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  1. 1. Austin Martin | OF/SS
    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.
    Minors: .270/.414/.382 | 5 HR | 14 SB | 330 AB

    Martin was considered a possibility for the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft but instead fell to No. 5. He jumped immediately to Double-A New Hampshire to start his pro career this season and hit .281/.424/.383 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 55 games while splitting his time almost evenly between shortstop (27 games and center field (26 games). Martin has a very good approach at the plate. He works counts, doesn't expand the strike zone and has solid bat speed through the zone. More pure hitter than masher, Martin doesn't make much impact when he connects and projects for average power at best. He is a divisive player among scouts: some see a good athlete who controls the strike zone and has handled an aggressive jump fairly well, while others see a light hitter who will have to add significant defensive value to be an above-average everyday player. Martin was drafted as a shortstop, but his actions and below-average, erratic arm don't fit at the position. He has a good first step and instincts in center field and has shown the ability to pick up the position quickly. His arm strength and lack of accuracy precludes him from playing the left side of the diamond or right field, so he'll have to find a way to stick in center field or bounce around between center, left and second base.

  2. 2. Royce Lewis | SS/3B
    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.

    Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Run: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins made Lewis the first overall pick in the 2017 draft after a decorated career at national prep power JSerra High in Southern California. Lewis looked the part with a strong first two seasons, but he struggled to hit and with his overall consistency in 2019 at high Class A and Double-A.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The most athletic and naturally gifted player in the Twins' system, Lewis has impressive raw tools but is still learning how to translate them into in-game skills. He has plenty of bat speed, but there's lots of movement in his swing and he can get pull-happy, which creates issues in his lower half and bat path through the zone. He has plate coverage issues on the outer half, particularly against sliders. Lewis does have plus raw power, but questions about his swing and pitch selection prevent him from tapping into it. Lewis has focused on his defensive work at shortstop, particularly with his throwing. He's shown progress and has the elite range and quickness to become an above-average defender at the position with continued reps and refinement.

    THE FUTURE: Lewis' athleticism and potential defensive versatility—he has also played third base, second base and center field—could help the Twins in 2021 if they need him.

  3. 3. 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: 5-4 | 3.62 ERA | 102 SO | 38 BB | 97 IP

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Balazovic was the top Canadian prospect in the 2016 draft. The Twins took a shot on his lean, projectable frame and developing fastball and signed him for $515,000 in the fifth round. Balazovic broke out with a 2.69 ERA at the Class A levels in 2019 and made the Futures Game. He was a late addition to the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Balazovic's standout fastball command sets up the rest of his arsenal. His heater is a plus offering that ranges from 89-96 mph and sits around 93, with above-average carry and deception that helps it play up. His secondaries are solid but not overwhelming. Balazovic throws a curveballin the 78-82 mph range that is potentially an above-average pitch, and his average changeup gives him a third offering to keep hitters off-balance. Balazovic has walked just 2.7 batters per nine innings throughout his minor league career, though he has yet to face upper-level hitters.

    THE FUTURE: With a strong, 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame and a long history of good strikeout and walk rates, it would be a surprise to not see Balazovic impact the Twins' rotation at some point. His upside will depend on how much he can get out of his secondaries.

  4. 4. Josh Winder | RHP
    Josh Winder
    Born: Oct 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Virginia Military Institute, 2018 (7th round).
    Signed By: Matt Williams.
    Minors: 4-0 | 2.62 ERA | 80 SO | 13 BB | 72 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After a strong sophomore season at Virginia Military Institute, Winder slipped during his junior year when his stuff backed up and he got hit around more. The Twins still liked him enough to draft him in the seventh round. Winder rewarded the organization by leading the low Class A Midwest League with a 2.65 ERA in 2019. He followed up by standing out as one of the most improved prospects in the system during 2020 instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: An intense worker, Winder took advantage of the time allotted by the coronavirus shutdown to improve. He arrived at instructional league with improved physicality and a better pitch mix across the board. After previously sitting in the low-90s with his fastball, Winder sat 96-97 mph in camp and also improved his slider to above-average. Combined with his average changeup and curveball, he now has the stuff to profile as a major league starter. Winder has a long track record of above-average control. He has a good feel for sequencing and mixing his stuff.

