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No. 5: Jordan Balazovic’s Fastball
Jordan Balazovic is generally regarded as the top arm the Minnesota Twins have in the system, and his fastball is the main reason. Balazovic throws around the same speed as Alcala and Colina, two other flamethrowers for the team, but Balazovic can consistently throw the pitch for strikes, something the other two pitchers cannot.
No. 4: Royce Lewis’ Overall Grade
This feels like cheating, but Lewis’ overall grade is the best in the system and deserves some recognition. The former No. 1 overall pick has 2 tools that could end up as plus tools, and 3 tools that already are. If his hitting and power develop properly, Lewis could use his athleticism to become one of the top Twins in recent memory.
No. 3: Alex Kirilloff’s Hitting
Kirilloff is often viewed as one of the top hitters in the entire minor leagues and it is easy to see why. Kirilloff hit .348 in his 2018 breakout season and while he struggled in 2019, he still has the bat to be a .300 hitter at the highest level.
No. 2: Jhoan Duran’s Fastball
Jhoan Duran has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the Twins system, with a fastball that averages 97 mph and reaches into the triple digits often. His fastball overpowers hitters, and his success in the minors made him one of the most valuable prospects in the organization. Duran’s fastball will carry him to the major league rotation shortly.
No. 1: Royce Lewis’ Running
It’s fitting that the top tool in the Minnesota Twins system belongs to the top prospect in the system. Royce Lewis is the single most athletic player in the Twins’ organization more so than anyone else. He uses his high baseball IQ and natural speed to make great defensive plays, steal lots of bases, and play as well as he does.