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Twins Prospect Pulse: Promotions and Short-Season Leagues

Welcome to another edition of the Twins Prospect Pulse. Over the past month we’ve seen several big promotions (Alex Kirilloff, Brusdar Graterol, Royce Lewis) and the short-season leagues have all gotten underway, which means we’re starting to see some of the 2018 draftees for the first time. Here's how each affiliate is performing, a rundown of the Twins Daily top 20 prospects and another 10 names of note.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Brusdar Graterol)
This is a feature designed to keep those of you who are more casual followers of the system up to speed on what’s happening in the minor leagues. This will be posted mid-month going forward, the intention being that it will complement Seth’s Minor League Player of the Month Award articles nicely. Speaking of which, here are the award winners from June:

Hitter: Luis Arraez
Starting pitcher: Tyler Wells
Relief pitcher: Jovani Moran

Below are the stats for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. All numbers were pulled on the morning of July 16.

Affiliates
-Rochester Red Wings: 43-46, fourth place in IL North
-Chattanooga Lookouts: 42-50 overall, 6-17 second half, last place in SL North
-Fort Myers Miracle: 38-54 overall, 10-14 second half, fourth place in FSL South
-Cedar Rapids Kernels: 48-45 overall, 16-8 second half, second place in MWL Western
-Elizabethton Twins: 16-8, first place in Appy West
-GCL Twins: 13-9, tied for first place in GSL South
-DSL Twins: 25-11, first place in DSL South

Top Prospects
Here’s a snapshot at how the top 20 prospects have performed.

We unveiled a new midseason prospect list earlier this month. Both Fernando Romero and Mitch Garver graduated from prospect status while Tyler Jay and Felix Jorge dropped out of our top 20. The new arrivals that took their places are Trevor Larnach, Ryan Jeffers, Jacob Pearson and Luis Arraez.

1. Royce Lewis, SS, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: .370/.447/.568 (1.015 OPS), 12.8 K%, 11.7 BB%
Full season: .320/.373/.485 (.858 OPS), 14.9 K%, 7.4 BB%

2. Alex Kirilloff, RF, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: .289/.316/.400 (.716 OPS), 17.9 K%, 3.2 BB%
Full season: .322/.372/.553 (.925 OPS), 17.0 K%, 7.2 BB%

3. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: 19.1 IP, 4.66 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 2.71 K:BB
Full season: 55.2 IP, 3.23 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 9.9 K/9, 4.69 K:BB

4. Nick Gordon, SS, Rochester
Last 28 days: .222/.239/.344 (.584 OPS), 16.1 K%, 2.2 BB%
Full season: .282/.317/.429 (.746 OPS), 16.6 K%, 4.2 BB%

5. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Rochester
Last 28 days: 21.2 IP, 0.83 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 1.46 K:BB
Full season: 84.1 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.6 K/9, 1.76 K:BB

6. Trevor Larnach, OF, Inactive

7. Brent Rooker, 1B/LF, Chattanooga
Last 28 days: .275/.340/.582 (.922 OPS), 32.0 K%, 8.0 BB%
Full season: .263/.320/.488 (.808 OPS), 29.1 K%, 7.2 BB%

8. Akil Baddoo, CF, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: .318/.384/.523 (.907 OPS), 13.1 K%, 10.1 BB%
Full season: .247/.365/.429 (.794 OPS), 24.4 K%, 15.4 BB%

9. Wander Javier, SS, Out for the season due to injury

10. Zack Littell, RHP, Rochester
Last 28 days: 19.2 IP, 1.83 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 3.00 K:BB
Full season: 83.1 IP, 4.32 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 9.2 K/9, 2.66 K:BB

11. Blayne Enlow, RHP, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: 20.0 IP, 0.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 1.75 K:BB
Full season: 56.2 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 1.64 K:BB

12. LaMonte Wade, LF/RF, Rochester
Last 28 days: .250/.379/.500 (.879 OPS), 14.9 K%, 14.9 BB%
Full season: .278/.391/.440 (.831 OPS), 11.3 K%, 14.4 BB%

13. Travis Blankenhorn, 3B/2B, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: .196/.282/.304 (.586 OPS), 28.8 K%, 6.7 BB%
Full season: .243/.308/.397 (.705 OPS), 25.7 K%, 6.9 BB%

14. Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Chattanooga
Last 28 days: 21.2 IP, 1.66 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 13.3 K/9, 10.67 K:BB
Full season: 84.1 IP, 3.95 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 4.42 K:BB

15. Ben Rortvedt, C, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: .226/.333/.355 (.688 OPS), 16.7 K%, 12.5 BB%
Full season: .265/.329/.372 (.701 OPS), 20.1 K%, 8.0 BB%

16. Yunior Severino, 2B, Elizabethton
Last 28 days: .317/.353/.476 (.829 OPS), 19.1 K%, 5.9 BB%
Full season: Same as above

17. Lewin Diaz, 1B, Fort Myers
Last 28 days: .280/.326/.378 (.704 OPS), 15.7 K%, 6.7 BB%
Full season: .234/.265/.360 (.624 OPS), 17.2 K%, 3.1 BB%

18. Ryan Jeffers, C, Elizabethton
Last 28 days: .398/.524/.566 (1.090 OPS), 13.3 K%, 14.3 BB%
Full season: Same as above

19. Jacob Pearson, LF, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: .317/.417/.476 (.892 OPS), 19.8 K%, 13.5 BB%
Full season: .292/.370/.429 (.799 OPS), 18.0 K%, 10.6 BB%

20. Luis Arraez, 2B, Chattanooga
Last 28 days: .330/.371/.396 (.767 OPS), 10.3 K%, 6.2 BB%
Full season: .301/.351/.387 (.738 OPS), 11.1 K%, 6.7 BB%

Another 10 to Know
This is a rotating list. I’m trying to make sure to feature a brand new set of 10 players each month. These aren’t necessarily the next 10 in the rankings, but here are some other names of note:

Jean Carlos Arias, OF, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: .324/.351/.592 (.943 OPS), 23.0 K%, 4.1 BB%
Full season: .274/.292/.425 (.717 OPS), 21.5 K%, 2.7 BB%

Jordan Balazovic, RHP, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: 22.1 IP, 2.42 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 4.00 K:BB
Full season: 38.0 IP, 2.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 11.8 K/9, 4.17 K:BB

Anthony Escobar, RHP, DSL Twins
Last 28 days: 24.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, 7.33 K:BB
Full season: 43.2 IP, 1.24 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 7.6 K/9, 5.29 K:BB

Jesus Feliz, SS, DSL Twins
Last 28 days: .333/.364/.627 (.991 OPS), 12.5 K%, 1.8 BB%
Full season: .287/.319/.517 (.836 OPS), 15.8 K%, 3.2 BB%

Derek Molina, RHP, Elizabethton
Last 28 days: 12.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 14.3 K/9, 3.80 K:BB
Full season: 25.1 IP, 3.55 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 12.1 K/9, 2.43 K:BB

Jeferson Morales, C, DSL Twins
Last 28 days: .286/.437/.393 (.829 OPS), 11.3 K%, 15.5 BB%
Full season: .330/.496/.489 (.984 OPS), 9.4 K%, 19.7 BB%

Bailey Ober, RHP, Cedar Rapids
Last 28 days: 23.2 IP, 2.28 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 13.7 K/9, 12.00 K:BB
Full season: 64 IP, 4.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 9.25 K:BB

Sean Poppen, RHP, Chattanooga
Last 28 days: 25.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 4.17 K:BB
Full season: 78.1 IP, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 10.0 K/9, 3.48 K:BB

Tyler Webb, RF, Elizabethton
Last 28 days: .387/.478/.440 (.918 OPS), 13.3 K%, 10.0 BB%
Full season: Same as above

Chris Williams, 1B, Elizabethton
Last 28 days: .270/.362/.539 (.901 OPS), 18.1 K%, 12.4 BB%
Full season: Same as above

That’s it for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. Thanks for checking it out.

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This is a really good feature at Twins Daily.

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Carole Keller
Jul 16 2018 11:37 PM

Don't know how I missed this when it came out before ... thanks! It's a GREAT feature!

 

That said ... any chance you could expand it to the full TD 40 + 10? (I know, I know ... I keep asking for stuff!)

Thanks for the rundown. 40 + 10? Yikes, these guys do have lives outside of here!
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Thanks for this compilation.  Nice to see some of the DSL guys singled out; I don't usually pay much attention to those guys.

 

Its always fun to mine the 28 day and full season numbers for hidden nuggets.

