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Cody's 2014 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects: 11-20

One of the benefits of being a bad team for multiple seasons is the Twins have been able to replenish their farm system with high draft picks the last two years. Add these players into a group that already included some top-notch talent and the future of the Twins organization continues to look bright.

Attached Image: Cedar_Rapids_Kernels_Hat.jpg Through the offseason there will be plenty of prospect lists released by a variety of media outlets. There are always differences how people view the particular talent in an organization. Does a pitcher with more upside in the lower levels of the minors rate higher than someone at Double-A? Should a slugger with terrible defense rate higher than a light-hitting middle infielder?

Those questions and more are all things to consider when compiling a list like the one you see below. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]This is just the first grouping in my top prospect list for this offseason. Check back next week to see how I rank the players nearer the top of the list.

11. Lewis Thorpe- LHP
2013 Team(s): GCL Twins
2013 Stats: 4-1, 2.05 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 44.0 IP, 6 BB, 64 K
The 17-year old burst onto the scene this year and surprised many with his performance in the GCL. He was wiping out batters, left and right, and he never faced a batter who was younger than himself. Left-handed hitters struggled by hitting .071/.093/.119. He might be the biggest surprise from last season and he is definitely a name to watch.

12. Travis Harrison- 3B
2013 Team(s): Cedar Rapids Kernels
2013 Stats: .253/.366/.416, 28-2B, 0-3B, 15 HR, 59 RBI
Harrison continues to show the power potential the Twins saw in him when they drafted him in the supplemental first round. There are still questions about whether he will be able to stay at third base but his power potential still projects him as a middle of the order bat. He got walked a ton this year and the Twins hope he continues to improve at the plate.

13. Trevor May- RHP
2013 Team(s): New Britain Rock Cats
2013 Stats: 9-9, 4.51 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 151.2 IP, 67 BB, 159 K
May joined the Twins last offseason in the Ben Revere trade. Minnesota had May repeat the Double-A level and he led the Rock Cats in many statistical categories. He is an innings eating pitcher, throwing 135 innings or more for the fourth consecutive season. There have been inconsistancies throughout his minor league career and this makes it tough to put him in the top 10 at this point. If he can make some adjustments at Triple-A, he could be one piece of the Twins starting rotation puzzle.

14. Danny Santana- SS

2013 Team(s): New Britain Rock Cats
2013 Stats: .297/.333/.386, 22-2B, 10-3B, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 30 SB
Santana continues to be one of the best hitting middle infield prospects in the organization. The Twins continue to trot him out at shortstop to see if he can work through some of his defensive flaws. With Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario locked in at second base, Santana is going to need to improve defensively to stay at shortstop. His batting average was almost 20 points higher than his career mark so the kid is a good and improving hitter.

15. Kennys Vargas- 1B
2013 Team(s): Ft. Myers Miracle
2013 Stats: .267/.344/.468, 33-2B, 1-3B, 11 HR, 93 RBI
The Florida State League is supposed to be a tough environment for hitters and Vargas did his best to make that look like a myth. His 33 doubles were near the top of the leader board and his 93 RBI were tops in the league. About a third of his time was spent at DH since he accumulated 11 errors in 758 chances at first. With previous concerns about his weight, it was good to see him play a career high 125 games in 2013. He's got a powerful swing and he should be making his mark in New Britain next year.

16. Niko Goodrum- SS
2013 Team(s): Cedar Rapids Kernels
2013 Stats: .260/.364/.369, 22-2B, 4-3B, 4 HR, 45 RBI, 20 SB
Much like Santana, the Twins want Goodrum to try to work out his defensive kinks at shortstop. He played a career high 81 games at the position this year and had 24 errors in 404 chances. In his first year in a full season league, there were up and down moments. In June, he hit over .315 with a .875 OPS but he followed that with a dismal July when he hit under .200 with a .539 OPS.

17. Jorge Felix-RHP
2013 Team(s): Elizabethton Twins
2013 Stats: 2-2, 2.95 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 61.0 IP, 18 BB, 72 K
After brief stints in the DOSL and the GCL, Felix made a strong impression in the Appalachian League this year. He raised his SO/9 rate from 8.7 in 2011 to 10.6 in 2013. His 2.7 BB/9 rate was the lowest of his career and he ranked third in the league for strikeouts in fewer innings than both the players in front of him. He's only made it through the rookie leagues but there is plenty of potential in Felix's right arm.

18. Ryan Eades- RHP
2013 Team(s): Elizabethton Twins
2013 Stats: 0-0, 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 12 BB, 13 K
This year's second round pick didn't get a lot of time to make his mark, pitching only 15.2 innings over 10 games for the E-Twins. He boasts an impressive college resume at LSU which plays in the tough SEC. He isn't going to strike out a ton of batters (78 K in 100 collegiate innings this spring) but his college experience could make him a fast mover in the years to come.

19. Stephen Gonsalves- LHP
2013 Team(s): GCL Twins, Elizabethton Twins
2013 Stats: 2-1, 0.95 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 28.1 IP, 11 BB, 39 K
Minnesota's fourth round pick from this past June made appearances with both rookie league squads while starting five games in his eight appearances. In limited action, he compiled some very impressive numbers including a 12.4 SO/9 rate. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, there is room to add weight and this could make him an even more effective pitcher.

20. Michael Tonkin- RHP
2013 Team(s): New Britain Rock Cats, Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins
2013 MILB Stats: 2-4, 21 S, 3.47 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 57.0 IP, 16 BB, 66 K
2013 MLB Stats: 0-0, 0 S, 0.79 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 3 BB, 10 K
Since switching to being a full-time bullpen arm in 2012, Tonkin has worked his way from Low-A to the MLB level. He's shown the ability to be a powerful strikeout arm and this might translate to him being an important part of the Twins bullpen. Glen Perkins seems to have the closer role locked up at this point so Tonkin could turn into the set-up man of the future.

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