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SEASON OVERVIEW
2017 PLAYER GRADES
2017 IN REVIEW
2018 OPENING DAY ROSTER/LINEUP
OLD FRIENDS
SEASON PREDICTION

What evaluators are saying about Twins prospects (and where they’re ranking them):

Shortstop Royce Lewis (Twins No. 1 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Baseball Prospectus – No. 27 – “…exciting tools across the board, and his broad-shouldered, high-waisted frame is straight from the Projectability Factory.”
  • Fangraphs – No. 38 – “…scouts still largely think (his) tools play best in center field long-term…”
  • Baseball America – No. 24 – “…had no problem making the necessary adjustments for a smooth transition to pro ball…”
  • ESPN (Keith Law) – No. 25 – “…if he stays at shortstop, he has superstar upside with his speed and on-base skills…”
  • MLB Pipeline – No. 20 – “…watching his full-season encore should be a treat.”
  • Fake Teams – No. 22 – “…bring plus speed, an advanced approach and developing power…”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 26 – N/A
  • Razzball – No. 21 – “…brings five tools to the table at a premium position.”
  • KATOH – No. 23 – projected for 7.6 career fWAR
  • CBS Sports – No. 21 – “…uncommon plate discipline for a teenager.”

Right-handed pitcher Fernando Romero (Twins No. 2 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Baseball Prospectus – No. 97 – “…power sinker with late life…sits in the mid-90s and occasionally flirts with triple digits.”
  • Fangraphs – Just Missed – N/A
  • ESPN (Keith Law) – No. 47 – “…upside here is exciting, and he doesn’t have a ton of ground to cover to be at least a mid-rotation starter in the majors.”
  • MLB Pipeline – No. 68 – “…could eventually pitch near the top of a rotation.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 111 – N/A

Left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves (Twins No. 3 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Fangraphs – Just Missed – N/A
  • Baseball America – No. 97 – “…reads hitters well and works effectively at the top of the zone.”
  • MLB Pipeline – No. 78 – “…has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.”
  • Fake Teams – No. 96 – “…features one of the best changeups in the minors.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 110 – N/A
  • KATOH – No. 66 – projected for 4.7 fWAR in years 1-6 of MLB career
  • CBS Sports – No. 77 – “…scouts have always been less than enamored with him and his middling velocity.”

Shortstop Nick Gordon (Twins No. 4 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Baseball Prospectus – No. 35 – “…does a lot of things well, but there is no elite skill.”
  • Fangraphs – No. 77 – “…it’s a card full of grade 5 tools on the 2-8 scale…”
  • Baseball America – No. 93 – “…shows advanced barrel awareness to go with sound plate discipline and a line drive swing that produces gap power.”
  • ESPN (Keith Law) – No. 37 – “…compact swing with very good hand-eye coordination. …more upside if he becomes the .300 AVG/.400 OBP player he has the skills to be.”
  • MLB Pipeline – No. 80 – “…knocking on the big league door. …solid everyday big leaguer…on either side of second base.”
  • Fake Teams – No. 56 – “…might be more of a back of the order hitter than the dynamic leadoff hitter he was touted as on draft day.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 43 – N/A
  • Razzball – No. 80 – “…strong all-around player who should be fantasy relevant but never a superstar.”
  • CBS Sports – No. 73 – “…has yet to develop a standout tool.”

Shortstop Wander Javier (Twins No. 5 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Baseball Prospectus – Just Missed – “…potential five-tool shortstop, and the bat will play even if he eventually has to slide to third.”
  • Baseball America – No. 95 – “…shows gap-to-gap power with a willingness to stay up the middle with authority.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 115 – N/A
  • Razzball – No. 75 – “…toolsy shortstop with advanced offensive skills and likelihood to stick in the middle of the infield.”

Outfielder Alex Kirilloff (Twins No. 6 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Fangraphs – No. 99 – “…most think he’ll be able to tap into what projects as plus raw power.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – Just Missed – N/A

Outfielder Brent Rooker (Twins No. 8 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Baseball America – No. 92 – “projects as a middle-of-the-order weapon with power as his carrying tool.”
  • Fake Teams – No. 99 – “…should face a tougher challenge in 2018 in the upper minors where he will have to answer whether the power in his bat is for real.”
  • The Dynasty Guru – No. 89 – N/A
  • Razzball – No. 70 – “arguably the most impressive showing of any player entering pro ball in 2017.”

First baseman Lewin Diaz (Twins No. 10 prospect on MLB.com)

  • Razzball – No. 83 – “…pairs 70-grade raw power with feel to hit.”

Outfielder Lamonte Wade (Twins No. 13 prospect on MLB.com)

  • KATOH – No. 40 – projected for 5.7 fWAR in years 1-6 of MLB career

Right-handed pitcher Zack Littell (Twins No. 15 prospect on MLB.com)

  • KATOH – No. 96 – projected for 4.1 fWAR in years 1-6 of MLB career

Left-handed pitcher Tyler Jay (Twins No. 16 prospect on MLB.com)

  • The Dynasty Guru – Just Missed – N/A

Catcher Mitch Garver (Twins No. 19 prospect on MLB.com)

  • KATOH – No. 32 – projected for 6.7 career fWAR

Outfielder Zack Granite (Twins No. 27 prospect on MLB.com)

  • KATOH – No. 6 – projected for 10.4 career fWAR

Links to all prospect lists mentioned:

Baseball Prospectus

  1. Lewis
  2. Gordon
  3. Romero
  4. Gonsalves
  5. Javier
  6. Graterol
  7. Baddoo
  8. Lamonte Wade (OF)
  9. Rooker
  10. Enlow

Baseball America

  1. Lewis
  2. Javier
  3. Kirilloff
  4. Gonsalves
  5. Graterol
  6. Romero
  7. Rooker
  8. Gordon
  9. Enlow
  10. Tyler Jay (LHRP)

ESPN (Keith Law)

  1. Lewis
  2. Gordon
  3. Romero
  4. Baddoo
  5. Rooker
  6. Gonsalves
  7. Kirilloff
  8. Javier
  9. Travis Blankenhorn
  10. Graterol

MLB

  1. Lewis
  2. Romero
  3. Gonsalves
  4. Gordon
  5. Javier
  6. Kirilloff
  7. Graterol
  8. Rooker
  9. Enlow
  10. Lewin Diaz

Minor League Ball (John Sickels)

  1. Lewis
  2. Gordon
  3. Rooker
  4. Gonsalves
  5. Romero
  6. Javier
  7. Kirilloff
  8. Zack Littell
  9. Diaz
  10. Baddoo

Check out the rest of Brandon Warne’s 2018 Minnesota Twins Guide.

SEASON OVERVIEW
2017 PLAYER GRADES
2017 IN REVIEW
2018 OPENING DAY ROSTER/LINEUP
OLD FRIENDS
SEASON PREDICTION

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