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Top 60 Prospects for 2013

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This is under the assumption that no more prospects are going to be added to the system before the beginning of the 2013 season. So here are the top 60 prospects in the Twins organization:


1. Miguel Sano
2. Aaron Hicks
3. Oswaldo Arcia
4. Byron Buxton
5. Alex Meyer
6. Eddie Rosario
7. Jose Berrios
8. Kyle Gibson
9. Max Kepler
10. Trevor May
11. Joe Benson
12. Travis Harrison
13. Chris Herrmann
14. Nate Roberts
15. Adam Walker
16. Kennys Vargas
17. Niko Goodrum
18. Adrian Salcedo
19. Hudson Boyd
20. Matt Hauser
21. Josh Burris
22. Danny Santana
23. BJ Hermsen
24. Alex Wimmers
25. Levi Michael
26. Dereck Rodriguez
27. Jason Wheeler
28. Jorge Polanco
29. Tom Stuifbergen
30. Mason Melotakis
31. Luke Bard
32. Danny Ortiz
33. Michael Tonkin
34. Angel Mata
35. J.T. Chargois
36. Madison Boer
37. Matthew Summers
38. D.J. Baxendale
39. Manuel Soliman
40. Angel Morales
41. A.J. Achter
42. Corey Williams
43. J.D. Williams
44. Lester Oliveros
45. Josmil Pinto
46. Bruce Pugh
47. Chris Colabello
48. Dakota Watts
49. Tyler Duffey
50. James Beresford
51. Tim Shibuya
52. Deolis Guerra
53. Pat Dean
54. Taylor Rogers
55. Pedro Hernandez
56. Romy Jimenez
57. Tyler Jones
58. Logan Darnell
59. Matt Koch
60. Bobby Lanigan

Once I got to 35 it became a mess of pitchers. There are about 10-12 pitchers who should differentiate themselves in 2013.

Updated 12-13-2012 at 10:47 AM by Shane Wahl

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  1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
    I think the top 10 for the Twins is going to be debateable on the order, but not on who makes it. After number 10, it becames a literally crapshoot. Tools vs. production. I like Nate Roberts and think he is a top-15 guy after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. I also would probably have some of those bullpen arms a little higher because they are almost sure fire major leaguers (Chargios and Corey Williams, etc.), but it all depends on how you rank. To pick 60 guys is kind of a tall order, especially in such a top heavy system like the Twins.
  2. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    In part this gives others a list of players to make a smaller list from! I keep relievers down a little lower than many others might.
  3. Thrylos's Avatar
    Good stuff
    Good to see Burris where you have him.
    I think that you are probably undervaluing Gibson and May. Based on what I've heard Gibson c. 2012 >> Gibson c. 2010, which will make my ST trip fun this season. I have seen May pitch at Reading in a few occasions and he is the real deal. Getting excited about what the Twins rotation can look like in a couple seasons
  4. johnnydakota's Avatar
    Good work , my only question is levi...and no Slama
  5. darin617's Avatar
    Ryan Pressly, Rule 5 pick from Boston not on the list? Either you forgot him or mlb.com is crazy rating him the 17th best prospect in the Twins organization.
    44. Lester Oliveros Isn't he out for the season with Tommy John surgery? I would have liked to see Pat Dean and Dakota Watts a little higher also.
  6. clutterheart's Avatar
    Nice List
    Interesting that you have Hicks / Arcia above Buxton but Gibson below Berrios & Meyer.

    I assume you have Hicks / Arcia high because they are closer, but Gibson falls to the upside of Berrios and Meyer. - I'm not calling you out, I see this a lot and I just think its interesting.
    I would put it:
    Sano
    Buxton
    Meyer
    Hicks
    Arcia
    Gibson
    Berrios
    Rosario
    May
    Kepler

    But...the best thing is The Twins System is PACKED with high upside players with more to come in June...awesome
  7. clutterheart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota
    Good work , my only question is levi...and no Slama
    Levi is not a good player right now. He can't play SS, He can't seem to hit and he has played himself out of the prospect list. I have no problem with that at all.

    He will repeat at the FSL this year, maybe he can figure it out.
  8. clutterheart's Avatar
    You don't have my all time Favorite super sleeper in this list: Randy Rosario
    Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
    18 Years Old
    Lefty
    Extreme Ground Ball pitcher - Has not given up a HR in 23 professional games
    42 SO in 38 IP.

    I would put him somewhere in the top 50
  9. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Good comments/questions. I certainly did forget Pressly, but MLB.com is just atrocious. They have him above Kepler. Pressly belongs in that 35-60 mess somewhere.

    I am not going to demote Michael significantly after just one season. I tend to like guys with high isolated discipline because that can translate well moving forward. And I don't care that much that he is likely a second baseman and not a shortstop. Why care about that in *this* organization that has big struggles developing at both MI positions.

