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2018 Twins Off-Season top 60 Prospect List: Summary 1-60 and Organizational Overview

Posted by Thrylos , 26 February 2018 · 673 views

Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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This is the last segment in the 2018 Twins top 60 prospect list. You can find the introductory segment that discusses qualifications to be on this list and presents the players who were on the 2017 list but are not in this list here. You can find the list of the previous rankings here: 56-60, 55-51, 46-50 , 41-45, 36-40, 31-35, 26-30, 21-25, 16-20, 11-15, 6-10, and 1-5. You can find all segments in this series here.

Here is the list of the Twins top 60 prospects, with last year's ranking in parenthesis; if not ranked in 2017 this is indicated by (--). I also indicate their position and ETA to the majors:


1. Royce Lewis (--), SS/OF, 2020
2. Wander Javier (1), SS, 2020
3. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, 2020
4. Brent Rooker (--), 1B/LF, 2018
5. Fernardo Romero (4), RHP, 2018
6. Rainis Silva (32), C, 2020
7. Blayne Enlow (--), RHP, 2020
8. Zack Littell (--), RHP, 2018
9. Stephen Gonsalves (6), LHP, 2018
10. Lewin Diaz (3), 1B, 2020
11. Akil Baddoo (24), OF, 2020
12. Tyler Jay (2), LHP, 2018
13. Alex Kirilloff (8) OF, 2020
14. Luis Arraez (11), IF, 2019
15. Michael Montero (--), RHP, 2021
16. Nick Gordon (5), IF, 2018
17. Tyler Wells (54), RHP, 2020
18. Jose Miranda (--), IF, 2021
19. Jean Carlos Arias (36), CF, 2020
20. Jermaine Palacios (31) SS, 2020 traded to the Rays
20. Jovani Moran (--), LHP, 2020
21. Lewis Thorpe (30), LHP, 2019
22. LaMonte Wade (22), OF, 2018
23 Yunior Severino (--), IF, 2022
24. Chris Paul (--), UT, 2019
25. Landon Leach (--), RHP, 2021
26. Andrew Bechtold (--), 3B, 2020
27. Travis Blankenhorn (15), 3B/1B/OF, 2020
28. Charlie Barnes (--), LHP, 2020
29. Tyler Watson (--), RHP, 2020
30. David Banuelos (--), C, 2020
31. Ben Rortvedt (16), C, 2021
32. Kohl Stewart (17), RHP, 2018
33. Alberoni Nunez (--), OF, 2021
34. Derek Molina (--), RHP, 2021
35. Bryan Sammons (--) LHP, 2020
36. Bailey Ober (--), RHP, 2020
37. Pedro Garcia (45), RHP, 2021
38. Lachlan Wells (29), LHP, 2020
39. Wander Valdez, (--) 3B, 2021
40. Aaron Whitefield (59), OF, 2020
41. Ricky De La Torre (--) SS, 2021
42. Jake Reed (25) RHP, 2018
43. Jacob Pearson (--), OF, 2022
44. Yeltsin Encarnacion (--) IF, 2022
45. Ryley Widell (--) LHP, 2022
46. Andrew Vasquez (52), LHP, 2019
47. Tom Hackimer (--), RHP, 2019
48. Kerby Camacho (--), C, 2021
49. Hector Lujan (--), RHP, 2020
50. Colton Burns (--), OF, 2021
51. Cody Stashak -(55), RHP, 2019
52. Jaylin Davis, (39), OF 2019
53. Alex Robles, (--), OF, 2022
54. Ruben Santana, (--), IF, 2022
55. Carlos Suniaga, (--), RHP, 2022
56. Sandy Lugo, (--), RHP, 2020
57. Nelson Molina, (47), IF, 2020
58. Ben Rodriguez (--), C/1B, 2022
59. Carson Crites (--), 2B, 2022
60. Jesus Toledo (--), LHP, 2022


Re-arranging the list based on when players would be ready to help the Twins in the majors, will make look something like this:

