The Minnesota Twins have one of the best minor league systems in all of Major League Baseball at the present moment. With names like Alex Meyer and Byron Buxton, it is no doubt the Twins fans are anticipating their arrival at the major league level. The Arizona Fall League is well underway, and some of those prospects are definitely worth watching.
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Playing for the Salt River Rafters, the Twins have had a couple of prospects on full display. Jake Reed has shown well out of the bullpen and Eddie Rosario has done great in the outfield. Looking to update each player, here is where they stand after last week.
Leading the team in hitting, Rosario has raised his line to .429/.436/.449. He has also stolen nine bases while being caught only twice. Should Rosario keep this production up through spring training the Twins may have found their opening day left fielder.
Max Kepler, the German prospect, has also raised his batting line in recent days. He now sits at .290/.405/.419. Look for Kepler to start in Fort Myers this season, but to make a quick impact and push for a promotion to Chatanooga (the New Britain Rock Cats are no longer the Twins Double-A affiliate). While a lesser known name, he is a very good outfield prospect for the Twins.
The name everyone knows is Byron Buxton. Despite being in a slump over the past week or so, he found a way to break out of it. He is now hitting .264/.316/.302 with six RBIs and four stolen bases. Buxton will be just fine and is likely knocking off much of the rust due to his lost 2014 season.
On the pitching side, Jake Reed continues to be the stud. Another game in which he surrendered no runs, Reed now has seven strikeouts through seven innings while giving up only three hits and no runs.
Jason Adam bounced back last week with a scoreless one inning appearance. His fall ERA now sits at 7.71 through seven innings pitched.
Much like Reed, Zack Jones also has a flawless ERA thus far in the Arizona Fall League. Through 5.1 innings pitched, he has four strikeouts while walking four and giving up four hits.
Look for the stable of young Twins prospects to continue to excite for the Salt River Rafters as the Arizona Fall League continues to roll on through the first half of November.
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