There are a couple of different things I want to get around to today, but to start us off this morning we'll run through a few things I enjoyed reading over the last 24 hours.
- Over at ESPN 1500, Derek Wetmore went over FanGraphs' attempt at valuating minor league systems around baseball. The Twins came out in second place, which isn't much of a surprise, at $180 million. It's an abstract and inexact science and methodology, but it's interesting nevertheless if you have any kind of fascination with the minor leagues
- Sticking with FanGraphs, Kiley McDaniel has posted his Top 200 prospects for 2015. The Twins feature with Byron Buxton (2), Miguel Sano (15), Jose Berrios (24), Alex Meyer (71), Nick Gordon (72), Kohl Stewart (73), Jorge Polanco (108), and then Lewis Thorpe in the Future Value 45+ area, which is a non-ranked area from 143 through 200. With eight players in the top 200, the Twins come in tied for eighth with the Rockies and Blue Jays in terms of representation.
- Staying on McDaniel's article, for players rated with a Future Value of 60 or better the Twins have three prospects (one 70 and two 60s). The Cubs have four (one 70, one 65, and two 60s) while the Angels have two 65s and one 60. No other organization has more than two players rated so highly; 12 clubs don't have any players rated higher than a 55.
- Biased though I may be, I'm curious to see where McDaniel would have rated other players I'd have thought to be good enough to get into the Top 200: Eddie Rosario and Nick Burdi. Regardless, it's a meticulously researched list and I have to believe it's one of the best all-around lists available this year.
- Speaking of Rosario, the Strib's Patrick Reusse sees echoes of Lyman Bostock when he sees the young Puerto Rican outfielder. Included in Reusse's article is a hearty recommendation of Rosario from Doug Mientkiewicz, who calls him the best hitter in the system and enthusiastically supports the team bringing him north out of spring training. We examined the possibility of Rosario playing center field two weeks ago.
- Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh spoke to Francisco Liriano, who named the Twins as one of the teams he was in negotiations with before signing with the Pirates. He also gives details of the offers Liriano received from Kansas City.
- One more from Reusse: check out what he has to say about the fireworks display put on by Kennys Vargas and Miguel Sano. If only there was video...