How the Twins Top 30 Prospects from 2017 Performed in 2022 – Minors

It’s been six seasons since the Derek Falvey and Thad Levine regime in the Twins Front Office started. When they took over in 2017, they inherited a farm device that Baseball America ranked as 21 out of 30 in Major League Baseball. A device ranked tenth highest in 2016 throughout Terry Ryan’s ultimate season as the basic supervisor. 

The most sensible 30 Twins possibilities from 2017 on’s checklist have all made their technique to other ranges of the sport. Some completed their season at the Major League degree, others harm however performed at the Major League degree for the season, or discovered themselves out {of professional} baseball totally this yr.

Here’s how the most sensible 30 Twins possibilities from 2017 had their 2022 seasons finally end up. 

On Active Rosters for the finish of 2022
1. Nick Gordon

The Twins’ most sensible prospect in 2017 had his highest season in the Major Leagues for 2022 throughout his sophomore season. For some time, it gave the impression that the Twins’ first-spherical pick out in 2014 may now not make it to the giant leagues. 

Fortunately, Gordon seems to have reached his possible this season. He performed in 138 video games round the diamond for the Twins and had a triple slash of .272/.316/.427 (.743).

Gordon’s long term with the Twins turns out all however secured till his unfastened company yr in 2028. The workforce will most probably glance to him to be their tremendous application participant. 

10. Lewin Diaz 
The Twins parted techniques with Lewin Diaz in July of 2019 after they received Sergio Romo from the Miami Marlins. Diaz has remained in the Marlins device since that point and performed in 58 giant-league video games this season. 

Diaz has now not noticed an excessive amount of good fortune at the Major League degree since first being referred to as up in 2020. Although he performed his maximum occupation video games this season, Diaz had a .169 batting moderate in 174 plate appearances with 5 house runs and 11 RBI. He is a plus-plus defensive first baseman.

Diaz has but to seek out good fortune in the Majors, however it is imaginable he can flip his occupation round at age 26 with the Marlins in 2023. 

11. JT Chargois 
JT Chargois made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2016 and pitched in 25 video games with 23 innings of labor that season. However, the low quantity of innings saved him qualifying as a rookie in 2017 and on the Twins’ most sensible prospect checklist. 

Chargois was once claimed off waivers to the Dodgers in 2018 and made a occupation as a journeyman reliever together with spending time in Japan. This season he spent with the Tampa Bay Rays and had his highest yr but. Chargois pitched in best 21 video games however posted a 2.42 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and walked best 5 batters in 22.1 innings of labor with the Rays. Knowing how the Rays are with bettering random relievers, Chargois might proceed thriving in Florida so long as he stays with the Rays. 

13. LaMonte Wade Jr.
The Twins traded LaMonte Wade Jr. to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Shaun Anderson. The deal was once surely was once a flop in 2021. Wade Jr.’s 2022 didn’t pan out in addition to the earlier season. He performed in best 77 video games and posted a triple slash of .207/.305/.359 (.665). 

Wade Jr. turns out to stay in the Giants’ plans as a backup outfielder and primary baseman which might quickly come with the likes of Aaron Judge. He’ll surely hope to make stronger in 2023 as he enters his ultimate season in his 20s. 

24. Jose Miranda
Jose Miranda was the greatest rookie asset to the Twins’ offense in 2022. He performed in 125 video games and cut up time between first and 3rd base. Even with a sluggish get started in his first 19 video games, Miranda nonetheless slugged 15 house runs and led the Twins in RBI with 66. Miranda has lived as much as expectancies of being considered one of the Twins’ most sensible possibilities in fresh years however exceeded the expectancies of any individual ranked twenty fourth in the device in 2017. 

There remains to be room for expansion for Miranda as he seems to proceed splitting time at the corners for the Twins in 2023. 

25. Akil Baddoo 
The Twins left Baddoo off their 40-guy roster after the 2020 season. He was once misplaced in the December 2020 Rule 5 Draft to the Detroit Tigers. After a powerful rookie marketing campaign with Detroit in 2021, Akil Baddoo got here sufferer to the sophomore stoop. 

Baddoo performed in simply 73 video games for the Tigers in 2022. His numbers totally plummeted, losing to a triple slash of .204/.289/.269 (.558) in 225 plate appearances. The athletic outfielder remains to be very younger and has a lot time forward of his occupation having simply became 24 in August.

28. Luis Arraez
Luis Arraez was an overpassed prospect in the Twins farm device. Now he’s an American League Batting Champion. 

With one batting identify now on his resume, many be expecting extra from Arraez. The best query surrounding Arraez for 2023 is the place he’ll play in the box? His versatility at other positions isn’t the similar caliber as Nick Gordon, however he’s confirmed succesful at more than one positions. 

30. Griffin Jax
The maximum advanced pitcher on the Twins 2022 personnel, Captain Jax made a whole turnaround in the Twins bullpen this season. Pitching in 65 video games for the Twins, Jax posted a three.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and three.17 FIP in 72 1/3 innings pitched. He will surely be a key asset to the Twins’ bullpen plans for 2023, most probably proceeding his position of top-leverage alternatives to begin the season. 

Played in 2022 however have been basically harm
3. Alex Kirilloff

His wrist harm persisted to plague Alex Kirilloff in 2022. It saved him at St. Paul for a while in May and June. Having performed in best 45 primary-league video games this yr, Hopefully, Kirilloff’s July surgical operation can have him in a position for on a regular basis play in 2023. The well being of Kirilloff’s wrist can be the greatest worry in 2023, however so long as he stays robust, he can be expecting his first season with over 100 video games in the giant leagues. 

