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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 4

Tyler Jay was our #3 prospect. Who will be #4?

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Tyler Jay. I am not adding anyone this round. I will probably add two players for round 5.

If new prospects show up via trade I will slot them in as they come and not worry about fitting them into their ranking in previous rounds.

Twins top 30 prospects for 2017

  1. Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%)
  2. Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%)
  3. Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%, Mejia 4%)

Here are the choices for round 4:

Alex Kirilloff, OF
2017 Age: 19
2016 High Level: Elizabethton (Rookie)

Drafted in the 1st round by the Twins in 2016, Kirilloff grew up in the batting cages run by his father. He was aggressively sent to advanced Rookie ball out of high school and produced, eventually being named Appalachian League player of the year. He hit to a .306/.341/.454 line and seems to have a high floor offensively. The questions remaining for Alex are whether he can maintain that production as the pitching gets tougher and also whether he has enough range to handle a corner outfield position defensively.

Fernando Romero, RHP
2017 Age: 22
2016 High Level: Fort Myers (A+)

Romero was signed by the Twins as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2012. He missed all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery but came back strong in 2016 getting promoted to Fort Myers from Cedar Rapids. In his 90 combined innings last season he had 9.0 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 and a 2.09 RA. He will be expected to build up his stamina in 2017 and a promotion to AA is possible. Romero was added to the 40 man roster to keep a team from picking him in the Rule 5 draft even though he has yet to see AA. Romero barely made our top 30 last year; we will see how far he moves up this year.

Kohl Stewart, RHP
2017 Age: 22
2016 High Level: Chattanooga (AA)

Stewart was the team's first round pick out of high school in 2013. He has steadily moved up the ladder and has been one of the youngest players at each level. His strikeout rate has been a concern but he performed well at Fort Myers posting a 7.7 K/9 to go with a 3.3 BB/9 and a 3.31 run average. He earned a promotion to AA and hit the wall with his K rate plummeting to 4.6 K/9. Scouts still like his stuff and he doesn't give up many home runs but Stewart needs to strike out more batters if he is going to advance past AA.

Adalberto Mejia, LHP
2017 Age: 24
2016 High Level: MLB (Twins)

Mejia was signed as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic by the Giants in 2011. He worked his way through the Giants system as a starting pitcher quickly reaching AA in his third season in the system. He stalled out a bit at AA but took a step forward last season with 2.0 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9 and a 3.14 RA across AA and AAA. Mejia was dealt to the Twins for Eduardo Nunez in July. He made his MLB debut with the Twins in August, then returned to AAA where he finished the season after 150 innings pitched. Mejia projects as a back of the rotation lefty or perhaps a strong bullpen arm and is likely to begin the season back in Rochester.