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  1. 1. Royce Lewis | SS/3B
    Royce Lewis
    Born: Jun 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: John Leavitt.
    Minors: .236/.290/.371 | 12 HR | 22 SB | 517 AB

    TRACK RECORD: After a decorated high school career at JSerra and multiple successful stints with Team USA, Lewis was the first overall pick in 2017 and signed for $6.725 million that was both a club record and a full $1 million under slot. He ranked as the No. 1 prospect in both the Midwest and Florida State leagues in 2018, his first full season, but holes started showing up in his game at high Class A. His day-to-day performance in 2019, when he returned to the FSL, was equal parts baffling and brilliant, but he showed the top tier of his talent at the Futures Game and again in the Arizona Fall League, where he was MVP.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lewis' future is going to come down to how well he can hit. Loud mechanics at the plate—a high leg kick, hand hitch and deep weight transfer—open plenty of holes for pitchers to exploit. As a result, he sputtered when he returned to the FSL, where he struck out 22 percent of the time. His hard contact is among the loudest in the game—it just doesn't come often enough. Lewis' hands work well, he has plenty of bat speed and he has some adaptability to his swing, but his timing is often off. That leads many to expect he'll eventually have to tone down his leg kick. His plus power has gotten more impressive. He now draws comparisons with a young George Springer as a plus athlete with power and hit-tool questions. Defensively, Lewis is an explosive athlete who can stick at shortstop because of lateral range, first-step quickness and a strong arm. He struggles with his throws at times when he has time to think and get mechanical. The Twins exposed Lewis to other positions—including second base, third base and center field—in the waning days of the season and in the AFL. He showed the speed and instincts to play center field in the AFL and fared well at the other spots around the infield. His eventual home will partly depend on the Twins' needs.

    THE FUTURE: Lewis faces a likely return to Double-A to start 2020. There, he will work to continue smoothing his hitting mechanics in order to realize his upside. Minnesota didn't have a viable injury replacement for Byron Buxton in 2019. Lewis might be the club's best fill-in option in center field or at multiple infield spots by late 2020.

  2. 2. Alex Kirilloff | OF/1B
    Alex Kirilloff
    Born: Nov 9, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Jay Weitzel.
    Minors: .283/.343/.413 | 9 HR | 7 SB | 375 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Kirilloff won the MVP award in the Appalachian League in his pro debut but then sat out the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery. When he returned in 2018, he hit .348 at two Class A stops and led the minors with 71 extra-base hits. His 2019 encore was limited to 94 games at Double-A Pensacola by a pair of wrist injuries. He was slated to go to the Arizona Fall League but Pensacola made a run through the Southern League playoffs and the Twins opted to have him sit out the AFL campaign as a result.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kirilloff is the definition of a pure hitter. He combines a balanced lefthanded swing with strong hands and quick wrists to produce line drives to all fields. Given those characteristics and his strong frame, he projects as a double-plus hitter with above-average power. His talent may have been obscured somewhat in 2019 because of his wrist injury, which obviously plays a key role in how much impact a hitter can make. Scouts saw a few nits to pick, specifically a hole on the outer half of the plate that pitchers exploited and some off-kilter mechanics that may have disrupted his rhythm. He's an average defender and runner with an average arm and should be serviceable in right field, but the bulk of his value will come at the plate. As he matures, he could begin to slow down and see most of his time at first base, where he made 35 starts in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: Despite an inconsistent turn at Double-A, Kirilloff is likely to head to Triple-A Rochester in 2020. There, he will get the ultimate boost of the livelier baseballs that caused an offensive explosion at the level in 2019.

  3. 3. Trevor Larnach | OF
    Trevor Larnach
    Born: Feb 26, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 223
    Signed By: Kyle Blackwell.
    Minors: .309/.384/.458 | 13 HR | 4 SB | 476 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Larnach went to the Twins at No. 20 overall, but to get to that draft position he re-worked his swing to add more launch angle. That change amplified the strength supplied by his physical frame and unlocked his massive raw power, which he displayed in his pro debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Larnach was one of the most eye-opening players in the minor leagues in 2019. Evaluators from April until September remarked about the unique opposite-field power Larnach showed off, but they were also a little confused about why he hit so few homers to his pull side. Unlocking his power to right field had been a point of emphasis since he entered the system, and his work with the player development staff began to take hold around the midpoint of 2019. Of the seven home runs he hit after his promotion to Double-A Pensacola, six went to center field and one went to right field. None went to the opposite field. Mission accomplished. He could stand to smooth out his route-running in right field, but a near-average arm and an excellent work ethic should allow him to become an average defender.

