Baseball America came out with an updated Top 100 Prospects list today, and the Twins only have one player on it: shortstop Nick Gordon. Earlier this year the Twins had two on the list, but young pitcher Stephen Gonsalves has fallen from number 99 on the list to un-ranked.
Unfortunately, it’s not that surprising that Gonsalves fell off, considering he hasn’t even pitched yet this year. A sore shoulder has kept Gonsalves on the DL since the beginning of the season, although he just recently started pitching in extended spring training games. Gonsalves missed three weeks of action in the Arizona Fall League last year because of a strained shoulder, but it’s unclear if the current issue is the same thing or something new. He told Mike Berardino back around March 11th that the discomfort was in a different area, but the injury was later referred to as a “re-occurrence of discomfort.”
At number 99, Gonsalves had just barely made Baseball America’s list anyway, and was unranked in 2016. Twinkie Town readers, however, voted Stephen Gonsalves as the Twins top prospect in this year’s community prospect vote.
In 2016, Gonsalves had a 2.06 ERA and 155 strike outs in 140 combined innings between the High-A Ft. Myers Miracle and Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.
The one prospect who did crack Baseball America’s updated top 100 list was shortstop Nick Gordon, who moved up to number 47 from number 60 where he started the year. Currently playing with the Double-A Lookouts, Gordon is hitting .331/.393/.488 with two home runs, three triples, and seven doubles on the year.
Gordon ranked 53rd on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list in 2016. Remember back then? Those were the days when the Twins boasted six prospects in the top 100, but Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, Max Kepler, and Jorge Polanco have all graduated from “prospect” status, and Tyler Jay has fallen off the list, likely due to his move from starting pitching back to the bullpen.