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Top 20 Minnesota Twins Prospects for 2007

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2007 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects

  1. Matt Garza, RHP, Grade A (hasn't exceeded 50 innings yet)
  2. Kevin Slowey, RHP, Grade B+ (cross between Brad Radke and Jon Lieber)
  3. Chris Parmalee, OF, B+ (impressive power production)
  4. Anthony Swarzak, RHP, B+ (sometimes overlooked but he shouldn't be)
  5. Glen Perkins, LHP, B
  6. Pat Neshek, RHP, B- (under the 50 inning limit)
  7. Alexander Smit, LHP, B- (made major progress this year)
  8. Eduardo Morlan, RHP, B- (overlooked by many but has a live arm and good numbers)
  9. Alexi Casilla, 2B, B- (future Luis Castillo)
  10. Paul Kelly, SS, B-
  11. Jeff Manship, RHP, B- (a major sleeper from the '06 draft, this is a very aggressive grade but I want people to notice him)
  12. Kyle Waldrop, RHP, B- (very projectable)
  13. Erik Lis, 1B, C+ (strong bat but can he repeat at higher levels?)
  14. Whit Robbins, 1B, C+
  15. Brian Duensing, LHP, C+
  16. Oswaldo Sosa, RHP, C+
  17. Zach Ward, RHP, C+
  18. Joe Benson, OF, C+ (impressive tools but will need some time)
  19. Jose Mijares, LHP, C+ (throws very hard but weight and control are issues)
  20. Garrett Olson, 3B, C+
Others: Alex Burnett, RHP; Doug Deeds, OF; Julio DePaula, RHP; J.D. Durbin, RHP; Brian Kirwan, RHP' Matt Moses, 3B; Ryan Mullins, LHP; Trent Oeltjen, OF; Brock Peterson, 1B; Yohan Pino, RHP; Tyler Robertson, LHP; Alex Romero, OF; Jay Sawatski, LHP; Denard Span, OF; Andrew Thompson, INF.

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.