Benjamin T. Rortvedt
September 25, 1997 (Age: 20 this season)
Birthplace: Verona, WI
Signed via amateur draft in 2016, 2nd round (56th overall, $900,000 bonus)
Stats at baseball-reference.com
Ben, ranked the #24 prospect at mlb.com and #16 here at Twins Daily, starts the 2018 campaign at Cedar Rapids. This is a return engagement, prompted by a disappointing year at the plate in 2017. He batted only .224, with a smattering of walks and only 4 HR to compensate. However, the aggregate line disguises that he made apparent strides during the second half, batting .273 (with all of his HR), from June onward.
Behind the plate, there were no complaints, and if his bat were ready he could conceivably finish the polishing-portion of his training on defense at the major league level.
A mid-season promotion to high-A Ft Myers would hardly be surprising if he resumes his production this spring in Iowa. He will still be among the youngest players on his team.
Not that Ben would ever be complacent, but he does need to be aware that David Banuelos, whom the Twins acquired during their wheeling and dealing last autumn, is also highly regarded, is merely one year older, and will share the catching duties at Cedar Rapids to begin the season. I'm sure it will be a friendly rivalry that benefits both players. Maybe they'll be the eventual catching tandem (lefty/righty) with the big club in a couple of years!
For more details on Rortvedt's background, rather than repeat what I wrote last year I will just refer you there. Good luck, Ben!