Minnesota Twins farm system recognized for its improvement
By Nate Palmer
The Minnesota Twins have made a lot of moves to improve the talent in their minor leagues and it has gotten them recognized.
The Minnesota Twins are in the middle of likely the worst decade of baseball in the franchise’s history. One of the benefits of that is some high draft picks and it is through those picks and some savvy trades that the Twins farm system is one of the tops in the game again.
That hasn’t gone unrecognized as Jim Kallis at MLB.com has included the Twins farm system as part of his list of most improved systems for 2018. The development of Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff into top-10 prospects in all of baseball certainly is a big part of that.
The emergence of Brusdar Graterol has also been impressive as he is now ranked as the No. 70 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. Graterol has some legitimate velocity and was clocked several times touching 100 mph this past season. He still has room to improve and the Twins will hope he can stick as a starter.
Trevor Larnach and Ryan Jeffers are included with Lewis as Falvey/Levine era draft picks that are given praise by Kallis. Larnach who is currently ranked as the Twins No. 6 prospect spent time between Single-A and rookie ball hit .303/.390/.500 and a .890 OPS. Between the same to leagues, Jeffers slashed .344/.444/.502 with an impressive pro debut.
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While many Twins fans were upset about how the regular season unfolded, namely how the front office traded away some fan favorites at the deadline. The reality is the front office brought in a good haul of prospects which helped lead to the Twins jump in organizational rankings since last offseason.
As Kallis also points out, Jorge Alcala, Jhoan Duran, Gilberto Celestino, Gabriel Maciel, and Luke Raley all joined the Twins this summer and are all in the Twins top-30 organizational prospect rankings. Let’s give credit where credit is due, GM Thad Levine did some pretty good work with those acquisitions.
Now yes, many of those prospects may not see the field for the Twins. Hopefully, we will see the Twins utilize some of those prospects in a trade to bolster the roster. Perhaps maybe at the trade deadline when they are looking to make a playoff push? Regardless of how the Twins develop or trade the prospects, the future is bright right now for the club.