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More Prospects Raking from Walker to Palka

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Below are some more prospects doing it with the arms and the bats.

Christian Walker 1B (Diamondbacks) - He got knocked from first base to the outfield by Trey Mancini and this year the Orioles released him. Back at his normal first base position his bat has returned in the early season. Christian hit his fourth home run and drove in a season high four runs with a 2 for 5 performance. The 16 RBIs for the year have put him in a tie for first in the Pacific Coast League with Jeimer Candelario, another player featured here for his bat. At 26 years of age Walker’s prospect status is just a glimmer, but there are teams who could use a right handed bat off the bench.

Ian Happ 2B (Cubs) - Ian was already leading the Pacific Coast League in homeruns with five, but he added another one to the total to take a two homer lead. Ian has pasted two hits in five of his last six games to up his average to .311. He has also found a home at second base, with eight of his 11 games there, though he has made two errors.

Cody Bellinger 1B (Dodgers) - The Dodgers have been in talks with the Brewers for Ryan Braun. After kicking the tires for Braun they may want to move Bellinger to the outfield. Cody hit his third homerun yesterday and his 2 for 3 day raised his average to .395. He has also driven in a run in his last four games. Strikeouts have been a concern with 12 in his 10 games and at least one whiff in his last six games. The Dodgers have put Bellinger in the outfield for one of his 10 games. On Saturday night he played centerfield.

Daniel Palka LF (Twins) - Daniel is not going to make you notice him because of his glove in the outfield. It is the bat that defines Palka’s game and yesterday that bat was sizzling with a 4 for 4 day. He was a triple short of the cycle but in his fourth at bat he went deep for his second homerun of the game, his fourth of the season, rather than hitting that paltry triple for the first cycle of the 2017 season. He was in a 1 for 21 slump through Friday, a slump that began after his first two homerun game. The Twins hope another 1 for 21 does not follow.

Ofelky Peralta RHP (Orioles) - The Orioles have been criticized by their lack of international resolve in looking for prospects. Ofelky is one of the rare Dominicans signed by the Orioles. At 6′5″ he has good height for a pitcher. Yesterday he allowed just one hit in five innings of work in a game the Frederick Keys lost when their bullpen gave up a trio of runs each in the last three innings. Ofelky has had some issues with command, walking 9 in 9 innings. On the bright side he has also struck out 14 with a 1.00 ERA. The opposition has a batting average of .138 against him.

Francis Martes RHP (Astros) - Another pitcher who has trouble finding the plate. Francis walked 6 in 4.1 innings of work, but no one crossed the plate in his second shutout appearance of the year in two games. Francis has walked 9 in 9.1 innings but he has struck out 10 and left the game with his 0.00 ERA intact. He left the game after throwing 93 pitches.

Jonathan Dziedzic RHP (Royals) - In a game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes Jonathan no hit them for 6.2 innings. After striking out Destin Hood on his 100th pitch the Storm Chasers removed him from the game. The Baby Cakes got their one and only hit in the ninth inning. Jonathan walked one and struck out six. It was his third start, and second without giving up a run, extending his shutout string to 13.1 innings. His ERA is now a svelte 1.04. If the Royals are looking for a starter Jonathan could be their man.

Pitchers Shine on Hot Prospect List

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

A number of pitchers appear on this hot prospect list proving that early in the season the pitchers have the upper hand.

Dane Dunning RHP (White Sox) - Lucas Giolito has had trouble finding the plate but Dunning has not. He did not walk a batter in a eight inning outing in which he struck out 13 batters. In his last outing he did not walk a batter in six innings of work. That gives him 14 innings without walking a batter. Dunning and Giolito were two pitchers acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Nationals.

Josh Staumont RHP (Royals) - Josh came into his second start with an ERA of 18.90 after giving up seven runs in less than four innings. His second start is more what the Royals would like to see from Josh. He allowed just one hit in six innings of work striking out 12, with just two walks. That lowers his ERA to a more respectable 6.75.

Tyler Eppler RHP (Pirates) - Tyler is a 6′6″ pitcher who sits in the low 90s with his fastball but can hit 95. Last year at Altoona the opposition hit him at a .280 clip in 27 starts. His first two starts at Indianapolis have been pretty impressive. Tyler started the season with a five inning shutout start and followed that up with six innings of shutout ball. He allowed only four hits in those 11 innings for a .108 opposition average. That is a pretty solid start to begin the season.

Max Povse RHP (Mariners) - Max stands a little taller at 6′8″ with an uninspiring fastball that sits in the low 90s. His second start he had some command problems walking three in 5.2 innings of work. On the bright spot he did not give up any runs extending his shutout streak to 12.2 innings after two starts. Max was acquired from the Braves last year for the then struggling Alex Jackson.

Alex Jackson OF (Braves) - Speaking of Alex Jackson he has strung together an impressive eight game hitting streak to put his average at .314 to start the season. A .314 average may not seem impressive, but coming from a player who hit .207 in 2015 and struggled to get over the Mendoza line last year the Braves will take that. He has also hit three homeruns and two doubles among his 11 hits.

Luis Carpio 2B (Mets) - The Mets have an impressive collection of middle infielders coming up their minor league system. Carpio lacks the arm for short and after having labrum surgery will have to settle for second base. The Venezuelan has started his season hitting .364 with four stolen bases. He is halfway to the total number of at bats he got last year after the labrum surgery shortened his season. Six walks has put his OBA at .463.

Wuilmer Beccerra OF (Mets) - The Mets continue to wait for a power break out from Beccerra. In eight games this year he has yet to go deep, but he has tagged at least one hit in these eight games to put his average at .429. Three of his 12 hits have gone for doubles. Beccerra has shown power potential in batting practice, but those long drives have not translated once the game begins.

Kevin Kramer 2B (Pirates) - A second round college pick in 2015, Kevin could move quickly, especially if he continues to hit .464 at Altoona. He has gotten at least one hit in his first eight games and he showed off some power with a two homer game on Thursday. The three homeruns that he has hit in his first eight games of this year are just one less than the four he hit in 118 games last year. He has also walked seven times to put his OBA at .583.

Tyler Marlette C (Mariners) - Tyler has four multi hit games in six games to start the season, as well as two games in which he has not gotten a hit. His average sits at .455 to start the season. Marlette was a fifth round pick in 2011.

