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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:50 PM

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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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:24 AM

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)

#3 John Bonnes

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

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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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:09 AM

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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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:24 AM

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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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:51 AM

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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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:11 PM

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.

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:22 AM

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.baseballa...rly-draft-buzz/

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:05 AM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:17 AM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:57 AM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:42 PM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:25 PM

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).

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:51 PM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:03 PM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:37 PM

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.


Harrison was working at 3B in instructs....
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:42 PM

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

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.

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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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:23 PM

''Boyd is a dark horse in the organization" Its silly to call a guy who signed a HUGE over slot signing bonus a "dark horse" Boyd is the definition of a million dollar bonus baby. There is nothing "out of no where" about him

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:48 PM

''Boyd is a dark horse in the organization"

Its silly to call a guy who signed a HUGE over slot signing bonus a "dark horse"

Boyd is the definition of a million dollar bonus baby. There is nothing "out of no where" about him

Exactly, he is the first 1st rounder that I have ever herd called a dark horse
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:24 AM

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.


Ouch...I have not liked the Levi Michael pick from day ONE! I would imagine you don't either since .....IF he overachieves and iF he stays healthy he COULD be a rich-man's Nick Punto.......OUCH!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

Sano has 3 options on where to play, 1B, 3B, DH
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:09 AM

''Boyd is a dark horse in the organization"

Its silly to call a guy who signed a HUGE over slot signing bonus a "dark horse"

Boyd is the definition of a million dollar bonus baby. There is nothing "out of no where" about him


Exactly, he is the first 1st rounder that I have ever herd called a dark horse


The "Dark Horse" statement is because of his positioning in the "Prospect Lists" . Not on top 10 for BA & Keith Law and La Velle; Seth and Twinkie Town have them at #20, Mayo & Goldstein have him at 12. You'd think a first rounder who has not thrown a pitch in pro ball, would get more love, wouldn't you ? ;)
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

The "Dark Horse" statement is because of his positioning in the "Prospect Lists" . Not on top 10 for BA & Keith Law and La Velle; Seth and Twinkie Town have them at #20, Mayo & Goldstein have him at 12. You'd think a first rounder who has not thrown a pitch in pro ball, would get more love, wouldn't you ? ;)


If that would be the case, the Rays and Angels would have around 7 of those each....
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