Max Kepler, the Southern League MVP helped Double-A Chattanooga bring home the Southern League Championship. Now he’ll be joining the Minnesota Twins for the stretch run as the Twins try to make the playoffs.
Kepler can play all three outfield positions and has spent time at first base. With Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks, Torii Hunter and Byron Buxton, Kepler likely won’t receive much action in the outfield.
Kepler finished his MVP season with a .322 batting average with 32 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs and 71 RBIs. He finished the season with a bang by hitting three home runs in the Championship series.
Kepler started the season as the Twins number 14 overall prospect and thanks to his breakout season he moved up eight spots to the number six spot. The German born prospect has progressed faster than anybody could have expected and the Twins now have four young talented outfielders. That’s what we like to call a good problem.
The Twins have had a season filled with big league debuts and Kepler is set to join the party. He may not start in a game in the outfield, but Kepler will likely make his big league debut as a pinch runner, much like a certain veteran Twins outfielder did back in the day.
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