    THE FUTURE: Larnach has all the markings of a classic corner outfield masher. He could enter the big league picture in late 2020 with a fringe-average hit tool whose power makes it well worth trading off some strikeouts. His first taste of Triple-A and the livelier baseballs should only amplify that profile.

  4. 4. Jordan Balazovic | RHP
    Jordan Balazovic
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Walt Burrows.
    Minors: 8-5 | 2.69 ERA | 129 SO | 25 BB | 94 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After parts of two seasons in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Balazovic started to hint at his potential in his 2018 tenure in the low Class A Midwest League. Still, he remained fairly anonymous until he returned to the level in 2019. His stellar start was rewarded with a trip to the Futures Game in Cleveland, and he also missed time to pitch for Team Canada in the Pan-American Games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Balazovic blew away MWL hitters with a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s before he earned a promotion to high Class A Fort Myers. From there, he kept on dominating. He backed up the fastball with a slider and a changeup that each has a chance to be average or a tick better. The slider is a bit of a slurvier offering—so much so that evaluators occasionally mistake it for a curveball. The changeup has been a big point of emphasis in his development and ranks behind his slider in his arsenal's hierarchy and will be the key to whether he can remain in the rotation. Balazovic is also gifted with a strong, projectable frame befitting a power pitcher.

    THE FUTURE: Balazovic will likely move to Double-A Pensacola, where he'll get to test his arsenal against more advanced hitters.

  5. 5. Jhoan Duran | RHP
    Jhoan Duran
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Jose Ortiz/Junior Noboa (D-backs).
    Minors: 5-12 | 3.76 ERA | 136 SO | 40 BB | 115 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Duran was the centerpiece of the three-prospect package that Arizona used in 2018 to pry Eduardo Escobar from the Twins. The D-backs signed him in 2014 on the strength of a projectable body and fastball, which they watched move from the upper 80s to the mid 90s before he was dealt. He ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the short-season Northwest League in 2017 and No. 14 in the high Class A Florida State League in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Duran still has the big four-seam fastball, which can touch triple digits. More interesting than his four-seamer is his split-fingered sinker, known colloquially as baseball's only “splinker.” The pitch is thrown with the low-90s velocity of a sinker but the hard, sharp bottom of a split-fingered fastball. No matter how it was classified, the pitch baffled hitters in both the high Class A Florida State and Double-A Southern leagues. He also throws a hard, mid-80s curveball. Minnesota has altered Duran's approach to pitching, shifting him to work his arsenal north-south in the strike zone. The move will help him tunnel his four-seamer at the top of the strike zone with the downer break of his curveball at the bottom of the zone and make both pitches more effective in the process.

    THE FUTURE: Duran will need to continue to refine his command in the strike zone and his overall control to stay in the rotation, where he projects as a powerful innings-eater. If he has to move, he could fit nicely in a late-innings role where his fastball can dominate hitters at the end of games.

  6. 6. Ryan Jeffers | C
    Ryan Jeffers
    Born: Jun 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Matt Williams.
    Minors: .264/.341/.421 | 14 HR | 0 SB | 368 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins plucked a bit of a wild card when they drafted Jeffers in the second round in 2018, who was not on many radars that high on the board. He put together a solid pro debut between the Appalachian and Midwest leagues, then reached Double-A at the end of 2019. He ranked as the No. 19 prospect in a loaded Florida State League.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jeffers was one of just 22 players in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League to hit double-digit homers and was the only non-first baseman to do so in 80 or fewer games. He added four more home runs after a promotion to Double-A. He'd shown burgeoning power in college, but scouts were skeptical about whether it would translate into pro ball. He produces the power thanks to the strength provided by his massive frame and a solid understanding of the strike zone that allows him to zero in on the pitches that give him the most potential for impact. Jeffers also adapted well to the new setups being taught to Twins catchers and used his strong hands to receive and frame pitches with aplomb. He allowed just six passed balls in 627.1 innings behind the plate while throwing out 26 percent of runners. As expected, Jeffers is a below-average runner.

    THE FUTURE: Jeffers finished 2019 in Double-A Pensacola and is likely to return there in 2020. He has the upside of an offensive-minded catcher with value on both sides of the ball.

