Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Future Impacts of MiLB Signings

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Derek Law of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Tomas Telis of the Minnesota Twins bats during a Grapefruit League spring training game. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Minor League Free Agent Signing No. 7: Tomas Telis

  • Talent: 3
  • Playing Time: 2
  • Past History: 2
  • Overall Grade: 2.33

We start this list off with a familiar face in Tomas Telis, the 29-year-old catcher who has spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Telis is technically the fourth catcher on the organizational depth, but he doesn’t have a good route to make an impact in 2021.

In terms of talent, Telis has never been considered an elite talent, despite going all the way up to No. 8 in the Miami Marlins Prospect rankings in 2015. He’s always been a very good hitter for average in the minors, his defense is solid, and while his power has always been non-existent, he’s still been seen to have some potential.

He’s never been able to translate that talent to the majors though, hitting just .230 at the highest level with just one homer in 122 games. His defensive chops haven’t transferred over either as he’s been a slightly below average defender at the next level.

Despite his ability to succeed in the minors, Telis has been consistently unable to produce in the bigs and is sitting behind Ryan Jeffers, Mitch Garver, and technically Willians Astudillo at the catcher position. That’s an uphill battle to make an impact, but he has a better chance than Refsnyder because he’s a catcher in a thin organization.

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