2018 Twins Midseason Top Prospect List: 21-25
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (graphics by Finn Pearson)25. Tyler Jay – LHP
2018 Stats (AA): 1-1, 3.64 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 29.2 IP, 35 H, 12 BB, 26 K
2018 Ranking: 19 | 2017 Ranking: 5
Seth: 30 | Tom: 26 | Cody: 26
Jay was Minnesota’s first-round pick back in 2015 and he was taken with the intention of turning him into a starting pitcher. That plan didn’t work and he has since shifted to a bullpen role. His first 10 appearances (16.2 IP) this season resulted in a 1.62 ERA with a 13 to 7 strikeout to walk ratio. Over his next eight appearances (13.0 IP), things haven’t gone as smoothly. He has allowed nine earned runs and opponents are hitting .321/.377/.571 against him. At the University of Illinois, Jay was a shutdown relief pitcher and he has the potential and pitches to get there again. However, fans haven’t seen that version of Jay in the Twins organization.
24. Felix Jorge – RHP
2018 Stats (AA/GCL): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K
2018 Ranking: 20 | 2017 Ranking: 12
Seth: 37 | Tom: 24 | Cody: 18
We compiled these rankings prior to Jorge being designated for assignment. He's since been released.
23. Kohl Stewart – RHP
2018 Stats (AA): 3-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 68.0 IP, 84 H, 21 BB, 71 K
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: 8
Seth: 31 | Tom: 22 | Cody: 25
Minnesota took Stewart with the fourth pick of the 2013 MLB draft with hopes of turning this strong athlete into an elite pitcher. He has been slowly making his way through the Twins system and he even made one start with Rochester last season. Consistency has been the biggest issue for Stewart. His pitching performance has been up and down and he currently sits on the temporary inactive list after being limited to four starts in June. Stewart has his highest strikeout per nine total since his professional debut season (9.4 K/9) and his walks per nine is lower than his career average (2.8 BB/9). Stewart is still only 23 and he might finally be showing signs of putting it all together.
22. Landon Leach – RHP
2018 Stats (Rookie): Has Not Played
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 28 | Tom: 25 | Cody: 20
Leach, a Canadian native, was taken by the Twins in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft and he made his pro debut with the GCL Twins. In five appearances (13.1 IP), he allowed five earned runs and posted a 10 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s on the GCL Twins roster now but he is starting the season on the disabled list. He throws hard with a mid-90s fastball and multiple off-speed offerings including a curve and a changeup. His secondary pitches need some work but he was a multi-star athlete in high school and his natural athleticism make him very projectable.
21. Jose Miranda – 2B/3B
2018 Stats (Low-A): .255/.308/.405 (.713), 16-2B, 1-3B, 7-HR
2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR
Seth: 17 | Tom: 18 | Cody: 30
Miranda debuted in the GCL after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Puerto Rico. With the E-Twins last season, he hit .283/.340/.484 with 21 extra-base hits in 54 games. This season he has played the entire year at Cedar Rapids where he has continued his trend of being over a year younger than the competition. He started this season slowly with the Kernels as he hit .170/.230/.259 through the team’s first 30 games. As a right-handed hitter, his OPS is over .800 against left-handed pitching so most of his issues have come against righties. He has started to come on as of late and he has plenty of power potential.
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