  7. 7. Matt Canterino | RHP
    Matt Canterino
    Born: Dec 14, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 222
    Signed By: Greg Runser.
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.44 ERA | 31 SO | 8 BB | 25 IP

    TRACK RECORD: A high school teammate of Padres' 2016 first-round pick Hudson Potts, Canterino was a part of the Rice weekend rotation for three years and he held opponents to a sub-.200 average while leading the team in strikeouts all three seasons.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Canterino has an atypical delivery. Starting from a high hand set, he pumps his hands up over his head as he coils into his back leg. It leads to an unusual high hand break, but his arm is usually on time at foot strike. His delivery adds deception and he has above-average control. Canterino tweaked his fastball grip as a pro to help give his plus 92-95 mph fastball more carry up in the zone. He also rediscovered his average curveball that was his most effective offspeed pitch in 2018. Canterino was able to throw that 11-to-5 slow curve for strikes early in the count and the pitch sometimes lock up hitters late in counts, though it lacks the power to be a true bat-misser. It paired well with his elevated fastball allowing him to work up and down in the strike zone. His above-average 83-85 mph slider had moderate depth and tilt and he can bury it. He'll mix in a fringe-average changeup sporadically.

    THE FUTURE: Canterino doesn't have overwhelming stuff, but he is coachable, durable and consistently effective. If either his curveball or slider can be tweaked to give him a second plus pitch, he could exceed his current back-end starter upside. After dominating in a short stint in the Midwest League, he should be ready for the Florida State League in 2020.

  8. 8. Blayne Enlow | RHP
    Blayne Enlow
    Born: Mar 21, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Greg Runser.
    Minors: 8-7 | 3.82 ERA | 95 SO | 38 BB | 111 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins have succeeded drafting projectable young pitchers who grow into their velocity. Enlow was supposed to develop into a Friday starter at Louisiana State, but the Twins paid him a well above slot $2 million to turn pro. He has added a couple of miles per hour since signing, bumping his 90-94 mph fastball to 92-96.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Enlow has gotten bigger and stronger, but despite above-average velocity, he's more crafty than dominating. His best asset is his plus control. He's almost always around the strike zone. He has a five-pitch mix, though there's not really a plus pitch among the quintet. Enlow was best known in high school for his curveball. He added a slider as a prep senior, but his once plus curve doesn't have the depth it had in high school. It's morphed into a slurvier average pitch. He has added an above-average cutter which is more promising than his slider thanks to solid depth and excellent life. His below-average changeup has not really developed and is still more of something he throws out of obligation than intent.

    THE FUTURE: Enlow has a good frame. He's durable. He throws a lot of strikes. But he's going to have to develop an out pitch to be more than a back-end starter.

  9. 9. Misael Urbina | OF
    Misael Urbina
    Born: Apr 26, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero.

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins targeted Urbina in 2018 after spending much of their international bonus pool to sign Yunior Severino. Urbina had an excellent debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Urbina is an athletic center fielder with plus speed, future plus defense in center field thanks to good instincts and a quick first step and an advanced batting eye for a young hitter. In his debut he amassed a 12 percent swinging strike percentage and a 6.5 percent strikeout rate, which both ranked third best among all DSL qualified hitters. His swing is compact and is more geared to spraying the ball than lifting and lofting. He has average or better bat speed and should add more power as he matures and fills out. His fringe-average arm is playable in center.

    THE FUTURE: Urbina has the tools to be an everyday regular center fielder who can be a top-of-the-lineup tablesetter. His advanced approach at the plate gives him a chance to skip over the Gulf Coast League and jump to Rookie-level Elizabethton.

  10. 10. Keoni Cavaco | SS/3B
    Keoni Cavaco
    Born: Jun 2, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: John Leavitt.
    Minors: .172/.217/.253 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 87 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Cavaco was barely on teams' watch lists heading into his senior year, but he rocketed into first-round consideration by demonstrating massive tools. The Twins weren't the only team with firstround grades on him but there were other teams who were not on Cavaco at all because of his lack of track record and swing-and-miss tendencies. Those concerns were heightened by one of the worst pro debuts of any recent first-round pick. He struck out in every one of his 35 two-strike counts in his pro debut.

    SCOUTING REPORT: While Cavaco played shortstop in his pro debut, he projects as a plus (or even plus-plus) defender at third base with the agility, range, hands and plus arm to make both routine and exceptional plays. He also posts excellent exit velocities, plus bat speed and 70 raw power. He's even an above-average runner. None of that will matter unless he can generate more consistent quality contact. Cavaco struggles to cover the outer half of the plate and is prone to stepping in the bucket.

