#15: Minnesota Twins
Nick: Devlin Perez, Shortstop, Puerto Rico
A few years ago Twins fans thought they had their future Shortstop in Miguel Sano, however he filled out and has been moved to the outfield and third base. Jorge Polanco is their current top shortstop prospect, but does not appear to be a future all-star. Perez has slid due to character concerns and a reported failed drug test, the belief is PEDs. The Twins took a chance with signing Sano when there were questions surrounding him. Perez is too good of a talent to pass up at fifteen and the Twins will take advantage of him sliding. If it is PEDs he will be suspended, but at such a young age the Twins would be okay with sacrificing 50 games. If he signs quickly, he could sit out this year and start fresh next season.
David: Josh Lowe, Third Baseman, Pope High School (Georgia)
The Twins have a good farm system, even with Buxton graduating. MLB Pipeline reports they are likely to go hitter over college arm, and that’s where Lowe fits. Lowe fits that mold, and on my board he is the best high school bat available. He’s a left-handed bat with a quick swing who also possesses good speed. And if the worst case scenario arises, the Twins could put the 6’4” and 190 pounder could move over to the mound where he sits mid 90s.
#16: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Nick: Jordan Sheffield, Right-Handed Pitcher, Vanderbilt
The Angels seem to trade away their top prospects every year and need to start brining talent in. They refuse to blow up their roster however, so they would love to get a prospect who could help quickly. Sheffield might be the closest MLB ready pitcher in the draft. He has three plus pitches and would only need a little bit of time in the minors. Down sides about Sheffield is he is undersize at 5’11’ and has had Tommy-John Surgery. He may be better suited for the bullpen, but the Angels will be happy to get an upside arm.
David: Jordan Sheffield, Right Handed Pitcher, Vanderbilt
The Angels have the worst system according to Baseball America’s preseason rankings, so Sheffield will help in that department. Having a plus fastball and slider already, along with a developing change. He will have three plus pitches, which should allow him to reach the majors fast. The only downside is he has already had Tommy John, but he’s now two years removed. Sheffield will instantly become the Halos best prospect by a wide margin.
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