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    Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
    I won't copy the whole thing, but here are two sentences from the ESPN analysis of the Wimmers' pick.....

    ďThere's some question whether he'll hold up as a starter, but I think average fastball/two plus pitches/control is a starter, until his performance proves otherwise. Wimmers is the closest thing to a Mike Leake this draft class has, although he's not the athlete that Leake is and hasn't pitched in a major baseball conference as Leake did.Ē

    Law did say he thought he was the closest to the majors of any pitcher in that draft (well, him or Chris Sale).

    Look, I get the pick, I just donít see him as anywhere likely a #2. Name the number two pitchers (like, the 30-50th best pitchers in the league, maybe 20-35). Do we think it is LIKELY that Wimmers is (was) that? 20% likely? I just donít think most pitchers reach that, especially not pitchers with an average or below average FB. His likely upside is a 3, with a more likely outcome a 4/5 if he's a starter someday. Thatís mostly because that is the likely outcome for most pitching prospects that end up starters, not because he is a bad pitcher. Heck, most become relievers if they even make the majors.

    I did not kill the pick at the time, but I also didnít expect him to be a 2. I expected him to be up this year, as a 4/5, with him becoming a 3/4 over a year or two.
    Great post. A few people posting above don't realize how good a #2 or #3 starter is. No way Wimmers had that sort of upside. A #2 starter is a Matt Cain type and a #3 is a Gio Gonzalez or Jon Lester type. The Twins had an ace in Santana but other than that they have had no #2 recently and maybe 1 season each from Baker and Frankie as #3's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    Great post. A few people posting above don't realize how good a #2 or #3 starter is. No way Wimmers had that sort of upside. A #2 starter is a Matt Cain type and a #3 is a Gio Gonzalez or Jon Lester type. The Twins had an ace in Santana but other than that they have had no #2 recently and maybe 1 season each from Baker and Frankie as #3's.
    Wow, Cain is a #2? High standards.

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    DPJ, YOU'RE the one who said Wimmers was destined to be a back-end guy unless he gained 5-6 MPH on his fastball. MOST, not some, but MOST analysts described his ceiling as higher. Two of those analysts have been mentioned in this thread. No analysts have been mentioned that supported your opinion that he was so obviously no better than a back-end guy. So, it's OK for you to have that opinion, but that doesn't support a conclusion that it was a bad pick. I was challenging you to come up with some alternative names- pitchers that throw "hard enough" to meet your standards that were available to the Twins. That's all.

    Now , in retrospect? Sure. I agree with Mike Wants Wins. Wimmers is very unlikely to become a #2, and it's a reach to project him as a #3. But that's looking retrospectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
    Wow, Cain is a #2? High standards.

    Most experts and scouts say there are 10-15 #1's in all of baseball.

    Turn down the volume when you watch Dick and Bert because they'll try to convince you Pavano is an ace because he gets the ball on opening day and Hamels is a #3 cuz he starts game 3 of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
    Wow, Cain is a #2? High standards.
    More like ridiculous standards. Cain is a 27 year old pitcher with a 125 ERA+. He has had two outstanding seasons and a few very good seasons.

    Hes a #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
    DPJ, YOU'RE the one who said Wimmers was destined to be a back-end guy unless he gained 5-6 MPH on his fastball. MOST, not some, but MOST analysts described his ceiling as higher. Two of those analysts have been mentioned in this thread. No analysts have been mentioned that supported your opinion that he was so obviously no better than a back-end guy. So, it's OK for you to have that opinion, but that doesn't support a conclusion that it was a bad pick. I was challenging you to come up with some alternative names- pitchers that throw "hard enough" to meet your standards that were available to the Twins. That's all.
    He's a backend guy, if you really want to nit pick between a 4-5 pitcher go right ahead. He wasn't a one, he was't a two and chances are he wasn't a 3. He was a guy that would get to the majors quickly and contribute. He never was gonna be a great pitcher, but a solid cost controlled arm that wouldn't kill everytime ala pre-Target Field Blackburn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
    More like ridiculous standards. Cain is a 27 year old pitcher with a 125 ERA+. He has had two outstanding seasons and a few very good seasons.

    Hes a #1.
    He is a good pitcher having a great year. If he were doing this for the Twins Dick n Bert would have him enshrined in the Twins HOF with Diamond after this year.

    He is a strong #2 with the Hamels, Gallardo, Beckett, Haren, Wilson, and Bumgardners of the world.
    Last edited by twinswon1991; 07-17-2012 at 05:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    Most experts and scouts say there are 10-15 #1's in all of baseball.

    Turn down the volume when you watch Dick and Bert because they'll try to convince you Pavano is an ace because he gets the ball on opening day and Hamels is a #3 cuz he starts game 3 of the season.

    Do you have a list of these 10-15 #1 starters in baseball that don't include Matt Cain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    He is a good pitcher having a great year. If he were doing this for the Twins Dick n Bert would have him enshrined in the Twins HOF eith Diamond after this year.