    THE FUTURE: Cavaco has a lot of work to do to reach his ceiling of an above-average regular. Unlike most prep first rounders, he's unlikely to be ready for low Class A to start 2020.

  11. 11. Devin Smeltzer | LHP
    Devin Smeltzer
    Born: Sep 7, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Clint Bowers (Dodgers).
    Minors: 4-5 | 2.76 ERA | 104 SO | 22 BB | 105 IP

    TRACK RECORD: A cancer survivor, Smeltzer helped San Jacinto (Texas) JC to a national title in 2016 by striking out 20 in a 140-pitch complete game semifinal victory. Smeltzer moved back to the rotation after the Twins acquired him at the 2018 trade deadline in a deal that sent Brian Dozier to Los Angeles.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Smeltzer works up and down and in and out, but he is looking to get hitters to swing and miss at pitches outside of the strike zone. He has to do this because his 87-91 mph belowaverage fastball relies on deception and location. His 75-77 mph curveball is generally average and will flash above-average because of how well he can locate it. It is a slow, big breaker with good depth that he can backdoor to righthanded hitters or sweep inside to try to back them off the plate. It also sweeps away from lefties. His average, low-80s changeup can also flash above-average because it has solid deception and some late drop. Plus control and command are vital to Smeltzer's success.

    THE FUTURE: Smeltzer's ability to locate and durability make him a valuable No. 5 starter or long reliever.

  12. 12. Gilberto Celestino | OF
    Gilberto Celestino
    Born: Feb 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Roman Ocumarez (Astros).
    Minors: .277/.349/.410 | 10 HR | 14 SB | 480 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Celestino spent three seasons at rookie and short-season levels before making his fullseason debut in 2019. The Twins acquired him from the Astros in July 2018 in the swap that sent righthander Ryan Pressly to Houston. In 2019, he put forth his best season in pro ball to date.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Celestino is a plus defender in center field thanks to excellent routes and reads. His speed is average, but he has excellent body control and goes back into gaps extremely well. He has a plus arm. Celestino adjusted his grip in 2018 and worked to better cover the outer half with an improved stance and a quicker trigger in 2019. His ability to make adjustments reflects well on his feel for hitting and is why it's possible to project him as a future above-average hitter. He also added some muscle and has shown the promise of future fringe-average power.

    THE FUTURE: Even though he has just nine games above low Class A, the Twins added Celestino to the 40-man roster to keep him out of the Rule 5 draft. Celestino's center field defense gives him a solid shot to be a regular, but also makes him a viable fourth outfield candidate if his bat doesn't reach expectations.

  13. 13. Brent Rooker | OF/1B
    Brent Rooker
    Born: Nov 1, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Derrick Dunbar.
    Minors: .282/.399/.530 | 14 HR | 2 SB | 234 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Rooker added loft to his swing for his senior season and led the nation in doubles and total bases at Mississippi State to gain notice from scouts. Rooker has averaged a home run every 20 plate appearances as a pro but saw his 2019 season hampered by a left wrist injury.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rooker has the power to hit 25 home runs or more while drawing enough walks to offset a below-average hit tool. Plenty of strikeouts are a price to be paid for his power. The Twins have tried Rooker in left field and at first base, but he's below-average at either spot. His hands and reactions are poor at first and his routes and below-average speed limit him in left. He runs the bases well.

    THE FUTURE: Rooker has the power to be a productive regular, but without a clear defensive position it will be tough for him to earn that shot. He has a chance to fit in the Twins' DH/first base mix in 2020.

  14. 14. Randy Dobnak | RHP
    Randy Dobnak
    Born: Jan 17, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Billy Milos.
    Minors: 12-4 | 2.07 ERA | 109 SO | 28 BB | 135 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Dobnak went undrafted and began his pro career with a successful stint with the independent United States Professional Baseball League. The Twins signed him, helped him make a few tweaks and watched him rocket through the minors in 2019. He started the year in high Class A and finished it by starting Game 2 of the Division Series at Yankee Stadium.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Dobnak quickly took to the Twins' emphasis on one-seam fastballs, which added more sink to his heavy 90-95 mph fastball. He pairs the pitch with a 91-96 four-seamer used up in the zone. The fastballs are effective because he has plus control and command. He also spots his above-average mid-80s changeup well and his mid-80s average curveball is hard with modest downward break. Dobnak makes it all work by staying one step ahead of hitters, spotting all four pitches to the corners. None is a true swing-and-miss offering, but Dobnak throws all four with plus control.

    THE FUTURE: The Twins have prospects with better stuff, but few have Dobnak's feel, control and guts. He can help the club as a swing starter/reliever.

