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Minnesota Twins Top 20 Prospects in Review

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In my fourth annual Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook, which became available in January, I posted my Top 30 Twins Prospect list as well as my annual rankings back five or six years. I enjoy looking at those lists for a couple of reasons. First, it is humbling. No one will likely ever produce a top 10 list that is 100% accurate. Second, its a fun reminder of some of the names from the past that didnt stick around or make it. Third, its just fun to review to see what I have learned since then.

Today, I would like to take a look at my top 20 Twins prospects from before the season started and provide a quick update on how theyre doing. Some will move up, others will (or have) moved down. In parentheses, you will see where I ranked that player when I did an updated ranking before the June draft. In the comments, please feel free to discuss, but also feel free to post your updated Top 10 list as of now.


#1 (1) Miguel Sano 19 years old 3B

In Beloit, he is hitting .259/.380/.521 (.902) with 24 doubles, 4 triples, 24 homers and 90 RBI. He has stolen seven bases. He has also committed 40 errors.

#2 (2) Eddie Rosario 20 years old 2B

Also in Beloit, Rosario missed just over a month of games after being hit in the mouth by a line drive in batting practice, but hes back and hitting again. He is hitting .301/.359/.480 (.839) with 24 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 54 RBI. He has committed just 12 errors at second base, and is also playing about a game a week in centerfield.

#3 (5) Oswaldo Arcia 21 years old RF

Its been a great year for the Venezuelan outfielder. After a slow start in Ft. Myers, he took off. He played in the FSL All Star game and then hit a double off of Jameson Taillon in the Futures Game. He was promoted to AA New Britain in mid-June and he has been even better. Overall, hes hitting .319/.390/.534 (.924) with 31 doubles, five triples 14 home runs and 78 RBI. He has six errors defensively, but he also has 15 outfield assists.

#4 (4) Aaron Hicks 22 years old CF

Hicks has seemingly turned a corner since his strong showing in the AFL last year. In AA this year, he has taken off. He is hitting .281/.381/.456 with 19 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. Hes also stolen 27 bases and has ten outfield assists while showing great range and a very strong arm.

#5 (7) Joe Benson 24 year old OF

Its been a disappointing season for Benson since a nice showing in spring training. He began the season in Rochester where he really struggled before being sent back to New Britain. He then had to have surgery on his hamate bone and missed 5-6 weeks. He has returned and is back at New Britain, but the struggles continue. Overall this season, Benson is hitting .209/.294/.350 (.644) with 13 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Hes also 13/17 in steal attempts. He remains one of the best defensive outfielders in the organization.

#6 (3) Liam Hendriks 23 years old RHP

Hendriks made the Opening Day roster but was sent down later in the first month. He got another opportunity in June that went miserably as well. However, in Rochester, he has been terrific. He is a 9-2 with a 1.99 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. In 99.1 innings, he has given up just 69 hits, walked 25 and struckout 76. He will get another shot soon.

#7 (6) Kyle Gibson 24 years old RHP

Hearing reports that Gibson is throwing just as hard, if not harder, than he did before his September Tommy John surgery is certainly encouraging. He has remained on schedule and tonight will make his first start of the year for the Ft. Myers Miracle. In a months worth of rehab games in the GCL, Gibson was 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. In 14.2 innings, he gave up nine hits, walked four and struck out 14. Of course, the numbers are far less important than the process.

#8 (13) Adrian Salcedo 21 years old RHP

The lanky right-hander struggled in the early season. He was 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Unlike his previous seasons, he struggled with control, issuing more walks than ever. Something wasnt right. He was put on the DL with elbow concerns early in the year. He came back and struggled more, and then he was put on the DL with shoulder issues.

#9 (12) Alex Wimmers 23 years old RHP

After all of his control issues early last season, he ended the year with a no-hitter for the Miracle. He had a solid spring and was sent to New Britain to start the season. He made his first start and hasnt pitched since. After a couple of months rehabbing, he had Tommy John surgery.

#10 (N/A) Chris Parmelee 24 years old 1B

Like Hendriks, Parmelee made the Opening Day roster. He struggled some, but when Justin Morneau started playing more 1B, he also didnt play. He has gone to Rochester and been back up one other time. In Rochester, he is currently hitting .354/.469/.691 (1.161) with 14 doubles, 15 homers and 41 RBI. He has 37 walks to go with 33 strikeouts. Like Hendriks, he should be up again very soon.

#11 (8) Brian Dozier 25 years old SS

In 84 Games with Twins, hes hitting .234/.271/.332 (.603) with 11 doubles, a triple, six homers, 32 RBI and nine stolen bases.

#12 (9) Travis Harrison 19 years old 3B

Hes hitting .310/.394/.444 (.838) with ten doubles, two triples, three homers and 18 RBI. He has 20 errors in 45 games.

#13 (25) Tom Stuifbergen 23 years old RHP

Hes 4-6 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. In 53.1 innings, hes given up 78 hits, 10 walks and 30 strikeouts.

#14 (24) Angel Morales 22 years old OF

Hes hitting .207/.288/.310 (.597) with seven doubles, four triples, six homers and 28 RBI.

#15 (11) Chris Herrmann 24 years old C/LF

Hitting .270/.343/.391 with 22 doubles, a triple, 9 homers and 50 RBI. Hes caught in 70 games and played LF in 26 others.

#16 (36) Manuel Soliman 23 years old RHP

He made two starts for Ft. Myers before his season came to an end due to surgery on his labrum.

#17 (15) Levi Michael 21 years old SS/2B

Michael was horrible in the first half and has been at least solid in the second half. Hes hitting .238/.333/.303 (.636) with 10 doubles, four triples, two homers and 33 RBI.

#18 (27) Max Kepler 19 years old OF

Fair to say hell move way up this list after this season. Hes hitting .298/.399/.536 (.935) with 11 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 40 RBI for Elizabethton. He played solely in CF until Byron Buxton got to E-Town. Now Kepler is playing in the corners.

#19 (16) Niko Goodrum 20 years old SS/3B

Like Kepler, Niko returned to E-Town, but the success (in terms of batting average) has not been there. Hes hitting .247/.367/.425 (.792) with ten doubles, six triples, three homers and 34 RBI. Hes got 13 errors between the two positions.

#20 (10) Hudson Boyd 19 years old RHP

Boyd jumped to E-Town for his pro debut this year. Hes just 2-5, but his ERA is just 2.40. Half of the 24 runs hes allowed this year have been unearned. He is posting a 1.40 WHIP. In 45 innings, he given up 47 hits, walked 16 and struck out 29.

#21 (14) BJ Hermsen 22 year old RHP

After four starts in Ft. Myers (1-0, 0.78 ERA, 0.91 WHIP), Hermsen moved up to AA New Britain where he was an All Star. With the Rock Cats, hes 10-5 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

#22 (18) Danny Santana 21 years old SS

With the Miracle, hes hitting .283/.324/.397 (.721) with 18 doubles, eight triples, five homers and 47 RBI. He has 16 stolen bases. He has 16 errors in 67 games at SS, and another 8 errors in 32 games at 2B.


There you have it. A look at my preseason Top 20, err Top 22 Twins prospects. What do you think? Whats your updated Top Ten?

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