2013 Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 18

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Eight more spots left to fill.

After being on the ballot for more than a month, Luke Bard's horse finally came in. He pulled in front of a relatively evenly spread field and pulled down 36% of the vote, with everyone else but Levi Michael (4%) coming within a few votes of each other, and comes away with the number 17 spot on our list. Congratulations to Luke.

There are no new adds for this round, but we'll look things over and I'll add at least one to the list for the vote over the weekend. Here's your ballot for prospect number 18.

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.

Alex Wimmers, RHP
2013 Age: 24
2012 Top Level: New Britain, 4.1 IP (Double-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 21 A+ 0.57 4 4 15.2 0.702 3.4 0.0 2.9 13.2
2011 22 Rk 0.00 1 0 1.0 1.000 0.0 0.0 9.0 9.0
2011 22 A+ 4.20 12 4 40.2 1.230 6.2 1.1 4.9 8.6
2012 23 Rk 40.50 1 1 0.2 7.500 54.0 0.0 13.5 0.0
2012 23 AA 4.15 1 1 4.1 1.846 12.5 2.1 4.2 6.2
3 Seasons 3.61 19 10 62.1 1.203 6.4 0.9 4.5 9.5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2013.


Confidence issues, a lack of command, and now recovering from Tommy John surgery, the chips have been seemingly stacked against Wimmers every step of the way following his 15-inning debut with the organization in 2010. A collegiate draft pick who was looked at as a fairly polished arm who could arrive quickly, a best-case scenario now sees Wimmers making his Minnesota Twins debut in 2014 at age 25. That's not bad, but it's probably two or three years behind their initial timetable.

Levi Michael, SS/2B
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Fort Myers, 512 PA (Advanced A)

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2012 21 A+ 512 106 14 2 6 0 56 82 .246 .339 .311
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/20/2013.


Another first round draft pick, taken one year after Wimmers, Michael made his organizational debut last season and sputtered a bit. His 11% walk rate was solid, but he didn't make strong contact very often and showed next to no power. Defensively he's seen as a better fit at second than at short. It would be nice to see him develop, since the Twins took him to directly address the massive middle infield depth problem in the organization. He was seen as a relatively polished player who could move quickly (again, just like Wimmers), so keep your fingers crossed for better results in 2013.

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