Minnesota Twins: Taking stock of the outfield

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In the event that the Minnesota Twins trade an outfielder, they have yet another young player ready to step up. However, the ceiling on the this center field prospect is limited, and he may already be the player he will be in Major League Baseball.

However, Zack Granite has proven people wrong every step of his way through the Minnesota Twins Minor League system. He is a throwback type of player who displays great plate discipline. Granite has exceeded expectations to this point in his career and there is no reason to believe that won’t continue for him.

Granite is the 26th ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins system and that doesn’t seem fair to his abilities. He has shown tremendous plate discipline, and runs the bases well, providing value every time he sees the field. Furthermore, Granite plays a premium defensive position at a plus level and will only improve at the plate.

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What to expect from Granite in 2018

Granite doesn’t get the love from scouts, or fans, that he deserves. He has the potential to be a very good Major League Baseball player. He slashed only .237/.321/.290 in ’17 with only three extra base hits in only 107 plate appearances.

Strikeouts have become the norm around Major League Baseball and thankfully Granite doesn’t fit that bill. He has never struck out more than 69 times throughout his Minor League career and continues to show that in MLB.

Last season, Granite struck out only nine times while drawing 12 walks and continuing to show tremendous plate discipline. Granite also has more than enough speed, and a strong enough arm, to help anywhere in the outfield this season.

Granite is a future on-base machine and the Minnesota Twins will feel lucky to have him. He will help bring success back to the Twin Cities.

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