  15. 15. Nick Gordon | SS/2B
    Nick Gordon
    Born: Oct 24, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Brett Dowdy.
    Minors: .298/.342/.459 | 4 HR | 14 SB | 292 AB

    TRACK RECORD: After a setback in 2018 when he struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A, Gordon's 2019 season got off to a delayed start because of a stomach issue that led to lost weight and diminished strength. Gordon was still noticeably lighter at the end of the season, but he regained some of the strength later in the year. His season ended early thanks to a contusion on his left leg, but he was having a solid year for Triple-A Rochester before he went down.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gordon doesn't have a true plus tool, but he should have an MLB career thanks to his ability to play average defense at shortstop and above-average defense at second base. There's hope that he'll regain some pop in his bat as he regains weight, but he projects as a fringe-average hitter with belowaverage power. His arm got better as the season progressed and by the end of the season he was making plays from the hole that he was bouncing in spring training. He's an average runner.

    THE FUTURE: With Jonathan Schoop departing, Gordon has a shot of playing in Minnesota in 2020 at second base or as a backup middle infielder.

  16. 16. Lewis Thorpe | LHP
    Lewis Thorpe
    Born: Nov 23, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 218
    Signed By: Howard Norsetter.
    Minors: 5-4 | 4.58 ERA | 119 SO | 25 BB | 97 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Considered one of the best amateur baseball prospects in Australian history, Thorpe's career was derailed when Tommy John surgery followed by mononucleosis cost him all of 2015 and 2016. When he returned in 2017, his velocity had diminished but not enough to keep him from making his big league debut in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: No longer a fireballer, Thorpe now relies on above-average command and some deception to make his average, 89-93 mph fastball effective. His best weapon is a plus slider that he can manipulate into behaving like a cutter. He can tighten it and make is a hard high-80s cutter and he can also throw a bigger, sweepier slider that he locates well to the bottom corner of the strike zone glove-side. His below-average mid-80s changeup and below-average mid-70s curveball are best used in small doses.

    THE FUTURE: Thorpe has consistently picked up strikeouts in the minors thanks to his slider, but like Devin Smeltzer and Randy Dobnak, he's a back-of-the-rotation arm. There's likely room for one of them in the rotation, but it's hard to see all three fitting at the same time.

  17. 17. Jorge Alcala | RHP
    Jorge Alcala
    Born: Jul 28, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Roman Ocumarez/Leocadio Guevara (Astros).
    Minors: 6-7 | 5.47 ERA | 116 SO | 39 BB | 111 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The Astros have a propensity for signing projectable pitchers with fast arms who have been overlooked because they are a little older. Alcala fit that bill perfectly as the Astros signed him as an 18-year-old, helped him gain nearly 10 mph of velocity and then shipped him to the Twins in the Ryan Pressly swap in 2018. With the Twins, Alcala has struggled as a starter. He was moved to the bullpen to see if he could help the team during its playoff run, but he pitched very sparingly in Minnesota in September.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Alcala has a big plus fastball, although it was more often in the mid-90s in 2019, down a tick from the high-90s he's shown in the past. It doesn't have elite spin or movement, but if he's throwing strikes, it still has enough hair on it to be effective. His 84-87 mph power slider has modest depth. Alcala has a problem with limiting damage in big innings. Once he gets in trouble, he struggles pitching from the stretch (opponents hit .306 against him with runners on). Alcala has shown flashes of having an average or even above-average changeup, but it's not a pitch he can regularly rely on.

    THE FUTURE: Alcala continues to need to improve his below-average control to start or be an highleverage reliever, but he should pitch in Minnesota in 2020.

  18. 18. LaMonte Wade | OF
    LaMonte Wade
    Born: Jan 1, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: John Wilson.
    Minors: .240/.382/.347 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 300 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Wade has had a knack for being a productive player wherever he plays. He missed some time in 2019 with a thumb injury, but returned to make his MLB debut. Wade's value is largely tied to a very discerning batting eye and his solid athleticism.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wade fits the profile of a useful backup outfielder. He is extremely patient at the plate. He has the barrel control to survive with two strikes, forcing pitchers to make an extra pitch or two. What keeps him from being a regular is his below-average power. He has some strength, but his swing is geared for line drives and ground balls. He is an above-average runner, but he's fringy defensively in center field and fits better in a left field because of a fringe-average arm.

