45. Nick Anderson, RHP, Fort Myers/Chattanooga
2017 Stats: 54 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 10/57 BB/K, 11 saves
Info: The Twins signed Anderson out of independent ball in 2015, and in his first full season in 2016, he flashed his big ability out of the bullpen before really exploding on the scene in 2017. From Anderson’s 6’5″ frame, he generates tremendous plane on his mid- to upper-90s fastball. He also works with a breaking ball that really sharpened up this season, generating good swing and miss still, but being a pitch that Anderson could spot exceptionally well along with the fastball. He’ll likely open in the upper minors in 2018, but his quick development should continue with a shot at the major leagues in 2018.
44. Tyler Wells, RHP, GCL/Cedar Rapids
2017 Stats: 89 IP, 3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 27/108 BB/K
Info: Relatively unknown coming into the 2015 draft, Wells was certainly a guy who is notable the second he steps off the team bus at 6’8″-6’9″ (depending on which listing you trust) and 260-270 pounds. Wells has a four-pitch mix that plays up from his height, but his curve and slider both are swing and miss pitches, with the slider being his highest graded overall pitch. Wells had an exceptional start to the season before running into injury trouble at the end of June. He sat out for 10 days and then tried to make one more start before going on the DL for over a month. Before that start where he was already hurt, Wells had made 10 starts, and had a 1.89 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 57 innings. He struggled in returning, but if he can rekindle some of that early season success he had in maintaining his delivery (something often difficult for a guy of his height), Wells could be a guy to really jump up the system in a hurry.
43. Max Murphy, OF, Fort Myers/Chattanooga
2017 Stats: .285/.361/.401, 6 HR, 9 SB, 48/123 BB/K
Info: Sometimes, you’re just glad to see a good guy get recognized, and that was the case with Murphy in 2017. The Robbinsdale, MN native was known for his elite defense at Bradley in college, and he’s been a premier defender through his time as a pro, but he’s not hit tremendously well, which has led to many looking past him. This year, he opened the year hitting better than .300 for Fort Myers before his promotion, and he ended the season with recognition as an All Star with the Florida State League, in spite of playing the final 50+ games of his season with AA Chattanooga. He also received a minor league Gold Glove, which is well deserved. Murphy is a solid hitter, though he is certainly carried in his baseball profile by his defense in the outfield, which is absolutely elite.
42. Eduardo Del Rosario, RHP, Cedar Rapids/Fort Myers
2017 Stats: 128 IP, 4.64 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 55/105 BB/K
Info: Del Rosario has been developing slowly as a pitcher in the Twins system, coming into this year, never having pitched more than 83 1/3 innings in a single year. When I wrote my scouting report on him at the end of July, he had thrown 106 1/3 innings with a 4.06 ERA, 41/94 BB/K, and a 1.24 WHIP. He obviously had hit his inning limit for the season at that point, because he simply imploded from that point forward, eventually moving to the bullpen. Del Rosario has the pitches to work as a mid-rotation starter, but he’ll need to build up his arm in innings for likely at least two more minor league seasons. He’ll be one to watch in 2018, though, as he could be a very dominating reliever in that role if the Twins choose to move him.
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41. Jean Carlos Arias, OF, GCL
2017 Stats: .298/.359/.476, 5 HR, 10 SB, 14/42 BB/K
Info: Arias came into the Twins system in 2014 as a speed outfielder that needed to add size, but had the arm strength and athleticism to handle center or right well as well as an impressive tool set that led to thinking he could add some power down the road. His first year in the GCL in 2016, Arias hit .202/.265/.266. That changed in 2017. Arias impressed many with his line, including 7 doubles and 4 triples. Arias has impressive raw power as plus speed that he uses very well. He did see an uptick in strikeouts when he reached back for more power this season, but much of that was due to zone expansion, not a matter of struggling to recognize the zone. He’s one of the more impressive young hitters the Twins have right now.
Tomorrow we will continue with #21-40. Any disputes? Guys you expected to see higher on the list? Guys you were surprised were on the list at all? Comment below!