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2021 Prospect Rankings: 9-16


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Continuing on from Part 2:

 

#16 - Blayne Enlow RHP (3rd Round 2017, HS)

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Enlow has had a very average minor league career so far. He throws 4 different pitches, which gives him an edge to be a starting pitcher, but his K/BB ratio (2.39) leaves a lot to be desired. He averages 92 MPH but can touch 95-96 on occasion. Enlow still has time to take a big step forward, and a good 2021 season could vault him into the top 10.

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#15 - Edwar Colina RHP (International from Venezuela, 2016)

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Ignore his bad outing in the final game of the 2020 season, I think Colina has a bright future, albeit as a reliever. His fastball can reach up to 100 MPH, and in combination with a strong slider, he was able to average about a strikeout an inning. Walks have been a problem for him, with a career 3.9 BB/9. He found more success in 2019 once he mostly ditched his changeup, though if he could bring that back, his repertoire would be all the more stronger. Colina should bounce between AAA and the MLB team in 2021, with the hope that he can figure things out like Jorge Alcala did in 2020.

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#14 - Misael Urbina CF (International from Venezuela, 2018)

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Urbina gets the nod over the other top [internal] international prospects after he had a strong 2019 in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .825 OPS. Urbina is ahead of most other prospects his age (he'll turn 19 soon), as scouts praise his plate discipline and hand-eye coordination. If he can develop power later on, he should jump up into the top 5. He was a base-stealing threat as well, but it's questionable if he'll continue to be such a fast runner after he puts on more muscle.

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#13 - Keoni Cavaco 3B (1st Round 2019, HS)

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Many considered Cavaco to be a reach in the draft at pick #13, and his play in rookie league only confirmed this for some. Cavaco hit .470 OPS with a dreadful 38% strikeout rate. Hope should not be abandoned for the young infielder, as many project him to have a 55 to 60 power ranking, and he's working on accessing this power. He's also blazing fast, having enough quickness to play SS, but is currently error-prone. Cavaco needs to get his career on the right path with a strong 2021 season.

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#12 - Cole Sands RHP (5th Round 2018, Florida State)

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Sands has dealt with some injury issues, but when he's healthy, he deals. He had a quality fastball that touches 95/96 and mixes in a curveball that might be the best in our system. He turned in a strong 2019 season, posting a 2.68 ERA in 18 starts with healthy K/BB numbers. Sands turns 24 in 2021, and needs to pitch a whole season (likely at AA) to prove himself as a starting pitcher. He could challenge for a spot in the 2022 rotation if all goes well.

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#11 - Matt Canterino RHP (2nd Round 2019, Rice)

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We haven't seen a full season in the minors from Canterino yet, but the scouts are raving about him. He's recently developed a nasty changeup that complements his strong fastball, which has already seen an increase in speed since his college days. He's going to be getting strikeouts by the dozens, if his track record is anything to go by. Canterino is still a ways away, and for pitching prospects, I don't count chickens until the eggs are close to hatch.

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#10 - Gilberto Celesinto CF (International from , acquired in 2018 trade)

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Unquestionably the best outfielder defensively on the prospect ranking, Celestino boasts a 60-60 run and fielding toolset and could be an elite defender in CF. As you might expect, his bat has been a bit shaky in the minors, as his 2019 season ran hot and cold - his first half was dismal, but his second half was stupendous. He won't be a power hitter in the big leagues, but he did knock out 10 HRs. Celestino profiles as a CF in the same vein as Kevin Kiermaier or Kevin Pillar.

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#9 - Aaron Sabato 1B (1st Round 2020, North Carolina)

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The Twins just can't resist a good hitting prospect, no matter how their caliber of athleticism. Sabato, the Twins' latest 1st rounder, crushed the ACC conference at college as he had a crazy .332/.459/.708 line. That's only over 368 career PAs, however. He's already rated as a 60 power hitter, meaning he could be a 30+ HRs a year guy. The problem will be what position he plays... it's either going to be 1B or DH. He's already a hefty guy and will need to learn how to play 1B. I don't mind having a pure hitting prospect like this, there's just a few too many of them just like him for my taste.

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Really nice write up.  Balanced with good and bad.  Particularly enjoyed the Enlow and Cavaco write ups.

 

I like where you placed Cavaco as well.  There are too many unknowns to have him in the top 10 IMO.  His bat and pitch recognition don't appear to have ever been strong and that can spell doom for many prospects.  He obviously is gifted physically and if he could manage to be a five tool player he will have been a steal in that spot.  Personally I think he sells out for power and ends up at third but a guy can dream.  There is a fairly decent chance the bat never comes around ala Corey Ray of the Brewers.

 

Loved the write up on Sabato and agree.  The Twins don't seem to care about physical attributes as long as a strong hit tool profile is there.  That philosophy probably makes sense until your farm system is full of guys like that.  In a vacuum that pick makes sense but given we have a fleet of slow footed hitters there is a point where picks like that make less sense.  They could focus on pitching in the higher rounds at least one year every five or so.

 

I like what you wrote and my board would be similar.  Might have Cantarino a little higher given all the helium but he fine where you have him as well.  Thanks for sharing!

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