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

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Major League Baseball is in full swing, and that means everyone is thinking about the future. In most cities, this means next season; Sometimes, that means the bigger picture, the next three to five years. The old adage says you either sell the gains or you sell the hope. We here at CBS Sports want to offer as much hope as we can this time of winter by evaluating each team’s farm system.

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Of course, this doesn’t mean that every team has an equally good farm system – some, as you’ll discover along the way, lack that connection. This does mean, however, that CBS Sports will spend the next few weeks studying the top three prospects in each organization. We define “odds” as retaining their rookie eligibility for the 2023 season, so if a young player misses out, that’s probably why.

These rosters and ratings are formed after conversations with scouts, analysts, and player development types. There is also direct evaluation and bias in the mix. Keep in mind that rating a player is a difficult task, and it’s okay if you disagree with the ranking. These are opinions, and they have no real impact on the future. You can check out our list of the top 20 winter ones by clicking here.

With that in mind, let’s get to it by dissecting a Minnesota Twins.

1. Brooks Lee, SS, No. 19 in the top 20 (2023 Seasonal Age: 22)

Lee, who was believed to be in contention for the first-place selection last summer, could be a steal after dropping to eighth. His polish and offensive sense for the game have been showcased in 25 High-A contests, hitting . 289/.395/.454 with nearly as many walks as strikeouts. The Twins played him exclusively at shortstop, but most scouts expect him to move to second or third base sooner rather than later. Some raters have expressed concern about his past knee and back injuries, so it would be wise to keep an eye on the twins’ workload. The upside here is an above-average bat, switch-hitting and a good glove in excellent position is associated with a high baseball IQ. will play.

The theme of Rodriguez’s career thus far has been stop and go. He signed for approximately $3 million in July 2019, only to have his debut delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 552 in 47 A-ball games, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in June. Rodriguez has good strength, a great eye, and is athletic enough to play center field at this point in his career. This is a great blend that is great to work with. We’ll see how he bounces back from his injury and misses development time, but he could top it here next year.

3. Royce Lewis, SS/OF (2023 Seasonal Age: 24)

Speaking of season-ending knee injuries, Lewis has now suffered a torn ACL in each of the past two years. cruel. The most recent came this past May, shortly after he made his major league debut. Lewis appeared in 12 big league games overall, batting . 300/. 317/. 550 while watching action at shortstop and in center field. The first pick in the 2017 draft could theoretically feature five average tackles or better, including a well above average speed. The question now was whether or not his body would allow him to use it.

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