Minnesota Twins: Minor League Roster Roundup
Cedar Rapids Kernels- Single-A 2017 record: 75-65
Toby Gardenhire is at the helm of the Minnesota Twins Single-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels. This team won 75 games during the 2017 season and this season should be even better.
The Kernels roster is stocked with eight of the Twins Top-30 prospects. Without question, this team should contend for a Midwest League title during the 2018 season. The 2018 Kernels roster has been released and Puckett’s Pond is here to fill you in.
Position players: David Banuelos, Ben Rortvedt, Andrew Bechtold, Jordan Gore, Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Ben Rodriguez, Akil Baddoo, Trey Cabbage, Shane Carrier, Mark Contreras, Alex Kirilloff
Pitchers: Nick Brown, Edwar Colina, Randy Dobnak, Blayne Enlow, Calvin Faucher, Jared Finkel, Moises Gomez, Griffin Jax, Kevin Marnon, Jose Martinez, Ryan Mason, Jovani Moran, Bryan Sammons, Tyler Watson, Tyler Wells
One player to keep an eye on
The Minnesota Twins drafted Royce Lewis with the number one overall pick during the 2017 MLB draft. Expectations are high for Lewis and he will have a chance to prove himself over the course of a full season.
The sky is the limit for Lewis and the Twins will be thankful they drafted him. MLB.com has him ranked number one overall in the Twins system, and for good reason. Lewis has the potential to develop into a threat at the Major League level.
Lewis runs like a gazelle and has a good feel at the plate already at this point in his career. He opened the 2017 season playing in 36 games with Minnesota’s Rookie-level GCL Twins. He hit .271 with 11 extra base hits and 17 runs batted in while also stealing 15 bases in 17 attempts.
Minnesota promoted Lewis to Cedar Rapids toward the end of last season and he lived up to expectations again. He hit .296 during his brief 18 game stint with the Kernels in 2017. A full season in Cedar Rapids will be good for Lewis and he will be impressive.
Lewis may find himself playing for our next team on the list before the 2018 season is over. For now, let’s take a look at who will be on the Fort Meyers Miracle Opening Day roster.