Minnesota Twins Prospect Vote: Round 17

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Danny Santana, not surprisingly, absolutely ran away from the field in Round 16 - in spite of going up against seven other players. Like Harrison, Santana may have deserved to be higher on the list but it's hard to argue too much about the players who have been voted in so far. Congratulations to Danny and his 53%, as he graduates to the Big Board and leaves the other seven to battle it out for spot number 18.

Twinkie Town Top 17 Prospects for 2014

  1. Byron Buxton, CF
  2. Miguel Sano, 3B
  3. Alex Meyer, RHP
  4. Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF
  5. Kohl Stewart, RHP
  6. Josmil Pinto, C
  7. Jose Berrios, RHP
  8. Jorge Polanco, 2B/SS
  9. Max Kepler, CF
  10. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
  11. Trevor May, RHP
  12. Adam Brett Walker, RF
  13. Felix Jorge, RHP
  14. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP
  15. Michael Tonkin, RHP
  16. Travis Harrison, 3B
  17. Danny Santana, SS
Your rules:
  • For each round, a certain number of players will be presented with statistical history, a brief overview, and other basic information such as age and level.
  • Once on a ballot, players will remain on the ballot until they eventually win a vote. Barring something drastic, like a trade.
  • Sometimes no players will be added to subsequent ballots. Sometimes more than one player will be added. Early rounds will have fewer players for which to vote, and later rounds are more likely to have more.
  • Share with your friends! Let's get as many votes as possible.
  • A general list has already been assembled, and players are slated to join the voting at a specified time, but you are welcome to recommend players that you think should be added in the following round.
Players up in Round 14: Miguel Sulbaran, Kennys Vargas, Ryan Eades, D.J. Baxendale, Zack Jones, Fernando Romero, Amaurys Minier

Miguel Sulbaran, LHP
2014 Age: 20
2013 High Level: Cedar Rapids, 20 IP (Single-A)

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2011 17 Dodgers DOSL FRk LAD 2.81 13 11 57.2 0.954 5.8 0.3 2.8 8.1
2012 18 Ogden PION Rk LAD 5.40 1 1 5.0 1.200 9.0 1.8 1.8 7.2
2012 18 Dodgers ARIZ Rk LAD 2.51 11 11 57.1 1.151 8.9 0.3 1.4 9.7
2012 18 Great Lakes MIDW A LAD 15.00 2 2 6.0 2.833 19.5 3.0 6.0 4.5
2013 19 Great Lakes MIDW A LAD 3.01 23 16 92.2 1.252 8.6 0.3 2.6 8.3
2013 19 Cedar Rapids MIDW A MIN 2.70 4 4 20.0 1.300 9.4 0.0 2.2 7.2
3 Seasons 3.17 54 45 238.2 1.198 8.4 0.4 2.4 8.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/2/2014.

Yep. This is the guy the Twins landed for Drew Butera. His strong command has helped him to this point, but as he rises through the system the strikeout rates will drop and, at that point, he should be moved to a bullpen role. Scouts seem to like his breaking balls already, so the added velocity on the fastball in short bursts could help him maintain his stock as a prospect down the line.

Ryan Eades, RHP
2014 Age: 22
2013 Top Level: Elizabethton, 15.2 IP (Rookie)

Year Age Tm Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2013 21 Elizabethton Rk 4.60 10 0 15.2 1.596 7.5 0.0 6.9 7.5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/13/2014.

Eades was Minnesota's pick in the second round of the 2014 draft, getting in ten relief appearances for the Elizabethon Twins. There isn't much to go on here except projectability and upside, but Twinsbaseball.com sees him as the organization's number ten prospect. Twins scouts believe he has the potential to become a number two type, with his fastball, breaking ball, and changeup all looking like they could be plus pitches, but his status as a prospect will depend greatly on how he follows up on 2013's debut campaign.

Kennys Vargas, 1B
2014 Age: 23
2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 520 PA (Advanced-A)

Year Age Tm Lev PA 2B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
2009 18 Twins Rk 130 7 3 17 34 .257 .369 .404
2010 19 Twins Rk 160 15 3 13 40 .324 .388 .507
2011 20 Elizabethton Rk 191 11 6 15 50 .322 .377 .489
2012 21 Beloit A 186 10 11 28 41 .318 .419 .610
2013 22 Fort Myers A+ 520 33 19 50 105 .267 .344 .468
5 Seasons 1187 76 42 123 270 .291 .370 .491
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/13/2014.

