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    The Twins dropped two of three in Washington over the weekend, widening their deficit in the AL Central to 7.5 games. For the big-league club, things are looking rather grim.

    That was to be expected, however, and fortunately things are considerably brighter down on the farm, which is where fans should be focusing their attention for signs of positivity this year.

    Immediately after slugging his 15th and 16th homers of the season for Ft. Myers on Sunday, Miguel Sano received his much anticipated promotion to New Britain. The top prospect had made a mockery of the Florida State League, and will now take his talents to Double-A, where at age 20 he'll become one of the level's youngest players. If he continues to excel, there's a reasonable chance that Sano could join the Twins as a September call-up later this year.

    Headed to New Britain along with Sano are Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales. Rosario was ranked by Twins Daily as the organization's No. 7 prospect prior to the season and was hitting .329 for the Miracle while flashing solid defense at second base. Morales, a once highly regarded outfield prospect who's been derailed by injuries and other issues, was enjoying a productive season in Ft. Myers and now has a chance to put himself back on the major-league track at age 23.

    Another advancement that didn't generate quite the same amount of buzz was James Beresford's promotion to Triple-A. The 24-year-old infielder had been batting .323 for New Britain and now joins a Rochester club hurting for production at second base. By no means is Beresford a great prospect, but he's got a good glove and has shown the ability to get on base at a solid clip. The Australian is now just one step away from the Twins, who have gotten an abysmal .610 OPS from their second basemen this year.

    Just another reminder that, even though things have looked plenty ugly at times for the Twins, help is on the way.

    What are your thoughts on these promotions? And who would you like to see moved up next? (I think I can guess one name...)
    This article was originally published in blog: Prospects on the Move started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Zephrin's Avatar
      Zephrin -
      Obviously Morales moving up leaves a gaping hole in A+ for Buxton

      I don't feel like the AA 1Bs would be holding back Vargas - surprised he didn't move up with the rest of the crew.

      Finally, how about Josamil Pinto to AAA? (With a corresponding removal of Drew Butera from the 40-man. I know, too much to ask.)
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Buxton will move up the day or day after Cedar Rapids clinches a playoff spot (or 1st place in the division).

      Jeremy and I were talking about Vargas as well. Vargas could play in the All Star game and then move up to New Britain At that time, Dalton Hicks could move up to Ft. Myers. In that case, the Twins could move Rory Rhodes up to Cedar Rapids. Rhodes has already played in the rookie years the past four years which means he can't play for Elizabethton (or GCL) again in 2013. He could move up at that time.

      Butera won't (and shouldn't) be DFAd at this time, and Pinto can stay in AA. Maybe later in the season. But Butera has value and once he's had some time to show his health, the Twins might be able to trade him. His glove/arm means the Twins could get something for him.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zephrin View Post
      I don't feel like the AA 1Bs would be holding back Vargas - surprised he didn't move up with the rest of the crew.
      Might be waiting for Michael Gonzales to come off the DL, they don't want to leave the Miracles without enough players to field a team. Also Vargas only had a 1/2 a season in Low A last year, Twins would be moving him quickly if he only got a 1/2 a season in High A too.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Buxton will move up the day or day after Cedar Rapids clinches a playoff spot (or 1st place in the division).

      Jeremy and I were talking about Vargas as well. Vargas could play in the All Star game and then move up to New Britain At that time, Dalton Hicks could move up to Ft. Myers. In that case, the Twins could move Rory Rhodes up to Cedar Rapids. Rhodes has already played in the rookie years the past four years which means he can't play for Elizabethton (or GCL) again in 2013. He could move up at that time.

      Butera won't (and shouldn't) be DFAd at this time, and Pinto can stay in AA. Maybe later in the season. But Butera has value and once he's had some time to show his health, the Twins might be able to trade him. His glove/arm means the Twins could get something for him.
      A near 30 year old non hitting catcher would only have value on a team that would waste its #3 pick on a Drew clone...better catchers were released this past week...
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Plus, Drew is on a $700,000 salary for this year! Another Twins mistake!
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      I'm glad I never gave up on Angel Morales as a prospect. Oh wait, I did give up on him, shame on me! Glad to see he is proving me wrong.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      What a difference a weak week makes.

