The Minnesota Twins have prided themselves on building a farm system that is loaded with prospects with loads of potential. When Bill Smith took over for Terry Ryan several years ago, the Twins had one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.
Unfortunately, the Bill Smith era did happen in Minnesota. The result was several quality prospects such as Wilson Ramos being given up for players who could not become major league contributors.
With Terry Ryan returning to the Twins as interim GM, the Twins system is going to get stronger once again. There have already been several steps in that direction. The Twins will have a slew of picks in the top 100 due to the departures of Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.
However, those picks won't help the Twins farm system in 2012. At the major league level, the Twins need to reinvent themselves from the team that dominated most of the 2000s. That's going to open the door for many Twins prospects that have not gotten an opportunity to showcase their skills so far.
Some of these prospects will not make it to Minnesota by the end of the season, but they are definitely worth keeping an eye on as 2012 progresses.