Twinkie Town Prospect Voting 2022: Round 16 | Minnesota Twins top prospects

Misael Urbina wins our election in round 15. He is still far from the majors. It will be fun to see his progress this summer.

  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%)
  13. Cole Sands 55% (Strotman 18%, Miller 15%, Urbina 10%, Cavaco 2%)
  14. Noah Miller 47% (24% Strotman, 14% Sabato, 13% Urbina, 2% Cavaco)
  15. Misael Urbina 44% (Strotman 23%, Enlow 22%, Sabato 9%, Cavaco 3%)

I replace an outfielder who was a major international free agent signing with another outfielder who was a major international free agent signing.

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 didn’t fare 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.

With the 27th choice in the 2020 MLB Entry Draft the Twins selected Aaron Sabato, a second-year first baseman from the University of North Carolina. During his abbreviated college career, Sabato earned several accolades, including Collegiate Baseball Co-National Freshman of the Year, First Team All-America and Freshman All-America, ACC Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-ACC. He did it by hitting .343/.453/.696 and breaking a Tar Heels freshman record 18 HR while leading the team in hits, batting average, doubles and slugging percentage. His second season was cut short by the pandemic but he still managed a 6 HR streak in 7 games. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound kid from Rye Brook, New York, was one of the highest-rated SSs in high school, showing that most big leaguers were pitchers, receivers, shortstops, or center fielders at the high school. It wasn’t his glove that impressed the scouts; Sabato should play 1B or DH in the big leagues. He was sent to Fort Myers low-A to start the season and struggled to make contact, hitting .189/.365/.357 at that level. After a promotion to high-A Cedar Rapids, he seemed to find his footing, hitting .253/.402/.613 in 97 AP to end the season. Expect him to make it to Double-A Wichita in 2022. If he keeps his slugging percentage above .600, he’ll reach the big leagues quickly.

Blayne “Sweet” Enlow was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of high school but was signed for a $2 million overage bonus similar to the level of a first-round low pick. Scouts have often used the word “throwable” to describe Enlow, which usually means the kid has a big frame (Enlow is 6’4″) and they assume he’ll put on enough muscle to become a starting pitcher (was 170 lbs, now 224 lbs.) Scouts too I loved Enlow’s curveball which was ranked as one of the best in the project. Enlow was sent to the Gulf Coast Twins after signing and he had a good summer averaging 8.4 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 1.77 in six games. In 2018 he skipped Betsy and spent the year with Cedar Rapids pitching 94 innings averaging 3.83, 6.8 K/9s and 3.4 BB/9s. He was 3 years younger than average for the level and battled a sprained ankle and back pain in his first full professional season, but he still held on. Enlow started the 2019 season in singles A Cedar Rapids, but only pitched 8 games there before moving to Fort Myers. The promotion was a bit unexpected given his production at Cedar Rapids (5.23 RA9) but he justified the move by doing reasonably well at Fort Myers (4.02 RA9, 6.6 K/9, 3.0 BB /9). He started 2021 at the A high at Cedar Rapids and was dominant in 3 starts, but was listed on the injured reserve in May and had Tommy John surgery in June. He will miss the start of the 2022 season but the Twins loved him enough to add him to the list of 40 men so another team couldn’t hide him as a Rule 5 pick. Expect to see him back on the mound in August at the earliest.

the Twins made Emmanuel Rodriguez their best international free agent signing of 2019 with a bonus of $2.7 million. The Dominican outfielder was classified 10th on MLB roster international free agent prospects and 19th by Fangraphs. The 5’10” outfielder has a good approach to home plate and his left-hand swing has earned him favorable comparisons with Eddie Rosario. He will likely start his career as a CF and move into a corner as he gets closer to the majors. He is considered a good base runner and, much like Rosario, has a strong field arm. He made his professional debut last summer with the rookie league team in Fort Myers and hit .214/.346/.524 while playing mostly in center field. The batting average is a bit low but he showed good strike zone judgment and good power. It is unlikely to be a twin before 2025.

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Twinkie Town 2022 Prospect Voting: Round 16

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