Minnesota Twins Prospect No. 1: Jose Miranda (No. 8 Prospect)
2021 Stats: 117 G, .338/.394/.565, 89 R, 56 XBH (28 HR), 86 RBI, 4 SB, 39-72 BB-K
It’s obvious who the Twins’ minor league player of the year has been in 2021, with Jose Miranda absolutely smashing both the ball and expectations in Double-AA and Triple-AAA this season. No player in the Twins system (and arguably all of minor league baseball) has had a better year.
The freshly-turned 23-year-old dominated at the Double-AA level before coming up to the Triple-AAA level and doing just as well (after a quick adjustment period). He’s proven all that he can this year and the Twins should have found a spot for him in the majors to end 2021.
They haven’t, continually finding ways not to use him, especially with Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, and Andrelton Simmons entrenched in the infield. The thought is that 2022 will bring some changes and there will be more playing time for him. Barring a disastrous Spring Training or injury, he should start 2022 in the starting lineup.
Moving Donaldson to DH, starting him in left field or shortstop, or even using him at second with Polanco at DH would offer the Twins a chance to get their most major league-ready bat a spot in the lineup and the team would be all the better for it.