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For The Future: A Possible 2025 Roster


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Recently I was thinking about the future of the Twins past this offseason and was wondering what a future roster would look like. Everybody is so wrapped up in this year's offseason, and rightfully so, that they are willing to sell off the farm to try and jump back into contention with a loaded White Sox team in our division. Personally, I would like to be competitive in 2022, but wouldn’t expect to be World Series contenders without ruining our future. With that being said, I was bored and I drew up an idea for a possible 2025 lineup for the Twins. The kicker though, was no free agent additions. It is too easy to pencil in certain guys that we COULD sign. I went with all home grown talent on this one. I also didn’t set a 26-man limit, moreso just an open roster, to allow more creativity. Without further ado, the 2025 lineup .

Starting Lineup (Age on 2025 Opening Day in parentheses)
C - Ryan Jeffers (27)
1B - Alex Kirilloff (27)
2B - Jorge Polanco (31)
3B - Jose Miranda (26)
SS - Royce Lewis (25)
LF - Austin Martin (26)
CF - Byron Buxton (31)
RF - Trevor Larnach (28)
DH - Aaron Sabato (25)

Bench
Backup Catcher - Ben Rortvedt (27)
Utility - Luis Arraez (27), or Keoni Cavaco (23)
4th Outfielder - Gilberto Celestino (26), Emmanuel Rodriguez (22) ETA 2024, Misael Urbina (22) ETA 2023
Other Options - Matt Wallner (27), Brent Rooker (30)

This plan really relies on many prospects to live up to a good chunk of their potential, which doesn’t always happen. Hopefully by 2025 many of these guys will have 1-3 years of Major League time though and will be ready. To start it off at catcher, I have Ryan Jeffers. I would assume the Twins could platoon Jeffers and Rortvedt, not making one of them too much more of a Catcher #1 than the other. I think they could both be above average catchers, Jeffers due to the bat, and Rortvedt from the defense. Next, I have Kirilloff manning first base. I think he will be a huge piece for the Twins for the next many years, he could also spend a little time in the outfield if needed, or DH, and give some time at 1B to Sabato. Jorge Polanco is at 2B, there are a couple option years for Polanco around $10 Million leading to 2025, but if he plays anywhere near he did this year, it should be a no brainer. At 3B I have Jose Miranda. I could see where Arraez could take over 3B and Miranda become utility, or visa-versa. They could even split time and the other be a utility man. At SS I have Royce Lewis. I think he is the SS of the future. He can provide good defense, and with a few tweaks his bat could really play. In left field I have Austin Martin. I felt like he could stick at SS for a while, but after some recent research, my opinion really swayed. I think Martin could become a superstar left fielder though. He can provide above average defense and has a super high ceiling with the bat. For centerfield, it all relies on the Twins retaining Buxton. I am speaking for all of Twins Territory when I say this, EXTEND BUXTON!!!! In right field I have Trevor Larnach, his defense is poor, but his bat could really play. Hopefully when we extend Buxton, that can help make Larnach’s defense look better for years to come. Lastly, at DH I have Sabato. DH could very likely be a revolving door where everyone cycles through, or, if Sabato can show something he could be the primary DH. Sabato has light-tower power, and a good eye at the plate. He had a rough start to his professional career but things seemed to be looking up towards the end.

On the bench I have Rortvedt as the backup catcher. That is very interchangeable though. For Utility, I have Luis Arraez and Keoni Cavaco. You could change Arraez and Miranda, whichever one continues to perform gets 3B. Cavaco has underperformed but has skills to be a solid Major Leaguer. For the 4th Outfielder I have Celestino, Rodriguez, and Urbina. Celestino should be Major League ready in 2022. I am showing optimism for Rodriguez and Urbina. They both may be too young to take on a 4th Outfielder role in 2025, but it could happen. They will set up nicely for the future though. You could take one or even two of the three on your bench. Lastly I have Rooker and Wallner. I truly don’t know how they fit. They both profile similarly, high strikeout rate but light-tower power. Wallner does provide slightly better defense though. Either would be a below average defensive corner outfielder and/or a power hitting DH.

 

Rotation

Jordan Balazovic (26)
Simeon Woods-Richardson (24)
Blayne Enlow (26)
Cole Sands (27)
Josh Winder (28)
Bailey Ober (29)
Joe Ryan (28)

There is plenty that could go right here, but also plenty that could go wrong. The Twins have lots of guys that profile as back of the rotation guys. The only 2 on this list with big league experience are Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober. Balazovic and SWR have the most potential to pitch at the top of a big league rotation. Enlow was profiled as a 2-3 in the past, but has been out due to Tommy John surgery, so we will see how he returns. Although there are all these scouting reports, only time will tell. Heck, Jacob DeGrom, the best pitcher on the planet, was drafted as a shortstop out of college. Some guys could find something out and become the ace of a staff, and some guys could flat out forget how to pitch, only time will tell. Although there are all of these potential arms, it is highly unlikely the Twins roll with all home grown talent, but for the sake of this article, I will. Lastly, I didn’t set a 5-man rotation because I felt that was too restricting. Rather, I added guys that have serious potential to stay in a big league rotation and could be sorted out any which way.