    With regard to Slama, it just seems ridiculous to put him anywhere. His case completely mystifies me, so I didn't put him at 20-25 like I was going to do.

    I did go high on Hicks and Arcia for that reason of being much closer than Buxton. Gibson is coming back from an injury though, so that is the main reason I have trepidation about putting him higher. May might be low, but I couldn't justify figuring out who to drop. Kepler? The upside there is ridiculously high. Berrios was totally dominant this year. But the most important thing to take away from this list is that no. 10 last year was Dozier or so. The Twins top 20 is vastly improved over last year's top 20, and not just because of additions in Meyer and May. Jorge Polanco could be put in the top 20 as well, but I was just cautious about that. Cedar Rapids is going to be the most interesting team to watch in the system this year. By far. I mean it is ridiculous: Buxton, Kepler, Walker, Polanco, Goodrum, Berrios, Bard, et al.
  10. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Oh, and about all things Rosario.

    Eddie as a second baseman is a hugely important thing to consider. As an outfielder he is impressive but nothing special given the Twins depth there. At second he changes everything.

    Randy probably should have made it. It just gets crazy deciding on these guys at certain point. Again this is a good thing. Last year I STRUGGLED to make a list past 30-40. This year it was very easy and guys were left out. I don't think the Twins are getting enough credit for their draft picks over the past two years.
  11. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    2015 mid-season:

    Buxton CF
    Hicks RF
    Mauer C
    Sano 1B
    Kepler LF
    Arcia DH
    Rosario 2B
    Goodrum 3B????
    Polanco SS?????

    With Walker, Herrmann, Santana, and Pinto on the bench

    Harrison, Rodriguez, and so forth close.

    Something like that seems plausible. And rather amazing. Some of those guys are obviously involved sooner and with some veterans the team by 2014 should be very good offensively. And with the Span and Revere trades, the pitching is going to be substantially better.

    That said, given this minimum salary talent coming up, why on earth don't they spend the damn money to get legitimate pitchers right the hell now?
  12. wagwan's Avatar
    The top 12 on this list could all be All-Stars. Things are going to get very fun at target field.
  13. Mr. Ed's Avatar
    Sano .351 in 17 games, 4 dingers, OBP .468, Rosario .348 in 19 games, OPS over .900

    Dougie baseball, get them ready for the next level.
  14. darin617's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl
    2015 mid-season:

    Buxton CF
    Hicks RF
    Mauer C
    Sano 1B
    Kepler LF
    Arcia DH
    Rosario 2B
    Goodrum 3B????
    Polanco SS?????

    With Walker, Herrmann, Santana, and Pinto on the bench

    Harrison, Rodriguez, and so forth close.

    Something like that seems plausible. And rather amazing. Some of those guys are obviously involved sooner and with some veterans the team by 2014 should be very good offensively. And with the Span and Revere trades, the pitching is going to be substantially better.

    That said, given this minimum salary talent coming up, why on earth don't they spend the damn money to get legitimate pitchers right the hell now?
    You really think Mauer will still be a catcher?
  15. clutterheart's Avatar
    "I don't think the Twins are getting enough credit for their draft picks over the past two years."

    I sort of agree with this but I wish they would have went after some higher upside HS arms last year. However, I really agree that the twins are not getting credit for their international FA signings.
    3 out of your top ten were not drafted:
    Arcia - International Free Agent
    Sano - International Free Agent
    Kepler - International Free Agent

    Pretty good scouting down there - though Sano kind of fell into their laps, but who is counting! These are guys who any other team could have got but the Twins go there first.
  16. Riverbrian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl
    2015 mid-season:

    Buxton CF
    Hicks RF
    Mauer C
    Sano 1B
    Kepler LF
    Arcia DH
    Rosario 2B
    Goodrum 3B????
    Polanco SS?????

    With Walker, Herrmann, Santana, and Pinto on the bench

    Harrison, Rodriguez, and so forth close.

    Something like that seems plausible. And rather amazing. Some of those guys are obviously involved sooner and with some veterans the team by 2014 should be very good offensively. And with the Span and Revere trades, the pitching is going to be substantially better.

    That said, given this minimum salary talent coming up, why on earth don't they spend the damn money to get legitimate pitchers right the hell now?
    Cant we Keep Sano at 3B... He's young... He can get better.
  17. Waverley Wildcat's Avatar
    Maybe I am too far away to give a valid comment but all the talk about Sano I find interesting, over the past 2 seasons he has played at 5 & 6 level MLB leagues. his stats show raw power at that level of pitching with many home runs but having a closer look his contact % is not good with more Ks than hits, also he has made some 70 odd errors so where do you hide him? As the competition gets harder, will he get better?
    Updated 12-31-2012 at 08:17 PM by Waverley Wildcat
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