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2018 Twins Midseason Top Prospect List: 16-20

Change happens slowly when it comes to a team’s minor league system. Of the previous 20 players unveiled in our midseason prospect list up to this point, 13 were brought into the organization prior to Derek Falvey taking over as Chief Baseball Officer of the Twins.

This next sample of five prospects includes a couple of holdovers from the previous regime, but also features a trio of players that have been added to the organization within the last seven months. Even more interesting, each of those three newcomers was acquired via a different avenue: One via trade, one through the draft and the other as (technically) an international free agent.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (graphics by Finn Pearson)
20. Luis Arraez – 2B
Age: 21
ETA: 2020
2018 Stats (AA/A+): .321/.371/.416 (.786), 14 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 28 K, 19 BB
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 19 | Tom: 19 | Cody: 23

Arraez tore his ACL in just his fourth game of 2017 and was forced to miss the entire rest of the season. He came out of the gates this season struggling badly, hitting .205/.266/.248 (.514) over his first 32 games. With the turn of the calendar from May to June, Luis appeared to have worked off the rust and so began an incredible run. From the start of June to when he was promoted to Chattanooga on the Fourth of July, Arraez hit .441/.484/.604 (1.087) over a span of 28 games. That streak helped earn him the title of Twins Daily’s Minor League Hitter Of The Month for June. Arraez is the youngest player to appear for the Lookouts so far this season.

19. Jacob Pearson – LF
Age: 20
ETA: 2021
2018 Stats (A): .298/.373/.444 (.816), 7 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 28 K, 18 BB
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 22 | Tom: 27 | Cody: 11

The Twins traded for Pearson over the winter, sending international bonus pool slot money over to the Angels. His batting line for the Kernels has been impressive (see above), but what’s particularly attractive about his offensive skill set is the fact that he’s posted a walk rate in the double digits (10.7 percent) while maintaining a strikeout rate under 17 percent (16.6, to be exact). To put that into perspective, only seven other Midwest League hitters can boast that same accomplishment of the 162 who have at least 150 plate appearances this season. Defensively, Pearson has played 78.6 percent of his games as a professional in left field with the rest of the time coming in center.

18. Ryan Jeffers – C
Age: 21
ETA: 2021
2018 Stats (Rk): .361/.480/.426 (.906), 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 K, 9 BB
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 15 | Tom: 20 | Cody: 19

The Twins selected Jeffers with the No. 59 overall pick in this year’s draft after he hit .323/.445/.620 (1.065) with more walks (85) than strikeouts (78) in his three years at UNC Wilmington. Listed at 6-for-4 and 228 pounds, Jeffers is a big, powerful guy. Only time will tell if he sticks behind the plate, but the Twins are clearly believers. Even if he eventually moves to another position, it’s possible he has enough bat to play just about anywhere. In his first 75 plate appearances as a pro, Jeffers has reached safely 36 times (22 hits, nine walks and five HBPs). He’s made six starts at catcher and another 11 at DH, as the E-Twins are also trying to get catching reps in for Andy Cosgrove and Trevor Casanova.

17. Lewin Diaz – 1B
Age: 21
ETA: 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .240/.271/.376 (.647), 11 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 43 K, 8 BB
2018 Ranking: 13 | 2017 Ranking: 10
Seth: 23 | Tom: 16 | Cody: 12

There’s no way around it, Diaz is having a rough go of things in 2018. It appears the Florida State League All-Star break came at the perfect time, however, as Diaz has hit .333/.380/.470 (.850) in 17 games since. The FSL can be a brutal place for a power hitter, and adjusting to a league that suppresses offense can be a mental hurdle, as well. Diaz has continued to put the ball in play a lot, but he’s having a much harder time finding hits. After posting a .322 BABIP last season in Cedar Rapids, that number has dropped all the way down to .268 this season. Diaz’s prospect stock is on the decline, but there are still some national media outlets that list him inside the system’s top 10.

