Minnesota Twins 2014 Prospect Vote: Round 10

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We're winding down 2013 and we've just wrapped up our Top 10 Twins prospects for 2014. Onto the next ten!

Australian southpaw Lewis Thorpe came through in Round 9, just sneaking into our Top 10 prospect list by garnering 42% of the vote. He's a consensus Top 10 prospect around the web, so it's nice to see him be rewarded for his ceiling by all of our amazingly smart community members, too!

We won't be adding additional prospects for Round 10, but a new trio will be joining us for Round 11. In the mean time, let's see our Top 10 in full, shall we?

Twinkie Town Top 10 Twins Prospects for 2014

  1. Byron Buxton, CF
  2. Miguel Sano, 3B
  3. Alex Meyer, RHP
  4. Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
  5. Kohl Stewart, RHP
  6. Josmil Pinto, C
  7. Jose Berrios, RHP
  8. Jorge Polanco, 2B/SS
  9. Max Kepler, CF
  10. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
Your 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 10: Felix Jorge, Travis Harrison, Trevor May, Adam Brett Walker

Felix Jorge, RHP
2014 Age: 20
2013 High Level: Elizabethton, 61 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2011 17 Twins FRk 2 1 2.67 9 5 27.0 1.037 6.3 0.0 3.0 8.7
2012 18 Twins Rk 0 3 2.34 12 7 34.2 1.212 7.8 0.0 3.1 9.6
2013 19 Elizabethton Rk 2 2 2.95 12 12 61.0 1.213 8.3 0.3 2.7 10.6
3 Seasons 4 6 2.71 33 24 122.2 1.174 7.7 0.1 2.9 9.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2013.

I was going to wait another round or two to add Jorge, but after the discussions we've had here and considering how highly BP ranked him in their list, it's certainly possible he merits more consideration than I was giving him. With 12 strong starts under his belt in E-Town this season, Jorge will be pushed ahead to Cedar Rapids this summer and we'll see how his great arm deals with not just better hitters but with a full season. Berrios tired a bit in 2013, and the same is virtually guaranteed to happen to Jorge or any pitcher coming off of a short season. The question is: how will he handle it?

Travis Harrison, 3B

2014 Age: 21
2013 High Level: Cedar Rapids, 537 PA (Single-A)
Year Age Tm Lev G PA H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2012 19 Elizabethton Rk 60 253 66 12 5 27 24 51 .301 .383 .461
2013 20 Cedar Rapids A 129 537 114 28 15 59 68 125 .253 .366 .416
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2013.

Harrison's triple slash doesn't look as impressive as his short-season Rookie league debut in 2012, but there are a number of things to keep in mind. First, he definitely slowed in the latter part of the season as his body wore down. That will balance itself out. Second, while his strikeout rates jumped from 20% to about 23%, his walk rates also bumped - from a good 9.5% to an impressive 12.7%. His isolated power was basically identical. What also went up, though, was his percentage of poorly-struck balls. Let's see how he performs this season; the power is real, and that's exciting.

Trevor May, RHP
2014 Age: 24
2013 High Level: New Britain, 151.2 IP (Double-A)

Year Age Lev Aff ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2008 18 Rk PHI 3.75 5 2 12.0 1.500 8.2 0.0 5.2 8.2
2009 19 A PHI 2.56 15 15 77.1 1.306 6.8 0.3 5.0 11.1
2010 20 A+-A PHI 4.00 27 25 135.0 1.370 6.9 0.7 5.4 12.1
2011 21 A+ PHI 3.63 27 27 151.1 1.242 7.2 0.5 4.0 12.4
2012 22 AA PHI 4.87 28 28 149.2 1.450 8.4 1.3 4.7 9.1
2013 23 AA MIN 4.51 27 27 151.2 1.424 8.8 0.8 4.0 9.4
6 Seasons 4.05 129 124 677.0 1.366 7.7 0.8 4.6 10.7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2013.

With a full season at Double-A under his belt, May will be moved into the Red Wings' rotation with a call to Minnesota just a phonecall away. His strikeout rates stayed strong over the full season though, and his walk rates (10.2%) were actually the lowest of his minor league career...which is nice. In the Arizona Fall League this winter he pitched well for the most part, securing hopes that he's ready for the next step in his development. He currently projects to post good strikeout rates while being a guy with some control issues, but if he's your number three or even number four, that's perfectly fine.

Adam Brett Walker, RF
2014 Age: 22
2013 High Level: Cedar Rapids, 553 PA (Single-A)

Year Age Tm Lev G PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 20 Elizabethton Rk 58 252 7 4 14 4 0 19 76 .250 .310 .496 .805
2013 21 Cedar Rapids A 129 553 31 7 27 10 0 31 115 .278 .319 .526 .844
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2013.

Walker sometimes gets overlooked because, unlike Harrison, he was a collegiate draft pick. His power potential is incredible, but playing on the same team as Miguel Sano and, later, Byron Buxton will result in a bit of overshadowing. Walker's biggest issue is his all-or-nothing philosophy: he struck out less often than Harrison, for example, but his walk rates are so low that he looks like an all-power masher right now. Which is great, because those guys are immensely valuable while they're under team control, but the hope is that better discipline and pitch recognition will raise his ceiling. Scouts like his defense, too, which is a bonus, as is his underrated ability to steal a bag from time to time.

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