Twinkie Town Prospect Voting 2022: Round 13 | Minnesota Twins top prospects

Matt Wallner wins round 12. He is expected to start the year in Double-A Wichita this season. If he goes to St. Paul, there will be a local crowd to greet him.

  1. Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%)
  2. Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%)
  3. Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%)
  4. Jordan Balazovic 48% (Miranda 45%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%, Celestino 1%)
  5. Jose Miranda 68% (Woods-Richardson 12%, Duran 10%, Winder 9%, Celestino 2%)
  6. Joan Duran 32% (Winder 24%, Woods-Richardson 20%, Canterino 20%, Celestino 4%)
  7. Josh Winder 45% (Woods-Richardson 28%, Canterino 14%, Petty 9%, Celestino 4%)
  8. Matt Canterino 51% (Woods-Richardson 35%, Celestino 7%, Petty 6%, Urbina 0%)
  9. Simeon Woods-Richardson 79% (Petty 10%, Celestino 10%, Cavaco 1%, Urbina 0%)
  10. Chase Petty 60% (Celestino 30%, Strotman 7%, Cavaco 2%, Urbina 1%)
  11. Gilberto Celestino 45% (Wallner 38%, Strotman 14%, Urbina 2%, Cavaco 2%)
  12. Matt Wallner 45% (Sands 30%, Strotman 15%, Urbina 9%, Cavaco 1%)

Matt Wallner was picked in Extra Round A right after the regular first-round picks. I’m adding another extra round A draft pick for round 13.

Misael “Misa” Urbina was the top international free agent signed by the Twins in 2018, costing them a $2.75 million bonus with an additional $300,000 for college. He ranked #5 among international free agents who were available during the 2018 signing period. He came to the Venezuela Twins where he had participated in the Venezuelan Winter League development program for young players. He played his first summer in the Dominican rookie league system and was very successful in hitting .279/.382/.443 with more walks than strikeouts. He has more speed and scouts rated his center field defense among the best in league. The Twins pushed him to A-ball in 2021 where he was the youngest player on the team and he struggled with his batting average (.191/.299/.286) but played good defense and ran well. Expect him to repeat that level to start 2022. His Twins debut is unlikely before 2025.

Keoni Cavaco was the Twins’ first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft from Eastlake High School in California. Heading into the draft, the most used word with Cavaco was “helium,” as he had worked his way up the draft boards to the Twins at pick No. 13, the fifth-highest pick among high school players. Cavaco fits the mold of a “toolsy” draft pick because his arm and speed are impressive and he has pop in his bat, but he hasn’t seen as high a level of pitching as other players. This was evident in his rookie ball performance where he only hit .172/.217/.253 in 92 AP. The Twins played Cavaco primarily at shortstop during the rookie ball, but many scouts believe his long-term position is third base. Cavaco believed he would be ready to contribute in the majors of “three years”. I admire optimism but it is clear that its development will take longer. Cavaco played shortstop at Class A Fort Myers in 2021, hitting an improved but still disappointing .233/.296/.301. He was also charged with 24 errors in 465 innings. Expect him to repeat at this level for at least half a season.

Drew Strotman was the 4th round pick of the Tampa Bay Stingrays in the 2017 draft. He played his college baseball at St. Mary’s in California. Like a Gael he did not receive many awards or accolades and worked mostly out of the bullpen. The Rays made him a starting pitcher and he pitched well in 2018 at Single-A Bowling Green (8.4 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 4.11 RA9) before an injury that led to a elbow ligament replacement surgery. He was promoted to High-A Charlotte in 2019 after returning from surgery. He struggled (7.3 K/9, 5.1 BB/9, 5.63 RA9) there and wasn’t much better in the Arizona Fall League. The pandemic wiped out his 2020 season and he didn’t get a chance to pitch. Despite this, the rays added him to their 40 man roster to prevent him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. Strotman skipped Double-A but held on at Triple-A Durham (9.6 K/9, 5.1 BB/9, 3.86 RA9 ) before the trade to the Twins as part of the package for Nelson Cruz. He finished the year at Saint-Paul and walking problems limited his effectiveness. Strotman throws a mid-90s fastball, curveball and slider. He also has added cut fastball during the 2020 pandemic. Expect him to spend the season at Triple-A St. Paul with a Twins opener just a phone call away.

Cole Sands was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB draft on state of florida. He struggling with injuries his junior season, but the Twins decided his talent was worth a $600,000 bonus to ensure he wouldn’t return for his senior season. Sands did not kick off his first summer in the organization as he recovered from injuries he faced during his college season. The Twins started his 2019 season at Cedar Rapids where he had a 10.7 K9, 2.4 BB9 and 3.05 RA9 in 8 starts. He earned a midseason promotion to Fort Myers where he continued his good work by compiling 9.2 K/9s, 1.2 BB/9s and 2.77 RA9s in 52 innings at that level. That earned him a late call-up to Pensacola for a Double-A start. Despite three trips to the disabled list, he was able to pitch 97 innings. He spent all of 2021 in Double-A pitching 80.1 innings for Wichita with good results (3.02 RA9, 10.8 K9, 3.9 BB9). He throws a mid-90s fastball with movement, a more brittle ball and good change. The results have been there, but keeping him healthy and on the mound has been tough. The sands were added to the list of 40 men and is expected to pitch at Triple-A St. Paul in 2022 while waiting for that phone call to make his MLB debut.

Noah Miller was drafted by the Twins with the 36th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. He was picked out of Ozaukee High School in Fredonia, WI. The Twins gave him a $1.7 million bonus for forgoing his commitment to play college baseball in Alabama. Scouts love his outfield ability and he looks athletic enough to stay at shortstop. He hit .238/.316/.369 in his pro debut and played every 22 innings at shortstop. Miller models his game after Brandon Crawford of the Giants, but he’ll likely get more comparisons to his older brother. Owen Miller made his infield debut for Cleveland last summer. Expect Noah to spend 2022 at Fort Myers in extended spring training, complex league play and possibly an A-ball debut.

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 13

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