I want to start this thread so we can talk about a prospect that I believe is pretty intriguing. Meet Amaurys Minier.
Currently playing for the GCL Twins in rookie ball is 18 yr old Amaurys Minier. Minier was a pretty big international FA signing for the Twins two years ago, signing for $1.6M as a 16 yr old Dominican shortstop. Known more for his bat, Minier soon moved out of the middle infield and into the outfield.
Last year Minier played in the GCL with mixed results, slashing .214/.252/.455. He struck out in 24.4% of his plate appearances, walking in only 5% of them.
Well, this time around in the GCL Minier's calling card is starting to shine. The switch hitting left fielder has slashed .289/.382/.507 this year. Minier is currently producing runs at a rate 53% better than league average. Perhaps even more encouraging is his walk rate, which currently sits at 12.1%-- that's up from a paltry 5% last year ladies and gents. The ability to get on base is often a make-or-break factor for prospects; although Minier's raw hitting numbers are encouraging, the uptick in his plate discipline is monumental.
Of course, one can only place so much stock in GCL numbers. Minier is still very much a wild card. Nonetheless, he is making discernible improvements in several areas of his game and merits attention as he moves up the ladder.
I know I'm excited for him to get his first taste of full season ball in the not-so-distant future.