Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 6

Tom Szczerbowski

Aaron Hicks blows away the competition in round 5. Who do you like today?

Aaron Hicks has been awarded Twinkie Town's fifth place spot on the 2013 community prospect list, beating the field decisively. He garnered nearly four times as many votes as the second place finisher which, not surprisingly, is a cue to the opening of the field. This week we're adding three new names to the prospect ballot as we vote for the organization's number six prospect.

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.

Trevor May, RHP
2013 Age: 23
2012 Top Level: Reading, 149.2 IP (Double-A)

Year Age Lev ERA GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 18 Rk 3.75 2 12.0 1.500 8.2 0.0 5.2 8.2 1.57
2009 19 A 2.56 15 77.1 1.306 6.8 0.3 5.0 11.1 2.21
2010 20 A+-A 4.00 25 135.0 1.370 6.9 0.7 5.4 12.1 2.25
2010 20 A 2.91 11 65.0 1.092 7.1 0.4 2.8 12.7 4.60
2010 20 A+ 5.01 14 70.0 1.629 6.8 0.9 7.8 11.6 1.48
2011 21 A+ 3.63 27 151.1 1.242 7.2 0.5 4.0 12.4 3.10
2012 22 AA 4.87 28 149.2 1.450 8.4 1.3 4.7 9.1 1.94
5 Seasons 3.92 97 525.1 1.350 7.4 0.7 4.7 11.1 2.34
A (2 seasons) A 2.72 26 142.1 1.208 6.9 0.4 4.0 11.8 2.97
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 4.07 41 221.1 1.364 7.1 0.6 5.2 12.1 2.33
AA (1 season) AA 4.87 28 149.2 1.450 8.4 1.3 4.7 9.1 1.94
Rk (1 season) Rk 3.75 2 12.0 1.500 8.2 0.0 5.2 8.2 1.57
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2013.


One of two pitchers coming back to Minnesota in return for Ben Revere, May was ranked by Baseball America as the #69 prospect in the game going into 2012. His stock has fallen slightly, thanks to a bit of a rough go-round in his first stint at Double-A last season and some trouble with his command. Still, he was the top prospect in the Philadelphia system last season and SB Nation's John Sickels had him rated as a B+ prospect (the same grade he's given to Alex Meyer, Byron Buxton and Oswaldo Arcia this year). It's times like this, when we're voting for the Twins' #6 prospect and a guy like this probably won't win, when I realize that this team is actually pretty deep in prospect talent right now.

Max Kepler, OF
2013 Age: 20
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 269 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 17 Rk 153 40 6 0 6 1 13 27 .286 .346 .343
2011 18 Rk 221 50 11 1 1 1 23 54 .262 .347 .366
2012 19 Rk 269 69 16 10 7 0 27 33 .297 .387 .539
3 Seasons 643 159 33 11 14 2 63 114 .282 .363 .432
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2013.


After two seasons adjusting to professional baseball as a raw talent, Kepler broke out last season with a .297/.387/.539 triple slash in Elizabethton. Still just 20 years old this season, this is a telling season in terms of whether the things he learned last season can stick and will help him adjust as he truly starts to move through the system. He's still a few years away but there's a whole lot of talent here.

Travis Harrison, 3B
2013 Age: 20
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 253 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2012 19 Rk 253 66 12 5 3 0 24 51 .301 .383 .461
1 Season 253 66 12 5 3 0 24 51 .301 .383 .461
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2013.

It seems like people don't think Harrison will stick at third base, which is something we're used to hearing from Sano oracles as well. Reports on Harrison haven't been entirely glowing to this point, but when a guy hits .301/.383/.461 as a 19-year old in his first shot at professional baseball he gets really hard to ignore. Considering he's probably the seventh-best position player in the system, and considering how far away he is from the Majors, there's no pressure on Harrison and the Twins will be able to move him along at their own pace. I'm excited to see how he hits out of Rookie ball.

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