Minor League Report: Twinkie Town Top 25 Prospects

Catching up with the latest information on Twinkie Town's top 25 minor league prospects.

As the minor league seasons start to pick up, we are beginning to see more clearly how some of the top prospects may pan out for the Minnesota Twins. Last week, some of the top prospects had some great games under their belts, and this week is no different. We'll run down the list of how the community voted the prospects, starting with...

1) Miguel Sano - In the past week, Sano has been hitting the ball really well for the Fort Myers Miracle, including a game-winning 3-run homer on April 14th. He's helped lead the Miracle to a fantastic start of their season, and is hitting .413 so far with 4 HR and 12 RBI on the season. Definitely still one of the most exciting prospects to keep an eye on.

2) Oswaldo Arcia - Twins fans got a look at Arcia this week, as he went 1-for-3 in his big league debut. He'd been doing well in Rochester before his call-up, hitting .291 in the four games before he came up. After learning that Darrin Mastroianni will be going on the DL, Arcia will be coming up again after just one game back in Rochester (1-for-4, SB, SO).

3) Byron Buxton - As we learned on Saturday, Buxton has been lighting it up in the minors, and has been pretty exciting to watch and is something good for fans to look forward to. In the past week, he's hit .555 (I swear, the kid doesn't slow down), without a single home run. He stole 2 bases, bringing his season total to 3. Again, a prospect Twins fans should be excited to watch and should definitely keep an eye on.

4) Alex Meyer - Meyer's had just one start in the past week, going 5 innings and giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. He did walk 2, but struck out 6. Meyer has shown that he's much better against righties (1.69 season ERA) than lefties (3.86 season ERA) so far, and should be a great pitching prospect for the team if he can manage to last a bit longer in games.

5) Aaron Hicks - Hicks has been with the Twins, has not hit the ball well, has made some bigger fielding mistakes, and has generally looked pretty lost in the bigs. Still hoping he turns things around soon.

6) Eddie Rosario - Miracle OF Rosario has been hitting the ball well this past week, with a nice .454 batting average in his past 7 games, including 2-for-5 game on April 11 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Rosario is hitting .457 on the season against right handed pitchers, and has 1 home run with 6 RBI so far.

7) Kyle Gibson - After and injury and surgery, Gibson came back to start with the Red Wings, and had two starts in the past week. His first, on April 11, was kind of a disaster. Gibson went 4.1 innings, giving up 8 hits and 5 earned runs, including a home run. He walked 1 and struck out 6, giving him an ERA of 10.38 for the game. His April 16th start was much more promising, when he went 6 innings, giving up just 4 hits and 1 earned run. He walked 2, but still struck out 5 batters, giving him a game ERA of 1.50. His season ERA is now down to 4.55.

8) Max Kepler - The Elizabethton Twins haven't started their season yet, but Kepler is still a prospect to look out for in the future, as he's shown some power at the plate and skills as a 5 tool player.

9) Jose Berrios - Again, an Elizabethton player that fans should look for when their season opens on June 20. Berrios had a 1.17 ERA last season, and the Twins look to see the same from him this season.

10) Trevor May - May has had 2 starts in the past week, neither of which were fantastic, but neither of which were complete disasters either. May started a game on April 10, going just 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs, including a home run and 3 walks. The promising thing was that he struck out 7 batters in those 4 innings. On his April 16 start, May went 5.1 innings, where he gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs, including another home run. He walked 4 (troubling) and struck out 8 (promising). His season ERA is sitting at .314 right now.

11) Joe Benson - Benson hasn't been having a great season so far, and the past week, he's hitting just .277. He hasn't hit any home runs this season, and has just 1 RBI. He's struck out 14 times as well.

12) J.T. Chargois - Elizabethton hasn't started yet.

13) Jorge Polanco - Polanco's been doing well enough in Cedar Rapids, hitting .278 for the season so far. In the past week, Polanco has knocked in 6 runs and drew 2 walks, while only striking out once. His OPS for the season so far is .677, so the Twins can hope to see a little more power from the Dominican player.

14) Travis Harrison - Harrison's hitting .273 in the past week, including a couple .500 games. He did go 0-fer in the doubleheader games on April 13, but did hit a homer in the second game of the April 16 doubleheader, and had one RBI in the first.

15) Daniel Santana - Santan's hitting .305 in the past week, going 2-for-3 in Tuesday's game, while also drawing 2 walks. Santana's season OPS is sitting at just .588 right now, as his OBP is fairly low, just .277 (not a fair comparison, by any means, but Joe Mauer's OBP so far in 2013 is .417).

16) Mason Melotakis - In his April 13 start, Melotakis had a really good game. He went 5 innings, with 3 hits and 1 earned run (a homer). He only walked 1, but struck out seven batters in those 5 innings. Very promising game.

17) Luke Bard - Elizabethton. June 20.

18) Hudson Boyd - Boyd's April 13 start wasn't his best by far-5 innings pitched, 4 hits, 3 earned runs (1 home run), 1 walk, but he did manage 6 strike outs. Boyd's season ERA is 3.72, and in two games, he's walked 4 and struck out 9.

19) Michael Tonkin - Tonkin's position as reliever has been very hit-and-miss with New Britain. In the past week, he's appeared in 4 games, and in two of them, gave up 2 earned runs (and 3 walks), and in the other two, gave up no runs (1 walk). Go figure.

20) Niko Goodrum - In the past week, the Twins' draft pick has been hitting .277, including appearances in two doubleheaders in 3 days. He hasn't hit any homers yet this year, and he only has 1 RBI, but he's drawn 3 walks in the past week (and struck out 10 times...).

21) Chris Herrmann - The Twins' backup catcher has had a pretty rough week, going 0-fer in 5 of his 7 games, with just 3 hits and a walk (and 4 strike outs). His season batting average is a paltry .185, and his OPS is currently .427.

22) Alex Wimmers - Wimmers hasn't pitched yet this season, after an elbow injury derailed him in 2012.

23) D.J. Baxendale - Baxendale has had two decent starts for the Miracle in the past week, and in his April 9 game, he went 5.1 innings without giving up an earned run and striking out EIGHT batters. In his April 14 game, he went 5 innings, gave up 2 earned runs, and walked two (struck out just 3 that go-round).

24) Levi Michael - Hasn't played in 2013.

25) Adam Walker - In the past week, Walker is hitting .250 for the Miracle and hit a home run in the April 15 game against Wisconsin. Walker has a little power, with an OPS of .740 on the season so far.

Want more minor league news? Check back Saturday to see who the Minor League Player of the Week will be!

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