The 2008 Major League Baseball season is over, and its time to start thinking about next season. Players have already declared free agency, and teams are starting to build for a World Series run next year. The Twins have some pretty good talent in their farm system, and will look to either keeping their young players, or trade some of them for better players. Here is a list of my top fifteen Twins prospects:
Number 1: Aaron Hicks-OF-He was the Twins top draft choice of 2008, and played for the Gulf Coast League Twins. He batted .318 in 45 games with four home runs and 55 hits. He scored 32 runs and had 27 RBIs. The Twins will look to him to develop over the next few seasons before joining the team in the big leagues.
Number 2: Ben Revere-OF-Revere played for the Beloit Snappers during the 2008 season. He hit .379 in 83 games with one home run and 129 hits. He also had 51 runs and batted in 43 RBIs. He was drafted in 2007 in the first round.
Number 3: Shooter Hunt–P-He was just drafted, and moved up from the Elizabethton Twins to Class A Beloit. He started four games for the Elizabethton Twins, and had a 0.47 ERA with no wins and losses. For Class A Beloit he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA in seven games started.
Number 4: Danny Valencia-3B-B- This past season he played for Class A Fort Myers, and Class AA New Britain. For New Britain, he hit .289 in 69 games, and hit ten home runs. He also had 40 runs, and knocked in 32 RBIs. The Twins will look to find a new third baseman, and possibly in the future they will call Valencia’s name. Third base has been a troublesome spot for the Twins in the past few years, and they need to groom a third baseman to play in the future.
Number 5: Deolis Guerra-P-He came over to the Twins in the Santana trade, and played this past season for Fort Meyers. He started 25 games, going 11-9 with a 5.47 ERA.
Number 6: Angel Morales-CF-This past season he played for the Elizabethton Twins and hit 15 home runs. He hit .301 in 54 games, with 55 hits.
Number 7: Anthony Swazark-P-He played this past season for Class AA New Britain and Class AAA Rochester. In Class AAA, he started seven games going 5-0 with a 1. 80 ERA. He also struck out 26 batters.
Number 8: Tyler Robertson-P-This past season he pitched for Class A Fort Meyers. He started 15 games and went 5-3 with a 2.72 ERA. He also struck out 73 batters.
Number 9: Carlos Gutierrez-P-During the 2008 season he played for Class A Fort Meyers, and went 3-1 in sixteen games started. He had a 2.10 ERA, and struck out 19. He also had one save.
Number 10: Luke Hughes-3B-He played for Class AA New Britain, and then for Class AAA Rochester during the 2008 season. For Rochester he batted .283 with three home runs, and in Class AA he batted .319 with 15 home runs. He could as well be the Twins future third baseman in the coming years.
Number 11: Trevor Plouffe-SS/3B-During the 2008 season he played for Class AA New Britain and Class AAA Rochester. For Rochester, he .256 in 66 games, and hit six home runs.
Number 12: Jeff Manship-P-This past season he pitched for Class A Fort Meyers, going 7-3 in 13 games started. He also pitched for Class AA New Britain. He went 3-6 in 14 games started.
Number 13-Micheal McCardell-P-This past season he pitched for Class A Beloit. He went 9-4 in 21 games started with a 2.86 ERA. He also struck out 139 batters.
Number 14-Dustin Martin-CF-This past season he played for Class AA New Britain. He batted .290 in 133 games with ten home runs.
Number 15-Kevin Mulvey-P-He played this past season for Class AAA Rochester. He went 7-9 in 27 games started with a 3.77 ERA. He also struck out 121 batters.
For all stats for each player, I got from http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=min.
Here is my take on the Twins top fifteen prospects. Be sure to read all about your future Minnesota Twins.