If you're a Minor League baseball junkie, "Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook" by Seth Stohs is your kind of book.
And it's not just because it's comprehensive, but because it's written from a unique perspective of one who is deeply dedicated to the Twins. His knowledge of the team's farm system is vast.
"He takes great pride in getting to know the system inside and out," pens MLB.com's Twins beat writer Kelly Thesier in the introduction.
The book is as much a tribute to the Twins and their efforts to develop players as it is a sharply trained eye on every detail of the Twins current crop of minor leaguers.
There's comprehensive reports here, but keen insight into their personalities as well. The latter speaks to the author's deep knowledge of the team's farm system.
Describing Luke Hughes, Stohs delves into the psychological aspect of the hitter.
"He's known as a supportive teammate," he writes. "But he can get down on himself."
And when he talks about pitcher Alex Burnett, he doesn't just cover the same territory regarding Burnett's conversion from starter to reliever. He goes there, but he also puts a personal touch to it that, anyone who knows Burnett nods at when reading.
"Burnett is often described as a bulldog," he writes.
Interesting statistics, observations and insights into the Twins approach to the farm are also strong. He cites righty pitcher Dan Berlind as a "prototypical Twins draft choice... 6-7, lanky." He also explains that the team has "a lot of control pitchers in the organization," and writes that Mike McCardell is "near the top of that list."
A statistic he uses a couple of times - both in discussing Frederic Hanvi and Danny Valencia - is "Isolated Discipline." For stats geeks, this kind of thing is fascinating. For me, as well.
He reports that Ben Revere's "route-running greatly improved," and that catcher Wilson Ramos "does not like to take walks."
At every turn, you feel you're learning something vitally important to the Twins future, and about the mentality and ability of each player.
One of the most enjoyable sections comes at the end of the book when he interviews Jeff Manship and Derek McCallum, and in the profile "On The Cusp: Danny Valencia."
That's when Stohs really shines and his love of Minor League baseball takes center stage.
When he asks second baseman McCallum what what it would be like to put on a Twins uniform, Valencia gives an answer that could get a tough guy misty.
"That would be the experience I hoped for since I was a kid."
This is not your typical prospect handbook. It is filled with necessary data and performance reports, but the underlined element is the author's devotion to understanding the young players who play the game. His own passion and enthusiasm for Minor League baseball is unquestionable. And if you're a Twins fan, you need to read this book to acquire incomparable information on your future players.
To purchase the book check out Seth Stohs website SethSpeaks.net.