Twins' Future Looks Bright

SL YContributor IApril 19, 2009

Everyone has heard the names Matt Wieters, David Price, and Tommy Hanson so much that their heads are about to explode. The Twins have very good talent in the minor leagues, but their names aren't thrown around and hyped to oblivion like their fellow minor leaguers.

CF Ben Revere, Fort Myers Miracle (High A)

The Twins selected Ben Revere from Lexington Catholic HS with the 28th overall pick in 2007. The club was immediately criticized for selecting the diminutive Revere, many believing he was a second to even sixth round prospect.

Revere did not disappoint in his first professional season, hitting .325 in 191 at-bats, and accumulating 21 stolen bases. In 2008, Revere hit .379 in 340 at-bats and had 44 stolen bases. The Baseball Cube gives Revere ratings of 98 for speed (as a comparison, Jose Reyes is also 98) and 94 for contact. His batting eye and patience should improve, as he is only 20 years old.

1B Chris Parmelee, Fort Myers Miracle

Parmelee was selected 20th overall in the 2006 MLB Draft. He is a 1B/OF prospect with immense power potential (ranked 95 by the Baseball Cube). For Class A Beloit last year, he hammered 14 home runs and had 49 RBI in just 226 at-bats.

With those power numbers comes a batting average of .239, sure to improve this season with level High A Ft. Myers. He is the best power prospect the Twins have in the organization, and is estimated to arrive in the big leagues in 2011 at age 22.

P Anthony Swarzak, Rochester Red Wings (AAA)

The 23 year old righty allowed two runs or less in his seven starts for Rochester last year, going 5-0. Swarzak is ranked as the Twins' No. 7 prospect, and one of the top pitchers in the farm system. He has great control like most Twins' pitchers, but needs to be more consistent over the long haul. His strikeout ability is average, and could be a decent pitcher in the big leagues.

OF Aaron Hicks, Beloit Snappers (A)

Hicks is the crown jewel of the Twins' farm system. Last year in only 173 at-bats, he raked to the tune of .318 with four homers and 27 RBI. He is a pure five-tool talent, and has great ability running the bases (12 SB). Baseball America has ranked him as the top Twins prospect and the 39th prospect overall. At only 18 years of age, he could be a real great talent in the big leagues within three to four years.