Top 5 Minnesota Twins Pitching Prospects

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Pitcher Lewis Thorpe #36 of the Minnesota Twins and the World Team works the fourth inning against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pitching prospects. We have already seen Devin Smeltzer at the major league level.  We may see more of the pitchers in the Twins system come up later in the year. The question is who might we see be called up and who are the best Minnesota Twins pitching prospects?

The Twins may have a pitcher or two in the minors prime to make a big splash in the major leagues in 2019. The back of the rotation is still questionable with Michael Pineda‘s lackluster performance and injuries.  The bullpen has few reliable and trustworthy arms.

Unlike the position playing prospects, there isn’t a log jam at the major league level that might result in trading prospects in 2019.  While the pitching prospects as a group aren’t as strong as the position players there is certainly a solid group coming up.

What this team needs at this point in the season is relievers and a starter to make a World Series run. Do they have any prospects that can help them this year? The answer is an uneasy, maybe.

For the purpose of these rankings, I will rank the pitching prospects by their ability to help the Twins in 2019 or 2020. The Twins are a team that has quickly become a “win now” team.  For the purposes of this list I will leave off Stephen Gonsalves because of the uncertainty around his injury. Let’s explore the pitching prospects that can help the Twins the quickest!

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