• Minnesota Twins Top 50 Prospects (Part 4: 11-20)

    Today, we continue to work through my Top 50 Twins Prospects list by looking at my choices for prospects 11 through 20. Last week, we looked at prospects 21-30, prospects 31-40, and prospects 41 through 50. For those that don’t think the Twins have any shortstop prospects, you may want to check out this section. There are some high-quality, future big-league arms in this range. A couple of them were just drafted last year. Unfortunately, a couple of them are currently having some injury issues. There is also a guy who may be Ryan Doumit’s successor… or Joe Mauer’s?

    Without further ado, let’s get to the list. Here are my choices for Twins Prospects 11-20:

    #20 –Pedro Florimon, SS


    The Twins claimed Florimon from the Orioles in December. Days later, they DFAd him and when he cleared waivers, the Twins out-righted him, a great strategy to bring in talent yet not lose a 40 man roster spot. The switch-hitting 25 year old was originally signed by the Orioles in 2004 out of the Dominican Republic. He played for AA Bowie last year and hit .267/.344/.396 with 27 doubles, four triples, and eight home runs. He also stole 15 bases. He went 1-8 with a walk, a double and six strikeouts with the Orioles in September. He impressed the Twins coaches this spring with his glove and arm. He began the season with 30 games in New Britain. He hit .283/.347/.372 with four doubles and two home runs. He moved up to Rochester where he has played 19 games and hit .257/.304/.378 with a double, triple and two home runs.

    #19 – Matt Summers, RHP


    Summers was drafted in 2008 by the New York Yankees, as an outfielder. Instead of signing, he went to UC-Irvine and gradually became a pitcher. The Twins used their 4th round pick to take Summers. Due to innings, they had him pitch in the Elizabethton bullpen. In 20.2 innings ,he gave up 11 hits, walked five and struckout 36 batters. Moving to the Midwest League this year, has been a learning experience for Summers. He struggled early but has been much better in May. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 4.21 ERA. In 55.1 innings, he has given up 48 hits, walked 19 and struckout 29. Summers has a fastball in the mid-90s with a sharp slider as well.

    #18 – Danny Santana, SS


    The Twins signed Santana, the 22 year old shortstop, from the Dominican Republic in December of 2007. The 5-11, 170 pounder has an incredible tool set. Defensively, he has tremendous range and a great arm. Offensively, Santana is a very aggressive hitter. He is not one to walk much. That is evident by the fact that he hasn’t had an OBP over .300 since 2009 in the GCL. He isn’t a big guy, but he is aggressive and has good extra-base pop in his bat. Last year in Beloit, he hit 15 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. He also stole 24 bases. In 41 games with the Miracle this year, he is hitting .299/.322/.414 (.736) with five doubles, three triples and three home runs.

    #17 – Madison Boer, RHP


    The Twins went with a local product with their second round pick in 2011. They drafted the 22 year old right-hander from Eden Prairie out of the University of Oregon. In college, he went back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation. When he is a starter, his fastball sits between 92 and 94 mph, but when pitching out of the bullpen, he hits 97. He also throws a hard slider. After signing, he went to Elizabethton, where he predictably dominated. In 17.1 innings, he walked two and struck out 31. He struggled with a 6.75 ERA in eight Beloit innings, although he did walk just one and struckout twelve. He began this season with five starts in Beloit where he went 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 27.2 innings. He moved up to Ft. Myers where he has lasted just 20.2 innings in five starts. He is 0-5 with an 11.76 ERA. That said, in his most recent start, he gave up just one earned run in five innings.

    #16 – Niko Goodrum, SS


    The Twins used their 2nd round pick in 2010 on a high school shortstop named Cartier Goodrum. “Niko” got off to a horrible start in the GCL after signing. Last year in Elizabethton, he was terrific but it was lost behind the big seasons of Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. He hit .275/.352/.382 with ten doubles, three triples and two home runs He stole eight bases, and although he committed a lot of errors, he has great range and a very strong arm. Long and lanky, he will need to bulk up a little to continue hitting for any power. The 20-year-old will go back to Elizabethton and hopefully put up some big numbers.

