Busy day of work ahead of me, so I’ve gotta keep this brief.
Baseball America is in the process of releasing its top 10 list of prospects for each team. Today, the Minnesota Twins’ top 10 was announced.
Outfielder Aaron Hicks, who was the team’s first-round pick last year, lands in the No. 1 spot. In high school he drew comparisons to Darryl Strawberry. I would definitely take the on-the-field version of Straw.
Two somewhat major league ready players are on it, also. Relief pitcher Jose Mijares, who we saw last season in limited action, is at No. 4. Kevin Mulvey, who came over to the Twins from the New York Mets in the Johan Santana trade, is at No. 8. He spent most of last season at Triple-A.
The story points out some of the Twins’ losses from last season and how surprising it was to see Minnesota have nine more wins than a year before. *
* By the way – as you’ll see in the story below – is anyone else stunned when they see Jason Bartlett referred to as a "defensive whiz." It’s not sour grapes for me or anything. The guy committed 26 errors in 2007 with the Twins despite playing just 138 games. Last year, he committed 16 and played even fewer games. To put 26 errors in perspective, Bartlett’s predecessor Cristian Guzman committed 35 errors in his final three seasons with the Twins combined!