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    roger reacted to Dman in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Yeah those lists are so subjective I think those guys lose sight of things.  I would put Mirnada's numbers up against anyone they have in their top 50 and say they look like idiots.  He is at the highest level in the Minors and likely out OPS'ing most all of that list.  Those guys like who they like just like we do.
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    roger reacted to MMMordabito in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Louie Varland had his turn skipped, and I feared he was hurt.  Lucky for me, he got pushed back to Friday, and I will just happen to be going to that game.  This Quad Cities team has a tough lineup.  Kansas City definitely has the edge in offense at this level.
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    roger reacted to Steve Lein in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    He had an hand injury which he appears to be playing through this season, and has been noted to have affected his swing compared to college. I'd say it's a pretty good sign he's still hitting this well (average wise) if it is.
    Time will tell!
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    roger reacted to Seth Stohs in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    My opinion is that Steer is pretty solid at 2B and 3B... He also is solid at shortstop, though I don't think that he would have great range. 
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    roger reacted to Trov in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Sabato very much has been a bust so far.  He was draft to be a power hitter and that is basically it.  To be at 6 HR, 2 in the last day, that is not good.  It could be the league, which is known to be not a power hitting league, the wood bats, or just getting settled into pro ball.  When I look at his numbers of decent OBP but terrible average and slugging it also makes me wonder about how he is being pitched and what his approach is like.  Is he not getting much to hit because of his fear of power, or is he being too patient letting pitches he could hit go by.  I am not ready to give up on him, but if he has a similar season next year he will be on the outside looking in as we have too many of his type ahead of him right now. 
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    roger reacted to Dman in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Has Sabato finally found his stroke? His eye at the plate is good so if he can just but the strike outs down to the mid 25% level he should be OK.  He has a had a very tough start would nice to see him go on a tear so we can cheer him on again.
    Nice to see the new guy continue to hit and hit in clutch situations.  Martin is as advertised.  
    Wichita is starting to have quite the lineup with almost everyone is around the 800 OPS mark.  Pretty much every guy and punch one out and everyone is a tough out right now.  If they get a bit better pitching they could be unstoppable.
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    roger got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Will double down on Mike's comment above about Sabato.  I wasn't a fan of the pick last summer and have thought that most ranking services, TD included, have him ranked way, way too high.  With that said, it was good to see him get two home runs yesterday.  It caused me to go look at his splits for the year, which I found support my disappointment in his season.  Yes, he is off to a great start in August, but it is only a couple games.  His average in July wasn't as bad as May, but it was again well under .200.  His strikeouts remained close to 40% in both June and July after being 50% in May.  And what was most surprising, in his first three months in low-A ball he hit only four home runs, 4.  It was great seeing him have a big day yesterday, but the questions remain...at least for me.
    Talked about how well Rortvedt has been hitting in St. Paul yesterday.  Well, today it is Celestino who had a HUGE night last night.  Seems that being thrown into the MLB grinder before they were ready may eventually pay dividends for both as both are crushing AAA pitching, albeit in a smallish sample.
    And so excited about the big night and hit by Martin, including no errors.  Hopefully, John will write something about his first hand observations of this young man.  Speaking of last week's trades, did everyone see that Happ had a very solid start for the Cards yesterday, two runs over five innings?  Also interesting seeing the Twins pick up another waiver claim, Garza.  Together with the kid last week it appears part of their strategy for next year is to add several young relievers over the next couple months,  Will give them the opportunity to work with them to see if any are likely fits for next year's bullpen.  I guess it helps being near the worst record in baseball when looking at the daily waiver wire, eh?
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    roger got a reaction from Dman in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Will double down on Mike's comment above about Sabato.  I wasn't a fan of the pick last summer and have thought that most ranking services, TD included, have him ranked way, way too high.  With that said, it was good to see him get two home runs yesterday.  It caused me to go look at his splits for the year, which I found support my disappointment in his season.  Yes, he is off to a great start in August, but it is only a couple games.  His average in July wasn't as bad as May, but it was again well under .200.  His strikeouts remained close to 40% in both June and July after being 50% in May.  And what was most surprising, in his first three months in low-A ball he hit only four home runs, 4.  It was great seeing him have a big day yesterday, but the questions remain...at least for me.
    Talked about how well Rortvedt has been hitting in St. Paul yesterday.  Well, today it is Celestino who had a HUGE night last night.  Seems that being thrown into the MLB grinder before they were ready may eventually pay dividends for both as both are crushing AAA pitching, albeit in a smallish sample.
    And so excited about the big night and hit by Martin, including no errors.  Hopefully, John will write something about his first hand observations of this young man.  Speaking of last week's trades, did everyone see that Happ had a very solid start for the Cards yesterday, two runs over five innings?  Also interesting seeing the Twins pick up another waiver claim, Garza.  Together with the kid last week it appears part of their strategy for next year is to add several young relievers over the next couple months,  Will give them the opportunity to work with them to see if any are likely fits for next year's bullpen.  I guess it helps being near the worst record in baseball when looking at the daily waiver wire, eh?
