The Twins high ceiling prospects are mostly all young and/or in the lower levels. It's rare to find guys in A ball at the top of lists. If Lewis, Rooker, Javier, Badoo, Kiriloff, Graterol or Enlow do in AA what they did in prior levels, they're going to fly up the rankings.
The Twins high ceiling guys have already graduated, aside from Romero, the top guys in AA/AAA are just solid but unexciting prospects. If they were better they would have been called up last year.
Does any club have a Buxton, Sano, Berrios and Kepler lurking in AAA year after year after year?
I guess I'd suggest tempering your enthusiasm a bit. If you do a spot check of Sickle's Top 20 prospects for many of the better systems, you'll find that most clubs have almost as many prospects on their list who hadn't advanced past A ball last season. The Twins had 11, San Diego 11, NYY 10, ATL 9...Philly probably has even more. So, given the numbers, we may not see as many of these guys fly up the rankings as we would like, we'll see. We need to get lucky.
As to your last question, I keep looking at that White Sox pipeline and it's more impressive than any I've seen here, ever. Moncada, Jiminez, Robert are no slouches compared to our guys, and they have a number of "front end" starters climbing quickly and ready soon to join the likes of Giolito, Lopez, Rodon. Kopech, Cease, Hansen, Dunning, and Fullmer, all but Hansen former 1st round picks, and Hansen was a 2nd rounder. These guys scare me. The main flaw is the lack of those unsung types in adequate numbers, guys like Rosario, Rogers, Duffey, Hildenberger, etc. But they'll have "financial flexibility to address that and maybe still be in the running for a top FA acquisition.
Edited by birdwatcher, 16 March 2018 - 10:35 AM.