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  1. 1. Royce Lewis | SS/OF
    Royce Lewis
    Born: Jun 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Leavitt.
    Minors: .313/.405/.534 | 5 HR | 12 SB | 131 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    Track Record: The No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, Lewis has already endured numerous peaks and valleys in his career before he has even graduated from prospect status. After establishing himself as a promising hitter with an excellent 2018 season at Class A, Lewis looked lost at the plate in 2019. His batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all dipped by 60-70 points while his strikeout rate soared. The coronavirus pandemic meant he didn't get to play in any real games in 2020, and his 2021 season never got going because he was diagnosed in spring training with a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that required surgery. He returned to action in 2022 and earned a pair of callups to Minnesota. In his first game in center field with the Twins, he re-tore his right ACL while making a catch at the wall. He had surgery to repair this partial tear in June. While multiple ACL tears are rare in baseball, it is more common in football. A study in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine showed that NFL players with two ACL injuries in the same knee returned to play with similar recovery rates to players who had one ACL injury, but it did often take them a little longer to return to action.

    Scouting Report: For all his injuries and struggles, Lewis should still turn out to be a middle-of-the-lineup force who can hit for average and power while being an asset defensively and on the basepaths. Before his second knee injury, Lewis was looking like everything the Twins had hoped for when they drafted him first overall. He has cleaned up his setup at the plate, which closed some holes in his swing. Most significantly, Lewis turned a big leg lift into a much smaller toe tap. That has allowed him to reduce a tendency to bail out with his lower half, which has improved his ability to stay on breaking pitches on the outer third of the plate. Lewis has excellent trunk rotation speed, which allows him to generate bat speed and power to all fields when he keeps his lower half in sync. His power proved to be a revelation in 2022. His 114 mph max exit velocity ranked in the top 6% of all MLB hitters. With better plate coverage, he has a shot to be an average hitter with plus power. Defensively, Lewis has above-average range at shortstop with a plus arm. He has the tools to be a plus defender at second or third base, above-average in center field and plus in either outfield corner. Lewis was a plus-plus runner before his knee injuries. It's possible he may be a little slower when he returns, but his speed should still be an asset.

    The Future: Lewis will likely miss the first few months of 2023 as he rehabs his right knee. When he is ready to go, he should fit onto the Twins' MLB roster as a righthanded hitter with power. In addition to his impressive tools, Lewis' makeup is lauded, and he quickly made a positive impression on his big league teammates. Where he plays in 2023 is somewhat dependent on team needs.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Run: 65. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55

  2. 2. Brooks Lee | SS
    Brooks Lee
    Born: Feb 14, 2001
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .303/.388/.451 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 122 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    Track Record: Scouts rated Lee as one of the best pure hitters in the 2019 high school class. He ranked No. 38 on the Baseball America ranking of draft prospects, but everyone knew he was headed to Cal Poly to play for his father, hitting guru Larry Lee, so he went unpicked. After a hamstring injury sidelined him for the shortened 2020 season, Lee put up a 1.010 OPS in 2021 and then hit .357/.462/.664 with 46 walks and just 28 strikeouts in 2022. He also hit with wood in the Cape Cod League and was a star for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, ranking as the top prospect in both settings over the summer 2021. Heading into the 2022 daft, Lee ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the class but slid to the Twins at No. 8 overall. His $5.675 million signing bonus was the sixth largest in the class and second only to Jacob Berry's $6 million among collegians.

    Scouting Report: Lee is a switch-hitter who has hit everywhere he has played. His lefthanded swing is a work of art. He is short and direct to the ball with the balance to provide adjustability if he gets a little fooled. His righthanded swing is not as smooth and is more pull-heavy. He projects as a plus-plus hitter with average power. Lee has the hands to play shortstop and the internal clock, but he doesn't move fluidly, and his range is fringe-average at best. His body is somewhat maxed out already, and he's not expected to add agility. He has the hands and accurate, above-average arm to be a plus defender at third base, which is where he most likely ends up.

    The Future: Lee was viewed as arguably the safest pick in the 2022 draft because of his bat. He'll have to show he can stay healthy after battling back and hamstring injuries in the past. If he does, he should be a fast mover as a potential .300 hitter with the ability to stay on the infield.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 70. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55

  3. 3. Emmanuel Rodriguez | OF
    Emmanuel Rodriguez
    Born: Feb 28, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019
    Signed By: Manuel Luciano.
    Minors: .272/.492/.551 | 9 HR | 11 SB | 136 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/Very High

    Track Record: When Rodriguez signed for $2.5 million in 2019 as Minnesota's top signee that year, his combination of power and athleticism was intriguing. Thanks to an excellent work ethic, he has turned into one of the best young hitters in the minor leagues. After struggling to hit breaking balls in his 2021 pro debut, Rodriguez turned a weakness into a strength. He hit .272/.492/.551 in 47 games with Low-A Fort Myers in 2022 before his season ended in early June when he suffered a knee injury that required surgery. Rodriguez's walk rate (28.6%) and on-base percentage (.492) were both best among any full-season minor league hitter with 150 or more plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez's combination of power and an elite batting eye gives him a high ceiling as a middle-of-the-order bat. His chase rate ranked among the best in the minors in 2022. At an age when many hitters' approaches are rudimentary, Rodriguez knows the strike zone better than some umpires. He has to learn how to better handle pitchers who can change speeds, which led to some swing-and-miss in the zone in 2022. In addition to having a highly advanced understanding of the strike zone, Rodriguez hits the ball very hard, with average exit velocities above 90 mph. Rodriguez will stay in center field for now, but as an average runner who will likely continue to get bigger, he projects as an above-average defender in a corner outfield spot. He has a plus arm.

