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  • Twins Daily Top 10 Prospects: Recap

    The Twins truly might have the most talent-laded farm system in all of baseball, so ranking and profiling our selections for the Top 10 prospects over the past couple weeks has been a lot of fun.

    Today, we'll take a high-level look at that list as a whole and see what it tells us about the future of the franchise, both short-term and long-term.

    First, here's a rundown of the TD Top 10, with links to each story:


    Arms Race

    The biggest thing that stands out about this list is the presence of five pitchers, including two in the top four.

    Last year's list
    featured four, but they were all ranked fifth or below, so there has clearly been some very positive movement on that front. As anyone who has been following the Twins over the past few years would surely agree, this is profoundly good news.

    Brace For Impact

    With the exceptions of Stewart, Berrios, Polanco and Thorpe, every player in our Top 10 is expected to begin the 2014 season in Double-A or above, meaning that six of these high-end prospects will be poised to jump to the majors at any time. A strong start, combined with injuries or struggles at the big-league level, could lead to the expedited arrival of several players on this list. Because of this, the '14 season has a chance to be the most exciting for fans in many years.

    National Recognition

    Here's where the members of our Top 10 have been ranked by three of the most respected national outlets for prospect coverage: MLB.com, ESPN.com and Baseball Prospectus.

    Buxton 1 | 1 | 1
    Sano 3 | 8 | 14
    Meyer 32 | 62 | 32
    Stewart 61 | 76 | 54
    Rosario 63 | 49 | 60
    Berrios 77 | NR | 75
    Pinto NR | NR | 56
    Polanco NR | NR | NR
    Thorpe NR | NR | 101
    May NR | NR | NR

    Top Heavy

    Each of the organization's top three prospects would probably rank No. 1 for many teams around the league, offering monstrous upside that is not far from being tapped. Buxton and Sano have both been widely hailed as potential MVP contenders while Meyer has all the makings of a frontline starter as long as he can stay healthy.

    That's not even mentioning Stewart, the top high school pick in last year's draft, whose distance from the majors is the only thing holding him back from elite status. By this time next year, we may be ranking his upside above Meyer's.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Daily Top 10 Prospects: Recap started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Why didn't you include BA's ranking of the Twins prospects? Otherwise a helpful prospect review.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Not out yet. They were released Feb 19 last year so I assume they'll pop up any day now.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      The other good part about the wealth of talent at AA and above is that there is surely less uncertainty about their floor than if they are still in Rookie ball. The quote about Buxton's floor being Torii Hunter that is making the rounds is probably an exaggeration, but a fun one, and a lot of these guys are looking like locks (barring a revolting development) to be at least productive major leaguers for multiple seasons.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      8 of these 10 guys making top 100 lists...amazing. That seems unusual to me, but maybe that is par for the course.
    1. Blackjack's Avatar
      Blackjack -
      Thanks guys for doing this top ten review - it was great reading!!

      With Stewart and Thorpe being so far away my only comment would be that we could use more pitching!!! You can never have too much pitching!! With injuries this list could shrink fast. If they make any trades of excess outfielders or second basemen I hope its for more young pitching.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Quote Originally Posted by AM. View Post
      8 of these 10 guys making top 100 lists...amazing. That seems unusual to me, but maybe that is par for the course.
      Quite unusual. Not to say it's never been done before, I would bet there is a couple teams every year that get 6-8 prospects. I've always been happy with 4 or more. That means we're at least slightly above average in my mind. Simple math 100/30 = 3 1/3. So I figure if we can hit that four mark that's a good sign. Doubling that? Well that's great. The only guys I think that play enough to graduate from this list are Sano and Meyer. Buxton and Rosario could be close but I think they keep Buxton down until at least September unless he's tearing it up and we're contending. Same for Rosario but mostly due to the suspension.

      Oh and I guess Pinto, I keep forgetting he is still a prospect.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Not out yet. They were released Feb 19 last year so I assume they'll pop up any day now.
      Der. I don't know why I thought it was out. I guess I was thinking of their Twins Top 10.
    1. Heimer's Avatar
      Heimer -
      Thanks for the list TD. Why isn't Keplar in the top ten? IMO May is more likely a bullpen arm than a starter.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      Quite unusual. Not to say it's never been done before, I would bet there is a couple teams every year that get 6-8 prospects. I've always been happy with 4 or more. That means we're at least slightly above average in my mind. Simple math 100/30 = 3 1/3. So I figure if we can hit that four mark that's a good sign. Doubling that? Well that's great. The only guys I think that play enough to graduate from this list are Sano and Meyer. Buxton and Rosario could be close but I think they keep Buxton down until at least September unless he's tearing it up and we're contending. Same for Rosario but mostly due to the suspension.

      Oh and I guess Pinto, I keep forgetting he is still a prospect.

      Except it isnt 100/30, it's probably more like 150. We are talking about any prospects that made any of these three lists. I am guessing that is at least 130 total players.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Heimer View Post
      Thanks for the list TD. Why isn't Keplar in the top ten? IMO May is more likely a bullpen arm than a starter.
      The Twins Daily rankings were a mathematical reasoning of our own thoughts on the Twins top 10. It is different than mine, different from Nick's, etc., but that's just an illustration of prospect rankings. Lists will be similar but opinions vary. I happen to agree with you. Kepler is in my personal top ten in my book, but the others all had May in the top ten, and that's fine. I think I had him #12. I had Kepler around 8.
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