15. Mitch Garver 
Garver was once traded to the Texas Rangers prior to the season for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronny Henriquez. The former Silver Slugger had season-finishing surgical operation in July to fix a torn flexor tendon in his proper forearm. Prior to being sidelined with the torn tendon, Garver performed in 54 video games with the Rangers having stuck in best 14 of the ones video games. 

23. Huascar Ynoa (Braves)
Only making two begins with the Atlanta Braves, the former Elizabethton Twins pitcher that was once traded for Twin-for-a-day, Jaime Garcia, had his 2022 season finish with Tommy John surgical operation. Having the surgical operation performed on September 7, Ynoa is probably not returning to the Braves pitching rotation till 2024 in hopes of resurging his occupation from a a success 2021. 

Played in 2022, most commonly in the Minors, Japan, or Indy Ball
2. Stephen Gonsalves 

This former most sensible Twins pitching prospect had a brief-lived 2022 season in the minors pitching in best 8 video games Triple AAA for the Iowa Cubs. His season ended early with Tommy John surgical operation. Gonsalves ultimate pitched in the giant leagues with the Red Sox for 3 video games in 2021. 

4. Fernando Romero 
Fernando Romero was once as soon as a top-hope pitching prospect for the Twins rotation. His 2022 was once spent between Japan’s Central League and Eastern League. Romero pitched in 28 video games between the leagues with a 4.49 ERA. 

5. Tyler Jay 
The Twins’ most sensible pick out from 2015 had taken a depart of absence from baseball in 2020 and 2021. This yr he discovered himself in Indy Ball enjoying in the Frontier League. He labored in 22 video games and posted a 2.05 ERA with the Joilet Slammers. 

7. Travis Blankenhorn 
Travis Blankenhorn were given a cup of espresso with the New York Mets this season, enjoying in one sport in July. Other than that, the majority of his season was once spent at Triple AAA Syracuse the place he performed in 91 video games. 

12. (*30*)Ben Rortvedt 
Flipped with Josh Donaldson to the New York Yankees in March, Ben Rortvedt battled accidents that saved him off the Major League lively roster all season. When he was once wholesome, he spent his time between 3 of the Yankees Minor League associates enjoying in 48 video games throughout the minors. 

14. Daniel Palka 
Daniel Palka hasn’t performed in the Major Leagues since 2019. He spent 2020 in Korea and has been running his as far back as the giant leagues in 2021 and 2022. This season Palka was once with the Mets group and performed 109 video games with Syracuse. 

17. Wander Javier 
Wander Javier stays the best participant from the Twins most sensible 30 prospect checklist in 2017 this is in their farm device and has but to make his primary-league debut. Javier spent the majority of the yr at High-A Cedar Rapids and completed the season enjoying seven video games with the St. Paul Saints. He will develop into a minor-league unfastened agent. Will the Twins convey him again? 

18. Lewis Thorpe 
This former farmhand’s tale isn’t lovely in 2022. Lewis Thorpe made one get started with the St. Paul Saints in April and located himself let pass through the group he joined in 2012. After being lower, Thorpe spent the rest of the season with the Kansas City Monarchs (American Association). He made 16 begins and posted a 4.96 ERA for the season.

19. Trevor Hildenberger
One of the higher minor-league tales of the season belongs to Trevor Hildenberger. Although he did pitch six video games throughout the Giants device, he performed a bigger position towards the season’s finish serving to in the unionization of Minor League Baseball gamers. Hildenberger has been an lively recommend in the unionization of Minor League Baseball for years and over the process August, he spoke with many different minor league gamers to lend a hand recommend for them to vote sure for an election to make the unionization reputable. 

20. Jake Reed
Another former prospect who spent a while in the Majors this season with 3 groups, the Mets, Dodgers, and Orioles. In his 18 video games in the giant leagues, Reed posted an ERA north of seven.00. He pitched in 20 video games between the Dodgers and Orioles minor league associates this season. He recorded his first MLB Save with the Dodgers this yr. 

Out of Baseball through 2022
The checklist of gamers right here didn’t play professionally in any respect in 2022 and feature indexed their ultimate season enjoying professionally. 
6. Kohl Stewart (Hasn’t pitched since 2021)
8. Adalberto Mejia (Hasn’t pitched since 2021)
9. Felix Jorge (Hasn’t pitched since 2018)
16. Nick Burdi (Hasn’t pitched since 2020), spent 2022 on the IL. 
21. Mason Melotakis (Hasn’t pitched since 2021)
22. Zack Granite (Hasn’t performed since 2021)
26. Lachlan Wells (Hasn’t pitched since 2019)
27. Randy Rosario (Hasn’t pitched since 2021)
29. Engelb Vielma (Hasn’t performed since 2019)

Here are the totals for the place the Twins most sensible 30 possibilities of 2017 ended up with their careers in 2022. 

8 gamers on Active MLB rosters
3 gamers who might be on Active Rosters however are harm
10 gamers who’re in the Minors, Japan, or Independent Ball
9 gamers totally out of baseball in 2022

The majority of those gamers are nonetheless in skilled baseball, however best round a 3rd of them (11 general) performed roles on Major League rosters this season. 

Some of those gamers nonetheless have nice possibilities of lengthy careers (Arraez and Gordon). Others, now not such a lot, however how do the present occupation payouts of those 30 gamers thus far glance to Twins fanatics? Leave your ideas underneath.


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