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    Quote Originally Posted by tobi0040 View Post
    Add Goodrum into the hopper, a second round pick that won't hack it at SS.
    Crap, I mixed where him/Rosario were drafted up. Good call. Will change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
    The pundits and scouts and periodicals have Nola and Gordon ranked in top 6 range. This to me means both would be good picks.
    I agree that the pundits clearly have more knowledge than us. I don't think that changes a whole lot though as they are giving us the assumed information we are all going off of. I don't think it's so much about lacking knowledge as it is preference of what is presented. I'm not a Nola guy and Gordon is lower on my list than a few others, but I will readily acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with the pundits rankings. Simply, they rank Nola high because he is regarded as a safe pick and Gordon is high because he plays a scarce position. For me, those factors are much, much lower on my priority list. I'm not disagreeing that those are important factors for the pundits or other fans, or other front offices. They're just as important to me, thus I wouldn't wish my team to weight those factors as heavily.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
    What I am trying to say is we are all ignorant (Socratic method).
    No doubt about it.

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    [QUOTE=nicksaviking;237135]I agree that the pundits clearly have more knowledge than us. I don't think that changes a whole lot though as they are giving us the assumed information we are all going off of. I don't think it's so much about lacking knowledge as it is preference of what is presented. I'm not a Nola guy and Gordon is lower on my list than a few others, but I will readily acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with the pundits rankings. Simply, they rank Nola high because he is regarded as a safe pick and Gordon is high because he plays a scarce position. For me, those factors are much, much lower on my priority list. I'm not disagreeing that those are important factors for the pundits or other fans, or other front offices. They're just as important to me, thus I wouldn't wish my team to weight those factors as heavily.


    I agree. I think Nola and Gordons rankings are helped by the factors you mentioned. I just view this through the lens that the draft is by far the best avenue for a team on a budget to acquire high end talent. The Twins, even the Twins can sign a #3 starter or an above average defensive SS that hits OK.

    But when Max Scherzer hits the market this off-season we have no shot. So give me a guy that may turn into Max Scherzer in the draft even if it means the odds are lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    I agree that the pundits clearly have more knowledge than us. I don't think that changes a whole lot though as they are giving us the assumed information we are all going off of. I don't think it's so much about lacking knowledge as it is preference of what is presented. I'm not a Nola guy and Gordon is lower on my list than a few others, but I will readily acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with the pundits rankings. Simply, they rank Nola high because he is regarded as a safe pick and Gordon is high because he plays a scarce position. For me, those factors are much, much lower on my priority list. I'm not disagreeing that those are important factors for the pundits or other fans, or other front offices. They're just as important to me, thus I wouldn't wish my team to weight those factors as heavily.



    No doubt about it.
    While true that draft experts and scouts do "know more than us" I think there is an element of them over thinking stuff and fans can sometimes be more objective. Baseball's a bit different because most of these guys are complete unknown to most fans unlike in football but I can recall many times where a pick was not liked by the fans and they were right. When we picked Gutierrez in 2008 everyone hated it and he turned out to be awful, Padres fans were up in arms about Matt Bush in 2004, many Rays fans wanted Posey(Florida State fans mostly) and we're pissed about Beckham, examples like that. I'm not saying we're smarter but there are times when the obvious pick was there and teams pass for stupid reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinsfanstreif View Post
    While true that draft experts and scouts do "know more than us" I think there is an element of them over thinking stuff and fans can sometimes be more objective. Baseball's a bit different because most of these guys are complete unknown to most fans unlike in football but I can recall many times where a pick was not liked by the fans and they were right. When we picked Gutierrez in 2008 everyone hated it and he turned out to be awful, Padres fans were up in arms about Matt Bush in 2004, many Rays fans wanted Posey(Florida State fans mostly) and we're pissed about Beckham, examples like that. I'm not saying we're smarter but there are times when the obvious pick was there and teams pass for stupid reasons.

    I have been wrong, one Byron Buxton (I wanted Gausman). But I have universally disliked Revere, Wimmers, relief pitchers in the 1st or 2nd round (several), etc. It is about the process. When the ceiling of a guy is a good reliever, don't bother here, that kind of thing.

