Puckett’s Pond’s Minnesota Twins Top-40 prospects: #16-20
By Nate Palmer
No. 17 Yunior Severino, 2B/SS, Elizabethton
Nate’s Rank: 22, Gary’s Rank: 14
We have all made decisions in life where we look back and wonder if that was the right one, right? My personal rank for Yunior Severino is one of those moments now as I sit to write about the talented hitting infielder. The Twins were able to acquire Severino after he was one of the many prospects allowed to become free agents after the MLB handed out punishments to the Atlanta Braves.
Severino signed with the Braves out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop, but the belief was always that he would move to either second base or third base. Something that happened very quickly for Severino in a very crowded infield group in Atlanta. As part of the GCL Braves, Severino hit .286/.345/.444 in 48 games. Now part of the Twins he is still playing primarily as a second baseman with a few looks at short. As a member of the Elizabethton Twins he is hitting .259/.309/.391 with eight doubles and five home runs in 2018.
The switch hitting Severino’s is often most lauded for his hit tool. Prospect evaluators such has Jason Woodell often reference his quick wrists as well as the sound that Severino’s bat makes when it makes contact with the baseball. Woodell also wrote in the same piece that Severino should continue to fill out which may result in some added power.
The 18-year-old Severino is quite the get for the Twins. He was near the top of a very good group of Braves prospects that were released back into the free agent market. Severino now joins the mix of what has developed into a very good middle infield prospect group that is coming up through the Twins minor league ranks.