Carter Kieboom SS (Nationals) - The Nationals first round pick last year saw his seven game hitting streak end yesterday with an 0 for 4 performance. That dropped his average to .424. The extra base hits have not been prevalent with just two doubles and one homerun amongst his 14 hits, but the Nationals will take his production.

Top European Prospects

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

There is one graduate from the 2016 list which is a good thing for Europe. Max Kepler put up decent numbers for the Twins and will get another opportunity to start in right field. The current list is filled with players from Curacao (a colony of the Netherlands). Ozzie repeats as the number one prospect on this list. There are only two other countries represented in this list, the other eight are from the Netherlands. Perhaps next year Netherlands gets its own billing.

1. Ozzie Albies 2B/SS (Braves) Curacao - Ozzie was the number one last year and if not for an elbow injury he may have made his major league debut with a September callup. The tools are there to play shortstop but the Braves have chosen Dansby Swanson to play there. Ozzie will move to second base. The speed is there to steal 20 plus bases per year. Coming into the 2017 season his career minor league average was .310. With the combination of speed and high OBA Ozzie could find himself perched in the leadoff position for the Braves with a good spring.

2. Carter Kieboom SS (Nationals) Netherlands - His father was born in the Netherlands, moving to the States at 17, His brother Spencer was drafted by the Nationals a couple years ago, but Carter was a first round pick. Carter also plays the middle of the diamond while Spencer is a catcher. Carter has all the tools to play shortstop and his bat showed some life with a .452 slugging percentage. The one area of concern was his tendency to strike out in bunches. Last year he struck out 43 times in just 36 games. Expect Carter to start the 2017 season in Low A Hagerstown

3. Davydas Noverauskas RHP (Pirates)Lithuania - Myworld is not aware of any major leaguer born in Lituania. Dovydas could be the first. The Pirates spotted him at a European academy in Italy and signed him for $60,000. His fastball climbs the radar guns into the high 90s and he mixes in a slider and cutter. Last year he pitched in relief moving all the way to AAA. While he limited the opposition to a .129 average in AA, in AAA that shot up to .308. He was suspended last year for a week towards the end of the season because of his involvement in a fight at a bar. With a good season next year could be his major league debut.

4. Marten Gasparini 2B/SS (Royals) Italy - Marten broke the signing bonus record held by Max Kepler, the Italian signing for $1.3 million in 2013. He has had trouble keeping up with the hype, last year hitting only .198 in his first year of full season ball. His actions are smooth at shortstop but he needs to develop some consistency fielding the ball, last season committing 48 errors. Those errors may force a move to the outfield where centerfield could be a pretty good fit. He could repeat Low A for the first part of the 2017 season, then get promoted once he finds some success.

5. Ray-Patrick Didder (Braves) Aruba - Aruba is also a Dutch colony. Didder has the speed to play centerfield and the arm to slot into right field. The one tool he is missing is power, but that does not prevent him from lining the ball into the gaps. With his lack of power he needs to show he can play centerfield with the corners reserved for the outfielders who show the power. Last year the speed of Didder copped him 37 stolen bases in 49 attempts.

6. Juremi Profar 2B/SS (Brewers) Curacao - His younger brother Jurickson was at one time the top prospect in baseball until injuries delayed his major league career by two years. Juremi does not have the range or speed of Jurickson to fit at shortstop. In fact most of his tools fall below his older brother. Last year he did break out for some power, hitting a career high 13 homeruns with a .473 slugging average. He has never stolen more than one base in any league. If Juremi can hit .250 with 20 plus homeruns he has a major league career ahead of him.

7. Chris Pieters RHP (Cubs) Curacao - Chris signed out of Curacao for $350,000 in 2011 as a lefthanded pitcher. He was converted to a hitter in 2015 and showed enough promise the Cubs decided to keep him. The arm is good enough for him to slot in any outfield position. While he does not have great speed he was good enough to steal 20 bases last year in 23 attempts. There was more swing and miss in his bat last season than he had in the 2015 season. He also drew fewer walks. Expect Chris to start the 2017 season in Low A.

8. Stijin Vandermeer SS (Astros) Netherlands - Myworld saw him play in the Honkball tournament in Haarlem last year. He was voted the MVP of the tournament. With Carlos Correa cemented at short for the next ten or so years Stijin may want to learn to play another position other than shortstop. Stijin was recently named to the Dutch roster for the WBC to replace outfielder Chris Garia. Last year the 34th round pick hit .329 in his 29 game professional debut. He had a nice 7/12 walk to whiff ratio.

9. Spencer Kieboom C (Nationals) Netherlands - Spencer was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. The Nationals have a number of good young catchers ahead of him in Pedro Severino, Jakson Reetz and Raudy Read. Spencer continues to be a better glove man than bat, hitting only .230 with a .314 slugging. He will probably always be considered a back up catcher type if the bat does not improve. His ability to make contact continues to excel with a 43/61 walk to whiff ratio, but that contact does not result in hits.

10. Martin Cervenka C (Indians) Czech Republic - We were impressed with what we saw of Cervenka when we watched him in a tournament in Taiwan two years ago. He was one of the better hitters on the team and a leader of the pitching staff. Unfortunately, the bat did not translate to the minor leagues. Until this year when Martin hit .263. There is little to brag about from the power side but give him a couple more years to see if he gets increased playing time. The 2017 season could be his make or break year. With Francisco Mejia behind the plate the best hope Martin has for the major leagues is as a backup.

2016 top European Prospects

30 Teams in 30 Days - Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Overview - The Royals lost some pitching depth with the death of Yordano Ventura. He would not have been their ace but he had ace potential. This leaves them with a very ordinary pitching staff. The signing of Alex Gordon to a multi year free agent contract was a bust in his first year. They need him to bounce back this year. They have a number of players who will become free agents after this year or next year so their window is closing. If they fall out of contention this year the Royals could start a rebuilding effort by trading their soon to be free agent veterans. They have finished .500 or over for four seasons in a row. This year could be a challenge to get that fifth season if the veterans do not produce.

