Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #4 Trevor Larnach
Age: 21 (DOB: 2/26/1997)
2018 Stats (Rookie/Low-A): .303/.390/.500, 13 2B, 5 HR, 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts
2018 Ranking: NR
National Top 100 Rankings
BA: NR |MLB: NR | ESPN: NR |BP: NR
What’s To Like
During his junior season, Larnach went from a contributing player on a good team to a breakout star on a national title contender. He hit .348/.463/.652 with 19 home runs and 19 doubles. To put those numbers in perspective, he was a career .296/.417/.494 hitter at Oregon State. He only had three home runs during his sophomore season. Lucky for him, his hard work paid off.
After taking a short break following the CWS, Larnach continued to hit when he joined the Twins organization. His professional career started in the Appy League so he could get accustom to hitting with a wood bat on a regular basis. The transition was smooth as he hit .311/.413/.492 with seven extra-base hits in 18 games for the E-Twins.
Because of his college experience, Minnesota could be aggressive with Larnach. He would finish the year with over 100 plate appearances with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. After the promotion, he batted .297/.373/.505 with eight doubles and three home runs in 24 games.
His excellent exit velocity was one of the reasons the Twins keyed in on Larnach. He also has a strong makeup and he is very coachable. He is a student of the game and spends countless hours studying video and working on improving his game.
What’s Left To Work On
At 6-foot-4 and 216 pounds, Larnach profiles as a corner outfielder and he has a strong arm to fit those positions. He will continue to add some weight to his frame. When he was drafted, he was listed at 205 but he weighed in at 216 during this past fall’s instructional league action.
Even with his breakout season, he continues to refine his swing. “I’ve done everything from changing my batting stance to my mechanics like working on the load and working on the gather,” Larnach said. “I’m not done yet. There are still things I need to do.”
Besides his swing, Larnach believes there are other parts of his game that can still be improved. “I’ve been working my tail off since high school,” Larnach said. “I’ve been getting results, but I feel like I can go high and develop mentally and physically.”
He will never be an elite base runner, but he has the opportunity to continue to improve his base running abilities. While he continues to add weight, he needs to make sure he can continue to be an adequate base runner. He also needs to have enough speed to play a corner outfield position and he certainly has that ability at his point in his career.
Larnach could head back the MWL, where he finished last season. It seems more likely for him to spend the bulk of 2019 playing for the Fort Myers Miracle. If he hits well there to start the season, he could spend part of the season’s second half in the Blue Wahoo’s AA line-up.
His work ethic and makeup should allow him to move quickly through the Twins system. It seems unlikely for him to get to Target Field before the 2021 season. Current corner outfielders Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler are under team control through the 2021 season and Alex Kirilloff is already ahead of him in the Twins system.
That being said, Larnach’s bat might be strong enough to push any player out of his way.
Twins Daily 2019 Top 20 Prospects
20. Jose Miranda, 2B/3B
19. Jorge Alcala, RHP
18. LaMonte Wade, OF
17. Zack Littell, RHP
16. Gilberto Celestino, OF
15. Yunior Severino, 2B
14. Ben Rortvedt, C
13. Ryan Jeffers, C
12. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP
11. Nick Gordon, SS
10. Akil Baddoo, OF
9. Blayne Enlow, RHP
8. Lewis Thorpe, LHP
7. Jhoan Duran, RHP
6. Brent Rooker, 1B/LF
5. Wander Javier, SS
4. Trevor Larnach, OF
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