Minnesota Twins: 5 Farm Hands Twins Fans Should Look Forward to Seeing
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The Minnesota Twins have a history of drafting and developing talent.
Currently on the Twins' 25-man roster, 12 of the players were either drafted by the Twins or signed as amateur free agents.
Another five players who have spent time on the Twins roster this year are homegrown talent.
For a team that hasn't had a top-10 pick in the draft since they selected Joe Mauer first overall in 2001, that is a very good draft history.
With a farm system that directly feeds to the big-league club, it is important to look at who in the system the fans should look forward to seeing over the next couple of years.
Rochester Red Wings pitcher Carlos Gutierrez.
Carlos Gutierrez is a product of the Twins drafting and developing talent well.
So far this season, he has worked in five games, pitching eight innings with a 4.50 ERA.
The inflated ERA comes from one game where he allowed three earned runs on one hit, one walk and one hit batter.
He currently has a 0.875 WHIP this season and could certainly see a call-up to the Twins if there are any injuries to the bullpen.
Fort Myers Miracle outfielder Oswaldo Arcia.
Oswaldo Arcia is probably at least two years away from making his MLB debut. When he does, you know he will be ready to play.
He appeared in eight games for the Twins in spring training this year, going 1-for-9 with three strikeouts.
Even with those batting stats and the fact that he is playing at High-A right now, he has found himself on the Twins' 40-man roster.
He is hitting .330/.388/.551 currently and leads the Miracle in doubles, home runs and RBI. He is also tied for second on the team in triples.
The one concern for Arcia, as for many power hitters, is his walk-to-strikeout ratio, which is currently sitting at 9:22.
Arcia is currently rated as the Twins' No. 4 prospect.
Twins prospect Kyle Gibson pitching in the 2011 XM Futures Game.
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Kyle Gibson flew through three levels of the minor league system in 2010 and pitched at Triple-A in 2011.
Gibson seemed to be on the fast track to the Twins' starting rotation when he needed Tommy John surgery last season.
Gibson has a 3.68 ERA over 247.1 innings pitched with 217 strikeouts so far in his minor league career.
Gibson hopes to pitch sometime late this season and should compete for a spot in the Twins' starting rotation next year, barring any injury setbacks.
He is currently rated as the Twins' No. 6 prospect.
Beloit Snappers second baseman Eddie Rosario (Rinaldi Photos).
Eddie Rosario is a former outfielder converted to a second baseman for the Beloit Snappers.
In three years in the Twins minor league system he has hit .310/.369/.540.
He has shown himself to be defensively competent at second base this season with a .955 fielding percent.
He is currently leading the Snappers in hits and doubles and is in second on the team in home runs and RBI.
Rosario is currently the Twins No. 3 prospect.
Beloit Snappers third baseman Miguel Sano (Paul R. Giehart, MiLB.com).
Miguel Sano is the Twins' top-rated prospect.
He is also No. 20 on the Top 100 list, according to MLB.com.
Sano was signed as a 16-year-old shortstop out of the Dominican Republic by the Twins in 2009.
In three seasons in the minors, Sano has hit .284/.365/.559.
The Twins began using him as a third baseman almost immediately after signing him.
Sano is currently struggling to hit for average in Beloit, hitting just .244. He does lead the team in runs, triples, home runs and RBI, though.
Sano struggles with strikeouts and his defense at third base still isn't where the Twins would like to see it, but with the rest of this season and another full season in the minors, both of those should be improved.
He will most likely compete for a starting job for the Twins during spring training 2014, but could find himself called up to the majors next year.