This one was tight at the top, but Amaurys Minier just skipped past D.J Baxendale by three measly votes. With 38% of the ballot, that makes Minier prospect number 25 for the Twins in 2014. Minier is still a ways off, but scouts love his ceiling. No doubt his arrival won't be happening for another three years if he ends up getting fast-tracked at some point down the line.
Players up in Round 24: D.J. Baxendale, Taylor Rogers, Mason Melotakis, Niko Goodrum, Adrian Salcedo, Dalton Hicks
Niko Goodrum, SS
2014 Age: 22
2013 High Level: Cedar Rapids, 455 PA (Single-A)
Adrian Salcedo, RHP
2014 Age: 23
2013 High Level: Fort Myers, 58.1 IP (Advanced-A)
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.