    THE FUTURE: Winder's improvements were highly encouraging. He'll try to carry them over into 2021.

  5. 5. Joe Ryan | RHP
    Joe Ryan
    Born: Jun 5, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Cal StateStanislaus, 2018 (7th round).
    Signed By: Alan Hull.
    Minors: 4-3 | 3.41 ERA | 92 SO | 12 BB | 66 IP

    One of two pitchers the Twins acquired from the Rays for Nelson Cruz, Ryan is the more successful of the two but also more divisive. While it's easy to see Drew Strotman's varied secondary offerings, Ryan attacks hitters with a fastball that always plays better than its velocity, spin and movement profile would seem to indicate it should. He hides it well, which helps it play better because hitters pick it up late, but his plus control also helps. His fringe-average slider and below-average curveball are nothing to rely on. He throws an average changeup almost exclusively to lefthanded hitters. Some evaluators see him as a solid No. 4 starter because of his control and that fastball. Others think he's best suited for the bullpen, where hitters won't get as much time to get accustomed to him.

  6. 6. 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: 3-5 | 5.91 ERA | 77 SO | 34 BB | 54 IP

    Originally acquired from the Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade, Woods Richardson began the season as a Top 100 prospect but struggled to a 2-4, 5.76 mark at Double-A New Hampshire, albeit as one of the youngest pitchers in the league. He has a strong, physical build and a well-rounded three-pitch mix. His fastball ranges from 90-93 mph, his 76-79 mph curveball is a potential plus pitch with great depth and his 79-81 mph changeup flashes average. Woods Richardson has a stiff, mechanical delivery that affects his control and he doesn't much deception, allowing hitters to see the ball well. Some feel adjustments to his lower half will help him unlock his athleticism and improve his stuff and command. Woods Richardson has the potential to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the eyes of those most bullish on him, but others are skeptical his stuff will play multiple times through an order against major league hitters and think he'll end up a 2-3 inning reliever who doesn't face the same hitter twice.

  7. 7. 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: 1-0 | 0.78 ERA | 45 SO | 4 BB | 23 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 60. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Canterino was one of the most consistent and effective starters in the 2019 draft despite an unorthodox delivery. The Twins grabbed him in the second round and signed him for $1.1 million. Canterino reached low Class A in an impressive pro debut and was a late addition to the Twins' alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Canterino throws a standard four-pitch mix that includes a fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. His fastball is his lone plus offering, averaging 93 mph and playing up with additional life and cutting action as a result of a tweak in his thumb placement. Canterino's 83-85 mph slider is his best secondary. The pitch occasionally flashes plus, while his slower, upper-70s curveball has more top-to-bottom action and projects as an average pitch. Canterino added 8-10 inches of depth to his changeup this summer after changing the grip and becoming more comfortable with the pitch. His delivery has plenty of moving parts and could be high-maintenance longterm, but he has a good track record of throwing strikes and staying in sync.

    THE FUTURE: Canterino doesn't have loud stuff, but the way he mixes his offerings with solid control helps him project as a potential back-end starter.

  8. 8. Jose Miranda | 3B/2B
    Jose Miranda
    Born: Jun 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Freddie Thon.
    Minors: .341/.398/.568 | 29 HR | 4 SB | 505 AB

    Drafted as a shortstop out of Puerto Rico in 2016, Miranda had previously shown good bat-to-ball skills and gap power, but this season he emerged as one of the top breakout prospects in the minors. Miranda put in work during the 2020 shutdown to become more athletic and to improve his pitch selectivity. The end result was the nimbleness to play every infield position and the ability to hunt his pitch and establish a new career high for home runs.

