Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. Here are the players who didn’t quite make the top 10.
On Feb. 22, MLB.com will release its top 30 prospects for the Minnesota Twins. At Puckett’s Pond, we’ve rated our top 10 Twins prospects and will profile each player.
We start with the honorable mentions. These players are not quite top 10 prospects, but are worth keeping an eye on. *Editor’s note, Pat Light was among the players considered for Top Ten status, coming in at #13, but was traded to Pittsburgh the day this story was written.
Palka hit a career high 34 home runs, while tying his career high in RBI with 90. Over the last three seasons, Palka is averaging 36 home runs and 113 RBI per 162 games. Meaning, he has the ability to reach these totals if he played 162 games.
Additionally, Palka hits left-handed pitchers just as well as right-handed pitchers last season. He slashed .267/.319/.527 against LHP and .250/.330/.519 against RHP.
Last season was a productive one for Palka, one that has us at Puckett’s Pond looking forward to a potential MLB debut in 2017.
#13 Pat Light
As noted earlier, Pat Light, the pitcher acquired in last season’s trade deadline deal for Fernando Abad, has been traded. Yesterday, Light was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for either cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Tomorrow, we start counting down the Top 10 Twins prospects. We will also assess each players’ chances at making some sort of impact with the big league club this year.
Notes: Twins were unable to strike a deal with Tampa Bay (or any other team) for Byung Ho Park. Yesterday, he cleared waivers and was assigned to AAA Rochester. He was also invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. A good Spring by Park, coupled with a poor showing by Kennys Vargas, could punch Park’s ticket back to Target Field.