    The Future: Rodriguez's 2022 season was both revelatory and frustrating. In his two months of action, he showed signs of immense upside that teams dream of developing, but his season ended early and prevented the Twins from testing him at High-A. With a strong 2023 season, Rodriguez could establish himself as one of the top prospects in baseball as an on-base machine with 25-plus home run potential.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  4. 4. Edouard Julien | 2B
    Edouard Julien
    Born: Apr 30, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Jack Powell
    Minors: .300/.441/.490 | 17 HR | 19 SB | 400 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: When the Twins drafted Julien in 2019, the Quebec native was one of the youngest eligible college players in the class. He had been a consistent power threat at Auburn, and his 429-foot home run in the 2019 College World Series was at the time tied for the longest in TD Ameritrade Park history. As a pro, Julien has been an on-base machine. His 208 walks during the 2021-22 seasons are 30 more than any other minor leaguer, and his .437 on-base percentage is best at the 700 plate appearance cutoff. Julien boosted his stock in the Arizona Fall League, which he led with a .400 average, .563 OBP and 1.249 OPS while popping five homers in 21 games.

    Scouting Report: Julien's combination of strengths and weaknesses makes him an intriguing but somewhat limited prospect. He knows how to work counts and get on base, and his above-average power will make a pitcher pay for a mistake. But going back to his college days at Auburn, he has struggled to find a position to play. The Twins have worked extensively with Julien on his defense, but he still lacks a clear position. His hands have improved, but his limited range makes him well below-average at second base. He also played third base at Auburn and then in 2021 as a Twins minor leaguer, but left field or first base are his most likely landing spots. Even at those positions, the hope is he can be playable defensively. Before 2022, Julien had never hit even .275 in a season, either as a pro or at Auburn, but he raised that to .300 at Double-A Wichita. As a hitter, Julien works counts, hits line drives and has average power to punish a pitcher who falls behind in the count. He's not nearly as effective against lefthanders.

    The Future: Julien's ability to get on base and hit righthanders will earn him a big league job, possibly as early as 2023. Improving on defense and at the plate against lefties could help him earn a larger role.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 50. Run: 45. Fielding: 30. Arm: 50

  5. 5. Connor Prielipp | LHP
    Connor Prielipp
    Born: Jan 10, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Because of the coronavirus pandemic and a 2021 elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, Prielipp threw just 28 innings for Alabama in three years. He was so impressive when he arrived at Alabama that he earned the Opening Day start as a freshman in the rugged Southeastern Conference. He didn't allow a run in his four starts in 2020 before the pandemic ended the season. He made an effective Opening Day start to begin 2021 but threw just two other innings in two starts before being shut down. Prielipp's recovery from Tommy John surgery allowed him to get back on the mound throwing bullpens before the 2022 draft. The Twins selected him in the second round. While he didn't pitch in a game, he threw in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Before his injury, Prielipp was viewed as one of the best arms in the 2022 draft. His slider has earned plus-plus grades at its best. It's a nearly 3,000 rpm snapdragon that left college hitters baffled. Prielipp's average fastball has touched 95-96 mph but generally sits more in the 92-93 range. The pitch is amplified by Prielipp's arm slot, release point and angle. The lefthander also throws an above-average changeup in the low 80s that has potential to become a weapon against righthanded hitters, but he barely used it in college. In his predraft bullpens, Prielipp looked rusty, but his velocity was fine.

    The Future: If Prielipp returns to his pre-injury form, something he hinted at in instructional league, the Twins may have landed a top-of-the-draft pitching prospect with a second-round pick. By Opening Day 2023, he'll be nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery and should be ready for an assignment to High-A Cedar Rapids. As impressive as Prielipp has been when healthy, he's a Wisconsin prep product with very few innings of experience, which may influence how quickly he moves.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

  6. 6. Matt Wallner | OF
    Matt Wallner
    Born: Dec 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Southern Mississippi, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Derrick Dunbar.
    Minors: .277/.412/.541 | 27 HR | 9 SB | 458 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: A Minnesota native and Twins draftee out of high school, Wallner committed to North Dakota, where he would have likely been the team's best hitter and pitcher as a true freshman. The school dropped its baseball program and Wallner ended up at Southern Mississippi, where he became the Baseball America Freshman of the Year in 2017. The Twins drafted him again in 2019. After a solid 2021 season, Wallner broke out in 2022 as he climbed three levels and made his MLB debut. He totaled 30 home runs between the minors and majors.

    Scouting Report: Wallner's plus-plus arm is the bane of third base coaches. He can turn what seem like easy send decisions into outs where the baserunner never even got a chance to slide. He had 13 assists in 2022, and he topped out at 100.3 mph on throws in his brief MLB stint. Wallner's plus-plus power is nearly as impressive. He hits screaming line drives and mammoth home runs. His nearly 94 mph average exit velocity was among the best in the minors in 2022. Among MLB hitters with 25 or more balls in play, his 53% hard-hit percentage ranked 10th out of 565 batters. The catch? Wallner has significant swing-and-miss issues. His selectivity isn't an issue as much as his swing. Wallner's lofted, lengthy bat path translates to swings and misses in the strike zone. That's the tradeoff he has made to get to his big power. He's a well-below-average hitter, but one who could hit 35 home runs in a full season.

