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  1. lightfoot789's Avatar
    Baseball Amerrica - 13 Ranked Twins Position Players for 2014

    Buxton #1 (Top 30 CF in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...nter-fielders/

    Josmil Pinto#11 (Top 25 C in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...ings-catchers/

    Meyer#19 - Stewart#21 - Berrrios#45 - May#59 - (Top 65 RHP in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...-righthanders/

    Lewis Thorpe#11 (Top 30 LHP in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...s-lefthanders/

    Adam Brett Walker#29 (Top 40 Corner OF in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...r-outfielders/

    Miguel Sano#1 (Top 25 3B in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...third-basemen/

    Max Kepler#14 (Top 20 1B in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...first-basemen/

    Danny Santana#21 (Top 30 SS in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...gs-shortstops/

    Eddie Rosario#8 - Jorge Polanco#10 (Top 25 2B in Minors)
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minor...econd-basemen/

    The Twins had no Relievers on the Ranked Listing in Minors
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    I'm intrigued by some of the Twins prospects who made the B.A. rankings.

    Are you surprised at all that Max Kepler is ranked at 1B or that AB Walker made the list at all for Corner Outfielders?

    Do you think Rosario would have been ranked higher if not for his incidents?

    Are you surprised that Polanco is ranked as high as he is throughout the minor league rankings for second basemen? I'm not. I said he was going to be a star in Elizabethton.
    Updated 02-25-2014 at 10:31 AM by lightfoot789
  2. Thrylos's Avatar
    Might be interesting to know that his dad, Frankie Thon is the GM of the Indios de MayagŁez, the PWL team that among others Eddie Rosario is playing this season.

    Good stuff.
  3. AScheib50's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard
    I'm not going to disagree with anyone that thinks that Rosario should be higher, but I think it's close regardless. Consider their low-A season, Rosario (at age 20) and Polanco (at age 19).

    Polanco had a higher average (.308 to .296) and OBP (.362 to .345). Rosario had the advantage in both HR, SLG and OPS, but in terms of XBH, only had one more than Polanco. Neither are burners, so Polanco's double totals suggest they're a result of having some power to the gaps. Polanco's K rate (only 11% of PAs) is also phenomenal, both for someone his age and with that many extra base hits. Another feather in Polanco's cap is that he had no platoon splits as a switch-hitter. Rosario handled left-handed pitchers well too, but he's always been touted as an advanced hitter.

    Defensively, even though they play the same position, I'm giving a slight nod to Polanco. A second baseman that can fill it at shortstop has got to be better than a second baseman that also plays the outfield.

    Obviously, Polanco needs to prove himself against more advance competition, and AA probably won't happen until 2015, but the points above all had me tip the scale slightly in Polanco's favor.
    I guess my only real reason for being so much higher on Rosario is the level at which he has played/produced. Once Polanco puts up good numbers at Ft Myers I think I will back off my skepticism. I have faith but I don't know if he ends up being more of an impact player than Rosario, then again I haven't seen Rosario in person...
  4. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    I may over-value the arms, but given the lack of quality arms the last three seasons, I realize how important they - or the hope of them - are.
  5. howieramone's Avatar
    Jeremy, I like what you've done. I think next year at this time your list my be closer than most. I really like Gonsalves, but his mechanics are as raw as I can recall seeing. I can't believe he didn't take at least the JUCO route. I played against a lefty about the same size, taken in the 3rd-4th round and he was so much smoother.
  6. clutterheart's Avatar
    Wow, you like your young untested pitchers. I like some of those arms too, but you have 6 arms who haven't pitched above Rookie Ball.
    Upside is nice but that seems too heavy to me.
  7. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos
    Oh. Felix Jorge not Jorge Felix and I am still waiting to see more from him. Good live arm for sure.
    According to the guru (Seth), the Twins have been messing it up since he signed and now they've got it right. He'll be Jorge Felix going forward. (At least we hope so, that's how we've been doing it in the Handbook.)
  8. Thrylos's Avatar
    Actually I believe that Polanco is the long term answer at SS

    Hard to climb on the Thorpe (I need to see some success against batters who have played for a while and not only against kids who just learning how to use wooden bats) and Kepler (one above average pro season in 4 a top prospect does not make) bandwagons these days. And I still have Sano over Buxton

    After I have seen Danny Santana play in a few games live, I think that his upside is a utility guy. Lexi Casilla was a better player in all aspects of the game, and I think that this says a lot about Santana.

    Oh. Felix Jorge not Jorge Felix and I am still waiting to see more from him. Good live arm for sure.

    Stuart Turner smells like the Drew to me. But I have not seen him play. Might change my mind after ST.

    Good stuff. It is amazing how strong the system is and how hard it is to make a list like this.
  9. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AScheib50
    Not sure about the Polanco love...everyone seems to be on his bandwagon this offseason. I watched him a few times this year when the Kernels were in town playing Kane County and I wasn't blown away personally. Extreme small sample size, I know, but I don't see him above Rosario yet, considering league and track record, Rosario is a ways ahead of him in my opinion.
    I'm not going to disagree with anyone that thinks that Rosario should be higher, but I think it's close regardless. Consider their low-A season, Rosario (at age 20) and Polanco (at age 19).

    Polanco had a higher average (.308 to .296) and OBP (.362 to .345). Rosario had the advantage in both HR, SLG and OPS, but in terms of XBH, only had one more than Polanco. Neither are burners, so Polanco's double totals suggest they're a result of having some power to the gaps. Polanco's K rate (only 11% of PAs) is also phenomenal, both for someone his age and with that many extra base hits. Another feather in Polanco's cap is that he had no platoon splits as a switch-hitter. Rosario handled left-handed pitchers well too, but he's always been touted as an advanced hitter.

    Defensively, even though they play the same position, I'm giving a slight nod to Polanco. A second baseman that can fill it at shortstop has got to be better than a second baseman that also plays the outfield.

    Obviously, Polanco needs to prove himself against more advance competition, and AA probably won't happen until 2015, but the points above all had me tip the scale slightly in Polanco's favor.
  10. AScheib50's Avatar
    Not sure about the Polanco love...everyone seems to be on his bandwagon this offseason. I watched him a few times this year when the Kernels were in town playing Kane County and I wasn't blown away personally. Extreme small sample size, I know, but I don't see him above Rosario yet, considering league and track record, Rosario is a ways ahead of him in my opinion.
  11. johnnydakota's Avatar
    Nice list, Never understood the Keplar love, to me the only thing he brings to the table is the ability to sell MLB-tv to Germany
  12. MichiganTwins's Avatar
    Looking forward to it!
  13. Thegrin's Avatar
    Phil Hughes... ugh. Trade a hitter for 2 minor league pitchers with upside...ugh
  14. beyondclarity's Avatar
    I think Arcia will be special. I have him on my no-touch list...unless you're talking about packaging him with someone else for a guy like David Price.
  15. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    I want no business with this after the Hughes signing.
  16. rikker49's Avatar
    Will duke welker start out in AAA?
  17. Zephrin's Avatar
    If I read the rules correctly, since Roch won the season series with Nor, they automatically advance in the event the teams are tied, correct?
  18. jokin's Avatar
    10 Ks and 1 BB is not too shabby a ratio for May.

    Looks like Hicks finally woke out of his somnolent send-down when he heard who the Twins got in return for Morny!
  19. howieramone's Avatar
    I hope May can help Rochester in the plays-off, if not it would be great to see him at Target Field.
  20. clutterheart's Avatar
    I saw Randy Rosario is on the E-Town DL
    any word on that?
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