Eddie Rosario - John Sickels--SB Nation/Vox Media
January 2013 Shadow Twins Farm System Status Report
Here is a look at how the Alternate Reality/Shadow Twins are doing. The system is in good condition right now, although a big part of that is due to the fact that (up until now) I went with whoever the Real Twins signed on the international market. This helps cover for the fact that my 2007 and 2009 draft classes were big failures to this point.
The international scene is changing for 2013. I am now doing International Signings for the Shadow Twins, so the divergence between Reality and Shadow lists will grow all the stronger. I can't take "credit" for guys like Sano and Arcia for my Shadow team now.
I felt my biggest weakness heading into 2012 was lack of high-ceiling potential starting pitchers (quite like the Real Twins) so I emphasized that using the extra draft picks last June. This was very true with my choice of Gausman over real choice Byron Buxton in the first round, but after that real Twins also went with some hard-throwers, looking more at the college ranks than I did, although we both picked Berrios.
For 2013, the most likely graduates look like Odorizzi, Hoover, and Barnes. Miller and Arcia maybe in the second half.
1) Miguel Sano, 3B, Grade A-: Real Twins foreign signee, 2009
2) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grade A-: Shadow First round pick, 2012
3) Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Grade B+: Real Twins foreign signee, 2007
4) Brad Miller, SS, Grade B+: Shadow Supplemental first round pick 2011
5) Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Grade B+: Shadow First round pick 2008
6) Eddie Rosario, 2B-OF, Grade B: Real and Shadow fourth round pick 2010
7) Max Kepler, OF, Grade B: Real Twins foreign signee, 2009
8) J.O. Berrios, RHP, Grade B: Real and Shadow supplemental first round, 2012
9) J.J. Hoover, RHP, Grade B-: Shadow 10th round pick in 2008
10) Donn Roach, RHP, Grade B-: Shadow third round pick 2010
11) Mikie Mahtook, OF, Grade B-: Shadow first round pick 2011
12) Nolan Sanburn, RHP, Grade B-: Shadow second round pick 2012
13) Mitch Brown, RHP, Grade B-: Shadow supplemental first round 2012
14) Duane Underwood, RHP, Grade B-: Shadow second round 2012
15) Travis Harrison, 3B, Grade B-: Real and Shadow supplemental first round 2011
16) Scott Barnes, LHP, Grade C+: Shadow fourth round pick 2008
17) Austin Wright, LHP, Grade C+: Shadow eighth round pick 2011
18) Charlie Lowell, LHP, Grade C+: Shadow fourth round pick 2011
19) Christian Walker, 1B, Grade C+: Shadow fourth round pick 2012
20) Nate Roberts, OF, Grade C+: Real and Shadow fifth round pick 2010
OTHER GRADE C+: Niko Goodrum, INF; Jorge Polanco, INF; Wilfredo Rodriguez, C; Adam Brett Walker, OF.
OTHERS: Lars Anderson, 1B; Damion Carroll, RHP; Jharel Cotton, RHP; Eric Davis, RHP; Sam Freeman, LHP; Tyler Jones, RHP; Tyler Knigge, RHP; Pat Lehman, RHP; Luke Maile, C; Austin Malinowski, LHP; Angel Mata, RHP; Jamodrick McGruder, 2B; Mason McVay, LHP; Jared Mitchell, OF; Josue Montanez, LHP; Austin Nola, SS; Shawn Payne, OF; Josmil Pinto, C; Carlos Ramirez, C; Daniel Santana, SS; Caleb Thielbar, LHP; Kennys Vargas, 1B; Zach Von Rosenberg, RHP; Chase Whitley, RHP; Alex Wimmers, RHP.
2011 SHADOW TWINS ROOKIE GRADUATES: Michael Bowden, RHP; Brett Lawrie, 3B; Eric Thames, OF;
2012 SHADOW TWINS ROOKIE GRADUATES: Brian Dozier, SS; Michael Fiers, RHP; Liam Hendriks, RHP; Addison Reed, RHP;