    The Future: Wallner's power and arm are top tier, but he faces questions about whether he will make enough contact to get to his exceptional power. The hope is that he is a streaky Joc Pederson type of slugger with low batting averages and big power. He heads to spring training with a shot at a big league role.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 30. Power: 70. Run: 55. Fielding: 45. Arm: 70

  7. 7. Marco Raya | RHP
    Marco Raya
    Born: Aug 7, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Laredo, Texas, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Trevor Brown.
    Minors: 3-2 | 3.05 ERA | 76 SO | 23 BB | 65 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Raya was a pitcher trending in the right direction when the coronavirus pandemic shutdown ended the 2020 high school season in mid March. The Twins nabbed him in the fourth round with the 128th overall pick and signed him for $410,000. So far, Raya has looked like a steal. He has shown feel for four pitches, throws strikes and is an excellent competitor on the mound. He missed the entire 2021 season with shoulder fatigue and made his pro debut with Low-A Fort Myers in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Raya has some of the best stuff in the Twins' organization, with a 93-95 mph four-seam fastball with riding life that comes in on a flat plane thanks to his short stature. He already has two quality breaking pitches, and his changeup made strides in 2022. Raya's average changeup has more deception and depth than it had coming into 2022 thanks to a new split-change grip he learned from fellow Twins prospect Matt Canterino. Raya's plus slider has both depth and sweep, and he already has feel for locating it in the zone or down and out for chases as needed. His bigger, slower, high-70s curveball is above-average with plenty of depth. It can be a bat-misser, like his slider. He has average control.

    The Future: With four major league-caliber pitches, Raya has the ingredients to be am MLB starter. He's got a lot of development ahead to get to that point, and his biggest focus will be on adding strength and durability. His legs are skinny and could use some more mass. Raya topped 65 pitches in just six of his 19 outings in 2022, which explains why he threw just 65 innings. He needs to add weight and show he can more consistently get through five or six innings. He should be bound for High-A Cedar Rapids in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Curveball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  8. 8. Jose Salas | SS/3B
    Jose Salas
    Born: Apr 26, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol.
    Minors: .250/.339/.383 | 9 HR | 33 SB | 412 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: After growing up in Orlando, Fla., Salas moved to Venezuela as an adolescent before signing with the Marlins in 2019 for a bonus of $2.8 million. His pro debut was delayed a year by the pandemic, but he got onto the field during the 2020 instructional league and made it to Low-A in his first official season. He ranked No. 3 on the Florida Complex League's Top 10 prospects.

    Scouting Report: Salas showed hints of his upside this season, including a long home run in one of his first games at Low-A. Mostly, though, his power was distributed from gap to gap and goes more often for doubles than homers. He's better from the left side right now simply because he faces more righties, but overall shows a quick, leveraged swing from both sides of the plate guided by strong, fast hands that allow him to manipulate the barrel into different parts of the zone. That same quality, however, can get him into trouble. Internal evaluators note that because Salas knows he can get his bat to so many pitches, he often swings as pitches that he can get his bat to, but not necessarily his barrel. That approach leads to weaker contact, and needs to be refined. In the field, Salas has solid actions and the potential to develop into a reliable everyday shortstop. He needs to focus on staying more engaged on every play and remembering where he needs to be on the field but has plenty of time to iron out the finer points. If he doesn't stick at shortstop he has experience as an outfielder playing internationally.

    The Future: After a cameo at Low-A, Salas will likely return to the level, where he, Ian Lewis and Kahlil Watson will form an enviable trio of middle-diamond riches.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  9. 9. Louie Varland | RHP
    Louie Varland
    Born: Dec 9, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Joe Bisenius
    Minors: 8-5 | 3.06 ERA | 146 SO | 42 BB | 127 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: When he made his MLB debut against the Yankees on Sept. 7, Varland became the first player in Division II Concordia (Minn.) history to reach the big leagues. His biggest competition for that honor was his older brother. Gus Varland, a fellow alum of the St. Paul school, pitched in Double-A in 2022, but Louie reached the majors first. Louie Varland is a scouting and development success story as a 15th-round pick in 2019 who has steadily gotten better each year as a pro.

    Scouting Report: Varland draws raves for his willingness to work and his ability to absorb and process instruction. When Varland arrived at Concordia, he generally sat in the mid 80s. These days he throws nearly 10 mph harder, with a fastball that sits 93-95 mph and touches 98 thanks to plenty of time in the weight room. He's also steadily developed his secondary offerings. Early in his pro career, Varland developed an average changeup. Now his slider has improved from well below-average to average. He has added sweep to it, making it more of a swing-and-miss pitch. He has started to throw a fringe-average 88-90 mph cutter. It's important, because while his slider is a chase pitch, his cutter is something he consistently throws for strikes. It enhances his slider's effectiveness because now he can steal a strike if hitters read spin and lay off his cutter. Varland doesn't have a true plus pitch, but he generates deception from a slightly closed delivery and has plus control.

    The Future: Varland is the next in what has been a long line of Twins' crafty righthanders. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter who should compete for a big league job in spring training.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Cutter: 45. Control: 60

  10. 10. David Festa | RHP
    David Festa
    Born: Mar 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 9-4 | 2.43 ERA | 108 SO | 34 BB | 104 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: In recent years, the Twins have done an excellent job of finding and developing pitchers in the draft's later rounds. Between Bailey Ober (12th round, 2017), Josh Winder (seventh, 2018) and Louie Varland (15th, 2019), the Twins are averaging about one sleeper per draft. It looks likely that Festa, a 13th-rounder in 2021, will join that group. When the Twins drafted Festa out of Seton Hall in 2021, he was a college pitcher who had the projectability of a prep pitcher. A tall-and-skinny 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, Festa has gone from throwing 86-88 mph early in his college career to touching 98 in 2022. He earned a quick promotion to High-A Cedar Rapids after he held Florida State League opponents to a .148 average.

