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  • The Last (Five) Words on the 2013 Draft

    It's that time once again, every year we "analyze" the Twins' drafting decisions by summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of players. Rather than do that with any depth, direction or purpose (which is soooooo not our style), we rapidly blurt out 5 words and pass them off as "analysis" or "humorous"..hopefully you agree (and appreciate my endless attempts to reinvigorate the cliched "never give up on lefties'.

    Thanks to the many fine folks at Twins Daily who compiled this list.

    Right Handed Pitchers
    Last year we drafted two
    Jacksonville U Dolphins
    This year, two Seton Hall Pirates
    Keep the Dolphins in Line!

    1-4 Kohl Stewart--Please bubble-wrap your arm
    2-43 Ryan Eades--#2 Starter our #2 option
    5-140 Aaron Slegers--Hoosier's already won @ Target Field!
    7-200 Brian Gilbert--1 of 2 Seton Hall-ers WHEE PIRATES!!!
    10-290 Charles Irby--Former DH versatile in bullpen
    12-350 Ethan Mildren--Part of righty stockpile
    13-380 Brandon Peterson--Big strong closer > puny starters
    17-500 Tanner Mandonca--@TanTheMan13...12 other guys had that?
    19-560 Jared Wilson--another part of righty stockpile
    21-620 Tyler Stirewalt--Also the Fresno State QB...?
    23-680 Zack Hayden--Terry Ryan: Stockpiler or Hoarder?
    26-770 Ryan Halstead--Draft 2 Hoosiers, Get 1 FREE!!
    The offer to Logan Shore...
    one he can't refuse

    27-800 Taylor Blatch--Wiry...lean...MY NEW BUDDY!
    29-860 Logan Shore--Signability questions...still gets offer
    31-920 AJ Bogucki--Easily Best Name of Draftees
    36-1070 Joseph Greenfield--Dropped 14 rounds from 2012
    38-1130 Javier Salas--17 Righties? That's a hoard

    Left Handed Pitchers

    Sorry Li'l Joe...
    Derrick's with us now.
    4-110 Stephen Gonsalves--Slipped rounds...$ makes it better
    15-440 Derrick Penilla--TC Bear > Li'l Joe Mountie!
    16-470 Brandon Bixler--Becomes Alliterative Roomies w/Byron Buxton
    24-710 Brandon Easton--Lakeland Laker...leaves for LA
    28-830 Chris Erwin--Hey, Leftie Give-uppers! YOU LOSE!
    35-1040 Nick Lemoncelli--My Grandma Loves Lemoncelli's Limoncello
    39-1160 Seth Wagner--Attended Dunder Mifflin HS (PA)


    3-78 Stuart Turner, C--Someone's gotta catch those pitchers
    6-170 Brian Navarreto, C--A couple someones actually...
    8-230 Dustin DeMuth, 3B--Umpire Dana DeMuth's gotta favorite!
    Now he could do some fielding!
    9-260 Mitchel Garver, C--ALREADY SIGNED, Get him sideburns!
    11-320 Nelson Molina, MI--No relation to Alfred...sadly...
    18-530 Ryan Walker, SS--Big Texan...where's the scrappy infielder?
    22-650 Alex Swim, C--Might prefer pool to diamond
    30-890 Tanner Vavra, 2B--Hoping he can hit*

    *(Note--this is based on my genuine hope that his dad taught him some things...Tanner is legally blind in one eye [as Brad Swanson noted in his draft recap] so if he makes it, it would be pretty flippin' awesome.)

    32-950 Carlos Avila, SS--5'11"...close enough..."HE'S SCRAPPY!"

    Granite's last manager...
    Looks like Terry Ryan...

    14-410 Zack Granite--Played Outfield for Slate Quarry
    20-590 Jason Kanzler--@JasonKanzler likes "moderate amounts-of-fun"
    25-740 Chad Christianson--Congrats! You can leave Nebraska!
    33-980 Steven Sensley--"OMG! OUTFIELDERS!!"--Twins Draft room
    34-1010 Ivory Thomas--My wigs are purest outfielder...
    37-1100 Julien Service--A Quebec Finance Service?
    40-1190 Kelly Starness--Check-out line impulse buy
    This article was originally published in blog: Numbers don't Count: Draft Analysis in 5 words or less started by PeanutsFromHeaven
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Zack Granite comment, +1
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Fun stuff.
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