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Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote 2019: Round 2

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Royce Lewis won Round 1! Who do you think is the Twins’ second best prospect?

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Congratulations to Royce Lewis for repeating as our top prospect! The Twins have done well with first round picks Lewis and Kirilloff. I am adding a couple more first round draft picks as choices for voting.

Alex Kirilloff, RF

2019 Age: 21

2018 High Level: Fort Myers (A+)

Alex was the Twins first round pick in 2016. He was drafted #15 overall for his lefthanded bat. Kirilloff was sent to advanced rookie ball at Elizabethton straight out of high school and he did so well that he was named the league MVP. In late August of 2016 he suffered an elbow injury to his left (throwing) elbow. In spring of 2017 the doctors determined ligament replacement surgery was the best option and he missed the 2017 season. He started 2018 at Cedar Rapids and dominated that level with a .333/.391/.607 batting line. He was promoted midseason to Fort Myers and may have been the best hitter in the Florida State League slugging .362/.393/.550. He played in the MLB Futures game, was named Twins minor league Player of the Year and has been named a top 100 prospect on several lists this winter. Expect him to start next season at Double-A Pensacola and to wear a Twins uniform by 2020.

Brusdar Graterol, SP

2019 Age: 20

2018 High Level: Fort Myers (A+)

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 with a nice upper 80s slider. Toward the end of the season he was clocked throwing 100MPH and everyone noticed. He finished 2017 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 there were a lot of question marks about his 2018. Consider the questions answered. He started 2018 in Cedar Rapids and posted a 2.18ERA with an 11.1 K/9 against just 2.0 BB/9 in 41-1/3 innings. This dominance earned him a mid-season promotion to Fort Myers where he pitched 60 innings with a 8.3K/9 2.8BB/9 and 3.12 ERA. His surgically repaired arm responded as well as could be expected with 100 innings pitched and no issues as the season ended. He continues to throw his fastball in the high 90s, occasionally hitting 100 MPH, with good command and without a max-effort delivery. That dominant fastball has some people projecting him as an elite bullpen arm but he has the potential to be an ace starting pitcher if he continues to develop his off-speed pitches. Graterol could start 2019 in Fort Myers but don’t expect him to stay there for long. A 2020 Twins debut is possible.

Nick Gordon, SS

2019 Age: 23

2018 High Level: Rochester (AAA)

The 2014 first round selection was sent back to improve on some things at Double-A Chattanooga to start the 2018 season. He took a big step forward hitting .333/.381/.525 in 42 games proving that level was no longer a challenge. Unfortunately he struggled at Triple-A Rochester hitting just .212/.262/.283 in 99 games which means he is still not quite big-league ready. There are some silver linings in his 2018 performance. His stolen base success rate (20 SB / 5 CS) was his best since 2015 in Cedar Rapids. He had solid range at shortstop and only 12 errors, plus he seemed to do well at second base in some innings at that position. He still looks like he will become a solid everyday player in the middle infield, not unlike his brother Dee Gordon. He will most likely begin the 2019 season in AAA to improve his production at the plate. Nick was added to the 40 man roster this offseason so he should make his major league debut some time in 2019 with a chance at making the opening day roster if someone else suffers an injury.

Trevor Larnach, OF

2019 Age: 22

2018 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

Trevor Larnach was the Twins first round draft pick (#20 overall) last summer. Last spring with Oregon State his team faced six elimination games but came back to win the College World Series, including a game with a dramatic 9th inning homer by Trevor Larnach. His college career ended with Trevor being named an All-American in the outfield. The Twins were patient waiting for his college season to end. After he signed the Twins sent him to rookie-level Elizabethton to get his feet wet. He quickly proved that rookie ball was not a challenge and was promoted after 18 games to Cedar Rapids. With the Kernels he hit .297/.373/.505 in 24 games showing he can produce at the plate as well as nearly anyone in the Midwest League. Since he is a college draftee with high level experience I expect to see the Twins promote him aggressively and start him at Fort Myers in 2019. His major league debut could be as early as 2021.

Poll

Who do you think is the second best prospect in the Twins farm system?

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Alex Kirilloff
    (240 votes)
  • 4%
    Brusdar Graterol
    (11 votes)
  • 4%
    Nick Gordon
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Trevor Larnach
    (5 votes)
267 votes total Vote Now