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  1. Luis Gil already has 1.1 bWAR for the Yankees. I didn't even know he was on their MLB roster yet. I think they sent him down but are planning to bring him back up for his next start. (Story I saw said he was the 27th man on his start last night.)
  2. This is something I've wondered about. Are you referring to the MLB rule that a draftee can't be traded for at least one year? I'm not sure they still have that rule, can anyone confirm? TIA
  3. One thing I was wondering about was the quote before the draft (from scouting director?) that they would be looking to take hitters early. Then they drafted a pitcher first? Then a SS, but followed by mostly pitchers. It doesn't bother me, I know they aren't really going to reveal their strategy, for obvious reasons. It just makes me think, never trust an interview with a coach/manager/GM. I don't think any Twins fan will complain too much about them focusing on pitchers.
  4. Sounds kinda like Jake Cave for Luis Gil . To me, the overall tone of the article was whether or not you trust the Twins front office to make good trades at the deadline this year (based on previous years results). I think in the last few years there were people on here that felt the Twins had fleeced the Diamondbacks, etc. I'm not sure anyone got fleeced.
  5. If I were King of Baseball, I'd move the mound back a foot (or experiment to see what is the proper distance), move the fences back about 10 feet in every park, and ban the shift. Moving the mound back would lead to more singles/doubles/triples and fewer strikeouts. This would mean shorter at-bats (and length of games). There'd still be the chance of an outfielder stealing a homerun (this is why I prefer moving the fences back to just placing a plexiglass addition on top of the fences), and and increased importance on defense. And banning the shift is negotiable. Of course, I realize that not every park could add 10 feet of play (I don't think they can move the Green Monster back). But if I'm King, they have to make it happen or off with their heads!
  6. But Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the restaurant, in the bell tower with her husband, Ray, and Fasha the dog. So check in the church. And say a quick prayer for the Twins while you're there.
  7. Only 1 of the 6 Brewers runs was an 'earned run'. I'm assuming they treat that runner that starts extra innings at 2nd base as an unearned run? And I've always felt that if the pitcher makes an error to put someone on, it should count as an earned run. ERA is supposed to measure how effective a pitcher is..... I know I know, ERA doesn't count any more, same as RBI's, etc....Hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Do any of the newfangled FIP, ERA+, etc. do this?
  8. The Twins could always acquire someone in July to fit above him in the rotation, if they're in playoff position. So I wonder if that's what the FO is doing here, trying to shore up the rotation and see if they can bring in someone with a bigger impact possibility at a lower cost than now (whether that's trading cost or $ cost).
  9. That story on the Angels clubhouse guy was really interesting. Said that some teams (Astros, of course) were altering the rosin bags in an attempt to improve spin rates. I wonder if Liam's improvement was related to a an improved spin rate?
  10. Meh. Looking at the bWAR from these players after the trade, they each produced 1.5 for their new team in 1988. Next year, Herr was traded away, Bruno produced 1.7 bWAR, then -.5 in 1990 before they traded him for Lee Smith (over 4 WAR the next 3 years). If that's your 'worst move ever' your organization has an exceptional track record for trades.
  11. I haven't looked much. This https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-mlb-undrafted-free-agent-tracker-agreements-for-all-30-teams/ is free and still being updated. They indicate if someone was on one of their lists (top 500 going into draft, top unsigned seniors, etc.). Makes it look like KC is killing it in this phase.
  12. Yes. I think only one other state does, too, but I can't remember which one. State tournaments usually started the first week of July for softball and a week later for baseball.
  13. How about a top 100 ranking right now? Eric Longenhagen just released his top 100 on Fangraphs. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2020-top-100-prospects/ Duran comes in at 63.
  14. Balazovich sounds like a great prospect, which brings up a question for me. In Fangraphs new prospect list, it says he "pretty firmly projects as a No. 4 starter right now". Duran is "tracking like a mid-rotation starter". Is Fangraphs just really conservative on projecting guys to be top of the rotation? Or are the expectations on here too optimistic? I think Graterol was listed as mid-rotation, too. I haven't followed Fangraphs enough to know how they rate pitchers, but they seem pretty conservative to me.
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