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Seth's Preseason Top 20 Minnesota Twins Position Player Prospects

Happy Minor League Opening Day! It is easily my personal favorite baseball-related day of the year! Beyond following the Twins, starting today we get to follow four other Twins full-season affiliates.

To celebrate the start of a new minor league season, I thought I would present a different variation of my prospect rankings. In the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook, you can find the Top 30 rankings for myself, Tom Froemming, Cody Christie and Jeremy Nygaard. You can read other Twins top prospect rankings, or even the rankings of Twins prospects from national outlets.

In Part 1 today, I am going to post my Top 20 Twins position player prospects in the Twins system. These rankings were done since I returned from Ft. Myers for a week of spring training, conversations with several people in and around the organization and other factors. In Part 2 (tomorrow), I will add my rankings of the Top 20 Twins pitching prospects, so be sure to come back and ask as many questions as you would like.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Trevor Larnach, Mark Contreras, Michael Helman, Alex Kirilloff)
The purpose of prospect rankings is really just to create discussion. Below you will find my personal rankings of Twins hitters, and I certainly welcome your thoughts and opinions on the players and their rankings.

As we prepare for the season, be sure to check out the Opening Day roster previews of the four Twins full-season affiliates:

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings
Double-A: Pensacola Blue Wahoos
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels


Seth's Top 20 Twins Position Player Prospects

#20 - Gabriel Maciel OF (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

Maciel came to the Twins from the Diamondbacks before the trade deadline in the Eduardo Escobar trade. Maciel is not a big guy, but he shows a really good approach at the plate and generally doesn’t try to do too much. He uses the whole field with a line-drive swing. Also bunts really well.

#19 - Luke Raley OF (Rochester Red Wings)

Raley was acquired from the Dodgers at the trade deadline, with LHP Devin Smeltzer, for Brian Dozier. Raley is impressive in person. He is big and strong and has a ton of power. However, he is also faster than you would think and while capable of playing center field, he is certainly best in the corners.

#18 - Willie Joe Garry, Jr. OF (Extended Spring Training)

Garry was the Twins 10th-round pick last June out of high school in Mississippi. Garry resembles Nick Gordon, though he might be a little taller and probably weighs less than the former first-round pick. Garry is very fast, from my perspective one of the fastest players in the organization. He’s very raw, but he has a really nice left-handed swing and does show good pop in his bat. I would guess he will return to the GCL this summer.

#17 - DaShawn Keirsey OF (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

The Twins fourth-round pick a year ago out of college at Utah, Keirsey is a really good athlete. Obviously he displayed incredible toughness in his return to the diamond a year ago after a gruesome collision with the centerfield wall his sophomore season left him with a dislocated and fractured left hip. He had a terrific junior season, putting up big numbers and has regained his speed and athleticism.

#16 - Jacob Pearson OF (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

The Twins acquired Pearson last offseason for international funds that helped the Angels acquire Shohei Ohtani. He began last season in extended spring training but joined the Kernels on Memorial Day weekend. Pearson is a good athlete who can play all three outfield spots but profiles best in left field. He’s got a good approach at the plate and a line-drive swing that is currently best when hitting the ball the other way.

#15 - Travis Blankenhorn 2B/3B (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Blankenhorn is one of the best athletes in the organization. It looks as though he gained even more strength. He’s got good speed. He can play second and third base at least adequately and has spent some time in left field. He is strong and has a big swing at the plate. He has a lot of power, but he has been really streaky throughout his young career.

#14 - Michael Helman 2B (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Helman was the Twins 11th-round pick out of Texas A&M last summer. He is a good athlete who can play both middle infield positions. He’s got good speed. He has a good arm. He likely profiles as a second baseman, but he can be a line-drive hitting, top-of-the-lineup hitter. Like Larnach, Helman signed on the draft signing deadline day. He played 12 games in E-Town and just 27 games in Cedar Rapids, so this is a very aggressive placement this early in the season.

#13 - Yunior Severino 2B (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

Severino is a very talented player. Talented enough that he received two seven-digit signing bonuses before he turned 18. He has good size, and while he should see a little time at shortstop, it’s likely he is a second baseman. He’s got average speed. He’s got good power potential. As he matures, he has a chance to be really good.


