Minnesota Twins Top 100 Prospects: 61-80

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 05: A view of baseball gloves prior to the game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day at Angel Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 05: A view of baseball gloves prior to the game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day at Angel Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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70. Randy Dobnak, RHP, Elizabethton/Cedar Rapids

Born: 1/17/1995
2017 Stats: 33 1/3 IP, 2.43 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 7/23 BB/K
Info: Dobnak was an independent ball find by the Twins scouting staff this spring. He attended small Alderson-Broaddus and went undrafted this spring, but obviously the Twins liked what he had to offer. Dobnak is not a guy who blows away the radar gun, but he really has a feel for pitching, not just controlling the ball in the zone but commanding it well. Dobnak likely will need to sharpen up his breaking stuff in order to get more swing and miss in order to stick in the rotation with a sub-90 fastball, but his stuff all moves very well, and if he can get that movement to sharpen up on the offspeed stuff to generate swings, he could find a long-term role and be very valuable.

69. Tanner English, OF, Fort Myers/Chattanooga

Born: 3/11/1993
2017 Stats: .200/.314/.344, 8 HR, 35 SB, 50/139 BB/K
Info: The Twins drafted the uber-athletic English out of South Carolina in the 11th round in 2014, knowing he was raw even as a college player. English is a double-plus runner and still can fly, but he struggles with his swing as he has poor pitch recognition in spite of a short, quick swing that should be able to adjust well. English does have a bit of power behind his athletic frame and he is able to cover a ton of ground in the outfield and was a two-way player in college with his strong arm, so his arm in the outfield is certainly plus. He’s got the raw ability to be an exciting player, but he’s now four seasons in his pro career and struggling as much or more as he did when he started as a pro, so the door could be closing soon.

68. Caleb Hamilton, Util, Cedar Rapids

Born: 2/5/1995
2017 Stats: .221/.342/.394, 9 HR, 3 SB, 54/97 BB/K
Info: When Hamilton was drafted out of Oregon State in 2016 in the 23rd round, many wondered if he would stick at third base or move to second, having played some of both in college. Instead, last fall, Hamilton was donning the tools of ignorance to work at catcher. After playing outfield, second base, and third base in 2016 primarily, Hamilton has worked throughout the entire defensive spectrum, playing the most games at catcher, where his defensive skills were surprisingly adept, outside of his struggles (understandably) with passed balls, but also playing all 9 positions for at least 2 games other than his one game at pitcher. On top of his defensive versatility, Hamilton has shown the ability to take a walk and hit for solid power, which would be a good asset to allow him to move forward as a solid bench piece for a major league team.

67. Edwar Colina, RHP, Elizabethton

Born: 5/3/1997
2017 Stats: 59 1/3 IP, 3.34 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 29/56 BB/K
Info: An older sign out of Venezuela, Colina jumped from the DSL in 2016 to Elizabethton in 2017, and he saw very good success in that move. Colina works with a mid-90s fastball, and he reached back for 96-97 at the top end. He gets good movement on his fastball out of the stretch, but inconsistent movement out of his delivery. He works with a curve that he seems to use two grips on, one that gets more of a gradual, looping break, and one that’s more of a hard, dropping curve. His change flashes well. Colina’s size (5’11”, ~190 pounds) leads to a thought that he could move to the bullpen, especially with his proclivity to gain movement out of the stretch. He’ll have his first full season with Cedar Rapids this season, and it will be interesting to see how his stuff works in full-season ball.

66. Ricky De La Torre, 2B/SS, GCL

Born: 7/21/1999
2017 Stats: .268/.341/.359, 3 HR, 5 SB, 16/39 BB/K
Info: Another of the Twins long history in Puerto Rico, De La Torre was selected in the 6th round in this June’s draft. He played second base in deference to top pick Royce Lewis when Lewis was with him at the GCL, but once Lewis was gone, De La Torre took more reps at short, and he also got some time at third base. Offensively, he showed a solid eye, nearing a 10% walk rate as a guy who didn’t even turn 18 until he’d played a month with the GCL team. He did have a 23% strikeout rate, but he didn’t struggle with that truly. De La Torre has solid power, and he has a frame that could add more power down the road as well, and his athleticism allows him to steal bases at a good rate for now. De La Torre has smooth movements at short, but his size and arm strength will likely work best at third long-term.

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