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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/7...veland-indians

    This is a very similar draft profile to Gordon. Making an argument based on guys like Goodrum, Polanco, Michael, Plouffe, Dozier or anybody else that has been moved from the position is not related to Gordon at all. Pretty much every Twins example (and most of the MLB examples) that have been mentioned have scouting reports that mention defensive question marks. I have not found one scouting report that remotely suggests Gordon has the potential to move.

    Lindor is now the #13 prospect in baseball. He's not there because he's going to be a middle of the order hitter. He's going to hit well and he's a lock to stay at SS. There should be no doubt that Gordon has significant upside.

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    Has anyone seen any rumors about who the Twins want at 46?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/7...veland-indians

    This is a very similar draft profile to Gordon. Making an argument based on guys like Goodrum, Polanco, Michael, Plouffe, Dozier or anybody else that has been moved from the position is not related to Gordon at all. Pretty much every Twins example (and most of the MLB examples) that have been mentioned have scouting reports that mention defensive question marks. I have not found one scouting report that remotely suggests Gordon has the potential to move.

    Lindor is now the #13 prospect in baseball. He's not there because he's going to be a middle of the order hitter. He's going to hit well and he's a lock to stay at SS. There should be no doubt that Gordon has significant upside.
    Do you think Gordon has the same upside as Kolek?

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    With all I've said about Gordon, I don't think that I'd take him over Kolek if he falls to 5.
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    I like Gordon more than I did a few weeks ago, mainly because I found his 2014 stats (5 HRs and .6xx batting average in 28 games IIRC).His upside doesn't appear to be completely reliant on "athleticism" or "projection" (2 codewords I shy away from). Instead he seems to be more skilled, now. And I suspect that's why he shot up the boards this spring.

    But his stock is still pretty reliant on projection. Compare Gordon to the college position players in his tier -

    Pentecost, who had an active 36 game hitting as of last week, and gets high marks for defense at a premium position
    Schwarber, who hit .358/.464/.659 and is a finalist for the Johnny Bench award,
    Trea Turner, who finished the year pretty strong (and is also expected to stick at SS)

    But besides all that, I just find the pitchers in the 5-10 tier a lot more interesting. Holmes, Toussaint, Freeland, & Newcomb in particular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnarthor View Post
    Has anyone seen any rumors about who the Twins want at 46?
    Haven't seen any but Ryan did say he would like to see the Twins draft more LHPing and there should be several there at 46. Jeremy mocked Cody Reed there in his last mock. If Kolek drops to 5 and the Twins draft Cody Reed at 46 they could play offensive line for the Vikes in the off season. Both big kids.

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    Just read a scouting report about Cody Reed that talked about teams having to work with him about weight. That scares me. Scares me enough to wait until the third. He is like a Bryant McKinney guy. Also didnt we take a big fatty a few years ago who was a power arm but is still struggling with heaviness (name escapes me now).

    in second round,has anyone had us on Matt Imhof from Cal Poly? left hander who throws in mid 90s. Fringe ave. curve. Show him a changeup see what happens?

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    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ar...rticleid=23785

    Perfect game mock. Says cubs have turned attention to Nick Gordon...uhoh. Twins take Nola. Jackson goes 6.

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    Seriously, what is the upside of Gordon? He's not going to be Tulowitzki or Arod or Hanley in his early years. I would consider it a wasted pick if we took him and a guy with ace potential was still on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
    Seriously, what is the upside of Gordon? He's not going to be Tulowitzki or Arod or Hanley in his early years. I would consider it a wasted pick if we took him and a guy with ace potential was still on the board.
    Derek Jeter? Who is the Ace pitcher potential you would take over a surefire major league shortstop. Assuming the top 3 are gone of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
    Seriously, what is the upside of Gordon? He's not going to be Tulowitzki or Arod or Hanley in his early years. I would consider it a wasted pick if we took him and a guy with ace potential was still on the board.
    top five SS in all of baseball......rated in the top three to five by nearly every expert on line........the disdain for him on these boards borders on the ridiculous. Asking him to be ARod is like asking the pitchers to be the second or third best pitcher ever.......
    Lighten up Francis....

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    One of the "ace potential" pitchers (Kolek or Rodon) is going to drop past the Twins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
    One of the "ace potential" pitchers (Kolek or Rodon) is going to drop past the Twins.
    Kiley McDaniel makes it sound like Kolek might drop like a rock. I haven't heard anything about Rodon. Is he asking too much?

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