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  • Minnesota Twins Top 50 Prospects: Summary

    Over the past three weeks, I have been posting my choices for the top 50 Minnesota Twins Prospects. As the lists have been posted, there has been some tremendous discussion in the Comments about the lists. So below, I will post my top 50 as presented. I encourage you to let me know who is too high, or to low?

    Then, I've been encouraging you to prepare your own person Top 10 or Top 20 or Top 50 Twins prospect list. It would be interesting to see who others rank where because we all have our own personal favorite prospects that we may rank a little higher than others. It's all part of the fun.
    Here is a quick breakdown of my Top 50 Twins prospects by position:

    RH Starting Pitchers: 14
    LH Starting Pitchers: 11
    RH Relief Pitchers: 5
    LH Relief Pitchers: 0
    Catchers: 3
    Corner Infielders: 6
    Middle Infielders: 5
    Oufielders: 6



    With that, here are my choices for Top 50 Twins Prospects. Discuss.

    #50 – Adrian Salcedo – Ft. Myers – RH RP (22)
    #49 – Josue Montanez – Cedar Rapids – LH SP (21)
    #48 – Aaron Slegers – Indiana/Elizabethton – RH SP (21)
    #47 – Stuart Turner – Mississippi/Elizabethton/New Britain – C (21)
    #46 – AJ Achter – New Britain/Rochester – RH RP (25)
    #45 – Mike Kvasnicka – Ft. Myers – OF (24)
    #44 – Levi Michael – Ft. Myers – 2B (22)
    #43 – Pat Dean – LH SP (24)
    #42 – Zach Larson – OF (20)
    #41 – Danny Ortiz – OF (23)
    #40 – Alex Wimmers – RH SP (24)
    #39 - Tim Atherton – RH SP (23)
    #38 – Tyler Duffey – RH SP (22)
    #37 – Mason Melotakis – LH SP (22)
    #36 – Brian Navarreto – C (18)
    #35 – Matt Summers – RH SP (24)
    #34 – Tyler Jones – RH RP (24)
    #33 – JD Williams – OF (23)
    #32 – Luke Bard – RH SP (22)
    #31 – Logan Darnell – LH SP (24)
    #30 – Dalton Hicks – 1B (23)
    #29 – DJ Baxendale – RH SP (22)
    #28 – Randy Rosario – LH SP (19)
    #27 – Brett Lee – LH SP (23)
    #26 – Yorman Landa – RH SP (19)
    #25 – Michael Tonkin – RH RP (23)
    #24 – Miguel Sulburan – LH SP (19)
    #23 – Amaurys Minier – 3B (17)
    #22 – Zack Jones – RH RP (22)
    #21 – Felix Jorge – RH SP (19)
    #20 – Niko Goodrum – SS (21)
    #19 – Taylor Rogers – LH SP (22)
    #18 – Fernando Romero – RH SP (18)
    #17 – Ryan Eades – RH SP (21)
    #16 – Kennys Vargas – 1B (23)
    #15 – Danny Santana – SS (22)
    #14 – Stephen Gonsalves – LH SP (19)
    #13 – Trevor May – RH SP (24)
    #12 – Travis Harrison – 3B (21)
    #11 – Josmil Pinto – C (24)
    #10 – Adam Walker – OF (22)
    #9 – Lewis Thorpe – LH SP (17)
    #8 – Max Kepler – OF/1B (20)
    #7 – Jose (JO) Berrios – RH SP (19)
    #6 – Jorge Polanco – 2B (20)
    #5 – Eddie Rosario – 2B (22)
    #4 – Kohl Stewart – RH SP (19)
    #3 – Alex Meyer – RH SP (23)
    #2 – Miguel Sano – 3B (20)
    #1 – Byron Buxton – OF (19)

    There it is. Discuss. And if you missed any of the ten pieces, check them out here:


    Part 1: 46-50
    Part 2: 41-45
    Part 3: 36-40
    Part 4: 31-35
    Part 5: 26-30
    Part 6: 21-25
    Part 7: 16-20
    Part 8: 11-15
    Part 9: 6-10
    Part 10: 1-5
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Ok, I know nothing, but I will play, too:

      1-Buxton
      2-Sano
      3-Meyer
      (Gibson)
      4-Stewart
      ('14 pick Kolek/Trea Turner/Gatewood)
      (Arcia)
      5-Rosario
      (Hicks)
      6-Gonsalves
      7-Kepler
      8-Berrios
      9-Walker
      10-Thorpe
      11-Polanco
      12-Pinto
      13-Santana
      14-Jorge
      15-Baxendale
      16-Eades
      17-Rosario
      18-JD Williams
      19-Wimmers
      20-Minier
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      Alex Meyer looked pretty good tonight. 5 innings, 63 pitches, no hits, 6Ks and one BB. Fastball 94-98 and worked mostly around 96-97. Very impressive.