Strengths - Mike Moustakas season ended early. Cheslor Cuthbert filled in adequately for him as his replacement. The real challenge will be finding a place for Cuthbert to play this year with the recent signing of Brandon Moss to fill the DH spot. The outfield has some depth with the acquisition of Jorge Soler to patrol right field. Soler has the potential to provide the power the Royals were lacking last year but he is still a youngster. What they need from this outfield is healthy seasons from Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. Gordon hit only .220 last year and Cain played in just 103 games. They do have some depth behind them in Paulo Orlando who had a surprising season with a .302 average. One of the best catchers in the American League resides behind home plate in Kansas City in the name of Salvador Perez. He was a little off this year with his .247 average but he did provide good power with 22 homeruns. Where he really shines is on the defensive end of the game. Eric Hosmer provides a power bat at first base but he struggles against lefthanded pitching. Peter O’Brien is an interesting righthanded bat who could spell him on occasion if Hosmer should need a rest. Last year Hosmer played in 158 games and hit 25 homeruns. Alcides Escobar is smooth on defense but does not provide much on the offensive end. If the team struggles offensively his bat is an albatross.

Weakness - Whit Merrifield had a decent season last season with a .283 average fueled by a .351 average against lefthanders. He doesn’t provide a lot of power or spectacular defense. It will be interesting if he can even have a shadow of that season again in 2017. They do have youngsters Raul Mondesi and Christian Colon who could be called up if Merrifield stumbles. The starting pitching lacks an ace. They have two decent pitchers in Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy but after them it could be trouble. The recent signing of Jason Hammel gives them a third option in the rotation. That signing was announced at this writing. It still does not make this rotation a strength. The bullpen is not the same when they had three fireballers to call on in the later innings. Kelvin Herrera is the only returning member from this trio and he does not have the same stuff as the departing Wade Davis. Joakim Soria, their closer from years past returns for a second season and hopes to perform better than last year. He will be the number 2 man now that Davis has departed. A wild card from the minors could turn this into a strength if Matt Strahm can repeat his 1.23 ERA and extend it to 70 appearances rather than the 21 he had at the end of the season last year.

Non Roster Invitees - Al Alburquerque and Brandon League are two interesting pieces who could fit into a shallow bullpen. League was once closer material but both are far from their optimal seasons of year’s past. Jonathan Sanchez has lots of stuff in a lefthanded arm but has little idea where the ball is going. If he can harness his control he could find himself at the back end of this rotation, or in the bullpen as a long reliever. Brayan Pena was recently signed and is the perfect piece to be a back up catcher behind Perez.

Breakout Prospects - Matt Strahm kind of broke out last year in a 21 game bullpen performance. He was a starter in the minors so the Royals could use him there this season. The bullpen seems to be more his destination early in the season. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff to be a top of the rotation starter. Alec Mills has more experience and may be the pitcher the Royals go to if they need to fill the back end of the rotation. Mills also lacks overpowering stuff but he has decent pitches to fit mid or back rotation. Josh Staumont will be the starter you could see by mid season. He has the potential to be an ace in the rotation with mid to high 90s heat, but he lacks the command of his pitches. Josh still needs a half season in the minors to perfect his secondary pitches. Peter O’Brien showed lots of power in the minors the last couple seasons but the majors has been a swing and a miss. His catching days are done and lack of foot speed makes the outfield a challenge. He could make the roster as a right handed bat for first base and DH. A good spring is required for that.

Prospects to Watch - Not a lot of room for position players. Hunter Dozier was drafted in the first round in 2013 but he plays a crowded third base position. The Royals may move him to the outfield to get his 20 plus homerun power in the lineup. Jorge Bonafacio is the brother of Emilio but carries a lot more power than his older brother. The outfielder has not lived him to his power expectations for much of his career but last year hit 19 homeruns. Further down on the farm are two talented outfielders to watch in Seuly Matias, who the Royals paid a $2.25 million bonus in the international market and Khalil Lee, a third round pick in the 2016 draft. Both have the potential to be five tool players. Meibrys Viloria could be the Royals catcher of the future. The Colombian had a phenomenal year last year with a .376 average down in the lower minors. He still has some things to work on in defense but could end up a decent defensive catcher with an offensive bat. On the pitching front the question is whether Kyle Zimmer can ever remain healthy. The 2012 first round pick only saw six innings last year, but that is about par for the season with him. When healthy he has a good fastball/curveball combination. Miguel Almonte throws hard, hitting the high 90s with his fastball, but he lacks command. A 46/72 walk to whiff ratio is not what you want to see for a player with his stuff. He does have one of the best change ups in the Royals system. Nolan Watson was their first round pick in 2015. He struggled last year with a 7.57 ERA. He gave up 19 homeruns in just 96 innings and had a 44/60 walk to whiff, numbers that need to be improved if he hopes to sniff major league time. Marten Gasparini signed for $1.3 million out of Italy in 2013. His bat is light (.196) and his glove at short is a bit inconsistent (48 errors). If the errors are not reduced he could move to second base.

2017 Finish - They will fight with the Tigers for second place in the AL Central. There is no honor in second place when you fall short of the wild card so an end of season fire sale will lead them to a less than .500 finish.

Breakout Prospects and Prospects to Watch AL Central

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Myworld continues to look at prospects who will have a major league impact in 2017 and other prospects to watch to see if they will find themselves on the cusp of making the major league team in 2018. Some of these prospects to watch are veteran minor leaguers trying to over come surgery, former top prospects who have tripped in their minor league ascension or Cubans who have no history at the professional level in the United States. Today myworld takes a look at the AL Central.

Chicago White Sox

Breakout Prospects - (Yoan Moncada 2B, Lucas Giolito RHP, Reynaldo Lopez RHP) - The White Sox are rebuilding which creates a process where prospects can make an immediate impact. Yoan struggled in his first exposure to major league pitching. The Red Sox used him at an unfamiliar position, third base because second base was occupied by Dustin Pedroia. The White Sox have no such blockage at second base. A good spring could get him on the roster when the season begins or the White Sox could save some service time by giving him more time in AAA. Yoan has power and speed that will have an impact on a major league offense. Reynaldo Lopez performed better at the major league roster last year than Lucas Giolito. The White Sox acquired both in the Adam Eaton trade. Giolito was considered the best pitching prospect in baseball last year as Moncada was considered the best offensive prospect, but Giolito has struggled when exposed to major league hitters. His fastball can hit the high 90s with his 6′6″ frame bearing down on hitters and his curve is above average. His command was non-existent with the Nationals resulting in a abhorrent 12/11 walk to whiff ratio in 21.2 innings. Reynaldo Lopez does not have as much upside and at 6′0′ does not have the size of Giolito, but he performed better against major league hitters. His mid-90s fastball had more swing and miss qualities than Giolito. The curve is of less quality and he struggled with his command as well when facing major league hitters (22 walks in 44 innings).

