Minnesota Twins: 5 potential trade chips ahead of the MLB trade deadline
By Chris Schad
Wander Javier – IF
The Twins currently have a surplus of talent in their middle infield, which means that someone could get shipped out to enhance the main roster. We already talked about Nick Gordon, but with Royce Lewis and Keoni Cavaco joining the mix in recent years, it’s possible we could see Wander Javier on the move.
Javier broke onto the prospect radar after a strong season with the Dominican Twins in 2017 and the Rookie League Elizabethton Twins in 2018. Although it was a small sample size, Javier showed both power (.654 slugging percentage in 2017) and patience (19 walks in 180 plate appearances in 2018) during his time in the Twins system.
Baseball America took notice of the young infielder, ranking Javier 95th on their Top 100 Prospects list prior to the 2018 season. The injury bug would catch up with him, however, as he would undergo shoulder surgery and miss the entire year.
After beginning the year at Low-A Fort Myers, the now 20-year old has struggled, hitting just .178 in 25 games for the Kernels. He still is showing some patience at the plate (11 walks in 102 plate appearances), but will need to pick things up at the plate to get back to his top prospect status.