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Starting with a countdown of the Minnesota Twins’ top 20 player assets, this first batch includes a bit of everything from raw, unproven teenage prospects to high-paying MVP-winning veterans. I am.

let’s start.

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First, you can speed up by reading the “reasons and methods” behind these rankings. Monday’s introductory article.. If you are already hip, proceed to find my choice (and reasoning) for the 16th to 20th most valuable assets under Minnesota’s control as 2021 begins.

20. Keoni Cavaco, SS
2020 Ranking: NR

The 20th spot in these rankings is the one I’ve always been working on the most. There are so many different players with good discussions that appear on the list. This choice is a battle between many semi-critical assets where competing quality is the basis of this exercise.

This is more essential to the Twins plan. It’s farther away from proven MLB products with relatively low ceilings (Randy Dobnack, Jake Cave, etc.) and prospects with moderate upturns (Travis Blankenhorn, Edwar Colina, etc.). Uncertain projects that could change the game?

Eventually, I landed on the latter. This is best represented in the system by Keoni Cavaco. No, he hasn’t done anything professionally noteworthy yet. Posted only .470 OPS on the first turn with the rookie ball in 2019. However, the Twins believed him well and finished 13th overall. This is the best pick that this administration has. Manufactured outside Royce Lewis (No. 1) in 2017. This is because we appreciate Kabako’s athletic performance and long-term upper limit.

I don’t have any special insights or information about losing the 19-year-old, especially the minor league season, but frankly enough this to consider him an important part of the big picture of the future. I trust the front office. Needless to say, 2021 will be an important year for Cavacoho.

19. Brent Rooker, OF / 1B
2020 Ranking: NR

The former first round pick reached the majors in 2020, just three years after it was drafted, and was as advertised. An advanced bat with a large bop showed no signs of threat to MLB pitching.

Luke has factors that oppose him in the context of this list. In other words, there is a shortage of assets. A large, immovable slugger that can only be played on first base and outfield corners is not difficult to get. He is also a bit extreme with the traditional flaws in this profile: substandard defenders and very prone to strikeouts.

But behind the scenes (Prank intention), His raw power is at the very top of the spectrum, indicating that Luke has the potential to grow into a moderately trained batter. He only made 21 plate appearances as a rookie before breaking his forearm, but he made a strong impression enough to solidify his position in the club’s future plans. Luke can be cheaply controlled over the years to come.

18. Josh Donaldson, 3B
2020 Ranking: NR

Donaldson signed after this list came out last year, so I didn’t have to struggle with the difficult task of ranking him as an asset. Needless to say, he would have been higher at that time, but now he is. The first year of Donaldson’s historic covenant was theoretically thought to bring the greatest value to the twins, but most were bust.

Now, with growing concerns about durability, he’s entering the 35-year-old season and is obliged to pay a $ 70 million deposit over the next three years. Within the scope of this discussion, Donaldson’s high salary is a serious drawback, limiting the ability of the front office to build around him within salary constraints. The need to prioritize adding depth behind him is also negative because his health is unreliable.

Still … to some extent, this is all offset by the monumental effects he can make. Donaldson is the only former MVP on the roster, who was an offensive and defensive elite just two years ago. He showed signs of being the same player while on the field in 2020.

If there is a chance, it is currently impossible for other teams to accept Donaldson’s contract. That’s why he’s ranked as low as here. But if Minnesota takes advantage of the current championship window, his presence is very important.

17. Taylor Rogers, LHP
2020 Ranking: 12

A year ago, Rogers was a top-end closer, with revenues set at less than $ 5 million, but he still couldn’t make it into the top 10 in these rankings. It talks a lot about the relative value of relief pitchers, for better or for worse, one of the game’s most substitutable assets. (Twins who have become accustomed to walking the arms of high quality bullpen seem to live according to this belief.)

Rogers is now one year older and is approaching a free agency, but Twins still dominates him for two seasons. He has also stopped a tough campaign, albeit a shortened campaign where his peripherals and underlying indicators remained strong. Set to earn $ 6 million, he’s no longer a clear bargain.

The value of left-handers is certainly declining, but his price is not unreasonable considering everything, and he remains an integral part of this bullpen-especially Trevor May, Sergio Romo and Tyler Clippard. People like (for now) images.

16. Jorge Alcala, RHP
2020 Ranking: NR

Like Rogers, Alcala showed the ability to rule from the bullpen. The similarities end there. Rogers is a sophisticated, experienced and proven relief fixture, while Alcala is an up-and-coming sparsely populated MLB player. However, its track record was 25⅔ innings, resulting in 2.45 ERA and 9.8K / 9 rates.

Right-handed people didn’t come out of nowhere. He was an expensive international signature by the Astros from the Dominican Republic in 2014 and was the headliner for trade prospects who sent Ryan Pressly to Houston in 2018. He was enthusiastic as a starter as expected, but Alcala is one of the quality back-end reliefs showing all the signs and he will be under the control of the team over the next five seasons. If he can establish a solid position as a fully automatic setup man or closer in 2021, he will move up this list.

Top 20 Twin Assets of 2021

20. Keoni Cavaco, SS

19. Brent Rooker, OF / 1B

18. Josh Donaldson, 3B

17. Taylor Rogers, LHP

16. Jorge Alcala, RHP

11-15: Coming tomorrow!

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