Minnesota Twins 2014 Prospect Vote: Round 2


Welcome back to the Twinkie Town community prospect vote!

In Round 1 of this year's voting, Byron Buxton trounced Miguel Sano by taking home 84% of the vote. That's not a negative reflection on Sano, who's a monster, it just tell you how good we all expect Buxton to be.

Twinkie Town Top Twins Prospects for 2014

  1. Byron Buxton, CF
  2. Miguel Sano, 3B

As we'll reproduce in every round, the rules:

  • For each round, a certain number of players will be presented with statistical history, a brief overview, and other basic information such as age and level.
  • Once on a ballot, players will remain on the ballot until they eventually win a vote. Barring something drastic, like a trade.
  • Sometimes no players will be added to subsequent ballots. Sometimes more than one player will be added. Early rounds will have fewer players for which to vote, and later rounds are more likely to have more.
  • Share with your friends! Let's get as many votes as possible.
  • A general list has already been assembled, and players are slated to join the voting at a specified time, but you are welcome to recommend players that you think should be added in the following round.

Players Up in Round 2: Alex Meyer, Eddie Rosario, Kohl Stewart

Alex Meyer, RHP
2014 Age: 24
2013 Top Level: New Britain, 70 IP (Double-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 22 A 3.10 18 18 90.0 1.133 6.8 0.4 3.4 10.7
2012 22 A+ 2.31 7 7 39.0 1.026 6.7 0.5 2.5 7.4
2013 23 Rk 1.08 3 3 8.1 1.200 7.6 0.0 3.2 17.3
2013 23 AA 3.21 13 13 70.0 1.271 7.7 0.4 3.7 10.8
2 Seasons 2.91 41 41 207.1 1.162 7.1 0.4 3.3 10.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.

Meyer's 2013 was limited by an injury that lingered through June, July, and August, but there's no denying that he was exceptionally effective in his 13 Double-A and three rookie rehab starts. So far in the Arizona Fall League, Meyer has continued to look impressive, flashing his plus arsenal over five starts, striking out 18 in 17.1 innings and walking just five. He has a legitimate chance to be an ace, and while he won't break camp with the Twins at the end of spring training he could still pitch himself off this list for next year if he forces the Twins' hand at some point this summer.

Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
2014 Age: 22
2013 Top Level: New Britain, 313 PA (Double-A)

2010 18 Rk 51 213 57 9 5 16 28 .294 .343 .438
2011 19 Rk 67 298 91 9 21 27 60 .337 .397 .670
2012 20 Rk 5 20 7 3 1 1 2 .368 .400 .684
2012 20 A 95 429 116 32 12 31 69 .296 .345 .490
2013 21 A+ 52 231 68 13 6 17 29 .329 .377 .527
2013 21 AA 70 313 82 19 4 21 67 .284 .330 .412
4 Seasons 340 1504 421 85 49 113 255 .307 .358 .510
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.

When it comes to the quasi-glut of middle infield prospects with which the Twins suddenly find themselves, Rosario's bat is the best. Of course, at this point we don't really know whether he'll continue on at second base or if the Twins will try to move him back to the outfield; Assistant General Manager Rob Antony mentioned moving Rosario as a possibility due to the emergence of Brian Dozier. He's a better fit in the outfield defensively, but with the way he hits his bat will play anywhere. 2014 will be another exciting year for the prep selection out of Puerto Rico, because another good season probably means his Twins introduction in 2015.

Kohl Stewart, RHP
2014 Age: 19
2013 Top Level: Elizabethton, 4 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Lg Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2013 18 GULF Rk 1.69 6 3 16.0 0.938 6.8 0.0 1.7 9.0
2013 18 APPY Rk 0.00 1 1 4.0 0.500 2.2 0.0 2.2 18.0
1 Season 1.35 7 4 20.0 0.850 5.8 0.0 1.8 10.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.

That's not a lot to go on for anyone, much less a guy who's only being introduced to the system, but his fastball and slider are already considered to be plus offerings. The fourth overall pick in this year's draft was shut down at the end of the season due to some shoulder soreness, but it wasn't anything serious and he'll be ready to ramp it up again come February. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Twins start him with Elizabethton to start the season, but a good year would see him finish with Single-A Cedar Rapids - provided the organization thinks his arm could handle a full season.

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