• Minnesota Twins Prospect Ranking Compilation


    In recent weeks, several more Twins prospect rankings came out. In the past two weeks, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus added their Top 10 Twins rankings.

    Here is a compilation of Twins prospect rankings. Feel free to discuss and compare. If you know of other lists we should add to this, please link to them in the Comments.

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    ProspectStohsAmericaProspectusSickelsChristie
    Miguel Sano11211
    Byron Buxton22132
    Aaron Hicks35343
    Oswaldo Arcia43424
    Eddie Rosario57655
    Kyle Gibson64566
    JO Berrios76777
    Max Kepler88889
    Kennys Vargas9   15
    Joe Benson10  1210
    Travis Harrison11 998
    Adrian Salcedo12   18
    Daniel Santana139  11
    Chris Herrmann14   19
    BJ Hermsen15    
    Alex Wimmers16   17
    Adam Walker17  1820
    Mason Melotakis18  1013
    Jorge Polanco19 101312
    Pedro Hernandez20    
    Daniel Ortiz21    
    Matt Summers22    
    Luke Bard2310 1114
    Levi Michael24    
    Nate Roberts25  20 
    Niko Goodrum   1416
    JT Chargois   15 
    Zach Jones   16 
    Michael Tonkin   17 
    DJ Baxendale   19 
    Corey Williams   21
    This article was originally published in blog: Minnesota Twins Prospect Ranking Compilation started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Hmmm...I wonder why you didn't include mlb's list?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I should have listed their top 20... I guess...
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Some good reading on Fangraphs also. Remember, on Fangrpahs, the guy writing his top player list by position is only for players he has personally seen, so no comments on Sano for example. He has some interesting stuff on Twins' players.
    1. Teddy's Avatar
      Teddy -
      Interesting that Angel Morales is in MLB.com's #10 spot, but he doesn't appear anywhere among the 31 players on this list.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      One of several reasons that the mlb.com list isn't included.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      http://www.scoutingbook.com/prospects/MIN it is an ongoing list so it still has write ups from last year, but the rankings are up to date.
    1. Teddy's Avatar
      Teddy -
      So, Seth...other than the fact that MLB.com sucks almost as much as MLB TV, would you like to share some of the other reasons why the MLB.com list wasn't included?
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      How you rolled up the rankings is flawed. There aren't enough ranks to throw out the high and low (which, I assume, is why Hicks is ahead of Arcia). Also, it makes no sense that Vargas and Benson are ahead of Harrison.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teddy View Post
      So, Seth...other than the fact that MLB.com sucks almost as much as MLB TV, would you like to share some of the other reasons why the MLB.com list wasn't included?
      The primary reason was because i didn't even think about it until after I posted the blog.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
      How you rolled up the rankings is flawed. There aren't enough ranks to throw out the high and low (which, I assume, is why Hicks is ahead of Arcia). Also, it makes no sense that Vargas and Benson are ahead of Harrison.
      I didn't roll them up. I posted my Top 25, then posted where the other rankings had players. Nothing scientific.
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      Hmmm...

      The top eight make a rather tight grouping, which makes the bottom half of the projections far more interesting. Why do you think Sickels ranks five players in his top 25 that aren't mentioned by the other four fortune-tellers? Any idea, Seth?

      Thanks.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      The Twins minor league system is much improved this year. Recognize that 12 of 30 names on this list are guys who played in Elizabethton this year. Many of those kids received rave reviews for their play in 2012 and potential moving forward. Terry Ryan should receive some love for an excellent draft class. Although I want wins now - I believe that the Twins are building somethng special, that they can afford for years to come. Buxton; Berrios; Kepler; Harrison; Walker; Melotakis; Polanco; Bard; Goodrum; Chargois; Z. Jones; Baxendale; (Bold are T. Ryan Draftees). This list also excludes T, Duffy; T. Rogers; DJ Hicks; who all showed true promise moving forward.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy View Post
      Hmmm...

      The top eight make a rather tight grouping, which makes the bottom half of the projections far more interesting. Why do you think Sickels ranks five players in his top 25 that aren't mentioned by the other four fortune-tellers? Any idea, Seth?

      Thanks.
      Sickels and Seth are the only two lists that go to 25. The main difference between Seth and Johns ratings seems to be John like recent draftees over Seth, who ranks guys with longer track records, but lower ceilings higher.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy View Post
      Hmmm...

      The top eight make a rather tight grouping, which makes the bottom half of the projections far more interesting. Why do you think Sickels ranks five players in his top 25 that aren't mentioned by the other four fortune-tellers? Any idea, Seth?

      Thanks.
      The top 8 is very consistent for pretty much all rankings I've seen. As for Sickels, he has ranked 4-5 of the 2012 college relievers in his late teens. I believe in Chargois, Jones, etc., I have them ranked in the low 30s, which for me is very high for relievers. Those guys can definitely come up (and fairly quickly) and play a big role in the Twins bullpen. It's hard for me to rank relievers really high, especially guys just drafted last year, when their ceiling is 60-70 innings. Meanwhile, a #3 or #4 starting pitcher is going to pitch 150-180 innings a season. That said, I have no problem with Sickels ranking them that high because I think they can be impact players. Also, he ranked 20. I haven't seen what Baseball America's 11-30 are. My guess is they will have a bunch of those guys in their teens and 20s too.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by maxisagod View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy View Post
      Hmmm...

      The top eight make a rather tight grouping, which makes the bottom half of the projections far more interesting. Why do you think Sickels ranks five players in his top 25 that aren't mentioned by the other four fortune-tellers? Any idea, Seth?

      Thanks.
      Sickels and Seth are the only two lists that go to 25. The main difference between Seth and Johns ratings seems to be John like recent draftees over Seth, who ranks guys with longer track records, but lower ceilings higher.
      Right or wrong, it is more about relievers versus starters for me. I definitely believe in the 2012 draft picks. I had the chance to see Melotakis and Baxendale (who dominated as a reliever but will be a starter next year). I didn't get a chance to see Taylor Rogers or Zach Jones, but the stories of Jones in Beloit were enough to get me really excited. The kid consistently was hitting 98 and touched 100 a few times. Duffey was incredible all season, and Chargois will be very good too.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      http://www.mlbprospectportal.com/201...prospects.html

      MLB PROSPECT PORTAL
      found another site with rankings - surfing
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Seth
      Goodrum didn't make your top 25?
      I just noticed that now. Why not?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Seth
      Goodrum didn't make your top 25?
      I just noticed that now. Why not?
      Would have been good to see some improvement in his second season at E-Town.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      I am encouraged by all of the gushing from scouts about Goodrum's tools and his play at SS but I'm unimpressed by the results so far. He had a great June and pretty much sucked the last two months. He would sneak into my top 20 though.

      The guy that I haven't liked as much as others is Travis Harrison. He is likely headed to 1B and he really didn't hit that well this year for that position. Mediocre power and the stat line only looked good due to a .379 BAPIP. Jorge Polanco had more power, better plate discipline and has good up the middle defense.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      How did you get Baseball America's rankings, they just came out today???
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