    #15 – Levi Michael, SS


    To say that the last twelve months have been tough for Levi Michael might be an understatement, well, other than that seven-figure signing bonus. His North Carolina team advanced to the College World Series, but he struggled mightily. He fell to the Twins with the 30th pick even though many draft experts ranked him much higher. He signed at the very last minute, and he didn’t play at all last season because he had so many injuries. The Twins started him in Ft. Myers this year, and he has really struggled. Just 21 years old, he is quite young for his draft class thanks to skipping his senior year of high school to go play in college. The switch-hitter should eventually hit for average with some gap power. He has a good glove and hands, but average range and arm, so most believe he’ll eventually move to second base.

    #14 – BJ Hermsen, RHP


    The 22-year-old was the Twins 6th round pick in 2008 out of high school in Iowa. The Twins went well over slot to sign him and keep him from going to Oregon State. Hermsen split the 2011 season between Beloit and Ft. Myers. He was my runner-up for 2011 Twins minor league pitcher of the year. He went 13-8 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. In 151.1 innings, he walked just 37 and struck out 101. Despite a 6-6 frame, Hermsen relies on control of an 85-89 mph two-seam fastball that has very heavy sink. His four-seamer can touch 91-92. He has a very good curveball and changeup, but teammates are most impressed by his poise. He made just nine starts at Ft. Myers (5 last year, 4 this year) before being promoted to AA New Britain. In five starts there, he has already pitched 35 innings. He is 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. The Twins will need to decide following the season whether to add him to the 40 man roster or not. It’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t, at this point.

    #13 – Adrian Salcedo, RHP


    The Twins signed Salcedo out of the Dominican Republic in December of 2007. The 21-year-old has been very successful at every step up the ladder. In 2011 in Beloit, he went 6-6 but posted a 2.93 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 135 innings, he walked just 27 and struck out just 92. At 6-4 and 175, he is lanky and very athletic. His fastball is in the low-90s. He also has a good curveball and a good changeup that sit between 84 and 86 mph. This year he moved up to Ft. Myers and really struggled. In seven starts, he went just 22.1 innings. Twice he left in the first inning. Once, due to a one-hopper that broke his nose, and the other time due to a blister. However, he allowed 27 hits, walked 15 and struckout 13. With control issues that he had never fought before, immediately there was concern about his elbow. He was put on the disabled list with an elbow injury and has had an MRI. For now, he will be rehabbing.

    #12 –Alex Wimmers, RHP


    Speaking of rehabbing, that is what Wimmers is doing down in Ft. Myers despite being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. You can’t help but feel bad for the 2010 first-round draft pick from Ohio State. When he was drafted, his changeup and poise were deemed most major league ready. 2011 was a tough year, and yet by the end, he had overcome Blass Disease and finished the season with a 7-inning, no-hitter. The 23-year-old began this season with New Britain and made one start. That’s when the elbow issue started, and he hasn’t pitched since, and reports I’m hearing indicate it might be awhile before he pitches again. However, when healthy, the two-time Big 10 Pitcher of the Year has a good fastball at 88 to 92 mph. He throws a curveball, and his changeup is terrific.

    #11 – Chris Herrmann, C


    The Twins used their sixth round pick in 2009 draft on the athletic, versatile Herrmann. In college, he played all over the infield and outfield. The Twins drafted him as a catcher. He has played a lot of outfield in his time in the Twins system, but in the last two years, he has spent the majority of his time honing his catching skills. In 2011, he split time between Ft. Myers and New Britain and hit a combined .269/.385/.399 with 19 doubles, six triples, eight homers, 62 RBI and ten steals. He went to the AFL and hit .380/.456/.620 with six doubles and two homers. For the second straight season, he was invited to big league spring training where he continued to impress. He started out slow in New Britain this spring, but he is now hitting .260/.310/.410 with 14 doubles and four home runs. Herrmann could be with the Twins as early as September.


