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Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects

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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.
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