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|1||Royce Lewis||SS||1st Round: 1st Overall – 2017 Draft|
|2||Alex Kirilloff||1B/OF||1st Round: 15th Overall – 2016 Draft|
|3||Jordan Balazovic||RHP||5th Round – 2016 Draft|
|4||Trevor Larnach||OF||1st Round: 20th Overall – 2018 Draft|
|5||Jhoan Duran||RHP||Trade with Diamondbacks|
|6||Ryan Jeffers||C||2nd Round – 2018 Draft|
|7||Keoni Cavaco||SS||1st Round: 13th Overall – 2019 Draft|
|8||Gilberto Celestino||OF||Trade with Astros|
|9||Misael Urbina||OF||International FA Signing 2018|
|10||Aaron Sabato||1B||1st Round: 27th Overall – 2020 Draft|
|11||Blayne Enlow||RHP||3rd Round – 2017 Draft|
|12||Matt Canterino||RHP||2nd Round – 2019 Draft|
|13||Jose Miranda||3B||2nd Round – 2016 Draft|
|14||Akil Baddoo||OF||2nd Round – 2016 Draft|
|15||Brent Rooker||OF||1st Round: 35th Overall – 2017 Draft|
|16||Wander Javier||SS||International FA Signing 2015|
|17||Edwar Colina||RHP||International FA Signing 2015|
|18||Matt Wallner||OF||1st Round: 39th Overall – 2019 Draft|
|19||Cole Sands||RHP||5th Round – 2018|
|20||Emmanuel Rodriguez||OF||International FA Signing 2019|
1. Royce Lewis SS – Minnesota Twins (AA)
21 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’2” – 200lbs – ETA: 2021
Lewis is among one of the top middle infield prospects in baseball, with his mix of solid overall potential and being a 5-tool prospect. Lewis had a down 2019 season but showed extremely well in the Fall League hitting .353/.411/.565 with three home runs and a .975 OPS in 95 plate appearances. One of the big issues that I see is his strikeout rates have started to rise with promotion and I do have concerns with the hitting mechanics and his leg kick that messes with his timing. This in turn will make it harder to hit high velocity. Overall, ever since Lewis was drafted first overall in 2017, he has proven why he was so highly regarded with plus bat speed, great athleticism, and an incredible arm that ensures his spot as the starting shortstop for the Twins for a long time.
2. Alex Kirilloff 1B/OF – Minnesota Twins (AA)
22 Years Old – Throws: L – Bats: L – 6’2” – 215lbs – ETA: 2021
Kirilloff has some of the best power potential in the Twins system. With his swing that uses plenty of launch angle and consistent flyball rates makes him the perfect middle of the order bat for the Twins going forward. One thing to note is his strikeout rates have hovered around 15% until 2019 where they rose to 18.5% seen above. However, he was facing competition about two years older. Defensively, Kirilloff will stick to the corner outfield spots just based on his outfield range but he does have above-average arm strength that profiles more as the right fielder going forward. He doesn’t have a lot of speed but is a good base runner and could surprise in the stolen base category going forward. Kirilloff is still raw but he has the potential to slot easily into the Twins roster with his powerful abilities.
3. Jordan Balazovic RHP – Minnesota Twins (A+)
21 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’5” – 215lbs – ETA: 2022
This was a toss-up at number three but Balazovic’s pitchability and stuff land him 3rd overall. Balazovic mechanics are fluid and he repeats them well, his 6’5” frame makes for an easier downhill plane to spot the ball down in the zone. In terms of stuff, his fastball is consistently 95-97 with some arm side run and sink, he also displays a slider that has plus potential with its late darting movement. To round out his pitches, he has a changeup that’s more of another look for hitters but overall could become a solid pitch as well. Overall, Balazovic has proved that he’s the Twins top pitching prospect and one of the better pitching prospects in all of baseball. I believe he could be a #3 starter in a rotation but has the upside to become a #2. Twins have themselves something special here with Balazovic.
4. Trevor Larnach OF – Minnesota Twins (AA)
23 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: L – 6’4″ – 223 lbs – ETA: 2021
Larnach was the Twins 20th overall pick in the 2018 draft. The one thing that immediately pops with Larnach is the advanced bat that lets him hit to all fields well. His swing creates some loft that’s perfect for the type of player Larnach is. What’s interesting is the Twins made slight adjustments to his stance, they lowered his hands and his stance is more straight up. These adjustments have done wonders for him as he’s advanced rather quickly for the Twins. So far we’ve seen his contact tool more early in his career but I believe his power will become his best tool overall as he approaches the major leagues. Larnach has a future in the corner outfield spots with his below-average speed but plus arm strength. This is yet another outfielder for the Twins that has vast amounts of potential.
