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    Ted Schwerzler

    It was a big prospect night on the farm for the Twins. Aaron Sabato stole the show for the Mighty Mussels while Austin Martin walked things off for the Wind Surge.

     

    Image courtesy of Ed Bailey, Wichita Wind Surge

    SAINTS SENTINEL
    St. Paul 12, Louisville 2
    Box Score

    Andrew Albers took the ball for the Saints, and he twirled an absolute gem. Working seven strong, he allowed eight hits but limited the damage to just a single run on a solo shot. Albers also punched out five and walked just one batter.

    Trailing after the top half of the first, the Saints quickly erased the deficit on a Mark Contreras two-run blast, his 11th of the year. In the third, Damek Tomscha doubled with the bases loaded and brought everyone home, pushing the St. Paul lead to 5-1.

    Contreras wasn’t done adding for St. Paul as his sac fly in the 5th inning allowed Tomas Telis to scamper home. Jose Miranda then continued his hot hitting and contributed an RBI single to score Roberto Pena.

    Up 7-1 in the 7th inning, Jimmy Kerrigan blasted his 13th home run of the season and was followed by a Tomscha dinger making it back-to-back jacks. After a Louisville run scored in the 8th inning, the Saints added further distance. Gilberto Celestino crushed his second dinger for St. Paul, a three-run shot, and the final tally sat at 12-2.


    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Wichita 7, Midland 6
    Box Score

    On the mound for Wichita was Bryan Sammons. He lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits and four walks. Sammons struck out six in the contest.

    Trailing 1-0 after the top of the first inning, the Wind Surge answered in a big way. An Austin Martin double was followed by a B.J. Boyd single to plate Wichita’s first run. Andrew Bechtold drove in Boyd on a sacrifice fly before Jermaine Palacios sent a ball over the wall for his 14th home run of the year and pushed the lead to 4-1.

    Spencer Steer lifted his ninth homer for the Wind Surge (19th overall) in the 3rd inning and gave Wichita a 5-2 lead. After Midland took the lead in the 5th inning, Steer drove in Martin on a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning to tie the game at six. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the newly-acquired Martin stepped to the dish and drove in Leobaldo Cabrera with a single to right field to walk things off for the good guys.

    Martin had two hits in this one and was joined by the game’s designated hitter, Trey Cabbage.

    John Bonnes was also in attendance for this one.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Quad Cities 8, Cedar Rapids 5
    Box Score

    Tyler Watson made the start for Cedar Rapids tonight and lasted just 3 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two batters. It was a tough night for a guy who’s been great in 2021. 

    Cedar Rapids got on the board first with Alex Isola recording his 12th double of the season to drive in Edouard Julien. A DeShawn Keirsey homer then answered a Quad Cities two-run blast in the 2nd inning to bring things back even.

    Getting down 8-2 by the the inning, Cedar Rapids had quite the hill to climb. Yunior Severino chipped away with a two-run double in the 6th inning, and Max Smith homered on a solo shot in the 7th inning. That three-run deficit was as close as they’d make it, however, and 8-5 is where this one ended.

     

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Game 1: Dunedin 5, Fort Myers 4 (F/7)
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    Scheduled for a pair of games Wednesday after a postponement on Tuesday, Casey Legumina took the mound in game one. He worked two innings allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Fort Myers saw the bullpen give up a total of four runs in relief, but just a single run was earned.

    Ruben Santana gave the Mighty Mussels their first tally on a 3rd inning sacrifice fly to score Willie Joe Garry Jr. Trailing 5-1 entering the home-half of the 6th inning, Aaron Sabato blasted his fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot, to bring the Mighty Mussels back within one run. That’s where the rally ended, and Fort Myers came up short.

    Game 2: Fort Myers 6, Dunedin 5 (F/7)
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    These two clubs tried making up for the weather issues last night, but a full second tilt wasn’t in the cards. Sean Mooney worked 2 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, just one earned, on a hit and three walks. He also struck out three batters.