      Note: Meyer actually faced three more batters. Went 5 2/3, gave up a hit, and struck out one more. Hit 97 on his 76th and final pitch. Longest outing of the fall league for any pitcher.
      THANK U CMB0252 !

      WOW this has me wet with excitement :-)
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      Here is my list, for what it's worth. The A+ to D scale after each name is NOT a standard grade scale. It is a readiness for the Major Leagues scale, in my opinion. A+ indicates someone who is already on the Major League team – and is serviceable. a scale of A means the prospect is ready for the Twins. The lower the scale, to D, means the more time will have to be spent in the minor leagues. Roughly each letter reflects an expected one year in the minors.

      1-Buxton – A-
      2-Sano – B+
      3-Meyer – A-
      4-Stewart – C+
      5-Rosario – A-
      6-Gonsalves – D
      7-Kepler – D
      8-Berrios - C-
      9-Walker – C
      10-Thorpe – D
      11-Polanco - C+
      12-Pinto - A+
      13-Santana – A-
      14-May – C
      15-Jorge – C
      16-Baxendale – C-
      17-JD Williams – C-
      18-Romero – C-
      19-Harrison – C
      20-Goodrum – C-
      20-Vargas - D

      I like some context in such lists. Top 50 lists are great, but I also like to think about how close they are to helping the ML team.

      Oh, by the way, Kyle Gibson and Aaron Hicks would be ranked about 8th and 10th, with a rating of A- (they each need at least a half year in AAA). Arcia is already on the team. I don't anticipate that changing anytime soon.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I like Buxton, but he's not ML ready... yet.
    1. lee_the_twins_fan's Avatar
      lee_the_twins_fan -
      I agree... I rated him A-, meaning he needs a little time – less than a year – in the minors.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I like Buxton, but he's not ML ready... yet.
      Maybe. Its easy to say "not ready" but harder to say why. It would be interesting to know why you think that.
      His speed, approach at the plate, defense, power & batting eye suggest that he is pretty darn close.

      We will know in 7 - 8 months after extended AA action.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Buxton played in essentially an AA all-star league just now and was OK. He needs months at AA so the A- grade is justified.

      Ibarra could push himself up into the top 50 (came close for me) but there are injury cases like Wimmers, Roberts, and Bard who stick around on such lists. Also no LOOGY is really ever going to come close to a top prospect even if he is more likely to be contributing to the Twins.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      I don't understand not giving Stewart credit for his current tools regardless of the competition he has played. He has a perfect pitchers frame and is insanely athletic. His fastball consistently sits in the 92-94 and can hit 97 with good downward plane. Has an already plus slider with two more pitches that look to be big league average. Yeah, he doesn't have polish, but how many pitchers regardless of level have two already plus pitches and two that are average? Not very many.
      I seem to remember reading a write up on him that said he had 4 plus pitches, or perhaps it was 4 potential plus pitches... Stewart will likely be a top of the rotation asset if he makes it there.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Maybe. Its easy to say "not ready" but harder to say why. It would be interesting to know why you think that.
      His speed, approach at the plate, defense, power & batting eye suggest that he is pretty darn close.

      We will know in 7 - 8 months after extended AA action.
      He didn't exactly dominate the AFL, which is AA level. He's a great prospect, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he doesn't spend any time in MN this year.
    1. golfboy1's Avatar
      golfboy1 -
      It's a much better group of prospects than 5 years ago. I would rank Kepler a little lower & bump up Pinto & May a few spots but that's just personal preference.

      On the bottom end I would eliminate Ortiz & a couple of others & add Malinowski, Ibarra & Stirewalt. I'm also a little surprised Hudson Boyd fell completely off the list so fast. I know his stats weren't very good but I thought his stuff was still ok. He had a decent 2nd half of the season & he's still pretty young so I have hope for him yet
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I seem to remember reading a write up on him that said he had 4 plus pitches, or perhaps it was 4 potential plus pitches... Stewart will likely be a top of the rotation asset if he makes it there.
      Stewart currently has two plus pitches and two average pitches. With his age there is plenty of time for the two other pitches to progress.
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