Prospects to Watch (Alec Hansen RHP) - It will be interesting to see if the 6′7″ righthander can replicate his 2016 performance. Alec was virtually unhittable with rookie league hitters batting below .100 against him. When promoted to a full season league he got tattooed a bit more in his two starts, giving up 11 hits in 11 innings. His fastball sits in the mid-90s but can tick close to three digits with an above average slider to mix in to confuse hitters. His season did end early because of arm soreness. With Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez also set for future rotation status the White Sox pitching looks solid for years to come despite the absence of Sale and soon to be disappearing Quintana..

Cleveland Indians

Breakout Prospect (Greg Allen CF) - Myworld is not enamored with the centerfield capabilities of Bradley Zimmer. He is probably best suited for right. Tyler Naquin also is not a centerfielder. This should provide an opening for Allen by mid-season. He has game breaking speed which allows him to cover a lot of ground. The fact that he is also an Aztec colors my bias. The power is lacking, but he has the plate discipline to take a walk (77/78 walk to whiff ratio) to stir the drink for the power hitters. He will probably start the season in AA with a major league call up expected once it is realized there is too much green for Naquin and Zimmer to cover in centerfield.

Prospect to Watch (Tristan McKenzie RHP) - Myworld was awed watching the 6′5″ lanky right hander with the prey mantis limbs have his way against Rookie League hitters. He was not quite so dominant once promoted to Low A, but overall the opposition could only hit him at a .195 clip. He also had a 22/104 walk to whiff ratio with his low 90s fastball which should continue to grow as he develops physically. He already has developed two above average pitches in the curveball and change. It will be interesting to see how his fastball velocity increases as he matures and whether that will be enough to continue has mastery over higher level minor leaguers.

Detroit Tigers

Breakout Prospect (Joe Jimenez RHP) - The Tigers are always looking for a closer. They thought they had one with a triple digit fastball in the name of Bruce Rondon, but he has not provided the answer. Now they are looking at the mid-90s fastball of Joe Jimenez, who saved 30 games at three different levels last year. Joe is built for the bullpen, with only two pitches in a fastball and slider. The start of the season will see him in a setup role, but if the Tigers continue their search for a closer the Puerto Rican righthander will be given an opportunity.

Prospect to Watch (Grayson Greiner C) - Not because he is a great prospect, but because his 6′6 inch frame is a bit unusual for a catcher. Despite his size he is not noted for his power. The bat has some potential, but he will sit around .250 with homerun numbers in the teens. His arm is solid and whether his tall frame can weather the assaults a hot summer day can bring upon a catcher will be the real test. Matt Wieters made it as a tall catcher, but the list is small.

Kansas City Royals

Breakout Prospect (Alec Mill RHP) - He has made his comeback from Tommy John surgery to have some success in the minors. The Royals are a little short on pitching from a depth perspective. It seems natural for the righthander with the low to mid-90s fastball to be one of the first to be called upon to help the rotation. Last year he dominated in AA but struggled a bit when promoted to AAA. In 9 less innings he allowed six more balls to leave the park which ballooned his ERA by two runs. Alec has an assortment of quality pitches to bode well to achieve success at the major league level.

Prospect to Watch (Meibrys Vilaria C) - The Colombian with the .376 average was exceeded by no one. He also complemented that with 28 doubles and a 1.042 OPS. The big question with Meibrys is whether his defense tools can develop enough to be used as a catcher. He was a shortstop when signed by the Royals in 2013 so his arm is strong. Whether he can block, frame and call pitches will be decided at the higher levels. If he doesn’t make it as a catcher the Royals will find another spot for him if he continues to hit over .350.

Minnesota Twins

Breakout Prospect (Stephen Gonsales LHP) - Last year Gonsalves dominated, with his ERA improving from 2.33 to 1.82 after a promotion from High A to AA. The opposition struggled to make barrel of the bat contact on the ball, hitting him at a .179 clip. He stands 6′5″ with a fastball that can buzz to the plate in the low 90s. His change may be his best pitch making the fastball appear to have more velocity. The Twins will probably start him in AA but their rotation is full of holes. Gonsalves is their most advanced pitcher in the minors who has achieved success at each level he has pitched. Since being drafted in the fourth round in 2013 he has yet to have an ERA higher than 3.19 and his career opposition average is .204.

Prospect to Watch (Aaron Whitfield OF) - The Orioles drafted a softball player out of New Zealand and tried to make a baseball player out of him but they had little success. Aaron Whitfield was a national team level softball player when the Twins drafted him. He has had a better transition to the game of baseball than Pita Rona hitting .298 last year at the Rookie Level. He has also shown some pop in the Australian Baseball League where he hit three homeruns in a double header last weekend, improving his average to .330 and his OPS to .933. The big test is when he gets promoted to full season ball and the adjustments pitchers make to him after they have seen him hit a number of times.

Draft Rosters for the Show Me Teams

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Missouri teams of Kansas City and Saint Louis are reviewed below. Kansas City is empty at short and catcher based on draft picks since 2005. Early on the Royals had some big hits with their number one picks. This has not been the case since 2008, though pennant races have motivated them to trade many of their top prospects. The Cardinals have done a good job of providing their roster with strong depth using the domestic draft. Their only weak position appears to be shortstop. They have done an especially good job of finding some diamonds in the rough in the middle portions of the draft.

Kansas City Royals

2005 - Alex Gordon (1) LF
2006 - Luke Hochevar (1) RHP, Everett Teaford (12) LHP, Brad Boxberger (20 - DNS) RHP, Jarrod Dyson (50) OF
2007 - Mike Moustakas (1) 3B, Danny Duffy (3) LHP, Greg Holland (10) RHP, David Lough (11) OF, Clint Robinson (25) 1B
2008 - Eric Hosmer (1) 1B, Mike Montgomery (1) LHP, Johnny Giavotella (2) 2B, John Lamb (5) LHP, Blaine Hardy (22) LHP
2009 - Wil Myers (3) OF/1B, Louis Coleman (5) RHP, Buddy Baumann (7) LHP, Mike Morin (40 - DNS) RHP
2010 - Christian Colon (1) 3B, Brett Eibner (2) OF, Kevin Chapman (4) RHP, Michael Mariot (8) RHP, Jon Gray (13 - DNS) RHP
2011 - Aaron Brooks (9) RHP, Terrence Gore (20) OF, Spencer Patton (24) RHP
2012 - Daniel Stumpf (9) LHP
2013 - Sean Manea (1) LHP, Cody Reed (2) LHP
2014 - Brandon Finnegan (1) LHP, Scott Blewett (2) RHP, Eric Skoglund (3) LHP
2015 - Josh Staumont (2) RHP