    Down first again in this one, Sabato blasted his second of the evening, a two-run shot this time, to give Fort Myers the lead. Trailing 3-2 in the 3rd inning, Misael Urbina roped his fourth homer which scored Justin Washington and put the Mighty Mussels back on top. Sabato followed with a sacrifice fly to provide some breathing room.

    After the Mighty Mussels lead disappeared, Will Holland put them back on top for good with a solo shot, his seventh of the season, and the 6-5 lead held in the nightcap.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES
    FCL Orioles Orange, FCL Twins
    Postponed - Rain

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day - Andrew Albers (St. Paul) - 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
    Hitter of the Day - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - 2-5, R, 6 RBI, 2 HR(6), 2 K

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-5, R, RBI
    #6 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - 1-3, R, K
    #7 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR(2), BB, K
    #8 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) - 2-5, R, 6 RBI, 2 HR(6), 2 K
    #10 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, R, BB, K
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #14 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-5, 2 K
    #15 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR(4), BB, 2 K
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR(9), K
    #17 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, 3 K
    #18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) - N/A (foot injury)
    #19 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - Injured List (elbow)
    #20 - Chris Vallimont (Wichita) - Did not pitch

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Louisville @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (7-2, 3.73 ERA)
    Midland @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (3-2, 3.59 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - RHP Ben Gross (4-0, 2.48 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - RHP Landon Leach (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!


     

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    Has Sabato finally found his stroke? His eye at the plate is good so if he can just but the strike outs down to the mid 25% level he should be OK.  He has a had a very tough start would nice to see him go on a tear so we can cheer him on again.

    Nice to see the new guy continue to hit and hit in clutch situations.  Martin is as advertised.  

    Wichita is starting to have quite the lineup with almost everyone is around the 800 OPS mark.  Pretty much every guy and punch one out and everyone is a tough out right now.  If they get a bit better pitching they could be unstoppable.

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    That swing of Marten looks pretty nice.  No his power will not be there, unless he changes it up, but he will not strike out much and hit a ton of line drives.  Some say he may be leadoff guy, with that swing I would put him in 2-hole and do a ton of hit and runs. 

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    Will double down on Mike's comment above about Sabato.  I wasn't a fan of the pick last summer and have thought that most ranking services, TD included, have him ranked way, way too high.  With that said, it was good to see him get two home runs yesterday.  It caused me to go look at his splits for the year, which I found support my disappointment in his season.  Yes, he is off to a great start in August, but it is only a couple games.  His average in July wasn't as bad as May, but it was again well under .200.  His strikeouts remained close to 40% in both June and July after being 50% in May.  And what was most surprising, in his first three months in low-A ball he hit only four home runs, 4.  It was great seeing him have a big day yesterday, but the questions remain...at least for me.

    Talked about how well Rortvedt has been hitting in St. Paul yesterday.  Well, today it is Celestino who had a HUGE night last night.  Seems that being thrown into the MLB grinder before they were ready may eventually pay dividends for both as both are crushing AAA pitching, albeit in a smallish sample.

    And so excited about the big night and hit by Martin, including no errors.  Hopefully, John will write something about his first hand observations of this young man.  Speaking of last week's trades, did everyone see that Happ had a very solid start for the Cards yesterday, two runs over five innings?  Also interesting seeing the Twins pick up another waiver claim, Garza.  Together with the kid last week it appears part of their strategy for next year is to add several young relievers over the next couple months,  Will give them the opportunity to work with them to see if any are likely fits for next year's bullpen.  I guess it helps being near the worst record in baseball when looking at the daily waiver wire, eh?

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    I read the new top fifty ESPN prospect list - no Twins on it.  Martin and Lewis were listed in those who were discussed but did not make the list so they will be top 100.  I am always interested in what writers outside MN have to say about our players - just for perspective.  

    I would imagine it is hard for them and our writers to continue to list Royce Lewis as number one after losing two years.  His return will be fascinating. 

