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    Seedlings To Stars Twins Prospect List

    Seedlings to Stars listed the top Twins prospects at each position. It's a pretty good read from a guy who clearly follows the Twins closely:

    http://seedlingstostars.com/2012/02/08/s2s-2012-team-prospect-lists-minnesota-twins/


    But what really encouraged me is that at just about each position, there was some hope. Consider:

    C - Chris Herrmann
    1B - Chris Parmelee
    2B - Eddie Rosario
    3B - Miguel Sano
    SS - Levi Michael
    OF - Oswaldo Arcia
    OF - Aaron Hicks
    OF - Joe Benson

    I gotta say - that doesn't suck. Only three of them are close to the majors, and that always limit my excitement a bit, but that's going to be kind of a fun lineup to watch for the next couple of years. And it doesn't include some other intriguing guys like Dozier and Morales.

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    And it doesn't include pitchers, and Hendriks, Gibson, Wimmers, Stuifbergen and Darnell could all make a case to be in the starting rotation in 2013. (not that they all would, but they'll all be knocking at the door)

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    I was less enthusiastic about the pitchers. But I was about halfway through the story and was surprised how often at each position I thought "I'm kinda excited about this guy" - and I hadn't even got to the outfielders yet.

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    I know it's early but drafting Giolito with the number 2 pick in June would sure be a breath of fresh air. A pitching prospect of that caliber mixed in with a promising group of position player prospects would really be exciting.

    It was nice to see the middle infield situation make some nice strides in 2011 too, Dozier making himself a prospect, drafting Levi Michael and moving Rosario to 2B (hope it sticks!). Can't wait to follow all of these guys in a couple months!

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    I'm with you... as excited as I am about the Twins season, I'm also really excited to see which prospects play well in 2012 and which jump up the rankings! I think Giolito would instantly jump to #2 on a Twins prospect list, behind only Sano.

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    I think that Sano and rosario are far superior to anyone else in the system. The system is flat right now, and would receive a huge boost if Aaron Hicks blossomed into that 5 tool potential all star that they called him once he got drafted. Another note, this year's draft is extremely weak Keith Law said that if this draft class was combined with last year's draft class, the first player from this draft class would have been picked around 7. I think that if Appel is not there they should take Marrero, likely to shoot through the system within 2 years, making the infield look like this within 4 years.
    3B. Sano
    SS. Marrero
    2B. Rosario
    1B. TBD

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    I agree with all of this. Giolito is really enticing, but he is so different from what the Twins usually look for. I hope Houston takes Appel so the Twins do not have a choice and have to take Giolito.

    I don't see Sano sticking at third. I wonder if Niko Goodrum eventually ends up there. He certainly has the arm, and if he fills out, he could develop some decent power. Levi Michael seems like the type of player who will overachieve. If he stays healthy as a pro, he could be a rich-man's Nick Punto.

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkiesfan11 View Post
    I know it's early but drafting Giolito with the number 2 pick in June would sure be a breath of fresh air. A pitching prospect of that caliber mixed in with a promising group of position player prospects would really be exciting.

    It was nice to see the middle infield situation make some nice strides in 2011 too, Dozier making himself a prospect, drafting Levi Michael and moving Rosario to 2B (hope it sticks!). Can't wait to follow all of these guys in a couple months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
    I agree with all of this. Giolito is really enticing, but he is so different from what the Twins usually look for. I hope Houston takes Appel so the Twins do not have a choice and have to take Giolito.

    I don't see Sano sticking at third. I wonder if Niko Goodrum eventually ends up there. He certainly has the arm, and if he fills out, he could develop some decent power. Levi Michael seems like the type of player who will overachieve. If he stays healthy as a pro, he could be a rich-man's Nick Punto.
    Looks like we need to add Kyle Zimmer from San Francisco to our radar for potential 1-2 picks. From the article he definitely sounds more enticing than Mark Appel. http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/...ly-draft-buzz/

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    Looks like the link is dead from the original post.

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    As the Twins really need a power pitcher to have another good pitching prospect now that Gibson is out for a while with his surgery, there seem to be several guys that they could go after with the second pick. But as they also could use some more solid relief pitching, do they stick with a starter, or do they go for a highly-touted relief prospect if they have the chance?

