5 Twins prospects who could keep the youth movement going next season

More young players could have a big impact on the Twins in 2024.

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Brooks Lee, SS/3B

There might not be a more hyped prospect in the Twins farm system right now than Brooks Lee. He was picked with the highest first-round selection Minnesota has had since drafting Royce Lewis (a feat that Walker Jenkins has since surpassed), and he's been a prospect to watch ever since.

What's amazing is that Lewis was drafted back in 2017 and rode the hype wave that didn't crash into the Majors until this year, while Lee was the team's first round pick just two years ago. Lewis suffered some injury setbacks, but the hype feels to be on-par with what it was for him and other heralded prospects like Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton.

That's insane hype to live up to, as Lee is expected to be the next Great Twins Prospect and so far he's lived up to the billing. He rose through the minors pretty quickly since 2021, arriving at Triple-A St. Paul last season. That's where fans got a look at him in the same lineup as guys like Alex Kirilloff, Jorge Polanco, and Byron Buxton as they completed rehab assignments and it was a beautiful glimpse into the future.

Lee posted a .731 OPS at St. Paul, knocking in 23 RBI in 38 genes. This followed a performance at Double-A Wichita where he mashed 31 doubles and 11 home runs while slashing .292/.365/.476 in 87 games. Keep in mind he's only 22 years old and is doing all of this, which is extremely exciting.

He only has an outside chance at making the Opening Day roster, but he'll almost certainly continue his ascent and end up in the Majors at some point during the season. Once he arrives, Lee can play the left side of the infield, which allows the Twins to move Royce Lewis to second or the outfield and makes him an eventual successor to Carlos Correa at short.

Lee's rise has been insane, and he's easily the most exciting prospect the Twins have. What's even more exciting is imagining a potential lineup next October that has Lee, Lewis, Correa, and Julien all playing next to each other defensively and hitting in some variation of that order at the plate.

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