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AFL 1st Week Update

Twins sent a group of prospects to the Arizona leauge that in my mind shows the weakness of the team in the upper levels. Not wanting to send Hicks and Benson to the AZ league again (Benson because of surgery) the team sent a group of players who don't show up on many of the MLB top prospect lists.

In case you haven't seen who they are

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Kyle Gibson - Starting Pitcher

Chris Herrmann Catcher

Caleb Thielbar Relief Pitcher

Michael Tonkin Relifer Pitcher

Logan Darnell Starting Pitcher

Evan Bigley OF

Nate Roberts -OF

Gibson and Herrmann are the two guys who could make an impact on the 2013 twins roster and give the fanbase hope. If Gibson pitches well and stays healthy in the majors it would be a huge shot in the arm to the organization, and Herrman could save us from seeing Sweet Drew on the 25 man roster. The rest of the guys are players whose ceilings are probably in the pen or AAAA type players. However I am a big fan of Nate Roberts. His mustache is fantastic and its about time young kids bring the soup strainer back to the majors.

Below the jump are stats from the first week

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Nate Roberts 6 AB - .625/ .833 / .667

Chris Herrmann 7 AB - .667/.714/.571

Evan Bigley - 12 AB .083/ .167/.083

Kyle Gibson - 1 GS, 5 IP, 8 SO, 0 Walks, 4 Hits, 0.00 ERA

L ogan Darnell 4 IP all in relief, 3 SO, 2 Walks, 3 Hits 2.25 ERA

Michael Tonkin 3 IP all in relief 2 SO, 0 Walks 2 Hits 0.00 ERA

Caleb Thielbar 2 IP all in relief 1 SO, 0 Walks, 1 Hit 0.00 ERA

Unfortantly for players like Herrmann, catcher is being dominated by the #3 pick in the 2012 draft Mike Zunino. Zunino is playing well and looks to be the real deal. If Buxton doesn't pan out, Twins fans of the future might look at Zunino and wonder what might have been. I would not be shocked if he is in the majors in 2013. Herrmann can only back up this super-prospect and his AB will be limited.

Roberts is in the same boat with Billy Hamilton on the team. This is the guy who stole 207 bases since 2011. I think Roberts would be a guy who would really benefit if he spent the off season in instructional leagues learning how to play IF. From the reports I have read he is athletic enough to do it. I don't think he has the power to make it as a corner OF and his speed is not quite there for an every day CF position. However if he could play the super utility role, with his energy and on-base skills, I think there is a spot for him on an MLB roster somewhere.

MLB.com posted a little blurb on Gibson with video:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121014&content_id=39815858&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

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