Do you know a fan of the Rochester Red Wings? The New Britain Rockcats? The Ft. Myers Miracle? The Beloit Snappers? The Elizabethton Twins? How about the GCL Twins? Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of the Minnesota Twins farm system? Then we have just what you are looking for.
Seth Stohs of the Minnesota Twins blog at www.SethSpeaks.net is now taking orders for Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook - 2009. It's about an 80 page book with a Foreword by Twins reliever Pat Neshek. It contains over 175 prospect profiles.
The Twins definitely try to build from within, so we will likely see several of these players in a Twins uniform.
The author, Seth Stohs is a name you may recognize. He's a native of Perham.
Stohs grew up in Perham and played baseball, football and basketball for the Jackets. He played baseball for a couple of years at Concordia College in Moorhead, where he was a backup to Chris Coste of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Stohs moved to Warroad in 1997 and worked at Marvin Windows & Doors. He moved to Bloomington in 2007 to work in the Marvin office in Eagan.
Seth started blogging on the Twins at www.SethSpeaks.net in May, 2003 and continues to do that. He has done radio segments on stations in Bismarck, Fargo, and WCCO and KFAN in the Twin Cities. Last year, he started his own weekly Twins podcast at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/SethSpeaks, which is a one hour show live online.
He has also written for Gameday magazine and on March 3, the BaseballDigest.com page formally kicked off, and Seth is the Content Editor for the Twins page there.
"I write about an article or two a week there as well as line up other Twins bloggers to fill each day," Stohs said. "About three weeks ago, I was asked by the Star-Tribune to be a blogger on their "Your Voices" pages. (www.StarTribune.com/yourvoices), so I have written three articles for them now. That site is set up to include various people from different backgrounds and disciplines (politicians, clergy, professors, artists, etc.) from the region and have them blog."
After an Introduction, you will find over 175 profiles of Twins minor league prospects. Read about players who are likely to be ready to make a contribution in 2009, who might be able to plug the gaps in case of injuries, and which players have the best chances to become household names after the Twins have moved into the new Target Field in 2010. Finally, there are several prospect rankings lists including Seth's personal Top 40 Twins Prospects as well as the lists of several other Twins bloggers.
Neshek says of the book, "The culmination of all his (Seth's) hard work is this book that is deeper than anything ever published on the Minnesota Twins Minor League system."
In 2008, the Twins received significant contributions from several players who have been promoted to the team within the last two years including Denard Span, Kevin Slowey, Alexi Casilla, Nick Blackburn, Glen Perkins and even September call-up Jose Mijares. The staples in the middle of the Twins lineup, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, and Michael Cuddyer were all drafted and developed in the Twins system.
Following players as they come up through the ranks makes the average fan feel better because losing Torii Hunter and Johan Santana can make anybody depressed. Seth is more of an optimist and adds, "Over the past several seasons, the Twins have called up a lot of players from the minor leagues. Each year there are new players. It is fun to know about those guys before they get to the big leagues. It is really just an extension of being a Twins fan."
When asked, how much fun is it to see a player start with the Twins Gulf Coast League (GCL) team and a few years later have a locker with his name on it in the Metrodome, Seth responds, "I'm sure it's not as much fun as a writer as it is for the player himself. But we all have had that dream, and getting to follow a player from when he is drafted and signed, through the promotions, the struggles, the successes, for them to reach that ultimate dream is a joy."
One of the positive aspects to find and follow the next Twins All-Star is getting to interview these new players. It is difficult to obtain a good read on players from just a box score. Seth looks back on some of his past interviews on his SethSpeaks.net blog, and remembers Mike Radcliff has had a couple of really good ones. Matt Garza did one in early 2006 while he was still with the Ft. Myers Miracle. David Winfree has had a couple of very good interviews. Seth has kept in contact with players like Pat Neshek, Kevin Slowey, Jeff Manship, and others.
The Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook - 2009 is now available online at LuLu.com. You can also order your copy at sethspeaks.net.
On the site, you can order the copy in two ways. The paperback version of the book is available for $11.95 plus shipping and handling. You can also purchase an e-book, the pdf version of the book, for $7.00.
The prospect handbook has done better than Stohs expected, and he has received a lot of good compliments.
"It's a nice coffee table book for Twins fans because the Twins do build from within," Stohs said. "It's a way to know a little bit about those names that we will hear about in 2009 and beyond."