    THE FUTURE: Wade's ability to get on base makes him a useful fourth outfielder and he can play all three outfield spots, although he's not a viable long-term backup plan for oft-injured Byron Buxton in center field. He will compete for a big league roster spot in spring training.

  19. 19. Matt Wallner | OF
    Matt Wallner
    Born: Dec 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Derrick Dunbar.
    Minors: .258/.357/.452 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 252 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Wallner arrived at Southern Miss as a potential two-way star but he preferred hitting to pitching and by his junior season he focused entirely on being an outfielder. He slugged over .600 in all three seasons at Southern Miss and ranked fifth in Division I with 23 home runs in 2019. He also holds Southern Miss' record for career home runs (58).

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wallner fits the bill of a power-hitting right fielder with an excellent frame, power and a right fielder's arm. He has to produce 25-plus home run power to be a useful MLB regular because he's a below-average hitter who relies on pouncing on mistakes. He has the potential to do that, with plus-plus raw power and he's shown a consistent ability to get pitches to drive. He has a strong base and uses his legs well in his swing. He is a below-average outfielder, but his plus arm is quite useful in right.

    THE FUTURE: The question Wallner has to answer moving forward is whether he has enough feel for hitting to survive against more advanced pitching. He likely will start with low Class A Cedar Rapids, but should spend plenty of time in Fort Myers if he starts strong.

  20. 20. Akil Baddoo | OF
    Akil Baddoo
    Born: Aug 16, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Jack Powell.
    Minors: .214/.290/.393 | 4 HR | 6 SB | 117 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Baddoo was seen as a promising, athletic high school outfielder who may need a little extra development time as a supplemental second round pick. He spent two seasons in rookie ball, then produced a solid season at low Class A Cedar Rapids in 2018. Any chance to build on that in 2019 was wiped away by an elbow injury that required season-ending Tommy John surgery.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Baddoo has gotten significantly bigger and more physical since signing with the Twins. He has plus speed with the potential to eventually have above-average power. He has a knack to avoid chasing pitches off the strike zone and projects as a fringe-average hitter with above-average power potential. Defensively, his plus speed gives him a shot to stay in center field, but he needs to continue to improve his routes and reads. His arm was below-average before surgery.

    THE FUTURE: Baddoo's lost season turns 2020 into a pivotal year. If he has a strong return at high Class A Fort Myers he will likely play his way onto the 40-man roster before the 2021 season. He has the tools to be an MLB starting outfielder, although his bat has a ways to go to get to that upside.

  21. 21. Cole Sands | RHP
    Cole Sands
    Born: Jul 17, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Brett Dowdy.
    Minors: 7-3 | 2.68 ERA | 108 SO | 19 BB | 98 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Carson Sands, a lefthander who reached low Class A in four seasons with the Cubs, Cole went to Florida State and became the team's ace as a junior. The Twins didn't let him pitch in 2018, shutting him down to let him recover from bicep tendinitis he had that spring. In 2019, his bicep was fine. He did go on the injured list twice thanks to a calf injury and a blister.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Sands is a strike-throwing righthander who succeeds thanks to plus control and a plus changeup. His 91-97 mph fastball sits at around 93 mph and is a solid average pitch. His changeup has some fade and sink, diving out of the zone. He needs to further develop his slider and curve, but both show promise. His slider has well-above-average 2,700 rpm spin rate. It has some depth to it, but is inconsistent. His curveball shows high spin rates but is slurvy. Both have promise to be potentially average pitches. His ability to locate and his command gives everything a chance to play up.

    THE FUTURE: Sands has a clean delivery, a strong frame and an ability to find the strike zone. It gives him a solid path to being a back-end starter. The effectiveness of his changeup gives him a fallback option as a reliever if his breaking balls don't progress.

  22. 22. Travis Blankenhorn | 2B/OF
    Travis Blankenhorn
    Born: Aug 3, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 228
    Signed By: Jay Weitzel.
    Minors: .277/.321/.466 | 19 HR | 11 SB | 440 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A high school basketball star who also played cornerback and wide receiver, Blankenhorn has slowly climbed through the Twins minor league system, usually starting a season back where he finished the previous one. He's steadily improved and had his best year in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Blankenhorn worked to better utilize his lower half in his swing in 2019. The results weren't immediately apparent and he struggled in the Arizona Fall League, but he has plus power potential, even if his aggressiveness and batting eye will likely limit him to a below-average hit tool. The biggest question is where he will play. He is a fringe-average defender at second base and below-average at third. His range is limited and his reactions and hands are stretched at third. His average speed also works in left field, which he began playing regularly in 2019. His average arm is adequate for either second or left.

