Twinkie Town Prospect Voting 2022: Round 8 | Minnesota Twins top prospects

Josh Winder was our seventh-round selection. He’s on the 40-man roster and set to make his debut for the Twins.

  1. Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%)
  2. Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%)
  3. Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%)
  4. Jordan Balazovic 48% (Miranda 45%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%, Celestino 1%)
  5. Jose Miranda 68% (Woods-Richardson 12%, Duran 10%, Winder 9%, Celestino 2%)
  6. Joan Duran 32% (Winder 24%, Woods-Richardson 20%, Canterino 20%, Celestino 4%)
  7. Josh Winder 45% (Woods-Richardson 28%, Canterino 14%, Petty 9%, Celestino 4%)

We will add a position player for the eighth round. This player finally had the chance to play in the USA in 2021.

Simeon Woods-Richardson began his professional career in the Dishes organization after making him their 2018 second-round pick. He went from high school in Sugar Land, TX to rookie ball that summer in the Gulf Coast League and dominated 5 games at that level. This earned him promotion to the Appalachian League team for his last 2 starts of the summer and his last line was 13.5 K/9 and 6.5 K/BB. The Mets promoted him to singles A Columbia and he continued to impress with an 11.1 K/9 and 5.7 K/BB in 78.1 innings. His time at Columbia was cut short when he was traded to the Blue Jays as part of the Mets deal for Marcus Stroman. The Blue Jays promoted him to Dunedin and Woods-Richardson finished the year strong at that level. He was named to multiple Top 100 prospect lists following the 2019 season and once again after COVID-19 halted the 2020 minor league season. He started the 2021 season with another promotion to Double-A New Hampshire but had mixed results. He was still knocking out players (13.3K/9) but his walk rate increased (5.7BB/9) as his control suffered from free time. He was appointed to Composition of the American team for the Olympic Games and in Tokyo was swapped to twins as part of the package for Jose Berrios. After winning an Olympic silver medal, he joined the Twins organization in Wichita. He continued to struggle with the steps, but it’s important to realize that at age 20 he was throwing Double-As when many players his age were still undrafted amateurs. Expect him to start the 2021 season at Double-A to work on his control. If he is able to return to his previous form, he could be a mainstay in the Twins rotation as early as 2023.

Gilberto Celestino was signed as an international free agent by the Houston Astros for a bonus of $2.5 million in 2015. He ranked as the #7 international perspective this signing period. As an outfielder who throws left and hits right, a combination that mostly worked for Rickey Henderson, he is a rarity. He runs fast and throws hard, which has earned him an excellent reputation as an outfielder. After hitting .268/.331/.379 as an 18-year-old in the Appalachian League, the Astros promoted him to the New York-Penn league in 2018. He hit .323/.387/. 480 for the Tri-City Valley Cats. . Celestino was acquired along with Jorge Alcala in 2018 in exchange for reliever Ryan Pressly. After being acquired by the twins he was sent back to the Appalachian League to play with the Elizabethton Twins instead of being assigned to Cedar Rapids. He finished the 2018 season with .266/.308/.349 which was a downgrade from his past performances in the same league. He made his 2019 debut at Cedar Rapids and hit .276/.350/.409 with plenty of doubles and excellent defense. He earned a late-season promotion to Fort Myers and hit .300/.333/.433 in 33 AP at that level. He was added to the 40-man roster to ensure he wasn’t selected in the 2019 draft. He used an option in 2020 while working at St. Paul. In 2021, he started the season at Wichita with .250/.344/.381 in 21 games before a Byron Buxton injury necessitated his big league debut. He has terrific tools and is considered an average MLB defender in center field, but struggled at the plate with just .136 as a Twin. Celestino was demoted to Triple-A St. Paul and adjusted well to that level hitting .290/.384/.443 in 49 games to end the season. Look for him to get more development time at Triple-A with another call likely in 2022.

The Twins drafted Matt Canterino in the second round of 2019 MLB Draft. He spent three seasons at Rice University and led the team batting in all three seasons. The right-handed pitcher was named American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2019. He has a mix of four pitches (fastball, curve, slider, change) and his batting pitch is his slider but he is best known for having great control. As a mechanical engineering major who was fully academic when he lectured, he is known for think about his pitch. He made his professional debut in 2019 for rookie Gulf Coast Twins but was promoted after just 5 innings. In 20 innings at Cedar Rapids, he had an RA9 of 2.25, 11.3 K/9 and a WHIP of 0.65. Canterino spent most of 2020 training on his own, but reported to the alternate training site in St. Paul at the end of the summer. When he arrived he impressed with improved shifting and a consistent 94 MPH speed on his fastball. He pitched in 2021 at Cedar Rapids (now) high-A and dominated in four starts. Unfortunately, he suffered a elbow injury in May. After only one 3-inning return start, it was closed in August. He will be looking to increase his inning totals this season, most likely at Double-A Wichita.

Chase Petty was the Twins’ 2021 first-round pick. He pitched in high school in New Jersey and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for this state. He had committed to play for the University of Florida, but the Twins signed him for a $2.5 million premium become a professional instead. Petty launches a heater that is in the upper 90s and can hit 100 MPH. He also throws an 87 MPH slider with good spin and is working on a shift. In 2021, he pitched 5 innings in rookie pitch with 6 strikeouts for 6 hits and 1 walk. Expect to see him pitch for Fort Myers in 2022.

Misael “Misa” Urbina was the top international free agent signed by the Twins in 2018, costing them a $2.75 million bonus with an additional $300,000 for college. He ranked #5 among international free agents who were available during the 2018 signing period. He came to the Venezuela Twins where he had participated in the Venezuelan Winter League development program for young players. He played his first summer in the Dominican rookie league system and was very successful in hitting .279/.382/.443 with more walks than strikeouts. He has more speed and scouts rated his center field defense among the best in league. The Twins pushed him to A-ball in 2021 where he was the youngest player on the team and he struggled with his batting average (.191/.299/.286) but played good defense and ran well. Expect him to repeat that level to start 2022. His Twins debut is unlikely before 2025.

Survey

Twinkie Town 2022 Prospect Voting: Round 8

  • 36%
    Simeon Woods-Richardson

    (41 votes)

  • seven%
    Gilberto Celestino

    (8 votes)

  • 50%
    Matt Canterino

    (57 votes)


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