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    roger reacted to mikelink45 in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    I read the new top fifty ESPN prospect list - no Twins on it.  Martin and Lewis were listed in those who were discussed but did not make the list so they will be top 100.  I am always interested in what writers outside MN have to say about our players - just for perspective.  
    I would imagine it is hard for them and our writers to continue to list Royce Lewis as number one after losing two years.  His return will be fascinating. 
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    roger reacted to Trov in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    That swing of Marten looks pretty nice.  No his power will not be there, unless he changes it up, but he will not strike out much and hit a ton of line drives.  Some say he may be leadoff guy, with that swing I would put him in 2-hole and do a ton of hit and runs. 
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    roger got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Will double down on Mike's comment above about Sabato.  I wasn't a fan of the pick last summer and have thought that most ranking services, TD included, have him ranked way, way too high.  With that said, it was good to see him get two home runs yesterday.  It caused me to go look at his splits for the year, which I found support my disappointment in his season.  Yes, he is off to a great start in August, but it is only a couple games.  His average in July wasn't as bad as May, but it was again well under .200.  His strikeouts remained close to 40% in both June and July after being 50% in May.  And what was most surprising, in his first three months in low-A ball he hit only four home runs, 4.  It was great seeing him have a big day yesterday, but the questions remain...at least for me.
    Talked about how well Rortvedt has been hitting in St. Paul yesterday.  Well, today it is Celestino who had a HUGE night last night.  Seems that being thrown into the MLB grinder before they were ready may eventually pay dividends for both as both are crushing AAA pitching, albeit in a smallish sample.
    And so excited about the big night and hit by Martin, including no errors.  Hopefully, John will write something about his first hand observations of this young man.  Speaking of last week's trades, did everyone see that Happ had a very solid start for the Cards yesterday, two runs over five innings?  Also interesting seeing the Twins pick up another waiver claim, Garza.  Together with the kid last week it appears part of their strategy for next year is to add several young relievers over the next couple months,  Will give them the opportunity to work with them to see if any are likely fits for next year's bullpen.  I guess it helps being near the worst record in baseball when looking at the daily waiver wire, eh?
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    roger reacted to mikelink45 in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    I have not been impressed with Sabato so I am happy to see him have a good night with the bat.  Nice to see so many on the prospect list playing and hitting yesterday.  
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    roger got a reaction from Twins33 in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    None of us have enough first hand knowledge to know the real story.  But thanks for all the information, Matt.
    What concerns me is whether or not the Twins are trying to get all pitchers to focus on some of the same things, ie,, throw X pitch high in the zone, throw more sliders, etc.  Every pitcher is different, would expect the best staff would be one that gets the most out of each pitcher based on his individual strengths.
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    roger got a reaction from wabene in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    With Miranda and his two hits a game back in the lineup, the Saints win.  But the story of the night was three hits from Ben Rortvedt, including a double and home run.  I have always thought this young man would have a solid bat once he got to the big leagues.  Still believe that and in hind sight, struggling through a couple months with the Twins without a single game at AAA may have been a blessing.  Sure looks early on that it helped with the pitchers he is seeing with the Saints.
    When the Twins claimed Garcia, I took a look at his numbers and thought he could have a chance.  One night doesn't make a career, but it sure was a nice start and he even got the W!
    What a first game for Martin, expect he had some butterflies on his first night with his new organization.  See that Sisk didn't do as well in his second appearance.  But getting both Sisk and Gant for Happ remains a head scratcher, at least for me.  And Gant seems to be doing better than ok for the Twins.
    Not a lot of hitting for the Kernels.  Even though Javier was 0-2, saw that he picked up two walks and scored a run.  Will be surprised that he has done enough to get added to the 40-man, especially with the addition of Martin, but certainly has taken a step forward after his struggles the past few years.  He will be a minor league free agent this winter, correct?  Hopefully he wants to remain with the organization and give it another year to see if he can turn that last corner at AA next year. 
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    roger got a reaction from Dman in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    With Miranda and his two hits a game back in the lineup, the Saints win.  But the story of the night was three hits from Ben Rortvedt, including a double and home run.  I have always thought this young man would have a solid bat once he got to the big leagues.  Still believe that and in hind sight, struggling through a couple months with the Twins without a single game at AAA may have been a blessing.  Sure looks early on that it helped with the pitchers he is seeing with the Saints.
    When the Twins claimed Garcia, I took a look at his numbers and thought he could have a chance.  One night doesn't make a career, but it sure was a nice start and he even got the W!
    What a first game for Martin, expect he had some butterflies on his first night with his new organization.  See that Sisk didn't do as well in his second appearance.  But getting both Sisk and Gant for Happ remains a head scratcher, at least for me.  And Gant seems to be doing better than ok for the Twins.
    Not a lot of hitting for the Kernels.  Even though Javier was 0-2, saw that he picked up two walks and scored a run.  Will be surprised that he has done enough to get added to the 40-man, especially with the addition of Martin, but certainly has taken a step forward after his struggles the past few years.  He will be a minor league free agent this winter, correct?  Hopefully he wants to remain with the organization and give it another year to see if he can turn that last corner at AA next year. 
