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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 27

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Who do you think is the twenty-seventh best prospect in the Twins’ system?

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Dodgers
Remember Kintzler? This round we add the player traded for him.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Landon Leach for squeaking out a win in round 26. We lost a pitcher so I will add a pitcher this round.

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%)
  10. Brudsar Graterol 29% (Baddoo 19%, Enlow 19%, Garver 17%, Jay 14%)
  11. Akil Baddoo 32% (Enlow 27%, Jay 19%, Garver 15%, Jorge 7%)
  12. Blayne Enlow 48% (Jay 22%, Garver 21%, Jorge 8%)
  13. Tyler Jay 41% (Garver 38%, Wade 11%, Jorge 10%)
  14. Mitch Garver 48% (Wade 18%, Moya 14%, Curtiss 13%, Jorge 6%)
  15. LaMonte Wade 25% (Moya 23%, Curtiss 16%, Palacios 15%, Diaz 13%, Jorge 9%)
  16. Gabriel Moya 32% (Palacios 19%, Curtiss 17%, Diaz 14%, Jorge 9%, Blankenhorn 9%)
  17. Zack Granite 24% (Curtiss 21%, Palacios 20%, Diaz 18%, Jorge 11%, Blankenhorn 6%)
  18. John Curtiss 31% (Severino 29%, Diaz 19%, Jorge 14%, Blankenhorn 7%)
  19. Yunior Severino 33% (Diaz 26%, Jorge 25%, Rortvedt 13%, Blankenhorn 4%)
  20. Felix Jorge 41% (Diaz 28%, Bechtold 11%, Rortvedt 11%, Blankenhorn 9%)
  21. Lewin Diaz 49% (Rortvedt 15%, Bechtold 14%, Stewart 13%, Blankenhorn 9%)
  22. Ben Rortvedt 29% (Bechtold 22%, Blankenhorn 20%, Stewart 17%, Pearson 12%)
  23. Travis Blankenhorn 30% (Arraez 18%, Bechtold 17%, Stewart 16%, Miranda 12%, Pearson 6%)
  24. Luis Arraez 27% (Bechtold 24%, Stewart 24%, Miranda 13%, Pearson 10%)
  25. Andrew Bechtold 36% (Stewart 26%, Leach 19%, Miranda 14%, Pearson 5%)
  26. Landon Leach 32% (Stewart 32%, Miranda 18%, Banuelos 11%, Pearson 7%)

Here are your choices for the 27th round of voting:

Kohl Stewart, SP

2018 Age: 23

2017 High Level: Rochester (AAA)

Kohl Stewart was the Minnesota Twins 1st round pick in the 2013 draft, 4th overall. He was signed away from a commitment to play quarterback for Texas A&M for $4.5M. When Stewart was drafted scouts noted his heavy sinking fastball and his strong athletic build. He had a great debut in the rookie leagues and made several top 100 prospect lists. He pitched well in Cedar Rapids at age 19 but his strikeout rate was not exceptional (6.4 K/9). He also continued to deal with nagging shoulder soreness. People hoped his K rate would increase as he learned more about pitching and improved his offspeed offerings. Stewart was promoted to Fort Myers in 2015 and pitched 130 solid innings but his K rate dropped again to 4.9 K/9. He was sent back to Fort Myers in 2016 and pitched well enough to earn a promotion to Chattanooga with an uptick in strikeouts to 7.7 K/9. Many prospects hit their first real challenge at AA and it appears Kohl Stewart is another example. His K rate was awful (4.6 K/9) his walk rate rose (4.3 BB/9) in Chattanooga and he dealt with a knee injury. In 2017 he was not particularly effective and continued to rehab injuries but did pitch 5 innings at AAA. Stewart was not added to the 40 man roster this November which meant he was eligible to be drafted in the Rule 5 draft. Despite his draft pedigree, Stewart was not selected. There were rumors he was headed back to college to play football but he elected to stay with the Twins. He still has a power sinking fastball that generates grounders but lacks a breaking ball that misses bats. He also has had nagging shoulder injuries throughout his minor league career. At this point it looks more likely that he leaves the organization as a six year minor league free agent than a scenario where he becomes a big league contributor.

