07-22-2012, 10:15 PM #21
I mention him as a Joe Mauer type hitter, not as the next Joe Mauer. here's an article from January that says he went from 6'3" 175lbs when he signed to a current 6'3" 210 now and he thinks he might get to 240.
07-23-2012, 10:44 AM #22
Kevin Goldstein wrote today that in his future shock column that: "When the Twins set a European bonus record by signing Kepler for $800,000 three years ago, it was a complete athlete bet. He's six-foot-four, graceful and strong, and few players at any level look better in a uniform, but it was going to take time for him to learn how to play the game. His middling numbers during his first few seasons were actually quite impressive considering where he came from, and while he's playing short-season ball for the third straight year, Kepler is still just 19 years old and making very real progress. With four more hits over the weekend, including his fourth home run of the year, Kepler is hitting .306/.440/.519 in 29 games and showing an outstanding approach with surprising contact abilities. His ceiling remains through the roof, and his chances of reaching it are rapidly improving."
07-23-2012, 04:24 PM #23
He says he sees himself as a Josh Hamilton type hitter, or at least wants to model himself after Hamilton. Perhaps he is striving for more power than the initial scouting reports would have suggested. At one point he relays that the coaches say regarding his development: "... I'm doing good. I just need to get bigger, stronger, and maintain my speed..." Could he really maintain his speed from 175 pounds at 240 pounds? I'll take a Josh Hamilton type at any speed, but doesn't 240 sound a little bulky? At least from a speed perspective?
I'm really looking forward to watching his development. As has been stated before, he could be anything from an A-ball flameout to a big league regular (even superstar??). Even with success, he could be anything from a high average speedster to a middle-of-the-order slugger. Very fascinating.
07-23-2012, 05:10 PM #24
KLAW recently tweeted that he likes Kepler and feels he could be an above average big leaguer. Just thought I would share that.
07-24-2012, 12:53 AM #25
My takeaway from the article was that he's going to have a Josh Hamilton body and like Hamilton he'll probably get pushed to a corner spot because you'll likely have a speedster like Revere/Hicks/etc in center.
I'm a little surprised that he thinks he'll go all the way to 240. His frame can handle it but it seems difficult to predict where one's weight ends up considering that he has already added 40 lbs in the last 3 years. I still think the big thing regarding his power potential is becoming more of a fly ball hitter than a groundball/line drive hitter. This is the same reason that Joe Mauer has never had much HR power. It's hard to hit HR's when you are hitting a lot of groundballs.
07-24-2012, 01:21 AM #26
2015 position players:
Aaron Hicks, RF
Max Kepler, LF
Joe Mauer, C
Miguel Sano, 1B
Oswaldo Arcia, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Joe Benson, CF
Brian Dozier, SS/2B
Levi Michael, 2B/SS
Chris Herrmann, C/LF
Danny Santana or James Beresford, MI
Chris Parmelee 1B/RF
07-24-2012, 07:32 PM #27
07-24-2012, 07:39 PM #28
He just hit his fifth home run for Elizabethton tonight... More and more, I'm thinking there is a chance he could be there by playoff time.
07-24-2012, 08:49 PM #29
07-26-2012, 12:25 PM #30
This guy was supposedly very raw and his skill set was based on athleticism. That's why I was surprised today when I saw his BB/K numbers.
20BB/15k in 143 PA? That is very impressive. That kind of plate presence often leads to quick promotions.
07-26-2012, 12:41 PM #31
07-26-2012, 12:43 PM #32
07-29-2012, 10:47 AM #33
Interesting note from Terry Ryan on Kepler:
"He can play CF, but he's also been playing 1B for us."
I'd heard in the spring, he'd be working out at 1B, but he hasn't played an inning yet at 1B in a game (according to baseball-reference.com)
07-31-2012, 02:45 AM #34
08-08-2012, 11:39 PM #35
Max Kepler on 8/ 8 / 12
Today, in Buxtons debut game for Appy League E-Town Twins.
Max Kepler (and A.B. Walker) stole the show.
Kepler went 4-4, HR (8) , 2B (12) and SB (5) !!!
great game for max today, and he's now batting in the .290 range.Top Twins prospects ?
1. Miguel Sano (3B-A+) 2. Byron Buxton (OF-RK) 3. Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Aaron Hicks (OF-AAA), 5. Oswaldo Arcia (OF-AA) 6. Eddie Rosario (2B-A+) 7. Kyle Gibson (SP-AAA) 8. Trevor May (SP-AA) 9. J.O. Berrios (P-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11. Max Kepler (OF-A) 12. Joe Benson (OF-AAA)13. Jorge Polanco (SS-A) 14. Chris Herrmann (C-AAA) 15. BJ Hermsen (SP-AAA)
08-09-2012, 12:27 AM #36
Kepler should get promoted soon, got to love what he's doing and his potential. He should definitely be a top 50-100 prospect in all of MLB.
08-09-2012, 12:41 AM #37
If Kepler is promoted to Beloit, then he can bat after Rosario and Sano -- a young murderers' row for pitchers.
08-09-2012, 01:11 AM #38
I'd leave Kepler right where he is until at least after the E-Town playoffs. He's still be able to play in the Midwest League playoffs. Twins did that with Deibinson Romero and Rene Tosoni last time the Snappers made the playoffs.
Kepler is putting up encouraging numbers, but he's so young and so raw, and it's not like he's putting up Arcia, Rosario or even Sano numbers in E-Town.
08-10-2012, 04:18 PM #39
08-24-2012, 07:37 AM #40
Congratulations to my adopted prospect, Max Kepler, as well as Elizabethton teammate Candido Pimentel on being named to the 2012 Appalachian League All-Star team. Pimental was also named 2012 Appy Player of the Year!