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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2020: Round 40

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Final round of our prospect voting this year!

2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier - Game 5: Brazil v. Great Britain
Congratulations to Gabriel Maciel for winning round 39!

Welcome to the final round of our prospect voting. We went 10 bonus rounds to help make up for the loss of baseball, hope you enjoyed it. After a very close round 38, Gabriel Maciel won in a landslide in round 39.

Twinkie Town 2020 Prospect Voting Results

  1. Alex Kirilloff 40% (Lewis 28%, Graterol 24%, Larnach 8%)
  2. Royce Lewis 48% (Graterol 29%, Balazovic 12%, Larnach 12%)
  3. Trevor Larnach 48% (Balazovic 43%, Duran 8%, Cavaco 1%)
  4. Jordan Balazovic 78% (Duran 11%, Rooker 9%, Jeffers 2%, Cavaco 0%)
  5. Jhoan Duran 52% (Rooker 19%, Thorpe 16%, Jeffers 10%, Cavaco 3%)
  6. Brent Rooker 37% (Jeffers 28%, Thorpe 24%, Urbina 6%, Cavaco 5%)
  7. Ryan Jeffers 47% (Thorpe 34%, Cavaco 10%, Celestino 5%, Urbina 3%)
  8. Lewis Thorpe 58% (Urbina 12%, Canterino 11%, Cavaco 10%, Celestino 9%)
  9. Matt Canterino 27% (Celestino 23%, Cavaco 22%, Urbina 19%, Wallner 9%)
  10. Keoni Cavaco 33% (Celestino 29%, Urbina 18%, Sands 15%, Wallner 9%)
  11. Gilberto Celestino 36% (Gordon 26%, Urbina 19%, Wallner 12%, Sands 7%)
  12. Nick Gordon 35% (Urbina 28%, Enlow 21%, Wallner 9%, Sands 8%)
  13. Misael Urbina 36% (Enlow 24%, Sands 20%, Wallner 10%, Javier 9%)
  14. Blayne Enlow 31% (Colina 29%, Sands 19%, Wallner 12%, Javier 9%)
  15. Edwar Colina 42% (Wallner 20%, Sands 20%, Javier 15%, Miranda 1%)
  16. Cole Sands 31% (Wallner 26%, Javier 20%, Blankenhorn 20%, Miranda 3%)
  17. Matt Wallner 35% (Smeltzer 31%, Javier 18%, Blankenhorn 11%, Miranda 4%)
  18. Devin Smeltzer 48% (Javier 24%, Blankenhorn 18%, Miranda 5%, Rodriguez 5%)
  19. Wander Javier 32% (Alcala 30%, Blankenhorn 27%, Rodriguez 6%, Miranda 5%)
  20. Jorge Alcala 45% (Blankenhorn 27%, Rodriguez 13%, Rortvedt 13%, Miranda 3%)
  21. Randy Dobnak 65% (Blankenhorn 14%, Rortvedt 8%, Rodriguez 7%, Miranda 6%)
  22. Travis Blankenhorn 49% (Rortvedt 31%, Rodriguez 9%, Miranda 7%, Rijo 4%)
  23. Ben Rortvedt 44% (Baddoo 24%, Miranda 16%, Rodriguez 10%, Rijo 6%)
  24. Akil Baddoo 35% (Vallimont 25%, Miranda 17%, Rodriguez 16%, Rijo 6%)
  25. Jose Miranda 27% (Vallimont 26%, Jax 23%, Rodriguez 18%, Rijo 6%)
  26. Chris Vallimont 42% (Jax 21%, Rodriguez 19%, Severino 10%, Rijo 8%)
  27. Cody Stashak 42% (Rodriguez 21%, Jax 13%, Winder 10%, Severino 10%, Rijo 5%)
  28. Emmanuel Rodriguez 29% (Jax, 27%, Winder 26%, Severino 11%, Rijo 7%)
  29. Josh Winder 30% (Jax 29%, Wade 18%, Severino 14%, Rijo 9%)
  30. Griffin Jax 33% (Severino 22%, Rijo 19%, Wade 18%, Holland 9%)
  31. Dakota Chalmers 33% (Severino 28%, Rijo 19%, Wade 19%, Holland 2%)
  32. Yunior Severino 40% (Wells 23%, Rijo 17%, Wade 12%, Holland 7%)
  33. Luis Rijo 37% (Wells 26%, Wade 17%, Holland 10%, Steer 10%)
  34. Tyler Wells 29% (Ober 25%, Wade 19%, Steer 19%, Holland 7%)
  35. Bailey Ober 37% (Poppen 22%, Steer 20%, Wade 11%, Holland 10%)
  36. LaMonte Wade Jr 31% (Steer 28%, Poppen 20%, Holland 13%, Cano 9%)
  37. Spencer Steer 33% (Maciel 30%, Poppen 24%, Holland 10%, Cano 3%)
  38. Will Holland 30% (Maciel 29%, Poppen 29%, Camargo 8%, Cano 4%)
  39. Gabriel Maciel 57% (Poppen 28%, Cano 5%, Breek 5%, Camargo 4%)

I have one more infielder to add to this list. This player was a recent draft pick who showed off some power in his first pro season.

