Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects
by, 10-28-2012 at 11:17 PM (949 Views)
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.