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    The Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook has now been available for a little over a week in both paperback and e-book forms. One of my favorite parts of the book is the History of my Top 30 Twins Prospects lists. Near the back of the book, I posted my Top 30 Twins Prospects for 2013, and I also post the Top 30s going back to 2007. It’s fun to look back and see some player’s names from the past. It’s fun to see some of them being successful in the big leagues, and it’s even fun seeing names of players that I (and likely many others) may have been completely wrong about.

    Back in October, I posted a preliminary Top 50 prospect list on this site. It was purposely done before a lot of research on the Twins minor leagues had started. It created great discussion in the comments, but it is also interesting to see if, after reading a ton about all 150 or so Twins minor leaguers, the rankings change much. In some cases, they did change. The Twins also added a couple of top prospects.

    Below you will see my final 2013 Minnesota Twins Top 30 Prospects. In the book, it’s just a list. After each, I’ll be added a couple of sentences about the player, kind of stream of conscious-form. Obviously, in the book, there is much more about all 30 players, and over 120 more player prospects. So again, if you’re interested in the e-book, the paperback or any of the previous Prospect Handbooks, feel free to do so.



    SethSpeaks.net 2013 Minnesota Twins Top 30 Prospects

    Rank – Name – Pos – 2012 Levels

    1 – Miguel Sano – 3B – Beloit Snappers

    Everyone knows Sano. He’s one of the Top 10-20 prospects in baseball due to his power potential. Can he play 3B long-term? I think so. He hit 28 homers and drove in 100 runs last year in Beloit while hitting just .258 and striking out a ton. He’ll have to make some adjustments before he becomes a Sure-Thing, but he has the world of potential!

    2 – Byron Buxton – OF – GCL Twins, Elizabethton Twins

    Speaking of amazing potential, Buxton fits into the upper echelon. The #2 overall pick in last year’s draft had all of the tools. He is incredibly fast, plays great defense, has a rocket for an arm, and should hit for power. He had a successful debut in 2012 and it will be interesting to see if he begins the 2013 season in Cedar Rapids or at Extended Spring Training.

    3 – Oswaldo Arcia – OF – Ft. Myers Miracle, New Britain Rock Cats

    Flat-out impressive hitter. He has very good power, uses the whole field and just always finds a way to put the barrel of the bat on the ball. In New Britain, he showed he can hit for average, walk enough, and come up big in big situations. Twins minor league hitter of the year in 2012, he could go back to New Britain for a short time or begin the season in Rochester.

    4 – Alex Meyer – RHP – Hagerstown Suns, Potomac Nationals

    Meyer came to the Twins in the Denard Span trade. The 2011 first-round pick out of Kentucky has a ton of potential on the mound. Anyone who throws 99 mph, has a semblance of control, and has the potential for four plus pitches should probably be higher than #4 on the list. He has Ace potential, now we’ll see in 2013 if he can get there.

    5 – Aaron Hicks – OF – New Britain Rock Cats

    The funny thing is that a year ago, Hicks was coming off of a frustrating season in Ft. Myers. I ranked him #4. In 2012, he moved up to New Britain and put together a very impressive line in which filled up all of the offensive categories. He had double figures in doubles, triples and home runs and stole 32 bases. He also has great range, and has a very strong arm in the outfield. He has a chance to be the Twins starting centerfielder in 2013.

    6 – Kyle Gibson – RHP – Ft. Myers Miracle, Rochester Red Wings

    Like Hicks (and Arcia), Gibson should debut with the Twins sometime early in 2013. The right-hander’s rehab from Tommy John surgery in September of 2011 went as planned. He pitched fairly well, especially early, in the Arizona Fall League. He’s got a great mix of pitches including a fastball that occasionally touches 95. He should be a very solid starting pitcher in the near future.

    7 – Eddie Rosario – OF/2B – Beloit Snappers

    Rosario has a terrific bat. He is also a very good centerfielder, but due to the Twins glut of outfielders in the farm system, Rosario has been moved to second base where he has shown glimpses of having a future there. Can he stay at 2B? That shall be determined. He will be playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC and is starting to become a household name in his country.

