01-22-2013, 12:26 AM #1
Article: Seth's 2013 Top 30 Twins Prospects
You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=...wins-Prospects
01-22-2013, 01:11 AM #2
Pretty well done. 3-8 could pretty much be pulled out of a hat and it would be hard to argue. I disagree with a few in the 17-25 range. I think Polanco, malotakis, Tonkin and Roberts should be ahead of Herrmann and Hermsen. I don't think Hernandez should be on the list at all.
01-22-2013, 02:47 AM #3
Watch for Josh Burris to be a sleeper this year in Low A and Matt Tomshaw to be a sleeper in Ft. Myer & New Brittan. MY SLEEPERS
Nice list though
01-22-2013, 03:06 AM #4
I have some questions, too.
None of them is as interesting as the time & effort you've put into this.
This is awesome.
Thank you Seth.
01-22-2013, 08:07 AM #5
I see Herrmann as taking over that 3rd catcher job mid-season. He can play many positions. He may not hit for very high average, but he does put together quality at bats, takes some walks and hits some doubles. Again, in the late teens, the upside for someone in AA or higher is role player.
As for Hernandez, I hear that a lot, but again, he's a lefty who hits 91, mixes speed and has multiple pitches there's some value there, be it spot starter or bullpen specialist down the road. He's so young.
01-22-2013, 08:10 AM #6
I really like Tomshaw. I have a ton of respect for guys that have to 'pitch' and yet succeed. He tops out at about 86 mph on the right day, but he has great character and toughness and six decent pitches. He's definitely the kind of guy you want to root for!
01-22-2013, 08:14 AM #7
Second, it is a ton of work, but I love this stuff. I love talking about the prospects, they deserve recognition. I love the minor league process. I fully appreciate how good a player has to be to make it to A ball, much less AA, AAA or even just to get a cup of coffee in the big leagues.
So, please, feel free to ask any questions you like.
01-22-2013, 08:48 AM #8
What happens if Benson rebounds back into form, Roberts continues getting on base a ton, and Walker learns how to not strike out so much as they rise through the levels? We have so many outfield prospects, most with pretty high upside. Realistically all won't make it, but even so it's hard to imagine we won't find 3 really good ones out of that bunch to roam our outfield for years.
As was mentioned previously, after those first couple, there's a mash of guys that all have a ton of potential that we just need to see how things shake out. I like Arcia at #3. I like that there's so much debate over who should be #3. I love the potential for Rosario as a 2B (if he sticks there he's in the debate for #3). This will be such an interesting year to watch the minors. I suppose that could be said every year, but we have so many intriguing prospects right now. I can barely wait to see how these guys do this year.
The guys I probably most want to see this year are the middle infielders. Rosario, Santana, Polanco, Goodrum, Michael. If a couple of those guys really start looking good (yes Rosario probably does already, if his defense is up to snuff), we have a great prospect at pretty much every position excepting maybe catcher depending on how you view Herrmann.
Thanks for this Seth! I really appreciate the time you (and others as well) put in to let the rest of us know more about the guys on the farm. It makes riding out the bad years a little more bearable.
01-22-2013, 08:59 AM #9
Nice list. I'd switch out Santana and Polanco. But, otherwise, not a lot to argue with here. Good job.
01-22-2013, 09:14 AM #10
OK, I LOVE Vargas at #12...that's gutsy. I had people telling me he was not top-20.
But, why can't we expect Jorge Polanco to hit well as he advances?? Just your opinion?
Zachary Jones is NOT in your top-30?? Whoa...he is gonna impress you this year. You'll be like, "what was I thinking dissing Jones?" In my opinion, Jones is better than your 25-30.
01-22-2013, 09:27 AM #11
Ortiz does not belong in the top-30. I mean, you didn't include Tyler Duffey, Josmil Pinto, DJ Baxendale, AJ Achter, Zach Jones, Corey Williams, etc. But DID include Ortiz? Ortiz probably won't ever make it out of AA, but he's a top-30 guy for you?
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01-22-2013, 09:43 AM #12
One more thing..I dont see how A. Salcedo can be ranked ahead of ANY other pitcher in the system...production matters to me.
01-22-2013, 09:56 AM #13
The big surprise is Niko at #27. I've been questioning why some are so high on him because his season wasn't really that good. An awesome month followed by 2 bad ones. I would still rank him higher because of his tools but I'm pretty concerned that he's missing the hit tool.
I'm interested in the reasoning behind the Polanco comments. He's one of my favorite sleepers right now but I'm trying to stay reserved until he gets to full season ball.
Here's the interesting thing for Twins lists this year: RP'ers
Seth's list - it seems that the first two made it based on them having a chance to start
Bard - 20
Melatokis - 22
Tonkin - 24
Melatokis - 12
Bard - 13
Chargois - 17
Jones - 18
Tonkin - 19
Williams - 23
#23 was the final ranking
Obviously they value RP'ers differently and I side more with Seth but I am finding it very difficult to rank the RP'ers this year.
01-22-2013, 10:18 AM #14
The only quibble I have is Nate Roberts (Probably because he's been a favorite of mine since drafted). I know he's "old," but he's solid-average across the board on tools and how they play in games right now, which is a lot more than can be said about several guys in front of him. If he doesn't skip up to AA to start this year, I think the Twins are doing yet another prospect a disservice 'ala Anthony Slama.
My hope is that one of the Middle Infielders (Santana, Michael, Goodrum, Polanco) takes a big step forward this year, as we all know the Twins need one of them too...
01-22-2013, 10:19 AM #15
Just wondering if Chris Colabello is too old to be considered a prospect or if he just doesn't quite make the top 30 because of his attributes. His winter numbers are inspiring.
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01-22-2013, 10:57 AM #17
I am proud to say that my list matches Seth's pretty well. He knows way more than I do.
Though I am much more "meh" on Hermsen at the moment.
01-22-2013, 10:59 AM #18
And, yes, ec, this is the year of the middle infielder for me too. I wrote something awhile ago about the "Slim Shady" effect in the Twins system and wondering if the real SS will stand up. I like that it could be a guy called "Niko."
01-22-2013, 11:11 AM #19
Good list. Obviously people might quibble with it a bit - I think May is too low - but when I look at Twins lists now, what I'm really happy with is the depth. This group looks a lot better than the lists we had a few years back which had Valencia, Morales, Swarzak and Hughes. We now have some really intriguing names outside the top 10 that could really develop - Harrison, Bard - as well as some near ML ready depth in guys like Hernandez and Benson. And a lot of bullpen arms.
01-22-2013, 11:20 AM #20
Thanks for the update Seth. A good read, with nice upside in the prospects.