2019 Stats: 8-5, 2.69 ERA, 19 G (18 GS), 93.2 IP, 129 K, 25 BB, 0.98 WHIP
Baseball America ranking: 95th
The final two players on this list are guys unlikely to reach Minnesota in 2020, but can still have an impact thanks to a strong minor league performance. The first is Jordan Balazovic, who was getting some love from Keith Law prior to the 2019 season but wasn’t a household name among Twins fans.
Then the 2019 season happened and Balazovic became one of the top prospects in the organization. Even after a promotion from Low-A Cedar Rapids after four starts, Balazovic showed plenty of enticing traits including a 4.57 K/BB ratio and 12.4 K/9 ratio. With a resume of dominance, it’s possible that Balazovic could take the next step to begin 2020 in Double-A Pensacola.
Naturally, the Twins have not been keen to rushing their pitchers through the organization, but as they showed with Graterol, they are willing to make exceptions. In a best-case scenario, Balazovic continues his effectiveness as he climbs up the ladder and could land in Triple-A Rochester by the end of this upcoming season.