Twins 2013 Prospect Vote: Round 11

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Onto the next ten! Travis Harrison, Joe Benson, Daniel Santana, Jorge Polanco, and many more good to decent prospects will populate these spots on our off-season prospect list.

Now that Trevor May is off the board, I expect Joe Benson and Travis Harrison to be the next two players to hit our pre-2013 prospect list. Will that be the case? Let's find out as we add a number of new names to the ballot.

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.

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.

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.

Mason Melotakis, LHP
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Beloit, 17.1 IP (Single-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS GF IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Rk 1.35 7 0 5 6.2 0.600 2.7 0.0 2.7 13.5
2012 21 A 2.08 13 0 5 17.1 1.096 7.8 1.6 2.1 12.5
1 Season 1.88 20 0 10 24.0 0.958 6.4 1.1 2.2 12.8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2013.


Melotakis doesn't make Baseball America's Twins list in any capacity, but he's 12th on John Sickels' prospect list and 17th at TwinsBaseball.com. A strong fastball with good "stuff" could help him rise through the system quickly as a reliever, although the Twins may try to see how he performs as a starter. He'll take longer if that's the case, as he'll need to further develop his curveball and changeup.

Daniel Santana, SS/2B
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Fort Myers, 547 PA (Advanced-A)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 17 FRk 219 52 6 1 15 4 20 38 .274 .343 .426
2009 18 Rk 185 45 7 3 12 1 8 27 .265 .302 .418
2010 19 Rk 144 37 8 4 5 4 3 30 .264 .285 .421
2010 19 A 144 31 4 0 10 4 7 40 .238 .289 .315
2011 20 A 409 90 15 7 24 15 25 98 .247 .298 .373
2012 21 A+ 547 145 21 8 17 11 29 77 .286 .329 .410
5 Seasons 1648 400 61 23 83 39 92 310 .266 .313 .397
A (2 seasons) A 553 121 19 7 34 19 32 138 .244 .296 .358
Rk (2 seasons) Rk 329 82 15 7 17 5 11 57 .265 .294 .419
FRk (1 season) FRk 219 52 6 1 15 4 20 38 .274 .343 .426
A+ (1 season) A+ 547 145 21 8 17 11 29 77 .286 .329 .410
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2013.


Santana is a tools guy who gets more love from some sectors than others. He didn't make Sickels' Top 23 list for the Twins, although he was good enough to be on his "Others to Consider" list. Twins Baseball has him as the #12 prospect on their list. Baseball America has him in their Top 10, at #9, thanks in no small part his defense and arm are good enough to help him develop into a Major League shortstop. His offense lags far behind, which is the norm for the system's middle infielders outside of Eddie Rosario.

Jorge Polanco, 2B/SS
2013 Age: 19
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 204 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 16 FRk 68 15 2 0 1 3 6 9 .250 .309 .283
2010 16 Rk 119 23 5 1 2 4 12 9 .223 .299 .301
2011 17 Rk 193 43 8 1 6 4 15 24 .250 .319 .349
2012 18 Rk 204 55 15 5 6 3 20 26 .318 .388 .514
3 Seasons 584 136 30 7 15 14 53 68 .268 .338 .388
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2013.


Signed in his mid-teens out of the Dominican Republic, Polanco's career trajectory may have taken flight with an outstanding season with Elizabethton. Sickels thinks it has to do with strength and physical maturity that come with moving into your late teens. Baseball America and Twins Baseball don't have him on their lists, which isn't too much of a surprise considering his lackluster numbers coming into 2012, but it certainly gives the young middle infielder some upside and certain circles believe he's quite deserving of a spot this high on our list.

J.T. Chargois, RHP
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 16 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Rk 1.69 12 0 8 5 16.0 0.938 5.6 0.0 2.8 12.4
1 Season 1.69 12 0 8 5 16.0 0.938 5.6 0.0 2.8 12.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2013.


The Twins draft in 2012 was littered with arms with a lot of upside, even if most of them (Chargois, Bard, Melotakis) are all projected to be relievers. Chargois hits #11 for TwinsBaseball.com and #17 for Sickels - so he essentially is inversely proportional to Melotakis on the two lists. Like his draft contemporaries, Chargois could move quickly if his numbers hold and he stays healthy. He can get a bit off with his control at times, but scouts seem to think his fastball, breaking ball, and changeup could all be good pitches.

Hudson Boyd
2013 Age: 20
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 58 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 19 Rk 2.95 13 13 58.0 1.483 9.8 1.1 3.6 5.6
1 Season 2.95 13 13 58.0 1.483 9.8 1.1 3.6 5.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2013.


Appearing at #19 at TwinsBaseball.com, Boyd projects to have at least two plus pitches in his fastball and curveball. The 2011 first rounder does not have the raw stuff of other pitchers on this ballot, but he's a starter that is able to sustain himself over multiple innings. There's work to be done, but there's a lot to like about his fastball and curve.

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