#12 - Luis Arraez 2B (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

Arraez returned last year after missing most of 2017 due to knee surgery. After a slow start, he started hitting again and then hit some more. Then about July 4th, he was promoted to Chattanooga where he hit some more. The Twins added him to the 40-man roster. Arraez is impressive to watch in person. He battles out at-bats and puts the ball in play. He’s also gained size and strength and I do think that he has become more athletic. In big league camp, he got time around the infield. In minor league camp, he primarily played second base.

#11 - LaMonte Wade OF (Rochester Red Wings)

Wade had a real strong showing at big-league camp, doing the things that we have seen him do since he was drafted. He takes a lot of pitches, but he attacks fastballs. He lines the ball all over the field, but he also has the ability to turn on a ball and hit it a long ways. Ha played a lot of center field, but definitely profiles more as a left-fielder.

#10 - Jose Miranda 3B/2B (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Miranda came on strong after a slow start last year. He has played second base and shortstop, but I’ve been told that his future is likely at third base. He may even play a little shortstop. But he is a big, strong kid with a good plate approach and a ton of power potential, and he still has room to grow.

#9 - Gilberto Celestino OF (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

Celestino came to the organization from Houston in the Ryan Pressly trade last summer. He was a big-dollar international signing. He is a really good athlete and very strong. He has a big leg kick, stays balanced and swings hard. He’s got good speed and range in center field.

#8 - Ryan Jeffers C (Ft. Myers Miracle)

The Twins second-round pick a year ago had a very impressive professional debut at E-Town and Cedar Rapids. He has an advanced hitting approach and generally puts the ball in play. He takes his walks and has a lot of power potential. In addition, he has been a very pleasant surprise with his performance behind the plate.

#7 - Nick Gordon SS/2B (Rochester Red Wings)

Yes, he struggled in his Triple-A debut, but until that point, Gordon had worked his way up the Twins ladder consistently and successfully. He began last year back in Double-A and added some more power to his game. While he will start the season on the IL, Gordon typically gets off to fast starts, showing a line-drive swing that is best when driving the ball the other way. Defensively, he can play shortstop and second base adequately.

#6 - Akil Baddoo OF (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Baddoo did a very nice job in Cedar Rapids, filling out the stat line with double-figures in doubles, triples, homes and stolen bases. He has really good speed and has become a much-improved center fielder. He takes a lot of pitchers, walks a lot and strikes out a lot. He will most likely hit at the top of the Miracle lineup most nights.

#5 - Brent Rooker OF/1B (Rochester Red Wings)

In his first full season, Rooker hit 32 doubles and 20 homers in Double-A. And he put up those numbers despite struggling the first six weeks of the season and the final month of the season. There is a lot of swing and miss, but he produces big power and production. He can play first base and the corner outfield spots and should continue to get time at each.

#4 - Trevor Larnach OF (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Larnach was impressive at Oregon State, but when you watch him in person, he’s even more impressive. Larnach is tall and lean but really strong. He has a really smooth left-handed swing that has tremendous power potential as he continues to gain strength. He’s got good speed and he looks more natural in right field, including a strong arm.

#3 - Wander Javier SS (Extended Spring Training)

Javier won’t be in extended spring for too long. While he missed all of last season, Javier clearly worked hard and got bigger and stronger. He always had an innate ability to find barrels but that added size should potentially increase his power capability as well as his endurance. And people firmly believe that he can stick at shortstop as he has a very strong arm. Simply, he just needs to stay healthy and play.

#2 - Alex Kirilloff OF (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

What more can be said about Kirilloff? What a year 2018 was for the slugger? He was one of the best hitters in minor league baseball and rose dramatically up the national prospect rankings. He showed extra-base power to all fields, especially to the opposite field. He returned nicely defensively in right field, but with the Twins' outfield depth, Kirilloff is going to spend significant time at first base this year, a position he is familiar with. Kirilloff looked a little stronger, but there is no question that he regained some speed in the offseason as well.

#1 - Royce Lewis SS (Ft. Myers Miracle)

Lewis was a Midwest League All-Star in 2018. He remained with the Kernels for a few more weeks before finishing the season with six weeks in Ft. Myers where he helped the Miracle to the FSL title. Lewis worked and added strength the past couple of offseasons. It started to show about two months into last season and he continued that power run in Ft. Myers. Lewis is a good all-around hitter, aggressive in the strike zone. One thing I noted in spring training is that you don’t hear people questioning his ability to play shortstop as much as we used to hear a year ago. Lewis had a good year, and he showed that he can make all of the plays and has plenty of arm.


