Minnesota Twins: 5 Goals for the Twins as the Season Winds Down
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins September Goal No. 4: Find a Way to Get Jose Miranda to the Major Leagues and playing
The Minnesota Twins (and several other major league teams) are very hesitant to bring up their top prospects when the team doesn’t have lots of time for them to play. Having them in the majors wastes service time, and that has led Jose Miranda spending 2021 in the minors.
For those who don’t know Miranda, he’s a 23-year-old prospect who’s played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and left field at Double-AA and Triple-AAA in 2021. He ranks as the Twins’ No. 8 prospect and has nothing left to prove in the minors after slashing .332/.390/.545 with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 63 games at Triple-AAA.
Bringing up Miranda would give the Twins a jolt of young talent and give fans a reason to keep coming to games, as fans have been clamoring for him for some time now. The big issue for the Twins is playing time. The team’s core six of Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco, Andrelton Simmons, Josh Donaldson, Luis Arraez, and Nick Gordon have eaten up almost all of the team’s playing time in the infield and at designated hitter, so Miranda doesn’t have a real spot.
Designating Simmons for assignment and outrighting him off the roster would clear a spot for Miranda to join the 40-Man and clear up a little more playing time. Moving Rooker to the bench and running lineups with Sano at first, Donaldson at DH, Arraez in left, Polanco at short, Gordon at second, and Miranda at third would bring a lot more offense and offer a look at the future.
Even if you want to take Gordon out of the lineup, that still would allow Miranda the playing time he deserves. The Twins should Miranda on the roster to start 2022, and not giving him solid experience in 2021 is a mistake. Give him a spot on the major league roster as soon as possible so he can get ready for next year.