    So, there you have my choices for Twins prospects 11-20. Later this week, I’ll be back with my next installment which will be The Top Ten Twins Prospects.

    If you have any questions or comments on any of these prospects, please feel free to ask.


    (photo courtesy milb.com)
    This article was originally published in blog: Minnesota Twins Top 50 Prospects (Part 4: 11-20) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      wow....pretty good job I like this list a lot.

      I wish i was as high on Boer as Seth, but unfortunately i am not. And Pedro Florimon at #20 suprised me a bit, does he deserve or fitt in a top 50? Yeah definately but in a top 20-25? i don't know.

      I don't see it.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Florimon is interestingly ranked. I think it is probably high given his age and production combination. I think that the Twins did a dis-service to both Michael and Grimes to having them play at least a level higher than they belong. Michael should be in Beloit. Speaking of Beloit, now that I am pretty sure that he will not make your list, you might want to give a second look at Matthew Koch. I really liked what I saw in ST both as far as catching and hitting goes and he reminds me a lot of Chris Herrmann with a tad more power and less discipline and better catch and throw behind the plate. I know he is flying well under the radar, but he will not be for long if he continues like this...
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Thanks for putting in all the work on this Seth! It's a great read and fun to debate. With regards to Michael. Does anyone feel that he fell for a reason and not just the injuries. His college statistics and his pro ball stats thus far don't look that impressive and as a first round pick you would think that he would be extrordinary at something. But he just seems to be average at best in most aspects. I think that Carroll's stats from last year with the dodgers is the most we will ever get out of our first round pick. I thought it was a bad take at the time and still fell that way. There were power arms I would rather have taken. But here's to hoping I'm completely wrong!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by shs_59 View Post
      wow....pretty good job I like this list a lot.

      I wish i was as high on Boer as Seth, but unfortunately i am not. And Pedro Florimon at #20 suprised me a bit, does he deserve or fitt in a top 50? Yeah definately but in a top 20-25? i don't know.

