And Mason Melotakis breaks through! He owned this vote, picking up 43% of your votes. Adrian Salcedo landed in a distant second place, with just 19%. As we move forward we'll add yet another prospect, making the task of making our Top 30 that much more difficult for the remaining candidates. One final player will be added for our final round later in the week.
Rogers was, as our own Roger notes, one of the better pitchers in the Twins' minor league system last year. He doesn't strike anyone out, but the command is decent and he does a good job of limiting base runners. He was an 11th-round pick in 2012 so you'd like to hope he can move quickly, but some of that will depend on how well he adapts to tougher competition. Can he continue to be successful even if he posts pedestrian strikeout rates?
Adrian Salcedo, RHP 2014 Age: 23 2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 58.1 IP (Advanced-A)
Salcedo has been off of our list for the last couple years after making appearances earlier in his history with the organization. It's been a slow move through the ranks so far, but with his move to the bullpen his rate stats have improved and, with them, the front-line stats like ERA and WHIP. It's helped him to be a more efficient and effective pitcher, and as a result we see him on our list towards the end of our voting. He's a borderline Top 30 guy, so where he lands is up to you.
Dalton Hicks, 1B 2014 Age: 24 2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 178 PA (Advanced-A)
With his season numbers inflated by 400 really good plate appearances in Single-A, it's easy to see Hicks as a legitimate prospect. He's just two years into his professional baseball career, but finishing High-A at age 23, with a performance that isn't all that inspiring, will paint things in a new light. A bigger issue: if Kennys Vargas starts the season at Double-A, which he should, Hicks could return to Fort Myers to start the season as a 24-year old. We need to see more from Hicks before his prospect status improves, and there isn't much time left for that, either.
Tyler Jones, RHP 2014 Age: 24 2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 15.0 IP (Advanced-A)
Jones the second was shifted to the bullpen full time in 2013 and it panned out for him. The strikeout numbers remained impressive and his occasional "hittability" (totally a thing) was mitigated by limiting his exposure. He should move more quickly now that he's a full-time reliever, so we could see him in Triple-A at the end of the year. He needs to prove that the ground ball and strikeout rates can work for him against better competition, but if they do he could be pushing for a Major League bullpen role this time next spring.
Lewin Diaz, OF 2014 Age: 17
Diaz hasn't made an appearance yet in the Minnesota system, but he was one of the top international prospects when he signed with the Twins last year for their largest international expenditure in the whole of 2013. The foot speed is well below average and three other tools are projected to be nothing better than average, but scouts like his power potential. He was baseball's 10th-best international prospect in 2013 and is regularly compared, physically, to David Ortiz and Ryan Howard. He'll move to first base sooner rather than later, but the question is: how highly do you rate a player who hasn't yet played in the system, based off of scouting reports?
Just two spots left! Which player slides into slot number 29?
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