Thanks to the Major League Baseball draft, farm systems across Major League Baseball have once again been bolstered by new talent. With the 2014 All-Star Future’s Game in the books, and the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaching, MLB.com has redone their 2014 prospect watch, and six Twins check in amongst the top 50.
While the usual suspects are there, Byron Buxton (1) and Miguel Sano (10), the Twins have to be pleased with the strong names they have filling out the top 100 prospects in baseball as well.
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Checking in at number 25 overall, Cedar Rapids pitcher, and 2013 4th overall pick Kohl Stewart makes his debut. Currently shelved on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement, Stewart has thrown to a 2.42 ERA over 17 starts this year. With a 58K/23BB ratio, he is also striking out batters at a good clip.
A guy looking to debut for the Twins this year, Alex Meyer finds himself landing at number 31 on the list. Anxiously awaiting his shot at the rotation, Meyer has compiled a 3.11 ERA at Triple-A Rochester, posting 115 strikeouts in 101.1 innings pitched this year.
Following a strong performance in the first half, and his Target Field debut during the Futures Game, Jose Berrios checks in at number 38 overall. After a recent promotion to Double-A New Britain, Berrios has gone 1-2 with a 3.5 ERA but has 13 strikeouts, only 4 walks, and batters are hitting a measly .167 off of him.
Rounding out the prospects for the Twins is this years 1st round, and 5th overall, draft pick, Nick Gordon. Gordon is listed at number 42 and has hit .298 with Elizabethton. While his strikeouts are a bit higher than you’d like, his speed has played well and he has been great in the field.
While the Twins are on the verge of another ugly season at the Major League Level, an organization that boasts unmentioned prospects such as Trevor May, Lewis Thorpe, and Nick Burdi, has a lot to be excited for. Next year should mark the arrival of a handful of the farm system talent, and the Twins should once again be in the AL Central race.