    Scouting Report: Festa's once below-average fastball is now a plus-plus 94-96 mph pitch that generates swings-and-misses in and above the strike zone thanks to its carry and velocity. His lanky build and somewhat funky delivery seems to make it harder for hitters to take comfortable swings. Festa has long had a plus mid-80s changeup, a pitch he perfected before he added velocity. Newfound power has improved Festa's high-80s power slider, which now flashes above-average. It's not consistent yet. When he's on, Festa has three swing-and-miss pitches to go with average control.

    The Future: Festa may need to add a slower curve to give him something to mess with hitters' timing more than his power-heavy approach, but the strides he has taken in the past two years are a strong indicator of what he could become. There's still room for the lanky Festa to fill out more. He should head to Double-A Wichita in 2023. He's a potential midrotation starter who would also fit as a higher-leverage reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 50

  11. 11. Simeon Woods Richardson | RHP
    Simeon Woods Richardson
    Born: Sep 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Sugar Land, Texas, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Ray Corbett (Mets).
    Minors: 5-3 | 2.77 ERA | 115 SO | 36 BB | 108 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Before he ever made it out of Double-A, Woods Richardson had twice been traded for a big league starting pitcher. The Mets drafted him in the second round in 2018, then traded him to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman in 2019. The Twins picked him up in 2021 along with Austin Martin for Jose Berrios. Woods Richardson missed roughly a month of the 2022 season on the Covid injured list, but he returned in mid July and made his MLB debut for the Twins in the final week of the regular season with a start against the Tigers.

    Scouting Report: Woods Richardson's stuff and success varies from outing to outing. Seen on the right day, he'll locate a fringe-average 92-94 mph fastball that can touch 95-96, and he'll mix in three solid secondaries consisting of slider, curveball and changeup. On other days, Woods Richardson sits 90-92 mph with less consistent offspeed pitches and scattershot control. The tricky part is separating how much of his success is based around the same delivery issues that lead to his inconsistency. He isn't direct to the plate with his delivery, but that helps add deception to an assortment of pitches that otherwise are fairly generic. Woods Richardson has a high over-the-top release point, so he generally works up and down in the strike zone, which also helps his average curveball play. His fringe-average low-80s slider gives hitters something different to worry about. His above-average changeup is more consistent.

    The Future: Because he was drafted as a 17-year-old, Woods Richardson won't turn 23 until the very end of the 2023 season. He's not a finished product, and if he can improve his velocity as well as the movement on his slider and his control, he has the ability to be a No. 4 starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball 50. Slider: 45. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  12. 12. Matt Canterino | RHP
    Matt Canterino
    Born: Dec 14, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 222
    Drafted/Signed: Rice, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Greg Runser.
    Minors: 0-1 | 1.95 ERA | 54 SO | 23 BB | 37 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Canterino demonstrated flashes of dominance at Rice, although his fastball/slider approach and funky and deceptive but unorthodox delivery led many to see a future in the bullpen. He found a new changeup grip that transformed that into his best pitch, and when healthy he's dominated, but a balky elbow has bothered him since 2021. He was shut down again in 2022 and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August.

    Scouting Report: Elbow reconstruction surgery requires a difficult, taxing rehabilitation process, but Canterino's surgery also hopefully puts a nagging problem in his rearview mirror. Elbow issues limited him to 23 innings in 2021 and he never topped 70 pitches in a start in 2022. When healthy, Canterino has the best stuff of any Twins minor leaguer. His mid-90s, plus fastball has life and arm-side run, but it's sometimes his third best pitch, as Canterino can carve up lineups with his low-80s, plus-plus changeup and high-80s, plus power slider. Both are able to generate plenty of whiffs and are deadly with two strikes. His control faltered in 2022, but he's generally been a fringe-average strike thrower.

    The Future: Canterino will likely miss all of 2023 recovering, but once healthy, he has the stuff to make an immediate impact. He has the weapons to close if the Twins want to speed up his path by moving him to the pen, but he also has enough control to be a funky, somewhat dominating five-inning starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 70. Control: 45.

  13. 13. Yasser Mercedes | OF
    Yasser Mercedes
    Born: Nov 16, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Mercedes was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in the Dominican Republic. He was a long-time target of the Twins who signed for $1.7 million. He immediately demonstrated the kind of power and speed that Minnesota had seen as an amateur, but combined with a more advanced understanding of the strike zone than could have been expected.

    Scouting Report: Mercedes has a chance to be a center fielder who can hit for power and average. Mercedes' 87 mph average exit velocity in 2022 was significantly higher than the average DSL player. He consistently barrels the ball. He will chase breaking balls away and sometimes gets a little pull happy, but the building blocks are there to be an above-average hitter. When he wants to, he can also be a very contact-oriented pest of a hitter. He's an above-average athlete with plus speed and shows the routes and reads to stick in center field. His arm is at least average as well and he's shown an above-average arm in the past as an amateur.

    The Future: Mercedes will come to the U.S. to play in the Florida Complex League in 2023. He's far from Minnesota, but it would not be surprising to see him leap up into the Twins top 10 before long. He has one of the more well-rounded tool sets in the organization and seems to be quickly adding baseball skills as well.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Field: 55. Run: 60. Arm: 50.