Vargas was added to the 40-man roster this season due entirely to his power potential. It was easy to look past him to the higher-caliber prospects in Fort Myers this year, but the fact that Minnesota was willing to stick with him in spite of being one-dimensional and considering the tight space on the 40-man roster speaks to how highly they're buying into that power. He'll be 23 years old and hopefully at Double-A this season.

D.J. Baxendale, RHP
2014 Age: 23
2013 High Level: New Britain, 92.2 IP (Double-A)

Year Age Tm Lev ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Elizabethton Rk 0.00 6 0 7.2 0.261 1.2 0.0 1.2 18.8
2012 21 Beloit A 1.64 11 0 11.0 1.182 9.8 0.0 0.8 12.3
2013 22 Fort Myers A+ 1.10 9 9 57.1 0.785 5.3 0.3 1.7 7.5
2013 22 New Britain AA 5.63 16 16 92.2 1.424 10.7 1.3 2.1 6.2
2 Seasons 3.58 42 25 168.2 1.138 8.4 0.8 1.9 7.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/13/2014.


The Twins had Baxendale on the fast track through his first two seasons in the system, which is exactly what you love to see from a collegiate pick. He struggled a bit in Double-A in 2013 though, so he's likely to start there again this season - particularly in light of the number of pitchers in the upper levels of the system. He seems to be the second-best pitcher from the 2012 draft, behind Berrios, meaning that - compared to our prospect list last season - he's leapfrogged fellow draft mates J.T. Chargois (#12), Mason Melotakis (#16), and Luke Bard (#17).

Zack Jones, RHP
2014 Age: 23
2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 48.2 IP (Advanced-A)

Year Age Tm Lev ERA G GF SV IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 21 Elizabethton Rk 0.00 6 4 0 6.0 1.000 3.0 0.0 6.0 13.5
2012 21 Beloit A 3.21 12 10 4 14.0 1.143 5.8 0.6 4.5 16.1
2013 22 Fort Myers A+ 1.85 39 35 14 48.2 1.151 5.2 0.4 5.2 12.9
2 Seasons 1.97 57 49 18 68.2 1.136 5.1 0.4 5.1 13.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/13/2014.

Jones is already a reliever, which hurts his draft status since everyone loves starting pitchers. But in his second season as a professional pitcher, Jones continued his penchant for domination of minor league hitters. He should be coming out of the bullpen in New Britain this season, at age 23, and a strong season could put him in Rochester and just one phonecall away from the Twins. A strong fastball and slider lead a power arsenal. He made the list of our ten un-ranked pitching prospects in September.

Fernando Romero, RHP
2014 Age: 19
2013 High Level: GCL Twins, 45 IP (Rookie)


Year Age Tm Lg ERA G GS IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012 17 Twins DOSL 4.65 14 6 31.0 1.290 7.5 0.0 4.1 8.1
2013 18 Twins GULF 1.60 12 6 45.0 1.000 6.4 0.0 2.6 9.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/22/2014.


Romero's appearance on our list is a coplete surprise to me, too. But Baseball America thought him good enough to rank him as the organization's 12th-best prospect, and that means he deserves our consideration by this point, too. He wasn't overly impressive in his summer in the Dominican in 2012, but between the rotation and bullpen this past summer he positively shot up the charts of notoriety. It seems likely that the Twins keep him in the Rookie leagues again this season, but keeping tabs on him will be a good idea. Where he'll be on our lists at this time next year is the exciting part.

Amaurys Minier, 3B
2014 Age: 18
2013 High Level: GCL Twins, 119 PA (Rookie)

Year Age Lg Lev PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG
2013 17 GULF Rk 119 24 5 2 6 6 29 .214 .252 .455
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 1/22/2014.


Minier was the big international signing for the Twins in 2012, signing in July and finally making his organizational debut in 2013. At just 17 years old you might expect him to struggle, and he did - a little. But he also crushed six home runs and is considered a high-upside prospect with great power from both sides of the plate. He's already shifted from short to third, so that's out of the way, and in spite of his immense talent we'll be seeing him in the Rookie leagues for another year or probably two before we really start to get an idea of how good he might be.

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