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    A releif pitcher with the 2nd pick? Of course not. The Twins do not have a single prospect in thier entire system that has the potential to be an ace. Every team should have at least a couple guys that have that potential even if it is not likely he will live up to it. But the Twins have NOBODY. The #2 pick is our chance to finally get that guy with the stuff to be #1 starter.

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    Overall, I like how that line-up looks from 1-9 but it will be tough for all of those guys to pan out and make it to the MLB level. There are so many question marks when all most of the players are still multiple years away from appearing at Target Field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrinaldi View Post
    I think that Sano and rosario are far superior to anyone else in the system. The system is flat right now, and would receive a huge boost if Aaron Hicks blossomed into that 5 tool potential all star that they called him once he got drafted. Another note, this year's draft is extremely weak Keith Law said that if this draft class was combined with last year's draft class, the first player from this draft class would have been picked around 7. I think that if Appel is not there they should take Marrero, likely to shoot through the system within 2 years, making the infield look like this within 4 years.
    3B. Sano
    SS. Marrero
    2B. Rosario
    1B. TBD
    You can pencil in Travis Harrison in 1B and they already have Levi Michael at SS. They do need pitchers and power pitchers. Boyd is a dark horse in the organization who still hasn't thrown a pitch because he signed late; lets see how he does this season, but he might be fast-tracked.
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    They won't fast track Boyd, at least not for a couple of years. They could fast track power college arms like Boer, Williams and Summers though. They've added some power arms the last couple of years. HOpefully they pan out.

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    I'd expect Boyd to pitch in the GCL, with maybe a bump for a few games with E-town, or play E-towns full schedule this year if they're impressed enough by him. Best case scenario I could envision for Boyd if everything goes right and he's a stud, is the path Jeremy Hellickson took with Rays. He didn't get bumped up a level midseason until his 4th year in the minors (could argue his 3rd, as he pitched only 4 games his first season).
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    Is Salcedo not an intriguing potential ace in the farm system? I would like to think he is. And maybe Hermsen and Stuifbergen aren't potential aces but I'd consider them front of the rotation starts like a Baker or top-form Liriano

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    Salcedo has an outside chance if he gains some weight, gets stronger, adds some velocity and then gets more strikeouts. Hermsen probably doesn't throw hard enough to be more than a #3, not that there is anything wrong with that. Stuifbergen added some velocity last year, so he could be a Scott Baker-type #2 if he keeps working, maintains his velocity and strong secondary pitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
    You can pencil in Travis Harrison in 1B and they already have Levi Michael at SS. They do need pitchers and power pitchers. Boyd is a dark horse in the organization who still hasn't thrown a pitch because he signed late; lets see how he does this season, but he might be fast-tracked.
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    The upcoming draft is going to be huge to start to replenish our depleted minor league system. In the meantime, the Twins need Sano to turn in to a stud at the big league level in the next few years and be a third baseman with power that we can pencil in to the line-up for a dozen years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
    I agree with all of this. Giolito is really enticing, but he is so different from what the Twins usually look for. I hope Houston takes Appel so the Twins do not have a choice and have to take Giolito.
    I agree that Giolitio would be my top choice right now due to his ceiling. Some make it sound like his command isn't far behind Appel's at this point.

    But I also wouldn't say that it's between Appel and Giolito at this point. Neither of them are anything near a lock for the top two spots. There are plenty of other guys that could surpass them with a good season: Gausman, Beck, Zimmer, Fried. I also wouldn't be opposed to them drafting Zunino or Marrero given the difficulty in finding guys at their positions, but I hope they go with a potential #1 starter because the farm system could really use one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Topperanton View Post
    Is Salcedo not an intriguing potential ace in the farm system? I would like to think he is. And maybe Hermsen and Stuifbergen aren't potential aces but I'd consider them front of the rotation starts like a Baker or top-form Liriano
    I think ace is really optimistic on Salcedo. I think he has #1 starter potential (which is entirely different from ace in my opinion), but is much more likely to end up as a #2 or #3 guy.

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