Minnesota Twins prospects make multiple prospect awards teams

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 25: John Curtiss
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 25: John Curtiss /

Various prospect websites released postseason all-star and awards teams recently. Which Minnesota Twins made the teams?

The Minnesota Twins have enjoyed a very positive season in the minor leagues with multiple affiliates making the playoffs, one (so far) winning their league championship, and multiple prospects showing impressive growth over the season.

Those positive team performances were driven by positive individual performances. While the Minnesota Twins have not yet had a player receive a player of the year award, they have seen multiple players make awards teams.

Let’s take a look at the honorees:

Zack Littell, RHP

Littell was noted on the most postseason lists so far, as he was a finalist for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year (and the only player other than eventual winner Ronald Acuna who received more than one vote!), along with being placed on multiple teams. With his win this week in the playoffs for Chattanooga, Littell has become the first player in 25 years to win 20 games in the minor leagues.

He was selected to the 2nd team of Baseball America’s awards team, the 1st team of Call To The Pen’s team, and the first team of Yahoo’s team.

Gabriel Moya, LHP

Another player acquired mid-season, like Littell, Moya also made multiple postseason teams after posting a 0.61 ERA and saving 7 games in 13 appearances for Chattanooga after he was acquired. Overall, he posted a 0.77 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, with 24 saves in 58 1/3 innings, posting a 15/87 BB/K ratio.

He made the first team for all three of Baseball America, Call To The Pen, and Yahoo.

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John Curtiss, RHP

A dominating bullpen arm, Curtiss worked his way up the Twins system and forced his way to the front of the reliever pecking order with dominant performances at AA and AAA before showing well so far in the majors in raw stuff, though he was touched up for runs that have led to a 10.80 ERA so far, but his performance doesn’t reflect that ERA. In the minors, he combined for a paltry 1.28 ERA over 49 1/3 innings, saving 19 games, with a 0.91 WHIP, and a 22/68 BB/K ratio. He was selected to the MLB Pipeline first team and was an honorable mention on the Call To The Pen list.

Single lists

All other players named were named on just one list, so we’ll run them down by list:

Call To the Pen
Nick Anderson, 1st team relief pitcher, 54 IP, 11 SV, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 10/57 BB/K
Mitch Garver, HM Catcher, .291/.387/.541, 29 2B, 17 HR
Jonathan Rodriguez, HM 1B, .303/.408/.518, 31 2B, 22 HR
Clark Beeker, HM SP, 12-4, 2.63 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 143 2/3 IP, 23/93 BB/K
Hector Lujan, HM RP, 3-1, 17 SV, 1.33 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 54 IP, 8/54 BB/K

Nick Gordon, HM SS, .270/.341/.408, 29 2B, 8 3B, 9 HR, 13 SB
Stephen Gonsalves, HM SP, 9-5, 110 IP, 3.27 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 31/118 BB/K

Next: Twins 2017 Minor League Awards

If you would like to check out the lists where these awards were announced, here are the links:

USA Today Player of the Year
Baseball America’s team (requires subscription for write-ups)
MLB Pipeline’s team
Call To The Pen’s team and awards
Yahoo’s team

Of course, the big link above is for the awards we did for the Minnesota Twins organization only here at Puckett’s Pond. Look for more minor league coverage coming in the very near future here at PP!