Down On The Farm: A Look At The Twins Top 5 Prospects

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Friday May 10, 2013

Sano is the top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization. Currently at high-A Fort Myers, Sano excels with his power and speed. His fielding could use a little work and his hitting is coming around good. So far he is hitting .387 this year despite a career average of .286 before this year. MLB.com has him ranked as the #12 prospect in all of baseball.

Sano is the top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization. Currently at high-A Fort Myers, Sano excels with his power and speed. His fielding could use a little work and his hitting is coming around good. So far he is hitting .387 this year despite a career average of .286 before this campaign. MLB.com has him ranked as the #12 prospect in all of baseball.

By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer):

The Minnesota Twins have a Minor League farm system with a lot of depth, there is no questioning that. In fact, minorleaguebaseball.com ranked the Twins as having the 7th best farm system in all of baseball, and that probably isn’t too far off.

They have hitting, pitching, and fielding, the whole 9 yards. The major league club is already great but with this farm system working their way to the majors they will be major contenders in upcoming years.

All the way from their top prospect, Miguel Sano, to one of their best pitching prospects, 7th in the organization, Trevor May, the Twins have young guys that will be a threat in the future. Today, we are going to look at the Twins’ top 5 prospects.

Twins Prospect Byron Buxton

Buxton, the Twins' number 2 prospect, has a surplus amount of speed. Not only that, he has brought his bat around and is htting .368 this year in single-A Cedar. His strong arm is going to create a lot of outfield assists for this kid in the future.

Buxton, the Twins’ number 2 prospect, has a surplus amount of speed. Not only that, he has brought his bat around and is htting .368 this year in single-A Cedar. His strong arm is going to create a lot of outfield assists for this kid in the future.

#1. Top Prospect Miguel Sano- Sano is a 19 year old (20 on Saturday) kid from the Dominican Republic. Back around 2009 many teams showed interest in signing Sano from the Dominican including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Yankees.

The slugger ultimately decided to sign with Minnesota with a $3.15 Million signing bonus coming his way. After signing he has proved he was worth the money that other teams would not offer him.

Yes, he only hit .286 through his first 3 years in the lower league, but so far this year in high-A ball he is hitting .387, his best average against the best competition.

Sano also has plus power slugging 65 Home Runs in his short Minor League Career, including 10 already this year through 30 games. He still has ways to go before he reaches the bigs, but for now he can spend his time as the Twins top prospect.

#2. Byron Buxton- Buxton is another 19 year old kid who has shown what a difference he could make for the Twins. He was drafted by the Twins out of Appling County High School in Baxley Georgia with the 2nd pick in 2011.

The first thing you will think of when you hear Buxton’s name is his speed. According to MLB.com, his scouting rank is a 7 out of 8 on the speed. In his 1st year in professional baseball he stole 11 bags.

During this young season he has already swiped 13 bags. His speed is comparable with one of the Red’s top prospects Billy Hamilton. Maybe not quite as fast, but it’s certainly up there. His speed and glove combined will make for a solid, consistent Outfielder in the Twins’ future.

His skills don’t stop on the base paths though. So far this year he is slugging a .368 avg. and has an OBP of .485. As he gets more experience his bat is expected to improve too. He is going to be a prominent one or two hitter in the big leagues with his speed and ability to get on base.

#3. Alex Meyer- At 23 years old, this RHP is entering his 3rd season of professional baseball. After being drafted out of high school in 2008 by the Boston Red Sox, Meyer took the wise choice to attend the University of Kentucky.

After 3 years, the Washington Nationals selected him in the 1st round, 23rd overall, of the 2011 Draft. Just this past offseason the Twins acquired him in exchange for Denard Span.

Meyer has a plus fastball along with an above average slider. He definitely has that intimidation factor as he tips the scale at 6’9’’ and 230 pounds.

His stuff sure seems to be working this year as he is 2-1 while posting a 3.31 ERA at AA New Britain. His avg. against is only at .248 so he’s definitely getting outs for his team.

Meyer has not been seen as having much control issues at two different levels. He relies on groundball outs more than anything as his fastball has a hard sinking motion to it.

Kyle Gibson was the Twins top pitching prospect until he went down with Tommy John surgery. Since then he has been battling back on his journey to the big leagues. Before the injury he was widely considered to be ready for the majors.

Kyle Gibson was the Twins top pitching prospect until he went down with Tommy John Surgery. Since then he has been battling back on his journey to the big leagues. Before the injury -he was widely considered to be ready for the majors.

#4. Kyle Gibson- Kyle Gibson is a 25 year old RHP currently stalled out at AAA Rochester. He was selected by the Twins 22nd overall in the 2009 MLB Draft.

This Right-Hander was considered the Twins best pitching prospect for a while until Tommy John surgery in 2011 slowed him down. Up until then he was widely considered to be big league ready.

Nothing in Gibson’s arsenal is too overpowering, mostly average.  As of right now he likely will not be a number 1 starter at any time in his career but has the potential to be a stellar 3 or 4 starter. His stats this year are actually quite similar to Meyer’s.

His ERA is only a point higher at 3.32 and his avg. against is actually lower at.242. Just another reason why you can’t judge a Pitcher by his record as Gibson is currently 2-4.

#5. Oswaldo Arcia- Arcia could very well be the Twins most talented prospect. Turning 22 today, May 9, this Venezuelan has been a part of the Twins’ organization since July 4, 2007.

He started off the 2013 campaign at AAA Rochester. After absolutely raking through the first 10 games with a .384 Avg, the Twins decided he was ready for the big league squad sooner than expected. So far, he has proven it was not a mistake.

Currently, through 18 games played and 64 AB, Arcia is hitting .313 with 3 Home Runs. He is certainly a good addition to the Twins and if he keeps hitting like this he will be comfortable with a permanent spot on the team.

Twins Top 10 Prospects:

  1. Miguel Sano
  2. Byron Buxton
  3. Alex Meyer
  4. Kyle Gibson
  5. Oswaldo Arcia
  6. Aaron Hicks
  7. Trevor May
  8. Eddie Rosario
  9. Jose Berrios
  10. Max Kepler

 

The Twins hands down have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. The pitching is going to create a hard staff to beat and the bats won't get cold. If you can combine some of these guys with the already proven Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, the Twins might not be too far away from being major contenders for a World Series in the near future.

The Twins hands down have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. The pitching is going to create a hard staff to beat and the bats won’t get cold. If you can combine some of these guys with the already proven Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, the Twins might not be too far away from being major contenders for a World Series in the near future.

 ***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our MLB Reports Writer Kyle Holland for preparing today’s featured article.  Kyle is a life long baseball fan outside of Boston. He is a sophomore in high school has played baseball since he was 5.

Although growing up in one of the best baseball towns in the Major Leagues, he has been a Giants fan since 2009. He credits his aunt with the Giants being his favorite team as she lives in San Francisco.

Some of his favorite players include Buster PoseyStephen DrewTrevor BauerStephen Strasburg, and Minor Leaguer Danny Hultzen.  You can find Kyle on Twitter 

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Posted on May 10, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, On the Verge: MLB Prospects, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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