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Pre-Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2019 prospect review

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Which prospects did we vote for last season, and how did they do in 2018? Let’s take a look.

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I thought it would be good to start our prospect voting with a review of how we typically do this and what happened last year.

I will select a few players to vote on for each particular round. The person who gets the most votes wins the round. Suggestions on how to improve this process will most likely be ignored. This is for entertainment purposes and like all other prospect rankings we will almost certainly be wrong.

We went to 30 rounds last winter and will repeat that again this year. Prospect eligibility is determined by Rookie of the Year Award standards (if you can’t be 2019 ROY you are no longer a prospect).

Here is last season’s list and a recap of how each prospect fared in 2019.

Twins Top 30 prospects for 2018

  1. Royce Lewis - Earned a promotion to Fort Myers at age 19; in the running for a repeat as the Twins’ top prospect.
  2. Stephen Gonsalves - Made his MLB debut but struggled; still eligible for Rookie of the Year.
  3. Nick Gordon - Promoted to AAA but did not earn a fall call up.
  4. Zack Littell - Made his MLB debut but still Rookie of the Year eligible
  5. Fernando Romero - Split time between MLB and Triple-A and graduated from the list.
  6. Wander Javier - Lost a season to shoulder surgery.
  7. Brent Rooker - Promoted to Double-A Chattanooga and hit okay.
  8. Alex Kirilloff - Promoted to High-A Fort Myers and was one of the best hitters in the minors.
  9. Lewis Thorpe - Promoted to Triple-A and maintained an excellent K/BB ratio.
  10. Brudsar Graterol - Dominated Low-A ball at age 19.
  11. Akil Baddoo - Good season at Low-A Cedar Rapids.
  12. Blayne Enlow - Good season at Low-A Cedar Rapids.
  13. Tyler Jay - Another underwhelming season at Double-A.
  14. Mitch Garver - Starting catcher for the Twins after Jason Castro’s injury.
  15. LaMonte Wade - Good season in Triple-A, should debut in 2019.
  16. Gabriel Moya - Good year in the Twins bullpen, graduated the list.
  17. Zack Granite - Disappointing performance in injury marred season.
  18. John Curtiss - Pitched well in Triple-A but not MLB; still eligible.
  19. Yunior Severino - Played well in rookie ball.
  20. Felix Jorge - Injured, cut, and re-signed by the Twins; currently a minor league free agent.
  21. Lewin Diaz - Ugly season in High-A Fort Myers.
  22. Ben Rortvedt - Good season in High-A Fort Myers.
  23. Travis Blankenhorn - Still splitting time between second base and third base in A-ball.
  24. Luis Arraez - Good Double-A season after losing 2017 to injury.
  25. Andrew Bechtold - Struggled to hit in Low-A Cedar Rapids.
  26. Landon Leach - Pitched okay in rookie ball.
  27. Kohl Stewart - Made his MLB debut and was surprisingly effective; still ROY eligible.
  28. Jose Miranda - Good season in Low-A Cedar Rapids earned him a late promotion to High-A Fort Myers.
  29. Jake Cave - Starting CF for the Twins for much of the season; graduated this list.
  30. Tyler Wells - Earned a mid-year promotion to Double-A, where he was terrific.

New faces for the 2019 vote will come from the draft (Trevor Larnach, Ryan Jeffers), via trade (Gilberto Celestino, Jorge Alcala, Luke Raley, Gabriel Maciel, Jhoan Duran) and international signings (Misael Urbina) as well as players within the organization who improved their play in 2018.

I hope everyone enjoys the prospect review and takes a little time to vote. It helps to make the off season move along faster!