My Top 40

I didn't want to influence the voting too much, so I was waiting to release my top 40 list until the voting was done. For what it's worth, Seth has agreed to publish my list in his forthcoming 2009 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. So look for it there as well. What his list won't have that this list does is my reasoning in ranking each player where I did. WIthout further ado:


1. Aaron Hicks, OF (Best package of tools in the system)
2. Wilson Ramos, C   (Catchers who hit like this are really rare)
3. Angel Morales, OF (Would be my top pick were it not for Ks)
4.  Ben Revere, OF (Would be my top pick were it not for defense, especially arm)
5. Danny Valencia, 3B (Should be a solid third baseman in 2010)
6. Anthony Swarzak, RHP  (#3 starter upside and close to the MLB)
7. Jose Mijares, LHP  (Will be counted on as an upgrade to Reyes in 2009)
8. Tyler Robertson, LHP (Highest upside arm in the system; durability/mechanics questions)
9.  Chris Parmelee, 1B/OF (Adam Dunn upside)
10. Carlos Gutierrez RHP (Should be a solid starter or reliever by 2010)
11.  Shooter Hunt, RHP  (#2 starter upside, control questions)
12.  Luke Hughes, 3B/2B/OF/DH  (One-year wonder? Needs a position)
13. Kevin Mulvey, RHP  (Solid back of the rotation guy)
14. Philip Humber RHP (Higher upside than Mulvey, starter or reliever?)
15. DJ Romero 3B (Higher upside than Valencia, questions of attitude and work ethic)
16. Rene Tosoni OF (Would rate higher if not for injuries in 2008)
17. Jeff Manship, RHP (Can he continue to progress against tougher competition?)
18. Mike McCardell RHP (Very similar to Manship)
19. Steve Tolleson  IF (Sleeper of the system: Could have an impact in 2009)
20. Brian Duensing LHP (Needs a bounce-back year, could surprise)
21. Anthony Slama RHP (My top reliever in the minors)
21(tie). Robert Delaney RHP (See Slama)
23. David Bromberg RHP (Bigger upside than McCardell but need more polishing)
24. Trevor Plouffe, IF (Time is running out, could be just a utility player in the majors)
25. Deolis Guerra, RHP (Needs to start living up to the hype, huge upside)
26. Evan Bigley OF (Great year in E-Town)
27. Jonathan Waltenbury 1B (The next Morneau?)
28. Daniel Osterbrock RHP (Eye-popping numbers in E-Town)
29. Nick Papasan IF (Another E-Town standout)
30. Brad Tippett RHP (Would rank higher if not for demotion last year)
31. Eric Lis 1B/DH (Good bat, no position)
32. Jason Pridie OF (Would rank higher if not for the Ks)
33. Dustin Martin OF (Just behind Pridie in every category except Ks)
34. Alex Burnett RHP (Really solid numbers for his age. Projects as a #4 starter)
35. Cole Devries RHP (Would rank higher if not for his age)
36. Rene Leverett 1B (Big bat, big butt)
37. Steve Singleton IF (Most underrated prospect in the system)
38. Danny Rams C (Gotta hope he starts hitting like his predraft hype)
39. Paul Kelly IF (If he's recovered from injuries, he's still the best SS prospect in the system)
40. Joe Benson OF (Tons of upside, time is running out)