Minnesota Twins 2013 Prospect Vote: Round 5

Jeff Gross

And we're off!

With spring training just around the corner, these votes will be happening with regularity over the next three weeks or so. In case you've forgotten, here's where our last vote brought our rankings as Alex Meyer narrowed beat out Aaron Hicks for the number four spot:

  1. Miguel Sano
  2. Oswaldo Arcia
  3. Byron Buxton
  4. Alex Meyer
Who is on the ballot for round five? Have a look...

Aaron Hicks, OF
2013 Age: 23
2012 Top Level: New Britain, 563 PA (Double-A)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 18 Rk 204 55 10 4 27 12 2 28 32 .318 .409 .491
2009 19 A 297 63 15 4 29 10 8 40 55 .251 .353 .382
2010 20 A 518 118 27 8 49 21 11 88 112 .279 .401 .428
2011 21 A+ 528 107 31 5 38 17 9 78 110 .242 .354 .368
2012 22 AA 563 135 21 13 61 32 11 79 116 .286 .384 .460
5 Seasons 2110 478 104 34 204 92 41 313 425 .271 .379 .421
A (2 seasons) A 815 181 42 12 78 31 19 128 167 .269 .383 .411
AA (1 season) AA 563 135 21 13 61 32 11 79 116 .286 .384 .460
Rk (1 season) Rk 204 55 10 4 27 12 2 28 32 .318 .409 .491
A+ (1 season) A+ 528 107 31 5 38 17 9 78 110 .242 .354 .368
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

A slow May followed an alright April, leading many to believe it was "just another disappointing season" for the 2008 first-round pick. But then he exploded, recording OBPs of .371, .430, .398, and .467 from June through September. Hicks turned a corner and his patience at the plate is no longer just being passive. He should spend 2013 at Triple-A, but everyone would love to see him for the Twins' hand in center field at some point this season.

Kyle Gibson, RHP
2013 Age: 25
2012 Top Level: Rochester, 6.2 IP (Triple-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 22 AA-A+-AAA 2.96 26 26 152.0 1.151 8.1 0.4 2.3 7.5 3.23
2010 22 A+ 1.87 7 7 43.1 1.038 6.9 0.4 2.5 8.3 3.33
2010 22 AA 3.68 16 16 93.0 1.215 8.8 0.5 2.1 7.5 3.50
2010 22 AAA 1.72 3 3 15.2 1.085 6.9 0.0 2.9 5.2 1.80
2011 23 AAA 4.81 18 18 95.1 1.427 10.3 1.0 2.5 8.6 3.37
2012 24 Rk-A+-AAA 4.13 13 11 28.1 1.129 8.3 1.0 1.9 10.5 5.50
2012 24 Rk 2.45 9 7 14.2 0.886 5.5 0.6 2.5 9.8 4.00
2012 24 A+ 2.57 2 2 7.0 1.000 7.7 1.3 1.3 9.0 7.00
2012 24 AAA 9.45 2 2 6.2 1.800 14.8 1.4 1.4 13.5 10.00
3 Seasons 3.72 57 55 275.2 1.244 8.8 0.7 2.4 8.2 3.47
AAA (3 seasons) AAA 4.67 23 23 117.2 1.402 10.1 0.9 2.5 8.4 3.33
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 1.97 9 9 50.1 1.033 7.0 0.5 2.3 8.4 3.62
AA (1 season) AA 3.68 16 16 93.0 1.215 8.8 0.5 2.1 7.5 3.50
Rk (1 season) Rk 2.45 9 7 14.2 0.886 5.5 0.6 2.5 9.8 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Gibson missed a vast majority of 2012 due to recovery and rehab after 2011's Tommy John surgery, throwing 21.2 innings between the GCL Twins and Fort Myers before making two starts for the Red Wings at the end of the season. He also had a decent performance in the Winter League before a couple of less impressive outings at the end. He's expected to contribute to the Major League team in 2013, although his innings may be limited this season, leading some to believe he may start the year as a reliever before moving into the rotation later in the year.

Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
2013 Age: 21
2012 Top Level: Beloit, 429 PA (Single-A)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 18 Rk 213 57 9 5 22 5 16 28 .294 .343 .438
2011 19 Rk 298 91 9 21 17 6 27 60 .337 .397 .670
2012 20 A-Rk 449 123 35 13 11 11 32 71 .299 .347 .499
2012 20 Rk 20 7 3 1 0 0 1 2 .368 .400 .684
2012 20 A 429 116 32 12 11 11 31 69 .296 .345 .490
3 Seasons 960 271 53 39 50 22 75 159 .310 .362 .538
Rk (3 seasons) Rk 531 155 21 27 39 11 44 90 .321 .375 .578
A (1 season) A 429 116 32 12 11 11 31 69 .296 .345 .490
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Considering he missed time after getting hit in the face with a baseball and still returned to finish the season, I think it's safe to say that Rosario is still the Twins' greatest hope of having a player who can hit and play the middle infield at the same time. He's flying under the radar in a lot of the mainstream prospect listings, but there's no denying he's performed to this point. His ETA is sometime in 2015.

J.O. Berrios, RHP
2013 Age: 19
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 14 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Lev W-L% ERA G GS GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2012 18 Rk 1.000 1.08 8 1 4 4 16.2 0.600 3.8 0.0 1.6 14.6 9.00
2012 18 Rk 1.000 1.29 3 3 0 0 14.0 0.643 5.1 0.6 0.6 14.1 22.00
1 Season 1.000 1.17 11 4 4 4 30.2 0.620 4.4 0.3 1.2 14.4 12.25
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

Picked 32nd overall by the Twins in 2012's June draft, Berrios is quite possibly the most promising arm in the Minnesota farm system. If not the most promising, then maybe the most exciting. At his age he is very polished and is expected to move quickly provided he stays healthy and continues to post strong numbers. Experts do project him as a power reliever, but the Twins will try him as a starter to see what they can get from him.

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