Minnesota Twins Farm System Report 2015

Minnesota Twins Farm System

Rank #2 heading into the 2015 season
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Minnesota Twins Farm System Report

The Twins farm system ranks number two because of impressive amount the talent pool they possess. Uber prospect Byron Buxton suffered through a bevy of injuries and should make up for lost time in 2015. The Twins are a system that allows their players to develop so despite the urge to rush Buxton, with just 31 games played last year he should return to Double-A to start the season not Triple-A as some might suspect. In a recent interview with St. Paul Pioneer Press, Twins GM Terry Ryan said “I don’t see him breaking camp with us but I do see maybe surfacing in the major leagues in 2015,”. Buxton ranks as out #1 top prospect, narrowly edging Kris Bryant. We are splitting hairs here but in our humble opinion would you take the second-coming of Mike Trout or Giancarlo Stanton? That’s a fair comparison to both these players potentials. (View Top 100 Prospect List – HERE)
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Third baseman Miguel Sano missed the entire 2014 campaign after going through Tommy John surgery. He ended up with seven at bats during Grapefruit League play amassing just one hit. He’s power potential is off the charts and should be headed to Double-A to begin the 2015 season. Like Buxton he should see some time in the Bigs in 2015. Fans in Chattanooga, Tennessee (where the Twins Double-A team is) are going to see two of the best prospects in baseball this season.

The Twins selected Nick Gordon at pick #5 in the 2014 draft. In case you had no idea, he is the son of former All-Star pitcher Tom Gordon and brother to All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon. He was a highly touted shortstop prospect who had committed to Florida State prior to being drafted. Aside from his talent, he is a very mature player having spent a good portion of his life around big league clubhouses, he carries a confidence about him. Nothing seems to rattle him and he is comfortable on any stage. He has great feel for hitting and surprising strength. Standing in at 6 feet/ 160 lbs, his body will eventually fill out which means that those doubles will start to clear the wall. He ended the 2014 season with 11 extra-base hits in 57 games.

RHP Jake Reed is very under-valued prospect. Reed was the Oregon Ducks closer with a plus-fastball and profiles at the very least as a setup man. What separates him from the other arms the Twins selected in the 2014 draft is command. He can spot his fastball on any count. He piled up 39K over 31IP last season in 20 outings over two levels, finishing the year with an eye-popping 0.29ERA. Remember that part I said about how the Twins don’t rush guys?, yeah Reed might be the exception to the rule. Interesting stat about Reed- he had two outings last season that he struck out every batter he faced. He K’d the side in an inning of work on 6/25 and struck out six guys over two innings of work on 7/23. He also allowed just three walks all season.

RHP Alex Meyer is a guy that the Twins debated starting the season in the ‘pen instead they opted to send him to Triple-A Rochester to begin the 2015 campaign. “We want to make sure we get him consistent work,” general manager Terry Ryan said a few minutes after delivering the news to Meyer. “Hopefully he can get it settled down. … It’s obvious he can strike people out. Now it’s a matter of not getting in so much trouble.” Fellow right-hander Kohl Stewart has a very intriguing background as he was a two-star talent that chose baseball over being QB for Texas A&M. Stewart has been pitching with type-1 diabetes and seems to be making the Twins nation very happy. Having worked through shoulder issues last season. Now that he is committed to baseball, the real questions focus on him learning and honing his craft.

We are not sold on Max Kepler… yet. Scouts say that his is an underrated hitter but he has yet to produce a .300 average season in the minors. Outfielder Eddie Rosario has a ton of talent but didn’t help his cause as he was suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program on Jan. 4, 2014. He ended up finishing the year in Double-A. If he can repeat his 2013 season this year and stay out of trouble, he might join Sano & Buxton in the bigs by years end. There is a ton of talent in the Twins Farm System and most of which have high-upside. The Twins are going to be a very dangerous team within a year or two. Overall it’s quite impressive list of prospects in the Minnesota Twins Farm System.