      I don't see it.
      In both of those cases, it might speak to where the farm system is. Boer is about potential, certainly not about the stats he has put up.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      You might want to give a second look at Matthew Koch. I really liked what I saw in ST both as far as catching and hitting goes and he reminds me a lot of Chris Herrmann with a tad more power and less discipline and better catch and throw behind the plate. I know he is flying well under the radar, but he will not be for long if he continues like this...
      I partially agree. When I went down there earlier this year, he was only a name to me. But every time he hit the ball it sounded different than everyone else (except Sano). The problem for Koch - probably not for him as much as how he's regarded as a prospect - is his age. He'd be old for the FSL! Regardless, he's a name to watch.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Chance - I am completely unexcited about Michael... Ranking him #15 is actually two spots up from where I had him in my book in January. It's not due to anything he's done. A couple have graduated from the ranks of "prospect" and some injuries as well.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I partially agree. When I went down there earlier this year, he was only a name to me. But every time he hit the ball it sounded different than everyone else (except Sano). The problem for Koch - probably not for him as much as how he's regarded as a prospect - is his age. He'd be old for the FSL! Regardless, he's a name to watch.
      You're right. Koch (pronounced like "Coach") is plenty old for the level of competition. He had a couple of consecutive big games for the Snappers earlier this month. I have a very hard time ranking catchers because, unless they are a good prospect, they play about every other day. I like the .915 OPS, but 26 K in 77 AB isn't encouraging.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      Thanks for putting in all the work on this Seth! It's a great read and fun to debate. With regards to Michael. Does anyone feel that he fell for a reason and not just the injuries. His college statistics and his pro ball stats thus far don't look that impressive and as a first round pick you would think that he would be extrordinary at something. But he just seems to be average at best in most aspects. I think that Carroll's stats from last year with the dodgers is the most we will ever get out of our first round pick. I thought it was a bad take at the time and still fell that way. There were power arms I would rather have taken. But here's to hoping I'm completely wrong!
      I was thinking the same thing. Using a #1 pick for a player with such a low ceiling seems foolish. I wonder if the scouting was flawed or if the Twins were avoiding better players who might want more money.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Koch is 24 years old playing in Low A and didn’t really dominate at E-town. He is a 4 year college player and with his experience we would need to see him against better caliber pitching. At his age he needs to be either dominating Beloit or in High A doing well to be considered a top 50 prospect. At this point Koch is organizational filler whose ceiling is a cup of coffee when is 28. If he gets a mid-season call up to FM, and shows something more than he might get consideration in the 50-40 range.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I was thinking the same thing. Using a #1 pick for a player with such a low ceiling seems foolish. I wonder if the scouting was flawed or if the Twins were avoiding better players who might want more money.
      Not that I've had a lot of faith in the scouting department these last few years, but to be fair, Michael in the eyes of many national writers was not a bad move. There were several writers including Keith Law that had Michael ranked higher (pre draft) than where the Twins drafted him. That being said, I, like Seth, can't seem to get very excited about him.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      That's exactly right, and that's what I continue to hope for. The 'draft experts' had him ranked much higher than the 30th spot where the Twins got him. They must have seen something to tell them that he's more than a future utility infielder. From a distance, I don't necessarily see it yet. However, he is quite young for his draft class, did play big time college baseball and succeeded. Obviously need to let him continue to play and hope he improves.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      There are some future MLB players in this part of the list. Not sure what to think about Michael. I wasn't thrilled with the pick when it was made, and so far, well, I'm with Seth, just not that excited by him. Let's hope they figure out what to do with Wimmers' elbow sooner, rather than later. If/when healthy, he's still a legit MLB starting candidate, imo. Boer is the one that I'm bummed on so far. I don't think he'll stay this bad, but I'm bummed on his outcomes so far this year. he and the other recent sandwich and "first round/2nd round" picks at pitcher remind me why I want a pitcher with pick 2....
    1. jmlease1's Avatar
      jmlease1 -
      I'm increasingly leery of the plan for Wimmers. More rehab on an elbow injury for a Twins starter? It's going to really suck if he spends the next 3-4 months rehabbing the injury...and then has to have surgery (Tommy John?) anyways. I hope he's getting second and third opinions.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The reports I'm hearing from Ft. Myers are that Wimmers' elbow is not improving at all. I'd guess that they'll make a decision in the next month. Obviously I hope not, and hope that the rehab proves to be the right decision.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Koch is 23.5 years old, not 24. Yes, he should be playing in Fort Myers immediately, but when the organization loads in terrible catchers from the top (Butera, Rivera, Towles), one cannot expect proper promotions (Herrmann up one, Rohfing, Pinto up one, Koch up one).
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Gibson, Bromberg (back now, thankfully), Stuifbergen, and now Wimmers and Salcedo (and Soliman?). It's like a curse. I fear for Hendriks and Hermsen . . .
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The reports I'm hearing from Ft. Myers are that Wimmers' elbow is not improving at all. I'd guess that they'll make a decision in the next month. Obviously I hope not, and hope that the rehab proves to be the right decision.
      Typical Twins. They'll lose Wimmers thru next summer, maybe a month or so.

      Don't draft Gioloto(sp), he'll just wind up having TJ surgery too, given the "Twins way" of rest/rehab.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      Gibson, Bromberg (back now, thankfully), Stuifbergen, and now Wimmers and Salcedo (and Soliman?). It's like a curse. I fear for Hendriks and Hermsen . . .
      I just can't help but think that it's just bad luck, right? I mean, I just can't explain it. Bromberg's was totally bad luck. but you're right it's alarming.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I just can't help but think that it's just bad luck, right? I mean, I just can't explain it. Bromberg's was totally bad luck. but you're right it's alarming.

      Tootle
      Bashore
      Osterbrock

      Among those in the last 4 years also lost to arm surgery and gone now.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I'm trying to think of who's left.
      Gibson
      Harrison
      Benson
      Hicks
      Sano
      Rosario
      Arcia
      Boyd
      Henriks (If he counts?)
      ? You got me on this one
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