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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Minnesota Twins

Souring quickly on Niko Goodrum…

1. Miguel Sano, 3b
2. Byron Buxton, of
3. Oswaldo Arcia, of
4. Kyle Gibson, rhp
5. Aaron Hicks, of
6. J.O. Berrios, rhp
7. Eddie Rosario, 2b/of
8. Max Kepler, of
9. Daniel Santana, ss/2b
10. Luke Bard, rhp

In the first year of baseball’s new draft system, Minnesota had the largest signing pool for the first 10 rounds at $12.4 million and spent nearly half of that on its top pick, outfielder Byron Buxton. The No. 2 overall selection got the largest bonus in franchise history and in the entire 2012 draft at $6 million and made an immediate impact, helping lead Elizabethton to the Rookie-level Appalachian League title.

Buxton is part of a passel of exciting hitting prospects who give the Twins hope for the future, starting with third baseman Miguel Sano. That group also includes outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks and second baseman/outfielder Eddie Rosario.

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:16 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4307626)
8. Max Kepler, of

He would seem to be destined to be a star.
   2. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4307657)
They should trade him to the Astros.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4307662)
Or for Ivan Nova?
   4. Gamingboy Posted: November 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4307707)
8. Max Kepler, of

He would seem to be destined to be a star.

Subtle, but good. Bravo.

It'll be interesting to see how Kyle Gibson is in his first full season back from Tommy John.
   5. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM (#4307757)
8. Max Kepler, of

He would seem to be destined to be a star.

Didn't he discover the three true outcomes of planetary motion?
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM (#4307812)
The top three have as much upside as any prospect out there.

The real problem here is that the biggest need - pitching - is the thing that is shortest supply. Gibson looked pretty good in the AFL, as good as you can look out there, but he is coming off surgery. Berrios is a long way away from contributing, and most of the other pitching prospects the Twins have are relievers. When your #1 starter at the major league level is Scott Diamond, you have pitching issues.

Kepler is from Germany. He's still pretty raw and hasn't played an inning in a full-season league yet, but took a big step forward at Elizabethton this year and then played CF for the Germans in the WBC qualifier (where everyone was about three steps behind the Canadians but Germany hung in there for six innings in their first game). He turns 20 this year and I expect he'll show up in Cedar Rapids to start the season. He's got a chance to be very good, jokes aside.

-- MWE
   7. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM (#4307871)
He's got a chance to be very good, jokes aside.

Would you say the baseball world could revolve around him?

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