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    1 hour ago, mikelink45 said:

    I have not been impressed with Sabato so I am happy to see him have a good night with the bat.  Nice to see so many on the prospect list playing and hitting yesterday.  

    Sabato very much has been a bust so far.  He was draft to be a power hitter and that is basically it.  To be at 6 HR, 2 in the last day, that is not good.  It could be the league, which is known to be not a power hitting league, the wood bats, or just getting settled into pro ball.  When I look at his numbers of decent OBP but terrible average and slugging it also makes me wonder about how he is being pitched and what his approach is like.  Is he not getting much to hit because of his fear of power, or is he being too patient letting pitches he could hit go by.  I am not ready to give up on him, but if he has a similar season next year he will be on the outside looking in as we have too many of his type ahead of him right now. 

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    47 minutes ago, Trov said:

    That swing of Marten looks pretty nice.  No his power will not be there, unless he changes it up, but he will not strike out much and hit a ton of line drives.  Some say he may be leadoff guy, with that swing I would put him in 2-hole and do a ton of hit and runs. 

    He had an hand injury which he appears to be playing through this season, and has been noted to have affected his swing compared to college. I'd say it's a pretty good sign he's still hitting this well (average wise) if it is.

    Time will tell!

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    1 hour ago, mikelink45 said:

    I read the new top fifty ESPN prospect list - no Twins on it.  Martin and Lewis were listed in those who were discussed but did not make the list so they will be top 100.  I am always interested in what writers outside MN have to say about our players - just for perspective.  

    I would imagine it is hard for them and our writers to continue to list Royce Lewis as number one after losing two years.  His return will be fascinating. 

    Yeah those lists are so subjective I think those guys lose sight of things.  I would put Mirnada's numbers up against anyone they have in their top 50 and say they look like idiots.  He is at the highest level in the Minors and likely out OPS'ing most all of that list.  Those guys like who they like just like we do.

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    4 minutes ago, Dman said:

    Yeah those lists are so subjective I think those guys lose sight of things.  I would put Mirnada's number up against anyone they have they have in their top 50 and say they look like idiots.  He is at the highest level in the Minors and likely out OPS'ing most all of that list.  Those guys like who they like just like we do.

    They're still projecting though.  MLB did pretty well in 2016. There are some misses, but there are loads of stars and players who have had good seasons.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/2016-top-100-mlb-prospects-list-c301608606

    Hopefully, Miranda will be our Matt Olson. 😀

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    19 minutes ago, MMMordabito said:

    They're still projecting though.  MLB did pretty well in 2016. There are some misses, but there are loads of stars and players who have had good seasons.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/2016-top-100-mlb-prospects-list-c301608606

    Hopefully, Miranda will be our Matt Olson. 😀

    It is a very nice list but my point still stands.  Lots of guys outside the top 50 went on to be as good or better than some of the guys inside the top 50.  It is nice to be on that list but it doesn't mean there aren't better players outside that list either.  Like I said they like who they like in whatever order.😀

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    Good to see celestino & rortvedt having success at the plate in AAA. we knew both of them probably weren't ready and only came up because of the plethora of injuries, so it's good to see them playing well at the level they really should have been at most of the year. Hopefully it continues and they can settle in with a good approach at the plate that will be productive in their next stint in MLB. Both have enough defensive upside that they'll be good assets if they can hit even a little,

    Miranda's amazing. His breakout might be the best argument for eating some of Josh Donaldson's salary in a deal in the off-season.

    Good 2 hit night for Martin, who I like a lot. Looking forward to watching him settle in at AA and get on base basically all day. I suspect they'll do any tinkering with his swing in the off-season (make sure he gets healthy from the hand injury), but I'm not opposed to seeing him control the zone and hit a bajillion singles in his first season in professional baseball at AA. I think rankings that are dropping him fast because they haven't seen power production in half a season of pro baseball are making a mistake and I'm happy to have the Twins reap the benefits.

