Minnesota Twins Preseason 2022 Top 50 Prospects: No. 50-41
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins Top 50 Prospects: 45-41
Prospect No. 45: Christian MacLeod, LHP
The Twins’ fifth round pick in 2021, Christian MacLeod was the 113th-ranked MLB Draft Prospect and the team was able to scoop him up with the 159th pick. He’s got an excellent curveball, a good fastball that sits in the lower nineties, and a possible changeup as a good third option.
He’s big, 6’4″ and 227, which helps with his delivery. He saw just 1.2 innings in his first minor league appearance, but he could be someone who rises quickly in the system and has the floor of a big league reliever if he develops right.
Prospect No. 44: Andrew Bechtold, 3B/1B
The Twins’ fifth round pick in 2017, Andrew Bechtold has had a very up and down career in the Twins system. He strikes out a lot, and struggles with hitting for average, but he displayed some serious power in his breakout season at AA last year. Similar to a few other prospects on this list, he has to prove it’s for real.
Prospect No. 43: Will Holland, SS
Another fifth round pick, Will Holland was a stud shortstop picked out of Auburn in 2019. He was the 19th ranked prospect in the Twins system in 2020, flush with athleticism, power, and a solid glove. So why such a fall?
Well, in 112 games, Holland is slashing a ghastly .207/.324/.393 with 17 homers. He gets on base well considering how poorly he’s hit, and his power is evident, but he has to show he can hit with at least some consistently. He’s pushing 24 now, so this is a make or break year for him.
Prospect No. 42: Jair Camargo, C/1B
Acquired in the Kenta Maeda trade, Jair Camargo has improved his defense greatly since coming over to Minnesota. Unfortunately, his offense has slipped, resulting in his fall down the rankings ladder.
He’s a catcher, so the 22 year old will have ample opportunity to turn things around in the catching-thin Minnesota Twins system, but he has to strike out WAY less and get on base a lot more to have a shot at seeing the big leagues. Don’t count him out quite yet though.
Prospect No. 41: Ben Rortvedt, C
It’s technically cheating to put him here since he exhausted rookie status, so he won’t be on the next version of these rankings, but he’s played less than 40 games in the majors. He’s looked exactly like expected so far. Solid power and defense, nothing else. He needs to show more this year to prove he’s a major leaguer, even as a backup.