2013 Minesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 16

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We have three places to announce: 13 through 15.

Last night we held a pair of votes. One determined a playoff between two players for thirteenth place, while the second was a typical ballot. With the results now in (Polanco topped Harrison, 59% to 40%, while Santana won the daily vote with 30%), Twinkie Town's Top 15 prospects look like this.

  1. Miguel Sano
  2. Oswaldo Arcia
  3. Byron Buxton
  4. Alex Meyer
  5. Aaron Hicks
  6. Eddie Rosario
  7. Kyle Gibson
  8. Max Kepler
  9. Jose Berrios
  10. Trevor May
  11. Joe Benson
  12. J.T. Chargois
  13. Jorge Polanco
  14. Travis Harrison
  15. Daniel Santana
Here are your candidates for number 16.

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.


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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