5. Jhoan Duran RHP – Minnesota Twins (AA)
22 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’5″ – 230 lbs – ETA: 2021
Acquired by the Twins in the Eduardo Escobar trade. Duran has risen nicely for the Twins as his K% has increased since his time in the Diamondbacks system. One thing to note is Duran hasn’t thrown that many innings per season, his highest total was 78 innings for Single-A Fort Myers. Duran has a smooth repeatable delivery that results in a high 90’s fastball that touches 100 MPH, a splitter that’s consistently in the low 90’s, and a curveball that’s still in the developmental stage but has the potential to be a plus pitch. Much like many young pitchers, Duran must work on refining his command to hit his potential. However, with his walk rates already showing decline this shouldn’t be a problem for Duran. The Twins have a promising duo at the top of their list with Duran and Balazovic and have a few more up-and-coming pitchers that could surprise in this system.
6. Ryan Jeffers C – Minnesota Twins – (AAA)
23 Years Old Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’4″ – 225 lbs – ETA: 2020
Jeffers was a second-round pick in the 2018 draft. He’s risen extremely quickly thanks to his consistent barrels and good contact tool. His power has started to come around and it should start to become a norm for Jeffers. What’s interesting with Jeffers is he develops so much power with a relatively short stride and swing. This just shows how strong Jeffers is as a prospect. Amazingly in his debut, his first two hits were 105.6 MPH and 104.7 MPH off the bat. Long term his plus arm strength and great defensive abilities let him stick at catcher. However, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Twins approach having Garver and Jeffers on the major league roster next year as Jeffers has already made his debut in 2020.
7. Keoni Cavaco SS – Minnesota Twins (ROK)
19 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’2″ – 195 lbs – ETA: 2024
Cavaco was drafted 13th overall in 2019. His first year in the minors showed how much seasoning he will need to hit his potential. As in a 92 plate appearance sample size, his high K% and low BB% are unappealing at first but he was an 18-year-old playing against competition that’s about a year or two older than him. Cavaco is an extremely athletic player with some raw power that he taps into with a longer swing, he uses plenty of launch angle in his swing as well. One big thing wit-h Cavaco is adding muscle, after that, we’ll start seeing his power on a consistent basis. Cavaco has spent the majority of his time so far at third base displaying his plus arm strength but I believe he has a future at shortstop just based on his plus athleticism. His plus speed makes him a top of the lineup threat going forward, that is if he can cut down on his strikeout rates just a bit. Cavaco is going to take a lot of time to perfect his tools, the Twins will be aggressive but must be patient to get the high upside that Cavaco has.
8. Gilberto Celestino OF – Minnesota Twins (A+)
21 Years Old – Throws: L – Bats: R – 6’0″ – 170 lbs – ETA: 2023
The Twins acquired Celestino from the Astros for reliever Ryan Pressley. Celestino is an intriguing prospect in this system. He strikes out at a fairly low rate of about 12-15% of the time but varies with his walk rates, his highest being 15.2% in 2016. But Celestino is one of the more exciting players to watch in this system. He possesses raw power that he taps into with a high leg kick. He did set a career-high 10 home runs in 2019, but I do feel his contact will outweigh his power as one of his better tools going forward. Defensively, he’ll stick in centerfield based on his good athleticism and plus arm strength. His plus speed rounds his impressive display of tools. The high energy Celestino will form a high on-base player and could become a top of the lineup bat for the Twins when its all said and done.
9. Misael Urbina OF – Minnesota Twins (ROK)
18 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’0” – 175 lbs: ETA: 2024
Urbina was one of their better bats in the 2018-19 international signing period and this led the Twins to sign him for $2.75 million. Urbina’s tools are loud and with his projectable frame, he can make his tools that much better in the future. Urbina has two different loads, he has a leg kick that he uses sparingly, he mainly uses a double toe-tap and has an aggressive approach at the plate. His constant barrels and high hard-hit rates make for some power projection. He has played all three outfield positions and has a future in centerfield with his speed and above-average range. He has the potential to be a dangerous base stealer in the future, with his speed and aggressiveness on the base paths. Urbina still needs plenty of seasoning but its easy to see why the Twins are so high on Urbina as he comes with major upside.
