Twins Notes: Thielbar, Gibson, Colabello, Hernandez, Diamond, Radke and more.
Here’s my best estimate of the highest-rated and/or most-hyped Twins prospects since 2000 and where they stand now.
Improving his walk rate from mediocre to spectacular shouldn’t be overlooked. However, he’s also been pretty fortunate/lucky.
Twins notes: Injured pitchers, Gardenhire decisions, a “premature” press release, and more.
By moving Mauer up from No. 3 and sliding everyone else behind him up one spot as well, the team give san extra 15 to 20 plate appearances to each of the lineup’s best hitters.
I couldn’t find any prominent writer or projection system predicting that the Twins will finish anywhere but last place. And sadly, it’s hard to disagree.
This is the best collection of prospects the Twins have had in the decade I’ve been writing about them. Here are my rankings.
Off-season outlook: Stats prove his strong performance, though he’ll never satisfy those who think homers and RBIs are the best way to judge a hitter.
If the Twins wanted a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery, why didn’t they re-sign Scott Baker?
Most of all, it suggests that the Twins haven’t kicked their addiction to low-velocity, low-strikeout, low-upside pitchers.
They get immediate pitching help and future value while selling high on a player with limited upside at a position where they have quality alternatives.
The 22-year-old pitching prospect is nowhere near a sure thing, but getting high-upside young pitching is a good start.
He did the team a favor by giving up his $3 million salary for 2013 and also cleared the way for him to get a lucrative contract when he returns to Japan.
Pitching coach Rick Anderson has seen the staff’s fortunes fall far from the glory days of 2006.
His average fastball has clocked in at 93 mph, his slider has looked sharp, and his cutter gives him a solid three-pitch repertoire.