Ranking The Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

By Jacob Kornhauser

Ranking The Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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Even though the Minnesota Twins haven't been competitive in several years, they're right on the cusp of competing again. Within the next couple years, they should once again be in the mix because of one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. With a good mixture of elite bats and arms, the future in Minnesota looks bright. Here are the 10 players most responsible for that optimistic forecast.

10. 3B Eddie Rosario

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10. 3B Eddie Rosario

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2014 Stats: .243 average, 8 home runs, 40 RBIs

Rosario is a smooth-hitting lefty third baseman who has the ability to grow into some power. He hit his eight home runs in just 87 games last season, so growing into 20-home run potential isn't out of the question. However, he may have to move to the outfield given the team already has top prospect Miguel Sano in front of him.

9. RHP Trevor May

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9. RHP Trevor May

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2014 Stats: 8-6, 2.84 ERA with 94 strikeouts (minors)

May had a very solid year in the minor leagues before earning enough trust from the Twins that they called him up and started him nine times. In those starts, he majorly struggled. The Twins hope they're just growing pains, because he could be a No. 3 or 4 starter for this team in the near future.

8. LHP Lewis Thorpe

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8. LHP Lewis Thorpe

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2014 Stats: 3-2, 3.52 ERA with 80 strikeouts

While Thorpe wasn't quite as dominant in the minor leagues as May was, he probably has the better stuff out of the two. Since he's a lefty, he's going to be more valuable in the long run if he can keep his pitches down in the zone, which he's struggled with in the past.

7. RHP Jose Berrios

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7. RHP Jose Berrios

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2014 Stats: 12-8, 2.76 ERA with 140 strikeouts

Berrios might have been the Twins' most impressive minor league pitcher last year. He stayed healthy all year and had some great results, showing the ability to erase opposing batters with his array of wipeout pitches. He also showed solid situational pitching, which can keep his team in the game more times than not.

6. 2B Jorge Polanco

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6. 2B Jorge Polanco

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2014 Stats: .288 average, 7 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 steals

Polanco may be able to provide the Twins with some stability up the middle with his solid fielding ability. He can play second base or shortstop and at a high level. He also showed the ability to steal bases while hitting for a high average. All of that adds up to him hitting toward the top of the order in the near future.

5. SS Nick Gordon

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5. SS Nick Gordon

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2014 Stats: .294 average, 1 home run, 28 RBI and 11 steals

Gordon, the brother of the Dodgers' Dee, was taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, so the Twins have hope he can be their shortstop of the future. He played in just 57 games in the minor leagues, so he's still very inexperienced, but within a year or two, he has the ability to be the leadoff man for a competitive team.

4. RHP Kohl Stewart

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4. RHP Kohl Stewart

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2014 Stats: 3-5, 2.59 ERA and 62 strikeouts

Stewart projects as a very good No. 3 starter or borderline No. 2 starter at the pro level, because he's very much a contact pitcher. He isn't going to blow people away, which may prevent him from becoming an ace, but he could carve himself out a nice little career eventually.

3. RHP Alex Meyer

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3. RHP Alex Meyer

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2014 Stats: 7-7, 3.52 ERA with 153 strikeouts

Meyer is the top pitcher in the organization, because he has some seriously elusive stuff. You can tell that by the 153 strikeouts he had in 130.1 innings. If he can refine some of his secondary pitches, there's no reason to believe he can't become an ace at some point.

2. 3B Miguel Sano

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2. 3B Miguel Sano

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2014 Stats: N/A

Sano didn't play at all last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he should be back for the start of this season. He was one of the top hitting prospects in the game and should grow into a very powerful middle-of-the-order hitter eventually. If he stays healthy, there's a chance he could be in Minnesota at some point next season.

1. OF Byron Buxton

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1. OF Byron Buxton

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2014 Stats: .234 average, 4 home runs, 16 RBI

Buxton is the top prospect in all of baseball, but he played in just 31 minor league games last season. Despite that, his five tools will have him in Minnesota very soon. He could even start the season there if he has a very impressive spring training showing.

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