Top 20 Prospects
by, 12-14-2013 at 11:21 AM (868 Views)
As the Handbook receives it's finishing touches - and if you follow Seth on Twitter, you know it will be available very soon - I decided that I should put my list on here to get picked apart. Seth and Cody already made their choices public, so what the heck.
20. Francisco Romero, P
Romero is a long ways away and still has plenty of question marks, but the upside is evident.
19. Kennys Vargas, 1B
I'm probably lower on Vargas than most. I like the switch-hitting prospect plenty, but with the defensive questions, late-season swoon, and, frankly, lack of games (284 in five seasons), I want to see more.
18. Stuart Turner, C
While Turner didn't do much in his pro debut, the Twins are high on him. Couple that with his success at a high college level and his top-notch D, I think Turner could figure into the Twins plans sooner rather than later.
17. Travis Harrison, 3B
Though Harrison dropped from #9 on my list last season, it has less to do with him and more to do with others proving more.
16. Ryan Eades, P
I wanted to rank Eades higher, but his limited pro experience was rocky. He should have dominated and didn't. I get he was stretched thin and probably worn down, but the jump from the SEC to the Appy League is a significant jump down.
15. Adam Walker, OF
Walker should be a Top-10 prospect in most organizations. He's got huge power and athleticism. He'll get his first opportunity to be "the guy" when the season opens and that could do a lot for scouts around the country, who still believe he belongs at first base.
14. Jorge Felix, P
Guys that can maintain the ceiling of #2-#3 starter over the course of a couple seasons - rookie ball or not - deserve to be rated higher. The depth of this system pushes Felix a few notches down.
13. Josmil Pinto, C
Hopefully we're not fooled by the September Pinto had. The Twins are counting on Pinto to be a major league regular. I need to see defensive improvement before I consider him more than a second-division regular.
12. Max Kepler, OF
Kepler battled early season injuries and was slow to get back. Aggressively sent to the AFL, the Twins still believe in him. Similar to Walker, only younger and with less present power.
11. Danny Santana, SS
Still has some rough patches to iron out of his game, but he was the catalyst in a potent Rockcat lineup. This year is going to be a very big one for him.
10. Trevor May, P
Being a potential mid-rotation pitcher only a step away merits this ranking. Needs to be more efficient, but no reason to believe he can't be a solid big-leaguer even if that's the back-end of the bullpen.
9. Stephen Gonsalves, P
Pitching with a chip on his shoulder, Gonsalves was the best of the 2013 draft class. He gets an extra boost from fitting in the "tall, projectable lefty" group.
8. JO Berrios, P
I ranked Berrios #5 last year and don't like him any less. Though his polish would show more in low-A. Very curious about his path.
7. Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
Uh oh. Rosario after Polanco? Yep. After a long couple of months, show me something in 2014 Eddie and I'll re-consider next November. I still think Rosario has plenty of potential, don't get me wrong.
6. Jorge Polanco, 2B
May be the only person that believes Polanco is the long-term answer at 2B. Still has a long ways to go though.
5. Lewis Thorpe, P
This. High. Hear me out. Thorpe just turned 18. Wouldn't be draft eligible until after this season (would go 1st round) and already had the GCL by it's you-know-whats. He's gotta be in the same relative class as Stewart, right? And he's a lefty.
4. Kohl Stewart, P
Drafted fourth last year, why wouldn't I just leave him hear until I realize he should be much higher.
3. Alex Meyer, P
Meyer would be #1 in plenty of organizations (Stewart too probably), and I had a hard time not ranking him #2, but I let the shoulder problem of old convince me to keep him here.
2. Migual Sano, 3B
He's got power and a cannon and the personality to be the face of the franchise. He might cause benches to clear too. So, really, what's not to love?
1. Byron Buxton, CF
So there you have it. Fire away.