Minnesota Twins 2013 Prospect Vote: Round 9

Hannah Foslien

Congratulations to Max Kepler, whose fans voted in surprising quantity!

This is where the results of the votes start to get really interesting. In this round I wasn't sure who would come out on top, but I did expect it to be a bit more competitive than it was. Trevor May and Joe Benson finished a distant third and fourth place, while J.O. Berrios (32%) and Max Kepler (our winner at 35%) took in the vast majority of your votes. Will Berrios finish before we get to double digits, or will May beat him there as the next pitcher on our prospect list?

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.

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.

Luke Bard, RHP
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: GCL Twins, 4 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Lev ERA G GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2012 21 Rk 3.86 7 2 1 7.0 1.714 6.4 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
2012 21 Rk 0.00 4 2 1 3.0 1.333 6.0 0.0 6.0 12.0 2.00
2012 21 Rk 6.75 3 0 0 4.0 2.000 6.8 0.0 11.2 6.8 0.60
1 Season 3.86 7 2 1 7.0 1.714 6.4 0.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/14/2013.


Bard merits consideration for such a high office, in spite of throwing just seven innings last season, is because of how "complete" scouts see him. He has a solid fastball-slider combination and has the potential to move quickly, and in spite of being drafted in June of 2012 could be pushing for a bullpen job by sometime in 2014. There is potential for an impact relief arm in Bard.

Joe Benson, CF
2013 Age: 25
2012 Top Level: Rochester, 108 PA (Triple-A)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2006 18 Rk-A 240 56 11 5 10 10 21 47 .260 .329 .428
2007 19 A 507 110 18 5 18 16 49 124 .255 .347 .368
2008 20 A 290 63 16 4 17 11 24 73 .248 .326 .382
2009 21 A+-Rk 334 76 10 5 15 8 48 74 .284 .414 .399
2010 22 AA-A+ 519 119 31 27 19 9 47 136 .259 .343 .538
2011 23 AA-Rk 483 116 29 16 14 10 58 111 .284 .387 .491
2012 24 AA-AAA-A+-Rk 312 56 13 6 13 4 30 81 .202 .288 .336
7 Seasons 2685 596 128 68 106 68 277 646 .258 .351 .430
Rk (4 seasons) Rk 248 57 13 5 12 13 26 45 .261 .343 .436
A (3 seasons) A 816 178 34 9 36 27 73 203 .252 .338 .370
AA (3 seasons) AA 1052 234 54 42 31 21 108 267 .256 .349 .479
A+ (3 seasons) A+ 461 110 24 10 23 7 59 104 .289 .404 .451
AAA (1 season) AAA 108 17 3 2 4 0 11 27 .179 .269 .316
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/14/2013.


This is a huge year for Joe Benson. It's not entirely fair to judge him off of his performance last season because of his injuries, but the fact remains that he is a 25-year old who has a lot of tools but has yet to prove they will consistently play for him. The departures of Denard Span and Ben Revere have played to Benson's advantage, as he will get a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job in center field. Which was will Benson's career go? We'll get a pretty good idea this summer.

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