    THE FUTURE: The Twins added Blankenhorn to their 40-man roster, a sign of their belief that his power will help him find an MLB role. If he doesn't find a defensive home, he will likely be a role player.

  23. 23. Ben Rortvedt | C
    Ben Rortvedt
    Born: Sep 25, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Mark Wilson.
    Minors: .238/.334/.379 | 7 HR | 0 SB | 277 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Concerns about Rortvedt's bat have somewhat come true, but he's proven to be an even better defender than projected. Rortvedt's season ended in early August as he finished the year on the injured list with a knee injury. He should be fine to start the 2020 season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rortvedt is one of the more athletic and flexible receivers in the minors. He is a plus defender with a plus arm and plus accuracy, making him a significant asset behind the plate. There's not a lot of projection in his bat. He has modest pull power, but he doesn't generate consistent enough contact to get to it regularly. With a slow bat, he projects as a below-average hitter with below-average power.

    THE FUTURE: In a league where pitch framing is valued, Rortvedt can truly help a big league club thanks to his ability to help pitchers get borderline pitches called as strikes. But if MLB switches to an automated system for ball and strikes, his biggest asset disappears and he would be much less valuable as a prospect.

  24. 24. Emmanuel Rodriguez | OF
    Emmanuel Rodriguez
    Born: Nov 17, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Manuel Luciano.
    Minors: .091/.130/.136 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 22 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins' biggest-ticket signing of the 2019 international class, Rodriguez signed for $2.5 million. The Twins were impressed with his ability to potentially develop as a hitter and a slugger.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez has a low-maintenance swing with a simple setup and a direct bat path. He has shown an improved ability to use the whole field and is starting to develop the ability to drive the ball to the left-center power alley. Rodriguez is quickly morphing from a speedy center fielder into a slugging corner outfielder. He's slowed down to be an average runner as he's added weight and strength. His above-average arm should work in right field and he's reasonably advanced in his routes and reads.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez is expected to head to the Dominican Summer League for his pro debut in 2020. His bat is reasonably advanced and should help him move quickly for a teenager.

  25. 25. Josh Winder | RHP
    Josh Winder
    Born: Oct 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Matt Williams.
    Minors: 7-2 | 2.65 ERA | 118 SO | 30 BB | 126 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After an excellent sophomore season, Winder struggled as a junior. He continued to throw plenty of strikes, but those strikes were hit harder and more often. The Twins stayed on him however and a year later, he led the Midwest League with a 2.65 ERA, a .205 average against and a 0.98 WHIP.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Winder attacks hitters up and down in the zone with an over-the-top delivery. His 91-94 mph fastball is average at its core, but he locates it well. His 12-to-6 low 80s curveball and his short mid-80s cutterish slider are both average as well. The fastball and curve pair well together and with his above-average changeup that has deception and some depth. He has above-average control and his feel for pitching helps him stay one step ahead of hitters.

    THE FUTURE: The Twins were conservative with Winder in 2019, as they let him build on success by staying at low Class A Cedar Rapids all season. If he can do the same in 2020, his rate of advancement should speed up. He is a back-end starter who will have to back up his modest stuff against more advanced hitters.

  26. 26. Edwar Colina | RHP
    Edwar Colina
    Born: May 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 240
    Signed By: Jose Leon.
    Minors: 8-2 | 2.96 ERA | 102 SO | 32 BB | 98 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Colina is a short righthander, but he's not small. And ever since the Twins signed him as an older-than-usual international signee, Colina has been effective. He climbed from the Dominican Summer League to Triple-A in just four years.

    SCOUTING REPORT: If Colina has his way, he would join Royals righthander Brad Keller as the only MLB starter to qualify for the ERA title throwing two pitches more than 95 percent of the time. Like Keller, he's a fastball-slider pitcher without a real third pitch and his fastball and slider can both be quite impressive. He sits 94-96 mph over longer outings (and 97-98 in bursts) and his plus fastball has premium sink and run when he elevates. His mid-80s slider is also plus, generating a lot of whiffs with tilt. Colina works East-West, busting righthanders on their hands with his fastball and then running his slider away from them. He has been effective against lefties as well, although they feasted on him in two late-season starts at Triple-A. His control has steadily gotten better, but it is only fringe-average.

    THE FUTURE: Most likely, Colina ends up as a reliever thanks to his lack of a third pitch and what will likely be struggles against more advanced lefthanded hitters. But Keller gives him a template to try to follow. He's ready for Triple-A Rochester.

