Found August 16, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


Up until 2011, the Twins were consistent contenders and the toast of small market teams everywhere. So, seeing them in last place for the second season in a row can easily make you forget how good they were. One of the consequences of being good is picking lower in the first round. It isn’t as big a disadvantage as it is in other sports, but you don’t get the Joe Mauer’s of the world by picking in the twenties every year.

Because of that, the Twins farm system is somewhat barren when you look at the upper levels, but a second consecutive draft in the top five will give them more prospects in the pipeline. Their fall from grace was even somewhat predictable when you consider the dearth of pitching depth they have in the organization.

   

AGE

Level

How

BP

BA

MLB

POS

C Chris Herrmann

24

AA

D

NR

NR

15

NR

1B Chris Parmelee

24

AAA

D

15

1

NR

NR

2B Eddie Rosario

20

A

D

2

3

3

2

3B Miguel Sano

19

A

I

1

1

1

2

SS Pedro Florimon

25

AAA

I

NR

NR

18

NR

OF Aaron Hicks

22

AA

D

4

4

2

NR

OF Oswaldo Arcia

21

AA

I

5

5

4

NR

OF Joe Benson

24

AA

D

3

2

5

NR

P Kyle Gibson

24

A+

D

10

8

6

NR

Chris Herrmann– Catcher

The Twins probably aren’t looking for catchers as much as they are looking for other players. They have Joe Mauer signed through until almost the next decade. He has a good arm behind the plate, but probably needs more work on his receiving skills. That shouldn’t be a problem as both Mauer and Ryan Doumit should be able to hold down the fort for at least a couple more seasons.

Chris Parmelee– First Base

Sure, he probably isn’t technically a rookie, but the Twins are pretty thin here and he is close enough for government work. Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus list him as a prospect, so that’s good enough. He is a fringy prospect in terms of long-term prognosis. With Justin Morneau picking things up he will be involved in that kind of Bermuda Triangle they have going at first base and designated hitter.

Eddie Rosario– Second Base

Rosario continues to put up solid numbers in the minors, but he is just in A ball, so we need to temper our expectations. He is a converted outfielder, so he will take some time adjusting to the position, but the Twins are excited about how his bat will profile as a middle infielder. He has good speed and a little pop in the bat.

Miguel Sano– Third Base

Sano might end up being the difference maker in this farm system. He ranks second among third baseman in baseball and that was his rank coming into the season. He has 24 dingers and 90 RBI with a few weeks to go in A ball. Unlike Nolan Arenado, this did not come in an offensively dominant league, so he looks to be more real than Arenado. Yes, he has 130 strikeouts but he also has 75 walks. It’s all good so far.

Pedro Florimon– Shortstop

Florimon is one of those fringy prospects the Twins have at their upper levels. He is 25 years old and has had a cup of coffee in Minneapolis, so I’m not even sure he registers on the Richter scale. The Twins have been playing a host of guys at the position (including Jamey Carroll and Brian Dozier) and none of them are distancing themselves. As they say, if you have three shortstops then you have no shortstops.

Aaron Hicks– Outfield

One of the ways you grade a farm system is by looking at how good it is in areas of need. The Twins have outfielders coming out of their ears and that is the one position where they are solid at the big league level. It’s more a matter of luck than a matter of poor planning. Hicks must compete with the likes of Ben Revere and Josh Willingham at the big league level. He has developed his patience at the plate and profiles as closer to Revere than he does to Willingham.

Oswaldo Arcia– Outfield

Here is another hot outfield prospect that was raking in advanced A ball, so they promoted him to AA where he continues to hit. Arcia doesn’t have elite power or speed, but as long as he continues to hit and get on base he will continue to be a prospect. Plus, he is only 21 so they can afford to be patient with him.

Joe Benson– Outfield

Benson was supposed to be a candidate to be one of the corner outfielders, but this season has been a lost season for him. He broke his hamate bone which took time away in addition to some other injuries. He has 20/20 potential at the big league level, but he might be giving way to Arcia and Hicks.

Kyle Gibson– Pitcher

Gibson came into the season universally regarded as the Twins best pitching prospect. He has 17 innings on the season, so he likely will be passed up next year by a few other arms. More importantly for him, he will be 25 years old and might start in AA. That limits your ceiling as a prospect and it puts him dangerously close to not being a prospect at all.

 

 

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