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  1. 1. Alex Kirilloff | OF
    Alex Kirilloff
    Born: Nov 9, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS— Pittsburgh, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Jay Weitzel.

    Hitting: 70. Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The 15th overall selection out of high school in the 2016 draft, Kirilloff was thought of as one of the better pure high school hitters in the class as the son of a hitting coach. Four years later, he is one of the better pure hitting prospects in baseball. While wrist injuries and Tommy John surgery have slowed down Kirilloff’s development, the Twins still trusted him to make his big league debut in the 2020 playoff despite not having a minor league season. He became the first Minnesota player to make his major league debut in the postseason and also collected his first hit.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kirilloff’s bat is easily his most advanced and exceptional tool. While some players might have better pure bat speed, Kirilloff combines a balanced lefthanded swing, strong hands, quick wrists and the ability to make adjustments mechanically and mentally at an elite level. Where some players have to hit to their strengths, Kirilloff has the rare ability to succeed as a hitter in a variety of ways—using the opposite field, turning on the inner half with authority, handling both velocity and breaking stuff and also understanding the strike zone. Because of those traits, and the fact that he plays with such a low pulse, he has a chance to become a plus-plus hitter. Kirilloff is more contact over power, but that’s a testament to his hitting prowess rather than his lack of pop. Kirilloff’s exit velocities in Double-A in 2019 were above-average for the league—around 91 mph—and if he is able to increase his launch angle—which was below-average in 2019—he could have plus power. His power was sapped due to wrist injuries in 2019, but at full health he has all the tools to be a middle-of-the-order masher. He has shown the ability to homer to the pull side and the opposite field. Kirilloff is a below-average runner, but he is smart on the bases and moves around well enough to handle an outfield corner. In the past he’s shown plus arm strength, but most see his arm as average now. While he could be a perfectly adequate defender in the outfield, some scouts think he has above-average defensive potential at first base, which might be is best fit if he continues to bulk up with age.

    THE FUTURE: The Twins have plenty of confidence in Kirilloff’s bat, and he is advanced enough to become a regular fixture in the big league lineup at some point in 2021. Where he plays defensively will depend more on what Minnesota has around him than Kirilloff himself, but his bat is more than enough to profile well in left field, right field or at first base.

  2. 2. Royce Lewis | SS
    Royce Lewis
    Born: Jun 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted: HS—San Juan Capistrano, CA, 2017 (1st).
    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. Trevor Larnach | OF
    Trevor Larnach
    Born: Feb 26, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 223
    Drafted: Oregon State, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Kyle Blackwell.

    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Larnach was always a solid collegiate hitter at Oregon State, but a power explosion in 2018 pushed him up draft boards and made him the 20th overall pick for the Twins. That newly discovered in-game pop translated to pro ball and Larnach raced to Double-A in his first full season in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Larnach has easy plus power to all fields, but his recent focus has been turning on pitches to his pull side. Only three of his 13 homers in 2019 went to his pull side and, because of that, some teams think attacking Larnach in on the hands is the way to get him out. The left-center alley has always been Larnach’s natural attack zone, and he can get crossed off in his lower half and opposite-field oriented. The Twins focused on making center field his natural direction and believe he has the intelligence and work ethic to make the adjustment. He possesses terrific body control and the length and direction of his bat path gives him a larger margin for error than most. He has average arm strength and should be serviceable but unspectacular in a corner outfield spot.

    THE FUTURE: Larnach should bring power and get on base at a solid clip in the majors. He could be ready for his first callup in 2021.

  4. 4. Ryan Jeffers | C
    Ryan Jeffers
    Born: Jun 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Drafted: UNC Wilmington, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Matt Williams.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Run: 20. Fielding: 60. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: The Twins’ selection of Jeffers in the second round of the 2018 draft was seen as a bit of a reach at the time, but it looked like Minnesota was on to something after a strong pro debut. Jeffers solidified that hunch when he rushed all the way to the majors in 2020 and performed on both sides of the ball.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jeffers is big for a catcher at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds but has taken to Minnesota’s new school approach to catching with aplomb. Setting up in one-knee stances, Jeffers has shown outstanding ability to receive, frame and block in the majors. He does a tremendous job stealing low strikes and can improve in the future by getting better at the top half of the zone. Jeffers doesn’t control the running game well—14 of 16 big league basestealers against him were successful—but he excels in the areas the Twins have made a priority. Offensively, Jeffers has a simple setup with a low-maintenance swing and a chance to be an above-average hitting catcher with average or a tick better power. He occasionally leaks out, but when he holds his back hip and lets the ball travel, he does damage.

    THE FUTURE: Jeffers is a success story for the current Twins’ player acquisition and development group. He has all the tools to be an everyday catcher.

  5. 5. Jhoan Duran | RHP
    Jhoan Duran
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Jose Ortiz/Junior Noboa (D-backs).

    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.

  6. 6. Jordan Balazovic | RHP
    Jordan Balazovic
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS—Mississauga, Ont., 2016 (5th round)
    Signed By: Walt Burrows.

    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.

  7. 7. Aaron Sabato | 1B
    Aaron Sabato
    Born: Jun 4, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 230
    Drafted: North Carolina, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ty Dawson.

    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.

  8. 8. Matt Canterino | RHP
    Matt Canterino
    Born: Dec 14, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 222
    Drafted: Rice, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Greg Runser.

    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.

  9. 9. Blayne Enlow | RHP
    Blayne Enlow
    Born: Mar 21, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted: HS—St. Amant, La., 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Greg Runser.

    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.

  10. 10. Gilberto Celestino | OF
    Gilberto Celestino
    Born: Feb 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Roman Ocumarez (Astros).

    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.

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