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Baseball America is currently going through each minor league and providing a list of the top 20 prospects in each league. Today, they posted their choices for the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League. Twins OF prospect and 2008 #1 pick Aaron Hicks was selected as the #1 prospect in the league. I like that. Again, I have been told that he is as good of a prospect as the Twins have had in years.
What is absolutely inexplicable to me is that Angel Morales did not make the list. The Snappers outfielder hit .266/.329/.455 (.784) with 22 doubles, five triples, 13 homers, 62 RBI and 19 (out of 25) stolen bases. I fully understand that prospect rankings, especially at the lower levels, have little to do with the numbers that are put up by the players. It’s all about tools and potential. But Angel Morales is younger than Aaron Hicks, he has the tools of power, speed, good defense and a strong arm. He will strike out a lot, but for those other tools, he should absolutely be in the top 20. I am not saying he should be ahead of Hicks. I don’t think anyone would say that (although I think the argument could be made if you want!). I just think his ceiling is hilarious!