Minor League Update: Twins Top Prospects 6.19

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jesse takes a spin through the Twins' top 30 prospects to see how their seasons are coming along.

Here's your regular spin through the Twins system. How's your favorite prospect doing?

1 Byron Buxton CF Fort Myers (A+)
There hasn't been any official update on Buxton of which I am aware. We'll try to scrounge something up every two or three weeks to see if there has been any progress in getting Byron on the field at some point this summer.
2 Miguel Sano 3B New Britain (AA)
Getting Sano into a lineup later this summer as a designated hitter would be something worth getting excited about. Not necessarily because it will mean a great deal in terms of his long-term potential, but because the earlier he sees live pitching the more prepared he'll be going into the winter. Being careful with him doesn't mean he can't be competing for the third base job with the Twins come February.
3 Alex Meyer RHP Rochester (AAA)
The Red Wings bumped Meyer's start forward to yesterday, so that he'd also be available to pitch in the Triple-A All-Star game. He was kept on a fairly short leash, but didn't allow a run in three innings. He struck out four, walked two, and gave up a pair of hits. He has 80 strikeouts in 67.2 innings, giving up just 58 hits. He has allowed more walks than is ideal, but it's been less of an issue recently than it was earlier in the year.
4 Eddie Rosario CF/2B New Britain (AA)
Since our update on the ninth, Rosario has gone 6-for-28 with a double, three walks, and - incredibly - ten strikeouts. There's clearly a steep learning curve at Double-A, but he did hit .284/.330/.412 in 70 games for the Rock Cats after his call up last season. But this is interesting: he's hitting .304/.360/.522 versus right-handed pitchers and just .278/.350/.278 versus lefties in his ten games with New Britain. That's worth watching.
5 Kohl Stewart RHP Cedar Rapids (A)
Stewart last threw five days ago, shutting out the Angels' Single-A affiliate for four innings. It was a bend-but-don't-break outing, as he allowed six hits and walked three, but he came out of it unscathed. In his last ten games, Stewart as a 1.98 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 50 innings.
6 Josmil Pinto C Rochester (AAA)
Following his demotion just a week ago, Pinto has gone 9-for-24 (.375) in six games for the Red Wings. He's doubled three times and homered once, and naturally there is nothing to worry about when we talk about his hitting skills. Can he learn to be a passable defender behind the plate?
7 Jose Berrios RHP Fort Myers (A+)
Berrios has had two starts since our last update. In his most recent game he struck out nine in seven shutout innings, having surrendered just one hit. The previous outing was almost as impressive, as he struck out seven and allowed just two runs off of five hits in six innings. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a start since May 1, and over his last ten games is sporting a 1.56 ERA.
8 Jorge Polanco SS/2B Fort Myers (A+)
Polanco's OPS has dropped a full point - from .765 to .764 - since our last update. At just 20 years old it's not too much of a surprise that he's taking a little longer to adjust than we're used to seeing from such a talented player, but he is holding his own.
9 Max Kepler CF/LF/1B Fort Myers (A+)
Kepler is still out and I haven't seen an update on him recently. On the season, Kepler is batting .218/.317/.340.
10 Lewis Thorpe LHP Cedar Rapids (A)
Thorpe's second start for Cedar Rapids went a bit better than the first. He went just four innings but allowed just two runs. The strikeouts haven't come yet, and he's now recorded just two in 8.2 innings at Single-A while allowing seven walks.
11 Trevor May RHP Rochester (AAA)
I think he's ready. A 2.77 ERA this season, with 78 strikeouts in 74.2 innings with just 29 walks and, more impressively, just 54 hits allowed. May turns 25 in September. Let's stop putting this off, shall we?
12 Adam Brett Walker RF Fort Myers (A+)
Walker lost his 11-game hitting streak, which included five homers, and since he's gone 3-for-26 with three walks, nine strikeouts and zero extra-base hits. He's batting .241/.293/.433.
13 Felix Jorge RHP GCL Twins (R)
Jorge hasn't made any appearances since his demotion from Single-A, as the rookie leagues have not yet begun playing games.
14 Stephen Gonsalves LHP Elizabethton (R)
The Elizabethton Twins haven't played a game yet this year.
15 Michael Tonkin RHP Rochester (AAA)