4. Brent Rooker (--), 1B/LF, 2018
5. Fernardo Romero (4), RHP, 2018
8. Zack Littell (--), RHP, 2018
9. Stephen Gonsalves (6), LHP, 2018
12. Tyler Jay (2), LHP, 2018
16. Nick Gordon (5), IF, 2018
22. LaMonte Wade (22), OF, 2018
32. Kohl Stewart (17), RHP, 2018
42. Jake Reed (25) RHP, 2018
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14. Luis Arraez (11), IF, 2019
21. Lewis Thorpe (30), LHP, 2019
24. Chris Paul (--), UT, 2019
46. Andrew Vasquez (52), LHP, 2019
47. Tom Hackimer (--), RHP, 2019
51. Cody Stashak -(55), RHP, 2019
52. Jaylin Davis, (39), OF 2019
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1. Royce Lewis (--), SS/OF, 2020
2. Wander Javier (1), SS, 2020
3. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, 2020
6. Rainis Silva (32), C, 2020
7. Blayne Enlow (--), RHP, 2020
10. Lewin Diaz (3), 1B, 2020
11. Akil Baddoo (24), OF, 2020
13. Alex Kirilloff (8) OF, 2020
17. Tyler Wells (54), RHP, 2020
19. Jean Carlos Arias (36), CF, 2020
20. Jermaine Palacios (31) SS, 2020
20. Jovani Moran (--), LHP, 2020
26. Andrew Bechtold (--), 3B, 2020
27. Travis Blankenhorn (15), 3B/1B/OF, 2020
28. Charlie Barnes (--), LHP, 2020
29. Tyler Watson (--), RHP, 2020
30. David Banuelos (--), C, 2020
35. Bryan Sammons (--) LHP, 2020
36. Bailey Ober (--), RHP, 2020
38. Lachlan Wells (29), LHP, 2020
40. Aaron Whitefield (59), OF, 2020
49. Hector Lujan (--), RHP, 2020
56. Sandy Lugo, (--), RHP, 2020
57. Nelson Molina, (47), IF, 2020
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15. Michael Montero (--), RHP, 2021
18. Jose Miranda (--), IF, 2021
25. Landon Leach (--), RHP, 2021
31. Ben Rortvedt (16), C, 2021
33. Alberoni Nunez (--), OF, 2021
34. Derek Molina (--), RHP, 2021
37. Pedro Garcia (45), RHP, 2021
39. Wander Valdez, (--) 3B, 2021
41. Ricky De La Torre (--) SS, 2021
48. Kerby Camacho (--), C, 2021
50. Colton Burns (--), OF, 2021
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23 Yunior Severino (--), IF, 2022
43. Jacob Pearson (--), OF, 2022
44. Yeltsin Encarnacion (--) IF, 2022
45. Ryley Widell (--) LHP, 2022
53. Alex Robles, (--), OF, 2022
54. Ruben Santana, (--), IF, 2022
55. Carlos Suniaga, (--), RHP, 2022
58. Ben Rodriguez (--), C/1B, 2022
59. Carson Crites (--), 2B, 2022
60. Jesus Toledo (--), LHP, 2022

There is a solid pipeline of talent ready (ETA 2018) and close to ready (ETA 2019) that can help the Twins this season; albeit other than a couple of cases (Rooker and Romero), it is not top talent. The majority of top talent will be ready around 2020, close to when the current young Twins core is coming to its arbitration eligible stage. For 2021 and further there is not much at this time, but a. many of these prospects will rise in the rankings and b. will be supplemented in the 2018-2020 drafts.

The Twins system is its stronger and more balanced that it has been in years. The years when Sano, Polanco and Buxton were the top prospects, the quality of position players prospects was probably higher than now, but with Lewis, Javier and Rooker on the top 5, this might be challenged as well. The quality of pitching and the potential of pitching prospect is much higher than previous years.

Also this team has a nice core of prospects from 8-15, and some of that group are regarded much higher in the National lists, which can serve as the basis for trades to bring in ready now top of the rotation talent, something that the Twins lack.