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Minnesota Twins top MLB prospects 2023: Brooks Lee leads list, Royce Lewis fights through more injuries

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The Major League Baseball offseason is in full swing, which means everyone’s thinking about the future. In most cities, this means next season; in some, though, it means the bigger picture, the next three to five years. You either sell wins or you sell hope, the old saying goes. We here at CBS Sports wanted to give as much hope as possible this time of winter by evaluating each team’s farm system.

Of course, this does not mean that every team has an equally good farming system – some, as you will find out during this process, lack in this regard. However, this means that CBS Sports will spend the next few weeks looking at the top three prospects in each organization. We define “outlook” as retaining your rookie eligibility for the 2023 season, so if a young player is out, that’s probably the reason.

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These lists and ratings are formed after conversations with scouts, analysts and types of player development. There is also immediate evaluation and bias thrown into the mix. Keep in mind that rating players is a difficult task and if you disagree with the rating, that’s fine. These are opinions and have no real bearing on the future. You can check out our Winter Top 20 list by clicking here..

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With that in mind, let’s get down to the Minnesota Twins.

1. Brooks Lee, SS, #19 in Top 20 (2023 season age: 22)

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Lee, who was thought to have been in contention for the top spot last summer, could turn out to be a steal after dropping to eighth. His offensive brilliance and sense of play were on display in 25 High-A contests, where he hit .289/.395/.454 with nearly as many passes as strikeouts. The Twins have played him exclusively as shortstop, but most scouts expect him to move to second or third base sooner rather than later. Some evaluators have expressed concern about his past knee and back injuries, so Gemini would be wise to keep an eye on his workload. On the positive side here is an above average hitting bat and a good glove in a premium position combined with a high baseball IQ. It will play.

2. Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF (seasonal age 2023: 20)

The theme of Rodriguez’s professional career today is to stop and leave. In July 2019, he signed a nearly $3 million contract, but his debut was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was on track to increase his reserve this season, hitting .272/.493/.552 in 47 A-ball games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in June. Rodriguez has good strength, a great eye and enough athleticism to play center field at this point in his career. This is a great combination to work with. Let’s see how he recovers from the injury and lost development time, but next year he could take first place here.

3. Royce Lewis, SS/OF (2023 season age: 24)

Speaking of season-ending knee injuries, Lewis has suffered an ACL tear in each of the past two years. Cruel. The latter happened last May, shortly after he made his major league debut. In total, Lewis appeared in 12 major league games, batting .300/.317/.550 while watching action at shortstop and center field. Theoretically, there could be five average or best tools at No. 1 in the 2017 draft, including a speed well above average. Now the question is whether his body will allow him to use them.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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