 

Here's three I found:

 

Blaine Enlow's peripheral's haven't changed (except Whip--that's lower) but his ERA has plummeted.

 

Lewin Diaz has more than doubled his season BB% over the last 28 days.

 

Lewis Thorpe and Bailey Ober have obscenely high KK/BB ratios over the last 28 days.

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Tom Froemming
Jul 17 2018 07:25 AM

 

Don't know how I missed this when it came out before ... thanks! It's a GREAT feature!

 

That said ... any chance you could expand it to the full TD 40 + 10? (I know, I know ... I keep asking for stuff!)

Thanks Carole, since you asked ... I'm going to cut it down to just the 10 top and five extras next time :)

 

I'll see what I can do in terms of expanding it next month, it'll depend on how mush I've got going on the day I whip this together.

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Tom Froemming
Jul 17 2018 08:23 AM

 

Thanks for this compilation.  Nice to see some of the DSL guys singled out; I don't usually pay much attention to those guys.

Neither do I, to be honest. I feel like there's a lot of fool's gold down there. It's really hard to try and evaluate on the numbers, which is all I personally have to go off of for that league.

 

Below are some things that put into perspective what comes out of the DSL. Since the kids are so young in this league, you've got to look back a ways to get any real context.

 

Players to make the MLB

2012 DSL Twins: Fernando Romero, Engelb Vielma

2011 DSL Twins: Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario

2010 DSL Twins: Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco

2009 DSL Twins: None

2008 DSL Twins: Oswaldo Arcia, Danny Santana

 

And among the DSL leaders back in 2008, only six of the top 50 players in OPS and six of the top 50 pitchers in ERA that season made it to the majors.

 

But, I still wanted to highlight a few of the guys down there because I do think it's worth at least keeping some tabs on what's going on. Maybe Escobar (17), Feliz (18) and Morales (19) make it to the majors, maybe they flame out before they ever even make it to full season ball. Who knows?

 

Fun facts on Jeferson Morales: He has more extra-base hits (12) than strikeouts (11) and leads the DSL Twins with 12 stolen bases. This is all from a catcher listed at 5-8, 170 pounds.

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Thanks for the fine update. Cedar Rapids has been really interesting to follow this year. Two CR players not listed have been good the last 28 days - Jose Miranda (.315/.354/.533) and Trey Cabbage (.273/.368/.515).

 

The Twins have a lot of upside in the 21 and under crowd. 

Thanks for the update, Tom.It is appreciated.

 

Only name I was surprised to not see was Jose Miranda.With a .919 OPS in July, expect his numbers would be right up there with the best.Speaking about the Kernels, you have to be excited about Baddoo and Pearson.

 

What really got my attention is the progress so many of these players are making.Is always a good sign to see players playing better as the long year wears on.Another exciting note to me was how well the Top 3 are doing after moving up a level within the last month.Yes, their numbers are down, but not bad as they adjust to the better competition they are facing.I said it elsewhere a few days ago, but I expect this Top 3 can stand up against the Top 3 in most organizations in baseball. 

 

And thanks for including a couple guys from the DSL.I expect we all are going to be talking about Escobar a lot over the coming years.Does anyone know anything about him?Is he a hard thrower?Or a finesse guy?

 

Thanks again, Tom.

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Tom Froemming
Jul 17 2018 08:53 AM

 

Two CR players not listed have been good the last 28 days - Jose Miranda (.315/.354/.533) and Trey Cabbage (.273/.368/.515).

 

Only name I was surprised to not see was Jose Miranda.With a .919 OPS in July, expect his numbers would be right up there with the best.  

Thank you for reading, and I want to make it clear that I welcome people to chip in with comments like these, but just a heads up both Miranda and Cabbage were highlighted in last month's "Another 10 to Know" section.

 

I'm trying to avoid repeating any names in an effort to spotlight as many players as possible. It's been good for me personally to get a bit out of my comfort zone and discover some new names (like with the DSL guys), so I hope everyone following along has the same experience.

 

Here are the "Another 10" guys from the previous two installments :

-Arraez (wasn't in the top 20 at that time), Charlie Barnes, Cabbage, Randy Dobnak, Adalberto Mejia (who I realize now isn't technically a prospect, doh!), Sean Miller, Miranda, Jovani Moran, Brian Navarreto and Bryan Sammons.