  9. 9. Jhoan Duran | RHP
    Jhoan Duran
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Jose Ortiz/Junior Noboa (D-backs).
    Minors: 0-3 | 5.06 ERA | 22 SO | 13 BB | 16 IP

    Fastball: 70. Splitter: 70. Curveball: 50. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The D-backs signed Duran for just $65,000 in 2014 and traded him to the Twins in 2018 in the deal that sent Eduardo Escobar to Arizona. Duran showed signs of breaking out before the trade and solidified that trend with the Twins, reaching Double-A in his first full season in the organization.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Duran is a physically huge pitcher who has two 70-grade offerings in his arsenal. The first is a fastball that sits 96-98 mph and frequently reaches triple-digits. The second is his signature “splinker” which combines low-90s sinker velocity and the downward depth of a splitter. Both pitches generate lots of swing and misses, with the splinker in particular piling up whiffs in the zone on a regular basis. Duran focused on improving his high-spin curveball in 2020, particularly his ability to land it and improving its spin efficiency. He's also worked on refining a changeup to give him a softer offering. Duran has a big-bodied, arm-strength oriented operation which can get sloppy at times. Whether he can make the adjustments will determine if he remains a starter.

    THE FUTURE: The Twins are developing Duran as a starter and believe he has mid-rotation upside. If his command or third pitch development stalls, his stuff will play in relief.

  10. 10. Chase Petty | RHP
    Chase Petty
    Born: Apr 4, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 0-0 | 5.40 ERA | 6 SO | 1 BB | 5 IP

    Petty is one of the hardest throwing high school pitchers ever. He touched 102 mph in a workout and 101 mph in a game this spring. His fastball and slider give the potential for two well above-average pitches, but he has plenty of work to do on refining his control and adjusting to pro ball.

  11. 11. Nick Gordon | OF/2B
    Nick Gordon
    Born: Oct 24, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Brett Dowdy.
    Minors: .282/.338/.437 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 71 AB

    The fifth overall pick in 2014 finally appears to have found a home in the big leagues. Gordon battled Covid last year and had dealt with gastritis for years that affected his ability to keep weight on. With his digestive issues behind him, Gordon flashed enough defensive versatility, offensive competitiveness and speed to project him to a future big league role, potentially as a utility player.

  12. 12. Drew Strotman | RHP
    Drew Strotman
    Born: Sep 3, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Alan Hull.
    Minors: 9-4 | 5.13 ERA | 100 SO | 58 BB | 106 IP

    Strotman bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2019, and joined the Twins in the Nelson Cruz trade this July. Strotman's stuff is every bit what it was before the surgery, but his control has not been as sharp. He mixes a 92-95 mph fastball with a hard, high-80s slider that sometimes has depth. He's added a high-80s/low-90s cutter that is equally effective and also throws a slow curveball on occasion. His changeup has improved to the point that it gives him a third average offering and has played effectively at Triple-A.

  13. 13. 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: .214/.346/.524 | 10 HR | 9 SB | 126 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez was the Twins' top target in the 2019 international class and signed for $2.5 million. His expected pro debut in 2020 was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and canceled minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez stands out for his low-maintenance swing, direct bat path and plus raw power. He has improved his ability to use the entire field in recent years and the Twins believe he has a chance to become a plus hitter. A hand injury has limited Rodriguez, but he spent time doing throwing drills and long-toss work after struggling with his throwing accuracy and arm stroke during the spring. He has plus arm strength when he's right and is currently a solid-average runner in center field. He projects to slow down as he fills out and may move to right field.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez is set to make his pro debut in 2021. He has plenty of tools to dream on but is a long ways away.

