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BA Grade: 65. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. 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 showed enough promise in his pro debut that the Twins skipped him over the Rookie-level Appalachian League and instead promoted him to low Class A Cedar Rapids for 18 games to finish the year after he had Gulf Coast League. Lewis 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 after the Futures Game and again in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the league’s MVP award s for both the Fall Stars Game and the entire season.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, Lewis sputtered when he returned to the FSL, where he struck out 22 percent of the time and a 14.5-percent line drive rate. 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 and 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, though the same issue isn’t there on bang-bang plays. 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 had to play multiple positions in the AFL because there wasn’t a pure shortstop slot available. He showed the speed and instincts to play center field—including one highlight-reel play—in the AFL and fared well at the other spots around the infield. His eventual home will partly depend on the Twins’ needs. He can handle shortstop, but he has plus potential at multiple other spots.The Future: Lewis faces a likely return to Double-A Pensacola to start 2020. There, he will work to continue smoothing out his hitting mechanics in order to achieve his extraordinarily high ceiling. 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.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Run: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. 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 limited him to just 94 games. He was slated to go to the Arizona Fall League before Pensacola made a run through the Southern League playoffs, the Twins opted to let Kirilloff rest. 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45. Track Record: Larnach and Nick Madrigal—two of the biggest pieces of Oregon State’s 2018 run to the College World Series—were selected in the first round of that year’s draft. Madrigal went No. 4 overall to the White Sox while 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. He mashed in his pro debut as well, finishing with an OPS of .890 between Rookie-level Elizabethton and low Class A Cedar Rapids. 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 in 2019, 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Fastball: 80. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50. Track Record: After a year off to recover from Tommy John surgery in 2016, Graterol started making waves at the end of 2017 and continued to progress throughout 2018 at a pair of Class A stops. He continued to impress in full-season ball, including a 2018 season with 107 strikeouts against 28 walks over 102 innings between both levels of Class A. Shoulder soreness shortened his season at Double-A Pensacola in 2019, but he recovered in time to make his big league debut as a reliever on Sept. 1. He was impressive enough that the Twins kept him on their playoff roster in their Division Series loss to the Yankees. Scouting Report: Graterol’s selling point continues to be his electric fastball. The pitch averaged 99 mph in his limited time in the big leagues and showed hard, heavy movement when he located it in the bottom of the strike zone. It doesn’t have the typical characteristics one likes to see in a fastball used up in the zone, but pure velocity should allow him to blow it by hitters regardless. He pairs the fastball with a hard slider at 87-90 mph that scouts project as plus if it achieves more consistency. His slider breaks somewhat like a cutter rather than a deep, downer version that can be used to back-foot hitters. Graterol has feel for a low-90s changeup, but he’s primarily a two-pitch guy at this point in his development. The shoulder soreness provided a scare, but he worked through the issue thanks to a throwing program. He’s already a big-bodied pitcher who must watch his conditioning as he develops. The Future: Graterol has the upside of a top-end starter and the floor of a power reliever. The development of his changeup and the maintenance of his body will go a long way toward determining which path he takes.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. 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. There, Balazovic struck out 11.4 hitters per nine innings over a 62-inning stretch and paired it with 18 walks in 62 innings. Still, he remained fairly anonymous until he returned to the level in 2019. His season was interrupted twice for all the right season. 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 and ended up with a 33-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio 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 have 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 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Splitter: 70. Curveball: 45. Control: 50. 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 for $65,000 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. Duran has ranked among a league’s Top 20 prospects as a member of both organizations—No. 3 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45 Track Record: The Twins plucked a bit of a wild card when they drafted Jeffers in the second round in 2018. He had a solid season at UNC Wilmington but 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’ modest 10 home runs in the FSL can be deceiving. He 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. 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 he can 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. vThe 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 60. 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 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 45. Track Record: After spending much of its international bonus pool to sign Yunior Severino, a Braves signee who was declared a free agent after MLB found the Braves violated multiple MLB rules in signing international players. But the Twins also targeted Urbina, an athletic center fielder out of Venezuela. 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 showed an outstanding knack for putting wood to leather. His 12 percent swinging strike percentage and his 6.5 percent strikeout rate were both third best among all DSL batting qualifiers and best among the 17-year-olds in the league. 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 to his currently well below-average 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. Urbina’s advanced approach at the plate gives him a chance to skip over the Gulf Coast League and jump to Rookie-level Elizabethton.
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