The Minnesota Twins have not only been shuffling their major league roster lately, but the farm system has gone through some changes as well. In the past week, the Twins have dealt Josh Willingham and Kevin Correia, while announcing the top prospect Byron Buxton has been promoted to Double-A New Britain. There have now been a few more moves announced.
Brice Zimmerman of the Fort Myers Miracle broke down all the prospects on the move via Twitter.
Activity on the Miracle roster today: Buxton, Michael to AA. Gilbert to Cedar Rapids. Miracle receive Nick Burdi and Bryan Haar.
— Brice Zimmerman (@ZimMiracle) August 12, 2014
Nick Burdi, the Minnesota Twins 2014 Major League Baseball draft pick has been moved up to Single-A Fort Myers and is fulfilling his projection as a fast riser. At Cedar Rapids, Burdi saved 4 games and had an ERA of 4.15. With 26 strikeouts and only eight walks, he showed a solid command of the zone.
Following Buxton to Double-A New Britain, is one time Twins top prospect, Levi Michael. Michael was the 30th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. While he has failed to ever reach his expected potential, this year he has shown significant promise. Batting .305/.375/.395 for the Miracle, he earned himself a promotion.
Moving up to Fort Myers with Burdi to replace Michael is third basemen Bryan Haar. For Cedar Rapids on the year, he has hit .267/.319/.446. He has also clubbed 14 home runs and driven in 63 RBIs. Haar is not a top prospect in the Twins system, but has promise and should provide the Miracle some depth.
Finally, being sent down to Cedar Rapids is 2013 7th round MLB draft pick, Brian Gilbert. Over 32 games for the Mircale this season, Gilbert posted a 4.93 ERA and five saves in eight opportunities. With a 38/24 K/BB ratio, he was also not missing many bats, as witnessed by the .291 average of opposing hitters.
The shuffle towards September has begun for the Twins. It is nice to see some big names moving through the system and making their way towards Twins Territory. Burdi and Buxton could both be options for the Twins as early as next year.