The Minnesota Twins were, yet again, sellers at the trade deadline during the 2014 Major League Baseball season. Not surprising considering how pitiful the Twins were coming out of the All-Star break.
The two trades the Twins pulled off, Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners and Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics, was a bit surprising when you consider they werent the two players many people thought Minnesota would ship off to another team.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who was thought to have been going to either the Baltimore Orioles or the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a contract extension that runs through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017.
You also had Josh Willingham who was thought to have been trade bait. Im sure the Twins were only going to be able to pull up old shoes and tires from the trade market with Willingham as their bait. His 2014 season, which sees him hitting .223/.366/.436, has been marred by bad hitting and injuries.
What the Twins will now look to do is bring up young prospects between now and the end of the season, which will hopefully instill optimism in not only the fans, but the rest of the organization.
Here is a list of the top 3 prospects I see the Twins potentially calling up before the end of 2014.
3. Kennys Vargas
The reason he is number five is because he already has been called up. Be excited Twins fans. Be very excited. Here is a short video package I did on Vargas from down in Fort Myers, Florida during Twins Spring Training.
So far this year in AA New Britain, Vargas has hit 17 homers and drove in 63 RBIs while hitting .281/.360/.472. The problem with Vargas is where does he play? First base is a little bit clogged up with that Mauer dude and putting him at DH would mean a guy like Willingham or Oswaldo Arcia would have to play as a corner outfielder. Not pretty.
In any regard, Im as excited as you are that he is up and playing for the big club. What? Youre not excited? Dont talk to me. I have no respect for you. Kennys KENNYS VARGAS IS THE TRUTH!
2. A.J. Atcher
A relief pitcher for AAA Rochester, Atcher has been nothing but money for the Twins in the minors. Drafted out of Michigan State University in 2010, Atcher has a 2.39 ERA with a .911 WHIP in 52.2 innings pitched this season.
The only thing that would worry the Twins from calling him up would be the fact that he had a procedure on his elbow last year. Otherwise, I wouldnt be surprised to see this guy show up at the Bigs before long, especially if the Twins start putting some relievers through trade waivers.
1. Trevor May & Alex Meyer
Yes, I know I put two here. Stay with me. These two are the crown jewels of the Twins pitching prospects. Both acquired in trades last season, May and Meyer have been successful at AAA this season.
May has an 8-5 record with a 2.72 ERA in 89.1 innings thrown, while Meyer is 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 106.1 innings pitched. The Twins are reluctant to bring these two up because. I dont know. Your guess is as good as mine.
Dont expect the Twins to keep them down at AAA much longer. I would say May and Meyer will make an appearance in either late August or early September.
The list may be short now, but come this time in 2015, you will be hearing names like Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Those two are the future and the hope for the Twins. Big emphasis on hope.