In a season that's seen the Twins debut top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, and Tyler Duffey, one more can be added to the list: Max Kepler.
Kepler, 22, was signed out of Germany in 2009 for $800,000. Considered of of the best European talents ever at the time, reflected in what was at the time a record signing bonus for a prospect out of Europe, injuries played their role in keeping him from playing a full season until 2014. In the Arizona Fall League last year he hit .307/.366/.440, but the real revelation was his performance for the Chattanooga Lookouts this summer. In 112 games, Kepler slashed .322/.416/.531 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, seven home runs, 67 walks, 63 strikeouts, and 18 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
Ranked our #12 prospect coming into the season, it's safe to say that he'll be in contention for one of the top prospect spots heading into 2016. He should also be a Top 100 prospect across all MLB-inclusive lists.
With the talent to play all three outfield spots as well as first base, Kepler should get the opportunity to make a few appearances over the season's final two weeks. Welcome to The Bigs, Max Kepler!