10. Aaron Sabato 1B/OF – Minnesota Twins – 2020 Draft
21 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’2″ – 230 lbs – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
Sabato was the Twins first-round draft pick this year. He rose in the draft thanks to his power stroke throughout his time for the Tar Heels. In two seasons with North Carolina, Sabato hit .332/.459/.698 with 25 home runs and a 1.158 OPS. The immediate comparison that I think of is Yankees first baseman Luke Voit, both have plenty of power and have quick swings that result in lots of barrels. I do have my worry about his transition from metal to wood bat and how that will affect his performance going forward. Here’s something interesting about Sabato: his BB% (16.6%) was almost higher than his K% (19.6%). That’s something good to see out of your power-hitting prospect if you are the Twins. He has limited defensive value and he’s a below-average runner, so first base looks to be a constant but if that doesn’t work out he would bring so much value out of the designated hitter position.
11. Blayne Enlow RHP – Minnesota Twins (A+)
21 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’3″ – 170 lbs – ETA: 2022
Enlow was drafted in the 3rd round in 2017 and he continues to show his swing-and-miss stuff through his time in the minors. The best part of Enlow is his pitchability with his stuff that includes a fastball that’s 92-93 MPH and touches 95, it has late sink that makes it difficult to barrel up. His out pitch is a curveball in the low 80’s and a changeup that he works well off of his fastball. Enlow has added a hard slider in the high 80’s that could be another plus pitch in his repertoire. The Cutter might be his best pitch overall, right up their with his curveball. Consistency has been a big part of Enlow’s game as his K% has hovered around 20% in his career, and his BB% was around 8% as well. What’s interesting about Enlow is many thought he’d be more of a power pitcher, but he’s developed into more of a finesse pitcher and with his good downhill plane, this allows him to throw all his pitches for strikes on a consistent basis. Enlow would be ranked higher if not for the advanced pitching of Duran and Balazovic. If he continues to progress well we could see him as a #3 or #4 in the Twins rotation.
12. Matt Canterino RHP – Minnesota Twins (A)
22 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: L – 6’2″ – 222 lbs – ETA: 2022
The Twins selected Canterino with their second-round pick in the 2019 draft, when watching Canterino pitch he has some of the more unique mechanics in the system. In terms of stuff, Canterino has a nice four-pitch mix, a fastball that sits in the low 90’s but touches 95-96, a 12-6 curveball that’s his best secondary offering. While he also displays a power slider in the mid-’80s that also has the chance of being a plus pitch and a changeup that he pairs well with his fastball to create another good offering. His command is spotty, especially with his curveball, and he might need some experience with pitch sequencing as he relies too much on his curveball at times I’ve noticed. Canterino is a work in progress for the Twins but in the end, he could carve out a back end of the rotation role for them but if his high effort delivery causes issues for him. Canterino could still provide value out of the bullpen where his stuff could play up.
13. Jose Miranda SS – Minnesota Twins (AA)
22 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’2” – 210 lbs – ETA: 2022
Miranda was a second-round pick for the Twins back in 2016. To begin his career, he started slow hitting .227/.308/.292 with one home run and a 16.9 K%. Since then, his K% has remained respectable at around 11% and his lowest being 9.7%. While he won’t be a high on-base player his power potential is something to not overlook. One thing to note is his aggressive approach at the plate as he might be a little too aggressive, swinging at pitches out of the zone and making it hard to consistently hit. He has a nice swing that results in some gap-to-gap power. I think he will be power over contact but his contact tool is still promising. Third base seems to be the ideal spot for Miranda with his athleticism and his good arm strength. Miranda is a below-average runner resulting in very little value there. Miranda’s bat is the big prize, if he hits his potential the Twins could have another power-hitting prospect in their system.
14. Akil Baddoo OF – Minnesota Twins (A+)
22 Years Old – Throws: L – Bats: L – 6’1″ – 210 lbs – ETA: 2023
Baddoo was drafted 74th overall in 2016. At first glance at the stats, you might be wondering “what makes this guy so special”. For starters, he’s still raw with his tools but the upside is there for Baddoo. While he strikes out at a high rate, he walks at a respectable rate. One thing I think Baddoo must do to keep consistent is to limit his movement in the box. This in turn will get his timing better and get his bat to be more steady. Continuing, Baddoo relies too much on his pull side, which could make him a predictable hitter as he advances each level. Once he becomes more balanced Baddoo’s bat will start to blossom. His best tool is his speed that allows him to stick in center field long term. There’s still plenty of question marks with Baddoo and if everything clicks after his elbow surgery, the end result could be the starting center fielder for the Twins for a long time.
15. Brent Rooker OF/1B -Minnesota Twins (AAA)
25 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’3″ – 225 lbs – ETA: 2020
Rooker was drafted 35th overall in 2017. While Rooker is older in terms of prospects, his power remains some of the best in the Twins system. What is equally as impressive is his high exit velocities his first hit in the MLB was 112.2 MPH off the bat. He uses a double toe-tap for a load and Rooker uses some torque in his swing that’s one of the big reasons for his constant power. While he has a career 32.4 K% his 12.3 BB% is promising. Adding on, he has a career .357 OBP in the minors across three seasons. The fact that Rooker has 20 home run power but continues to get on-base at a high makes him a valuable piece for the future. He’s got some speed but not enough to make a significant impact on the base paths. His defensive uncertainty is what drops him on this list but his potential with the bat shouldn’t be overlooked in this system.
