Tracking the Twins Top Prospects
That's what we'll do here today. In each of the four Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbooks that I have written, I put in my Top Twins Prospect rankings and those of several Twins writers and bloggers, local and national.
Although we are just three weeks into the minor league season, I thought it would be good to track how the Twins top minor league prospects are performing to date. We can track this monthly, or whenever, to see how these guys are doing.
#1 Miguel Sano - 3B - Beloit Snappers - 18
Sano has stepped into the full-season and come out hitting like crazy. He is hitting .311/.447/.705 (1.152 OPS) in 61 at bats. He has four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 18 RBI. He has 14 walks, but he also has struck out 20 times. Not just a big man, he has good speed and has stolen two bases in three attempts.
#2 Eddie Rosario - 2B - Beloit Snappers - 20
Last year's Appalachian League MVP is off to a very solid start in 2012. he is hitting .317/.427/.444 (.871) in 63 at bats. He had five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI. He has good speed, stealing six bases in eight attempts. He also has walked 12 times and struck out just 11 times. His transition to 2B is going as expected. He has five errors already, but reports indicate that he is doing better than that number would indicate.
#3 Oswaldo Arcia - RF - Ft Myers Miracle - 20
He is somewhat off to a slow start, hitting just .267/.358/.467 (.825) in 45 at bats. A lingering leg injury cost him about a week's worth of games already this month. He had a big 4-5 game on Sunday with a triple and a home run that really boosted his early season numbers. He has two doubles, two triples, a home run and four RBI on the year. He has six walks, but the number to watch with him is his strikeouts, and he already has 17.
#4 Aaron Hicks - CF - New Britain Rock Cats - 22
Many expected Hicks to struggle with the jump to AA this spring, but he has held his own to this point. He is hitting .274/.356/.516 (.872) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and ten RBI in 62 at bats. He is also 2-3 in steal attempts. He has walked nine times and struck out 16 times. Hicks has a history of being quite streaky and we've seen that already in the early season. The goal will be to minimize the length of the bad streaks.
#5 Joe Benson - CF - Rochester Red Wings - 24
Benson is off to a slow start in AAA. He is hitting .185/.318/.241 (.559) in 54 at bats. He has one double, one triple and no home runs to this point. He has walked ten times, but he has also struck out 17 times. That is the key for him, putting the ball in play because when he does, generally good things happen. He is also 3-3 on the base paths so far this season, and we all know about his range and arm on defense.
#6 Liam Hendriks - RHP - Minnesota Twins - 23
Thanks to a bout with food poisoning, Hendriks missed his first start of the season, but he has been solid in his first two starts since. He is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 11.2 innings, he has given up 12 hits, walked just two and struck out five. In each of his games, on bad home run ball allowed really hurt him, but he has looked poised and shown good stuff on the mound.
#7 Kyle Gibson - RHP - Rochester Red Wings - 24
As you know, Gibson is on the Disabled List after having Tommy John surgery in September. He expects to throw off of a mound in early June and could be making rehab starts in late July or early August. The goal is to have him ready to compete for a Twins job next spring training.
#8 Adrian Salcedo - RHP - Ft. Myers Miracle - 21
The talented right-hander has made three starts this season without a decision. He has a 3.21 ERA that looks much better than the 1.64 WHIP he has posted. In 14 innings, he had allowed 15 hits, uncharacteristically walked eight and struck out ten.
#9 Alex Wimmers - RHP - New Britain Rock Cats - 23
After a frustrating 2011 season that ended with a no-hitter in Ft. Myers, Wimmers made the jump to AA to start the 2012 season. In his first start, he gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. (4.15 ERA, 1.85 WHIP) He hasn't pitched since due to a sore back and a slightly strained flexor (elbow). He hasn't pitched in two weeks, but hopefully he can get back on a mound soon.
#10 Chris Parmelee - 1B/OF - Minnesota Twins - 24
Parmelee was a big surprise in spring training, earning a spot on the big league roster thanks to the decision to use Justin Morneau primarily as a DH. He has held his own at the start of the season, hitting .273/.304/409 (.713) in 44 at bats. He has four doubles, a triple and two RBI. he has walked just twice and struck out 11 times.
#11 Brian Dozier - SS/2B - Rochester Red Wings - 24
Dozier has certainly made a name for himself in the organization's mind the last two seasons. He got off to a great start in AAA this season, and despite going 4-27 (.148) in his last seven games, he is still hitting .311/.373/.459 (.832) in 61 at bats this season. He has six doubles, a home run and six RBI. He has walked six times and struck out nine times. He has just one steal in three attempts. To this point, he has hit 1st, 2nd and now 3rd in the Red Wings lineup. He has primarily played shortstop, but has a handful of starts at 2B as well. (It is important to note that we have passed the point in the season where, if the Twins called him up today, they would still have control of his services until the 2018 season. He would be a Super-2 arbitration-eligible player, but the Twins would keep him the extra season.)