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    40 minutes ago, Dman said:

    It is a very nice list but my point still stands.  Lots of guys outside the top 50 went on to be as good or better than some of the guys inside the top 50.  It is nice to be on that list but it doesn't mean there aren't better players outside that list either.  Like I said they like who they like in whatever order.😀

    By sheer numbers alone, you'd expect lots of guys not in a list of 50 to be as good as those in the list. There are thousands of minor league players.....

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    13 minutes ago, Mike Sixel said:

    By sheer numbers alone, you'd expect lots of guys not in a list of 50 to be as good as those in the list. There are thousands of minor league players.....

    My only point was not to panic that we had no one in the top 50 when any of Lewis, Martin, or Miranda certainly could be.  Given Miranda's stats he certainly looks as good as the guys in the top 50 if not better than some.  I can understand not including Lewis as he is such a wild card having not played for so long.  Martin's lack of power is likely going to affect his OPS some so can probably see him just outside the top 50 but like I said if you are still bullish on his skill set he could be in the top 50 as well.  Just depends on who you like or don't like.  There is a ton of talent outside the top 50 and even outside the top 100 and they are not always going to get it right it just seems off when someone is performing as well as Miranda is and he doesn't make the list.

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    The top 50, top 100 etc prospect lists involve all speculation and guesswork. They're nice for casual fans like me so I can have a much less biased source for information and expectations, but it's not like they're hard set. For example. Baseball Prospectus had the 2015 top 10 Twins, how they ranked in the top 101 in MLB that year and how I see their current / historical mixed value.

    https://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/article/25324/2015-prospects-minnesota-twins-top-10-prospects/

    1. Byron Buxton 1 in MLB - Daily MLB player 
    2. Miguel Sano 14th in MLB - Borderline MLB talent
    3. Alex Meyer 32nd in MLB - Bust
    4. Kohl Stewart 54th in MLB - Bust
    5. Jose Berrios 75th in MLB - All Star
    6. Nick Gordon - Bust
    7. Lewis Thorpe - Bust
    8. Nick Burdi - Bust
    9. Jorge Polanco - All Star
    10. Stephen Gonsalves - Bust

    The same list from MLB.com listed:

    http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015?list=min

    1. Buxton - Regular Player
    2. Berrios - All Star
    3. Jay - Bust
    4. Polanco - All Star
    5. Gordon - Bust
    6. Kepler - Regular Player
    7. Stewart - Bust
    8. Meyer - Bust
    9. Gonsalves - Bust
    10. Brett-Walker II - Bust
    11. Chargois - Middle Relief?
    12. Burdi - Bust
    13. Rogers - All Star Closer
    14. Thorpe - Bust
    15. Cabbage - Bust
    16. Blankenhorn - Bust
    17. Reed - Bust
    18. Turner, Stuart - Bust
    19. Harrison, Travis - Bust
    20. Romero, Fernano - Bust

    The trend is obviously in favor of the lists, but they're hardly absolutes. Prospects at the top of the lists are more likely to be MLB quality and higher quality than players further down, but even players low on the lists can become studs (Taylor Rogers).

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    4 hours ago, roger said:

    Will double down on Mike's comment above about Sabato.  I wasn't a fan of the pick last summer and have thought that most ranking services, TD included, have him ranked way, way too high.  With that said, it was good to see him get two home runs yesterday.  It caused me to go look at his splits for the year, which I found support my disappointment in his season.  Yes, he is off to a great start in August, but it is only a couple games.  His average in July wasn't as bad as May, but it was again well under .200.  His strikeouts remained close to 40% in both June and July after being 50% in May.  And what was most surprising, in his first three months in low-A ball he hit only four home runs, 4.  It was great seeing him have a big day yesterday, but the questions remain...at least for me.

    A little nit-picky but you have to use PA as the divisor for K%, not AB.  Sabato has been striking out in the 30-40% range, not 40-50% as you say.  Still not good in the lower levels, and I don't disagree with anything else you've said, but all of those walks affecting the K% calculation have also kept his overall performance from being truly awful.

