Saturday, January 2, 2010
Minnesota Twins Top 40 Prospects
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1 Aaron Hicks , OF , MIN
Hicks is going to be very good. He has great power potential and is a good contact hitter. A great athlete, he covers center well and has a rocket for an arm. He also has good speed, just needs time.
2 Ben Revere , OF , MIN
Revere is a small, slap hitter with great speed. He is not going to hit for power and has a weak arm for centerfield and may end up in left but will get on enough to cause havoc on the basepaths.
3 Wilson Ramos , C , MIN
Ramos is a good hitter, solid backstop, and decent power. He is stuck behind Joe Mauer, so he may be a good trade chip. He has been injury prone though.
4 Kyle Gibson , P , MIN
Gibson was projected to be a top 5 talent in the 2009 draft but fell to 22nd. I don't see him as a dominant ace but could be a very solid second starter type for a long time.
5 Dave Bromberg , P , MIN
Bromberg has been a work in progress mechanically, but he has been posting great K rates with his nasty curveball. The FSL is a good pithers league and he did well. Next year in AA will be the true test of his upside.
6 Miguel Jean(Sano) , SS , MIN
Jean is 6'3" and 190 and only 16 years old. He will probably grow into a RF. He has enormous potential and could develop into a superstar.
7 Angel Morales , OF , MIN
Morales is a toolsy outfielder who has great power potential and put up a very good season in the midwest league. He has great potential but needs to cut back on his strikeouts a little.
8 Chris Parmelee , 1B , MIN
Parmelee was a 1st rd pick but hasn't dominated. He has showed good power, but hasn't hit much for average and has K'd a lot. He walks a fair amount and is still young. No defensive value.
9 Danny Valencia , 3B , MIN
Valencia doesn't stand out at anything but is overall a decent ball player. He could be a decent major league 3B but needs to work harder to stay there.
10 Billy Bullock , P , MIN
Bullock has a high 90's fastball and could move quickly thru the system. He needs to improve his control to reach his true ceiling.
11 Carlos Gutierrez , P , MIN
Gutierrez has a ridiculously good sinker. It may be a 80 pitch on the 20-80 scale. He is probably a bullpen guy in the long run, but I think the Twins are hoping for a Carlos Silva kind of starter.
12 BJ Hermsen , P , MIN
Hermsen is a big guy with amazing control. He doesn't have overpowering stuff but he knows how to pitch. He's a good athlete and I think he could be another in the long line of pitchability starters for the Twins.
13 Adrian Salcedo , P , MIN
Salcedo is hard to put a finger on because I don't know much about him. I know he doesn't have dominating stuff but can get people out very well. He is one to keep an eye on.
14 Rene Tosoni , OF , MIN
Tosoni had a good season in AA and although he was the futures game MVP, he does not project to be a great MLB player. He could be a decent outfielder but I don’t see him squeezing his way into the crowded Twins outfield soon.
15 Matt Bashore , P , MIN
Bashore is probably a lefty out of the pen in the long run but he could have 4 decent pitchers which could allow him to start. This year will start to show what role he will fit in.
16 Ben Tootle , P , MIN
Tootle has an unusual delivery with a high leg kick but delivers a fastball in the mid 90's. His mechanics may need some work, as will his control, but he could be a solid bullpen arm if he reaches his potential.
17 Max Kepler , OF , MIN
Kepler is a very good athlete with a good arm, good power potential and good speed. He is very young and will make his debut this summer in the GCL.
18 Tyler Robertson , P , MIN
Robertson has an unusual delivery with decent, but not great stuff. He looks like a swingman to me.
19 Jorge Polanco , SS , MIN
Polanco is not the typical international SS. He should be able to stay at SS, play solid defense and hit enough to be a contributor.
20 Anthony Swarzak , P , MIN
Swarzak is probably a 5th starter in the long run. He has decent stuff but nothing that is dominant.
21 Brad Stillings , P , MIN
22 Brad Tippett , P , MIN
23 Joe Benson , OF , MIN
24 Derek McCallum , 2B , MIN
25 Oswaldo Arcia , OF , MIN
26 Santos Arias , P , MIN
27 Deolis Guerra , P , MIN
27 Bobby Lanigan , P , MIN
29 Cesar Ciurcina P MIN
30 Mike McCardell , P , MIN
31 Loek Van Mil , P , MIN
32 Josmil Pinto , C , MIN
33 Pedro Guerra P MIN
34 Steven Hirschfield , P , MIN
35 Steve Singleton , 2B , MIN
36 Trevor Plouffe , SS , MIN
37 Wilson Sanchez P MIN
38 Ryan Mullins , P , MIN
39 Danny Rams , 1B , MIN
40 Rob Delaney , P , MIN