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Down on the Pond: Prospect Challenge Recap


For the last two years my brother and I have been playing a game we call the prospect challenge.  Each spring we select, from amongst the Twins prospects, players we think will make their MLB debut within the next three seasons. We choose a player for each position and three right handed pitchers and three left handed pitchers. We’re two years into the first prospect challenge, and with the season over I thought it would be a good time to look back and see how things have gone.

From my picks from 2011 and 2012 have both been a success and a failure. In 2011 neither my brother or I really had any idea what we were doing, and our picks show that; we both picked Miguel Sano to make his debut by the end of 2013. We learned a lot that first year, and I think we made better choices in 2012, but we also added a wrinkle to the game, as of 2012, no player who has played above AA is eligible for selection in the game.

2011 Prospect Selections:

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C
Alexander Soto
Danny Rams
1B
Chris Parmelee
Chris Parmelee
2B
Steve Singleton
Steve Singleton
3B
Miguel Sano
James Beresford
SS
Brian Dozier
Miguel Sano
OF
Rene Tosoni
Brian Dinkelman
OF
Joe Benson
Aaron Hicks
OF
Angel Morales
Joe Benson
RHP
Kyle Gibson
Kyle Gibson
RHP
Tom Stuifbergen
Kyle Waldrop
RHP
Liam Hendriks
Carlos Gutierrez
LHP
Scott Diamond
Martire Garcia
LHP
Dan Osterbrock
Dan Osterbrock
LHP
Pat Dean
Tony Davis

2012 Prospect Selections:

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@ERolfPleiss
C
Chris Herrmann
Dan Rohlfing
1B
Michael Gonzales
 Danny Rams*
2B
Daniel Santana
 Yangervis Solarte
3B
Travis Harrison
 James Beresford*
SS
Brian Dozier*
 Brian Dozier
OF
Oswaldo Arcia
 Chris Herrmann
OF
Aaron Hicks
 Aaron Hicks*
OF
Angel Morales*
 Mark Dolenc
RHP
Adrian Salcedo
 B.J. Hermsen
RHP
Alex Wimmers
 Alex Wimmers
RHP
Bobby Lanigan
 Bobby Lanigan
LHP
Andrew Albers
 Andrew Albers
LHP
Logan Darnell
 Dan Osterbrock*
LHP
Pat Dean*
 Pat Dean

From the 2011 list Eric has 4 points (Parmelee, Dinkelman, Benson, Waldrop) and I have 6 (Benson, Tosoni, Parmelee, Hendriks, Diamond, Dozier). We both snagged 4 points from 2011 call-ups, but I was able to add 2 more in 2012. The call-ups in 2013 will decide the winner of the inaugural Pleiss brother prospect challenge.

From the 2012 list the scores are much lower, as we imposed the AA rule and the Twins didn’t have many call ups from guys who played at AA or below last season. Eric and I both have 2 points(Dozier, Herrmann) for our 2012 lists, but with 2 more seasons to go before this list closes out, we’ll surely have some separation as things go forward into 2014.

This spring, towards the end of Spring Training, Eric and I will again sit down and mash our our lists for 2013. I’ll put up a post on the site and you are welcome and invited to leave your lists in the comments so we can all look back a year from now to see how things went.

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