22-Year-Old Outfielder – Minnesota Twins
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Kepler had another lackluster season in the minors and even though he may develop later than other players after being signed out of Germany, he'll need to show something in 2015 to remain a top prosp...
Kepler, who was slowed by a forearm strain during spring training, is hitting .308/.351/.439 for Double-A New Britain.
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Minnesota Twins Roster
MajorsArcia, Oswaldo (OF)
AAAAchter, A.J. (P)
AAAdam, Jason (P)
A+Bard, Luke (P)
ABoer, Madison (P)
RookieArias, Jean Carlos (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A strained left elbow cost Kepler the first two and a half months of the 2013 season, and he went on to hit just .237/.312/.424 in 61 games at Low-A Cedar Rapids. He then wasn't impressive in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .234/.306/.313. Still, it's too early to write him off as he has shown good place discipline (drawing walks in 9.1 percent of place appearances last season) and since he may develop later than other players after being signed out of Germany. He'll need to improve in 2014 and show he can stay healthy to maintain his top prospect status.
Kepler was an extremely athletic but very raw player when signed out of Germany in 2009. He started to add baseball skills to his athleticism last year as he hit .297/.387/.539 in rookie ball. He drew walks at a good rate (10 percent of plate appearances) and made great contact (33:27 BB:K). A strong year in his first full season league in 2013 could push him near the top of Minnesota's hitting prospects.