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Top Five Twins Prospects Who Should Be Promoted

Posted by jzenk42 , 24 May 2017 · 3,678 views

nick burdi tom hackimer chris paul jermaine palacios sean poppen
Top Five Twins Prospects Who Should Be Promoted We are more than a month and a half into the season, and several prospects have gotten off to a great start. I avoided the prospects who have just been on their current team for just the last month and a half. Last year, I made a list like this and all five were promoted soon after I wrote it, so we’ll see if I have similar luck this year.

5. Tom Hackimer, RP, Cedar Rapids

I was tempted to put Fort Myers’ Williams Ramirez in this spot, but I decided against it since he has only pitched 22 innings with the Miracle. Hackimer debuted with the Kernels last season and had a terrific season, but has been much better in 2017. In 2016, he had a 2.39 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has improved upon those numbers this season. In 22 innings, he has an ERA of just 1.64 and an incredible WHIP of just 0.59, which leads the Twins minor league system. His six saves ranks second in the system and has just walked two batters in his 22 innings. Last year’s fourth round pick also has given up just one homer in his 48.1 career innings with the Kernels. He also is striking out more than one per inning, having struck out 25 already. His numbers across the board are sensational and the former St. John’s star should be getting the call to join High-A Fort Myers very soon.

4. Chris Paul, 3B, Fort Myers

When he is not throwing alley-oops to Blake Griffin, you can find Paul lighting up the Florida State League. After dominating in Cedar Rapids last season, he was promoted to Fort Myers after just seven games. He did not have the same amount of success with the Miracle following his promotion. He batted just .228, having just two homers and 36 RBI in 92 games in Fort Myers last season, but his numbers so far in 2017 are near the stats he put up with Cedar Rapids in 2016. This has been a theme for Paul ever since being drafted by the Twins in 2015. Every year, Paul has started with a bang to earn a promotion and then has struggled mightily following it, only to bounce back at the start of the new season. Through 43 games in High-A this year, Paul is hitting .335, which leads the organization. He also is in the top five in the Twins system in OPS, doubles and runs batted in. He is due for a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga soon, but it will depend on how invested the organization is in T.J. White, who Paul would replace with the Lookouts.

3. Sean Poppen, SP, Cedar Rapids

Last year’s 19th round pick has been impressive in every stop he has made in the organization. His worst stop was actually Elizabethton, where he had a 2.97 ERA, but walked 18 in 36 innings. After a promotion to Cedar Rapids last year, Poppen went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA. His control improved a bit, but still walked six in 17 innings in his four games (three starts) last year with the Kernels. This year, his control has improved and his numbers have remained very good. In his eight starts so far, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.68. In his 50.1 innings, he has walked just 11. His walks per nine innings is currently tied for second in the organization. He also ranks in the top five among the Twins affiliates in strikeouts per nine with 8.7. With him already being 23, it would be a good decision to challenge him at High-A Fort Myers.

2. Jermaine Palacios, 2B, Cedar Rapids

In 2015, Palacios took Minor League Baseball by storm, hitting .370 in his stops between the GCL Twins and Elizabethton. But last year was a disappointment. In his first season with Cedar Rapids, Palacios was a part-time starter and hit just .222. However, he is back to his 2015 form this season with the Kernels. This year, he is near the top of the Twins minor league system in many offensive categories. His batting average (.327) is second in the Twins system and his slugging percentage (.544) leads the system. He also shown some extra base power, having 20 extra base hits, including six homers. Palacios has six steals as well, but has been caught five times. The 20-year-old will probably spend most, if not all, of the season down in Cedar Rapids, but he will make his Fort Myers debut at some point in the near future. With his impressive season, he is showing that last year may have been a but of a fluke and may have risen into the top 10 for Twins prospects.

1. Nick Burdi, RP, Chattanooga

After an arm injury wiped out nearly his entire 2016 season, Burdi has come back with a vengeance this season. When he was drafted out of Louisville in 2014, Minnesota expected him to be up with the team late that season or in 2015, but injuries have his hurt his progress and had been mediocre when on the field when he was healthy. He has finally put it all together in 2017. He has just allowed a single run in his 17 innings this year, and his 0.53 ERA is second in the Twins system. His WHIP of 0.76 is also third in the system and has punched out 20 in his 17 innings. I am not sure he will be moved up really soon due to him having pitched only 20 innings in a little more than a season. However, if he keeps this up, he will be with the Twins or Triple-A Rochester at some point this season.

As always, feel free to comment with players who you think should be in the top five.

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Good post! Hard to argue with any of these names.

 

Hopefully, a Chris Paul promo to Chattanooga wouldn't cost TJ White his job.  Sort of like that kid.  Maybe they could co-exist on the roster somehow.

 

Wonder if Poppen's teammate at CR, Clark Beeker, warrants a look for a promo soon.  Have to think Zander Wiel will be with the Lookouts by July/August.

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Good post! Hard to argue with any of these names.

 

Hopefully, a Chris Paul promo to Chattanooga wouldn't cost TJ White his job.  Sort of like that kid.  Maybe they could co-exist on the roster somehow.

 

Wonder if Poppen's teammate at CR, Clark Beeker, warrants a look for a promo soon.  Have to think Zander Wiel will be with the Lookouts by July/August.

Thanks! I agree with Beeker. He is already 23, so I could see him possibly moving quickly through the system. There are a number of relievers who have gotten off to fast starts. It will be interesting to see who the next big promotion will be...

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Lewin Diaz, too.

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I agree with all of these. Especially Poppen!

 

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Good list.

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Lewin Diaz, too.

I actually had him at 6. There is no doubt he gets promoted at some point this season if he keeps it up...

LaMonte Wade is looking pretty good in AA and we are pretty slim in our MLB OF backups.

Thanks for the list. Fun to pull for these young men.

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Hosken Bombo Disco
May 25 2017 11:10 PM

 

Thanks! I agree with Beeker. He is already 23, so I could see him possibly moving quickly through the system. There are a number of relievers who have gotten off to fast starts. It will be interesting to see who the next big promotion will be...

Beeker is actually 24, but has a mild case of homerun-itis in his past few starts at Cedar Rapids.

 

Based only on following them via the MiLB site, I think the chances are good that one or both of Poppen and Beeker are in high A Fort Myers before long, and to stick around a while after that! 

 

 

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strumdatjaguar
May 27 2017 12:53 PM

Darn shame regarding Nicki Burdi.Hope he comes back from Tommy John better than ever.Persevere!