Roster

C - None
1B - Eric Hosmer, Clint Robinson
2B - Johnny Giavotella
3B - Mike Moustakas, Christian Colon
SS - None
OF - Alex Gordon, Wil Myers, Jarrod Dyson, David Lough, Brett Eibner, Terrence Gore
SP - Luke Hochevar, John Lamb, Jon Gray, Sean Manea, Cody Reed, Brandon Finnegan
RP - Greg Holland, Mike Montgomery, Brad Boxberger, Louis Coleman, Everett Teaford, Danny Duffy, Blaine Hardy, Buddy Baumann, Mike Morin, Kevin Chapman, Michael Mariot, Aaron Brooks, Spencer Patton, Daniel Stumpf, Scott Blewett, Eric Skoglund, Josh Staumont

St. Louis Cardinals

2005 - Colby Rasmus (1) OF, Bryan Anderson (4) C, Daniel McCutchen (12 - DNS, Jaime Garcia (22) LHP
2006 - Adam Ottovino (1) RHP, Jon Jay (2) OF, Shane Robinson (5) OF, Allan Craig (8) 3B/1B, David Carpenter (12) C, Jon Edwards (14) OF, Tommy Pham (16) OF, Luke Gregerson (28) RHP
2007 - Pete Kozma (1) SS, Daniel Descalso (3) UTL, Sam Freeman (24 - DNS) LHP, Tony Cruz (26) C, Michael Blazek (35) RHP
2008 - Brett Wallace (1) 3B/1B, Lance Lynn (1) RHP, Shane Peterson (2) OF, Mitch Harris (13) RHP, Xavier Scruggs (19) 1B
2009 - Shelby Miller (1) RHP, Joe Kelly (3) RHP, Matt Carpenter (13) 2B, Trevor Rosenthal (21) RHP, Matt Adams (23) 1B
2010 - Greg Garcia (7) UTL, Tyler Lyons (9) LHP
2011 - Kolton Wong (1) 2B, Charlie Tilson (2) OF, Seth Maness (11) RHP
2012 - Michael Wacha (1) RHP, Stephen Piscotty (1) OF/1B, Tim Cooney (3) LHP, Kyle Barraclough (7) RHP
2013 - Marco Gonzalez (1) LHP, Rob Kaminsky (1) LHP
2014 - Luke Weaver (1) RHP, Jack Flaherty (1) RHP

Roster

C - Bryan Anderson, Tony Cruz, David Carpenter (Yadier Molina was a 4th round pick in 2000)
1B - Allan Craig, Brett Wallace, Xavier Scruggs, Matt Adams (Albert Pujols a 13th round pick in 1999)
2B - Kolton Wong, Daniel Descalso, Greg Garcia
3B - Matt Carpenter
SS - Pete Kozma
OF - Colby Rasmus, Jon Jay, Shane Robinson, Tommy Pham, Shane Peterson, Charlie Tilson, Stephen Piscoty, Jon Eswards
SP - Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, Shelby Miller, Luke Weaver, Marco Gonzalez
RP - Trevor Rosenthal, Luke Gregorson, Daniel McCutchen, Adam Ottovino, Sam Freeman, Michael Blazek, Mitch Harris, Kevin Siegrist, Joe Kelly, Tyler Lyons, Seth Maness, TimConney, Kyle Barraclough, Rob Kaminsky, Jack Flaherty

Shortstop Prospect Review

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Shortstop was a very talented position this year so myworld will take a look at the top 20 prospects at the position as rated by Baseball America to see how their 2016 season went.

1. Corey Seager (Dodgers) - Not much needs to be said here. Corey is on his way to winning the NL rookie of the year award, leading the Dodgers to the NL West Division crown. He’s hit for power and average and kept his miscues on the field to a minimum.

2. J.P. Crawford (Phillies) - Still the Phillies shortstop of the future despite his struggles at AAA (.244). He hit well at AA but with only seven homeruns and 12 stolen bases at the two levels his offensive production falls short of what is expected. He finished the season with a .688 OPS. While his defense will get him to the major leagues the Phillies would like to see a little more offense. Freddy Galvis is all that stands in his way in the major leagues.

3. Orlando Arcia (Brewers) - Compared to his 2015 season his offensive production in AAA was a bit of a disappointment this year. Like Crawford defense is his calling card and a late season major league callup has seen his offensive struggles continue. The Brewers could always move Jonathan Villar back to short if they feel Arcia is not yet ready for the major leagues to begin the 2017 season. It is only a matter of time before he takes over the position.

4. Trea Turner (Nationals) - With an earlier callup and more at bats he would be giving Seager a run for the rookie of the year honors. Turner has moved to centerfield and has filled the leadoff roll for the Nationals, hitting .340. What has been a surprise to his season is the power he has shown in his bat.

5. Dansby Swanson (Braves) - A trade the Diamondbacks will ultimately regret and could lead to massive changes in the administration. Swanson has been rotating with Ozzie Albies for the Braves shortstop job, but Swanson appears to have the upper hand at the position. Swanson got the head start with the first September callup. He should provide an offensive bat with power for the position.

6. Jorge Mateo (Yankees) - His ultimate position may be at second base after the season for Didi Gregorious this year and the late season acquisition of Gleyber Torres. Mateo has shown a little pop but speed is his big tool. A mid-season suspension because of his impatience about not being promoted to AA is the only taint to the 2016 season, though his offensive numbers have fallen short of what he produced last year. His stolen base production especially dropped in half from 82 to 36.

7. Raul Mondesi (Royals) - The only player to appear in a World Series game before he ever appeared in a regular season game. Offense will be the big question mark for the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. He lacks the power of his father but has a smooth glove to play the position. A mid season major league callup has resulted in an offensive struggle to hit major league pitching (.181). The Royals would like to see better than a .484 OPS at the position.

8. Brendan Rodgers (Rockies) - The Rockies 2015 number one pick may have to find another position after the explosion from Trevor Story, who was rated 19th on this list. Story was a first round supplemental pick in 2011 and got the first opportunity. Rodgers is expected to have the bat and the power to play third base, but Nolan Arenado sits there. Fortunately, the Rockies have a couple more minor league seasons to figure out what they want to do with Rodgers, but his potent bat will get him in the lineup.