Sean Poppen, P

2020 Age: 26

2019 High Level: Twins (MLB)

Sean Poppen played his college baseball for the Harvard Crimson and majored in Chemistry and Physics so he might be the smartest player available. He was drafted after his senior year in the 19th round of the 2016 draft. He pitched quite well in his pro debut that summer but as a college senior was quite a bit older than many of the other players. In the minors he has worked mainly as a starter and has pitched well enough to earn mid-season promotions nearly every season as he advanced from Single-A in 2017 to Triple-A in 2019. His 2019 minor league performance included a lot of strikeouts (10.7 K/9) and a lot of walks (4.4 BB/9) leading to a 4.52 RA9. Despite the lackluster numbers Poppen made his debut for the Twins pitching in 4 games with a 7.56 ERA before being placed on the injured list with an elbow bruise. Poppen throws a mid-90s fastball with good movement and an upper 80s slider with good movement in the opposite direction. He also throws a changeup but it is not as good as the fastball and slider. This means his future in the pros is likely to be as a middle reliever if he can get better command of his fastball and slider.

Yennier Cano, P

2020 Age: 26

2019 High Level: Fort Myers (A+)

Yennier Cano has played professionally in Cuba for his hometown team Ciego de Avila since he was 19 years old. He pitched on the Caribbean Series team in the winter of 2015-16 but only made two appearances in the bullpen. He defected from Cuba and was eligible to be signed as an international free agent in 2018. He was ranked as the #2 international prospect in his signing period by MLB.com. The Twins signed him for a $750,000 bonus at the end of the 2018-19 signing deadline. Cano was used mainly as a reliever in Cuba and it is expected he would stay in the bullpen in the USA. He throws five different pitches: a fastball, splitter, slider, curve and changeup. He only pitched 15 innings last summer - all in Fort Myers but split between the Gulf Coast League and Florida State League. He was able to get people out but walked 14 batters in those 15 innings. As a reliever his upside is limited but his age and past experience suggests he could contribute sooner rather than later.

Jair Camargo, C

2020 Age: 20

2019 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

Jair Camargo began his professional career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He was signed as an international free agent from Colombia at age 16. He spent a season in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the United States in 2017. He hit .265/.293/.420 across two seasons of rookie ball in 2017-2018 before earning a promotion to the Midwest League in 2019. He played in 2019 for the Great Lakes Loons and hit .236/.301/.342 as a 19 year old. He joined the Twins organization as part of the trade of Kenta Maeda for Brusdar Graterol. Camargo has a good reputation with the glove behind the plate and has played some third base as well. He profiles as a catch-and-throw backup catcher in the big leagues but is still young enough to hope for a little more upside on offense. He could be assigned to Cedar Rapids or possibly Fort Myers this season.

Donny Breek, P

2020 Age: 20

2019 High Level: Gulf Coast Twins (Rookie)

Donny Breek is not the first Dutch pitcher the Twins have signed. Bert Blyleven, of course, is the most famous Dutch pitcher signed by the Twins. More recently they signed pitchers Loek Van Mil, Tom Stuifbergen and Alexander Smit. Breek pitched for the Dutch baseball academy and pitched in the European championships as a teenager. The Twins scouted Donny Breek pitching at the WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay in 2017 and signed him shortly thereafter. The Twins sent him to rookie ball in Florida in 2018 and he pitched fairly well (3.38 RA9, 9.9 K/9, 4.1 BB/9). He repeated the same level in 2019 and his peripherals were similar but he did a better job avoiding hits and runs. He throws a low 90s fastball, has a good mid-80s changeup and is working on a breaking ball for a third pitch. This season he was likely to move up to Elizabethton after spending time in extended spring training working on a breaking ball. At the moment he is stuck in Florida unable to work out or return to the Netherlands.

Seth Gray, 3B

2020 Age: 22

2019 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

Seth Gray played his high school baseball in Springfield, OH and his college baseball in Dayton, OH for the Wright State Raiders. His bat was terrific his junior season (.630 SLG) which led to being named to the ABCA Mideast All-Region team. The Twins selected him in the 4th round of the 2019 draft (between Steer and Holland) and sent him to Elizabethton. He hit .225/.336/.445 with 11 HR which earned him a late promotion to Cedar Rapids for 4 games. The scouts like his fielding at third base and his ability to hit the ball over the fence. Expect to see him play at the single-A level in 2020.

Poll

Who is your choice in the final round?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Sean Poppen
    (32 votes)
  • 3%
    Yennier Cano
    (3 votes)
  • 12%
    Jair Camargo
    (10 votes)
  • 9%
    Donny Breek
    (7 votes)
  • 32%
    Seth Gray
    (25 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now