 

-Nick Anderson, Willians Astudillo, Edgar Corcino, Jaylin Davis, Ryan Mason, Chris Paul, Cody Stashak, Todd Van Steensel, Andrew Vasquez and Zander Wiel.

 

So again, feel free to further discuss any of those guys, but if you're wondering why they weren't singled out, it's because they already have been.

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Major Leauge Ready
Jul 17 2018 09:08 AM

This is fantastic. It's great for getting an idea of how players are trending.

Thanks Tom, Great stuff! Wow, Rooker's 32.0% K-rate is eye-popping.

Love this series!

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Thanks for these great updates. I'm curious - where do you get the info for the last 28 days?

 

I know the DSL stats have to be taken with a grain of salt but I'll add another player to the list:

Victor Heredia also has some pretty strong numbers. For the season, he's at .355/.400/.598, 14.4 K%, 6.4 BB%. (He's second in the league in slugging and 5th in OPS.) I think his last 28 days look pretty similar. He was originally signed as a catcher, but looks like he hasn't caught this year - moving to 1B/DH - which likely tarnishes too much optimism for the 18 year old.  

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Tom Froemming
Jul 17 2018 01:30 PM

 

Thanks Tom, Great stuff! Wow, Rooker's 32.0% K-rate is eye-popping.

Yeaaaaaah ... not ideal. Luckily the production has still been there despite the Ks.

 

Thanks for these great updates. I'm curious - where do you get the info for the last 28 days?

In the splits at Baseball-reference. 

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Until Rooker cuts that K rate drastically, I don't consider him a meaningful prospect, no matter how many HR's he hits.

I realize I'm in the vast minority, perhaps even alone.
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Until Rooker cuts that K rate drastically, I don't consider him a meaningful prospect, no matter how many HR's he hits.

I realize I'm in the vast minority, perhaps even alone.

 

I too have doubts, plus his defense (if he has a position) is a major issue, imo. But, he looks like he can hit some, and that's always good. But, the Ks....they are a concern.

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Carole Keller
Jul 17 2018 06:57 PM

Thanks Carole, since you asked ... I'm going to cut it down to just the 10 top and five extras next time :)
 
I'll see what I can do in terms of expanding it next month, it'll depend on how mush I've got going on the day I whip this together.


Yeah, I know, I’m asking too much. Maybe save the 40 for a season recap then. The only reason I threw out the 40 is because that’s what TD does.

 

Thanks for the fine update. Cedar Rapids has been really interesting to follow this year. Two CR players not listed have been good the last 28 days - Jose Miranda (.315/.354/.533) and Trey Cabbage (.273/.368/.515).

 

The Twins have a lot of upside in the 21 and under crowd. 

^^^ Big Jose Miranda fan here as well my friend. Since May 18th, in 55 games he's hitting .322/.364/.518 (.882 OPS). with an 11.3% K rate. He reminds me of how Jorge Polanco flew under the radar on Sano/Buxton/Kepler/Rosario stacked teams. I'd put him right up with Akil Baddoo in prospect rankings.

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Thank you for reading, and I want to make it clear that I welcome people to chip in with comments like these, but just a heads up both Miranda and Cabbage were highlighted in last month's "Another 10 to Know" section.

 

I'm trying to avoid repeating any names in an effort to spotlight as many players as possible. It's been good for me personally to get a bit out of my comfort zone and discover some new names (like with the DSL guys), so I hope everyone following along has the same experience.

 

Here are the "Another 10" guys from the previous two installments :

-Arraez (wasn't in the top 20 at that time), Charlie Barnes, Cabbage, Randy Dobnak, Adalberto Mejia (who I realize now isn't technically a prospect, doh!), Sean Miller, Miranda, Jovani Moran, Brian Navarreto and Bryan Sammons.

 

-Nick Anderson, Willians Astudillo, Edgar Corcino, Jaylin Davis, Ryan Mason, Chris Paul, Cody Stashak, Todd Van Steensel, Andrew Vasquez and Zander Wiel.

 

So again, feel free to further discuss any of those guys, but if you're wondering why they weren't singled out, it's because they already have been.

I applaud you for looking into the DSL. When the Twins signed Amaurys Minier I started following. Maybe I'm the jinx for the recent bad stretch of DSL talent lol


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