  14. 14. Austin Martin | 2B/OF
    Austin Martin
    Born: Mar 23, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Nate Murrie (Blue Jays).
    Minors: .241/.368/.317 | 2 HR | 35 SB | 344 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Martin was considered one of the best hitters in his college class, while he also showcased his versatility by playing six different positions at Vanderbilt. After being a productive singles hitter as a freshman, he slugged over .600 in 2019 and in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in his draft year. The Blue Jays quickly traded him to the Twins in 2021's Jose Berrios deal. His disappointing 2022 season was interrupted by a wrist injury, but he did finish strong by hitting .373 in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Two different teams have now tried to get Martin to drive the ball more, but he almost always reverts to focusing on getting his front foot down early and taking a direct, contact-oriented bat path. That approach should let him hit for average and get on base, but with zero impact at the plate. He is a heady baserunner with plus speed. Martin is a confounding defender in the infield. Give him time, and he will revert to a tendency to get mechanical and double pump before throwing. He's much more fluid and his arm action is better when he is forced to rush himself, or when he's playing in the outfield. Because of that, his average arm plays better in the outfield than in the infield. At this point, it's highly unlikely he can stick at shortstop, but he could be a rangy second baseman and he's shown he can be an above-average defender in center or left.

    The Future: Martin's 2022 season was a step back, both as far as his production and his potential. He can still be a useful big leaguer, but one who will likely be limited offensively and defensively as a rangy second baseman or center fielder with limited power.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 30. Field: 55. Run: 60. Arm: 50.

  15. 15. Jose Rodriguez | OF
    Jose Rodriguez
    Born: Jun 10, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 196

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Signed in January 2022, Rodriguez had an extremely impressive pro debut. He led the Dominican Summer League with 13 home runs, 49 RBIs and 31 extra-base hits while also ranking among league leaders with a .605 slugging percentage and 115 total bases. He was named a Dominican League all-star.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez was viewed as the best slugger in the Twins' 2022 international signing class, but he's shown already as a pro that he can also handle velocity, a key benchmark for young sluggers to clear. He's overaggressive, like many young power hitters, and he's currently an easy mark for a pitcher with confidence in a changeup. He has bat speed and all-fields power, but with a pull-heavy approach. He's already big and thick, so depending on how he matures, he could end up sliding to first base, although his above-average arm fits in right field.

    The Future: Rodriguez has yet to play in the U.S., but he passed his first pro test in impressive fashion. He's one of the team's best young power prospects in years, but he'll need to stay on top of his conditioning to remain in the outfield.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 40. Field: 45. Arm: 60.

  16. 16. Noah Miller | SS
    Noah Miller
    Born: Nov 12, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Joe Bisenius
    Minors: .211/.348/.279 | 2 HR | 23 SB | 383 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The younger brother of Guardians infielder Owen Miller, before he'd ever played a full-season MiLB game, Noah had already given the Twins MLB coaching staff a hint of what's to come. Given a few innings during early-March spring training games, Miller made difficult backhand plays look routine. He carried that same knack of making the hard play look easy at Low-A Fort Myers.

    Scouting Report: Miller is the Twins' best MiLB defender at shortstop, with the actions, hands, range and internal clock to stay at the position for years to come. He's a potential Gold Glover with a plus arm. Defensively, he just needs to keep doing what he's doing. Offensively, he's got a lot of work to do. Miller has always had a contact-oriented approach, but he has to generate more pop to hit effectively with a wood bat. The switch-hitter doesn't use his legs effectively yet in his swing and he doesn't generate enough separation to get significant torque. He wore down over the course of his first full season. Over his final 46 games, he had six extra-base hits and slugged under .200 in two different months.

    The Future: Miller's future is extremely dependent on his development at the plate. He was overmatched in 2022, but with the caveat that he's a Wisconsin prep product adjusting to a faster game. He will need to spend a lot of work in the cage, but his exceptional glove should give him plenty of time to develop.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 20. Field: 65. Run: 50. Arm: 60.

  17. 17. Jordan Balazovic | RHP
    Jordan Balazovic
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mississauga, Ont., 2016 (5th round).
    Signed By: Walt Burrows.
    Minors: 0-7 | 7.68 ERA | 77 SO | 37 BB | 73 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After an impressive 2021 season with Double-A Wichita, Balazovic seemed poised to help the Twins rotation at some point in 2022. Instead, he took a massive step backwards. His stuff backed up and hitters feasted for much of the season with Triple-A St. Paul. He had the ninth-worst ERA and 12th-worst FIP among all MiLB pitchers with 70 or more innings.

    Scouting Report: Balazovic's 2022 season was almost a disaster from start to finish, though he did show improved stuff and success in September, which sent him into the offseason on a high note. Balazovic came into the season without the same strength he showed in 2021. He also seemed to be stiffer and less athletic in his delivery all season. That played a part in his fastball losing 2-3 mph. He sat 94-96 mph in 2021 and touched 99. He topped out at 96 and sat 92-94 in 2022. Balazovic added a somewhat promising hard, high-80s slider. If he can regain his previous arm speed, it could become a plus pitch, but right now both it and his changeup are fringe-average. Grading Balazovic's pitches right now requires blending what he's shown in the past versus what he showed in 2022.

    The Future: Balazovic has used two options already. The 2023 season should show if his 2022 season was a one-year setback or a new and troubling trend. A broken jaw he suffered in an altercation before spring training will slow his start to the season and is another worrisome indication.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 40.

