Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 15 Prospect Skills in the Twins’ System
By Otto Johnson
No. 10: Edward Colina’s Fastball
Edward Colina is another pitcher has a rocket on his arm. Colina has a fastball that hits 98 often and has hit triple digits several times before. Colina, who signed with the team in 2015 at the age of 18, has never posted an ERA higher than 3.34 over a full season. He overpowers hitters with his fastball, but needs a little more command work before he can take his elite stuff to the majors.
No. 9: Alex Kirilloff’s Power
Kiriloff’s shine from his breakout 2018 faded a bit with injuries, but he still has the tools to be a game changer in the Twin’s lineup. He is rated as high as nine in some prospect rankings, and that’s because he’s an excellent hitter, with enough power to put up thirty homers a season. The best part for Twins fans? His power isn’t even his best tool.
No. 8: Brent Rooker’s Power
Brent Rooker may struggle with his other skills, including the ability to hit for average, but no one in the organization can hit for power better than Rooker can. He can really launch the ball, hitting more than anyone else in the organization over the past three seasons with 54. If Rooker can hit for average at the next level, he could be the DH of the future for the rest of his career.
No. 7: Royce Lewis’ Hitting
Surprised to see Royce Lewis on the list again? We didn’t think so. Lewis displayed excellent ability to hit the ball in his first two seasons with the Twins before struggling in 2019. He Arizona Fall League was excellent, helping out his grade, but his famed leg kick often creates questions about whether he’ll be able to hit major league pitching once he gets there. Until then, he gets the benefit of the doubt.
No. 6: Matt Wallner’s Arm
Matt Wallner is an under the radar prospect for the Minnesota Twins that fans should know going forward. Wallner has strong power and a cannon for an arm. He can hit mid-90s when pitching, but his future is as a right fielder. It would not be hard to imagine Wallner using his arm (the best in the system) to anchor right field in the future.