Minnesota Twins: 15 minor league players who are off to a hot start

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Gloves and balls are seen on the field before the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Braves defeated the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Gloves and balls are seen on the field before the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Braves defeated the Cubs 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Fort Myers Miracle

Jimmy Kerrigan, OF

When looking back at recaps of Miracle games, often it seems that Jimmy Kerrigan was the driving offensive force behind successful games for Fort Myers. In 20 games this season, Kerrigan is slashing .365/.424/.622 with a 1.045 OPS. In 27 hits he also has eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 11 RBIs, as well as a stolen base.

If Kerrigan keeps this type of performance up it would seem very likely that he could be moved to Double-A. That production next to Brent Rooker and LaMonte Wade as fellow outfielders would make an already dangerous Lookouts lineup that much more dangerous.

Travis Blankenhorn, 3B

The Miracle’s third baseman Travis Blankenhorn has had a similar season to Kiriloff. Blankenhorn doesn’t have the slash line of some of these other players but his extra-base hits give him good slugging and OPS numbers. Blankenhorn is hitting .286/.324/.557, a .881 OPS, and has collected five doubles, a triple, four home runs, and 11 RBIs. As one of the few third base prospects in the Twins system, it is good to see him performing well.

Anthony Marzi, SP

It has been a rough start for pitchers in the lower level of the Twins minor league system to this point in the season. Anthony Marzi becomes the first pitcher to make our list. The Miracle starter has made three starts as well as one appearance in relief. Marzi is 1-0, has pitched 18.2 innings and holds a 1.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts. Marzi very well will need to bring down the number of runners he is allowing to reach base, but for now, it is producing good results on the scoreboard.

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