  18. 18. Danny De Andrade | SS
    Danny De Andrade
    Born: Apr 10, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 173
    Minors: .242/.333/.371 | 4 HR | 4 SB | 178 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: One of the Twins top targets in the 2021 international amateur class, De Andrade had long impressed scouts with a short, direct swing, a track record of performance in games and an advanced understanding of the game.

    Scouting Report: When he signed, De Andrade swung at most anything, but he's developing a solid approach to get to pitches in the zone he can punish. He's developing into an above-average hitter with excellent contact skills and in 2022 demonstrated solid bat-to-ball skills. The only disappointment with De Andrade's development so far is something that's not really all that controllable. As he's matured, it's becoming clear he's not particularly twitchy. He's athletic with good body control, but without the quick first step that teams look for in a rangy shortstop. He does have a good head on his shoulders and feel for the game teams want in a shortstop. He has a plus arm and can throw from multiple arm angles. His actions and controlled approach can make him an average defender at shortstop, but may be better as an above-average second or third baseman.

    The Future: De Andrade is ready for full season ball. He'll have to keep working hard on maintaining his foot speed as he fills out, but his ability to slow the game down and process instruction should serve him well.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Field: 50. Run: 50. Arm: 60.

  19. 19. Brent Headrick | LHP
    Brent Headrick
    Born: Dec 17, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 227
    Minors: 10-5 | 3.32 ERA | 136 SO | 25 BB | 109 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: When the Twins drafted Headrick in the ninth round in 2019, they were taking a gamble that a pitcher with modest stuff but loads of competitiveness could embrace and improve in a pro pitching development program. It's worked. Headrick was the Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year in 2019, but his stuff was modest, as he often topped out in the high 80s. Now he touches 94 mph. And he still competes. He struck out 19 and walked no one in 12 innings while not allowing an earned run in two postseason starts for Double-A Wichita.

    Scouting Report: Headrick is still a soft-tosser by the standards of 2022, but he's gained two ticks of velocity since he became a pro. He now sits 90-92 and can touch 95 mph. As importantly, he's embraced the Twins' work with him on his control and command. He threw only 45% strikes in his brief pro debut in 2019. Now, he's one of the best control artists in the Twins organization. He threw his fringe-average fastball for strikes a remarkable 75% of the time. His average slider is especially effective against righthanders while his changeup is above-average and keeps righthanders honest.

    The Future: Headrick was rewarded for his breakout season by being added to the Twins 40-man roster. He's got a shot to be a back-end starter or multi-inning reliever who can carve up lefties but survive against righties.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 60.

  20. 20. Misael Urbina | OF
    Misael Urbina
    Born: Apr 26, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero.
    Minors: .247/.323/.407 | 5 HR | 10 SB | 231 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Urbina's 2022 season got off to a late start as he was delayed in arriving in the U.S. because of visa issues. That likely ended any hope he had of making it to High-A Cedar Rapids before the end of the season. Instead, his season didn't get going till late July. In a second season with Low-A Fort Myers, he showed an improved approach and a modest improvement in power. He was hitting .300 at the end of August, but a 1-for-39 finish to the season carved 57 points off his batting average and more than a 100 points off his season-ending slugging percentage.

    Scouting Report: Urbina has gotten significantly bigger, stronger and slower since he signed, but the increased size and decreased speed has yet to pay off in increased power. He's a contact-hitter who is a tough out for pitchers thanks to his ability to sneer at pitches off the plate and a stroke that doesn't miss often when he swings at hittable pitches. His two-strike approach is especially impressive. Defensively, he's now stretched in center field and will likely start playing more in the corners as he moves up the ladder.

    The Future: Urbina remains a promising hitter, but one who will need to find more power to go with his steadily improving approach at the plate. He's ready for Cedar Rapids.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Field: 45. Run: 50. Arm: 50.

  21. 21. Alejandro Hidalgo | RHP
    Alejandro Hidalgo
    Born: May 22, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 0-3 | 4.62 ERA | 58 SO | 19 BB | 39 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Coming out of Venezuela, Hidalgo impressed with his stuff and feel for pitching, but an elbow injury as an amateur that required a screw in his elbow left some teams wary. Hidalgo was firmly establishing himself in 2022 as one of the better pitching prospects in the Angels system when shoulder soreness ended his season in early June. He worked on strengthening and rehabbing his shoulder in the second half, and the Twins were happy enough with his recovery to acquire him in the November trade that sent Gio Urshela to the Angels.

    Scouting Report: Hidalgo's 88-93 mph average fastball has the flat plane and excellent life to be effective up in the zone. The pitch has around 20 inches of induced vertical break and he also gets plenty of armside run. He has plenty of confidence in his plus, low-80s changeup, as he can get hitters to swing over it. Sometimes it will show late fade as well. He is comfortable using it to righthanders and lefties. His high-70s curveball is a clear third pitch. It is a bigger breaker he struggles to command. He has above-average control and command.

    The Future: Hidalgo was one of the youngest players in the California League in 2022. Even if the Twins start him back at Low-A, he still is on a relatively speedy track. He's a crafty back-end starter who will eventually need a better breaking ball, but he can retire Class A hitters with the quality of his fastball and changeup.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.

  22. 22. Bryan Acuna | SS
    Bryan Acuna
    Born: Aug 11, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 176

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Any diligent observer can tell Bryan Acuna was the younger brother of Ronald Acuna, even if he didn't wear his name on his jersey, because he has a very similar swing clearly modeled after his brother. He has impressed with his hard-nosed approach and advanced understanding of the game.

