2007 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects
- Matt Garza, RHP, Grade A (hasn't exceeded 50 innings yet)
- Kevin Slowey, RHP, Grade B+ (cross between Brad Radke and Jon Lieber)
- Chris Parmalee, OF, B+ (impressive power production)
- Anthony Swarzak, RHP, B+ (sometimes overlooked but he shouldn't be)
- Glen Perkins, LHP, B
- Pat Neshek, RHP, B- (under the 50 inning limit)
- Alexander Smit, LHP, B- (made major progress this year)
- Eduardo Morlan, RHP, B- (overlooked by many but has a live arm and good numbers)
- Alexi Casilla, 2B, B- (future Luis Castillo)
- Paul Kelly, SS, B-
- Jeff Manship, RHP, B- (a major sleeper from the '06 draft, this is a very aggressive grade but I want people to notice him)
- Kyle Waldrop, RHP, B- (very projectable)
- Erik Lis, 1B, C+ (strong bat but can he repeat at higher levels?)
- Whit Robbins, 1B, C+
- Brian Duensing, LHP, C+
- Oswaldo Sosa, RHP, C+
- Zach Ward, RHP, C+
- Joe Benson, OF, C+ (impressive tools but will need some time)
- Jose Mijares, LHP, C+ (throws very hard but weight and control are issues)
- Garrett Olson, 3B, C+
The Twins in One Sentence: A very solid farm system with a good foundation for the future, although they could use additional depth in position players and impact hitters.
Note: ALL GRADES ARE PRELIMINARY. There is a lot of slack in the B-/C+ range and players may move up and down depending on how my thinking progresses. Feel free to make comments, point out sleepers I may have missed, etc. Note that there is only a limited amount of space in the book, and the max I can do is 35-36 players per team.
Of course, the best thing you can do is buy my book.
UPDATE: After listening to people's suggestions and complaints, I've decided that I need to get Dave Winfree, Jay Rainville, and Dan Valencia in the book. The problem is that this blows past the player limit for this organization, and I really don't want to cut people. I might dump Sawatski and Peterson, although I consider both to be sleepers and would rather not do so.