This season's lists are confirming the obvious to me, which is that the Twins need to add a front line starter through FA this season. They have lots of high-quality depth, but assuming Lewis is "untouchable", they probably lack a centerpiece prospect to get a guy like Archer. They probably need to acquire a second front line starter next year too, but by then they should have surplus assets of sufficient value in MLB and in the system to get something done via trade if they can't find a FA fit.
While CWS is the only other team to place five prospects on this list, two of them are elite. Both DET and CWS placed three pitching prospects on the list ahead of our only pitching prospect. CLE has one pitcher ranked #33 but they're in good shape with the big club. KC's big club is in rapid decline, they're not exactly flush with cash, and they don't have a single prospect on this list. How fortunes change, right?
This list reinforces to me that, to get to a point where sustained success is at least possible, our guys are going to have to enjoy continued success in IFA and in the draft, and then be smart and timely with trades from their surplus to build even more strength in the system. Rely on the system, as always, for the core, use FA to plug a big hole or two, and trade from MLB surplus to add elite prospects. They're finally close to being in a place where this can work for them. But the other clubs are just as smart and just as hungry, and a few of them always have fresh cash coming out of their ashtrays. Maybe with the exception of KC, the other clubs in the AL Central are making some good moves.