    8 – Jose (JO) Berrios – RHP – GCL Twins, Elizabethton Twins

    Another member of the Puerto Rico WBC roster, Berrios is very young having just been drafted by the Twins in the supplemental round of the Twins 2012 draft. He is a very advanced pitcher for his age and seems to be more likely to get to the big leagues than most players his age. Hopefully he can remain healthy.

    9 – Trevor May – RHP – Reading Phillies

    May came to the Twins with Vance Worley from the Phillies in the Ben Revere deal. A year ago, May was the top prospect in the Phillies organization. Walked too many at AA in 2012, but he throws hard and if he can harness the control, he could be a solid member of the rotation.

    10 – Max Kepler – OF – Elizabethton Twins

    Kepler was signed the same year as Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano, and in 2012 he took a big step forward in his second season in the Appalachian League. He showed his power potential. He takes walks. He is a good outfielder. 2013 will be interesting as he moves into a full-season league.

    11 – Joe Benson – OF – Rochester Red Wings, New Britain Rock Cats

    Benson was as big of a prospect one year ago as Aaron Hicks is today. Unfortunately, he struggled early and was hurt most of the year. When it comes to tools and talent, Benson has as much upside as anyone on this list not named Buxton or Sano. The mullet is gone. The knee is nearly back to 100% He should be given a legitimate shot at the starting centerfield gig.

    12 – Kennys Vargas – 1B – Beloit Snappers

    When it comes to raw power, Vargas has as much as anyone in the organization, including Miguel Sano. He returned a year ago after serving an extended 50 game suspension and showed his power right away in Beloit. He’s not swift. He’s not great at 1B. He struggles with a good fastball, but I just can’t get past that power potential.

    13 – Danny Santana – SS – Ft. Myers Miracle

    I’ve always been pretty high on Santana. I love his speed, both on the base paths and with his range at shortstop. He has a strong arm. He was the leadoff hitter for the Miracle this past year despite rarely seeing a pitch that he didn’t want to swing at. He posted an OBP over .300, primarily due to his average. He’s not big, but he’s fast and shows good extra base power. He was added to the 40 man roster following the season.

    14 – Travis Harrison – 3B – Elizabethton Twins

    Harrison debuted in 2012 with the E-Twins. He hit .300 although he didn’t show much power. His defense was rather rough at third base. He is a solid all-around hitter and the power should develop. He likely won’t stay at third base, so his bat is what will carry him.

    15 – Alex Wimmers – RHP – New Britain Rock Cats

    Wimmers was considered by many to be one of the most ready pitchers drafted in 2010. 2011 was a mess, and he lost his 2012 season because of elbow problems that resulted in Tommy John surgery. But, if he’s healthy, he can still show why he was a 1st round pick. Good fastball, good changeup. Plenty of pitches. Hopefully his rehab can go as smoothly as Kyle Gibson’s did. Biggest picture, don’t completely forget about Wimmers yet!

    16 – Adam Walker – OF – Elizabethton Twins

    OK, Walker has some incredible power potential too. The key for the 2012 draft pick will be whether he is able to make more contact. If he can, he’ll move up quickly. If not, frankly, he will struggle.

    17 – Chris Herrmann – C – New Britain Rock Cats, Minnesota Twins

    When the 2012 season ended, Herrmann went home to prepare for the Arizona Fall League. A couple of weeks later, the Twins had a need at catcher and Herrmann was called up. He didn’t hit, but he did show his patience. He also impressed behind the plate and in left field. That is the role (similar to Ryan Doumit, but without the bat) he should be playing for the Twins for years to come.

    18 – BJ Hermsen – RHP – Ft. Myers Miracle, New Britain Rock Cats

    Yup, I get that he doesn’t throw real hard and many think it won’t transfer as he moves up. The Twins Pitcher of the Year knows how to pitch. He has a variety of fastballs that he throws at various speeds and with various movements. He lives on perfect control and being able to keep the ball in the park.