Bullpen

Jorge Alcala (29)
Jhoan Duran (27)
Drew Strotman (28)
Louie Varland (27)
Chris Vallimont (28)
Matt Canterino (27)
Jovani Moran (27)

As you may notice, this bullpen is made up of mostly current minor league starters. One thing that all of these guys have in common (minus Alcala), is that they are currently mostly successful starters but aren’t projected to be great starters in the majors, but they have great stuff. Great stuff is crucial to becoming a great bullpen arm. A bullpen is so unpredictable (*cough cough Alex Colome*), so there are really a lot of routes a team could take. This plan is a super big shot in the dark, because 2025 is 3 full seasons away, and a lot of things could change. It is a given that the bullpen will have some free agents in it. These guys listed haven’t seen an inning in the Majors besides Alcala. I think Alcala or Duran could become the closer due to their great stuff and high velocity. I just included some guys that could become good bullpen pieces for the future, like the rotation, in no certain order.

 

Making a roster for 3 seasons down the road is really just a shot in the dark, but I had fun doing it. A lot of guys' contracts expire before then so you have to rely on the prospects a lot. I also didn’t include a few guys who will be under team control past 2025. Those guys include Dobnak, Gordon, Jax, etc. These guys could very likely stick, I just don’t see it happening due to the upcoming wave of prospects. If you see anything you could change, drop a comment, would love to hear some feedback!

 

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Lot of hope has been placed in Kirilloff. Hope he really turns it around. We don't know how much his reoccurring wrist problem will be and how soon he'll adapt to MLB. If he really turns it around and set the MLB on fire by 2025, I can't help but think the Twins may trade him. Because of his agent Scott Boras, the Twins won't be able to afford to extend him. Just saying we have to keep this in mind when we want to trade our present to hedge our future. Plus the added 40 man krunch due to the flood of new prospects.

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Great blog, cmj. The Twins have plenty of prospects that look the part coming up in MiLB. Will be interesting to see their development. With so many pitching prospects nearing MLB, may limit Twins signing of FA pitchers especially to longer term contracts. I don't look for Twins to contend next year, so hope plenty of these prospects get opportunity to see what they can do at MLB level.

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12 hours ago, ashbury said:

We're now past Wait 'Til Next Year mode, and are jumping straight to 2025. :)

Plausible roster, though.  Hope some of these arms pan out.

Haha not necessarily, just thought it would be fun to see how a team could look then with our current farm system.

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3 hours ago, TwinsDr2021 said:

Like all the work you did, and if you even get 30% of those prospects hit, this FO will be winning all sorts of awards.

Appreciate it. Prospects are for sure a gamble, but at one time Mike Trout was just a prospect.

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4 hours ago, Doctor Gast said:

Lot of hope has been placed in Kirilloff. Hope he really turns it around. We don't know how much his reoccurring wrist problem will be and how soon he'll adapt to MLB. If he really turns it around and set the MLB on fire by 2025, I can't help but think the Twins may trade him. Because of his agent Scott Boras, the Twins won't be able to afford to extend him. Just saying we have to keep this in mind when we want to trade our present to hedge our future. Plus the added 40 man krunch due to the flood of new prospects.

There are a lot of if, and's, or buts for the future. A lot could and will change before 2025. I think Kirilloff will be a very good first baseman for years to come. I am not saying he will become Mauer, but the Twins shelled out over $20 Million a year for him, so saying if Kirilloff does become the guy, there is a chance we could keep him for a long time.

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Fun exercise - now the over and under on how many are traded or wash out!  I would put Wallner in and Sabato as a question mark.  Sabato and Rooker are two of a kind for me and not what I want.  

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13 minutes ago, mikelink45 said:

Fun exercise - now the over and under on how many are traded or wash out!  I would put Wallner in and Sabato as a question mark.  Sabato and Rooker are two of a kind for me and not what I want.  

That was definitely something I thought about when I was writing this. For some prospects I was thinking that it would be better if we traded them, but it would be more of a guessing game if I included that. I think there is a small chance that Rooker could figure something out and become a very solid player, and for Sabato, he is looking like a career DH or fringe first baseman. Hopefully he finds something out too.

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Definitely something to look forward to and contemplate. And there's enough depth at each spot that a couple guys just don't turn out, or are traded, there's another prospect to potentially step in. Would be nice if another LH could step up in the pen.

A couple guys you didn't list that I think should be added are Steer and Julian as utility types. I'm excited by them as potential contributors.

A lot of fun!

 

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Just now, DocBauer said:

Definitely something to look forward to and contemplate. And there's enough depth at each spot that a couple guys just don't turn out, or are traded, there's another prospect to potentially step in. Would be nice if another LH could step up in the pen.

A couple guys you didn't list that I think should be added are Steer and Julian as utility types. I'm excited by them as potential contributors.

A lot of fun!

 

Yea it definitely could be exciting. I don't know of many guys in the system that are lefties. That could certainly be helped through free agency, I just didn't include any in the post. Steer and Julien could certainly be good major leaguers, I just didn't include them for some reason.

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