15. Travis Harrison– Outfield
Date of Birth: October 17, 1992
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (50th overall) of the 2011 draft
The 2011 first rounder couldn’t stick at third, and still figures to be a below-average defender in the corner outfield, but his bat is his calling card. Harrison had a down year in Double-A last season but he could rebound very easily. There’s a few things to like about his 2015 season too. The high walk rate at a higher level is promising and he still has some pop in his bat, despite only five homers, he had about eight extra-base hits per every 100 at-bats. He figures to start 2016 in AAA, but he could reach the majors if the Twins need some assistance at some point. He grades out as a higher C on my prospect grading scale.
14. Lewis Thorpe– Pitcher
Date of Birth: November 23, 1995
Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent, 7/12/2012
Thorpe is a hard prospect to put any type of evaluation on because he’s young and lost his whole 2015 season to Tommy John surgery. Thorpe is already showing a good fastball and off speed pitches to fool hitters at a young age from the left side. That’s very valuable, and he was moving along a really good pace until his injury this year. His ETA now sits around 2018 and he’s also a high C grade for me, but with potential to move up the prospect ladder and grade out higher with successes in 2016 when he returns.
13. J.T. Chargois– Pitcher
Date of Birth: December 3, 1990
Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd round (72nd overall) of the 2012 draft
The Twins are building their own bullpen in the minors. Sometimes teams just make their failed starters with good stuff and make them into relievers, but the Twins have a few legit relievers with great arsenals in their top 20. The only one better than Chargois is Nick Burdi. Chargois could be a great late innings guy, who could even emerge in 2016, so if you’re in a deep fantasy league he’s a guy to keep an eye on. He has a great fastball and has had some pretty good success recently in the minors. He’s a B grade prospect, and keep in mind that relievers are valued lower when do these rankings, so just because he’s 13th, doesn’t mean he’s not a really good arm.
12. Byung Ho Park– First Base/DH
Date of Birth: July 10, 1986
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent 12/1/2015
Park is an interesting prospect. He’s the type of prospect that is only one because he’s coming over from a different country, but he’s still a prospect. Park is coming over from the KBO, where Jung Ho Kang made a pretty succesful transition last year. Park is a big power hitter, which the Twins don’t have much of outside of Miguel Sano. If Park can hit 20-25 homers and stay around .270, he will be exactly what the Twins paid for. Anything else is just a big bonus. He’s going to play in 2016 and he grades out as B due to all of the uncertainty around him. He could see a lot of spotty playing time until he establishes himself, then he may DH a lot.
11. Alex Meyer– Pitcher
Date of Birth: January 3, 1990
Acquired: Acquired in trade with WSH on 11/29/2012
Meyer was the player that the Twins got for Denard Span, and he was considered a pretty good pitching prospect, but he took a while to get to the majors, finally doing so in 2015. Meyer projects as a pretty good number four starter for the Twins, who could use his solid stuff to put up good numbers in most seasons. If starting fails, the Twins have another back-end arm though, as his fastball and 6’9″ frame would fit excellently out of the bullpen. He figures to fight for a spot in the rotation or bullpen to start 2016, and his a B-grade prospect at this point.