Again, these are my personal choices as Top 20 Minnesota Twins position player prospects. Certainly this list can and will likely cause some discussion and questions, which I welcome below.

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I seriously disagree with leaving Rortvedt out of the top 20. In my mind he's at least top 15 and after last season's success at the plate in high-A deserves consideration as a top 10 prospect. He's a better receiver than Jeffers and is actually younger. I'm a little baffled by Jeffers at #6 and Rortvedt not cracking the top 20.

 

Rortvedt deserved to be ranked, especially if someone like Blankenhorn cracks the list. (I'm not wild about Blankenhorn, who struggled to hit in Ft. Myers and didn't do well in the AFL either. Maybe repeating a level will get him back on track, but he's clearly being passed by other prospects at 2B and is starting to look like he won't hit enough to play 3B)

 

I'm comfortable with my rankings, but I did know that Rortvedt would come up. 

 

Through some off-the-record conversations, I'm told that Rortvedt has really struggled with the pitch-framing portion of catching. For me, he's fantastic throwing and blocking and he's a really good athlete behind the plate. I also think that he works as well with pitchers as anyone. I also know that he has worked really hard on the framing, so I think that it's likely he will put up better framing numbers this year. 

 

Jeffers, on the other hand, scores very well in the pitch framing numbers. Add that to his plus-bat potential, including power, and that makes for a really exciting prospect. 

 

And as for Blankenhorn, I do believe in his athleticism and talent, and I think that he will hit. I may be totally wrong, but he's immensely talented and does have huge power potential and really good speed. I may be wrong. I mean, obviously a lot of these 20 aren't going to become MLB stars, but I'll still "buy" on Blankenhorn... while at the same time noting that I've previously had him as a Top 8-10 Twins prospect and now I have him as the #15 position player prospect (which theoretically probably puts him around #30 overall prospect). So it's certainly a big year for him.

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It's nice to have both a good, fun big league club and a good, fun minor league system. It seems likely that these guys are going to supplement an already good team rather than be forced to be the saviors. In 2007 Nick Blackburn was our #1 prospect, I wonder if he'd even make this top 20 now?

 

He didn't make my Top 20 then... Oops.. I just lied... I had him at #19 going into the 2008 season. 

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Helman is a ballplayer... No question... Having talked to him a few times... he's no Dykstra personality-wise, but he is just a really good baseball player. And you're'right, ,these things happen a lot. Like, Helman isn't' the kind of player that when you watch him in one game you're going to be wowed... but (and I havent seen him enough to say this with 100% confidence), he seems like one of those players that you appreciate over the course of a few weeks and months. I don't think of that as a knock at all. In fact, it's meant as a compliment. The same thing was said of Brian Dozier during his minor league days. 

As someone who did see Helman a lot last year, I'd agree with Seth 100%. Not flashy, but game in and game out, you really do appreciate what he does.

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I updated the post to say "position players" and now I apologize for shocking you. 

Now I am shocked that you didn't include Rortvedt in your Top 20 position players.

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I'm comfortable with my rankings, but I did know that Rortvedt would come up. 

 

Through some off-the-record conversations, I'm told that Rortvedt has really struggled with the pitch-framing portion of catching. For me, he's fantastic throwing and blocking and he's a really good athlete behind the plate. I also think that he works as well with pitchers as anyone. I also know that he has worked really hard on the framing, so I think that it's likely he will put up better framing numbers this year. 

 

Jeffers, on the other hand, scores very well in the pitch framing numbers. Add that to his plus-bat potential, including power, and that makes for a really exciting prospect. 

 

And as for Blankenhorn, I do believe in his athleticism and talent, and I think that he will hit. I may be totally wrong, but he's immensely talented and does have huge power potential and really good speed. I may be wrong. I mean, obviously a lot of these 20 aren't going to become MLB stars, but I'll still "buy" on Blankenhorn... while at the same time noting that I've previously had him as a Top 8-10 Twins prospect and now I have him as the #15 position player prospect (which theoretically probably puts him around #30 overall prospect). So it's certainly a big year for him.

