Welcome to the Friday edition of The Cooler, which thankfully has not yet been demoted to Class A. Let’s get started:
*A conversation with Jay Boller last night sparked this thought: The Twins have had several highly regarded prospects come and go in recent years.
Two of the most highly regarded — Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton — are currently struggling about as much as possible. Sano is getting most of the attention right now because of his shocking/not shocking demotion all the way to Class A Fort Myers on Thursday, but Buxton has been just as disappointing this year.
The final chapter has not been written for either player, but their stalled progress (to put it mildly) leads to this conclusion: The last time the Twins had a highly touted prospect really pan out was Joe Mauer — who was drafted No. 1 overall 17 years ago and made his MLB debut in 2004.
There have been success stories since then. Glen Perkins was a first-round pick in 2004 and became an all-star closer after it didn’t work out for him as a starter. Kyle Gibson (2009 first round) has achieved modest success. Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario have overachieved relative to their draft positions (eighth round and fourth round, respectively). Both were regarded prospects, but neither were touted for stardom.
Mauer — three batting titles, MVP award, Hall of Fame trajectory as a catcher before concussions and other factors derailed his path — is the last “can’t-miss” Twins prospect who didn’t miss. That speaks to the nature of baseball, but it’s an awfully long time still.
*Have you seen former Sacramento Kings guard Mike Bibby lately? He’s, um, bulked up a bit. The Kings tweeted a picture of Bibby with his basketball-playing son, Michael. I don’t like to fight. I definitely never want to fight Bibby.
*Former Gophers QB Chris Streveler, who transferred to South Dakota, made his debut in the CFL on Thursday and is reportedly the first rookie QB to go straight from college to starting in the CFL since 1994. That sounds impossible, but I’ve read it multiple places and I don’t have any research to dispute it.
Streveler threw three TD passes for Winnipeg — including one to former Gophers receiver Drew Wolitarsky — in an eventual Bluebombers loss. The game was delayed twice by lightning and was the second-longest in CFL history. Anyway, here’s a look at Streveler’s TD pass to Wolitarsky:
*The Eagles got their rings from the Super Bowl they won in Minneapolis, after they humbled the Vikings in the NFC title game. Yeah, I don’t really want to think about that, either. But here are the rings.