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Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote 2019: Round 4

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Brusdar Graterol wins round 3, so who is fourth?

College World Series - Arkansas v Oregon State - Game Three
Trevor Larnach and his teammates celebrate Graterol winning round 3
Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Brusdar Graterol won round 3 handily which means our top 3 matches nearly every other prospect list. Now things should get more interesting.

2019 Twinkie Town Prospect Voting Results

  1. Royce Lewis 52% (Kirilloff 44%, Graterol 4%)
  2. Alex Kirilloff 90% (Graterol 4%, Gordon 4%, Larnach 2%)
  3. Brusdar Graterol 56% (Gordon 19%, Larnach 12%, Thorpe 8%, Gonsalves 5%)

I am not adding any players for this round.

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.

Lewis Thorpe, P

2019 Age: 23

2018 High Level: Rochester (AAA)

Confirmed Australian Lewis Thorpe was signed for a $500k bonus by the Twins in 2012. By 2014 he reached Cedar Rapids with a performance of 10.0 K/9, 4.5 BB/9, 4.65 RA despite being 4 years younger than the average player in the Midwest League. That offseason the young lefty made the Baseball Prospectus top 101 list. Unfortunately in 2015 he had elbow issues in spring training which led to ligament replacement surgery. During his 2016 comeback he contracted mono and was shut down without pitching in a game. By 2017 he had faded into the background with newer prospects getting the attention of prospect lists. He started the 2017 season with Fort Myers, gradually building up his pitch count while posting a nice 9.8 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 3.16 RA in 77 innings. That earned him a spot start for Chattanooga in August. The Twins added him to the 40 man roster to keep him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft after the 2017 season. In 2018 he started at Double-A Chattanooga and pitched excellent with a 3.58 ERA and 10.9 K/9 against just a 2.5 BB/9. Thorpe built up his strength as the season went on and his fastball gained velocity. He earned a late promotion to Triple-A Rochester where he was able to maintain his production in 4 starts at that level. His great rate stats over 130 innings (a new high for Thorpe) led to the Twins naming him minor league pitcher of year. Since he is on the roster he will get a shot at a big league job this spring but starting 2019 at Triple-A Rochester is more likely. If he continues to pitch well and stay healthy he will make his Twins debut this summer.

Stephen Gonsalves, P

2019 Age: 24

2018 High Level: MLB

Lefty starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves was voted our top prospect in 2017. The former fourth round pick has pitched well at every stop and moved quickly through the minors, earning mid-season promotions each season. He started 2018 in Double-A Chattanooga but was quickly promoted after just four games. At Triple-A Rochester he pitched well with a 2.96 ERA and 8.5 K/9 in 100-1/3 innings but his walk rate of 4.9 BB/9 was a red flag. He saw his first big league action in 2019 making his Twins debut in August but the results were not great. He pitched in seven major league games but with a brutal 6.57 ERA and a 2.03 WHIP. Gonsalves has good control of his low-90s fastball and a good changeup but his curve and slider are still a work in progress. He will be in the mix for the open spot in the pitching rotation this spring and will be one of the top pitchers on the list for a callup if he doesn’t win a spot in spring training.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Nick Gordon
    (122 votes)
  • 42%
    Trevor Larnach
    (234 votes)
  • 24%
    Lewis Thorpe
    (136 votes)
  • 11%
    Stephen Gonsalves
    (65 votes)
557 votes total Vote Now