Player: Maximilian Kepler
Born: 02/10/1993 (21)
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Max joined the Twins as an international signing in 2009. His $800,000 signing bonus was the largest offer ever extended to a European player at that time.
Max was added to the 40 man roster at the end of the 2013 season.
Kepler made his professional debut in 2010 (age 17 season) in the Gulf Coast League. He’s spent the past four seasons in the minor league system for the Twins, finishing 2013 at low A Cedar Rapids. He will begin 2014 in high A Fort Myers playing LF.
Minor League Stats:
Prospect Rankings (2014):
[FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri]Fangraphs – 7
Minorleagueball.com - 10
Baseball America – 13 (Top 15 under 25)
MLB.Com – 15
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You can read detailed scouting reports on Max here:
[FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri]While it’s worth your time to read both stories linked above, the highlights of Kepler’s game are:
+ Plate discipline (Able to put the ball in play with 2 strikes, will draw walks)
- Arm strength (Average to below average, likely destined to be LF)
While the Twins had plans for Kepler to be a pure CF when he was signed, it has become apparent that Max’s future likely will be in the corner outfield. His speed has decreased as he’s adding more weight, which has limited his range. His arm has been described as "mediocre" by most scouts, which likely makes him a LF or even a 1B going forward. Although many believe that if he’s shifted to 1B he will be able to add defensive value at the position.
Features on Kepler:
Read Tyler Mason's piece on Fox Sports North: HERE
Kepler at bat:
You can follow Max on Twitter (@Kepleroni)
News & Notes:
Max strained his UCL in 2013 (similar to the issues Miguel Sano encountered this season) but was able to recover with rehab, instead of surgery. Mike Berardino has a great piece covering Max's rehab and recovery. [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri]
Edited by iTwins, 12 May 2014 - 01:15 PM.