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Minnesota Twins 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis



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ROSTER

NamePosition
Jorge AlcalaP
Homer BaileyP
Jose BerriosP
Jhoulys ChacinP
Dakota ChalmersP
Sam ClayP
Tyler ClippardP
Edwar ColinaP
Danny CoulombeP
Randy DobnakP
Tyler DuffeyP
Jhoan DuranP
Ryan GartonP
Cory GearrinP
Rich HillP
Zack LittellP
Kenta MaedaP
Trevor MayP
Jake OdorizziP
Michael PinedaP
Sean PoppenP
Taylor RogersP
Fernando RomeroP
Sergio RomoP
Devin SmeltzerP
Cody StashakP
Caleb ThielbarP
Lewis ThorpeP
Matt WislerP
Willians AstudilloC
Alex AvilaC
Mitch GarverC
Juan GraterolC
Ryan JeffersC
Tomas TelisC
Ehire AdrianzaIF
Luis ArraezIF
Travis BlankenhornIF
Josh DonaldsonIF
Marwin GonzalezIF
Nick GordonIF
Royce LewisIF
Drew MaggiIF
Jack ReinheimerIF
Jorge PolancoIF
Miguel SanoIF
Wilfredo TovarIF
Zander WielIF
Lane AdamsOF
Byron BuxtonOF
Jake CaveOF
Gilberto CelestinoOF
Max KeplerOF
Alex KirilloffOF
Trevor LarnachOF
Brent RookerOF
Eddie RosarioOF
LaMonte Wade Jr.OF
Nelson CruzDH


The organization's top two prospects—
Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff—made the list, as did intriguing catching prospect Ryan Jeffers and burgeoning outfield boppers Trevor Larnach and Gilberto Celestino. The Twins also took flamethrowing righthanders Jhoan Duran, Jorge Alcala and Edwar Colina. Lewis, who dabbled some in the outfield toward the end of 2019, is listed as an infielder. Righthander Dakota Chalmers is a wild card here. He throws extremely hard with a nasty slider, but has shown scattershot command.NOTABLE INCLUSIONS

NOTABLE EXCLUSIONS

It's a bit of a surprise to not see righthander Jordan Balazovic on the initial player pool. At No. 4, Balazovic is the highest-ranked pitcher in the system, and is a fringe candidate for the BA Top 100 Prospects. He struck out 129 batters in 94 innings in 2019 at both levels of Class A. He has no upper-level experience and the Twins, based on this roster, are looking for more seasoned arms who can help them race toward playoff contention in a truncated season.

PARTING THOUGHTS

The Twins sought experience first and foremost, an understandable strategy given their status as defending American League Central division champions and a contender for the AL pennant this year. Celestino, who has just eight games above low Class A, is an exception, but he is also supremely talented and being around a veteran group could give him a push. The Twins have just one more vacant spot on the roster before it is full at 60.

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