No. 26 Jose Miranda, 2B/3B, Fort Myers Miracle
Nate’s Rank: 30, Gary’s Rank: 19
The Twins drafted then shortstop prospect Jose Miranda out of Puerto Rico with their 2nd round selection in the 2016 MLB draft. At the time of the draft, Miranda was considered one of the top shortstop prospects coming out in his class. There was always the thought that Miranda may end up at another position such as third base. Having Royce Lewis in your system and on your team has helped Miranda start that venture outside of shortstop pretty early.
Miranda spent the first part of his 2018 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. While in Iowa Miranda spent most of his time at second base but also did spend some time playing both positions on the left side of the infield. After a very good 2017 where he slashed, .283/.340/.484 with Elizabethton, Miranda struggled to start 2018. He would rebound and hit .277/.326/.434 and hit 22 doubles and 13 home runs in 104 games with the Kernels before earning a promotion to Fort Myers.
12 games in since moving to Fort Myers, Miranda has hit .255/.340/.426 and has added two doubles and two home runs to his line. Early on in Fort Myers as he has rejoined Lewis in the infield, Miranda has been playing primarily as a third baseman. While Lewis has always been praised for his athletic ability, Miranda isn’t praised for his athleticism in the same way but evaluators have always recognized the infielder’s ability to play good defense and swing a good bat.
Miranda joins the list of very good infielders to call the Twins farm system home. He will have some time to continue and develop as a hitter before we have to worry about him potentially being blocked out of the major leagues by current Twins players or fellow minor league players.