9. Gleyber Torres (Cubs) - The Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade. The Yankees will have to find a position for him. He did hit 11 homeruns and slugged .421 and at age 19 it is expected his power will continue to develop, so third base could be an option. The Yankees currently have a hole there, with Chase Headley the current alternative. Miguel Andujar is a possible suitor for Torres in the minor leagues.

10. Tim Anderson (White Sox) - Last year with the Dodgers Jimmy Rollins lost his shortstop job to Corey Seager. This year he lost the position to Tim Anderson. Tim lacks the offensive numbers of Seager but his glove is better. It has been a disappointing season for the White Sox but Anderson gives them a building block at shortstop.

11. Willy Adames (Rays) - The Rays picked up Adames from the Tigers in the David Price trade. The Rays are still unsettled at short but Adames had a solid season to punch his ticket in for the position in 2017. He had a solid season at AA so expect him to take over the position at the mid season mark.

12. Javier Guerra (Padres) - He was the big piece the Padres acquired from the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel trade. The 2016 season was a big disappointment with a .199 average and 141 whiffs. The Padres hope the 2016 season is an anomaly and will hope for a bounce back in 2017.

13. Nick Gordon (Twins) - Another son for Tom Gordon from a different mother than Dee Gordon. Nick shows good speed but lacks power. His defense will get him to the major leagues, but his lack of offense may make a utility role his best option.

14. Amed Rosario (Mets) - The Mets have been hunting for a shortstop for a long time. What they have had at the position for the last couple years have been good bats who lacked range to cover the position. Amed should solve all that. His bat should be good enough to create some havoc, after hitting .341 in a mid-season callup to AA. Power is not there but his defense is something the Mets have not seen at the position in a long time.

15. Christian Arroyo (Giants) - He will not supplant Brandon Crawford at the position. He could be one of those in between players who lacks the range to play short and is a little short of power to play third. Second base could be his ultimate destination. He does not have a lot of speed and his power is absent so he is a bit vanilla in the talent department. A utility role could be his best hope for a major league job.

16. Ozzie Albies (Braves) - The Braves traded Jose Peraza to the Reds last year after seeing what they have in Albies. With the acquisition of Swanson the ultimate position for Albies may be second base. Fortunately for Albies the Braves have no player at the position with the talent to block him. Speed is his best tool, power his worst.

17. Jorge Polanco (Twins) - Polanco may get an opportunity to play short before Nick Gordon. His defense is not as flashy but he shows a better bat. He has held his own in the major leagues with a .283 average, playing second, third and short. A utility role may be his ultimate position.

18. Deven Marrero (Red Sox) - Deven is blocked at short by Xander Boegarts. His glove is smooth but his bat comes up short. A utility role or trade to another team is all he can hope for, but even after a trade his .198 average in AAA falls far short for what teams want to see in a bat at the position.

19. Trevor Story (Rockies) - A Jose Reyes domestic assault charge gave Story an opportunity at short and he ran with it, slugging 27 homeruns in 97 games before an injury ended his season early. He will get consideration for rookie of the year but failed to get the at bats to win the award. The big question with Trevor is his ability to play defense to stay at the position.

20. Gilbert Lara (Brewers) - Arcia will have to fail at the shortstop position if Lara hopes to get the job. Lara is still in rookie ball as an 18 year old so the Brewers have plenty of time to see if Arcia can earn the position. Lara has shown a quiet bat, but he is still young and developing. Defense is his calling card.

Seong-Min Kim Drafted by the Wyverns

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

For those not familiar with Kim, he was the player the Orioles attempted to sign a couple years ago without getting permission from the KBO. The Orioles were penalized for the signing.

The KBO held their draft on August 22 and Kim was a first round pick for the SK Wyverns. Other names of note drafted in the first round according to myKBO.net were Jin-Young Kim who was a pitcher in the Cubs minor league system drafted by the Hanwha Eagles and Jin-Ho Shin who was a catcher in the Royals minor league system drafted by the NC Dinos.

AL Central Predictions and Looking Forward

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

It appears myworld got this division right, except for picking the Royals to finish second. The Indians superior pitching has paid off. Below are the teams current standings with myworld’s prediction in parenthesis. We have also listed the five top prospects, excluding anyone currently at the major league level who we feel will not be considered a prospect next year.

Cleveland Indians (1) - The pitching has been solid even with the step backward from Corey Kluber, now the third best starter on this team. They need to get Mickey Brantley back in the outfield picture. Tyler Naquin has been has been filling one of the outfield positions. Francisco Lindor has proved that last year was not a fluke. A bullpen meltdown could prevent them from holding this lead and acquiring a catcher for the stretch run is on the priority list.

The Indians probably have the strongest prospect system in the Central and could use some of that surplus to fill the holes at catcher or in the outfield. 1) Clint Frazier should see the Indians outfield next year. He shows a good mix of power and average with the defensive chops to play centerfield. 2) Bradley Zimmer is said to be a better centerfielder than Frazier, but from what we’ve seen we like Frazier there. Zimmer is probably a less consistent hitter than Frazier but he has a nice combination of power and speed. 3) Bobby Bradley is a slugging first baseman with a lot of swing and miss to his game. His lack of speed leaves him as a first base or DH candidate only. 4) Tristan McKenzie is a stick figure who can throw a fastball in the mid-90s. Imagine what he can do once he fills out. An impressive 0.61 ERA after 8 starts in the rookie league. 5) Francisco Mejia has a 40 game hitting streak and a .347 average. His arm is a rocket that will make runners think twice before stealing a base.

Detroit Tigers (4) - Who would have thought Michael Fulmer would be the ace of this staff? Justin Verlander is having a better year than last year but he is still short of his Cy Young stuff. The power bats of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez and the emergence of Nick Castellanos gives them one of the best offenses in this division. As the season winds down the Tigers would like to see more from Justin Upton and get back a healthy J.D. Martinez. They seem to finally have found a closer in Francisco Rodriguez, something they have been missing in their other playoff runs.