Jacob Pearson, LF

2018 Age: 20

2017 High Level: Arizona Angels (Rookie)

Jacob Pearson was drafted by the Angels out of high school in the third round of the 2017 draft. Pearson was considered the top high school talent in Louisiana on draft day so the Angels went overslot and signed him for a $1M bonus. He was acquired by the Twins for the opportunity to spend $1M in international bonus money. The Angels used that money to acquire Shohei Otani so I’m guessing they’re pretty happy with that trade. Pearson had a rough introduction to wood bat leagues hitting just .226/.302/.284 for the Angels’ rookie team but appeared to be making adjustments as the season progressed. Pearson projects as a future left fielder with enough speed to cover that position but due to a shoulder surgery not enough arm for CF. Scouts think he can hit for power and like his approach at the plate. He is also praised for his work ethic. Expect to see Pearson working in extended spring training before being sent to Elizabethton this summer.

Jose Miranda, IF

2018 Age: 20

2017 High Level: Elizabethton (Rookie)

Puerto Rican Jose Miranda was the 73rd overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft. He made his debut with the GCL Twins and initially struggled with wood bats hitting just .227 while playing three infield positions. In 2017 the Twins sent him to Elizabethton and had him play mostly 2B because the team had Andrew Bechtold at 3B. Miranda did fairly well at the plate hitting .283/.340/.484 in 247 plate appearances. Scouts think Miranda can play infield but he doesn’t have the range for SS and might end up at 3B. His swing is designed to get the ball over the fence which shows in his 11 HR against just 8 2B last summer. Twins scouts have done well in Puerto Rico finding Jose Berrios, Kennys Vargas, and Eddie Rosario in recent years. Let’s hope they found another quality player in Jose Miranda.

David Banuelos, C

2018 Age: 21

2017 High Level: Everett (A-)

Banuelos was drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. Prior to being drafted he was the starting catcher for the Long Beach State Dirtbags (no joke). Banuelos had a great reputation as a quality defensive player behind the plate in college throwing out 61% of opposing base stealers his sophomore year. This defensive ability got him named an honorable mention All-American as well as the college gold glove at catcher. The Mariners started him at their short season A team the Everett AquaSox (also not kidding) and he hit .236/.331/.394 while continuing to impress with his defense (38% caught stealing). The Twins acquired Banuelos in exchange for $1M in international bonus pool allocation so the Mariners could pursue Shohei Ohtani (they didn’t get him). Banuelos has an elite glove and will need to continue to produce at or above his established .730 OPS at the plate to advance through the minors. Expect the Twins to send him to a talented Cedar Rapids team this summer.

Tyler Watson, SP

2018 Age: 21

2017 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

The Washington Nationals took a flyer on Tyler Watson with the 34th round pick in the 2015 MLB draft. He was committed to Loyola Marymount but the Nationals were able to sign him for a $400,000 bonus. In 2016 he performed very well in the New York - Penn League posting a 2.09 RA, 1.9 BB.9 and 10.0 K/9. This earned him a mid-year promotion to Hagerstown in the Sally League. In 2017 he started at Hagerstown again and he had very good peripherals (2.3 BB/9 9.5 K/9) though his run average was above 4. The Twins acquired him when they traded Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals at the July trade deadline. Watson doesn’t have an overpowering fastball (87-90 MPH) but he is a lefty and he has an above average curve and changeup. He is listed at 6’5” and 200 pounds so there is hope that as he adds muscle he will add fastball velocity. His strikeout rate took a dive at Cedar Rapids after the trade so it is possible he could start 2018 back in Iowa but expect to see him at Fort Myers some time this summer.

Poll

Who do you think is the twenty-seventh best prospect in the Twins’ system?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Kohl Stewart
    (61 votes)
  • 13%
    Jacob Pearson
    (20 votes)
  • 32%
    Jose Miranda
    (49 votes)
  • 4%
    David Banuelos
    (6 votes)
  • 8%
    Tyler Watson
    (13 votes)
149 votes total Vote Now