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Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects

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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"]
[TR]
[TD]Rank[/TD]
[TD]Player[/TD]
[TD]POS[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1[/TD]
[TD]Miguel Sano[/TD]
[TD]3B[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2[/TD]
[TD]Byron Buxton[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]3[/TD]
[TD]Aaron Hicks[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]4[/TD]
[TD]Oswaldo Arcia[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]5[/TD]
[TD]Eddie Rosario[/TD]
[TD]2B[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6[/TD]
[TD]Kyle Gibson[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]7[/TD]
[TD]Jose (JO) Berrios[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]8[/TD]
[TD]Max Kepler[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]9[/TD]
[TD]Kennys Vargas[/TD]
[TD]1B[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]10[/TD]
[TD]Joe Benson[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]11[/TD]
[TD]Travis Harrison[/TD]
[TD]3B[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]12[/TD]
[TD]Adrian Salcedo[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]13[/TD]
[TD]Danny Santana[/TD]
[TD]SS[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]14[/TD]
[TD]Chris Herrmann[/TD]
[TD]C/OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]15[/TD]
[TD]BJ Hermsen[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]16[/TD]
[TD]Alex Wimmers[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]17[/TD]
[TD]Adam Walker[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]18[/TD]
[TD]Mason Melotakis[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]19[/TD]
[TD]Jorge Polanco[/TD]
[TD]IF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]20[/TD]
[TD]Pedro Hernandez[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]21[/TD]
[TD]Danny Ortiz[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]22[/TD]
[TD]Matt Summers[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]23[/TD]
[TD]Luke Bard[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]24[/TD]
[TD]Levi Michael[/TD]
[TD]2B[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]25[/TD]
[TD]Hudson Boyd[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]26[/TD]
[TD]Nate Roberts[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]27[/TD]
[TD]Niko Goodrum[/TD]
[TD]SS[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]28[/TD]
[TD]Kuo-Hu Lo[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]29[/TD]
[TD]Michael Tonkin[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]30[/TD]
[TD]Madison Boer[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]31[/TD]
[TD]Bruce Pugh[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]32[/TD]
[TD]JD Williams[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]33[/TD]
[TD]Angel Mata[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]34[/TD]
[TD]DJ Baxendale[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]35[/TD]
[TD]Tyler Duffey[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]36[/TD]
[TD]JT Chargois[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]37[/TD]
[TD]Zach Jones[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]38[/TD]
[TD]Randy Rosario[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]39[/TD]
[TD]Jason Wheeler[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]40[/TD]
[TD]Josh Burris[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]41[/TD]
[TD]Matt Hauser[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]42[/TD]
[TD]Josue Montanez[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]43[/TD]
[TD]Tom Stuifbergen[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]44[/TD]
[TD]Dereck Rodriguez[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]45[/TD]
[TD]Corey Williams[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]46[/TD]
[TD]Romy Jimenez[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]47[/TD]
[TD]Austin Malinowski[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]48[/TD]
[TD]Tyler Jones[/TD]
[TD]RHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]49[/TD]
[TD]Brett Lee[/TD]
[TD]LHP[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]50[/TD]
[TD]Jeremias Pineda[/TD]
[TD]OF[/TD]
[/TR]
[/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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