For the 2nd time I now have a copy of Seth's prospect Handbook. If you don't know who Seth Stohls is, then frankly you are at the wrong website. You need to get over to Twins Daily where they have great content and a fantastic group of writers who keep beating the dead horse which is the Twins offseason from all different angles. You will soon learn that Seth is a nationally known Twins Prospect encyclopedia. Seth has contributed for such sites as MinorLeaugeball.com, has had a guest spot on KFAN and various other radio station. He has been chronicling the Twins since at least 2002 and is one of the original Twins Blogfathers consisting of Aaron Gleeman, John Bonnes and Seth Stohs. Every year for the last several years, Seth has put out a handbook which covers most (if not all) of the Twins players in the minor league system. This year he is joined by contributors, Jeremy Nygaard & Cody Christie both of whom also contribute for Twins Daily in one fashion or another.
After I bought my copy, I thought I should give a mini review here on Twinkie town in the hopes to encourage fellow TT'ers to head over there and pick up a copy of this book. - Its worth it.
The 2013 Prospect Handbook starts with some interesting info which I will repost below - Seth already posted this at Twins Daily so it should be OK to post this here as well. Its the Ave age of the Twins hitters and pitchers by team in each level of minor league.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS
(72-72, 12 Games Back)
Int'l Hitters - 27.3, .257/.328/.389 (.717)
Red Wings Hitters - 27.1, .251/.315/.377 (.692)
Int'l Pitchers - 27.1, 3.92 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
Red Wings Pitchers - 26.1, 4.43 ERA, 1.38 WHIP
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS
(75-67, 4 Games Back)
Eastern Hitters - 24.5, .260/.330/.392 (.723)
Rock Cats Hitters - 24.6, .262/.333/.395 (.728)
Eastern Pitchers - 24.7, 3.92 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Rock Cats Pitchers - 24.6, 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
FT. MYERS MIRACLE
(60-75, 23 Games Back)
FSL Hitters - 22.7, .255/.326/.373 (.699)
Miracle Hitters - 22.5, .250/.329/.371 (.700)
FSL Pitchers - 22.9, 3.86 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
Miracle Pitchers - 23.1, 4.23 ERA, 1.43 WHIP
(77-63, 1.5 Games Back, 1st Half Wild Card, Lost in 1st Round)
MWL Hitters - 21.6, .254/.326/.379 (.705)
Snappers Hitters - 22.0, .260/.349/.395 (.736)
MWL Pitchers - 21.9, 3.87 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Snappers Pitchers - 22.1, 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
(43-22, 1st place, Won Appalachian League Championship)
Appy Hitters - 20.2, .254/.329/.382 (.711)
E-Twins Hitters - 20.1, .279/.360/.449 (.809)
Appy Pitchers - 20.6, 4.15 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
E-Twins Pitchers - 20.5, 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
(33-27, 1 Game Back)
GCL Hitters - 19.6, .242/.318/.338 (.656)
GCL Twins Hitters - 20.1, .239/.310/.338 (.647)
GCL Pitchers - 20.1, 3.43 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
GCL Twins Pitchers - 19.6, 2.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
For me this information is extremely insightful as it shows just how old Nate Roberts was for his level while just how young and at the same time, how young Sano is compared to the competition. Its this type of informational nuggets that are sprinkled throughout this prospect handbook. Information that you
Next they recap those players who had their MLB debuts in 2012. - Frankly I seemed to have forgotten that Chris Herrmann made the Twins last year. Congrats to him and hope he can stick with the team as his versatility could be needed. This is the whole point of the book and the Authors seem to enjoy telling the stories of the guys who finally make it up to the big leagues. As a fan, I think I get shortsighted and only see the performances. Reading these makes me remember that these guys are living their dream and many of the prospects are just playing only for the opportunity to get a shot at the big leagues.
The next section is an interview with Twins Scout Jack Powell. Mr Powell is the guy who scouted Buxton and Bard and he gave some nice insights on his life and players he scouted. However in my opinion this interview is one of the few things lacking in this book. I would have liked to have seen a little more "inside baseball" type information in this interview. The interview was conducted by Jeremy Nygaard and I think he could have done a better job asking questions that might give a fan more insight on the team, the scouting process and a deeper look in the team. If you spend the bucks on a Twins Prospect book, it seems like we should expect to get a little more information out of these kind of interviews. However, it's a nice "get" by having this interview and the information you glean shows Twins seem to value make-up almost as much as tools in their prospects. A nice interview, but it did leave me wanting more.
In the next section Seth chronicles the Minor League Hitters - Arcia, later he chronicles the Pitcher of the year BJ Hermsen and later still he chronicles AJ Achter reliever of the year. -All are great articles with quotes from teammates, a strong objective recap of the player's season and excellent information passed around. After reading all of the quotes from Hitters on Arcia's bat & Hermson's work ethic, I am more hopeful for both players. Regarding AJ Achter, I am glad Seth answered "Who the Heck is AJ Achter" because to be honest I had very little info on him going into that story.
In between these features is the meat of this book what makes this book worth every penny - and not too many pennies! The profiles of every single prospect in the organization. If you want to know what kid of stuff Ricardo Arevalo has, you will find out he has a High 80's FB and a curve. If you want to know why Levi Michael struggled but why he also is not a prospect to not give up on, its in the book!.
I am not going to copy and paste the fantastic profiles as that seems too wrong. There is so much interesting information here on players that its hard to highlight just a few things. I would like to see a bit more pictures in this section -but that might be impossible - but besides that there is nothing to complain about here. Seth, Jeremy and Cody do a wonderful job being combing through the research and putting a story behind the name.
There is a nice section on the history of the Cedar Rapids Kernels as well as propaganda telling us to go watch the minor league games. - If I lived I in the USA, I might consider it! The last section to highlight is where all of the contributors post their minor league player rankings - great work.
For me, its an easy choice. Buy the handbook. Its cheap. Its great content and you get to support a blogger who has done so much for the average Twins fan. If you're a Twins Fan who likes the minor leagues, buy the book. If you just want to know more about the minor league system, buy the book. If you are a Twins fan that only cares about the top ten prospects, you might not be so interested.
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I bought the ebook, downloaded to my phone and read during my hour long commute. I now browse at random and read the profiles.