Friday, November 14, 2014

Baseball America's Top 10 Twins prospects

Baseball America's current issue features the Top 10 prospects for the American League Central teams. The print copy hit my mailbox Wednesday; the on-line copy of the Twins list goes up Nov. 17.

So ... here's BA's list of the Twins top prospects, compiled (or at least described) by Pioneer Press beat write (and BA alum) Mike Berardino:

  1. Bryon Buxton, of
    Miguel Sano missed
    the 2014 season after
    Tommy John surgery.
  2. Miguel Sano, 3b
  3. Jose Berrios, rhp
  4. Kohl Stewart, rhp
  5. Alex Meyer, rhp
  6. Nick Gordon, ss
  7. Nick Burdi, rhp
  8. Jorge Polanco, ss/2b
  9. Trevor May, rhp
  10. Eddie Rosario, of/2b

Now, a few comments:

  • This is largely last winter's list recycled. Only two names are different: Danny Santana (No. 9 last year) graduated to the majors, and Lewis Thorpe (No. 7), a teenage lefty, was good but not dominant in the Midwest League. They've been replaced by a pair of 2014 draftees, Gordon and Burdi.
  • Burdi is an interesting name because he's purely a bullpen candidate. Pitchers who make these lists are usually starters, because starters are more valuable. He ended 2014 in High A; I can easily imagine him reaching Target Field this summer.
  • The three right-handed starters who follow the Buxton and Sano megaduo were 3-4-5 last winter also, but in a different order. Then the list was Meyer, Stewart, Berrios. 
  • Rosario dropped from No. 6 last time around to No. 10. He had a rough 2014, but he rebounded nicely in the Arizona Fall League, and I can imagine him pushing his way into the left field job this spring.

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