The Tigers have a veteran lineup that makes it difficult for prospects to crack. 1) Christin Stewart has slugged his way to prospect status, bashing homers in the Florida State League. His defense will limit him to left field and he will strike out a lot. 2) Joe Jimenez does not throw as hard as Bruce Rondon but he may end up a better closer. He has 23 saves and a 1.17 ERA at three minor league levels. 3) Jacoby Jones was acquired from the Pirates and was suspended for a drug of abuse. He has a lot of making up to do. If his offense does not come around he could be a solid utility player. 4) Matt Manning was a first round pick, throws in the high 90s and is 6′6″. We’ll give him some creds for that. 5) Derek Hill will be a speed guy at the top of the order, patrolling centerfield. He seems to have resurrected his prospect status with a solid year.

Chicago White Sox (3) - Their pitching almost rivaled the Indians but Carlos Rodon is still inconsistent and now needs to get healthy. Jose Abreu has not matched his rookie year and Todd Frazier may be hitting for power but his average is way down. It is hard to conceive that at one time in his career David Robertson was to be the replacement for Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer. It appears the White Sox are selling so a drop in the standings is likely.

The farm system is ugly. Myworld had a hard time finding five players to get excited about. The 2016 draft crop dominates this list. 1) Zack Collins was criticized for his poor defense behind the plate. Some say he may have to move to first. He has the power bat to survive at the position but the White Sox will give him a chance behind the plate. 2) Zach Burdi was another first round pick who has a fastball that hits triple digits. Coming out of the bullpen he could be a fast riser. 3) Adam Engel has impact speed that can create chaos from the leadoff spot. He still needs to do a better job of getting on base. 4) Alec Hanson is another 2016 pick, a second rounder who carries a mid to high 90s fastball. Command was said to be an issue but in six starts he has only walked six hitters with a .119 opposition average. 5) Trey Michalczewski is having trouble making contact this year resulting in a lower than expected average.

Kansas City Royals (2) - We were a little more optimistic about the Royals but an end of season injury to Mike Moustakas and a down year from free agent signee Alex Gordon has hurt the offense. The starting rotation lacks an ace and the bullpen does not have the same firepower it had in their first World Series run. Ian Kennedy has been a big disappointment after signing a multi year contract. The Royals may be in sell mode and Kennedy would be tops on the list.

Another weak farm system that has been decimated by trades to fulfill playoff ambitions. 1) Hunter Dozier has a power bat but Cheslor Cuthbert appears to have this position covered after the Mike Moustakas free agent departure. Dozier lacks the speed to be a rangy outfielder but it may be the best way to get his bat in the lineup. 2) Jorge Bonafacio has finally discovered his power. It won’t take him long to fill one of the Royals outfield positions. 3) Alec Mills had some dominant starts in AA. He has struggled a bit in AAA but a good pitcher’s frame and solid fastball will get him to the major leagues next year. 4) Brooks Pounders is a big boy who throws hard. His best bet may be to fill the closer role. He puts up video game numbers when pitching out of the pen. 5) Ashe Russell is a first round pick from last year with a explosive fastball slider combination. He needs to develop a third pitch to remain in the rotation.

Minnesota Twins (5) - The Twins are having such a disappointing year they fired Terry Ryan, who came out of retirement to try to resurrect the team. He had built up the roster to many playoff appearances years ago but the magic did not return in his second stint. Korean free agent signee Byung Ho Park struggled making contact leading to a demotion to the minors. Miguel Sano has not progressed from his rookie year and his outfield defense was poor forcing a move to DH/first base. The starting rotation lacks an ace and even a number two starter, though Ervin Santana, the only starter with an ERA below 4 can mime one on occasion.

1) Jose Berrios was used in the starting rotation but found major league hitters a bit of a challenge. He will be back next year. 2) Nick Gordon, the son of Flash Tom Gordon and half brother of Marlin Dee Gordon will try to stick at shortstop. He does not have the speed of Dee but his defensive tools should allow him to play the positiont. 3) Tyler Jay was a reliever in college but the Twins are using his arm in the rotation because he has four average to above average pitches. 4) J.T. Chargois could be the Twins future closer with his three digit fastball. 5) Stephen Gonsalves fastball is not overpowering but a plus changeup gives it more giddy yup.

AL Central Review of Number One Picks

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The number one picks selected by the teams in the Central have had much more impact for their teams than the AL East. Perhaps that is why the AL East is no longer the dominant conference in the American League.

Chicago White Sox

2015 - Carson Fulmer (RHP) - Fulmer is having a little bit of a struggle after being promoted to AA to start the 2016 season (5.44 ERA). Command is a big issue with 36 walks in 52 innings. Based on these results he will not rise as fast as two other first round picks, Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon. His fastball hits the mid-90s consistently and he has a power curve, but developing a third pitch has been a challenge. Expect him to see a full season in AA.

2014 - Carlos Rodon (LHP) - Carlos has a devastating slider to go with a hard fastball. He is taking his lumps in the major leagues but eventually he will settle as a number two starter behind Chris Sale.

2013 - Tim Anderson (SS) - Jimmy Rollins is temporarily holding the shortstop position for Tim. The White Sox are in a pennant race, not the best time to debut a rookie shortstop, but with a .302 average in AAA that is better than what they are getting from Jimmy. The only down side is the 8/58 walk to whiff ratio which could lead to a low OBA.

2012 - Courtney Hawkins (OF) - He has had a roller coaster minor league career, hitting .178 in 2013 but with 19 homeruns. His strikeouts come in bunches so expect an average in the low .220s. Defensively he will not win any gold gloves so unless he is contributing offensively he will have a limited major league role.

2011 - No pick

2010 - Chris Sale (LHP) - He may have been slight of build but that has not prevented him from becoming the ace of the staff. There was a lot of early discussion about moving him to the bullpen because of durability concerns, but that is no longer an issue.

Cleveland Indians

2015 - Brady Aiken LHP - The Astros made him the first pick in the 2014 draft, had some concerns with his arm and tried to convince him to sign a lower valued contract. The Astros failed to sign him and Aiken tried to pitch in an Independent League game but left after his first start and had Tommy John surgery shortly after that. He dropped to the 17th player selected and signed for $2.5 million, half of what the Astros had offered him last year in their revised contract. The 2016 season will be a rehab year for Aiken to recover the velocity on his fastball and the break on his curve. He has yet to make an appearance this year and probably won’t until sometime near the end of the season when the rookie leagues begin.

