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  1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    The Giants were so entertaining with their pitching staff of interesting characters.
  2. beckmt's Avatar
    Last two names on the list are interesting. I would have traded Parmalee this offseason because there are a lot of Twins prospects that could play first base and you are correct. Roberts could be here as early as 2014 if not Arcia in RF. If Plouffe makes it, Sano will be moved to first base or outfield also. Twins need to make trades to bring back pitching.
    Pitching wins, Giants do not have a great hitting club, their pitchers make them what they are.
  3. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One
    I guess one could expect Roberts to do well because that is what he has done thusfar at every level. Is it better to doubt or to have a positive outlook?
    Completely agree. He has reproduced his numbers from ELZ to Beloit, and showed serious promise in the AFL. We can count on Nate.
    Updated 01-20-2013 at 09:51 PM by mnfanforlife
  4. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pleiss
    What makes you think Roberts will be able to produce similiar numbers at AA? His limited time in low-A? A small sample in the AFL? I like Roberts, but until we see him put together a full season at a level where he is not considerably older than the average player projecting him to great success is a big stretch. I like Roberts, and I hope you're right, but I think "These numbers, coupled with the small sample of 2012's Arizona Fall League stats make me think that Nate has exactly what it takes to put up similar numbers in Double-A this year" is just going too far. I want you to be right, and my fingers are crossed that you will be.
    Lol..I want to be right too! And I apologize if my prediction was "just going too far." HAHAH! Was fun reading your post.

    I think Nate will continue to produce in AA and beyond because he turned a corner at the end of last year and hit the crap out of the AFL. I know, I know. It is a small sample, but it is also a sample of talent that is above the low-A level. And Nate gets an A+ on that test. Maybe that's why he will be skipping Ft. Myers (A+)? How can we predict he will NOT produce in AA?

    He will be skipping a level, but I think his game relies on intelligence rather than tools. And that means he understands how to produce at any level. He doesn;t need elite speed to steal bases, or an outstanding physique to get on base. His game is all about doing little things right. We will see.....
    Updated 01-20-2013 at 11:28 PM by mnfanforlife
  5. The Wise One's Avatar
    I guess one could expect Roberts to do well because that is what he has done thusfar at every level. Is it better to doubt or to have a positive outlook?
  6. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    What makes you think Roberts will be able to produce similiar numbers at AA? His limited time in low-A? A small sample in the AFL? I like Roberts, but until we see him put together a full season at a level where he is not considerably older than the average player projecting him to great success is a big stretch. I like Roberts, and I hope you're right, but I think "These numbers, coupled with the small sample of 2012's Arizona Fall League stats make me think that Nate has exactly what it takes to put up similar numbers in Double-A this year" is just going too far. I want you to be right, and my fingers are crossed that you will be.
  7. lightfoot789's Avatar
    I'm just saying he was 3 for 3 - Those kids at ETown seemed to get along so well together - Maybe he / "They" can do it again. As you said they were very good last year.
  8. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl
    This is a good article and good slant to Polanco's future. It could actually be Polanco starting and Santana in that role. Or Beresford. I do think that the Twins actually could find themselves with Rosario, Polanco, Santana, Michael, Beresford, and Plouffe for 3 infield spots and two bench spots in 2015-2016.
    Yes, we should be very deep by 2015. I see Niko Goodrum and Candido Pimentel being added to your list. Maybe the Twins draft O. Mercado or JP Crawford with the #4 pick? Our current struggles with MLB depth at SS/2B will soon be over!
  9. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789
    He has some of the softest hands for a second baseman and smooth release. He might be able to play SS as well, but he was born to be a 2B to me. He did get most of his doubles down the line at ETown, so I am curious to see if he spreads those hits out more this year. Great Upside
    Are you able to watch most of the E-town games?
  10. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Thank you lightfoot!! I share your optimism about Walker. The ELZ team last year was absolutely loaded. Cedar Rapids should be equally powerful this summer. You got Walker bringing home another trophy after 2013??
  11. lightfoot789's Avatar
    I like commenting on my ETown boys. This kid hit .300+ as a Freshmen in college and .400+ as a sophomore in college. He cut his K's down during his final year in college significantly. He led all NCAA college hitters in BA for Friday night games (usually the night you compete against other teams Ace pitcher) during his final season. My point is this kid seems to make corrections in his game every season at various levels. He always states in interviews what his preseason goals are, and he seems to make those stated adjustments throughout the season. Either way this kid is a winnerand I love how he works on his game.

    Baseball America | Blog | Baseball America Draft Blog | Stats For Top 200 College Hitters On Friday Nights

    This Walker kid has won a championship in each of his last 3 summer leagues - Great Lakes Summer Collegieate League (teams 1st ever) / Cape Cod League (teams 1st in 20+ years) / Appy League (key 9th inning HR). I agree about K's but the kid is a run producer at every level and that is the bottom line. Oh yeah - and his teams generally win
  12. lightfoot789's Avatar
    He has some of the softest hands for a second baseman and smooth release. He might be able to play SS as well, but he was born to be a 2B to me. He did get most of his doubles down the line at ETown, so I am curious to see if he spreads those hits out more this year. Great Upside
  13. beckmt's Avatar
    Twins could always move Rosario back to the outfield if Polanco can hit that well.
  14. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    This is a good article and good slant to Polanco's future. It could actually be Polanco starting and Santana in that role. Or Beresford. I do think that the Twins actually could find themselves with Rosario, Polanco, Santana, Michael, Beresford, and Plouffe for 3 infield spots and two bench spots in 2015-2016.
  15. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Yes Seth, I must agree. His batting average isn't going to go up from the Appy to Midwest League.
  16. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    I couldn't agree more Paul. Our farm system is loaded with 18-22-yr-olds that hold mountains of promise. Looks like 2015 will be the first year we have all the pieces we need in Minnesota.
  17. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
    Dream big on this little guy, I like what I'm reading. I think the later half of this decade will see a lot of W's and a lot of great baseball in Minnesota.
  18. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    For Walker, it will be (primarily) all about the strikeouts. If he can make contact, he can hit for a ton of power and move quickly. If not, he'll struggle and won't get past AA.
  19. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Haha! Thank you Darin. Walker will only be 26-27 around that time.
  20. darin617's Avatar
    He sounds pretty impressive. I can't wait until 2018 when he gets a September call up to show everyone how good he has become.
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