Puckett’s Pond’s Minnesota Twins 2018 Top-40 prospects: 26-30

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 20: A Minnesota Twins cap and glove in the dug out before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at on August 20, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 20: A Minnesota Twins cap and glove in the dug out before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at on August 20, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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No. 29 Landon Leach, RHP, GCL Twins

Nate’s Ranking: 42, Gary’s Ranking: 21

With their second round selection in the 2017 MLB draft the Twins made right-handed pitcher Landon Leach the first player selected out of Canada in last year’s draft. The more you look at Leach as a prospect the more and more you can see the things that the Twins liked enough in Leach to take him in the second round.

Leach has a lot of growing yet to do as a pitcher as he is really only in his third year as a pitcher. His time on the baseball field had previously been spent crouched as a catcher receiving from pitchers such as himself. Leach has made the transition look almost seamless as he works with a two and four-seam fastball as well as a change-up and slider. He can even ramp his fastball up to 96 mph.

Barely into his development as a professional pitcher, Leach has yielded some positive results in his only 32.0 innings pitched since being drafted. In 2017, the right hander was able to throw 13.1 innings in 5 games and two of them starts. He walked away with a 3.38 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and six walks. So far in 2018 Leach has added 18.2 innings in six starts and has recorded an improved 2.41 ERA, 14 strikeouts, and 9 walks.

At only 19-years-old, we won’t see Leach for a while in a Twins uniform. He is the type of prospect that if we follow his path with patient expectations we may be very glad the Twins chose to use their second round draft pick on him.

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