Robert Coe is a guy I'd like to see the Twins take a shot at. He pitched for St. Paul last season and is listed as the 8th best prospect in the Indy Leagues by BBA. He's 24 and set records for the Saints in wins, IP and starts. He'd probably come in cheap and seems to fit the Twins' mold as a starting pitcher. He could be a reliable #4 or 5 pitcher, but wouldn't likely be an ace.
The team did OK with Colabello last season. Why not take a chance with this guy?
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Cat-- I havent seen him pitch-- any info other then he is a twins type??
A catcher at Wisconsin-Whitewater, Coe got on the mound for 12 innings as a senior. That taste of life on the other side of the plate paid off, as Coe looked like a veteran on the mound, not a rookie who had minimal pitching experience.
The American Association rookie of the year, Coe sat at 88-92 mph with a good slider and changeup and a clean delivery. He got a taste of the American Association in 2011 and took off this year, setting St. Paul records for innings (139), wins (12) and starts (21).
I haven't seen him pitch, either, so I'm going on what they say.
Here is his page from Baseball Reference: http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=coe---000rob
I would really like this offseason if we declined Bakers option and resigned him... Traded Span and Hendriks or another pitching prospect outside of Gibson and maybe even throw in Benson for Josh Johnson. The sign John Lannan assuming he is non-tendered. We roll into next season with Johnson, Diamond, Baker, Lannan, Deduno/one of the other 5th starting long relief spot starters we have until Gibson is ready...
Decline Bakers option, let Pavano and Capps walk, sign Marcum/McCarthy and perhaps a non tendered SP like Jair Jurrjens/John Lannan then try to trade Span/Revere and potential specs for a guy like Josh Johnson, or a Braves pitcher (Hanson, Beachy, Minor) and this team could be a legitimate playoff threat again.
Throw in a Terry Ryan signing for a decent IF (Keppinger, Bartlett, Stewart) and the offense is as good as any we've had if things go right.
SP-Deduno-Devries-Gibson(when he comes back)
I like Marcum, he would be a nice addition. I don't think I care much for McCarthy though, I don't trust any pitcher who's career resurgence occured in the black hole that is the Oakland Coliseum. I also don't like his average to poor K/9 rate. I don't want to sound like a guy screaming for strikeouts, but this team was far and away the worst in the league when it came to fanning batters and all the balls put in play destroyed the team this year.
For that reason, I'm also not interested in Lannan or Jurrjens. Those two are back end of the rotaion starters/non-tender-in-June kind of players with zero upside, the Twins already have a ton of those. In my opinion, they need to get some power arms, or see what Hendriks/Deduno/Vasquez/Gibson have. No more farting around with the Jason Marquis/Livan Hernandez/John Lannan types, they're no better than what's in AAA and they are blocking development.
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I am actually a big fan of the Twins going after Marcum this winter. For the Twin who don't like to take risks, Marcum is about as consistent as it gets for a pitcher. He has an ERA in the 3's for the past 4 seasons, and his K/9 has been 7+ for just as long. I have a feeling a 2 year 15mil dollar deal with a team option for a 3rd year would get a deal done.
As for other cheaper options I would have absolutely no problem taking a shot in the dark with Jair Jurrjens if he were non-tendered. People forget that he was an all-star only two years ago. Last year he was under a lot of pressure and scrutiny from all the younger talent coming up through the system. Looking at the Twins record for signing players this would be similar to the risk of signing Marques last year.
My top 2 trade candidates:
1.) Jeremy Hellickson (Tampa Bay) - The Rays have a swath of young arms in their rotation and need to trade some of that pitching for position players. If the Rays do in fact lose Upton this off-season or decide to part ways, Span would fit great into their lineup. Best part about Hellickson is that he can't hit the FA market until 2017.
2.) Trevor Bauer / Tyler Skaggs (Arizona) - Arizona would be a little bit of a darkhorse for acquiring Span but has the pieces we covet. Both Skaggs and Bauer are 20 years old, have great stuff, and are controllable tell about 2018/2019 since neither should get enough service time to qualify as a rookie this past year.