    He is a strong #2 with the Hamels, Gallardo, Beckett, Haren, Wilson, and Bumgardners of the world.
    I don't see what this has to do with Dick and Bert. Dude has gone 217, 217, 223, 221 IP the past 4 years with good eras, solid k rate and numbers that are getting better this year as he is entering his prime. He is a top 5 pitcher in baseball, the favorite to win the NL Cy Young. How is that not an ace?

    I generally agree on the others, mostly because the rest of them have had injury concerns and Bumgarner is still a little young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pius Jefferson View Post
    Do you have a list of these 10-15 #1 starters in baseball that don't include Matt Cain?
    Here are guys off the top of my head (I'm sure I'll forget someone obvious) who I would rather have than Cain starting the Twins 1 game WC playoff game in 2012: Kershaw, Lee, Halladay, Price, CC, Felix, Verlander, Strausburg, Grienke, Weaver. If I had more time to look at the stats I probably could come up with several more but then comes the next group of 10-30 pitchers that would definitely include Cain. If I had one of the Aces start the Twins WC game I would love to have Cain start game 1 of the ALCS.

    I would also vote Cain #2 for the CY this year behind RA and he may end up #1 in the end. I don't feel that the last 3 months has made him go from a strong #2 to an ace. I might chance my mind if he keeps this up the rest of the way. It is crazy how he has been able to outperform his peripherals year in and year out but the NL West lineups and the ballpark are HUGE bonuses for him.
    Last edited by twinswon1991; 07-17-2012 at 05:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
    Wimmers in 2010 was not a well-kept secret. At the time, we believed he'd join the staff with Gibson... he was just like the good Kevin Slowey. .
    Not. Even. Close. The "good Kevin Slowey" was average Greg Maddux-like. One of the biggest wastes (for misdiagnosed and mistreated injury reasons, which created a lot of friction with GardyNAndy) in the recent Twins' history
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    Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
    DPJ, YOU'RE the one who said Wimmers was destined to be a back-end guy unless he gained 5-6 MPH on his fastball. MOST, not some, but MOST analysts described his ceiling as higher. Two of those analysts have been mentioned in this thread. No analysts have been mentioned that supported your opinion that he was so obviously no better than a back-end guy. So, it's OK for you to have that opinion, but that doesn't support a conclusion that it was a bad pick. I was challenging you to come up with some alternative names- pitchers that throw "hard enough" to meet your standards that were available to the Twins. That's all.

    Now , in retrospect? Sure. I agree with Mike Wants Wins. Wimmers is very unlikely to become a #2, and it's a reach to project him as a #3. But that's looking retrospectively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    Not. Even. Close. The "good Kevin Slowey" was average Greg Maddux-like. One of the biggest wastes (for misdiagnosed and mistreated injury reasons, which created a lot of friction with GardyNAndy) in the recent Twins' history
    Gardy/Andy and the medical staff also killed Baker's chances of being a really good MLB pitcher. I would've loved to see what they could've done in another organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    Gardy/Andy and the medical staff also killed Baker's chances of being a really good MLB pitcher. I would've loved to see what they could've done in another organization.
    This might take the cake for worst post of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    Not. Even. Close. The "good Kevin Slowey" was average Greg Maddux-like. One of the biggest wastes (for misdiagnosed and mistreated injury reasons, which created a lot of friction with GardyNAndy) in the recent Twins' history
    Kevin Slowey = Greg Maddux.

    Got it. I forgot the time Maddux was 28 years old, traded/released by 2 different teams and posting a 5.14 in AAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
    More like ridiculous standards. Cain is a 27 year old pitcher with a 125 ERA+. He has had two outstanding seasons and a few very good seasons.

    Hes a #1.
    Past 4 years, 131 ERA+ Averaging 230 IP a year, 1.090 WHIP. That is definitely a #1.

    Also it is possible for a team to posses two number 1s, the Giants are a good example if Lincecum starts coming back to form.

    Trying to put a cap on "There can only be 15 #1's in baseball" seems futile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    This might take the cake for worst post of the year.


    I am waiting for your rebuttal when you defend Gardy/Andy's track record in helping pitchers improve and your defense of the Twins medical staff. This should be good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
    Trying to put a cap on "There can only be 15 #1's in baseball" seems futile.
    Particularly when we're in the middle of a pitching revival in baseball. The "old rules" no longer apply, especially bad ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
    I am waiting for your rebuttal when you defend Gardy/Andy's track record in helping pitchers improve and your defense of the Twins medical staff. This should be good!
    How about you point out all the pitchers who vastly improved when they left the Twins?

    Pitchers get hurt, we have had a bad run of it over the past few years, they should examine the training staff and possibly make some changes, but it should be noted that the Royals have had 6 players end up getting Tommy John surgery this year, pitchers getting hurt is hardly a phenomenon that only effects the Twins.

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    2010 Liriano was a #3? that's even higher standards than Matt Cain as a 2

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