Which Twins prospect will make the biggest impression?
We mentioned two of the top Twins prospects in the previous slide, but with the Twins having six representatives in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list, there will be plenty of young faces to watch during spring training.
Both Larnach and Kirilloff are on this list as Larnach attempts to continue his red-hot start to his professional career and Kirilloff tries to get back to a 2018 form that made him one of the top prospects in the game. If either is successful, it’s possible they could be making a cameo at Target Field sometime in 2020.
The Twins also have some talented pitchers who may not be ready for the major leagues but could show their potential. Jhoan Duran and Dakota Chalmers are currently listed on the team’s active roster, but Minnesota also has Brusdar Graterol, who will be looking to make an impact in the bullpen during his first professional season.
But the prospect with the most to show could be Royce Lewis. While the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft has shown flashes with his speed and defensive ability, the last step could be the development of his game at the plate. After struggling throughout 2019, Lewis turned it on with an MVP performance in the Arizona Fall League and could be looking to come out of the gates strong in 2020.
A lot of the names on this shortlist aren’t likely to make it to Minnesota out of camp, but strong performances could inspire optimism and potentially raise trade value if the team (again) decided to acquire more pitching.