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    Why does Kanzler need to play CF every day? Cedar...

    Why does Kanzler need to play CF every day? Cedar Rapids in general is low on legit position player prospects... finding at bats should be very easy.
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    Nor is 1.3 WAR something to brag about,...

    Nor is 1.3 WAR something to brag about, especially when that represents a surprising level of success.
  3. How about this question - has any player in MLB...

    How about this question - has any player in MLB history shown a special ability to score runs despite a horrible OBP? Could you point out such a player for us?

    Or is Walker unique in the history...
  4. Hicks has hit in AA before. He still isn't...

    Hicks has hit in AA before. He still isn't hitting the ball with any authority.
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    I suspect that might not be a very successful...

    I suspect that might not be a very successful thread, because that issue has been discussed and caused problems recently. There is a lot of quality research out there that many posters do not accept....
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    The Twins can't "win now." So a "win now"...

    The Twins can't "win now." So a "win now" strategy is quite worthless to them.
  7. Well that's the whole point. With just a couple...

    Well that's the whole point. With just a couple exceptions, they weren't. Minor league counting numbers don't matter. Every years tons of minor leaguers put up big numbers but aren't good prospects....
  8. Baez and Vargas are prospects, not Major...

    Baez and Vargas are prospects, not Major Leaguers. Kemp, Votto, and Ozuna were all significantly younger and better than Walker in the FSL.

    Here's another way of looking at it- here are the top 3...
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    Players peak earlier than that. Here's a recent...

    Players peak earlier than that. Here's a recent Fangraphs article on hitters:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/hitters-no-longer-peak-only-decline/

    Pitchers:
    ...
  10. Overrated in that he has severe flaws in his...

    Overrated in that he has severe flaws in his approach/swing that make is highly unlikely he ever plays in the Majors.

    If, at age 22, a player can't make consistent contact against FSL pitching,...
  11. I think teams are reasonably good at signing...

    I think teams are reasonably good at signing amateur players. Draft studies show that MLB production is very high at the top of the draft, in aggregrate, and then drops sharply before eventually...
  12. Sounds like a great guy. Unfortunately his plate...

    Sounds like a great guy. Unfortunately his plate discipline problems make him one of the more overrated prospects in the system.
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    Well, the Twins cheaped out on Miguel Cabrera......

    Well, the Twins cheaped out on Miguel Cabrera... he's pretty good.
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    I don't know about the pitch calling aspect,...

    I don't know about the pitch calling aspect, since presumably Nolasco could tell his catcher beforehand not to call so many fastballs? But Suzuki is a horrible pitch framer, which certainly doesn't...
  15. Yeah, I think it's pretty clear that...

    Yeah, I think it's pretty clear that accountability is not present in the organization. The only real exception is that ownership/corporate management liked Ryan better than Smith and made a change...
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    I think Berrios will be the youngest pitcher in...

    I think Berrios will be the youngest pitcher in the EL by about a year. It will definitely be interesting.
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    Garver is barely a prospect at all, which is why...

    Garver is barely a prospect at all, which is why the Twins are letting him hang around in Lo-A.
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    The Twins knew the deal with him and there's...

    The Twins knew the deal with him and there's nothing wrong with taking a high risk player in the 3rd round. But it's not looking like they are going to be cashing the lotto ticket.
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    Typically, injuries, inconsistency, etc. mean...

    Typically, injuries, inconsistency, etc. mean that very few if any teams maintain a solid #5 starter. The goal though is always the same - to have as many quality pitchers in the rotation as...
  20. Yet again, there is literally nothing whatsoever...

    Yet again, there is literally nothing whatsoever in anything I've said, including the last post, that even remotely resembes, in the most tenuous possible way, "giving up" on him as a prospect. You...
  21. There is nothing in my post at all that...

    There is nothing in my post at all that consitutes "giving up" on him. Nothing. It is impossible to legitimately construe my post that way.

    Clearly, I would not have drafted him, as I said...
  22. Nowhere did I "give up" on him. Posters here love...

    Nowhere did I "give up" on him. Posters here love to throw that around - oh look, people are "giving up" on so-and-so. Having concerns is not "giving up" and I don't really appreciate having my posts...
  23. You don't draft a college reliever that high if...

    You don't draft a college reliever that high if he is a project. I thought it was an awful pick and this certainly is not very promising.
  24. Definitely interesting. The main drawback though...

    Definitely interesting. The main drawback though is that the weaker players on a given roster could come from a variety of places, but tell us little about how the team was built. It's more important...
  25. Pedro threw mid-90s when he was young. Injuries...

    Pedro threw mid-90s when he was young. Injuries sapped his velocity, I believe shortly before Pitch f/x was introduced.

    Target Field is good for flyball pitchers, but based on his current rates...
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