30. Aderlin Mejia, SS/2B/Util, SH, DOB: 5/12/92
2013 A+: 328 plate appearances, .308/.359/.349 (.708, .664 career), 10 doubles, 1 triple, 0 homers, 26 walks, 30 strikeouts, 14 stolen bases, 10 times caught stealing
Mejia has been fortunate to be in the right place (Fort Myers) at the right time when that team suddenly needs a player due to injury. Mejia ran with the opportunity this year at Fort Myers, even though he basically jumped from the GCL. That's a big jump, but Mejia
This continues my prospect countdown. This is quite an interesting mix of players, for Minier to D. Romero, and the inclusion of Nate Roberts and Adrian Salcedo.
40. Amaurys Minier, 3B, SH, DOB: 1/30/96
2013 GCL: 119 PA, .214/.252/.455 (.707), 5 doubles, 2 triples, 6 homers, 6 walks, 29 strikeouts, 1 stolen base, 1 time caught stealing
There should be a fair amount of excitement surrounding Minier as he put up these numbers in the GCL before his 18th birthday.
Continuing my top 65 prospects. Here are 50-41:
50. Jason Wheeler, LHS, DOB: 10/27/90 2013 A+: 143.1, 3.70, 91/58 (6.2/3.0)
Wheeler walked more and struck out fewer in fewer innings at Fort Myers than his 2012 effort in Beloit. He has logged 300 innings in the past two seasons with a 3.57 ERA. I have to imagine he is heading back to Fort Myers to improve his K/BB rate in 2014.
49. Dan Rohlfing, C/corner OF, RH, DOB: 2/12/89
2013 AA/AAA (combined stats):
I have scrapped my earlier project of going by YOB. Why? Well, it took long enough to do . . . for things to slightly change in my mind here and there, so that the numbers were going to be messed up. Making a prospect list always involves weighing a bunch of different factors: floor/ceiling, durability, progress through the system, starter vs. reliever, positional versatility, etc. So it had changed enough for me to just go back to the old-fashioned way of constructing such a list.
Before jumping into 1990's class, I have to add in a player born in 1988 who I mistakenly skipped over.
50. Lester Oliveros, RHR, DOB: 5/28/88
AAA, but 2013 GCL: 6.1 IP, 8 strikeouts, 3 walks.
Oliveros is making his way back from injury but is still a promising reliever. He should be off to AAA to start 2014 with a chance to make it again with the Twins soon.
Now, getting on with it.
There are 13 players born in 1990 who make it on