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Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote: Round 10

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Who do you think is the tenth best prospect in the Twins’ system?

2015 Minnesota Twins Spring Training
Lewis Thorpe, our round nine winner
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Congratulations to Lewis Thorpe for winning round 9 in our closest vote yet.

Twins Top 30 prospects for 2018

  1. Royce Lewis - 57% (Gonsalves 25%, Gordon 18%)
  2. Stephen Gonsalves - 55% (Gordon 30%, Javier 10%, Romero 5%)
  3. Nick Gordon - 65% (Romero 19%, Javier 9%, Kirilloff 7%)
  4. Zack Littell - 57% (Romero 27%, Javier 13%, Kirilloff 4%)
  5. Fernando Romero 46% (Rooker 24%, Javier 21%, Kirilloff 9%)
  6. Wander Javier 44% (Rooker 31%, Kirilloff 13%, Enlow 7%, Graterol 5%)
  7. Brent Rooker 55% (Kirilloff 26%, Baddoo 7%, Graterol 7%, Enlow 5%)
  8. Alex Kirilloff 47% (Thorpe 23%, Graterol 13%, Baddoo 10%, Enlow 7%)
  9. Lewis Thorpe 30% (Graterol 22%, Baddoo 21%, Jay 16%, Enlow 12%)

We add an infielder to the selections for round 10.

Blayne Enlow, SP

2018 Age: 19

2017 High Level: Gulf Coast (Rookie)

Blayne “Sweet” Enlow was picked in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB draft out of high school but was signed for an overslot $2M bonus similar to the level of a low first round pick. The scouts use the word “projectable” often when describing Enlow which usually means the kid has a big frame (Enlow is 6’4”) and he should be able to put on enough muscle to make it as a starting pitcher. Scouts also love Enlow’s curve ball which was rated as one of the best in the draft. Enlow was sent to the Gulf Coast Twins after signing and he had a good summer posting an 8.4 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 1.77 Run Average in six games. He will probably spend time in extended spring training this summer before being sent to Elizabethton. The major leagues are not likely before 2021.

Brusdar Graterol, SP

2018 Age: 19

2017 High Level: Elizabethton (Rookie)

I have seen Graterol’s name mentioned as a “sleeper” so many times he should get a pillow from Dan Gladden. Graterol was signed as international free agent from Venezuela in 2014 for a modest bonus. Just a few games into the 2015 Dominican Summer League season he was injured and needed ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John). He came back from the surgery throwing his fastball 93-98MPH and a nice upper 80s slider. Toward the end of the season he was clocked throwing 100MPH and everyone noticed. He finished last season in advanced rookie ball and posted a 10.9 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 3.92 RA in five games. Since he only pitched 40 competitive innings last summer he could start the season in extended spring training to work on his changeup and build strength but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him on the Cedar Rapids roster in 2018.

Akil Baddoo, OF

2018 Age: 19

2017 High Level: Elizabethton (Rookie)

Akil was drafted in the second round in 2016 and was considered a toolsy work in progress with exceptional athletic talent (comparisons to Carl Crawford and Jacque Jones) but in need of refinement at the plate. Not unexpectedly, he hit .178 that summer in rookie ball. In 2017 it all seemed to come together in a hurry. He improved to .267/.360/.440 playing for the Gulf Coast Twins and was promoted to Elizabethton where he did even better. He hit .357/.478/.579 with more walks (27) than strikeouts (19) at Betsy and drew rave reviews for his approach at the plate. He had a 13-game hit streak from July 31 to August 19 where he hit .460/.557/.680 with 10 walks and just 5 strikeouts. His grade 70 speed allows him to cover CF but his arm might keep him in LF in the majors. Expect to see him in Cedar Rapids in 2018 but by 2021 he might be patrolling the spacious LF of Target Field.

Tyler Jay, RP

2018 Age: 24

2017 High Level: Chattanooga (AA)

Tyler Jay was the Twins first round pick in the 2015 draft at #6 overall. He was mainly a reliever at the University of Illinois but the Twins thought he was a good candidate to convert to a starter. He was started his minor league career at advanced-A Fort Myers and starting went pretty well. At the end of the season Jay was appearing on top 100 prospect lists. In 2016 he was promoted to Chattanooga after posting an 8.8 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 3.1 RA at Fort Myers. He struggled at AA, suffered a neck strain and missed the last month of the season. In 2017 the Twins decided to keep Tyler Jay in the bullpen to accelerate his path to the majors and help keep him healthy. Unfortunately neither of those happened as he suffered from biceps tendinitis, a sore shoulder and finally thoracic outlet syndrome. Jay was able to come back and pitch in the Arizona Fall League in November and while the results weren’t outstanding he did stay healthy. Jay has electric stuff. If he is able to stay healthy he should be able to contribute in a big league bullpen soon.

Mitch Garver, C

2018 Age: 27

2017 High Level: Minnesota Twins (MLB)

Mitch Garver was the Twins 9th round pick in 2013 from the University of New Mexico. He has steadily progressed through the Twins system, hitting well at most stops along the way. He has a .793 OPS throughout his minor league career which is very good for a catcher and he enhanced that with a .298/.386/.520 line in AAA over the past two seasons. Garver has never been considered one of the best fielding catchers in the minors but his glove has not been a concern either. He made his debut in the major leagues last September and though his hitting was below expectations (.196/.288/.348) he played well enough that he goes into 2018 as the backup catcher on the big league depth chart. Garver has also played minor league games at LF and 1B to add to his positional flexibility and get his bat in the lineup. He should be a valuable bench player for the Twins in 2018. There is potential that he could be a starting catcher for a few seasons if he hits as well as he did throughout the minor leagues.

Poll

Who do you think is the tenth best prospect in the Twins’ system?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Blayne Enlow
    (54 votes)
  • 29%
    Brusdar Graterol
    (82 votes)
  • 18%
    Akil Baddoo
    (53 votes)
  • 14%
    Tyler Jay
    (41 votes)
  • 17%
    Mitch Garver
    (49 votes)
279 votes total Vote Now