Headed into the 2012 season, the Minnesota Twins’ farm system was in poor shape and arguably among the worst in the game. Their only true prospect, third baseman Miguel Sano, was viewed as a potentially elite talent with major question marks due to his lack of plate discipline and overall experience.
However, the system has an entirely new outlook just a year later, as Sano now heads a prospect pool of at least five potential top-100 candidates.
The team netted two top-10 players in the first round of the 2012 draft in outfielder Byron Buxton—one of the more toolsy prospects in the game—and right-hander Jose Berrios. It also featured numerous prospects who enjoyed breakout seasons at the plate in Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia, Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler.
More importantly, the Twins finally have a few pitching prospects to be excited about in recently acquired right-handers Alex Meyer (from the Nationals) and Trevor May (from the Phillies). Furthermore, last year featured the resurgence of former No. 1 pick Kyle Gibson, who had missed most of the previous season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Expect all three pitchers to play a crucial role in the team’s starting rotation as early as late 2013.
Here’s a look at the Minnesota Twins’ top 10 prospects.