  14. 14. 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: 1-1 | 1.84 ERA | 23 SO | 6 BB | 15 IP

    Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Enlow was a projectable, high-upside pitcher out of high school with great feel to spin a breaking ball. The Twins liked him enough to draft him in the third round in 2017 and sign him for an above-slot $2 million to buy him out of a Louisiana State commitment.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Enlow has filled out his 6-foot-3 frame and added strength to improve his fastball velocity each year. After getting into the 92-96 mph range at the Class A levels in 2019, Enlow consistently sat 94-97 mph in instructional league in 2020. While his fastball lacks standout movement, he has shown ability to command it. Enlow has two distinct breaking balls that are both average. His slider is firm and resembles a cutter at times in the low 90s, while his curveball is a slurvier offering with occasional depth. Enlow's changeup has progressed to show fading life and sink that complements his fastball nicely. He previously didn't focus much on his changeup, but it progressed significantly this summer and now projects as his best secondary offering.

    THE FUTURE: Enlow has progressed in important areas including velocity, physicality and changeup feel. His ceiling is somewhat capped at the back of the rotation unless he can get more from one of his breaking pitches.

  15. 15. Gilberto Celestino | OF
    Gilberto Celestino
    Born: Feb 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Roman Ocumarez (Astros).
    Minors: .282/.380/.437 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 238 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Run: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Celestino was one of the top prospects in the 2015 international class and signed with the Astros for $2.5 million. The Twins acquired him in the 2018 trade that sent Ryan Pressly to Houston. Celestino impressed quickly in his new organization and starred at low Class A Cedar Rapids in 2019. He attended the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Celestino isn't the toolsiest player, but he does many things at a high level. He's a plus defender in center field, despite being an average runner, thanks to exceptional reads and route-running. His plus arm also allows him to play right field. Celestino is more hit-over-power, but he has slowly added strength and may develop sneaky power as he continues to grow. He has some moving parts to his setup— including a high leg kick—but he knows his body and his swing well. Celestino has good strike-zone awareness and has improved his ability to hit to all fields. He spent 2020 working to control his stride and load more consistently in order to not be susceptible to elevated fastballs and breaking balls.

    THE FUTURE: Celestino has a chance to be an everyday center fielder with an above-average bat. His ability to play all three outfield spots gives him a fallback as reserve outfielder.

  16. 16. 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: 4-2 | 2.46 ERA | 96 SO | 35 BB | 81 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Sands was drafted by the Twins in the fifth round in 2018 after posting career bests in his strikeout and walk rates at Florida State. He didn't pitch in pro ball that season after dealing with biceps tendonitis, but he had a strong pro debut in 2019 when he posted a 2.68 ERA across three levels and reached Double-A Pensacola.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Sands has a strong three-pitch mix including a fastball, curveball and changeup. After sitting around 93 mph in 2019, Sands saw his velo climb and averaged 95 mph in 2020. He delivers the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot that gets on hitters fast. Sands was previously most comfortable with a changeup that flashed plus, but he's made progress with a big, sweeping breaking ball. The pitch averages 2,800 revolutions per minute and could turn into a weapon if he can spot it down and in the zone more frequently. Sands walked a tick too many batters in college, but his control has been above-average in pro ball.

    THE FUTURE: With improved fastball velocity and a better curveball, Sands has a path to being more than just a back-end starter. He'll spend 2021 in the upper levels and could make his major league debut.

  17. 17. Keoni Cavaco | SS
    Keoni Cavaco
    Born: Jun 2, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Chula Vista, Calif., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Leavitt.
    Minors: .233/.296/.302 | 2 HR | 6 SB | 245 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Cavaco was far from a household name in the leadup to the 2019 draft but rocketed up draft boards after showing big raw tools his senior year at San Diego-area power Eastlake High. The Twins drafted him 13th overall and signed him for $4.05 million. Cavaco made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and struggled mightily, batting .172 with one home run and 35 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances. His only 2020 action came at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cavaco has a lot of work to do. He has significant swing-and-miss concerns, particularly against velocity, and the Twins have made a wholesale effort to improve his swing path and approach. Cavaco struggles to land square and keep his hips in line, a basic tenet of hitting that is concerning he hasn't mastered yet. Cavaco has plus bat speed and plus raw power, but he needs massive refinement to get to the point where they are usable in games. Cavaco was drafted as a shortstop and played there in his pro debut, but he projects to move off the position and be an above-average third baseman with a plus arm.

