Today we begin our major project for the off-season: the Top 20 Prospect Lists for 2016 for each major league organization. This is part of working on the 2016 Baseball Prospect Book; we will start taking pre-orders for the book in a few days and I will have an introductory post for the book at that time.
The first step is the yearly community organizational discussion, beginning with the Minnesota Twins. By tradition, the first three teams to be analyzed are the Twins, the Atlanta Braves, and the Kansas City Royals. After that, teams are selected basically on my whims, although we'll alternate between leagues. We will select the New York Mets for the fourth team this year.
Basically, with this process you get to see how the sausage is made, both for the book and for the generation of the prospect lists per each organization. The process begins in October, then accelerates in November, December, and January, completing the lists here at Minor League Ball, then followed by the book release scheduled this year for March 1st.
So let's get started today and talk about the Minnesota Twins farm system and the general state of the organization. Some possible points for discussion include, but are not limited to:
***The Twins finished a surprising 83-79 under first year manager Paul Molitor. Do you take the higher or lower on that record for 2016?
***Miguel Sano is a power beast. Do you think he was over his head in any way? Can he improve further, or is what you see what you get going forward?
***Will Eddie Rosario improve his patience at the plate? Would it harm him to do so?
***Can Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas get back on track?
***Who is the next Tyler Duffey? And what do you expect from Trevor May if he's used as a starter?
***As always, feel free to discuss sleepers or overlooked prospects in the system.