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    jrod23 reacted to Monkeypaws in Twins Minor League Report (5/19): Kernels Krush, Larnach and Lewis Launch   
    I've been hiding out in Cedar Rapids the last couple nights, watching the Kernels. There wasn't much to get excited about Wednesday, but last night was a blast. There was a big wind bowing out to left, and the Kernels took advantage. Povich was indeed masterly, denying the Captains through 5+. Willie Joe Garry impressed me - both nights he took good at bats, and stung the ball deep into several at bats, and was rewarded last night with 2 triples. Encarnacion-Strand can flat out hit. Sabato surprised me by taking balls up the middle and to right for base-hits. He didn't look the pull-hitter strikeout machine I expected. He clowns around and seems to have a lot of fun over at 1st base. Javier - I think this is the 3rd year in a row I find him here. He sure can field, nice and smooth out there. Had a homer as well. Unfortunately his bat is unlikely to play higher up.
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    jrod23 reacted to roger in Twins Promote Top Prospect Royce Lewis to Take Over at Shortstop   
    We all hoped Lewis would get off to a tremendous start after missing two full years.  But I expect most of us are pleasantly surprised that he has hit this well.  
    What a fantastic night for baseball...Josh Winder on the mound for the Twins with Royce Lewis at shortstop.  I for one am so hopeful they are still doing that six, seven years from now.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from PatPfund in One Breakout Prospect for Each Twins Affiliate   
    Knee jerk, but not really.  Encarnacion-Strand has literally picked up where he left off last year.  Same thing he did transitioning from Oklahoma St. to Fort Myers.  He's flat out a hitter w/pop.  I'm excited to see this guy climb through the ranks.
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    jrod23 reacted to wsnydes in One Breakout Prospect for Each Twins Affiliate   
    I'm really looking for Lewis and SWR have good years.  That would be huge for this franchise.  Nice to see them highlighted here.
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    jrod23 reacted to DocBauer in One Breakout Prospect for Each Twins Affiliate   
    A nice list and I can't disagree with any of your choices, but man, at each stop there some very good choices to sort through. I'm going to cheat and go with a pitcher and position player.
    AAA: I absolutely agree with Lewis. I'm going with Balazovic for the pitcher, just ahead of Winded and Duran as both have "graduated", at least temporarily, to MLB and I'm not sure that both don't spend a lot of 2022 with the Twins.
    AA: Martin showed some very good things for a rookie missing 2020 and jumping straight to AA. He showed hit and OB ability that is very intriguing. But there is so much room to hit even better and to add power, with a healthy wrist and some adjustments. To me, it's a virtual tie between SWR and Canterino for breakout pitcher. Taking nothing from the super talented SWR, I'm going with the older Canterino being healthy and charging up the system and prospect rankings.
    A+: I am so very tempted to also select Severino as my player pick. The talent is there, and his huge jump after jumping from Ft Myers tells me he's ready to take the next step. But I can't ignore the bat and power of 3B/1B Encarnacion-Strand. In a toss-up, I'm going with CES. Povich just has to be my choice for breakout pitcher here.
    A-: I am also going to jump on the Hajjar bandwagon. Just makes too much sense that he's the guy. But position player wise, how do you pick from Rodriguez, Miller, Rosario and even Cavaco? Healthy and a year of maturity, Cavaco could surprise. No matter how talented and no matter all the initial glowing reports on Miller, he's a rookie. Rosario was the short season top player last year. But I am going to go with Rodriguez. His second year state-side and "used" to pro ball and Ft Myers now, he's my breakout position player.
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    jrod23 reacted to whosafraidofluigirussolo in Twins to Sign RHP Chris Archer to One-Year Deal   
    Just looked this up because I thought I had read it recently: Montas had TOS and had his surgery in 2016, before he was established in the majors. It is a troubling injury for sure, but it seems safe to guess that he's more of a recovery success story than a health risk now.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Twins to Sign RHP Chris Archer to One-Year Deal   
    Not a bad signing.  Not a great signing.  Give me a list of players who have successfully returned to form after Thoracic Outlet Surgery.  There isn't one.  However, he may give us sufficient innings to hold us over to the trade deadline.  Maybe more will be available at the deadline than right now.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from DocBauer in Twins to Sign RHP Chris Archer to One-Year Deal   
    Not a bad signing.  Not a great signing.  Give me a list of players who have successfully returned to form after Thoracic Outlet Surgery.  There isn't one.  However, he may give us sufficient innings to hold us over to the trade deadline.  Maybe more will be available at the deadline than right now.
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    jrod23 reacted to tony&rodney in Twins to Sign RHP Chris Archer to One-Year Deal   
    Oakland is squeezing the market. It may pay off. Bassitt is better than Manaea and Oakland should have been fine with a Sands, Strotman, Rooker deal. On the other hand, the Twins may not be willing to go that high for Manaea. I really like Montas, but he does not have the pedigree of a Berrios or even a Gray. Montas has good stuff and one year of success. I was/am hoping for Montas but a package equal to Berrios would be just wrong. 
