Wednesday, August 23, 2007
A Look Back:
The Twins 2005 Draft
Good morning! Be sure to check out the final part of ESPN.com's Face of the Franchise Series. Eric Young of Baseball Tonight will weigh in with his thoughts on who the Twins Face of the Franchise is. You can see who my choice was there as well.
With the recent promotions of Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin to the big leagues, there has been a lot of talk about how good the 2005 draft was. Upton went first. Then Alex Gordon to the Royals. Jeff Clement went third, one spot ahead of Ryan Zimmerman. Ryan Braun went fifth. Troy Tulowitzki went 7th, Mike Pelfrey went ninth, and Maybin was taken tenth. Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza, Craig Hansen and Joey Devine were all drafted between 23 and 27. Travis Buck, Clay Buchholz and Garrett Olson were taken in the supplemental first round and have all made their big league debuts. Of those that haven't made it, Andrew McCutcheon, Jay Bruce and Colby Rasmus are among baseball's biggest prospects. Chase Headley, Yunel Escobar and the Twins' Kevin Slowey were second round picks that year.
With that as the background, I thought it would be interesting to see how the players the Twins drafted in 2005 are doing. I will only put their name and whether they were a high school or college hitter or pitcher, along with a brief update. I think you'll see one fairly obvious pattern, but other than that, it is simply an informational piece. If you can draw any conclusions from the list, please Comment about it below. Let's get to the list.
1st - Matt Garza - College Pitcher - Flew threw system in 2006 to the Twins. Came up at All-Star break and has been great for the Twins.
Supp 1st - Henry Sanchez - High School Hitter - Struck out way too much in 2006 at Beloit, was sent back to E-Town and has been injured since.
2nd - Paul Kelly - High School Hitter - At about the All-Star break last year, Kelly, playing at Beloit, was making himself a top prospect. He hurt his knee and has played in just two GCL rehab games. Was recently sent home for the season.
2nd - Kevin Slowey - College Pitcher - Pitched as well as Garza in 2006, and this year, he has been the best pitcher in the International League. Got a month with the Twins and showed potential through struggles.
2nd - Drew Thompson - High School Hitter- Like Kelly, Thompson showed promise in 2006 at Beloit, but like Kelly and Sanchez, he has been hurt too much. Hasn't even played in 2007.
3rd - Brian Duensing - College Pitcher - Advanced from Beloit to Ft. Myers to New Britain in 2006. Advanced from New Britain to Rochester and he has been great. Leads Minor Leagues in Wins.
3rd - Ryan Mullins - College Pitcher - After struggling a little at Beloit in 2006, he has been excellent in 2007. He started at Ft. Myers but soon advanced to New Britain. He was rushed to Rochester and struggled in a few starts before going back to New Britain.
4th - Caleb Moore - College Hitter/Pitcher - Moore did a solid job offensively in '05 an '06, but after starting behind the plate for Ft. Myers this year, he decided to become a pitcher and was sent back to Elizabethton to start that career.
5th - Steven Tolleson - College Hitter - Has arguably been the Miracle's most consistent hitter in 2007. Steals a lot of bases.
6th - J.W. Wilson - High School Hitter - The OF from Texas hit just .228 last year at E-Town but he did hit six home runs. I don't know if he's been released, but he has not played this season at all.
7th - Greg Yersich - High School Hitter - The Catcher struggled at Beloit the first half of this season. He returned to E-Town and has done a nice job for them.
8th - Danny Powers - College Pitcher - Had an excellent 2006 season for Beloit and Ft. Myers. He started 2007 in New Britain but struggled and was recently sent back to Ft. Myers.
9th - Erik Lis - College Hitter - Lis dominated the Midwest League in 2006. Although he didn't hit particularly well for Ft. Myers in the first half of 2007, he was the Miracle's best hitter, and he has been great in the second half.
10th - Matt Betsill - College Hitter - Betsill started 2007 at Ft. Myers, but he struggled and was sent back to Beloit where he has been just fine.
11th - Brian Kirwan - High School Pitcher - Kirwan had a 1st round arm, but a high school football injury (leg, not arm injury) and the belief that he was going to college meant the Twins could get him here. They signed him for $500,000, and he has been solid while pitching at Beloit. Has struggled recently though.
12th - Alex Burnett - High School Pitcher - He has moved up a level a year and been very good, but not great. Then consider his age to his level of play, and you realize that he is doing very well.
13th - Michael Allen - High School Pitcher - Played in the GCL in 2006. Has been very good in the E-Town starting rotation this year, averaging more than a strikeout an inning.
14th - David Duncan - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Went 7-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 2007 at Georgia Tech.
15th - Michael Hacker - Junior College Pitcher - Did Not Sign -
16th - Yonder Alonso - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - Catcher went to Miami, and this year, he hit .376/.519/.705 with 13 doubles, 18 homers, 74 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
17th - Robert Lara - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - Catcher at LSU, he has struggled with the bat. As freshman, he hit .273 in 44 at bats. In 2007, he hit just .200 in 105 at bats.