16. Yunior Severino – 2B
Age: 18
ETA: 2022
2018 Stats (Rk): .333/.340/.444 (.785), 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 K, 1 BB
2018 Ranking: 18 | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 16 | Tom: 17 | Cody: 17

Yet another relative newcomer to the organization, Severino was signed as a free agent for $2.5 million this December after the Braves were forced to forfeit him as a penalty for violating international signing rules. To put that into some perspective, the Twins recently signed this year’s first-round pick Trevor Larnach for $2.55 million. Yunior is the youngest player to appear for Elizabethton this season, so as you could expect, he’s still very raw. In 69 games as a professional, Severino has hit .280/.344/.424 (.769) with a 25.8 K% and 8.4 BB%. He’s been a second baseman so far, but how he fills out physically could ultimately determine his future position. If he continues to get bigger and stronger, he’ll likely have enough arm for third base.

What are your thoughts on the latest set of rankings? Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Leave a comment and start the discussion. Make sure to check back tomorrow for Nos. 11-15. Haven’t been flowing along? Well here’s how we’ve ranked the prospects so far:

40. Aaron Whitefield, 39. Jaylin Davis, 38. Ricky De La Torre, 37. Lachlan Wells, 36. Aaron Slegers
35. Tyler Watson, 34. DaShawn Keirsey Jr., 33. Gabriel Moya, 32. Andrew Bechtold, 31. Jordan Balazovic
30. John Curtiss, 29. Zack Granite, 28. Jake Cave, 27. Tyler Wells, 26. Griffin Jax
25. Tyler Jay, 24. Felix Jorge, 23. Kohl Stewart, 22. Landon Leach, 21. Jose Miranda

For anyone wondering, these rankings were compiled prior to the official announcement that the Twins had singed 16-year-old Venezuelan Misael Urbina to a $2.75 million bonus, so he is not included in the rankings.

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35 Comments

 

I really like this group.And will repeat Thrylos' comment that this system just might be loaded.

 

Maybe. But these farm teams are losing a lot more than they have been for being so loaded. Sure, it is about development, but real good players and systems win at all levels.

 

You have to at least be impressed that I was the low-man on the Diaz ranking, right? 

 

You and I have talked about him from the beginning! So yes, I was. Thanks, as always, for your awesome work, sir.

As a reminder, the FGs guys like Jeffers a lot more than some others did, and had him 77th overall. They also had Sands 78th overall. If FG is right, using those picks that way was impressive.

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Questions Why is the FSL so tough on power hitters? 

 

Bigger ballparks with taller walls due to the fact that most host MLB Spring Training.Comparing to the other A+ league, California League, the offense is very oppressed 

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Well, it's probably good nobody took Diaz in the Rule 5 draft, huh? Don't think he would have looked very good in the majors.

 

Maybe. But these farm teams are losing a lot more than they have been for being so loaded. Sure, it is about development, but real good players and systems win at all levels.

But several of these teams, Cedar Rapids for example, are very young.Expect that is one of the reasons for the records.And most are right around .500.

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Well, it's probably good nobody took Diaz in the Rule 5 draft, huh? Don't think he would have looked very good in the majors.

 

It still amazes me some people were worried about this.....

 

In the third round ... out of high school. And Mookie Betts was drafted in the fifth round, does that mean DaShawn Keirsey Jr. is going to be better then him?

 

C'mon man, I answered your question. Do you really view Jeffers as a typical second-round pick?

 

I have no idea what a "typical second round pick" is.Really.Nothing typical about the draft.Each player is unique.

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Jul 11 2018 07:44 PM

 

I have no idea what a "typical second round pick" is.Really.Nothing typical about the draft.Each player is unique.

I asked because you said "If your recent second round draft pick is 18th in your system, your system is either crazy loaded, or he is underrated, or he is a bad pick." So it sounded like you were trying to say that typically a recent second-round pick should expected to be ranked higher than 18th.

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I asked because you said "If your recent second round draft pick is 18th in your system, your system is either crazy loaded, or he is underrated, or he is a bad pick." So it sounded like you were trying to say that typically a recent second-round pick should expected to be ranked higher than 18th.

 

Yes :)

 

And this system is kinda loaded and this draft was not.I think that the Twins have a whole bunch of what one would call "solid" prospects (where "solid" = more than what Travis Harrison ever was), but it is a bit thin on the top.I have been doing my mid-season top 60 this week after all the signings are done andI'd venture to say that other than maybe 4-5 players, it is hard to find players beyond that "solid" layer.They all have certain flaws.Which, of course, they may overcome at some point.But that "solid" layer is very thick (maybe even to 20-30 deep) for the Twins.

 

 

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