2013 Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 20

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Moving into our final week of voting for 2013's top prospects...

In a strong field of eight, reliever and newcomer Michael Tonkin blitzed the field with 32% of the vote. Alex Wimmers still came in second, while Zach Jones and Levi Michael were at the bottom of the herd. We don't add any new names to our list as we vote for the 20th spot on our list, so let's get to your seven candidates!

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
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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
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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.

DJ Baxendale, RHP
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Beloit, 11.0 IP (Single-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Rk 0.00 6 2 0 7.2 0.261 1.2 0.0 1.2 18.8
2012 21 A 1.64 11 10 2 11.0 1.182 9.8 0.0 0.8 12.3
1 Season 0.96 17 12 2 18.2 0.804 6.3 0.0 1.0 14.9
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Generated 3/22/2013.


Another 2012 draft selection, Baxendale posted killer numbers last summer. His stuff is considered average, but with a moving fastball, a changeup, and a pair of decent breaking pitches in a curve and slider, he has a wide arsenal for a reliever. Like many of his 2012 draftee contemporaries, 2013 will begin the process of separating the men from the boys. Do you think he has what it takes?

Chris Herrmann, C/LF
2013 Age: 25
2012 Top Level: New Britain, 556 PA (Double-A)

Herrmann is a catcher with solid contact skills, a good eye at the plate, and a pretty good defensive reputation. He made his MLB debut last season, but his 1-for-10 performance in 14 games isn't much to go on. Especially for a guy who hasn't played at Triple-A, even if he will be 25 this season. Where you cast a vote for Herrmann probably depends on how you see his future: MLB starter, MLB backup, or organizational guy?

Year Age Lev PA H 2B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
2009 21 Rk 277 70 14 7 33 40 .297 .391 .453
2010 22 A+ 408 78 17 2 41 74 .219 .310 .301
2011 23 A+ 106 27 5 1 15 6 .310 .404 .425
2011 23 AA 406 87 14 7 64 68 .258 .380 .392
2012 24 AA 556 135 25 10 58 89 .276 .350 .392
4 Seasons 1753 397 75 27 211 277 .264 .357 .382
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Generated 3/22/2013.

Zach Jones, RHP
2013 Age: 22
2012 Top Level: Beloit, 14.0 IP (Single-A)

Year Age Lev ERA G GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Rk 0.00 6 4 0 6.0 1.000 3.0 0.0 6.0 13.5
2012 21 A 3.21 12 10 4 14.0 1.143 5.8 0.6 4.5 16.1
1 Season 2.25 18 14 4 20.0 1.100 5.0 0.4 5.0 15.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2013.

And still ANOTHER 2012 draft selection, and yet another 2012 draft pitcher, Jones leans on his fastball and slider. Adding a third pitch would be good, but a bigger matter for Jones is working on his command. Whether his walk rates are just a result of a small sample size or mechanics or something else entirely I'm not sure, but even if the Twins are changing their philosophy on the profile of pitchers they like to target they're still going to want a guy whose walk rates are acceptable.

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