18th - Matt Morgal - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Went to Seminole JC for a year and was excellent. Drafted by Braves in 2006, didn't sign. Went to Lamar where in 18 games (4 starts), he was 1-2 with a 10.44 ERA).
19th - Sean Richardson - College Hitter - Hit .298 in 94 at bats at E-Town after signing. He also hit seven home runs. To my surprise, he was released before the 2006 season.
20th - Eric Santiago - PR High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - But when the Twins drafted him in the 21st round in 2006, he did sign. He is currently with Elizabethton.
21st - Chris Kelley - Junior College Pitcher - Did Not Sign - After going 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 76 innings for Rice this spring, he was taken in the 34th round by Arizona.
22nd - Curtis Leavitt - High School Pitcher - Signed in '06 as Draft-and-follow. He is doing a great job in the E-Town bullpen, particularly of late. He has 34 strikeouts in 21 innings.
23rd - Kenneth Herndon - Comm. College Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Had been taken by Royals in 34th round in 2004, and was drafted in the 5th round by the Angels in 2006. He signed and is 10-8 with a 4.52 ERA in the Low A Midwest League.
24th - Gustavo Duran - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign
25th - Aaron Lovett - JC Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Had been picked by the Rockies in the 25th round in '04. Went to Kentucky and in 2007, he went 3-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 23 relief appearances.
26th - Michael Mopas - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Twins took him again in the 30th round of the 2006 draft. He signed as one of the last Draft-and-Follows. He has pitched in just five games for the GCL Twins.
27th - Evan Frederickson - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - He has been a part-time starter at Virginia Tech the past two seasons. This past year, he went 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in nine games (8 starts).
28th - Josh Brink - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign
29th - Steve Hernandez - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign -
30th - Kiko Vazquez - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - Two year starter at Central Florida. After hitting .247 in freshman year, he hit .364/.467/.587 with 17 doubles and nine home runs.
31st - Kyle Carr - High School Pitcher - The tall North Dakotan lefty went to the University of Minnesota. He pitched in 13 games as a freshman. This past year, he went 5-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 22 relief appearances.
32nd - David Bromberg - High School Pitcher - Draft-and-Follow signed before the 2006 season. He pitched with the GCL team and went 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 10 games. He is at E-Town this year, and in 11 games (10 starts), he is 8-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 51.1 innings, he has 70 strikeouts.
33rd - Brandon Trodick - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - Went to a Junior College, and the Twins drafted him in the 45th round in 2006. Still didn't sign.
34th - Danny Cox - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - From the same high school as Brock Peterson and Kyle Aselton. Went to U. of Washington for two years and hit .258 each year. Great on-base skills and a little pop, he was taken in the 2007 draft by the Yankees in the 36th round. He recently signed and is in the GCL.
35th - Lukas Thomason - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign
36th - Rene Tosoni - JC Hitter - Twins had taken him in the '04 draft out of his Canadian high school. He didn't sign, went to the JC. The Twins drafted him again in '05. He too was a draft-and-follow. He is making his pro debut in 2007 with E-Town where he is hitting .310/.422/.448 with 18 extra base hits and 13 stolen bases.
37th - James Leigh - JC Pitcher - Did Not Sign - Pitched in 8 games for SE Missouri State in 2007. Nine strikeouts and 13 walks in 17.1 innings.
38th - Carlos Rodriguez - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign - The catcher has spent the past two years at Virginia Commonwealth. As a freshman, he hit just .111 in 27 at bats. In '07, he hit .225 in 40 at bats.
39th - Charles Duffey - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign
40th - Charles Leesman - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - He has spent the last two seasons pitching for Xavier University. In 2007, he went 4-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 81 innings.
41st - Toby Gardenhire - College Hitter - Gardy's son had also been taken by the Twins in 2002 in the 38th round. This time he signed and he has played a lot of positions in the field since, without hitting much.
42nd - Jacob Cox - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign
43rd - Justin Parker - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign - He went to Wright State where he has been a hitter the past two years. As a freshman, he hit .304/.354/.431 with 14 extra base hits. This year, he hit .379/.465/.595 with 26 doubles and five homers in 190 at bats (53 games). Looks like a 2007 draft pick as a hitter!
44th - Jose Cordero - College Pitcher - Signed and after 12 relief appearances with the GCL team, he was promoted to Beloit for seven more games. He spent all of 2006 with the Snappers where five of his 23 appearances were starts. He went 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA. He was released in the offseason.
45th - Michael Kinsel - High School Hitter - The Cretin-Derham Hall grad Did Not Sign
46th - Denver Wynn - High School Pitcher - Did Not Sign
47th - Mike Ballard - College Pitcher - Did Not sign. Went back to Virginia and was taken by the Rangers in the 14th round in 2006. He has split 2007 between the Rangers Low and High A affiliates.
48th - Juan Rodriguez - High School Hitter - Did Not Sign
49th - Dan Ponciano - Comm. College Hitter - Did Not Sign - Had been drafted by the Astros in the 40th round in 2004.
50th - Justin Otto - Comm. College Pitcher - Did Not Sign - The Twins had taken him in the 40th round in 2004.