 

 

I'm not someone who feels strongly on Rortvedt one way or another, but this does bring up an interesting question.

How much of a consideration should minor league framing be?

And when should it start to be important?

 

I'm pretty curious to see how Garver's numbers look this year after a month or two.

He was worth -10 runs last year according to Fangraphs' new numbers, but we've heard several times that framing was a specific offseason focus for him.

If he's average or better this year then I think we'd have to give pretty heavy consideration to the hypothesis that all it really takes to be a good framer is the willingness to work on it and amount of effort put into it (there already is evidence that as teams have become more aware of framing everyone has clustered closer to the average).

Basically it seems like the approach is mostly just to lower the stance and get a bunch of better calls on low strikes.

Maybe it won't be that simple, but we'll have to see.

It seems possible that it might be the kind of thing that players don't really need to focus on until AA or AAA once they have all the fundamentals down, then they put in a some time with their catching coaches and voila, average mlb framer.

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I'm comfortable with my rankings, but I did know that Rortvedt would come up. 

 

Through some off-the-record conversations, I'm told that Rortvedt has really struggled with the pitch-framing portion of catching. For me, he's fantastic throwing and blocking and he's a really good athlete behind the plate. I also think that he works as well with pitchers as anyone. I also know that he has worked really hard on the framing, so I think that it's likely he will put up better framing numbers this year. 

 

Jeffers, on the other hand, scores very well in the pitch framing numbers. Add that to his plus-bat potential, including power, and that makes for a really exciting prospect. 

 

And as for Blankenhorn, I do believe in his athleticism and talent, and I think that he will hit. I may be totally wrong, but he's immensely talented and does have huge power potential and really good speed. I may be wrong. I mean, obviously a lot of these 20 aren't going to become MLB stars, but I'll still "buy" on Blankenhorn... while at the same time noting that I've previously had him as a Top 8-10 Twins prospect and now I have him as the #15 position player prospect (which theoretically probably puts him around #30 overall prospect). So it's certainly a big year for him.

 

I'm not going to claim that Rortvedt should rank above Jeffers, but it feels like based on age and level performance they're not all that far apart as prospects, albeit for some differing reasons. Beyond that, developing quality catchers that can actually use the bat effectively sure seems to be a challenge for MLB, so if Rortvedt really has taken a leap forward with his hitting there's a ton of value there. but I freely admit I'm on Team Rortvedt.

 

I'm concerned about Blankenhorn. It's hard not to think of his season last year as a disappointment; Arraez has clearly passed him at this point and we simply didn't see much of that power potential in Ft. Myers. Maybe he and Lewin Diaz just hit that FSL wall we've come to expect and Alex Kirilloff is an even bigger outlier?

 

Strong "next wave" of talent clustered at Ft. Myers right now, which is a place where I feel like we really start to winnow out who are actually going to be real prospects vs JAGs. Should be an interesting season.

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Now I am shocked that you didn't include Rortvedt in your Top 20 position players.

 

Goal #1 accomplished for today... Now I'm going to have some lunch. Ha!!

 

OK, shocking you wasn't really the goal. 

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I'm not someone who feels strongly on Rortvedt one way or another, but this does bring up an interesting question.

How much of a consideration should minor league framing be?

And when should it start to be important?

 

I'm pretty curious to see how Garver's numbers look this year after a month or two.

He was worth -10 runs last year according to Fangraphs' new numbers, but we've heard several times that framing was a specific offseason focus for him.

If he's average or better this year then I think we'd have to give pretty heavy consideration to the hypothesis that all it really takes to be a good framer is the willingness to work on it and amount of effort put into it (there already is evidence that as teams have become more aware of framing everyone has clustered closer to the average).

Basically it seems like the approach is mostly just to lower the stance and get a bunch of better calls on low strikes.

Maybe it won't be that simple, but we'll have to see.

It seems possible that it might be the kind of thing that players don't really need to focus on until AA or AAA once they have all the fundamentals down, then they put in a some time with their catching coaches and voila, average mlb framer.

 

I don't know how muchh attention and focus it should get as far as prospect rankings. I know it gets a ton of attention in the organization and the work Tanner Swanson is doing with Twins catchers is really incredible.