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    roger reacted to Mike Sixel in 5 Free Agent Options for the Minnesota Twins to Replace José Berríos   
    Because:
    1. Berrios said he wanted to test FA.
    2. Now they can sign a player of Berrios quality, have him here for more than just 1 year, and have two great prospects. Every team should do stuff like this. Every. Single. Team. 
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    roger reacted to Major League Ready in 5 Free Agent Options for the Minnesota Twins to Replace José Berríos   
    It suggests they won't pay market if Berrios was willing to sign for market.  So, unless you have a source with direct knowledge of his ask who confided in you, this is purely speculation / assumption with no basis in fact.
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    roger reacted to Steve Lein in 5 Free Agent Options for the Minnesota Twins to Replace José Berríos   
    Like all the options to try and replace Berrios. However, I don't think any of them are going to come cheaper than he would have so put the odds of the Twins being able to get one of them at virtually zero.
    I shoot for Stroman as I think he's the one you'd have the best chance at if you're willing to overpay, and they will have to overpay.
     
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    roger reacted to Steve Lein in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    I agree because I actually struggled to pick anyone on this night. But the 6 K's for Sands in his short time was a much higher bar than anyone else. I also watched the Wichita game, and he made some big pitches and was great until the 4th inning. Olson was also good for 5 innings, but then hit a big wall. Nunn has merit on picking up a clean save but really hard for me to give it to a one inning guy in any circumstance.
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    roger reacted to Steve Lein in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    Yes there is! It's not a single person's list, so it takes a little time to compile with everyone. It will be updated (again) very soon!
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    roger got a reaction from Steve Lein in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    With Miranda and his two hits a game back in the lineup, the Saints win.  But the story of the night was three hits from Ben Rortvedt, including a double and home run.  I have always thought this young man would have a solid bat once he got to the big leagues.  Still believe that and in hind sight, struggling through a couple months with the Twins without a single game at AAA may have been a blessing.  Sure looks early on that it helped with the pitchers he is seeing with the Saints.
    When the Twins claimed Garcia, I took a look at his numbers and thought he could have a chance.  One night doesn't make a career, but it sure was a nice start and he even got the W!
    What a first game for Martin, expect he had some butterflies on his first night with his new organization.  See that Sisk didn't do as well in his second appearance.  But getting both Sisk and Gant for Happ remains a head scratcher, at least for me.  And Gant seems to be doing better than ok for the Twins.
    Not a lot of hitting for the Kernels.  Even though Javier was 0-2, saw that he picked up two walks and scored a run.  Will be surprised that he has done enough to get added to the 40-man, especially with the addition of Martin, but certainly has taken a step forward after his struggles the past few years.  He will be a minor league free agent this winter, correct?  Hopefully he wants to remain with the organization and give it another year to see if he can turn that last corner at AA next year. 
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    roger got a reaction from Tibs in Twins Minor League Report (8/3) Austin Martin Makes Debut   
    With Miranda and his two hits a game back in the lineup, the Saints win.  But the story of the night was three hits from Ben Rortvedt, including a double and home run.  I have always thought this young man would have a solid bat once he got to the big leagues.  Still believe that and in hind sight, struggling through a couple months with the Twins without a single game at AAA may have been a blessing.  Sure looks early on that it helped with the pitchers he is seeing with the Saints.
    When the Twins claimed Garcia, I took a look at his numbers and thought he could have a chance.  One night doesn't make a career, but it sure was a nice start and he even got the W!
    What a first game for Martin, expect he had some butterflies on his first night with his new organization.  See that Sisk didn't do as well in his second appearance.  But getting both Sisk and Gant for Happ remains a head scratcher, at least for me.  And Gant seems to be doing better than ok for the Twins.
    Not a lot of hitting for the Kernels.  Even though Javier was 0-2, saw that he picked up two walks and scored a run.  Will be surprised that he has done enough to get added to the 40-man, especially with the addition of Martin, but certainly has taken a step forward after his struggles the past few years.  He will be a minor league free agent this winter, correct?  Hopefully he wants to remain with the organization and give it another year to see if he can turn that last corner at AA next year. 
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    roger reacted to cHawk in The Twins Bought Low on Austin Martin   
    The Top 10 Highest Paid SPs Right Now:
    1. Gerrit Cole, $36M
    2. Stephen Strasburg, $35M
    3. Zack Greinke, $34.4M
    4. Trevor Bauer, $34M
    5. Justin Verlander, $33M
    6. David Price, $31M (yikes!!)
    7. Clayton Kershaw, $31M
    8. Max Scherzer, $30M
    9. Chris Sale, $29M
    10. Jacob deGrom, $27.5M
    Those are the only guys who come close to making $30M/year. None of them are “young,” and Berrios isn’t as good as any of them. (Okay, maybe Price but as I implied, that contract is awful) You also talk about him as being “consistent” when he’s completely the opposite. 
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    roger reacted to gil4 in The Twins Bought Low on Austin Martin   
    I'd take that. Stewart had a career OBP of .360, so add a few walks...

    I would also hope that he could become a better defender than Stewart, which isn't a particularly high bar to get over.
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