Top 50 Twins Prospects Part 3: 11-20

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After looking at Twins prospects 36-50 Tuesday, and 21-35 yesterday, we will look at my choices for the Twins Prospects 21-35. Again, let me know what you think. On Friday, I will conclude my Twins prospect list with my selections for the Top 10 Twins prospects. For more detail on each of these ten Twins prospects, you will need to go to, please feel free to comment.   

#20 – Trevor Plouffe – SS – 22 (6/15/86)



#19 – Anthony Slama – RHP – 25 (1/6/84)



#18 – Jeff Manship – RHP – 24 (1/16/85)


#17 – Dustin Martin – OF – 25 (4/4/84)


#16 – Mike McCardell – RHP – 24 (4/13/85)



#15 – Chris Parmelee – OF/1B – 21 (2/24/88)



#14 – Rob Delaney – RHP – 24 (9/8/84)



#13 – Joe Benson – OF– 21 (3/5/88)



#12 – Tyler Robertson – LHP – 21 (12/23/87)



#11 – Luke Hughes – 3B/2B/CF – 24 (8/2/84)




So there you have it, my selections for Twins prospects 11-20. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my choices for the Top Ten 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 3: 11-20”

  1. mike wants wins June 4, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Well written, as usual. Parmalee is the one I keep expecting to start hitting about fifty points higher, but he just hasn’t yet. I just know there is a switch there to be thrown, but it hasn’t happened.

    Plouffe also remains intriguing to me. He’s the anti-Twin prospect that has been rushed (and nearly successfully, but not quite). He’s not ready yet, but he could be their SS someday.

    I agree Hughes’ roll will be as a utility, PH, occassional DH type. I’d just like to see him healthy and up here doing it now.

    Delmon Young is really cramping what they can do. He’s struck out 21 times in his last 42 ABs (which would be almsot ok if he had Deer or Dunn power). They can’t send him down, so he takes up a roster spot. But, he literally makes them less likely to win every time he plays. You can’t give up on him, but I doubt you could trade him for much at this point either. Tough, tough spot for the Twins and young.

  2. John June 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    The FSL is just a brutal place for hitting prospects… I think Parmelee’s bat will play down the road, but his prospect status is limited by his lack of defensive value (borderline LF if not 1B).

    McCardell is a non-prospect. His fastball just isn’t good enough.

  3. Jeremy June 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Good stuff Seth,

    I’m curious to see how your top 10 unwinds. Right now I have 11 names – so I’m assuming Mijares is not going to be part of your rankings – and I wonder who you’ve moved up or down from the fall.

    Thanks for the reading.

  4. ComeOnBlue June 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I am wondering where you get your information on McCardell’s fastball. The last time I listened to a Miracles game his fastball was 91-93 mph. With his + curveball at 70 mph, I definately think Seth has him ranked right at #16.

  5. mike wants wins June 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    The White Sox first pick is on their roster, and the Twins’ hasn’t even made it out of extended spring training!

    Not sure why, but I find that fascinating.

  6. Seth June 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Not even a fair comparison. Beckham was the 8th pic, out of college, people knew that he was close. he’s probably three years older than Hicks. I’m all for Hicks being in Beloit, but there is no comparison between Beckham and Hicks at this stage.

  7. mike wants wins June 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    It’s just interesting to me, I don’t know if either organization is making the right choice or not. But for some reason it is amazing to me that one is already up, and another isn’t even in “real” games yet. No judging of either team at this point, just an observation (that maybe no one else finds interesting).

    At no point did I compare the players.

  8. John June 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    McCardell’s velocity is fine, but his fastball lacks movement. Giving up 9 homers in 56 FSL innings is beyond awful and makes it questionable whether he will ever reach AAA, let alone succeed in the Majors. Also note that he’s in A-ball at 24 and his strikeout rate has declined as he’s moved up.

    The Twins have 10-15 better pitching prospects, easy.

  9. Bill in Sarasota June 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    Slama should be ranked slightly higher.

    If you believe Martin’s potential is a 4th OF then he shouldn’t be in the top 20.

  10. TT June 5, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    Slama and McCardell have no business being ranked higher than Plouffe. I agree McCardell probably shouldn’t even be on this list – although with 50 prospects there are going to be a lot of players with very little chance.

    Slama may have a chance, but he is 25 years old and pitching as a reliever at AA. If the Twins saw him as a major league player he would be moving a lot faster.

    Plouffe is in his second year at AAA and is still the youngest player on the Rochester roster by almost a year. He is the same age as Beckham.

    Hughes is not even a utility player – you have to be able to field at least one position to have a utility role in the major leagues. His bat is his only tool and that isn’t going to get him much of a chance with the Twins. I think he is a career AAAA player who will get some major league at bats by being in the right place at the right time.

    I am also puzzled by Dustin Martin’s ranking. He appears to be a corner outfielder with limited power. He is about the same age as Pridie with a similar bat and less defense. He might be a 4th outfielder someplace, but his upside looks to be a AAAA player. More likely he is AAA player who is out of baseball in a couple years.

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