Prospect Smackdown: Travis Harrison vs Jorge Polanco!

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For the first time this year, we have a vote-breaking ballot to cast.

At the time of this writing, both third baseman Travis Harrison and middle infielder Jorge Polanco were tied with 26% of the vote for the number 13 prospect in the Twins' farm system this year. So while the vote for number 15 will kick off in about 15 minutse, you now have an opportunity to determine who will be the 13th and 14th prospects.

The rules are simple. Whoever wins this vote gets 13th place, while the loser takes 14th. Here are your choices. Let the smackdown begin!

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.

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.

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