With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Minnesota Twins preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Kyle Gibson GRADE: C
Gibson went 3-8 with a 4.81ERA for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings before partially tearing his ulner collateral ligament. He will miss all or most of 2012 following Tommy John surgery. His grade reflects his performance prior to his injury. Gibson walked 27 and struck out 91 in 95.1 innings. Opposing hitters batted .282 against him on the season.
#2 Miguel Sano GRADE: A
Sano hit .292 with 18 Doubles, 7 Triples, 20 Home Runs, and 59 RBI’s for the Rookie League Elizabethton Twins. He walked 23 times and stuck out 77 times in 66 games. While his hitting was awesome, Sano did have 26 errors on the year.
#3 Aaron Hicks GRADE: C
Hicks batted .242 with 31 Doubles, 5 Triples, 5 Home Runs and 38 RBI’s for the High-A Fort Myers Miracle. He also stole 17 bases. Hicks walked 78 times and struck out 110 times in 122 games.
#4 Alex Wimmers GRADE: B
Wimmers went 2-3 with a 4.20ERA for High-A Fort Myers. He walked 22 and struck out 39 in 40.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .189 off of him. Wimmers threw a seven innings complete game No Hitter in his final start of the season.
#5 Oswaldo Arcia GRADE: A-
Arcia batted a combined .289 with 23 Doubles, 4 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 51 RBI’s between four games with the Rookie League GCL Twins, 20 games for the Low-A Beloit Snappers, and 59 games with High-A Fort Myers. He walked 18 times and struck out 70 times in 81 games.
#6 Ben Revere GRADE: A
Revere batted .267 with 9 Doubles, 5 Triples and 30 RBI’s for the Twins. He also had 34 stolen bases in the big leagues. He walked 26 times and struck out just 41 times in 117 games. At Triple-A Rochester, Revere hit .303 with 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 Home Run and 9 RBI’s.
#7 Liam Hendriks GRADE: B+
Hendriks went a combined 12-6 with a 3.36ERA for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and Triple-A Rochester. He walked 21 and struck out 111 in 139.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .258 against him. In four big league starts with the Twins, Hendriks was 0-2 with a 6.17ERA
#8 Adrian Salcedo GRADE: B
Salcedo went 6-6 with a 2.93ERA for Low-A Beloit. He walked 27 times and struck out 92 times in 135 innings. Opposing batters hit .252 off Salcedo on the season.
#9 Joe Benson GRADE: B
Benson batted .285 with 28 Doubles, 4 Triples, 16 Home Runs and 67 RBI’s for Double-A New Britain. He also stole 13 bases. He walked 56 times and struck out 109 times in 111 games. In 21 big league games with the Twins, Benson batted .239 with 6 Doubles, 1 Triple and 2 RBI’s.
#10 Max Kepler GRADE: C+
Kepler batted .262 with 11 Doubles, 3 Triples, 1 Home Run and 24 RBI’s for Rookie League Elizabethton. He walked 23 times and struck out 54 times in 50 games.
#11 Niko Goodrum GRADE: B-
Goodrum batted .275 with 10 Doubles, 3 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 20 RBI’s for Rookie League Elizabethton. He walked 21 times and struck out 56 times in 59 games.
#12 Carlos Gutierrez GRADE: C+
Gutierrez went 2-3 with a 4.62ERA for Triple-A Rochester. He walked 31 and struck out 57 in 62.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .246 off of Gutierrez.
#13 Pat Dean GRADE: C
Dean went a combined 5-7 with a 5.00ERA between Low-A Beloit, High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. He walked 25 batters and struck out 76 in 108 innings. Opposing batters hit .299 off Dean on the season.
#14 Manuel Soliman GRADE: B-
Soliman went 7-11 with a 3.97ERA for Low-A Beloit. He walked 50 and struck out 120 in 136 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .250 off Soliman on the year.
#15 Martire Garcia RELEASED BY THE ORGANIZATION
Garcia went 2-1 with a 5.57ERA for Low-A Beloit before being released by the Twins in May. He had walked 25 and struck out 22 in 21 innings before being let go.