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    jrod23 reacted to stringer bell in Twins to Sign RHP Chris Archer to One-Year Deal   
    Well, he's been an All-Star as often as Correa. I guess that shows that All-Star appearances aren't an exact indication of how good a player is. I see he had thoracic outlet surgery, same as Phil Hughes. How many pitchers have recovered and thrived after such a surgery?
    Better to have someone than no one, but I have my doubt how well he will do. I'm guessing they thought he has more in the tank than Cueto. I am wondering who gets taken off the 40-man roster to make room for Archer.
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    jrod23 reacted to RJA in Observation from MLB Pipeline's Top 30 Twins Prospects   
    Thanks, Matt.  Very informative article.  I have three thoughts.  One, 20 of the 30 prospects have a 2022 or 2023 ETA.  I know these predictions are not exact, but right now the Twins system is loaded with players who are close to ready.  Two, I am intrigued by Raya, Rodriquez, and Miller.  When they first drafted Miller I was thinking it was an ok pick, but the more I read on him from all sources, he could be a very good major league shortstop, and he can switch hit.  Finally, Palacios is a good story, and if he has another very good year at the plate, he could be in the running for the shortstop position next year.  His defense is excellent.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from Doctor Gast in The Twins Have Their Shortstop; Another Starting Pitcher Next?   
    Well done Seehafer.  Good read.  We're poised for another big move.  There's a possibility we could make the move for Montas, Manaea, or Castillo w/out losing Martin & Lewis.  If you see what the Mets gave up for Bassitt, it's possible.  That said, I see us dealing Martin before Lewis.  Lewis is 1 ACL tear and two years removed from the game.  Calling him a "key" piece in trade would probably be insulting to the A's or Reds.  Down side is it will cost more pitching.  Sending Woods-Richardson doesn't seem likely.  Neither would want to be the 4th team on his young career.  On top of that, I'd feel bad for the kid.  I think we can do it with a departure of Winder, Duran, and maybe a flyer on a low-A guy.  Maybe Canterino over Winder or Duran, which I'd hate to do.
    I LOVE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TWINS RIGHT NOW!!!
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    jrod23 got a reaction from Karbo in The Twins Have Their Shortstop; Another Starting Pitcher Next?   
    Well done Seehafer.  Good read.  We're poised for another big move.  There's a possibility we could make the move for Montas, Manaea, or Castillo w/out losing Martin & Lewis.  If you see what the Mets gave up for Bassitt, it's possible.  That said, I see us dealing Martin before Lewis.  Lewis is 1 ACL tear and two years removed from the game.  Calling him a "key" piece in trade would probably be insulting to the A's or Reds.  Down side is it will cost more pitching.  Sending Woods-Richardson doesn't seem likely.  Neither would want to be the 4th team on his young career.  On top of that, I'd feel bad for the kid.  I think we can do it with a departure of Winder, Duran, and maybe a flyer on a low-A guy.  Maybe Canterino over Winder or Duran, which I'd hate to do.
    I LOVE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TWINS RIGHT NOW!!!
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    jrod23 got a reaction from Heiny in The Twins Have Their Shortstop; Another Starting Pitcher Next?   
    Well done Seehafer.  Good read.  We're poised for another big move.  There's a possibility we could make the move for Montas, Manaea, or Castillo w/out losing Martin & Lewis.  If you see what the Mets gave up for Bassitt, it's possible.  That said, I see us dealing Martin before Lewis.  Lewis is 1 ACL tear and two years removed from the game.  Calling him a "key" piece in trade would probably be insulting to the A's or Reds.  Down side is it will cost more pitching.  Sending Woods-Richardson doesn't seem likely.  Neither would want to be the 4th team on his young career.  On top of that, I'd feel bad for the kid.  I think we can do it with a departure of Winder, Duran, and maybe a flyer on a low-A guy.  Maybe Canterino over Winder or Duran, which I'd hate to do.
    I LOVE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TWINS RIGHT NOW!!!
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    jrod23 got a reaction from bighat in The Twins Have Their Shortstop; Another Starting Pitcher Next?   
    Well done Seehafer.  Good read.  We're poised for another big move.  There's a possibility we could make the move for Montas, Manaea, or Castillo w/out losing Martin & Lewis.  If you see what the Mets gave up for Bassitt, it's possible.  That said, I see us dealing Martin before Lewis.  Lewis is 1 ACL tear and two years removed from the game.  Calling him a "key" piece in trade would probably be insulting to the A's or Reds.  Down side is it will cost more pitching.  Sending Woods-Richardson doesn't seem likely.  Neither would want to be the 4th team on his young career.  On top of that, I'd feel bad for the kid.  I think we can do it with a departure of Winder, Duran, and maybe a flyer on a low-A guy.  Maybe Canterino over Winder or Duran, which I'd hate to do.
