With the 2017 season on the horizon, I decided to look at the past year’s drafts to see why we’ve done poorly the last several seasons. I’m not surprising anyone when I say the past seven years the Twins have been abysmal at best am I? From the lack of quality pitching to inopportune injuries to aging veterans – we’ve stunk since 2010. I decided to take a look at Bowman’s representation for the past seven years and see where things went wrong. Counting Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects(42 cards), as well as Bowman’s Prospect subset(21) each year, there’s a total of 55 different players represented with 8 players in multiple sets.
All of the below were 2010 June draft picks unless otherwise noted. Let’s take a look at 2010’s card representatives:James Beresford – Signed as a free agent August 13th, 2005 out of Australia. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Prospects #BP76.
James also reached the Twins roster in 2016 for the first time, playing in 10 games. In 24 plate appearances, he had five hits, one double, and struck out six times. That’s good for a .227/.261/.273 slash line, -0.1 bWAR, and in the field he committed one error in 41 chances – a .976 fielding percentage.
In 10(!) minor league seasons since being signed in 2005, James has 1116 hits, 126 doubles, 17 triples, four home runs, 368 RBIs, 65 stolen bases(51 times caught), and a .283/.338/.330 slash line. In the field, James played all over the infield seeing his name in the lineup card for 514 games at 2B, 448 games at SS, and 61 games at 3B while fielding at a .969 error free rate.
Players of note signed as amateur free agents after August 13th, 2005: Alex Liddi, Lester Oliveros, Wilin Rosario, Michael Pineda, and future Twins Josmil Pinto, and Eduardo Escobar(White Sox signing).
Pat Dean – Drafted in the 3rd round, 102nd overall. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP4.
Much like Logan, he made brief appearances for the club in 2016, with not much better outings. With 19 games(nine starts) pitched, Pat pitched 67.1 innings for the big league club, with a 6.28 ERA, 1.649 WHIP, and 11.9 hits/9, 1.7 home runs/9, 3.1 walks/9, and 6.7 strikeouts/9.
Across seven minor league seasons, Pat started all but four of his 154 games, pitching 866 innings, posting a 4.12 ERA, with a 1.339 WHIP, and 10.3 hits/9, 0.8 home runs/9, 1.7 walks/9, and 5.3 strikeouts/9.
Players of note still available in the same round: Josh Rutledge, Cameron Rupp.
Eddie Rosario – Drafted in the 4th round. Pre-Arb eligible for 2017.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP19.
Finally a success story, Eddie’s spent most of the last two seasons with the big league club. In 214 games, he’s had 211 hits, 35 doubles, 17 triples, 23 home runs, 82 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, a .268/.292/.443 slash line, 3.3 WAR, as an OF with a .975 fielding percentage. As well, he finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, and led the American League that year in triples(15), LF assists(12), double plays as OF(3), but also errors committed as a LF(5).
In 491 games in the minors, Eddie’s had 579 hits, 121 doubles, 27 triples, 67 home runs, with 310 RBIs, 75 stolen bases, and a .294/.340/.484 slash line. He’s played mostly 2B and CF, with a respectful .974 fielding percentage.
Players of note still available in the same round: Garin Cecchini, Mason Williams.
Niko Goodrum – Drafted in the 2nd round, 71st overall. Re-signed minor league contract 10/21/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP33.
Depth minor leaguer drafted in the second round, with good defensive skills, and good plate discipline(10.6% walk rate). In 547 career minor league games in four different minor league levels Niko’s topped out at AA. He’s got 492 hits, 98 doubles, 28 triples, 29 home runs, 228 RBIs, a .247/.339/.368 batting line and a .939 fielding percentage while playing 1B(9 games), 2B(25 games), 3B(196 games), SS(272 games), and OF(24 games).
Players of note still available in the same round: Chad Bettis, Derek Dietrich, Justin Nicolino.
Nate Roberts – Drafted in the 5th round in 2010, 165th overall. Nate was last with the organization in 2014.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP37.
In his five seasons, Nate played in 199 games, though only 20 in his last two years missing time with four knee surgeries and other injury setbacks. In his time with the club, he had 211 hits, 50 doubles, 9 triples, 13 home runs, 93 RBI, a .304/.435/.459 slash line, and a .958 fielding percentage while mostly serving as an outfielder. Played 2015 with Joliet Slammers in the independent Frontier League leading the team with eight home runs.
Players of note still available in the same round: Health Hembree, Tommy Kahnle.
Logan Darnell – Drafted in the 6th round, 195th overall. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP50.
Pitched 24 IP in seven games(four started) posting a 7.13 ERA with a 1.625 WHIP, 11.6 hits allowed per 9 innings pitched, 1.9 home runs/9 IP, 3.0 walks/9 IP, and 8.3 strikeouts/9 IP.
Logan posted much better minor league stats however in 168 games(129 starts) – 797 IP, a 3.81 ERA, with a 1.345 WHIP, 9.3 hits/9 IP, 0.8 home runs/9 IP, 2.8 walks/9, and 6.2 strikouts/9IP. Italicized the better stats.
Players of note still available in the same round: Kevin Gausman(unsigned).
Alex Wimmers – Drafted 21st overall. Re-signed 11/22/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP88.
Long touted alongside Kyle Gibson, Alex’s been plagued with injuries – but finally made it to the big leagues in 2016. In 16 relief appearances, Alex won 1 and lost 3. Along the way, he sported a 4.15 ERA in 17.1 innings, with a 1.442 WHIP, 7.3 hits/9, 1.0 home runs/9, 5.7 walks/9, and 7.3 strikeouts/9.
In the minors Alex posted 18 wins and 14 losses in 42 career starts. Overall, in 131 career minor league games, Alex’s 331.1 innings pitched, resulted in a 4.89 ERA, a 1.389 WHIP, 8.9 hits/9, 0.6 home runs/9, 3.6 walks/9, and 9.1 strikeouts/9.
Players of note still available in the same round: Christian Yelich, Gary Brown, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Ranaudo, Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos.
If I had to rank their success, I’d put Eddie Rosario leaps and bounds above everyone else obviously, with Alex Wimmers with the most potential to improve of the group. The next few years draft classes doesn’t get much better. :/.