2014 - Bradley Zimmer (OF) - The younger brother of Kyle Zimmer who was drafted in the first round by the Royals in 2012. Bradley is the centerfielder of the future for the Indians, though myworld was not impressed with his defense in the one game we saw him play. He has a power bat and an arm that could shift to right if centerfield does not pan out. The 2016 season has been plagued by whiffs resulting in a .225 average, though more than half his hits have gone for extra bases. The power and speed are there to produce a 20/20 player.

Justus Sheffield (LHP) - A bonus pick for the Orioles signing Ubaldo Jimenez. The Indians will take that trade anytime. Not a tall pitcher at 5′10″ but he has some lefthanded heat. Pitching well in the Carolina League (3.10 ERA) but at 20 years of age the Indians will be patient with him.

2013 - Clint Frazier OF - Another option for centerfield, though his power bat fits better in right. He lacks the speed of Zimmer so his range would be limited. A good year in Akron (.304 average with .401 OBA) could result in a September callup by the Indians. Should give the Indians some 20 plus homerun power in the outfield something they are lacking this year.

2012 - Tyler Naquin OF - Got an opportunity to start in centerfield for the Indians this year. After a hot start he slowed down and was returned to the minors. May not have the range to stay in center or the power to be a corner. He returned to the Indians outfield and got on a power streak with homeruns in three consecutive games, elevating his average to .338. This should keep him with the big club but myworld projects his future as a fourth outfielder.

2011 - Francisco Lindor (SS) - Second in the rookie of the year voting to Carlos Correa last year. To prove the offensive numbers of last year were not a fluke he has repeated those numbers this year. One of the best defensive shortstops in the game who has found his bat once promoted to the major leagues. Expect some gold gloves in his future.

2010 - Drew Pomeranz (LHP) - The Indians packaged Pomeranz to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. He has bounced around to a number of teams since that trade but this year is pitching well for the Padres with a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts.

Detroit Tigers

2015 - Beau Burrows RHP - Beau has not allowed a run in his last three starts covering 16 innings. His fastball sits between 93-95 but his strikeout numbers are down when compared to last year. In 19 appearances and 17 starts over the last two years he has yet to give up a homerun.

Christin Stewart OF - He hit a lot of homeruns in Georgia as a high schooler, setting the record with 26 as a junior. That homerun swing has not wavered as he starts his professional career. He hit 10 last year in 71 rookie ball games. This year he is battling for the minor league homerun lead with 16 in 56 games in the pitcher friendly Florida State League. A player to watch for a corner outfield spot.

2014 - Derek Hill OF - Hill has not panned out. He has burner speed to cover a lot of ground in center field, but he needs to hit better than his minor league career average of .227. He is still struggling in Low A while Stewart has surpassed him in High A.

2013 - Jonathan Crawford RHP - Included in the Alfredo Simon trade with the Reds. Last year he only started five games, ending his season for shoulder surgery. He has yet to pitch this year.

2012 - No pick.

2011 - No pick.

2010 - No pick

Kansas City Royals

2015 - Ashe Russell RHP - Failed to put up great numbers last year with a 4.11 ERA and 13/24 walk to whiff ratio in 36 innings. Has yet to pitch this year.

Nolan Watson RHP - His numbers were the same as Ashe (4.91 ERA with a 11/16 walk to whiff ratio in 29 innings). He was allowed to start in the Low A league this year and it has been ugly (1-6, 8.72). He may need to spend some time with Ashe in extended spring training. Not overpowering so if his stuff is lacking he becomes pretty hittable. Opponents are hitting .315 against him the last two years.

2014 - Brandon Finnagan LHP - The only pitcher to appear in a college World Series and a major league World Series in the same year. The Royals included him in a trade to the Reds for the brief use of Johnny Cueto for their World Series run. He should fit as a number three starter. The Royals bounced him around between the bullpen and the starting rotation.

Foster Griffin LHP - Not a hard thrower like Watson so his numbers have been underwhelming. This year he had some success in Low A (3.38 ERA) but after a promotion to High A the struggles have continued (6.62 ERA with 13/14 walk to whiff ratio).

2013 - Hunter Dozier 3B - The Royals paid less for him than their second pick (Sean Manaea) who they eventually traded to the Athletics. Dozier has had trouble making contact, but this year he already has a career high 13 homeruns. He was initially drafted for his potential power but that power has been absent until this year. His .545 slugging average this year in AA/AAA is more than 100 points higher than his career average.

2012 - Kyle Zimmer RHP - He has trouble staying healthy, pitching 217 innings in three years. Shoulder and elbow issues have shelved him a number of times. When drafted out of college the Royals were hoping he would make an immediate contribution. Those injuries continue in 2016 with three starts and a little over five innings his only contributions for the year.

2011 - Bubba Starling OF - A local boy with lots of tools. The Royals still hold out hope the tools will come together but a .202 average in AA with a .276 OBA is not promising.

2010 - Christian Colon SS - The season ending injury to Mike Moustakas has given Colon an opportunity. For a corner infielder his power has been absent. He has close to 200 major league at bats and has yet to go deep. Expect Dozier to get an opportunity if the Royals continue to struggle and Colon continues to show the tools better utilized in a utility role.

Minnesota Twins

2015 - Tyler Jay (LHP) - Last year all his games were in relief after a heavy college role. This year he is in the rotation and is doing well. He has not given up a run in his last two starts and his 2.44 ERA would be better if not for one poor outing. Eventually should work himself in a mid-rotation role.

2014 - Nick Gordon (SS) - The son of Tom Gordon and half brother of Dee Gordon is the future shortstop of the Twins. The Twins have no one there now but Nick is still a couple years away. His bat will not offer a lot of power and he needs to improve on his 7 for 14 success rate in stolen bases.

2013 - Kohl Stewart RHP - His numbers have failed to generate a lot of excitement. Still could win a role as a mid-rotation starter.

2012 - Byron Buxton OF - His tools have advertised a top five prospect the last couple years. His appearances in the major leagues have resulted in failure. Demoted again in 2016 an injury to Miguel Sano gave him another opportunity and Buxton is starting to show his potential. The Twins have a history of toolsy centerfielders taking time to make it in the major leagues, ala Denard Span and Aaron Hicks. Expect an All Star at this position.

2011 - Levi Michael SS - He’s still around but hitting .194 in AA. If he is lucky he will make it as a utility infielder.

2010 - Alex Wimmers RHP - Wimmers is in the bullpen in AAA. Myworld would be surprised if the Twins use a 40 man roster spot on Wimmers. Expect him to be a minor league free agent next year.