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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2020: Round 35

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Congratulations to Tyler Wells for winning round 34!

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox
Welcome to round 35!
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Tyler Wells was our selection in round 34. We are hoping to see a bounce-back season from him this summer as he is fully recovered from arm surgery.

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%)

We are down to one pitcher again so I will add another. This pitcher made his big league debut in the bullpen in 2019.

LaMonte Wade, OF

2020 Age: 26

2019 High Level: Twins (MLB)

LaMonte Wade was the Twins 9th round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Maryland. The Twins sent him to Elizabethton that summer and he impressed everyone with a 904 OPS, earning an Appy League All-Star nod and a late season look at Cedar Rapids. In 2016 he did well at Cedar Rapids earning a midseason All-Star appearance and even better after a mid-season promotion to Fort Myers producing (again) a 904 OPS at that level. Wade spent 2017 at Chattanooga and hit .292/.397/.408 while getting time at all three outfield positions. He earned a Southern League All-Star spot in 2017, continuing that trend. The Twins sent him to the Arizona Fall League and Wade hit .238/.351/.413 until a scary collision ended his season with a concussion. He started 2018 back at Double-A and hit .298/.393/.444 in 46 games before earning a promotion to Triple-A. At Rochester he hit his first speed bump on the way to the big leagues as his offensive production dropped to .229/.337/.336 over 74 games. He had consistently been able to draw more walks than strikeouts but that trend ended at the Triple-A level. He spent most of 2019 at Triple-A Rochester and slashed .246/.392/.356 maintaining a good OBP but with little power in a season where everyone hit for power. He made his big league debut June 28 and spent all of September with the Twins but hit just .196/.348/.375. Wade has average physical tools for a big league corner outfielder but he makes the most of them with a good batting eye and solid outfield fundamentals. He is good depth to have on a 40 man roster but is likely to be passed up hotter prospects.

Will Holland, SS

2020 Age: 22

2019 High Level: Elizabethton (Rookie)

Will Holland played his college baseball at Auburn University. He was ranked as a preseason top 20 college talent after a promising sophomore year which included playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National team. Despite a trip to the College World Series his 2019 junior year was ultimately disappointing as he slashed just .246/.376/.401 and dropped to the fifth round of the draft. The Twins signed him for an above-slot $575,000 bonus and sent him to Elizabethton. At Elizabethton he hit .192/.299/.376 in 146 plate appearances which continued his disappointing 2019 at the plate. Holland has good hands and defensive range at SS. On offense he has good power, a good eye and plus speed with 20HR/20SB potential but he needs to work on making consistent contact. If he can get the bat on the ball he could move quickly through the minors.

Spencer Steer, IF

2020 Age: 22

2019 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

Spencer Steer played his college baseball for the Oregon Ducks. His college highlights include being named First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team as well as holding many school batting records. The Twins picked him in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft and signed him with a $575,000 bonus. He started his professional career at Elizabethton and earned a promotion to Cedar Rapids after just 20 games by hitting .325/.442/.506. He finished his season at Cedar Rapids hitting .260/.358/.387 in 44 games. He won his all-conference defensive honors playing 3B for Oregon but has split time between 2B and 3B in the minors for the Twins. Despite the defensive accolades the scouts project him as a bat-first infield prospect at 2B or 3B. If he keeps hitting he could move quickly up the ladder.

Bailey Ober, P

2020 Age: 24

2019 High Level: Pensacola (AA)

Bailey Ober was not a highly recruited prospect coming out of high school in North Carolina. He wasn’t drafted by the pros or pursued by power conference programs despite a high school career that included a couple state championships. He played his college baseball at the College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association and was terrific his freshman year, earning national Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors. His sophomore season he was sidelined with an elbow injury that led to Tommy John surgery and he received a medical redshirt. After the surgery he wasn’t nearly as sharp as his freshman season and continued health injuries led to inconsistent results. The Twins drafted him in the 12th round of the 2017 draft and he did well in his pro debut at Elizabethton (11.3 K/9, 1.0 BB/9 3.21 RA9). He pitched in 2018 at Cedar Rapids and continued to produce but not dominate. He credits work with the new pitching analytics tools with a step up in performance including adding a 4 seam fastball to his repertoire. In 2019 he started at Fort Myers and dominated at that level with a 1.58 RA9 in 45.2 IP, though he missed May and June due to some nerve irritation in his right elbow. He was promoted to Double-A Pensacola in August and finished the season impressively with a 0.75 RA9 in 4 starts. Ober throws two fastballs, a curve, slider and changeup and although none of them are outstanding his 6’9” frame allows his stuff to play up with a release point close to the plate. He also has a good “tunnel” meaning the different pitches all use a consistent motion. He should pitch in 2020 at Double-A and we all hope he picks up right where he left off.

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.

Poll

Vote for Round 35

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    LaMonte Wade Jr
    (9 votes)
  • 9%
    Will Holland
    (8 votes)
  • 20%
    Spencer Steer
    (17 votes)
  • 36%
    Bailey Ober
    (30 votes)
  • 21%
    Sean Poppen
    (18 votes)
82 votes total Vote Now