Minnesota Twins: 15 minor league players who are off to a hot start
By Nate Palmer
The Minnesota Twins have plenty of intriguing minor league players to watch this season. Here are 15 of them that are off to good starts in 2018.
For the Minnesota Twins and as well as for every other major league team, the minor leagues are an essential part of their organization. It is the place where teams hope that the future cornerstones of their franchise have the opportunity to play and develop into the type of superstars, all-stars, and regular players that every team needs on their quest to the playoffs and possible World Series championship.
The minor leagues are also a place of hope for fans of major league teams. It is a place that as Twins fans we spent a lot of time paying attention to as the 100 loss seasons piled up. Even though at this point in 2018 our hopes have taken a bit of a downturn, that hope has been realized as players have been promoted and have had an impact on the Twins team.
Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, and Jorge Polanco are just the beginnings of the list of minor league players who have turned into full-time Twins. That core of players is a big reason for the Twins playoff drought ending in 2017.
Now in 2018 as those players continue (mostly) to compete as members of the Twins, there is still another handful of exciting prospects playing throughout the minor leagues. As the minor league regular season has gotten going over the past month we wanted to put together a list of some of those performances that are especially standing out so far.
Some of these players are true prospects and names you will recognize. Others are career minor leaguers who are simply having great seasons. Either way, these are 15 players that caught our eye based on the production they are having out on the baseball diamond.
To give some level of organization to this exercise we will go through the top four levels of the Twins minor league teams from Low-A through Triple-A. As we do so we will see which players have been performing especially well for their respective clubs. Without any further delay, let us get to the players!