2018 Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

Twins Top 10 Prospects
1. Royce Lewis, SS
2. Wander Javier, SS
3. Alex Kirilloff, OF/1B
4. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP
5. Brusdar Graterol, RHP
6. Fernando Romero, RHP
7. Brent Rooker, OF/1B
8. Nick Gordon, SS/2B
9. Blayne Enlow, RHP
10. Tyler Jay, LHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: LHP Adalberto Mejia (6).

Trending: 🔺 The system is deep in future big leaguers with a great topper in Royce Lewis.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Bolstered by a strong early showing from No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis, the lower levels of the Twins' system are bursting with talent. In addition to Lewis, shortstop Wander Javier and righthander Brusdar Graterol both have the talent to break onto the national radar in 2018. Brent Rooker also showed impressive power in his pro debut, swatting 18 home runs to rank second in their system in just half a season. If all goes well, they could be the second wave of talent that leads a renaissance in Minnesota

Weaknesses: The Twins' system is very strong, but it does lack an immediate answer at shortstop, which has been a black hole in Minnesota for a few years. Jorge Polanco has been untrustworthy at the position, and Nick Gordon looks like a second baseman. That leaves the job for Lewis and Javier, who are years away.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Luis Arraez.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Brent Rooker.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: LaMonte Wade.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Tanner English.
🔸Best Athlete: Royce Lewis.
🔸Best Fastball: Brusdar Graterol.
🔸Best Curveball: Blayne Enlow.
🔸Best Slider: Tyler Jay.
🔸Best Changeup: Stephen Gonsalves.
🔸Best Control: Felix Jorge.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Ben Rortvedt.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Royce Lewis.
🔸Best INF Arm: Andrew Bechtold.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Aaron Whitefield.
🔸Best OF Arm: Tanner English.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Jason Castro (34)
🔸1B Brent Rooker (26)
🔸2B Jorge Polanco (27)
🔸3B Wander Javier (22)
🔸SS Royce Lewis (22)
🔸LF Eddie Rosario (29)
🔸CF Byron Buxton (27)
🔸RF Max Kepler (28)
🔸DH Miguel Sano (28)
🔸SP Jose Berrios (27)
🔸SP Stephen Gonsalves (26)
🔸SP Brusdar Graterol (22)
🔸SP Fernando Romero (26)
🔸SP Adalberto Mejia (28)
🔸CL Tyler Jay (27)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Nick Blackburn (Did Not Play) | WAR: 3.3
🔸2009: OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees) | WAR: 5.8
🔸2010: OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees) | WAR: **
🔸2011: RHP Kyle Gibson (Twins) | WAR: 5.3
🔸2012: 3B/SS Miguel Sano (Twins) | WAR: 5.4
🔸2013: 3B/SS Miguel Sano (Twins) | WAR: **
🔸2014: OF Byron Buxton (Twins) | WAR: 7.2
🔸2015: OF Byron Buxton (Twins) | WAR: **
🔸2016: OF Byron Buxton (Twins) | WAR: **
🔸2017: SS Nick Gordon (Twins) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees) | WAR: 5.8
🔸2009: RHP Kyle Gibson (Twins) | WAR: 5.3
🔸2010: RHP Alex Wimmers (Twins) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: SS Levi Michael (Twins) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: OF Byron Buxton (Twins) | WAR: 7.2
🔸2013: RHP Kohl Stewart (Twins) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: SS Nick Gordon (Twins) | Top 10
🔸2015: LHP Tyler Jay (Twins) | Top 10
🔸2016: OF Alex Kirilloff (Twins) | Top 10
🔸2017: SS Royce Lewis (Twins) | Top 10


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