Top Twins Prospects 2010

Not-so-HM. Shooter Hunt, RH-SP, Beloit/GCL Twins/DNP

The Real Question: Now that I have stretched my ranking significantly to put him here, have the somewhat-less-than-mighty fallen farther?

HM. Joe Testa, LH-RP, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: Does his name make anyone else think fondly of the band Tesla?

HM. Matt Bashore, LH-SP, E-Town

The Real Question: Will Bashore be able to exceed his comparison to Glen Perkins? Is the comparison is just on stuff, or on demeanor or injuries (gulp)?

32. Alex Burnett, RH-RP, New Britain

The Real Question: Can he raise his K/9 ratio to a level that is acceptable for anyone but Nick Blackburn?

31. Jorge Polanco, SS, DNP

The Real Question: Why am I so high on this kid when I have tempered my expectations on all the other DNPs?

30. Rob Delaney, RH-RP, Rochester

The Real Question: Will he show up at the Twins before or after Anthony Slama?

29. Max Kepler-Rozycki, OF, DNP

The Real Questions: What exactly does it mean to say that he is “the toolsiest player to come out of Europe in years?” How many toolsy players have come out of Europe? How toolsy is the average European player? These are the things I think about late at night when I should be writing papers.

28. Brian Dozier, SS, E-Town

The Real Question: How long will it take Dozier to overtake Dinkelman as the top SS prospect in the system?

27. Blayne Weller, RH-SP, GCL

The Real Question: Did Weller put the whammy on himself for his career by wearing a shirt that says “Perfect Game” in the picture listed in his picture given on his Josh’s Thoughts profile?

26. Mike McCardell, RH-SP, New Britain

The Real Question: What’s the over/under on when he will he be promoted to Rochester? Is six starts reasonable?

25. Trevor Plouffe, SS, Rochester

The Real Question: Will his skills ever manage to exceed Those Twins Girls’ love for him?

24. Andrei Lobanov, RH-RP, GCL

The Real Question: Is there any realistic way for Lobanov to make it at the major league level while hefting a fastball with a similar velocity to Livan Hernandez? Do I love hyperbole?

23. Blayne Weller, RH-SP, GCL

The Real Questions: Is there anything not to like about Weller, though he has not been a big story around the blogs? Or have I not been paying attention?

22. Steve Singleton, 2B, New Britain

The Real Question: Will his arm hold up and can he overcome an utter lack of power to become a passable major-league infielder?

21. Ben Tootle, RH-RP, E-Town

The Real Questions: Is Tootle’s change-up good enough to make it in the pros? Will he need it? Will his name remind me of anything other than an English butler?

20. Deolis Guerra: RH-SP, New Britain

The Real Question: Guerra has shown some recent improvement, but can he improve his numbers and velocity enough to match his outrageously good change-up and, at the same time, develop another plus pitch or two?

19. Jeff Manship, RH-SP, Rochester/Twins

The Real Question: Will the sparks of semi-brilliance Manship displayed last year re-assert themselves this year, and will he return to the Twins?

18. Tyler Robertson, LH-SP, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: Robertson has great stuff (change-up, the best curve in the Twins system, slider), but can he avoid the arm problems that seem to be in his future due to a painful-looking delivery?

17. Tom Stuifbergen, RH-SP, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: Does yelling “small sample size” make us forget his one bad game in Ft. Myers, and is that the real Tom Stuifbergen, or is it the one we say in the Appy League who raked? Or is that “small sample size” as well?

16. Anthony Slama, RH-RP, Rochester

The Real Question: When will we see him in Minny? Over/under 2 bullpen injuries/failures?

15. David Bromberg, RH-SP, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: Can Bromberg’s offspeed and four-seam pitches improve enough to supplement his strong curveball?

14. Carlos Gutierrez, RH-SP, New Britain

The Real Question: Can this pick keep up his sparkling ground-ball rate and become a significantly more-effective version of Bobby Keppel?

13. Rene Tosoni, OF, New Britain

The Real Question: Is he the next of the decent-hitting, poor fielding Minnesota rightfielders?

12. Miguel Jean, SS/3B/OF, DNP

The Real Question: How can anyone get as in a tizzy as Twins fans have collectively w/r/t the signing of this “16-year-old” without actually having seen him play?

11. Billy Bullock, RH-RP, Beloit

The Real Questions: Will Bullock overcome his painfully jerky motion to become the next great Twins closer? Maybe one that can hit 99-100 on occasion? Will we see him in 2011 or 2012?

10. Joe Benson, OF, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: How high of a ceiling do you have to have to put up fewer than 350 PAs in 3 seasons and still be ranked in the Top Ten on many lists, especially when one of those shortened seasons was caused by an angry collision between a fist and a clubhouse wall?

9. B.J. Hermsen, RH-SP, GCL

The Real Questions: Can his ridiculous success in the GCL translate to the hitter-friendly Appy League? How many inappropriate jokes will be made of his name (I’ve gotta ask)?

8. Adrian Salcedo, RH-SP, GCL Twins

The Real Question: Will his pitchability hold up as he rises through the system and faces tougher hitters?

7. Chris Parmelee, 1B/DH, Ft. Myers

The Real Question: Does Parmelee take over for Kubel in about three years, or does he get traded/released before then?

6. Danny Valencia, 3B, Rochester

The Real Question: How much of Valencia’s value comes from the fact that he’s almost ready and that the Twins really have no other real options in the upper minors?

5. Angel Morales, OF, Beloit

The Real Question: Can he, ya know, stop missing so much when he swings at pitches?

4. Kyle Gibson, RHP, DNP

The Real Question: What does it say about the state of the Twins’ minor-league system that only one of the top five prospects is a pitcher, and he was drafted LAST *$%&ING YEAR?

3. Ben Revere, OF, Fort Myers

The Real Question: How many curls will it take before he develops a strong enough arm to be a really strong outfield defender?

2. Wilson Ramos, C, New Britain

The Real Question: Will Ramos end up as the centerpiece of a trade to bring in a real 2B prospect or will he languish as a backup to replace Jose Morales in a few years?

1. Aaron Hicks, OF, Beloit

The Real Question: Judging from the fact that he is ranked #1 everywhere I have seen in the Twins blogosphere, can he also walk on water?

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