 

We also know that catchers get paid and stick around in the big leagues because of those numbers. And Garver told us this spring that he knew his career wouldn't' be long if he didn't make those changes and improve those numbers.

 

So I do think it should be a factor... but even for catchers, it's one factor. Hitting is another. And I'm sure there are several. 

 

And again, the work and drills and focus that pitch receiving is receiving now from Swanson and everyone else is great because hopefully by year's end, all of these guys will continue to improve. 

 

I'm not going to claim that Rortvedt should rank above Jeffers, but it feels like based on age and level performance they're not all that far apart as prospects, albeit for some differing reasons. Beyond that, developing quality catchers that can actually use the bat effectively sure seems to be a challenge for MLB, so if Rortvedt really has taken a leap forward with his hitting there's a ton of value there. but I freely admit I'm on Team Rortvedt.

 

I'm concerned about Blankenhorn. It's hard not to think of his season last year as a disappointment; Arraez has clearly passed him at this point and we simply didn't see much of that power potential in Ft. Myers. Maybe he and Lewin Diaz just hit that FSL wall we've come to expect and Alex Kirilloff is an even bigger outlier?

 

Strong "next wave" of talent clustered at Ft. Myers right now, which is a place where I feel like we really start to winnow out who are actually going to be real prospects vs JAGs. Should be an interesting season.

 

I'm a big fan of Rortvedt, and obviously so are the Twins. And I do think that he can take another step forward this year. He is very strong. He's a good athlete, even beyond the "for a catcher" preposition that always needs to be added. He's got the arm and all those other things I mentioned. I am curious how the offense develops in 2019. If asked right now,, I would say that Rortvedt will play in the big leagues. I think there's a very good chance of that... and again, that speaks very highly to the Twins depth.

 

I'm frequently told that FSL numbers can be very misleading ,especially for guys that are power hitters and do get good launch. It can suppress numbers. Diaz was hurt last year and struggled but man has he put in the work. And I've said probably enough on Blankenhorn. Maybe High-A will be it, but I'm willing to bet on them moving up yet. 

 

And I would say that Kirilloff is absolutely an outlier in the same way that Sano was an outlier in his (first stop in the) Florida State days. Kirilloff is special. All of his teammates know that. But notice that Lewis hit homers with as much frequency as Kirilloff in his (about 20 games less) in Ft. Myers last season. 

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Apr 04 2019 10:58 AM

Your low ranking of Maciel is a bit of an outier compared to national prospect minds.

 

Any reason why you like him less than most?

What I see is a farm system with the talent to not only provide a solid future for the Twins by itself, but also with the talent to acquire MLB players to improve the current roster as needed. What a change from the past! Thanks Seth. Great insight as always.

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What I see is a farm system with the talent to not only provide a solid future for the Twins by itself, but also with the talent to acquire MLB players to improve the current roster as needed. What a change from the past! Thanks Seth. Great insight as always.

 

Agreed! A lot of talented players acquired since the beginning of 2016.

 

Will there be a serious 40-man roster crunch coming up in the future? I hope someone at TD will put up a list of Rule V eligibility for 2020 and 2021 at some point (hint).

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I'd rank Raley higher than Wade and only lower than Larnach, Kiriloff, and Rooker (these 3 mentioned in alpha and not any other order btw.) He has 5 tools vs 3 (no arm and power) for Wade, is a year younger, and had very similar performance at the same stop last season.Wade's hit and run tool is better, but Raley's other 3 tools are much better.If I were to think of a Raley comparable, it would be one of my favorite prospects who just did not make it for whatever reasons, Joe Benson...

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I'd rank Raley higher than Wade and only lower than Larnach, Kiriloff, and Rooker (these 3 mentioned in alpha and not any other order btw.) He has 5 tools vs 3 (no arm and power) for Wade, is a year younger, and had very similar performance at the same stop last season. Wade's hit and run tool is better, but Raley's other 3 tools are much better. If I were to think of a Raley comparable, it would be one of my favorite prospects who just did not make it for whatever reasons, Joe Benson...