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    4 hours ago, Steve Lein said:

    He had an hand injury which he appears to be playing through this season, and has been noted to have affected his swing compared to college. I'd say it's a pretty good sign he's still hitting this well (average wise) if it is.

    Time will tell!

    If you look at his numbers per month, he improved a ton each month.  Last month he had an OBP of .500.  That is insane for a month.  He walked more than struck out last month too.  I am rather impressed with the little I know of the kid so far. 

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    1 hour ago, bean5302 said:

    The top 50, top 100 etc prospect lists involve all speculation and guesswork. They're nice for casual fans like me so I can have a much less biased source for information and expectations, but it's not like they're hard set. For example. Baseball Prospectus had the 2015 top 10 Twins, how they ranked in the top 101 in MLB that year and how I see their current / historical mixed value.

    https://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/article/25324/2015-prospects-minnesota-twins-top-10-prospects/

    1. Byron Buxton 1 in MLB - Daily MLB player 
    2. Miguel Sano 14th in MLB - Borderline MLB talent
    3. Alex Meyer 32nd in MLB - Bust
    4. Kohl Stewart 54th in MLB - Bust
    5. Jose Berrios 75th in MLB - All Star
    6. Nick Gordon - Bust
    7. Lewis Thorpe - Bust
    8. Nick Burdi - Bust
    9. Jorge Polanco - All Star
    10. Stephen Gonsalves - Bust

    The same list from MLB.com listed:

    http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015?list=min

    1. Buxton - Regular Player
    2. Berrios - All Star
    3. Jay - Bust
    4. Polanco - All Star
    5. Gordon - Bust
    6. Kepler - Regular Player
    7. Stewart - Bust
    8. Meyer - Bust
    9. Gonsalves - Bust
    10. Brett-Walker II - Bust
    11. Chargois - Middle Relief?
    12. Burdi - Bust
    13. Rogers - All Star Closer
    14. Thorpe - Bust
    15. Cabbage - Bust
    16. Blankenhorn - Bust
    17. Reed - Bust
    18. Turner, Stuart - Bust
    19. Harrison, Travis - Bust
    20. Romero, Fernano - Bust

    The trend is obviously in favor of the lists, but they're hardly absolutes. Prospects at the top of the lists are more likely to be MLB quality and higher quality than players further down, but even players low on the lists can become studs (Taylor Rogers).

    Little early in careers to say Gordon, Blackenhorn, and Thorp as "busts".  They have not contributed regular to a MLB lineup yet, but still young enough to have some regular seasons. 

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    7 hours ago, MMMordabito said:

    Louie Varland had his turn skipped, and I feared he was hurt.  Lucky for me, he got pushed back to Friday, and I will just happen to be going to that game.  This Quad Cities team has a tough lineup.  Kansas City definitely has the edge in offense at this level.

    I'm not sure if everyone has noticed, but most of some of the affiliates are going with a 6 man starting staff, but when a pitcher is lined up to make a start on a Monday (off day), they just skip them. They do a bullpen or something, but then will jump back into the rotation for their next start. Wichita and Cedar Rapids have done that. 

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    6 hours ago, Dman said:

    Yeah those lists are so subjective I think those guys lose sight of things.  I would put Mirnada's numbers up against anyone they have in their top 50 and say they look like idiots.  He is at the highest level in the Minors and likely out OPS'ing most all of that list.  Those guys like who they like just like we do.

    I do think you need to put the player’s whole minor league career into perspective, as Miranda didn’t hit all that well in the low minors. I could see people calling his 2021 season an outlier if his career doesn’t go well.

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    5 minutes ago, Danchat said:

    I do think you need to put the player’s whole minor league career into perspective, as Miranda didn’t hit all that well in the low minors. I could see people calling his 2021 season an outlier if his career doesn’t go well.