  27. 27. Cody Stashak | RHP
    Cody Stashak
    Born: Jun 4, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 169
    Signed By: John Wilson.
    Minors: 7-3 | 3.21 ERA | 74 SO | 9 BB | 54 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After starting his collegiate career at Cumberland County (N.J.) JC, Stashak transferred to St. John's as a junior and was picked by the Twins in the 13th round of the 2015 draft.Four years later, Stashak made his MLB debut on July 23 and ended up on the club's postseason roster.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When the Twins drafted Stashak, he was a skinny 170-pounder. He's still skinny now, but he has added 2-3 mph working out of the bullpen. Even with that, his velocity is pedestrian. He sits 91-93 mph with an average fastball but he locates it well thanks to plus command and plus-plus control. His fastball is best setting up his plus 81-83 mph slider. It's a short pitch with modest vertical depth, but it generates plenty of swinging strikes. He also mixes in a fringe-average changeup, mainly to lefties.

    THE FUTURE: As a reliever with options who can throw strikes, Stashak should be a useful low-leverage member of the Twins bullpen.

  28. 28. Wander Javier | SS
    Wander Javier
    Born: Dec 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero.
    Minors: .177/.278/.323 | 11 HR | 2 SB | 300 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Javier was one of the top amateur prospects in the 2015-2016 international signing class, as Minnesota signed him to a team-record $4 million bonus. He seemed right on track through his first two pro years, but he missed all of 2018 with left shoulder surgery. Slowed by a quad injury in spring training, he returned to action in 2019, but looked little like the five-tool prospect he was pre-injury.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Javier did show some power for Cedar Rapids and he still is one of the best gloves the Twins have, but other than that, almost all of his tools suffered during his year-long layoff. He didn't have the explosiveness he had pre-injury as he didn't run as well. He looked lost at the plate for much of the season. He generally was battling from behind in the count and failed to make adjustments at the plate.

    THE FUTURE: If 2018 was a lost season, the 2019 season was a big step backwards. Javier needs to show significant improvement in 2020. He was left unprotected for the Rule 5 draft.

  29. 29. Spencer Steer | 2B/3B
    Spencer Steer
    Born: Dec 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .280/.385/.424 | 4 HR | 5 SB | 250 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Steer isn't particularly flashy, but he has been a productive player who has made pretty much every team he's played for better. At Oregon, Steer hit .349/.456/.502 as a junior to lead the Ducks in all three categories. He was Orleans co-MVP in the Cape Cod League in 2018 (sharing the honor with JJ Bleday). He showed his ability to hit with wood there, as he posted a .304/.351/.481 stat line.

    SCOUTING REPORT: In his pro debut, Steer was one of the better hitters in the Appalachian League before being promoted to the Midwest League in July. He has played shortstop, third and second base in pro ball already. He's not exceptionally rangy, but his feet work well and his above-average, accurate arm allows him to profile as a utilityman who can play anywhere around the infield. At the plate, Steer has modest power, but he works counts, draws walks and should be at least an average hitter.

    THE FUTURE: An impressive 2019 gives Steer a chance to compete in spring training for an assignment to high Class A Fort Myers.

  30. 30. Will Holland | SS
    Will Holland
    Born: Apr 18, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 181
    Minors: .192/.299/.376 | 7 HR | 8 SB | 125 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Coming off of a .341/.431/.432 summer in the Cape Cod League, Holland was seen as a potential second-round pick coming into his junior year at Auburn. But his draft stock plummeted as he struggled mightily at the plate. After hitting .313/.406/.530 as a sophomore, Holland slid to .246/.376/.401 as a junior. His draft slide ended when the Twins selected him in the fifth round. His pro debut did little to quell concerns: Holland hit .192/.299/.376 with 44 strikeouts in 125 at-bats at Rookie-level Elizabethton.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Holland hit with an extremely wide base in 2018. He narrowed it in 2019. Whether tied to that or not, he failed to connect with hittable pitches. For all his issues, he has fast hands and plenty of bat speed. His hitting issues carried over to his pro debut–he never had a day in his pro debut where his batting average crested .200. The Twins' player development program will have plenty of work to get Holland to make more consistent solid contact, but the pieces are there for him to be an everyday big leaguer, if and it's a big if, he can hit. Holland is a rangy shortstop who has the athleticism, above-average arm and hands needed to stick at the position.

    THE FUTURE: After his rough pro debut, Holland should start the 2020 season at low Class A Cedar Rapids looking to put 2019 far, far behind him.

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