2013 Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 13

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The winner of Round 12 was, somewhat surprisingly, J.T. Chargois. This places him in front of draft mates Luke Bard and Mason Melotakis, but most unexpectedly it also places him higher on our prospect list than Travis Harrison. None of which is to say that Chargois is coming in too high at number 12; I believe that a number of players between 12 and maybe 15 or 16 could be highly interchangeable. Our own Roger voted Chargois, specifically over Bard and Melotakis, and Chargois certainly had the numbers at rookie ball last season.

In addition to our six carry overs, the next round introduces both Niko Goodrum and Adam Walker. Here we go!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Hudson Boyd, RHP
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
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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.

Niko Goodrum, SS
2013 Age: 21
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 269 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 18 Rk 128 19 4 0 0 4 2 9 34 .161 .219 .195
2011 19 Rk 230 56 10 3 2 8 1 21 56 .275 .352 .382
2012 20 Rk 269 55 12 8 4 6 3 38 56 .242 .349 .419
3 Seasons 627 130 26 11 6 18 6 68 146 .237 .324 .357
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Generated 3/17/2013.


One of the more common adjectives in describing Goodrum as a prospect is "interesting". He has the tools, and particularly on defense they play fine for his current age and level, but most people don't believe he'll stick at shortstop. He could slide to second, but many believe he'll actually end up as an outfielder. The numbers have been better since his debut, but at age 21 it's time for him to show the Twins that he's ready to move.

Adam Walker, OF
2013 Age: 21
2012 Top Level: Elizabethton, 252 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
2012 20 Rk 252 58 7 14 19 76 .250 .310 .496
1 Season 252 58 7 14 19 76 .250 .310 .496
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/17/2013.


We have yet another rookie-level player on our list. Rookie-level players are so far away from the majors that their upside is still hazy, which isn't always a bad thing but it's easier to be optimistic about players whose track records don't have years of dents and scouting reports about downside. In the case of Walker, the Twins like his power. The danger here is in the strikeout totals. If he doesn't clear that up, he could fall off of our list completely by this time next year.

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