After already providing a glowing analysis of the Twins prospects this offseason, Baseball Prospectus is at it again. This time the website has decided that the Twins have the second best farm system in all of baseball. While that may come at no surprise, the site is extremely high on the Twins organization.
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Slotting in just behind the Chicago Cubs, the Twins found themselves owners of the second best prospects in all of baseball. If the Twins are going to turn around their fortunes at the major league level, it will come on the heels of the talent they have compiled throughout the rungs of the organization. Baseball Prospectus does a great job of breaking it all down.
Speaking on the state of the Twins farm system, they say:
"After resting atop these rankings in 2014, the Twins managed to retain their lofty title despite injury-marred seasons from two of the game’s elite prospects, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Even with their arrivals delayed due to injury, both prospects headline an impressive crop of talent that was augmented by top picks Nick Gordon and Nick Burdi; both of whom offer impact potential. When combined with the continued progress of Alex Meyer, Kohl Stewart, Jose Berrios, and Lewis Thorpe, and depth provided by the likes of Eddie Rosario and Trevor May, the Twins boast an enviable collection of talent with the potential to push them back up the Central Division standings in the years to come."
Really, the biggest difference between the Twins and the Cubs systems is where some of the top prospects are. The Cubs have already seen promotions of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, and Arismendy Alcantara. Minnesota had to watch as both Sano and Buxton found themselves injured and thus slowed their arrival to the major leagues.
At any rate, the Twins are nearing a positioning that the Cubs currently find themselves in. Looking at the eight prospects the Twins have in the Baseball Prospectus 101, they find themselves the root of jealousy for many teams around the league. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press spent some time pointing that out today:
Baseball Prospectus also noted that the destination spot for seeing Twins prospects this year is new affiliate Chattanooga. Buxton, Sano, Burdi, and Berrios should all spend some significant time there. Throwing in names like Polanco and Rosario, it would appear that Doug Mientkiewicz would have a very stacked squad.
Minnesota isn’t yet to the playoff contender status at the major league level in 2015, but they also aren’t far off.