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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 14

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Josh Winder wins round thirteen

1977 World Series, New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers
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Josh Winder won a close race in round 13. The voting tends to tighten up as we go further into the balloting. Winder should reach the true test of any pitching prospect, the Double-A level, this summer.

Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results

  1. Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%)
  2. Royce Lewis 65% (Larnach 17%, Balazovic 16%, Duran 2%)
  3. Trevor Larnach 37% (Balazovic 37%, Jeffers 21%, Duran 5%)
  4. Jordan Balazovic 73% (Jeffers 18%, Duran 7%, Sabato 3%)
  5. Ryan Jeffers 45% (Duran 43%, Sabato 6%, Canterino 6%)
  6. Jhoan Duran 79% (Canterino 9%, Sabato 5%, Celestino 4%, Cavaco 2%)
  7. Brent Rooker 47% (Canterino 26%, Sabato 15%, Celestino 8%, Cavaco 4%)
  8. Matt Canterino 39% (Sabato 32%, Celestino 15%, Enlow 12%, Cavaco 2%)
  9. Aaron Sabato 43% (Enlow 21%, Celestino 21%, Cavaco 10%, Urbina 6%)
  10. Gilberto Celestino 36% (Enlow 33%, Cavaco 17%, Urbina 8%, Wallner 6%)
  11. Blayne Enlow 41% (Winder 20%, Cavaco 19%, Urbina 15%, Wallner 5%)
  12. Keoni Cavaco 29% (Winder 25%, Urbina 20%, Sands 14%, Wallner 11%)
  13. Josh Winder 33% (Urbina 28%, Sands 19%, Wallner 13%, Miranda 7%)

I have another pitcher to add to the list to replace Winder. This player is a rarity: an international free agent pitcher signed by the Twins as a teenager and developed in the organization all the way to the big leagues.

Misael Urbina, CF

2021 Age: 19

2019 High Level: DSL Twins (Foreign Rookie)

Misael “Misa” Urbina was the top international free agent signed by the Twins in 2018 costing them a $2.75M bonus with an additional $300k for college. He ranked #5 among international free agents who were available in the 2018 signing period. He came to the Twins from Venezuela where he had been participating in the Venezuelan Winter League development program for young players. He played his first summer in the system in the Dominican rookie league and did very well hitting .279/.382/.443 with more walks than strikeouts. He has plus speed and scouts rated his center field defense as among the best in the league. He should make his way to the United States this summer to play in a rookie league but his Twins debut is unlikely before 2023.

Matt Wallner, RF

2021 Age: 23

2019 High Level: Cedar Rapids (A)

The Twins drafted Matt Wallner 39th overall in the 2019 MLB draft out of Southern Mississippi. They had previously drafted him in the 32nd round out of Forest Lake High School (Go Rangers!) after being named the East Metro player of the year and Mr Baseball but he made the easy choice to go to college instead. He had been committed to North Dakota to play college baseball but that school dropped their baseball program in April of his senior year and Wallner changed his destination to Hattiesburg, MS. Despite the late change things worked out well as Wallner became one of the best players in Southern Miss history. He was named Conference USA freshman of the year splitting his time between RF and P. His sophomore year he was named an All-American and although he dropped pitching his junior year he kept piling up awards and became the highest draft pick in the history of Southern Miss. He hit .337/.461/.652 with 58 HR in 189 games over his college career. The Twins started Wallner at Elizabethton and he hit .269/.361/.452 in 53 games before a late promotion to Cedar Rapids where he hit .205/.340/.455 in 12 games. His best asset is his power left handed bat and as a former pitcher his arm in RF is a plus. Brian Dozier was the last Twin picked from Southern Mississippi. We can all hope this local kid has that level of career for the Twins.

Cole Sands, P

2021 Age: 23

2019 High Level: Pensacola (AA)

Cole Sands was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB draft out of Florida State. He battled with injuries his junior season but the Twins decided his talent was worth an over-slot $600,000 bonus to make sure he didn’t return for his senior season. Sands did not pitch his first summer in the organization as he recovered from the injuries he was dealing with during his college season. The Twins began his 2019 season in Cedar Rapids where he had a 10.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and 3.05 RA9 in 8 starts. He earned a mid-season promotion to Fort Myers where he kept up the good work compiling a 9.2 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 and 2.77 RA9 in 52 innings at that level. This earned him a late call-up to Pensacola for one start in Double-A. Despite three trips to the injured list he was able to pitch 97 innings. He throws a mid-90s fastball with movement, a plus breaking ball and a good change up. The results have been there but keeping him healthy and on the mound has been challenging. Expect to see him start 2021 in Double-A with a possible Twins debut as soon as this summer.

Jose Miranda, IF

2021 Age: 23

2019 High Level: Pensacola (AA)

Puerto Rican Jose Miranda was the 73rd overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft. He made his debut with the GCL Twins and hit .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 improved at the plate in 2017 hitting .283/.340/.484 in 247 plate appearances. In 2018 he split time defensively between second base and third. He started the season at Cedar Rapids and hit .277/.326/.434 over 104 games. He earned a late season promotion to Fort Myers and initially struggled batting .216 in 27 games to end the season but he hit .400 with two home runs in the playoff series helping the Miracle win the Florida State League championship. The Twins sent him back to Fort Myers and in 2019 and he continued to split time at 2B and 3B with a little SS for good measure. His swing is designed to get the ball over the fence but Fort Myers is a difficult place to hit dingers and Miranda hit only 8 HR while slashing .248/.299/.364. He played 1 game in Pensacola to end the season and I would expect him to start 2021 back at Double-A. Miranda played a few games in the Puerto Rican Winter League and helped his team advance to the Caribbean Series. 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.

Edwar Colina, P

2021 Age: 24

2020 High Level: Twins (MLB)

Edwar Osnel de la Cruz Colina was signed in September of 2015 as an international free agent from Venezuela. He spent his first summer pitching in the Dominican rookie league and made his stateside debut pitching for Elizabethton in 2017. He did well at both levels but didn’t stand out from the other top pitchers at those levels. He started 2018 in Cedar Rapids and pitched well enough (2.85 RA9, 8.7K/9) to earn a late promotion to Fort Myers. He started 2019 back at Fort Myers and continued to improve (2.92 RA9, 8.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9). He was promoted after 60 innings to Double-A Pensacola and was terrific at that level (2.32 RA9, 10.7 K/9, 4.4 BB/9), earning another promotion to the Rochester bullpen at the very end of the season. The 2019 results were good but it was Colina’s 100MPH fastball that really got everyone’s attention. While the heater lights up the radar gun his slider might be his best strikeout pitch and it improved noticeably in 2019. He was also one of the best in the Twins minor leagues at avoiding the long ball. A big fastball, sharp breaking ball and the ability to avoid HR all translate well to success at the big league level. Colina spent the 2020 summer at the alternate training site in St. Paul and made his major league debut at the end of the regular season. It was a rough debut giving up 4 hits, 2 walks and a HR while only recording one out leaving him with an ERA of 81.00. Lighting up the radar gun is great but a pitcher still needs to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate. He will get a chance to work on pitch location in St. Paul this summer and is a likely arm to head to Minneapolis when the Twins need an extra reliever.

Poll

Vote in round 14

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Misael Urbina
    (67 votes)
  • 11%
    Matt Wallner
    (19 votes)
  • 16%
    Cole Sands
    (27 votes)
  • 1%
    Jose Miranda
    (2 votes)
  • 28%
    Edwar Colina
    (45 votes)
160 votes total Vote Now