    Scouting Report: When he started making the rounds of the amateur showcase circuit, Acuna's short stature was a concern. But he's kept growing. He was 5-foot-11 when he signed and he's now 6-foot-1. Acuna is a middle infielder who can play shortstop, but may end up more effective as a plus defender at second base. He has good hands, a steady heartbeat and a quick transfer with a plus arm, although his range is a little limited. He's a fringe-average runner. Offensively, he makes good swing decisions and has above-average bat-to-ball skills. His power is quite modest for now, but likely will develop into below-average power or better as he matures.

    The Future: Acuna's development so far has been encouraging. He's one of a number of very interesting young international prospects who could quickly climb the ladder in the next couple of years.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40 Field: 50. Run: 45. Arm. 60.

  23. 23. Ronny Henriquez | RHP
    Ronny Henriquez
    Born: Jun 20, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.
    Minors: 3-4 | 5.66 ERA | 106 SO | 33 BB | 96 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: When Matt Wisler became a Twin, they looked at his ability to command his plus slider and asked him to start thinking about his slider as his primary pitch. Henriquez is the next generation of this, as he's a short reliever who throws a slider and changeup, but rarely mixes in a fastball. Acquired along with Isiah Kiner-Falefa for Mitch Garver, Henriquez made his MLB debut late in the 2022 season with three brief appearances after a somewhat rocky Triple-A season.

    Scouting Report: Henriquez may touch 97 mph and sit 94 with a relatively flat and lively average fastball, but batters can go an entire at-bat without ever seeing it. In his MLB debut, he threw three straight sliders to start off his first batter. Two batters later, he did the same thing again. He will double or triple-up on his above-average slider or above-average changeup, pop an average fastball at the top of the strike zone, then go back to working away from hitters with his best pitches with average control overall.

    The Future: Henriquez had a rough 2022 season, but the pieces are there to be a useful MLB reliever, although he is someone prone to giving up big hits if he misses his spots. He'll compete for a spot in the Twins bullpen in 2023 as a pitcher with two remaining options.

    Scouting Grades:

  24. 24. Blayne Enlow | RHP
    Blayne Enlow
    Born: Mar 21, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--St. Amant, La., 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Greg Runser.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.73 ERA | 65 SO | 31 BB | 59 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: When the Twins bought Enlow out of his Louisiana State commitment with a well above-slot $2 million bonus as a third-round pick in 2018, the hope was he would steadily gain velocity as he filled out to go with his already impressive feel for pitching. Tommy John surgery in 2021 derailed that to some extent, but he did come back to pitch reasonably effectively in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Enlow sits 91-93 mph with his fastball,with flashes of 94-96 and doesn't have the stuff to rear back and blow hitters away. Instead he has developed into a crafty pitcher with an array of average-ish pitches that play because he'll pitch backwards. His cutter may be his best pitch, because it generates weak contact from same-side hitters and he has shown he can consistently command it. His curveball will flash above-average as well and his average changeup is enough to give lefties something to worry about. His normally average control took a step back in 2022, but that may be post-surgery rust.

    The Future: Enlow is yet another in a seemingly long-line of crafty pitchers the Twins develop. He still has to get stretched out further if he's going to handle a starter's role long-term, but his most likely future is as a useful Triple-A arm who can fill in where needed in Minnesota as injuries arise.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Cutter: 55. Control: 45.

  25. 25. Cole Sands | RHP
    Cole Sands
    Born: Jul 17, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Florida State, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Brett Dowdy.
    Minors: 3-6 | 5.55 ERA | 72 SO | 24 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The younger brother of Cubs minor league lefthander Carson Sands, Cole was a durable starter for three years at Florida State. Sands made his MLB debut as a reliever on May 1, 2022. He struggled through three starts in the Twins rotation a month later and was sent back to Triple-A. He was hit pretty hard both at St. Paul and in return trips to Minnesota, but finished the year with four effective innings of relief to help fellow rookie Louie Varland get his first MLB win.

    Scouting Report: Sands has to change hitters' eye levels and keep them off balance, because he doesn't really have a pitch that can dominate a hitter who is looking for it. His below-average four-seam fastball sits 90-93 mph and lacks life, but it does give hitters something they have to look for up in the zone, which helps set up the rest of his arsenal. Everything else--his fringe-average changeup and splitter, and his below-average slider and fringe-average curveball--are trying to get below hitters' bats at the bottom of the zone or to generate weak contact. He's a pitcher who relies heavily on getting ahead in the count. Sands' command is better than his control because he needs to nibble and avoid the heart of the strike zone.

    The Future: Sands' best role is likely as an on-call starter who pitches in Triple-A. There's enough variety of pitches and moxie to make successful spot starts or serve as a low-leverage reliever, but his lack of a plus pitch makes it hard for him to stick in a big league rotation long term.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 40. Curveball: 45. Slider: 40. Changeup: 45. Split: 45. Control: 45.

  26. 26. Tanner Schobel | SS/2B
    Tanner Schobel
    Born: Jun 4, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .237/.353/.298 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 114 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Schobel was an immediate contributor as a freshman at Virginia Tech, but in his draft-eligible sophomore year he raised his game another notch. He moved from second base to shortstop while developing newfound power, going from seven to 18 home runs.

