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Minnesota Twins Preliminary Prospect List for 2013

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Here is a list of Minnesota Twins prospects under consideration for inclusion in the 2013 Baseball Prospect Book.

I have 57 names here. There are about 10 other guys I looked at also in the first run. I need to cut this down to 40 players, which means a culling of the Grade C guys is necessary.

One of the hardest parts about writing the book is picking between marginal players. The best prospects in the system are usually obvious. I love the low-level sleepers who might pan out, but I am also loathe to exclude someone who could reach the majors in 2013 even if they just project as role players. I also have a bias for guys on the 40-man roster even if they are marginal.

Once I get this culled down, the serious research begins...tapping sources, looking at the detailed stats, etc.. Names can still be added (or subtracted) at any point, depending on what I discover during research of course. You're getting to see how the sausage is made.

There are two screens I use in the initial step, a performance/statistical screen, and a scouting/tools screen. The best prospects of course qualify on both accounts, but the marginal names are either guys with strong stats who deserve a look despite blah scouting reports, or guys with blah stats but intriguing scouting reports.

A.J. Achter RHP
Andrew Albers LHP
Oswaldo Arcia OF
Luke Bard RHP
D.J. Baxendale RHP
Jose Berrios RHP
Joe Benson OF do I really have to write about this guy again? I know I do but the repeat guys get boring
Madison Boer RHP
Hudson Boyd RHP
David Bromberg RHP
Byron Buxton OF
J.T. Chargois RHP
Tyler Duffey RHP
Kyle Gibson RHP
Niko Goodrum SS
Deolis Guerra RHP
Romy Jimenez OF
Zachary Jones RHP
Travis Harrison 3B
Matt Hauser RHP
B.J. Hermsen RHP
Pedro Hernandez LHP
Chris Herrmann C
Aaron Hicks OF
Tyler Jones RHP
Zack Jones RHP
Felix Jorge RHP
Max Kepler OF
Austin Malinowski LHP
Angel Mata RHP
Mason Melotakis LHP
Levi Michael INF
Amaurys Minier SS
Josue Montanez LHP
Lester Oliveros RHP
Josmil Pinto C
Jorge Polanco INF
Bruce Pugh RHP
Nate Roberts OF
Taylor Rogers LHP
Deibinson Romero 3B
Eddie Rosario 2B-OF
Adrian Salcedo RHP
Miguel Sano 3B
Daniel Santana SS
Anthony Slama RHP
Manuel Soliman RHP
Matt Summers RHP
Caleb Thielbar LHP
Michael Tonkin RHP
Kennys Vargas 1B
Adam Walker OF
Jason Wheeler LHP
Stephen Wickens SS
Corey Williams LHP
Alex Wimmers RHP