    19 – Jorge Polanco – 2B – Elizabethton Twins

    Polanco was signed for his glove at shortstop, but he has gradually been playing more at second base. He actually hit quite well in the Appy League in 2012I don’t expect that to continue, but Polanco should advance to the Midwest League in 2013.

    20 – Luke Bard – RHP – GCL Twins, Elizabethton Twins

    Bard pitched mostly out of the bullpen in college, but he has the pitches and the makeup to be a starter, where the Twins 2012 first-round pick feels he would be more valuable.

    21 – Adrian Salcedo – RHP – Ft. Myers Miracle

    Salcedo was a Top 10 prospect a year ago, but 2012 was a lost year for him. He fought elbow and shoulder injuries and was rehabbed throughout the season. Hopefully he will be successful in his recovery and return to his prospect status quickly. When healthy, he is a starter who can sit in the mid-90s. He also has three pitches.

    22 – Mason Melotakis – LHP – Elizabethton Twins, Beloit Snappers

    The hard-throwing Twins 2nd round pick in 2012 did a nice job for the E-Twins and Snappers bullpens. However, there is a good chance that he will get an opportunity to start. If he can be successful, his value skyrockets.

    23 – Nate Roberts – OF – Beloit Snappers

    Led the Arizona Fall League in Batting Average, OBP and SLG% this past fall. He is the perfect leadoff hitter who understands his job is the get on base as often as possible.

    24 – Michael Tonkin – RHP – Beloit Snappers, Ft. Myers Miracle

    Tonkin went back to Beloit to start the 2012 season and was tremendous out of the bullpen. He throws his heavy fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s with a devastating slide. He struckout almost 13 batters per nine innings and was added to the 40 man roster.

    25 – Pedro Hernandez – LHP – Rochester Red Wings

    He’s considered by most fans to be just another guy from the Francisco Liriano trade. He’s a lefty with multiple pitches who, at age 23, already made a start in the big leagues. His 2013 ended with injury, but he could be a decent back of the rotation starter in the future.

    26 – Daniel Ortiz – OF – Beloit Snappers, Ft. Myers Miracle

    Ortiz had another solid season in 2012 between Beloit and Ft. Myers. The diminutive outfielder has a very nice swing and solid all-around skills, but he is often forgotten among all of the other Twins outfield prospects.

    27 – Niko Goodrum – SS – Elizabethton Twins

    Goodrum repeated at Elizabethton in 2012 and his batting average dropped but his Isolated Discipline and power increased. He should get to the Midwest League in 2013.

    28 – Matt Summers – RHP – Beloit Snappers, Ft. Myers Miracle

    A hard-throwing right-hander, Summer pitched well early in Beloit, but he did struggle in Ft. Myers. He has three solid pitches and his strikeout numbers should increase going forward.

    29 – Hudson Boyd – RHP – Elizabethton Twins

    Boyd made his professional debut with the E-Twins in 2012. His ERA was solid, although he did give up a lot of unearned runs. He has a fastball in the mid-90s, but he didn’t get many strikeouts during the season.

    30 – Levi Michael – 2B/SS – Ft. Myers Miracle

    I wasn’t real high on Michael when the Twins made him their top pick in 2011 from North Carolina. He went to Ft. Myers and really struggled with the Miracle. He played a season at third base, a season at shortstop and a season at second base in college. He played more second base with the Miracle. Offensively, he wasn’t particular good.



    So there you have it. My official 2013 Twins Prospect Ranking. Feel free to leave comments and ask questions in the Forum.
    This article was originally published in blog: Seth's 2013 Top 30 Twins Prospects started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good list Seth. Like everyone else, I would probably move a few guys around a bit. But your list is as good as anyones. I would probably have included one or two of the GCL pitchers in a top 30. The only problem is, which one or two of the ten who were awesome last year?

