Top 50 Twins Prospects Part 2: 21-35

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In case you missed my posting earlier today, the Twins promoted Carlos Gutierrez and Alex Burnett from Ft. Myers to New Britain where they will join the Rockcats pitching staff. I would think there could be more subsequent moves to follow, so I will try to stay on top of that. Burnett can be used to fill Rob Delaney’s spot. Carlos Gutierrez likely will start. Cole Devries and Matt Fox have both been quite good this season. Jeff Manship has been better of late, and Jay Rainville has been good enough to stick around. Ryan Mullins is the guy who may be out of the starting picture. Or, maybe the Twins decided that the 26 year old Fox is deserving of a AAA opportunity. I would be supportive of that. As I hear any new information, I will keep people updated. Thanks!

After looking at Twins prospects 36-50 yesterday, today we will look at my choices for the Twins Prospects 21-35. Again, let me know what you think. In the next days, I will continue to work my way up the Twins prospect list until finally giving you my selections for the Top 10 Twins prospects. I hope you enjoy this and again, please feel free to comment.

 Here are my choices for #21-#35. For much more information on each, please see the extended version of this at

#35 – Ramon Santana – SS – 22 (6/20/86)


#34 – Bobby Lanigan – RHP – 22 (5/5/87)


#33 – Martire Garcia – LHP – 19 (3/1/90)


#32 – Juan Morillo – RHP – 25 (11/5/83)


#31 – BJ Hermsen – RHP – 19 (12/1/89)


#30 – Jose Morales – C – 26 (2/20/83)


#29 – Deibinson Romero – 3B – 22 (9/24/86) 

#28 – David Winfree – RF – 23 (8/5/85)


#27 – Cole DeVries – RHP – 24 (2/12/85)


#26 – Deolis Guerra – RHP – 20 (4/17/89)


#25 – Whit Robbins – 1B – 24 (9/25/84)


#24 – Brian Dinkelman – 2B – 25 (11/10/83)


#23 – Shooter Hunt – RHP – 22 (8/16/86)

#22 – Evan Bigley – OF – 22 (3/9/87)

#21 – Steven Tolleson – IF – 25 (11/1/83)

So there you have it, my selections for Twins prospects 21-35. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my choices for #11-20, and again, later in the week, you will also get my Top 10 Twins Prospects. If you have any feedback, comments, opinions or suggestions, please feel free to Send me an e-mail, or leave your questions or comments here


10 Responses to “Top 50 Twins Prospects Part 2: 21-35”

  1. ALex June 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    I guess i only get bits and pieces of Twins info and do not follow closely,or maybe its because i love hard throwers outta the pen, and although they may not be the hardest to find you can never have enough of them, my point is I think Morillo is to low on the list maybe its cause i have a man crush on him or maybe its cause he’s one of the few ive seen highlights of. Questions do any of the farm teams play near birmingham or against the barons?

  2. Seth June 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I really like Morillo. If he were 22 or 23 and had even some semblence of control, he would be higher, probably higher than Delaney or Slama.

    The nearest Twins affiliate to Birmingham would probably be Ft. Myers, unfortunately.

  3. Funkytown June 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    Can you put the previous ranking in? Would be easier to reference where you had some of these guys in previous ranks.


  4. mike wants wins June 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    I think Morales is too low. He’s already a better MLB catcher than a handful of starting catchers in the league, and if they weren’t so stubborn, he’d be their 2nd catcher and PH off the bench. Many of the guys in front of him won’t ever play as much as he already has in the majors. Heck, if they didn’t have Mauer, he’d likely be their starting catcher right now.

    • Funkytown June 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

      mike, If Mauer wasn’t around, Morales would be caddying for Redmond, or Corky Miller. That’s the Twins way!!!

  5. Drian Binkelman June 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    I really like that Dinkelman guy. Better hitter than Casilla and Tolbert, plus he ain’t too bad with the leather either.

    Plus I hear he’s hot.

  6. mike wants wind June 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    I’d like to see Dinkleman and Robbins up at AAA at some point this year.

  7. thrylos98 June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm #


    great job. I always love to see your lists 🙂

    Great to see Martire Garcia and Ramon Santana there. I would agree with the crowd that Morillo should be higher. He is just 2 months older than Slama and I would argue that a. at this point (same age) he is ahead of Slama and b. his stuff shows more potential than Slama’s, so he should probably be higher than Slama.

    I understand the Morales ranking here but the guy who really surprised me to be included here is BJ Hermsen, who hasn’t pitch an inning in College or pro ball yet. (even Stuifbergen is more proven and at the same age)

  8. TT June 5, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    Seth –

    If you are going to include last year’s draft picks, then they ought to be in the order they were chosen. A half season isn’t going to have changed their relative rankings.

    I doubt Hermsen has moved ahead of Lanigan or Ladendorf on any scouting lists. Hermsen was the 186 player taken. Anyone taken after the first 100 players is a long shot to ever make it to the major leagues.

    Of course, over half the players taken in the first round don’t ever make it to the major leagues. But the odds against players drafted later having productive major league careers are considerably worse. Until Hermsen has done something to show 30 major league teams scouting departments were wrong, he isn’t much of a prospect.


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