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Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects

Attached Image: Miguel Sano Signing.jpg

Now that the TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook is available, it’s time for me to hunker down and dive head-first into the 2013 version of the Twins Prospect Handbook. It’s 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.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
So, here is my preliminary Top 50 list without much comment. Please feel free to discuss, disagree, ask questions, mention players that I didn’t, and generally just chat away.

Seth’s Preliminary Top 50

[TABLE="width: 217"]

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

[/TABLE]


There you have it, 1-50. There are some names that I’m 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. It’s not that there isn’t 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 can’t get myself to move him in front of the top 5. But that’s 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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