    THE FUTURE: The canceled 2020 minor league season hurts, but being able to focus on foundational elements in a low-pressure environment could prove beneficial for Cavaco. He may see low Class A in 2021.

  18. 18. Chris Vallimont | RHP
    Chris Vallimont
    Born: Mar 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Mercyhurst, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Alex Smith (Marlins).
    Minors: 5-7 | 5.84 ERA | 136 SO | 61 BB | 94 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Vallimont posted a 2.54 ERA over three years at Division II Mercyhurst (Pa.) and struck out 147 batters in 80.1 innings as a junior. The Marlins drafted him in the fifth round in 2018 and signed him for $300,000. The Twins acquired Vallimont with Sergio Romo from Miami in a 2019 trade for Lewin Diaz. He showed well at high Class A Fort Myers in his first stint in the organization and was brought to instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vallimont has a solid build for a starting pitcher and an intriguing pitch mix. He throws his fastball in the 90-92 mph range with elite carry and can reach back for 95-96 mph. He shows good feel to spin both a slider and curveball that flash average, while his changeup has flashed average but has never been consistent. Vallimont has an advanced feel for pitching and will throw any of his four pitches at any time. He throws everything for strikes with average control.

    THE FUTURE: Vallimont has back-of-the-rotation potential with his varied arsenal and advanced feel for pitching. He'll try to show his stuff plays against upper-level hitters in 2021.

  19. 19. Brent Rooker | OF
    Brent Rooker
    Born: Nov 1, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2017 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Derrick Dunbar.
    Minors: .245/.367/.564 | 20 HR | 1 SB | 220 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins drafted Rooker with the 35th overall pick in 2017 after he won Southeastern Conference Player of the Year at Mississippi State. After homering at a steady clip in the minors for three seasons, Rooker made his big league debut in 2020 and continued to show impressive power.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rooker has massive raw power and the ability to hit 25-30 home runs per season. That plus power comes with plenty of strikeouts, however, and his whiff rate eclipsed 34% in 2019 at Triple-A Rochester. The Twins believe Rooker controls the strike zone better than he gets credit for. He does see a decent amount of pitches and has the potential to walk at a solid clip that could offset a low batting average. Rooker's contributions will primarily be on the offensive side of the ball. He's a belowaverage defender in left field and at first base.

    THE FUTURE: Rooker's power should allow him to be a contributor in 2021. He may be a hitter who cycles through first base, DH and the bench as opposed to an everyday player.

  20. 20. Noah Miller | SS
    Noah Miller
    Born: Nov 12, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .238/.316/.369 | 2 HR | 1 SB | 84 AB

    The younger brother of Indians prospect Owen Miller, Noah is a standout defender with a high baseball IQ whom the Twins drafted in the supplemental first round this year. The Wisconsin high school product has a short, simple swing from both sides of the plate with a hit-over-power approach.

  21. 21. Steve Hajjar | LHP
    Steve Hajjar
    Born: Aug 7, 2000
    Ht.: 0'0"

    The Twins drafted the Michigan standout in the second round this year based on the strength of his four-pitch mix that the organization values. Hajjar remained effective in college this season even as his velocity ticked down a bit to 89-91 mph with a high of 94 with good vertical movement. He shows feel for his tumbling changeup, 12-to-6 curveball and swing-and-miss slider.