      Nick Nelson on 6-9-13:

      The Twins dropped two of three in Washington over the weekend, widening their deficit in the AL Central to 7.5 games. For the big-league club, things are looking rather grim.
      Nick Nelson on 6-2-13:

      Still, compared to the last two seasons, the positives in this campaign have been almost overwhelming.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      Will there be other moves? They move 3 players to New Britain and only one to Rochester.
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      The old adage is that a baseball season can be broken into three columns. All teams win one third of their games--even the lousy teams. All teams lose one third of their games--even the best teams. It is the other third that makes the difference. The series with Washington is a perfect example. Minnesota wins game one on the strength of their bullpen and a hot backup catcher/dh. The Nats blow out the Twins in game two. Then in that all-important third game, our Twinkies lose game three by one run, as the pesky Nats poke away at the Twins lead as a 4-1 lead slowly goes "pear-shaped" 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, to a 5-4 final. Can the prospects coming up, if they raise production at 2nd base (Rosario vs. Dozier), 3rd base (Sano vs. Escobar/Plouffe/Carroll), and center field (Can we already say Buxton vs. Hicks?) raise the Twins production to the point where they win two out of three?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      How'd the Single A all star game go for those guys? I missed it somehow.

      edit: nm, I see in the other thread the break is now. I thought somehow I'd missed something.....
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      It's good to see the upward movement. At this point, the best thing we can hope for as Twins fans is that the prospects make steady progress and are eventually able to translate their minor league success to the major league team. I continue to believe that a managerial change would be beneficial before the prospects hit the majors.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      What a difference a weak week makes.
      My outlook hasn't changed. The Twins' chances of competing this year look grim (as has always been the case) but there are plenty of long-term positives to be found throughout the organization. It's really just about the big picture vs. the here and now.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      One interesting aspect of this move that I didn't touch on is that Sano and Rosario are both guys who entered the season with major question marks about their ability to stick where they're at defensively. The fact that both have been promoted so aggressively is a sign that either A) the Twins view their progress in the field very favorably, or B) the Twins are high enough on them that they want to keep pushing them while putting defense on the backburner a little bit, which would be uncharacteristic for them.

      Either way, it's nice to see.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      My outlook hasn't changed. The Twins' chances of competing this year look grim (as has always been the case) but there are plenty of long-term positives to be found throughout the organization. It's really just about the big picture vs. the here and now.

      What are the positives at the MLB level? I am struggling, personally, to see them right now. I can't think of 1 young player that I view as a long term contributor (relief pitchers excluded).
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      ^ I like how people constantly ignore sentences providing context, such as "Still, compared to the last two seasons, ... " when they attempt go after you, Nick. q; )
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lein View Post
      ^ I like how people constantly ignore sentences providing context, such as "Still, compared to the last two seasons, ... " when they attempt go after you, Nick. q; )
      Right, everything is relative... people must realize that this season can be filled with plight and still a vast improvement over the last two.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Kepler! This might open a spot for Harrison in Ft. Meyers too. Man, the Twins could be extremely young and good in 5 years. I'm just hoping all the prospects continue to take steps forward. The Twins have to be satisfied with the production of their prospects so far this season.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I didn't "go after him"....he said "throughout the organization", and I just want to have help understanding what is good at the MLB level. Nothing more sinister than that. No "digs". No nothing other than I'm trying to find hope at the MLB level. Actually looking for someone to offer some positives so I can see them, and not just see the negatives.

      What has improved over the last two, that's what I'm trying to understand. The hitting and pitching and fielding are worse, by WAR measurements (and their components) for everyone but the relief pitchers. So, I'm looking for some bright spots, and I am struggling to see them. If Nick, or you, have ideas of what they are, I'm all eyes.
    1. boylan's Avatar
      boylan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      Will there be other moves? They move 3 players to New Britain and only one to Rochester.
      Yeah, I wonder about that two. Did they release two kids to free up roster spots?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      At the moment, I've got a few names I'd like to see promoted. Some might be a little unlikely, but as far as performance goes, these players have all been solid.
      AAA Kyle Gibson
      AAA Andrew Albers
      AA Josmil Pinto
      AA Logan Darnell
      A+ Kennys Vargas
      A+ Matt Koch
      A+ Zach Jones
      A Byron Buxton
      A Dalton Hicks
      A Steven Gruver
      Rk Angel Mata
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