    Scouting Report: Schobel's 18 home runs as a sophomore at Virginia Tech are unlikely to be replicated with a wood bat, but he does have the power to hit plenty of doubles while sneaking a ball over the fence to his pull side on occasion. He's best off as a top or bottom-of-the lineup hitter who makes plenty of contact and is tough to strike out. The Twins had Schobel focus on second and third base in his pro debut, and those are the spots he projects best at moving forward. Most likely, he's a multi-positional infielder who can play shortstop in an emergency, while providing average defense at second and third. He has reliable hands and an average arm. He's an average runner as well.

    The Future: Schobel does a lot of things well, which makes him the kind of productive college middle infielder who finds a path to the majors. It's hard to see him as a regular, but he has enough hitting ability and defensive value to potentially fit as a versatile backup.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 30. Field: 50. Run: 50. Arm: 50.

  27. 27. Michael Helman | 2B/OF
    Michael Helman
    Born: May 23, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Greg Runser.
    Minors: .258/.337/.432 | 20 HR | 40 SB | 512 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: When Helman was in college, he was a grinding second baseman who starred at Hutchinson (Kan.) JC and Texas A&M. As a pro, he quickly learned to carry a lot more gloves in his bag. He's demonstrated the ability to plausibly play most everywhere while also showing a knack for making contact with some thump in his bat.

    Scouting Report: Helman's speed is arguably his best tool. He's a plus runner who is judiciously aggressive on the basepaths. The new pickoff and pitch clock rules have further boosted his base stealing value and he is a useful pinch runner. Defensively he's best in center field and at second base, but even at those spots, he's fringe-average at best. He played everywhere but catcher and right field in 2022, and he's playable in the big leagues at everywhere but those positions and shortstop.

    The Future: Helman is the kind of jack-of-all-trades who can find a way to carve out a useful role on a big league bench, especially now that teams are mandated to carry more position players. He's not good enough anywhere to be a regular, but he's competent at enough positions to fill-in most anywhere.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Field: 40. Run: 60. Arm: 45.

  28. 28. Sean Mooney | RHP
    Sean Mooney
    Born: Jan 11, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 2-3 | 3.30 ERA | 82 SO | 30 BB | 60 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: The coronavirus pandemic affected a lot of baseball careers, but Mooney is one case where it didn't cause him to miss much. He had Tommy John surgery in 2019 late in his season at St. John's, and was already ticketed to miss some of the 2020 season. In 2021, he had recovered from that injury but a shoulder strain and neck strain derailed that season as well. He missed time again in 2022 with a neck injury, but was generally effective at High-A Cedar Rapids.

    Scouting Report: As a shorter but well-built righthander with a lower, three-quarters arm slot, Mooney's low-90s fastball is extremely flat, which can get above bats in the top of the strike zone and he locates it well. Mooney tightened up his 81-85 mph average slider, which has made it a more effective pitch. It is a sweeper without much depth. He shows conviction and feel to locate his fringe-average changeup. There is sometimes recoil in his delivery, but the delivery itself is simple as he pitches exclusively from the stretch, going from hand break to release point with a direct and simple arm action.

    The Future: Mooney projects as a swingman type who is a spot starter or multi-inning reliever at the big league level. Nothing about his arsenal is flashy, but he could move quickly in 2023 as a pitcher with feel and an ability to throw strikes.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  29. 29. Jaylen Nowlin | LHP
    Jaylen Nowlin
    Born: Jan 29, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.80 ERA | 111 SO | 36 BB | 71 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Nowlin pitched effectively out of the Chipola (Fla.) JC bullpen as a freshman in 2021. He signed with Alabama-Birmingham, but the Twins picked him in the 19th round and swayed him to pro ball. In his final start with Low-A Fort Myers, he struck out eight in six scoreless innings. Then he set a career high by striking out 11 and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his High-A debut with Cedar Rapids.

    Scouting Report: Nowlin has the feel and intelligence to potentially be a back-end starter, but his most likely role will be as a lefty reliever with a fastball and slider that will both play up in that role. As a starter, Nowlin's fastball sits in the low 90s and his slider sits in the low 80s. He will also mix in a mid-80s changeup. None of the trio are plus, but his ability to mix three pitches with a quality changeup is enough to stymie Class A hitters.

    The Future: Nowlin should return to Cedar Rapids to start 2023. In a system that traded away many of its best young arms, the opportunity is there for Nowlin to carve out a spot in the Twins' future.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  30. 30. Byron Chourio | OF
    Byron Chourio
    Born: May 20, 2005
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 171

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Chourio was a part of the Marlins' most recent international signing class and was lauded as an amateur for his remaining physical projection and balanced set of swings from both sides of the plate. He signed in June, then put together an excellent debut in the Dominican Summer League, where his .344 average, 63 hits and 47 runs each placed among the circuit's top 10.

    Scouting Report: Chourio has a long way to go but showed some intriguing signs for a player his age. First, his swing decisions were sound and finished with nearly as many walks (25) as strikeouts (27) while producing an in-zone miss rate of just 12%. Chourio didn't hit the ball particularly hard, but the Marlins expect that to improve as he gains strength. They are also heartened by the natural loft in his swing as well as his strong, quick hands. Chourio's above-average speed and above-average arm should help him stick in center field as he moves up the ladder, which would be a great help to his profile and put less pressure on his ability to develop power.

    The Future: Chourio should come to the U.S. in 2023, when he'll continue to work toward adding strength and power to his game in an effort to enhance his overall profile and give himself a spot in the big leagues.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45 Power: 40 Speed: 55 Field: 50 Arm: 55.

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