      Bonnie checked my facebook account this morning and saw it is a bit cold on the border, eh? Was 79 here in Palm Desert yesterday. Will be here thru mid February.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Just wondering if Chris Colabello is too old to be considered a prospect or if he just doesn't quite make the top 30 because of his attributes. His winter numbers are inspiring.
      Dang right. I have him at #20. dont care how old he is...he PRODUCES!
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lein View Post
      Vargas is weird. Seems people either see some David Ortiz in him and believe in his power, or they can't get past his inability to catch-up to good fastballs. The 2nd point being the more important one to me considering he's only played low-A ball to this point. The pitching is only going to get better.
      Well he is already 22, but he projected to OUT-HOMER Sano if he had played the full season. Can't see how he isn't going to be successful moving to A+ with other MLB-caliber hitters in Rosario and Sano.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      I was agreeing with your points until this one. I'm not all that high on him but his ranking seems right to me. He may be higher if he hadn't suffered injuries last year and only pithced 30 innings. Before last year he WAS quite productive.

      I'm sure you weren't trying to come off this way, but sometimes when you talk about prospects you have this "what have you done for me lately" (good or bad) type attitute.. Which is the LAST way one should asses a prospect. Not trying to rip you becuase I like reading your thoughts. Just saying...
      Cool, I see why we should not give up on anyone. But can we at least drop him from our list until he produces, then immediately put him in an appropriate spot?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericchri View Post
      What happens if Benson rebounds back into form, Roberts continues getting on base a ton, and Walker learns how to not strike out so much as they rise through the levels? We have so many outfield prospects, most with pretty high upside. Realistically all won't make it, but even so it's hard to imagine we won't find 3 really good ones out of that bunch to roam our outfield for years.
      Sounds like a pretty good scenario to me... With any prospect list or minor league system, some of the prospects make it, many don't . Having more good prospects increases the likelihood that more make it.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      OK, I LOVE Vargas at #12...that's gutsy. I had people telling me he was not top-20.

      But, why can't we expect Jorge Polanco to hit well as he advances?? Just your opinion?

      Zachary Jones is NOT in your top-30?? Whoa...he is gonna impress you this year. You'll be like, "what was I thinking dissing Jones?" In my opinion, Jones is better than your 25-30.
      Regarding Polanco, and well, every prospect, it is just my opinion. ET stats are always interesting. He could move up a lot on this list if he hits in the Midwest League.

      Regarding Jones, I really like him. I think that if he gains some control, he could move up. I have always admitted that I tend to rank relievers lower than starters. Reasoning? Because a #3 or #4 starter is going to potentially work 170-200 innings. A top 7th inning reliever is going to pitch 65-70 innings a year. Also, why would I rank Jones ahead of Chargois? If the Twins drafted Chargois in the 2nd round and Jones in the 4th round, do we have enough information yet to put Jones ahead? I really, really like Jones and his 100 mph fastball, but let's see how he does in 2013.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Ortiz does not belong in the top-30. I mean, you didn't include Tyler Duffey, Josmil Pinto, DJ Baxendale, AJ Achter, Zach Jones, Corey Williams, etc. But DID include Ortiz? Ortiz probably won't ever make it out of AA, but he's a top-30 guy for you?
      Obviously any prospect ranking is going to be an individual thing, so I encourage people to do their Top 30s as well. I like Ortiz. I think he can hit well. I think he gets lost behind some of the bigger prospects, but I think he is quite talented. How he fits into the future of the Twins doesn't affect my ranking. He's behind quite a few other OF prospects, so who knwos what will happen.