  22. 22. 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: .191/.299/.286 | 5 HR | 16 SB | 367 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Urbina was one of the top Venezuelan prospects in the 2018 international class and signed with the Twins for $2.75 million. He lived up to his billing with a strong 2019 season in the Dominican Summer League, showing solid bat-to-ball skills and batting .279/.382/.443.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Urbina has exciting potential, but he is still a fairly raw teenager and needs as many game reps as possible. He has a chance to be an above-average or better hitter thanks to his natural feel for the barrel, but the Twins want him to get less rotational in his swing. The goal is to sync his lower and upper halves to spread the ball around the field better. Urbina doesn't project as a huge power threat, but the canceled 2020 minor league season allowed him to focus on strength gains, and he is in better shape than he was a year ago. Urbina has upside defensively as a plus runner who could stick in center field, but he needs to focus on the details of outfield defense to shore up some rough edges. Urbina has an upbeat personality and an advanced, instinctual baseball mind for his age

    THE FUTURE: Urbina possesses some of the most exciting potential in the lower levels of Minnesota's system. He is set to make his stateside debut in 2021.

  23. 23. Bailey Ober | RHP
    Bailey Ober
    Born: Jul 12, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'9" Wt.: 260
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.81 ERA | 21 SO | 5 BB | 16 IP

    Ober pitched to incredible success in the minors—a 2.41 ERA in nearly 200 innings with 244 strikeouts and just 26 walks—and made his big league debut this season as a fill-in for Michael Piñeda. Ober is 6-foot-9 but is more finesse than power. He sits 92 mph and tops out near 94, relying mostly on throwing his breaking pitches for strikes and locating his changeup. He could be an internal rotation option for the 2022 club if he finishes the year strong.

  24. 24. Aaron Sabato | 1B
    Aaron Sabato
    Born: Jun 4, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: North Carolina, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ty Dawson.
    Minors: .202/.373/.410 | 19 HR | 1 SB | 361 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Run: 30. Fielding: 40. Arm: 40.

    TRACK RECORD: Sabato went undrafted out of high school but made an immediate impact at North Carolina, smashing a freshman program-record 18 homers in 2019. Sabato had some of the best raw power in the 2020 class as a draft-eligible sophomore, prompting the Twins to take him with the 27th pick.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Sabato's signature trait is his massive power potential. He has near top-of-the-scale raw power and can leave any ballpark from foul pole to foul pole, thanks to his brute natural strength and massive wrists and forearms. Sabato has a compact operation and a clean rotation in his swing. He doesn't need to cheat to catch up to velocity and isn't overly susceptible to breaking balls, helping him project as an average hitter. He showed good stike zone-recognition in college and should post high on-base percentages as well. Sabato is strictly limited to first base defensively. He's a below-average defender with a below-average arm and well below-average speed. He may end up becoming a full-time DH.

    THE FUTURE: Sabato has the most power potential of any player in the Twins' system. There is a lot of pressure on his bat, but he shows the traits of an impact slugger who can make it work.

  25. 25. Danny De Andrade | SS
    Danny De Andrade
    Born: Apr 10, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: A Venezuelan shortstop who trained in the Dominican Republic as an amateur, De Andrade was one of the early standouts in the 2020-21 international class, joining the Twins when the signing period opened on Jan. 15.

    SCOUTING REPORT: De Andrade performed well in games before signing, showing a short, fast swing with an advanced approach for his age to use the whole field. As he's gotten stronger, his power has trended up from more of a line-drive hitter with doubles pop to now being able to hit the ball out of the park in games, with a chance for above-average power as he continues his physical maturity. A below-average runner, De Andrade reads the ball well off the bat at shortstop, where he has quick actions, good body awareness and plays under control. He has the arm strength for the left side of the infield, though some scouts think he might outgrow shortstop and end up at third base.

