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  1. I didn't see the whole start but it looked like they were having him throw a lot of sliders, especially early in counts, and he was having trouble getting strikes with them, leading him to fall behind a lot. He still needs to be able to get strikes with his third best pitch too, but I'm not too worried that he'll be able to throw strikes with his 4-seamer and "splinker" based on this start, or his previous starts where he was utilizing them a lot more.
  2. He had a pretty solid August, and was really good in the playoffs for Pensacola despite not being called up until the last game of the regular season. Interestingly, he's been an absolute playoff monster in his minor league career, even going back to 2018 when he had a pretty rough regular season: https://www.milb.com/stats/florida-state/2018/postseason-cumulative I don't really think we should read too much into minor league playoff performance, though we can certainly include it the full picture of their yearly performance. Still he seems to have a knack for performing in big spot
  3. The craziest thing to me is Julien's 8 for 8 stealing bases. I wasn't under the impression that he had anything better than average speed. Is he faster than I thought or is he just picking spots really well?
  4. Not very excited about any of the three early round DH-type college bats (Rooker, Wallner, Sabato) taken by this front office right now. All of them strike out too much. We've seen Rooker get pretty exposed against MLB already. I have a hard time believing Wallner or Sabato will fare any better given the amount of swing and miss in A ball.
  5. Yeah Lynn came in pissed about his off-season negotiations and never wanted to play for the Twins when they had him. No need to bring that energy back. Their pitching depth looks to be replenishing now anyway. Knock on wood they won't really need another arm in the rotation.
  6. I don't really think there was any new information, it just sort of crystallized for everyone how unlikely he actually was to be a starter in the majors. I don't think there was any real red flag in his MRI or anything (both Boston and LA still wanted him, just in a different package). I think Boston just started thinking about it harder and realized that him being a starter just wasn't that likely--something the Twins' front office seemed to realize faster than most everyone else. The prospect rankers also probably thought about it more and downgraded him accordingly. He's still the same
  7. I go back and forth on them. I still like Kirilloff's upside more, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Larnach hit the ground running in the majors moreso than we often see with prospects. Just kind of feels like he'll be able to hit at any level as he moves up steadily.
  8. They already had Duran ahead when they released the Twins list a few months ago (and ahead of Graterol IIRC - though Graterol seems to have gotten a recent downgrade due to the fact that it's becoming clearer that he probably wont start). They grade out each of Duran's pitches higher than Balazovic's, so that is probably why they have him higher. Balazovic edges him out on command, but overall the upside on Duran looks a lot higher if those grades are accurate. They probably got to see him pitch a few times last year, and also talk to a lot of scouts to get an idea of how his stuff usuall
  9. As others have said, the Twins left-handed (and switch) hitters are no slouches. Non-issue.
  10. Apparently it is their third round pick according to the updated draft order, which will probably be final: https://www.mlb.com/draft/2020/order I don't see why this is from the rules that I've read but I'll take it Picking 27th 60th and 67th isn't bad. They have an opportunity to maybe do something a little more interesting with the 60th and 67th selections, which will be slotted around $1 million each.
  11. I expect a minor move when Hill goes on the 60 day DL. Basically a small guarantee to a veteran pitcher, who will compete with Dobnak, Thorpe, Smeltzer, and Graterol during spring training, and may or may not make the 26 man roster when the season starts (and will be able to sign elsewhere if he does not). I think Falvey and Levine are comfortable relying on their development of rookies, though their MO during the last few years has been to add depth as a backup.
  12. My reading of the rules is that they lose their "third-highest selection", which would be the competitive balance pick since it comes before the 3rd round. Maybe there are some other rules I'm missing, but I'm guessing that whatever article that came from confused "third-highest" with "third-round".
  13. After signing Donaldson and the Astros' loss of picks as a sign stealing punishment, the draft order has shifted some. The Twins will lose their competitive balance B pick (which hasn't yet been updated since it's not official). They should pick 27th, 60th, and 99th. If Ozuna re-signs with the Cardinals this should not change, if he signs with the Rangers they will lose their second round pick and the Cardinals will gain one after the competitive balance round B, and the Twins picks should be 27th, 59th, and 99th.
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