      Let's see how Duffey and Baxendale do when they make the move to the starter role in 2013. Hopefully they're terrific. Achter had a tremendous season as a 24 year old in Beloit and Ft. Myers, and we'll see how he does as he moves forward. Corey Williams has good stuff, but if performance is what you look at, he didn't exactly have a strong year in Beloit.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      One more thing..I dont see how A. Salcedo can be ranked ahead of ANY other pitcher in the system...production matters to me.
      Well, he was a clear Top 10-12 prospect coming into the year, so after a year full of injury, I don't think I should have dropped him as far as I did. He's got a chance to be good, but I'm alarmed more that he didn't have surgery in 2012 than if he would have.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Just wondering if Chris Colabello is too old to be considered a prospect or if he just doesn't quite make the top 30 because of his attributes. His winter numbers are inspiring.
      He is considered a "prospect" by my definition, which is basically "eligible for Rookie of the Year in the big leagues." But age is certainly a factor in prospect rankings, and he isn't close to the Top 30 for me, but that doesn't mean he can't come up and be a solid bench bat for a couple of years. I'd love to see that!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lein View Post
      Vargas is weird. Seems people either see some David Ortiz in him and believe in his power, or they can't get past his inability to catch-up to good fastballs. The 2nd point being the more important one to me considering he's only played low-A ball to this point. The pitching is only going to get better.
      I have heard and understand both, but I also think he's got room to improve. If he does, he should be higher than 12. If he isn't able to catch up to the good fastballs, then he'll fall off the list.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Good list Seth. Like everyone else, I would probably move a few guys around a bit. But your list is as good as anyones. I would probably have included one or two of the GCL pitchers in a top 30. The only problem is, which one or two of the ten who were awesome last year?

      Bonnie checked my facebook account this morning and saw it is a bit cold on the border, eh? Was 79 here in Palm Desert yesterday. Will be here thru mid February.
      As we've talked about before, there is a combination of talent, production, age and likelihood to get to the big leagues in any person's prospect rankings. I like the pitchers in the GCL, but couldn't put them ahead of any of my top 30... I really like Rosario. He touches 95 already. I like Lo. Malinowski has a chance to be good. Those guys are top 50 types.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Cool, I see why we should not give up on anyone. But can we at least drop him from our list until he produces, then immediately put him in an appropriate spot?
      So... I shouldn't have had Gibson in my Top 7 or 8 last offseason because he had Tommy John surgery and the last month or so of his pitcher, he struggled? No, you have to factor in the injury and drop a player appropriate to the likelihood of his return, but if you believe the guy can get back to where he was before the surgery/injury, then why wouldn't you keep him on the list?? (no, I'm not putting Salcedo in Gibson's category. Gibson went from 1 to 6. Salcedo went from about 9 to 20ish.)
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Great stuff Seth, lots of reasons to be optimistic for sure. I agree 100% in your assessment of Wimmers, people seem to have either completely forgot about him or have written him off, I think he's going to come back and surprise a lot people and be in that 2015-16 conversation. Where is he at with his rehab by the way?
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      As we've talked about before, there is a combination of talent, production, age and likelihood to get to the big leagues in any person's prospect rankings.
      This raises a point I frequently wonder about when looking at someone's rankings - what does it *mean* to rank one player above another? While it's a combination of dimensions, the end result has to be a single dimension. To me, the closest this comes is to "trade value". If the Twins decided they were going to trade for a front-line starter, or a really good shortstop, they know they'd have to part with some young talent - so, would you trade Buxton or Sano to get that elite player in return, and if so which one more willingly? That's how I view the notion that Colabello isn't in the top 30, because even those who like to root for him would flip him in a heartbeat if any team offered a moderately good pitching prospect in return, sooner than Mason Melotakis or Daniel Ortiz.

      Or, care to rebut this trade value idea? Any pair on your list that you think would fetch different amounts in trade but their ranking is opposite to their return, for reasons you'd still support and defend? Just thinking out loud here...
    1. whosafraidofluigirussolo's Avatar
      whosafraidofluigirussolo -
      This will be such an interesting year to watch the minors. I suppose that could be said every year, but we have so many intriguing prospects right now.
      Agreed. To the things you cited I'd also add that, despite the general sense that the organization is weak on pitching, there's so much uncertainty with a lot of their arms like the recent draft of college relievers, and if even a couple of those guys are pleasant surprises as starters, the outlook for the org.'s pitching really starts to change.

      Seth, a couple quick questions (and thanks for your work and the interesting read):
      Do you put Benson's upside ahead of Hicks'?
      And any reason why you doubt Polanco's bat for the future?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Seth, considering what they've invested in Amaurys Minier, when and where would he debut on your ranking scale?

      Also, does your exclusion of Baxendale, Chargois, Thielbar, Slama and Stuifbergen from your top 30 indicate that they are out of favor with the Twins staff and may never get a serious shot at making the big club? (it's obvious what the Twins think about Slama, despite his dominating Minor League numbers).