Tonkin has been cruising for the most part, but hit a hiccup last night: four runs off three hits and a walk in just one third of an inning. He owns a 3.14 ERA in 14.1 innings for the Red Wings, including 15 strikeouts and four walks.
16 Travis Harrison 3B Fort Myers (A+)
It's Harrison's turn to go on a streak, and he's currently the owner of a ten-game hitting streak. He hasn't garnered more than one hit in any game, and the streak includes just two doubles, but the batting average (.275) and the on-base percentage (.350) continue to look okay. He's striking out less than last season but he's walking a bit less, too. I'm thinking we may have to re-evaluate what kind of potential Harrison really has as a hitter, because power does not look like it's part of the equation.
17 Danny Santana CF/SS Minnesota (MLB)
Santana continues to hit. A fun note: he's hit safely in 22 of his 31 games with the Twins. 12 of those 22 games have seen him pick up multi-hit performances. It really feels like he's almost always on. FanGraphs thinks he is, as a whopping 31.6% of his balls in play have been line drives.
18 Kennys Vargas 1B New Britain (AA)
Vargas just keeps getting better. Since our last update he's gone 11-for-29 with four homers. In his last ten games he's batting .400/.432/.825. Eight. Twenty. Five. On this season? .326/.397/.544. What a monster.
19 Ryan Eades RHP Cedar Rapids (A)
Eades had the best game of the season in his last start, going seven innings and allowing just two runs off of nine hits and a walk. It's a small step, but it's still a step in the right direction.
20 Zack Jones RHP Fort Myers (A+)
Still out, injured.
21 Fernando Romero RHP Cedar Rapids (A)
Romero's second start for the Kernels wasn't as impressive as his first, but he still allowed just one run in four innings. That's three runs in nine innings with seven strikeouts and three walks since his promotion.
22 Sean Gilmartin LHP New Britain (AA)
Gilmartin was promoted to Rochester this week, and on Tuesday he went 3.1 innings. He allowed two runs, neither of them earned, and he struck out two. He didn't walk anyone but he did give up six hits. Let's hope it was a harsh reminder of how much better the hitters is in Triple-A.
23 Stuart Turner C Fort Myers (A+)
Last season's third round pick continues his upswing, going 5-for-19 since our update ten days ago. His triple slash on the year is up to just .236/.314/.363, but in the last ten games he's posted eight walks versus eight strikeouts and is batting .276. Let's hope it continues.
24 Amaurys Minier 3B GCL Twins (R)
The GCL Twins haven't played a game yet this year.
25 D.J. Baxendale RHP Fort Myers (A+)
Baxendale's first start for Fort Myers wasn't pretty, but in his two successive outings he's allowed just one run in 11 innings, while striking out eight. At 24 the Twins need him to be a step higher on the ladder, but for now a little time in Fort Myers is a necessary evil. If he keeps this up, though, he'll earn a promotion back to Double-A.
26 Niko Goodrum SS Fort Myers (A+)
Goodrum's nosedive continues. He's hit just .176 in his last ten games, with his season triple slash down to .248/.321/.350.
27 Mason Melotakis LHP Fort Myers (A+)
Mason is excelling in the bullpen, striking out 30 in 34.2 innings with a 3.12 ERA. He'll turn 23 later this month, but at this rate it seems likely that the Twins will test him with a promotion before the end of the season.
28 Lewin Diaz OF DSL Twins (Summer)
Game play has been inconsistent for Diaz, who is hitting .192/.222/.308 in seven games. It's easy to hope that he'd been crushing the ball, but there just isn't enough game data to look at.
29 Logan Darnell LHP Rochester (AAA)
Another good start, another day: Darnell threw five innings of one-run baseball his last time out. His season ERA is down to 2.75. The walk rates are a bit high (9.8%) but his strikeout rates still look good (21.5%), and for the most part he's been a very effective member of a very good Red Wings rotation. He missed out with Yohan Pino's promotion for tonight's start, but Pino certainly deserves the call-up. Even if it would have been more exciting had the start been given to May or Meyer.
30 Adrian Salcedo RHP New Britain (AA)
Salcedo's had just one relief appearance since our last update, but thankfully it was a scoreless one. He did walk two and allow a hit, but he did put up a zero in the runs column. Let's see if he can keep the 4.2 inning scoreless streak going in the second half.
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