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  • Minnesota Twins Will Send Seven To AFL

    The Twins announced Tuesday that they will be sending seven players to the Arizona Fall League this year. The list of prospects includes Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, Trevor May, Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario, A.J. Achter and Zach Jones.

    It's an impressive group, to be sure. The first five names comprised half of Twins Daily's Top 10 Twins Prospects this spring, and Buxton has of course solidified himself as the best young talent in all the minors with a phenomenal campaign between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers. While Buxton is the highlight, the most interesting players to follow may be the two pitchers acquired in trades last offseason.

    Meyer displayed dominating strikeout stuff in New Britain this year and has reportedly flashed 100 MPH heat in recent outings, but he missed two months with a shoulder injury and will finish the season with fewer than 100 innings pitched. He badly needs the additional work to build arm strength, but could become a factor for the big-league club in 2014.

    May has had a disappointing and inconsistent first year in Minnesota's system, but he has displayed a powerful arsenal and could improve his standing with a good showing in the AFL.

    Buxton and Kepler aren't on the verge of the majors but they may rank as the organization's top two outfield prospects with Oswaldo Arcia graduated and Aaron Hicks amidst a year-long slump. Rosario will continue to refine his skills at second base and should be in the mix to make his big-league debut next year. Achter and Jones are stand-out relief prospects.
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Kepler's elbow is the only issue/concern in this. How is it?

      Will be an AZ Fall League worth following.

      Achter is the only surprise. Good for him.

      Also surprised on Rosario being named.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Wow, that's great. Do they all get placed on the same squad or split up? That'd be a fun team to watch.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Wow, that's great. Do they all get placed on the same squad or split up? That'd be a fun team to watch.
      All the Twins prospects are on the same team.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=...d-Seven-To-AFL
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Don't forget, last year Nate Roberts was a late add to the AFL roster out of the MWL last year. They'll all play.

      And, Achter's been terrific, pretty much as good, if not better, than Tonkin the last two years. Very underrated.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Arizona Fall League announces 2013 staff, coaching assignments | MLB.com: News


      Glendale Team

      Jeff Smith, AA manager, is the team's manager

      WhiteSox/Reds/Dodgers/Marlins players
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=...d-Seven-To-AFL
    1. golfboy1's Avatar
      golfboy1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Don't forget, last year Nate Roberts was a late add to the AFL roster out of the MWL last year. They'll all play.

      And, Achter's been terrific, pretty much as good, if not better, than Tonkin the last two years. Very underrated.
      Yea, he's been under the radar but his stats the last 2 years are pretty impressive. I've not heard much about him. What's his stuff like?

      That's the best group the Twins have sent to the AFL. I'm looking forward to seeing all of them perform
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Jeff Smith?
    1. pab's Avatar
      pab -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      May? isn't he close to his innings from last year? Meyer, makes sense. Great looking list to me.
      May threw 151 two years ago and 149 last year.

      He's at 144 so far this year, and I'm guessing they'd like to extend him past 150. It means he won't be pitching for Rochester in the (potential) playoffs and won't be getting called up.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      I'm most optimistic about Meyer being on the team. Must mean the team isn't worrying about his shoulder as much as I am. Good to know.

      Kepler's a real surprise. He hasn't been doing to well in low A so this will be quite the jump for him.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Wow, that is pretty cool. Who wants to organize a Twins Daily trip to AZ?
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Here's the rosters for anyone interested in seeing who else is going.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by golfboy1 View Post
      Yea, he's been under the radar but his stats the last 2 years are pretty impressive. I've not heard much about him. What's his stuff like?

      That's the best group the Twins have sent to the AFL. I'm looking forward to seeing all of them perform

      Buxton and Kepler aren't on the verge of the majors......
      Here's the rosters for anyone interested in seeing who else is going.
      Kudos to the Twins organization for putting together such a strong group for AFL play. I guess Byron Buxton isn't as overwhelmed and exhausted from his 2013 meteoric advance through the organization's, and major league's, prospect charts as some speculated. The guy is driven to greatness and the Twins are on the same page now with Buck in that they too, expect he will force the issue of being "on the verge of the verge" of the majors for a mid-year 2014 debut.

      Anyone else planning a fall trip to Arizona? I was hoping that Meyer might be healthy enough to get exempted from the restrictions that could have made him ineligible for the AFL, now we get 2 more pleasant surprises in Buxton and Rosario, plus the others.

      Wow, that is pretty cool. Who wants to organize a Twins Daily trip to AZ?
      I'm there. Heck, besides getting the chance to mingle with all the paparazzi and minor league geek-talent-analysts, there's a fighting chance that I might even make a USAF Chief sighting.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I'm a little surprised that Buxton is getting the nod. I can see Kepler since he missed so much time, but Buxton.... My hopes for seeing him in 2014 just went up a little.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      They went basically all out with this group. Meyer was a lock and Achter was definitely the leading bullpen candidate. I thought that they might want to push Kepler. After that, I didn't consider May's innings issue, I am surprised about Rosario, really surprised about Buxton, and forgot about Zach Jones as a possible inclusion until about an hour or so ago while I was going about starting my new prospect list. The Twins get two A-level players in.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Anyone else planning a fall trip to Arizona? ... I'm there. Heck, besides getting the chance to mingle with all the paparazzi and minor league geek-talent-analysts, there's a fighting chance that I might even make a USAF Chief sighting.
      I might give this some consideration, as well.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Rosario will have a busy off-season as I suspect he will go straight from Arizona to the Puerto Rican Winter League. Will be interesting to see where he plays in both Arizona and P.R. as that will give us a hint of what to expect next year.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      We know a few will be added to the 40-man this off-season.

      Probably means May won't get a September call-up.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      I'm there. Heck, besides getting the chance to mingle with all the paparazzi and minor league geek-talent-analysts, there's a fighting chance that I might even make a USAF Chief sighting.
      Sighting? Pfffft. We're all staying with him. He just doesn't know it yet.

      Dibs on the Barcalounger at bedtime!
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