2013 Minnesota Twins Top Prospect Voting: Round 22

J. Meric

A catcher finally makes the list.

Looking at Round 21 we had a relatively low vote total due to the story getting buried this morning once our writers published new articles. Seeing the results I see nothing unexpected, and so we'll be accepting the totals as they are. Our winner for Round 21 is catcher/left fielder Chris Herrmann! With 23% of the vote he just edges Alex Wimmers.

Our field is down to five. We'll add four more players to the list tomorrow night for Round 23. Cast your votes!

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.

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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
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?

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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