    I LOVE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TWINS RIGHT NOW!!!
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    jrod23 got a reaction from wabene in The Twins Have Their Shortstop; Another Starting Pitcher Next?   
    Well done Seehafer.  Good read.  We're poised for another big move.  There's a possibility we could make the move for Montas, Manaea, or Castillo w/out losing Martin & Lewis.  If you see what the Mets gave up for Bassitt, it's possible.  That said, I see us dealing Martin before Lewis.  Lewis is 1 ACL tear and two years removed from the game.  Calling him a "key" piece in trade would probably be insulting to the A's or Reds.  Down side is it will cost more pitching.  Sending Woods-Richardson doesn't seem likely.  Neither would want to be the 4th team on his young career.  On top of that, I'd feel bad for the kid.  I think we can do it with a departure of Winder, Duran, and maybe a flyer on a low-A guy.  Maybe Canterino over Winder or Duran, which I'd hate to do.
    I LOVE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE TWINS RIGHT NOW!!!
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    jrod23 reacted to DocBauer in Ranking the Twins Top-5 Speed Tool Prospects   
    Just wanted to add, I've seen just enough of him in hilights and a few ST games that I don't believe range is any kind of issue. I don't believe arm strength is any kind of issue. I can fully appreciate your comments, and others I've read, that being more efficient with his throws is something to work on. I've also read where he just needs to work on general positioning and footwork needed to make the normal plays consistently. 
    I would respond yes to all of this, but aren't these general fundamentals that pretty much every young SS has to work on and develop? I might be an optomist, but I believe the athletic package is there, the arm is there, the work ethic is obviously there as well, and all he really needs is time to play and refine himself. I'm not predicting GG defense...though that would be awesome...but I think he's got everything to become at LEAST a solid ML SS just given a little more time to refine.
    Would you agree?
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    jrod23 reacted to h2oface in 4 Things We Know After the Stunning Twins-Yankees Trade   
    What catchers? The only guy that is probably happy is Jeffers. But ST needs like 7 catchers. Are you ready to start seeing Sano and Sanchez start their quest for record strikeouts?
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    jrod23 reacted to TheLeviathan in Twins Trade Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa to Yankees for Sanchez, Urshela   
    If Urshela is the 2019 and 2020 version....I think I really like this trade.
    It's essentially Garver and Donaldson for Urshela and Sanchez.  We save a buttload of money and I think we're a better team for it.
    I don't think this team is done wheeling and dealing.
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    jrod23 reacted to Parker Hageman in Brody Rodning has Made Strong Impression on the Blue Jays and Former Teammates   
    Having been on the national club circuit with some 16 & 17U players the last two years, I've had some interesting conversations about Minnesota talent. 
    The two things that people for outside of the state (and usually in the warmer states) say that our teams really can hit and pitch. 
    I think when you break it down, that's where the vast majority of the offseason development time is focused. Minnesotans can get into cages for swings and throw bullpens in gyms, field houses and warehouses. 
    The downside is that the defensive talent is usually 12 months or more behind the warm-weather kids. They just get more reps at a younger age. It takes a while for the northern class to catch up. 
    But the state has been known to produce dudes so more D1 schools are making a swing through the state to look at the high school talent whereas they wouldn't have just a few years ago.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Twins Daily 2022 Top Prospects: #9 Chase Petty   
    Waaaaaaaay too much data against this kid that has nothing to do with this kid, yet is completely relevant.
    I digress.  However, I've mentioned this before.  Petty reminds me of J.B. Bukauskas mixed with a Michael Kopech, but with a slider.
    I'm excited.  Post-Royce Lewis, I haven't been terribly impressed with ANY first round pick off the bat, but quoting the great Larry Hockett, "This kid has some serious $H*%."
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    jrod23 reacted to Ted Schwerzler in Royce’s Return: Twins Prospect Locked In   
    That stuck out to me too while we were talking, but I think it just highlights how much minor leaguers understand they are assets in the greater scheme of things. He touched on service time manipulation too. He hasn't dealt with that yet obviously, but I love how bought in he is to be a Twin.
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    jrod23 reacted to ashbury in Royce’s Return: Twins Prospect Locked In   
    He'll fall through a hole in the ice and suffer a (rolls dice, consults chart) dislocated cranium, missing (rolls dice) a season and a half for rehab. Because, Twins.
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    jrod23 got a reaction from chpettit19 in Royce’s Return: Twins Prospect Locked In   
    Valid.
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    jrod23 reacted to RJA in Royce’s Return: Twins Prospect Locked In   
    This interview was a breath of fresh air during these crappy labor negotiations.  This kid showed poise, confidence, and maturity.  I can't wait to see this young man play, and it sure would be nice if he claimed the shortstop role for the next decade.  In any event, he is a kid who makes it easy to pull for him.  Now let's settle this labor dispute and start playing baseball.
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