#12 Travis Harrison - 3B - Extended Spring Training - 19
The Twins supplemental first round pick in 2012 is playing in Extended Spring Training right now and will play in either the GCL or for Elizabethton when the short-seasons start in late-June.
#13 Tom Stuifbergen - RHP - Ft. Myers Miracle - 23
He came to spring training with an injured foot and a sore shoulder. A recent MRI indicated some issues in his shoulder that hopefully can be fixed through some shoulder strengthening. It is still uncertain when he will next pitch.
#14 Angel Morales - CF - Ft. Myers Miracle - 22
2011 was a lost season for Morales, for the most part, due to his elbow pain and then surgery. However, he is back in 2012 and hitting very well. He was the Florida State League's hitter of the week for the seasons for ten days. He is hitting .339/.400/.452 (.852) through 62 at bats. He has two doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI. he is 3-4 in stolen base attempts. He has seven walks, but a concern would be his 19 strikeouts.
#15 Chris Herrmann - C - New Britain Rock Cats - 24
Herrmann broke out last year and then made another strong impression this spring as a future Twins catcher. He is off to a slow start with the Rock Cats this year. He is hitting just .226/.273/.387 (.660) in 62 at batswith seven doubles, a homer and five RBI. He has just four walks to go with 13 strikeouts.
#16 Manuel Soliman - RHP - Ft. Myers Miracle - 22
The hard-throwing former 3B has moved up a level each year. He has made two starts with the Miracle this season before being put on the Disabled List this weekend with a sore shoulder. Through two starts, he had thrown just five innings. He was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. He allowed seven hits, walked five and struck out five.
#17 Levi Michael - SS - Ft. Myers Miracle - 21
Michael, the Twins top pick in 2011, is making his professional debut this spring. he is off to a slow start with the bat and the glove. In 57 at bats, he is hitting .228/.338/.281. This weekend, he smashed his first professional home run (and his first extra base hit). He has walked ten times and struck out ten times. He is 1-1 in steal attempts.
#18 Max Kepler - OF - Extended Spring Training - 19
The young German OF is starting this season in EST. He could advance to Beloit if there is a need, or he could return to Elizabethton and hope to improve upon a decent first showing there.
#19 Niko Goodrum - SS - Extended Spring Training - 20
The super-talented shortstop actually had a quietly very good 2011 in Elizabethton. He committed a lot of errors, but he did well with the bat. He is back at EST, and like Kepler, I would not be surprised if he moves up to Beloit before the short-season starts.
#20 Hudson Boyd - RHP - Extended Spring Training - 19
The Twins second supplemental first round pick last year was the stocky right-hander from Ft. Myers. He throws hard and it will be interesting to see if he goes to the GCL or Elizabethton.
#21 BJ Hermsen - RHP - Ft. Myers Miracle - 22
Everyone wants to point out that he doesn't throw real hard, but what he does do is get hitters out with a good mix of pitches and a poise on the mound. Hersen has made three starts and is yet to get a decision despite tremendous numbers. He is 0-0 with a 0.50 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. In 18 innings, had has given up just nine hits, walked just four and struck out ten.
#22 Danny Santana - SS/2B/CF - Ft. Myers Miracle - 21
Santana got off to a very fast start with the Miracle, and even now after 66 at bats, he is hitting .303/.324/.455 (.778). He has two doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI. He has walked just twice and struck out nine times. Very fast, he is just 2-4 in stolen base attempts.
#23 Madison Boer - RHP - Beloit Snappers - 22
The Eden Prairie native and Twins 2nd round pick last June, Boer has found that the Midwest League can be a little more difficult than the Appy League. He has made four starts and is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 21.2 innings, he has given up 20 hits, walked seven and struck out 17. He is doing just fine as a starter.
#24 Logan Darnell - LHP - New Britain Rock Cats - 23
The left-hander who pitched at three levels last year returns to New Britain where he ended the season. He is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. In 16 innings in three starts, he has given up 13 hits, six walks and struck out ten.
#25 David Bromberg - RHP - New Britain Rock Cats - 24
Bromberg has been moved to the bullpen by the Twins and he has struggled in the transition. He did make one, three-inning spot start. The numbers don't look great. He is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 2.83 WHIP. However, it is just six innings. He has given up 13 hits, walked four and struck out just two.
So, there are the updates on my Top 25 Twins prospects from my Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. I'll be looking to update my Top 50 Twins Prospect list in late May or early June, before the draft. So, continue to look for updates.
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