MLB Pipeline has a 50 grade for Wade's arm, compared to a 45 grade for Raley's hit tool.
So if Raley has 5 tools, then Wade has 4.
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Luke Raley, I get that some of these guys have more hype and guys at Rookie and low A seem like can't miss.BUT, Raley looks like can't miss to me.Good Speed, Good Power, Good AVG.#12 at the Highest. Rortvedt, I'm not a big fan 20-25 seem good to me.

Not on this particular list.....but how do we pronounce Zander Wiel's last name?Is it like "wheel" or "while"?

 

Heard it both ways. Dick and Bert and Dazzle were all over the map on this during spring training.

 

Man, the Twins must really, really like Helman. I mean, I fully understand Larnach and Jeffers jumping straight to Ft. Myers, but Helman isn't necessarily the type of player that you bump up that fast. But he's talented. Again, not sure he has any plus tools but he is average or better at a lot of things. Fields well. Plays middle infield. Line drives. Good approach. Averagish speed. He's impressive to watch 

I look at it differently. Helman is a year older than Larnach and Jeffers...played the extra year of college ball (in a top program/conference), which also explains maybe droping a few rounds compared to the juniors. To me, if they like him at ALL they should be getting him to Fort Myers sooner rather than later. Either way, it's encouraging.

 

The absence that has me a bit surprised is Rortvedt. The inclusion that has me surprised is Willie Joe Garry. Did I miss something, or is he kind of coming out of nowhere in your rankings? A 9th round draft pick (article says 10th, btw) that hasn't registered anything positive in an official league as of yet. My guess is you're hearing things regarding Garry from people in the organization? 

Not on this particular list.....but how do we pronounce Zander Wiel's last name? Is it like "wheel" or "while"?

Heard it both ways. Dick and Bert and Dazzle were all over the map on this during spring training.


Wheel.
I’m also on the Rortvedt band wagon. I loved him as a draft pick and I loved what I saw when I went to watch the Kernels. While there, I also heard lots of good things about him from the long time Kernels fans I sat near. They saw intangibles that they believed made their pitchers better. They credited him with being a good game caller and felt pitchers respected him behind the dish. I think he should be higher on this list.

I would love to hear SD Buhrs opinion on this...
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Agreed! A lot of talented players acquired since the beginning of 2016.

 

Will there be a serious 40-man roster crunch coming up in the future? I hope someone at TD will put up a list of Rule V eligibility for 2020 and 2021 at some point (hint).

I was thinking this exact thing as I read this earlier today.Gotta believe these young studs in the FO will have a handle on this and will move a few of those who could be at risk this summer.Whether its part of a deal to bring in help for 2019 or a younger prospect further away from that Rule 5 day or reckoning.

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I'd rank Raley higher than Wade and only lower than Larnach, Kiriloff, and Rooker (these 3 mentioned in alpha and not any other order btw.) He has 5 tools vs 3 (no arm and power) for Wade, is a year younger, and had very similar performance at the same stop last season.Wade's hit and run tool is better, but Raley's other 3 tools are much better.If I were to think of a Raley comparable, it would be one of my favorite prospects who just did not make it for whatever reasons, Joe Benson...

Does L come before K, alphabetically?I wish I knew how to put one of those smiley faces here!!!!

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No expert, but a hunch on Raley that I think a lot of us seem to have
I think we're talking about him a lot more this time next year, if not mid season.

Understand the reasons given, and development that still needs to take place, but not sure I could keep Rortvedt off this list.

Not trying to deliberately be a "cup runneth over" fan but there are quite a few guys not on this list that are still pretty decent prospects with potential.
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Your low ranking of Maciel is a bit of an outier compared to national prospect minds.

 

Any reason why you like him less than most?

 

I don't know. He's not a big guy, and I didn't see him play a lot. Saw him take a lot of BP. He's good, as shown in my description of him. 

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SF Twins Fan
Apr 04 2019 02:03 PM

Does anyone know how to get to the MiLB website that was basically a home base for all of the affiliates for the Twins?In past years through MiLB.com I believe there was a way to get to their affiliates website that on the right side had a link to all of their teams.I can't find it anymore.

 

Agreed! A lot of talented players acquired since the beginning of 2016.

 

Will there be a serious 40-man roster crunch coming up in the future? I hope someone at TD will put up a list of Rule V eligibility for 2020 and 2021 at some point (hint).

 

We'll certainly have articles on Rule 5 eligibles. There are a lot... 

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