So, what do you think? The Twins did very well drafting college pitchers in the early rounds. They also did a nice job drafting some talented high school pitchers, and the signed some of them and they are doing well. Injuries have really hurt the three early round bats though! Of the guys that they didn't sign, only two or three of them are starring for their college teams.
Any other thoughts on the Twins Draft of 2005? Of course, if we were to look at this list in another two years or five years, we will be better able to grade it.
If you have any further thoughts on this draft class, questions, comments or ideas, please e-mail me or leave Comments below.
Twins and their Minor League Updates
Here are the game reports of the Twins and their minor league affiliates.
Wednesday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Danny Valencia, Ft. Myers Miracle
Wednesday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Henry Reyes, Elizabethton Twins
Wednesday - Twins 8, Mariners 4
Seven first inning runs. I don't even know what to think about that. I went home at lunch from work. I remembered that the Twins were on and when I checked the score, the Twins were ahead. I had to check game logs, play-by-play, box scores and more to be sure that it was true.
Michael Cuddyer coming through with a big grand slam in the inning. It was on a hanger by Miguel Batista, but oh well, you need those two.
The Texas Rangers scored 30 runs in the first game of their double header against the Twins next opponent, the Baltimore Orioles. Take away those statistical anomalies, the eight runs yesterday and 11 last week against the Mariners and how long would it take for the Twins to score 30 runs? The Rangers went on to score nine runs in the second game. That sounds like a month of production for the Twins.
I saw the replay of the Alexi Casilla triple. I am hoping to see him drive the ball to the gap a lot over the next six or so years.
Carlos Silva was really good and went seven innings. Can you believe that if the Twins let him get to free agency, he could be the top available starting pitcher on the market? I don't think that should affect the Twins decision on whether or not to keep him for the 2008 season. On the market, he could get himself a three to five year deal worth anywhere from $9-11 million a year.
Pat Neshek gave up two runs in an inning yesterday. His arm has to feel like rubber about now. He has been so overused. I understand that Julio DePaula's plane was delayed and he didn't get there in time, but do you really think that Gardy would have used him in that situation anyway? I'm not saying that Gardy is treating Neshek as bad as the Cliburn's are treating Bobby Korecky's arm in Rochester, but it has to be harsh. In either case, if Torii Hunter is still in CF, or Jason Tyner would have caught the ball that bounced off his glove, then there wouldn't have been two runs and I wouldn't be complaining about the treatment of Neshek's arm.
Tommy Watkins had two more hits, but he had to leave the game late because of an abdominal injury. Jason Bartlett entered the game to replace him in the field.
Nick Punto went 0-2 to drop his batting average down below the Mendoza Line, to .199.
According to Joe Christensen, Torii Hunter and Dennys Reyes are also hurt.
Wednesday - Red Wings 1, Syracuse 3 – Matt Tolbert homered, and that accounted for the only run the Red Wings scored. Jose Morales went 2-4. Brian Duensing gave up three runs over 6.2 innings. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out eight. Jason Miller got four outs, and Jerome Williams pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Wednesday - Rockcats 0, New Hampshire 12 – Not a good game for the Rockcats. Oswaldo Sosa started and gave up four runs on four hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four. Armando Gabino then gave up an unearned run (thanks to an error by himself) in his inning. Angel Garcia went 1.2 innings and gave up six runs (3 earned). Tristan Crawford came in, gave up a homer, then got the last out. Felix Molina went 1-2 with a walk and his 18th double. A David Winfree single was the only other hit.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Wednesday - Miracle 6, Dunedin 11 – After three straight wins, Zach Ward lost to fall to 5-16. He gave up seven runs (6 earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 inning. JP Martinez came on and went 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Adam Hawes then gave up four runs on six hits in three innings. Danny Valencia led the offense by going 3-4 with his sixth homer and four RBI. Erik Lis was 2-4 with his 33rd double. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4. Steve Tolleson and Dustin Martin each hit a double.
Wednesday - Snappers/Kane County – Game postponed by rain.
Wednesday - E-Twins 3, Burlington 0 – After a couple of off days, the E-Twins were back on the field. Henry Reyes took the mound improved to 7-2 with five shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out five. Brad Tippett threw three shutout innings. He allowed three hits and struck out four. Blair Erickson recorded his 10th save by striking out two in the final inning. Estarlin De Los Santos went 3-5 with a single, his 13th double and his sixth triple. Rene Leveret went 2-3 with a walk. Deibinson Romero was 2-4 with his sixth steal. Mark Dolenc went 2-4.
GCL TWINS REPORT
Wednesday - GCL Twins 3, GCL Orioles 8 – Jeanfred Brito went 4-5. Ben Revere went 2-5 with his sixth double. Angel Morales was 2-4. Santiago Arias fell to 3-4 despite a quality start. He gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Charles Nolte gave up two runs (1 earned) in one inning. He did strike out three. Jarrod Eacott gave up a run in his inning. Rodney Gessmann gave up two runs in his inning, but he did strike out two.
That is it for today. Have a wonderful day!|
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