Minnesota Twins Top 30
By J.J. Cooper
The window is open for the Minnesota Twins.
They returned to the postseason on the heels of a 101-win season in a beleaguered seasons for the AL Central. And while the White Sox are lurking, Minnesota has watched as the Indians dealt Corey Kluber and entertained Francisco Lindor trade inquiries amid a payroll crunch. And there's reason to believe there is more help on the way in Minnesota after they finished among the game's 10 best farm systems in 2019. The Twins certainly have the talent and depth to supplement the big league roster via the farm, either by promotion or by trade.
However, 2019 also reinforced that prospect development is by no means linear. Minnesota's two best prospects -- Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff -- endured difficult seasons after entering the year with considerable buzz.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Mitch Garver (32)
First Base: Alex Kirilloff (25)
Second Base: Luis Arraez (26)
Third Base: Royce Lewis (24)
Shortstop: Jorge Polanco (29)
Left Field: Trevor Larnach (26)
Center Field: Byron Buxton (29)
Right Field: Max Kepler (30)
Designated Hitter: Miguel Sano (30)
No. 1 Starter: Jose Berrios (29)
No. 2 Starter: Jake Odorizzi (33)
No. 3 Starter: Jordan Balazovic (24)
No. 4 Starter: Kenta Maeda (35)
No. 5 Starter: Jhoan Duran (25)
Closer: Taylor Rogers (32)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Minnesota's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Alex Kirilloff
Best Power Hitter: Royce Lewis
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: LaMonte Wade
Fastest Baserunner: Royce Lewis
Best Athlete: Royce Lewis
Best Fastball: Brusdar Graterol
Best Curveball: Josh Winder
Best Slider: Eduar Colina
Best Changeup: Jhoan Duran
Best Control: Griffin Jax
Best Defensive Catcher: Ben Rortvedt
Best Defensive Infielder: Wander Javier
Best Infield Arm: Keoni Cavaco
Best Defensive Outfielder: Gilberto Celestino
Best Outfield Arm: Gilberto Celestino
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