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    Now that the TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook is available, itís time for me to hunker down and dive head-first into the 2013 version of the Twins Prospect Handbook. Itís hard to believe that this will be the 5th annual prospect book already. I enjoy doing the research and the writing, for sure.

    As I did last year, I want to welcome your feedback. To encourage that, I am sharing my early, preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospect list. As I research and write over the next two months, it is not only subject to change, but likely to change.
    So, here is my preliminary Top 50 list without much comment. Please feel free to discuss, disagree, ask questions, mention players that I didnít, and generally just chat away.

    Sethís Preliminary Top 50

    Rank Player POS
    1 Miguel Sano 3B
    2 Byron Buxton OF
    3 Aaron Hicks OF
    4 Oswaldo Arcia OF
    5 Eddie Rosario 2B
    6 Kyle Gibson RHP
    7 Jose (JO) Berrios RHP
    8 Max Kepler OF
    9 Kennys Vargas 1B
    10 Joe Benson OF
    11 Travis Harrison 3B
    12 Adrian Salcedo RHP
    13 Danny Santana SS
    14 Chris Herrmann C/OF
    15 BJ Hermsen RHP
    16 Alex Wimmers RHP
    17 Adam Walker OF
    18 Mason Melotakis LHP
    19 Jorge Polanco IF
    20 Pedro Hernandez LHP
    21 Danny Ortiz OF
    22 Matt Summers RHP
    23 Luke Bard RHP
    24 Levi Michael 2B
    25 Hudson Boyd RHP
    26 Nate Roberts OF
    27 Niko Goodrum SS
    28 Kuo-Hu Lo RHP
    29 Michael Tonkin RHP
    30 Madison Boer RHP
    31 Bruce Pugh RHP
    32 JD Williams OF
    33 Angel Mata RHP
    34 DJ Baxendale RHP
    35 Tyler Duffey RHP
    36 JT Chargois RHP
    37 Zach Jones RHP
    38 Randy Rosario LHP
    39 Jason Wheeler LHP
    40 Josh Burris RHP
    41 Matt Hauser RHP
    42 Josue Montanez LHP
    43 Tom Stuifbergen RHP
    44 Dereck Rodriguez OF
    45 Corey Williams LHP
    46 Romy Jimenez OF
    47 Austin Malinowski LHP
    48 Tyler Jones RHP
    49 Brett Lee LHP
    50 Jeremias Pineda OF

    There you have it, 1-50. There are some names that Iím sure we all think have been left off. Guys like Pat Dean and Lance Ray and Evan Bigley have been on the list before. Left-handers who pitched incredibly well in Beloit (like David Hurlbut, Matt Tomshaw and 2012 draft pick Taylor Rogers) could be on this list. Minnesota native and former Gophers infielder Nate Hanson did a terrific job for the Rock Cats this year, especially after moving to second base. Fellow Rock Cat James Beresford would be on this list, but at this point, he has not re-signed with the Twins. Aderlin Mejia was an All-GCL choice this year. Candido Pimentel was the Appy League MVP.

    To come up with a Top 10 list of Twins prospects this year is really easy. However, I have not had this much trouble starting at about 16 or so in my 7-8 years of making these types of lists. Itís not that there isnít some really good talent. There are a lot of players who were just recently drafted. There are some really talented, potentially impact relievers. Injuries have had some effect on this list, no question.

    I feel like Kyle Gibson, who I ranked #6, should be several places higher. However, I just canít get myself to move him in front of the top 5. But thatís a great place to start the discussion. I think most would agree with who is in the top seven on this list, but what order would you have them in?

    Again, feel free to discuss, ask questions, make cases for players, whatever you like.
    This article was originally published in blog: Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. BobbyBaseball70's Avatar
      BobbyBaseball70 -
      Seth, You are Clueless
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by BobbyBaseball70 View Post
      Seth, You are Clueless
      I get that a lot... why would that be at this time?
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Thank you Seth. Fun stuff.
      People keep referring to the Arizona Fall League (AFL). I don't get too wrapped up in it. It is, for the most part, a small sample size.
      Last year Souhan wrote this big article on Dozier. Acted like Brian was the next Joe Mauer based on good AFL stats.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I get that a lot... why would that be at this time?
      *insert snarky joke that half the board gets and the other half flame
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