Final Review of my 2009 Twins Shadow Draft. This was done in real time if you'll recall.
1) Jared Mitchell, OF, Louisiana State University: Hit .296/.417/.435 in 34 games for Kannapolis in the White Sox system. Not too aggressive on the bases yet, with five steals in eight attempts. Drew 23 walks, but fanned 40 times. . .very similar to what happened in college. I would assign him to High-A to begin 2010.
1S) Matt Bashore, LHP, Indiana University: Got into just one game for the Elizabethton Twins on July 18th. Assuming no health problems I'd start him off in Low-A to begin 2010.
2) Jake Barrett, RHP, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa AZ: Didn't sign. Attending Arizona State.
3) Ben Tootle, RHP, Jacksonville State University: Pitched six innings for the E-Twins, allowing no runs, four hits, two walks, with one strikeout. Would begin 2010 alongside Bashore in Low-A.
4) Derek McCallum, 2B, University of Minnesota: Hit .241/.310/.382 in 57 games for the E-Twins. Not a great debut, had some issues with contact fanning 55 times. Would assign him to Low-A to begin '10.
5) Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Zachary HS, Zachary, Louisiana: Pitched one inning for the GCL Pirates on August 31st. In the Shadowverse, he will start 2010 in extended spring training, then be assigned to Low-A in late May after the weather warms up a bit in the Midwest League, let his innings build up slowly.
6) Carlos Ramirez, C, Arizona State University: Hit .376/.500/.638 for Orem in the Pioneer League in the Angels system, with excellent plate discipline. Would begin '10 in Low-A but mid-season promotion on the table if he plays well.
7) D'Angelo Mack, OF, University of South Carolina: Hit .306/.372/.513 for the Staten Island Yankees in real life. Would assign him to Low-A to begin '10. He'll be old for the level at age 23, so promotion to High-A would come quickly if he hits well.
8) Brian Dozier, SS, University of Southern Mississippi: Hit .353/.417/.431 for the E-Twins. Will begin '10 in Low-A alongside McCallum.
9) Charlie Ruiz, RHP, Long Beach State University: Posted 1.14 ERA with 46/12 K/BB in 32 innings for Tri-Cities in the Northwest League, 17 saves in the Rockies system. Would begin '10 in low-A.
10) Andrew Madrigal, RHP, Mount Jacinto JC: Didn't sign. Attending Auburn.
11) Alex Koronis, RHP, University of Tampa: 1.95 ERA with 34/8 K/BB in 28 innings for Princeton in the Appy League in the Rays system in real life. Begins '10 in Low-A.
12) Pat Lehman, RHP, George Washington University: 1.97 ERA with 42/2 K/BB in 59 innings in real life, between Vermont NY-P and Hagerstown in the Sally League in Nationals system. Note the exceptional K/BB ratio. Will begin '10 in High-A rotation.
13) Nick Greenwood, LHP, University of Rhode Island: 1.63 ERA with 53/17 K/BB in 66 innings between Eugene in the Northwest League and Fort Wayne in the Midwest League in Padres system. Will begin '10 in Low-A rotation.
14) Ryan Robowski, LHP, Ohio Dominican University: 4.20 ERA with 23/6 K/BB in 30 innings for Missoula in the Pioneer League in D-backs system, 34 hits but a sharp 3.47 GO/AO ratio. Would begin '10 alongside Ruiz and Koronis in low-A bullpen.
15) David Sever, RHP, St. Louis University: 3.34 ERA with 57/15 K/BB in 67 innings for Auburn in the NY-P League in Blue Jays system. Performed well, moves up to Low-A rotation for '10.
16) Dakota Watts, RHP, Cal State Stanislas: 2.70 ERA with 12/12 K/BB in 13 innings for E-Twins, but 14.85 ERA with 6/10 K/BB in 7 innings for Fort Myers. Heading for Low-A in '10.
17) Scott Krieger, OF, George Mason University: Hit .253/.301/.473 for Helena in the Pioneer League in the Brewers system, hit 13 homers but fanned 103 times. Like the power but obviously will need to make big adjustments to have any chance at higher levels. Scouting reports indicate he's a good athlete.
18) Luke Murton, 1B, Georgia Tech: Hit .295/.374/.477 for the Staten Island Yankees. Begins '10 in Low-A.
19) Devin Goodwin, SS, Delta State University: Hit .239/.316/.383 for Batavia in the NY-P in the Cardinals system in real life. Backup infielder at Low-A next year.
20) Sean Killeen, C, Trinity College (Conn): Hit .250/.321/.289 for Lowell in the NY-P in the Red Sox system. Heading to Low-A as backup for Ramirez.
21) Michael Fiers, RHP, Nova Southeastern University: 1.33 ERA with 59/5 K/BB in 41 innings combined between Helena, Wisconsin, and Brevard County in the Brewers system. Also a 2.00 GO/AO. Rapid-riser is already 24 and the Brewers were right to push him quickly in real life. Love the ratios.
22) Zack Von Tersch, RHP, Georgia Tech: 4.00 ERA with 37/27 K/BB in 45 innings combined between Kingsport in the Appy League and Savannah in the Sally League in Mets system. Begins '10 in Low-A for me.
23) Kevin Mahoney, 3B, Canisius: Hit .226/.330/.421 with 70 strikeouts in 57 games for the GCL Yankees. That might get you released at age 22.
Lots of college guys playing well at low levels to begin their careers here, but I'm happy with the early returns. The 2010 Shadow team at Low-A looks interesting, with Von Rosenberg, Bashore, Tootle, Greenwood, Sever, Ruiz, Koronis, Robowski, Von Tersch, and 2008 draftee Jake Odorizzi a very intriguing pitching staff that has some upside and youth along with polished college guys. Hitting looks weaker. McCallum, Dozier, and Ramirez are a nice up-the-middle combo, but Mack, Murton, and Krieger would have to show they can adjust to higher level pitching. No obvious center fielder unless I started Mitchell off at Low-A instead of high-A. None of this includes any Latin American guys of course.