One of the most exciting things for bloggers to do in the offseason is to take a look at the talent that makes up the farm system of their favorite big league club. This is far from an exact science because there are so many factors to take into account (age, position, level, etc.).
Last week Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net released his top 50 prospects in the Twins organization. I don't pretend to know enough about the Twins farm system to create a list of 50 prospects but I do feel comfortable creating a list of the top 20 prospects in the Twins organization.
The countdown starts today with prospects 11-20 and tomorrow I will release my top 10 Twins prospects. There can be much debate about all of these young stars. Leave a comment about any of the players that you see on the list.
20. Trevor Plouffe, SS- There are good odds that Plouffe is never going to be a superstar at the Major League level. He was the Twins first round pick in 2004 and has compiled decent stats at every level (.254 BA, .707 OPS). His numbers are far from overwhelming and his strikeout levels are too high. Plouffe could be a good utility bench player with the Twins and he might be able to fill-in when there are injuries.
19. Eddie Rosario, OF- I am a big fan of players that have tools and have the potential to develop into multi-faceted players. Roasario is only 19 and in his first year with the Gulf Coast League Twins he showed multiple skills. In only 51 games he stole 22 bases with 26 RBI and a .294 BA.
18. Dan Osterbrock, LHP- He is the only left-handed pitcher I have in my top 20 prospects so there could be a lot relying on the continued development of Mr. Osterbrock. He posted a great ERA (2.65) last season between Beloit and Fort Myers. Every season of his minor league career he has compiled 100+ K's. In a couple seasons he could be a left-handed option out of the Twins bullpen.
17. Chris Parmelee, 1B- Another 1st round pick of the Twins (2006). Parmelee has been making his way slowly through the Twins farm system. This coming season will be his 6th in the organization and he could make his first appearance at AAA. Parmelee did extremely well at Fort Myers last year (.338 BA and .893 OPS). His power continues to develop.
16. David Bromberg, RHP- Made it all the way to AAA by the end of last season. He will never amount to a front-end starter for the Twins but he could fit another role with the club. He has had over 100+ K's in each of the last three seasons. Bromberg has WHIP of 1.292 and gives up 8.2 hits/9-innings.
15. Jorge Polanco, SS- A player that fits that mold of a multi-faceted star. He was only 16 for all of last season with the Gulf Coast League Twins. The numbers don't jump out at you but for being one of the youngest players in the league he as able to hold his own. There are a lot of skills still yet to be developed by this rising star but the tools are there to work with.
14. Billy Bullock, RHP- A second round pick of the Twins in 2009, Bullock has been making quick work of the Twins farm system. In both of his seasons with the Twins he has made way through two different levels (2009 Rookie to A, 2010 A+ to AA). If that rise continues it will be interesting to see how far Bullock will get in 2011.
13. Angel Morales, OF- The Twins have a plethora of outfield prospects and Morales has shown that he belongs with this group. A product of Puerto Rico Morales is entering his 5th season with the Twins and is only 20 years old. His numbers dropped slightly at Fort Myers in the second half of last year so a strong start to 2011 is imperative.
12. Adrian Salcedo, RHP- Another teenager in the Twins farm system that comes from foreign soil. He was only 19 years old last season and climbed his way to Fort Myers. His stay in Fort Myers was rough (6.26 ERA and 1.829 WHIP) but this could have come from pitching an extra 30 innings over the previous two seasons. If he starts the season at Fort Myers it will be interesting to see if a rested arm will help him to improve.
11. Carlos Gutierrez, RHP- He is one of the Twins invites to Spring Training and has a shot to make the bullpen to start the 2011 season. He was the Twins 1st round pick in the 2008 Draft and has worked his way to AAA (only 2 games). My guess would be that he will start the year at AAA but if there are any question marks in the bullpen he could get the call to make his major league debut.