Minnesota Twins: 5 potential trade chips ahead of the MLB trade deadline

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Jordan Balazovic – SP

The ideal scenario for the Twins is that they deal a couple of prospects that they can see the bottom falling out of. However, if the Twins can see it, it’s likely that a trade partner’s scouts have seen the bottom fall out as well. With that in mind, the Twins may have to part with an intriguing, lesser-known prospect such as Jordan Balazovic.

Balazovic is starting to generate some buzz in the Twins organization thanks to a stellar year between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. The right-hander has compiled a 6-2 record with a 2.63 ERA between the two levels and has become a strikeout machine racking up 87 strikeouts in just 61 2/3 innings.

What might be more impressive about the 6-foot-4 Canadian is his control on the mound. Balazovic has walked just 15 batters this season and that’s helped keep his WHIP down to a microscopic 0.95 ratio this season.

For his performance, Balazovic is starting to get national recognition as he was selected to take part in this year’s MLB All-Star Futures Game. It would be tough to give up the promising 20-year old, but sometimes you have to give something to get something.

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