    Normally I would agree with you but the pundits already are using the SSS for Martin to prove he won't develop power and have dinged him for it.  Can't have it both ways but I get your point and it is a good one.  It just seems with prospects developing at a fast pace impressions can change quickly. Sabato comes to mind.

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    4 hours ago, bean5302 said:

    The top 50, top 100 etc prospect lists involve all speculation and guesswork. They're nice for casual fans like me so I can have a much less biased source for information and expectations, but it's not like they're hard set. For example. Baseball Prospectus had the 2015 top 10 Twins, how they ranked in the top 101 in MLB that year and how I see their current / historical mixed value.

    https://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/article/25324/2015-prospects-minnesota-twins-top-10-prospects/

    1. Byron Buxton 1 in MLB - Daily MLB player 
    2. Miguel Sano 14th in MLB - Borderline MLB talent
    3. Alex Meyer 32nd in MLB - Bust
    4. Kohl Stewart 54th in MLB - Bust
    5. Jose Berrios 75th in MLB - All Star
    6. Nick Gordon - Bust
    7. Lewis Thorpe - Bust
    8. Nick Burdi - Bust
    9. Jorge Polanco - All Star
    10. Stephen Gonsalves - Bust

    The same list from MLB.com listed:

    http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2015?list=min

    1. Buxton - Regular Player
    2. Berrios - All Star
    3. Jay - Bust
    4. Polanco - All Star
    5. Gordon - Bust
    6. Kepler - Regular Player
    7. Stewart - Bust
    8. Meyer - Bust
    9. Gonsalves - Bust
    10. Brett-Walker II - Bust
    11. Chargois - Middle Relief?
    12. Burdi - Bust
    13. Rogers - All Star Closer
    14. Thorpe - Bust
    15. Cabbage - Bust
    16. Blankenhorn - Bust
    17. Reed - Bust
    18. Turner, Stuart - Bust
    19. Harrison, Travis - Bust
    20. Romero, Fernano - Bust

    The trend is obviously in favor of the lists, but they're hardly absolutes. Prospects at the top of the lists are more likely to be MLB quality and higher quality than players further down, but even players low on the lists can become studs (Taylor Rogers).

    Just a guess, but having 2 All Stars and 2 MLB regulars out of the top 10 prospects 6 years later is probably as good or better than most organizations. I'm sure there are some with 1-2 more and some with 1-2 less. 

    And, I get Sano has struggled this year, but he's also been an All Star and has been a regular pretty much for 6 years... and has 148 career homers and an .818 OPS... 

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    1 hour ago, Danchat said:

    I do think you need to put the player’s whole minor league career into perspective, as Miranda didn’t hit all that well in the low minors. I could see people calling his 2021 season an outlier if his career doesn’t go well.

    I'm not sure I really do agree with this when it comes to AA and AAA stats. I think they get to be fairly projectable at that point it you are looking at the most predictive ones. There is obviously still variance, but particularly focusing on things like K%, BB%, and ISO, there aren't too many huge surprises, at least to the downside.

    My top predictor for hitters in the lower levels would be K rate anyway, and taking his whole career into account he's never had an issue there.

    I feel pretty comfortable projecting that he'll be at least a solid regular based off of this year. It's just hard to find counterexamples.

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    11 hours ago, Steve Lein said:

    He had an hand injury which he appears to be playing through this season, and has been noted to have affected his swing compared to college. I'd say it's a pretty good sign he's still hitting this well (average wise) if it is.

    Time will tell!

    Maybe, but he was not projected for much power when he was considered the 2nd best prospect in the draft.

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    13 hours ago, twinstalker said:

    Maybe, but he was not projected for much power when he was considered the 2nd best prospect in the draft.

    No he wasn't, maybe average. So big power was never the expectation for him the way I look at it. I find the disappointment with that aspect while he's dealing with whatever hand thing he's got going on in his first professional season to be an overreaction. The allure with him was always his hit-tool, which is still the case. He looks like a great option as a future leadoff hitter at this point, and no reason to think there still can't be more than that.

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