I really think that the Twins need to add a short season A level team to their minor league affiliations.Without this level, the Twins are starting their college level draft picks too low in the organization and delaying their movement through the system too much.
Consider a guy like Bryan Sammons as an example.He was our 8th round draft pick out of Western Carolina drafted as a college senior. He is pitching well at CR and maybe that is the level he needs to be.But the problem is he is 23 years old.IN his draft year in 2017, he blew away the rookie level opposition and like a few Twins draft picks got moved up to low level A league.The Twins then put him there to start this season and he is pitching well with 3.05 ERA and 53 strike outs in 59 innings.
But, for him to have a chance he really should be one level higher than what he is.Using the "Twins Way", he will be 24 at A+, 25 at AA, and 26-27 years old at AAA. And that is if he does not encounter an injury or other mishaps along the way.
If we had a Short Season A team college players like Sammons would be put at a more advanced level competing against players that are at the same level they are.There is a reason why Elizabethton is consistently successful in their league, we put more advanced players there than other teams.From the Short Season A, players would not have to be moved up to Cedar Rapids like Sammons last season and then the team has more information on the players.The successful ones like Sammons can get an advance on their careerand be placed in A+ Fort Myers.The ones that need more work to low A in Cedar Rapids.