I would take our 11-15 against any team's:
Which, coupled with the 1-2 punch of Buxton/Sano at the top, is why most people that aren't Houston homers think the Twins have the best farm in baseball right now.
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:22 PM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:26 AM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 04:15 AM
Twins Prospects? 1 S. Gonsalves 2. N. Gordon 3. Tyler Jay
4. A. Kirilloff 5. Romero, Fernando 6. Mejia, Alberto 7. K. Stewart
8.J.T. Chargois 9. Wells, Lac. 10. D. Palka 11. Wade, LaM. 12. Nic Burdi
Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:22 AM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:23 AM
Alex Meyer above Kohl Stewart is interesting to me. Maybe because Meyer is much closer to being major ready? Stewart is only 19 years old I think.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:52 AM
Pinto not ranking inside the top 10 , has got to be my biggest suprise.
But BA's list >>>> than mlb.com Jonathan Mayo's list with no Thorpe or Pinto or Walker inside the TOP 20 !?!?!?!? [crazy eyes]
Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:59 AM
For the record - I see Walker improving again - He is my BREAKOUT player of the year again for 2014. For those who disagree - Name another player who had 25+ HRs and struck out with a K rate less than 20% (maybe a handful). For his production (27 HRs & 109 RBIs) he does not strike out too much IMO. I stand to say that his K rate is rather rare for that production. I just know one thing - HE WINS - "The intangible we need in MN" - Can't wait to see where he ranks in extended ranking edition.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:00 AM
Mike Berardino handles the Twins for BA now and, as a former BA staffer, probably got as much or more input from other sources as the rest of the guys putting lists together. We are well aware that Mike will turn every stone over. Mike will host the BA Twins chat tomorrow afternoon.
Kepler will be #11 in the top 30.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:16 AM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:31 AM
34. Fernando Romero, RHSP, DOB: 12/24/1994. 6'0", 215 lbs
Fernando Romero was signed to an Amateur Free Agent contract by the Twins on October of 2011 with a $260,000 bonus out of the Dominican Republic. After spending the 2012 season in the Dominican Summer League, he made the jump to the Gulf Coast League in 2013. He pitched in 12 games (6 GS) for 45 innings to a 1.60 ERA and had 47 strikeouts and only 13 bases on balls. His WHIP was 1.00 and K% a very impressive 26, while his K/BB was 3.62.
Romero is a big guy and an extreme ground ball pitcher. That compared to his striking out pretty much every fourth batter he faced, is very promising. His heavy fastball is in the low 90s but he is still very young and can pick velocity. He has a slider and changeup that are works in progress. A former Twins' comparable would be Carlos Silva at his best. Romero does have mid rotation potential, depending on development of his secondary pitches and staying healthy. He will likely begin 2014, his age 19 season, in Elizabethton where he will alternate between the rotation and pen until extended.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:42 AM
No, Kepler isn't a huge surprise, just noting that he's not on the list.
Berrios is definitely a top ten prospect, I was merely surprised that they had him at #5, right behind Stewart.
Then again, with the Rosario suspension, maybe that isn't such a surprise.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:49 AM
In regards to Santana. I've thrown him under the bus in other threads (the Stephen Drew one specifically). This peaked my interest. He's been fairly young for each level and he wouldn't be the first guy we've seen take some major strides in his later seasons. He hasn't been a flop but he may well be a useful guy. If he is a true defensive whiz, maybe he's a top of the league defensive guy with an ok hit tool. His OBP has been about .330 the past two years compared to a career .318. Maybe as he matures he gets a little better eye and improves his stealing rate as well. I still don't see him as a top ten guy but I guess there must be a decent argument for it. Career minor league OPS is about 40 points higher than Florimon and he played the levels at a younger age for what that's worth.
I think we've all said if Florimon could just hit a little better he could suddenly become a valuable player. Maybe Santana is that guy. I'm a bit pessimistic on him but who knows.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:50 AM
I'm guessing Kepler and Polanco are in the top 13, if they had one. The only other name missing is Pinto, whom BP had five or six.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:24 PM
Wasn't Santana voted "Best Prospect" in the Eastern League last year by the managers?
I get the relatively unimpressive performance from a sabermetrics POV but he must have something that catches the eye of experienced baseball people.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:34 PM
Caleb Joseph (Baysox) was the 2013 Eastern League Player of the Year
Allan Dykstra (B-Mets) was the 2013 Eastern League MVP
Alex Dickerson (Curve) was the 2013 Eastern League Rookie of the Year
Santana (and Pinto) made the Eastern League All Star team, maybe that's what you are thinking of...
It is not only "sabermetrics". It is even old school metrics: .719 OPS, 2 HR, 66 R (for a lead off guy), 45 RBI, 24 BB, 97 K, 30% CS rate and 32 errors do not a superstar make (I did not even talk about "sabermetrics" like WAR, wRC+, wOBA etc). At any league, at any age. And you have to be a superstar to crack the Twins' top 10. Definitely better players were left out. Plus his glove is really inconsistent. He is rangy but makes silly mistakes on easy plays. And he fails the eye test. I watched him play 3 times last season and was not exactly impressed. He has great speed. He can make ground ball contact and try to run them for hits, with occasional line drives. That's pretty much his game.
Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:37 PM
Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:57 PM
Wasn't Santana voted "Best Prospect" in the Eastern League last year by the managers? I get the relatively unimpressive performance from a sabermetrics POV but he must have something that catches the eye of experienced baseball people.