2013 Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 15

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When you look down this list, it's actually impressive that we're talking about the 15th-best prospect in the system...and not the 10th.

Be sure you don't miss our Prospect Smackdown vote, since Travis Harrison and Jorge Polanco each had 26% of the vote from last night's bout for #13. With the winner of that vote taking the number 13 slot and the loser number 14, that brings us to the ballot for the 15th-best prospect in the Twins' farm system. Even removing Harrison and Polanco we have six players left to split your vote, so we won't be adding any new players at this time. In fact, I imagine our next round of adds will come for Round 17.

Below are six of the names from last night's ballot. Who's next on your list?

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.

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
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.

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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
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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