• Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

    With the 4th overall pick in the 2012 Rule 5 draft, the Minnesota Twins drafted RHP Ryan Pressley from the Boston Red Sox organization.

    John Manuel reports that he throws up to 95 mph. The 23-year-old split the 2012 season between Hi-A and AA. He posted a 6.28 ERA in 20 games in Hi-A. When promoted to AA, he posted a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings. He walked 10 and struckout 21. He apparently impressed in the Arizona Fall League.

    The Twins did not lose any players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft.

    Click through to see picks by the Twins in the minor league portions as they're announced.

    Seth's initial response - 50/50 at best that Pressly sticks with the Twins all season. Could the team work out a deal with the Red Sox to keep him? He is about to turn 24 years old, so he could figure things out in the bullpen, I guess.

    Wanting 3B depth, the Twins selected Mark Sobolewski with their pick in the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft from the Blue Jays. In AA last year, he hit .262/.295/.457 with 17 doubles and 18 home runs. He hit just .188 with 4 doubles and 2 homers in 23 AAA games. This guy might give competition to AAA 3B Deibinson Romero, although both bat right handed.

    The Twins lost RHP Tom Boleska to the Baltimore Orioles organization. He came to the Twins following a tremendously dominant season as the closer for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. It's a disappointing loss, as he throws quite hard.

    The Twins passed on their AA Rule 5 selection, as did every single other team.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I can think of worse picks... This is the type of guy you can stash in the pen and him not be a complete liability to the team and then send him down next season. Whether or not he can ever develop into a decent starter remains to be seen, but this isn't a bad option either.
      I don't disagree with you, but the bullpen is getting awfully crowded:

      Perkins, Burton, Duensing, Fien, Burnett, Swarzak, Robertson, Roenicke, DeVries?, Pressly?

      I guess that doesn't bode well for Slama's chances, not that he had any.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket View Post
      This pick is defninitely a yawner. But let's be honest, anyone available in the Rule 5 is iffy, at best. With Boston drafting a Twins minor leaguer later, maybe there's a shot at simply trading one for the other and allowing both teams to keep the players they drafted even if they don't greatly impress.
      This is probably how we keep him.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Serious question. How are any of these scrubs better than Slama?
      velocity on potches
      Given the choice I'd rather have guys with higher velocity, but Marcum averaged 86.5 mph with his fastball last year and had 7.9 K/9. Slama averages over 10K/9 in the minors. Give him a legit chance and if he doesn't cut it, let him go.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Twins keep adding pitchers. This guy should be stashed if he has a decent spring. Maybe he replaces Swarzak as the long reliever or keeps De Vires in Rochester. Pitchers if they have a chance should be played out.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I can think of worse picks... This is the type of guy you can stash in the pen and him not be a complete liability to the team and then send him down next season. Whether or not he can ever develop into a decent starter remains to be seen, but this isn't a bad option either.
      I don't disagree with you, but the bullpen is getting awfully crowded:

      Perkins, Burton, Duensing, Fien, Burnett, Swarzak, Robertson, Roenicke, DeVries?, Pressly?

      I guess that doesn't bode well for Slama's chances, not that he had any.
      There's a lot of yawners in that list. Perkins, Burton, and Duensing are really the only ones I have any confidence in being some sort of shut down reliever. I do think Slama deserves a shot and hope he gets it, especially if 2013 is considered a "punt" year. Pressly is similar. I think he can be a decent reliever now, at which point they try to do a Santana and send him down to start in 2014 at Rochester... not a bad plan... hopefully Cuellar can teach him some magic while he's here too..
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      KLAW likes Pressley to have a chance to be worth a win....
    1. East Coast Twin's Avatar
      East Coast Twin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Ryan Flaherty got a lot of playing time for that Orioles team. He'll likely split time with Casilla at 2B next year.

      Rhiner Cruz also stuck all year with the Astros.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I was hoping for a starting pitcher... But I have no idea on the value of any of these guys.
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