Ranking the Minnesota Twins’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
Ranking the Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
If you rank the top minor league systems in all of Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins will usually find themselves at the top of that list. So many big-time major leaguers have come from their farm system, it’s ridiculous. Even David Ortiz of recent World Series fame came from the Twins. Johan Santana who had the first no-hitter in New York Mets history came from there. Torii Hunter is a big name still and he came from there.
Their own Joe Mauer is a home grown product as was Justin Morneau who enjoyed fame there for years and still is respected around the league. All of those guys are pasts stars of the Twins system however. There are a bunch of young guns coming along now that are among the top ranked young stars in the game. One good thing that comes from the Twins is players and a lot of them.
Unfortunately they are not very often able to sign their home-grown stars to long term contracts after they hit free agency. That is a problem they have dealt with in many ways but one of them is quite simply to bring along more great prospects. Now is no different. Here are the top ten prospects of the Twins and don’t be surprised if every one of them hits the big time for someone within the next few years.
10 – Ryan Eades
Eades has a good fastball and could move quickly through the Twins system if his other pitches come along beside of it. Look for him to make an impact not long after his other stuff surfaces as good to plus.
9 – Jorge Polanco
Polanco is a good fielder and as a switch-hitter makes good contact with the ball. His potential is solid as a good hitting middle infielder.
8 – Max Kepler
Kepler’s defense is very good right now with his offense lagging behind a little bit. As soon as he gets his stroke working consistently he’ll be right there.
7 – Trevor May
May has a strong fastball and a strong changeup to go with it. Those two are good enough for him to make the big leagues as soon as the curve and slider come along just a tad bit more.
6 – Jose Berrios
Berrios projects to have a good fastball, curve and changeup. He could surface at the big league level as early as 2016.
5 – Eddie Rosario
Rosario is the #2 second base prospect in all of MLB for a reason. It won’t be long before he hits MLB as a regular second baseman since he has all the tools.
4 – Kohl Stewart
With a fastball in the mid-90’s, it’s very telling that his slider is still his best pitch. Couple that with a good changeup and you get the reasons that he has awesome numbers so far in his minor league career.
3 – Alex Meyer
A good fastball with tons of sink provides a lot of grounders from Meyer. Couple that with a solid slider and changeup and you get one of the more promising pitchers in anyone’s minor league organization.
2 – Miguel Sano
Sano is the #3 overall prospect in MLB and the top third base prospect in the game. His hitting, power and run producing potential makes it okay that his defense still needs a tad of work.
1 – Byron Buxton
Buxton is the top prospect in baseball and has been for a while. He absolutely has it all including decent power potential as well as good speed and great fielding potential. He should arrive around the 2015 season and make quite the splash when he does.