That is true, but what I'm so impressed with is the depth... 11-20 would be a decent Top 10 compared to some organizations, but what I like is that there are a lot of guys that I'd rank in the 21-60 range that could fill a big league role, out of the bullpen, or as a 4th of 5th OF, or a utility infielder. Also, some of those younger players below 21 could move up quickly in another year. Like they said, it's an organization with lots of high ceiling players and plenty of depth.
I wouldn't say depth, I would say question marks. Twins could go from a Top Tier system to a mid-tier system next year if some of the CR all-stars don't do well. The current top 4 or 5 guys would be the top prospects in any team's system. This is a given and these guys are what makes this system a top tier system. All 4 of those guys have the ability to contribute next year and make this team into a contender comes 2015.
But after that there is a huge drop off to guys who were in Cedar Rapids/Rookie Leagues last year. There is no other pitcher who ended the year at Fort Myers or above last year who I have any reasonable hope to be an 1 - 4 type pitcher. (Maybe May, but he looks to be bullpen arm to me) There is lots of interesting pitchers below Fort Myers but we can only reasonably expect 1 or 2 if we are lucky to actually make the Twins due to injury/talent and other TINSTAAPP issues
The current system is weak on OF prospects with power - Outside of Arcia who is there who could help the team in 2014 or even 2015? – Don’t say Walker because he has HUGE contact/SO issues that he hast to fix and he hasn’t been able to fix even though he played college
, he needs to prove it against pitchers who can throw with movement
. Now that Mauer moves to 1B, this removes a potential problem at this position as there isn't anyone who looks to be a good hitting 1B until we reach Vargas.
I do think Polanco will become the best prospect in the system, and hopefully he can end the year at AA next year – that would be huge!. And I liked a lot of players at CR/E-Town/GCL last year. But I think after the Buxton, Meyer, Sano, Rosario wave graduate, the system could drop to Middle of the pack because of the weakness in the upper levels – Unless of course everything goes right next year with Vargas, Walker, Polanco, Stewart, Thorpe, Rosario, Landa & Felix.
Edited by clutterheart, 18 November 2013 - 08:33 PM.