3 Twins prospects who won't make the Opening Day roster, 2 who still have a chance

The youth movement could get started early this year for the Twins.

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Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF

So much was made about the possibility of Austin Martin and Brooks Lee getting called up this season that Emmanuel Rodriguez was sort of forgotten about.

Minnesota has four prospects in the Top 100 this year, and E-Rod is No. 3 on that list. Not only that, but he's firmly a Top 50 prospect who is one of the most exciting future outfield options the Twins have in the farm system. Walker Jenkins remains the top guy, but we might not be far off from a future where he's patrolling the outfield alongside Rodriguez.

E-Rod is on track to make his MLB debut much sooner than Jenkins, and is a lowkey dark horse to get the call as soon as this season. He was added to the 40-man roster back in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft -- along with Austin Martin and Yunior Severino -- and space for him could open up depending on what happens at the beginning of the year.

Opening Day probably won't be when he makes his debut, but he's someone to keep an eye on. The line of prospects ahead of him is long, with Martin, Brooks Lee, David Festa, and Marco Raya all potentially getting the call before E-Rod does. He fills a huge potential need, though, playing all three outfield positions as well as showing some pretty decent offense.

He still needs to make it to St. Paul before he makes the leap, but it's not crazy to think he plays well enough to be on track to get a call later this summer.

Chances of making Opening Day roster: None