16. Wander Javier SS – Minnesota Twins (A)
21 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’1″ – 165 lbs – ETA: 2022
Javier is yet another interesting prospect, he’s coming off a down year that saw him hit .177/.278/.323 with an 80 wRC+ but the years prior, he had major dips in his K% but had a respectable wRC+ (199 in 2016 and 131 in 2019) but 2018 Javier had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. This might have affected his performance in 2019 but the highly touted shortstop will never hit his ceiling unless that strikeout rate comes down. However, Javier has some raw power that we are seeing more and more of but the down year drops him on this list. His strong arm and good instincts allow him to be a shortstop long term. He’s an above-average runner and will take his walks, but with his health being a question mark and the rising strikeout rates he’s someone to watch for the Twins.
17. Edwar Colina RHP – Minnesota Twins (AAA)
23 Years Old Throws: R – Bats: R – 5’11” – 240 lbs – ETA: 2021
Colina was signed by the Twins in 2015 out of Venezuela in 2015. Colina only signed for $8,000 and so far he has been a nice investment for the Twins. While he is 5’11” and has a stocky build. When his command is right his stuff fits perfectly in the back end of a rotation. His best pitch is a power fastball that’s 95-96 and touches 99 MPH, a mid-80’s slider, and a changeup in the high-80’s. Colina has long had a good track record of stranding runners on-base as his career-high is 78.4%. His mechanics remind me of Brusdar Graterol who we saw last year blossom for the Twins, thanks to his power arsenal. Reiterating, Colina’s command needs some seasoning, and hardly using his Changeup, I do think he has a future in the bullpen where his stuff would play up extremely well. Especially, with all the starting pitcher potential in the lower part of this list.
18. Matt Wallner OF – Minnesota Twins (A)
22 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: L – 6’5″ – 220 lbs – ETA: 2023
Wallner was a 5th round pick in 2018, he was a two-way player out of the draft but has now become a full-time hitter. His main tool is the raw power that he taps into with a lofty swing and a small leg kick, very reminiscent of Aaron Judge. The strikeout rates remain high but for his first full season of pro ball, he had a decent start to his minors career. He is going to be power over hit and be an extra-base hit machine because of his gap-to-gap power. I’ve noticed with his approach he does have trouble recognizing off-speed pitches. Right field seems like the ideal place for Wallner as he has below average range but has a cannon for an arm. Having no minor league season effects Wallner as he’s missing a crucial year of development that in turn could’ve made him a more complete player for the Twins but as it stands right now there are some question marks with Wallner’s approach and overall high strikeout rates.
19. Cole Sands RHP – Minnesota Twins (AA)
23 Years Old – Throws: R – Bats: R – 6’3″ – 215 lbs – ETA: 2021
Sands was the Twins fifth-round pick in 2018, he threw 97.1 innings in his first year in the minors. He somewhat struggled at Florida State in three seasons collecting a 4.73 ERA, 21.1 K% in 228.1 innings pitched. However, Sands has a nice three-pitch mix, a fastball that has late life that touches 96, a changeup that gets many swings and misses with its location and good depth. He’s been working on perfecting a breaking ball that has the potential to become yet another plus offering for him. Sands has advanced rather quickly as he already made his debut in Double-A. If he continues to miss bats and progress we could realistically see him coming out of the bullpen for the Twins by late 2021 and early 2022. He could also end up carving a back end of the rotation role just needs to experience the minors a little more.
20. Emmanuel Rodriguez OF – Minnesota Twins
17 Years Old – Throws: L – Bats: L – 5’10” – 165 lbs – ETA: 2025
No Professional Stats
The Twins signed Rodriguez for 2.7 million dollars as the headliner in their 2019 international signing spree. As of right now, Rodriguez is a 17-year-old prospect that is incredibly raw but has some of the best upsides in the Twins system. He has the chance to be a five-tool talent, from his consistent barrels to his gap-to-gap power Rodriguez bat looks to be the better part of his game. Rodriguez’s swing path is longer, which might make it harder to face higher velocity pitchers. While he has an impressive range in the outfield he profiles more of a right fielder with his strong arm. In the end, Rodriguez looks like a staple in the Twins outfield. However, with his age, it’s going to take some time for Rodriguez but the outcome could be an everyday outfielder for the Twins long term.
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