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    It's nice to see he got off to a solid start. I will be rooting for him.
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    clutterheart mentions that Santana is the best prospect in house for a decent homegrown shortstop from the Twins system - is that necessarily true? How about Polanco and/or Goodrum or someone else I have forgotten to mention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldguy10 View Post
    clutterheart mentions that Santana is the best prospect in house for a decent homegrown shortstop from the Twins system - is that necessarily true? How about Polanco and/or Goodrum or someone else I have forgotten to mention.
    I think that Polanco is a much better prospect than Santana because he is much better with the stick. He has really great pitch selectivity at the plate for a teenager. He does not have as much range as Santana but he is more sure-handed with the glove. Santana has been pretty much at the Florimon/Cristian Guzman mold, Polanco is more at the Jeter mold (if that makes sense; this does not mean that Santana will no be better than Florimon or Guzman or that Polanco will come any close to Jeter. Just indicating different types of players.) Goodrum is ok with the glove, but he looks like a corner OF/IF to me. Levi Michael might come out of nowhere and surprise. Who knows.
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    In looking over Seth's projection of where the infielders may start the season, I do wonder a bit about Santana. He probably should/could/might be at AAA. Despite all his tools it doesn't seem like the Twins consider him at all ready for the majors, but that could change with some consistency with the glove. I also kind of wonder if the Twins wouldn't like to put Michael at SS at AA to see what he could do there, and maybe find out if there is any chance of him becoming a useful big league player.

    The idea of Polanco becoming a big league SS as a regular seems a bit optimistic. When he was basically a full time 2nd baseman in low A ball, it doesn't seem like the Twins really view him as a future major league SS. I wish I could of seen Goodrum play SS, views of his suitability for that position seem all over the place. Hearing about Ryan Walker makes me want to root for him, though I kind of doubt if he is a real prospect.

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    I would be shocked if they send Santana back to New Britain. Also, comparing Santana to Polanco is difficult. If Polanco can stay at short, he's the better prospect. But most scouts say he doesn't have the arm. Because true shortstops are the rarest of ball players, I'd have to rate Santana above Polanco, slightly.

    BTW Thrylos, I see what you did ther: Comparing Santana to Florimon and Polanco to Jeter. Both comparisons are quite unfair, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
    I would be shocked if they send Santana back to New Britain. Also, comparing Santana to Polanco is difficult. If Polanco can stay at short, he's the better prospect. But most scouts say he doesn't have the arm. Because true shortstops are the rarest of ball players, I'd have to rate Santana above Polanco, slightly.

    BTW Thrylos, I see what you did ther: Comparing Santana to Florimon and Polanco to Jeter. Both comparisons are quite unfair, IMHO.

    There's nothing really wrong with any of this, though I think Polanco is the better prospect, even though I think he is a 2nd baseman rather than a shortstop. Polanco is farther away, but he appears to have a chance to be top of the order hitter while likely playing darn good defense at 2nd. Santana, if he is better than a utility guy, will likely never be a great shortstop, despite the range and arm. The bat will keep him in the 9 hole.

    As you say, comparisions are tricky, but I like Polanco better at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim H View Post
    There's nothing really wrong with any of this, though I think Polanco is the better prospect, even though I think he is a 2nd baseman rather than a shortstop. Polanco is farther away, but he appears to have a chance to be top of the order hitter while likely playing darn good defense at 2nd. Santana, if he is better than a utility guy, will likely never be a great shortstop, despite the range and arm. The bat will keep him in the 9 hole.

    As you say, comparisions are tricky, but I like Polanco better at this point.
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