    THE FUTURE: De Andrade is one of the Twins' most promising infield prospects at the lower levels, though he's still years away from the big leagues. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  26. 26. Alerick Soularie | OF
    Alerick Soularie
    Born: Jul 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Tennessee, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jack Powell.
    Minors: .240/.367/.360 | 3 HR | 9 SB | 125 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Cardinals drafted Soularie out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC in the 29th round in 2018, but he instead opted to transfer to Tennessee. He upped his draft stock by becoming one of the Volunteers' most reliable hitters in two seasons in Knoxville and finished with a career .336/.448/.586 slash line. The Twins drafted him 59th overall in 2020 and signed him for $900,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A bit of a throwback player, Soularie has an old-school setup at the plate with a hunched and closed-off stance. His hands do most of the work in his swing and he has demonstrated the bat-to-ball skills to be an average hitter. The Twins want to help him try and access his average raw power, which he didn't do much in college. Primarily a left fielder at Tennessee, Soularie spent most of his time at second base in instructional league after being drafted. He is a solid runner and has the tools to be an adequate infielder, although it's still a work in progress.

    THE FUTURE: Soularie is a well-rounded player who can do a little bit of everything. How his power and infield defense develop will determine if he reaches his everyday potential.

  27. 27. Spencer Steer | 2B/3B
    Spencer Steer
    Born: Dec 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .254/.348/.484 | 24 HR | 8 SB | 417 AB

    The 2019 third-rounder from Oregon hit his way to Double-A by improving his control of the strike zone and driving the ball in the air more frequently. His defensive versatility is another asset that could help him land a big league role one day.

  28. 28. Edouard Julien | 2B/3B
    Edouard Julien
    Born: Apr 30, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .266/.434/.480 | 18 HR | 34 SB | 394 AB

    An 18th-round pick in 2019 out of Auburn, Julien hit his way to High-A early this season. More appropriately, he walked there. Julien ranked among the minor league leaders for walks and had demonstrated more ability to make contact and drive the ball. His position is undetermined as he tries his hand at second base, third base and left field.

  29. 29. 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: .265/.350/.504 | 15 HR | 0 SB | 264 AB

    TRACK RECORD: One of the most decorated players in Southern Mississippi history, Wallner set the program's career record with 58 home runs and was drafted 39th overall by the Twins in 2019. He climbed to low Class A in his pro debut, but his feast or famine approach was exposed against pro pitching.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wallner has prototypical right field tools with a large physical frame, plus-plus raw power from the left side and massive arm strength, but that comes with significant swing-and-miss concerns. Wallner struck out 27 percent of the time in his pro debut despite playing largely younger competition. He projects as a below-average hitter who will be almost entirely dependent on his home run production to be an offensive contributor. A fringy runner and athlete, Wallner won't track down many tough balls in the gaps in right field, but he does have a cannon for an arm.

    THE FUTURE: Wallner will need to show an improved hit tool to project as a regular. He'll see high Class A in 2021.

  30. 30. Jovani Moran | LHP
    Jovani Moran
    Born: Apr 24, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 167
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Florida, P.R., 2015 (7th round).
    Signed By: Freddie Thon.
    Minors: 4-2 | 2.41 ERA | 109 SO | 32 BB | 68 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Moran was one of the top pitching prospects out of Puerto Rico in 2015 and signed with the Twins for $275,000 as their seventh-round pick. He worked as a starter in his pro debut but moved quickly to the bullpen and progressed to Double-A Pensacola in 2019. The Twins brought Moran to instructional league in 2020 after the canceled minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Moran racks up strikeouts with his two-pitch combination, but instead of the slider he threw as an amateur, he now relies on a diving changeup to miss bats. His 18.4% swinging-strike ranked fourth in the Southern League in 2019 among pitchers with at least 30 innings. That's because of his changeup, which some scouts have labeled a plus-plus offering. Moran has shown reverse platoon splits throughout his career because his changeup is so effective versus righthanded hitters. His fastball is more of a solid-average pitch, so time will tell how his changeup will fare when advanced hitters don't need to gear up for heat. Moran also has below-average control he needs to improve.

    THE FUTURE: Moran's changeup gives him a real weapon in relief. He should open in Triple-A in 2021.

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