11-08-2012, 12:42 AM #21
11-08-2012, 12:47 AM #22
Put it this way: If the Twins suddenly soured on Sano (who isn't in the same prospect league as Bauer IMO, though maybe not to far off), would you want them to consider a package back for guys like Whimmers/Kepler/Vargas?
11-08-2012, 01:22 PM #23
Would it be fair to say that maybe Sano would be a better trade piece than Hicks given where he is in the system? Hicks is nearly major-league ready; some have suggested that it may happen in 2013. Sano just finished up a Beloit, and although he could get through the rest of the system quickly, there are some serious question marks on defense and hitting breaking balls that suggest that he may simply need more time.
The other piece is the fact that projecting players is really hard. How many "once in a generation" talents have become nothing more than serviceable players once they finally hit the bigs? All things equal, I'd prefer to gamble on the guy who's closer to the major leagues. If Bauer and Sano are in the same prospect class, but Bauer is knocking on the door while Sano is Wisconsin, I'd be inclined to take Bauer. That's even outside the fact that our system is bereft of pitching.
11-08-2012, 01:27 PM #24
11-08-2012, 01:38 PM #25