      Did Jeremias Pineda impress enough in his stint with the Rookie team to have a shot at breaking into this list, or is he going to be lapped by the talent around him at his level and just above him?
    1. mako83's Avatar
      mako83 -
      One shortstop
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Great list.

      RHP Zach Jones and his 95-98 MPH fastballl (touches 99) has to be on the top 30 somewhere!!!

      I have him in the top 20.

      Baxendale, Z. Jones, J. Polanco and maybe Melotakis I am quite a bit higher on than you are. (hopefully Levi MIchael bounces back at least some also)

      K. Vargas, Joe Benson, and A.B. Walker i am quite a bit lower on than you are.

      Love the placement of several other names though.....Salcedo, Wimmers, Harrison Goodrum and many others.

      I think Nathan Roberts may be the most under-valued. I mean Rene Tosoni was a top 15 prospect by everyone pretty much. And Tosoni turned out to be a 5th Of'er or quad A guy. While that may end up being Roberts final outcome, i see at least that as his potential. i think he can be more valuable than Darrin Mastroianni and more of a 3rd OF'er than 4th Ofer'.

      time will tell.


      Pedro Hernandez at 25 seems odd, mainly because our system is sooo strong. After aquiring Meyer, and May i am sure the twins boast a top 10 farm system in all of baseball. (as they should being one of majors 5 worst clubs right now)

      But they could possibly rank as high as 6th or 7th overall of all 30 teams. Which is certainly exciting news !

      1. St Louis.
      2. Texas
      3. San Diego
      4. Tampa Bay Rays
      5. Pittsburgh Pirates
      6. Seattle Mariners
      7. Minnesota Twins
      8. Boston Red Sox
      9. New York Mets
      10. Houston Astros
      ---
      11 would be either Cubs, D'Backs or Royals.

      is probably how i'd rank the farm systems in baseball.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by whosafraidofluigirussolo View Post
      Seth, a couple quick questions (and thanks for your work and the interesting read):
      Do you put Benson's upside ahead of Hicks'?
      And any reason why you doubt Polanco's bat for the future?
      Benson's upside one year ago was higher than Hicks. I don't know that it still is. He's got a lot to prove. His ranking for people will be dependent upon how much the ranker believes he was hurt throughout the 2012 season.

      Polanco's little. He's not going to hit for power, and he isn't one to walk a ton, so I don't see a lot of offensive upside. He'll have to hit .300 to have a lot of value, unless he's amazing defensively. I've also never read a scouting report that talks terribly much or terribly highly of his bat.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Seth, considering what they've invested in Amaurys Minier, when and where would he debut on your ranking scale?

      Also, does your exclusion of Baxendale, Chargois, Thielbar, Slama and Stuifbergen from your top 30 indicate that they are out of favor with the Twins staff and may never get a serious shot at making the big club? (it's obvious what the Twins think about Slama, despite his dominating Minor League numbers).

      Did Jeremias Pineda impress enough in his stint with the Rookie team to have a shot at breaking into this list, or is he going to be lapped by the talent around him at his level and just above him?
      Regarding Minier, I generally don't rank players until they are at least in the GCL, but his signing bonus indicates that he must have some upside to be a Top 10 type of guy.

      IF you read the prospect handbook, the profile of Slama talks about his stats versus his scouting report. Last year, he rarely touched 88 mph. It's hard to get too excited about a guy who doesn't throw hard, doesn't have a great second pitch, and is already 29 years old, from a prospect status. That said, he's a great guy who I believe deserves a real opportunity. Stuifbergen needs to stay healthy. I don't think anyone's given up on him, but he's been eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 twice without being taken. Thielbar, they obviously love, and for good reason based on scouting I've received, but at most, he'll throw about 50-60 innings in a season as the #2 bullpen lefty probably. Chargois is also a reliever, but he could move up quite quickly but let's let him get beyond rookie league ball before getting too excited.

      Pineda - I don't think I'd have him in my top 50, but he's intriguing in the outfield planning up above.
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