Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baseball America's league prospect lists

Jose Berrios throws a bullpen session
during spring training. He opened the
year at High A Fort Myers and finished
with a start for Triple-A Rochester.
This will be a weird winter in the Twins prospect rankings, because their top two prospects, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, barely played this year.

That's something to keep in mind when perusing Baseball America's fresh top 10 prospects in each minor league. Neither Buxton nor Sano show on these lists, but that doesn't dampen the expectations for either.

The Twins prospects who did, as gleaned from the dead tree issue that arrived in my mailbox Monday (it includes writeups on the Top 10 players and a listing of the second 10, without a report):

International League (Triple A): Alex Meyer, right-handed pitcher, is ranked 8th. Trevor May, right-handed pitcher, is No. 17.

Eastern League (Double A): Nobody in the top 10. Kennys Vargas, first baseman, is No. 16.

Florida State League (High A): Jose Berrios, right-handed pitcher, is No. 6. Jorge Polanco, middle infielder, is No. 14.

Midwest League (Low A): Kohl Stewart, right-handed pitcher, is No. 6.

Appalachian League (Rookie): Nick Gordon, shortstop, is No. 2. Michael Cederoth, right-handed pitcher, is No. 17.

Gulf Coast League (Complex): Nobody in BA's top 20.

Comments: The written report on Gordon is the first I've seen suggesting that the No, 5 overall pick might not stick at shortstop. ... Cederoth was the Twins' third round pick last June, behind Gordon and Nick Burdi. Burdi split his season between the Midwest League and the Florida State League and probably didn't have enough playing time to be considered for either list. ... The written report on Stewart matches what I saw in the July game I attended: His mid-90s fastball was hittable. ...  We saw three of these players in the majors this summer: Vargas, May and Polanco.

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