Wander Javier
19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 11/1/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had the most fantasy upside in the 2015 July 2 international signing class, but Javier, who signed for $4 million as 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic, was right behind him. After missing almost all of 2016 due to a hamstring injury, he was 31 percent better than the average Appalachian League hitter, despite being the sixth youngest hitter in the league. His .410 BABIP helped, but it was still very impressive for a player with just nine pro games under his belt prior to 2017. He is filling out what was seen as an incredibly projectable 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame at the time of his signing, with reports suggesting he is up to 180 pounds with room for more. Javier offers the best of both worlds, as unlike most high-profile international prospects, he not only projects to offer plus power, but he projects to stick at shortstop. He is an above-average runner now, but that probably won’t be a big part of his game by the time he reaches the majors. This year could be his coming out party. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Twins for $4 million in July 2015.
To undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
SSMinnesota Twins  R
Shoulder
May 10, 2018
Javier (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder next week, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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This is awful news for one of the top prospects in the Twins' organization as he'll have his age-19 season cut short due to a shoulder injury. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery and Javier is expected to be sidelined 6-to-9 months. According to Neal, Javier initially suffered the injury late in the 2017 season but tried to rest and rehab it before suffering a setback in spring training. The Twins still have strong shortstop depth from an organizational perspective with Royce Lewis and Nick Gordon waiting in the wings.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Javier, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic who received a $4 million signing bonus in 2015, finally made his professional debut and impressed, albeit in a very small sample. He notched a 199 wRC+, 5:4 K:BB and two home runs across nine games (30 plate appearances) in the the Dominican Summer League before being shut down for the season with a hamstring injury. A potential plus hitter with plus power who has a shot at sticking at shortstop, Javier has the most upside of any player in the Twins system. He measures in at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, but he projects to fill out in the coming years. With added strength should come a more impactful swing, which will allow him to realize his potential as a hitter. He is at least four years away from sniffing the majors, but if he hits over a full season in 2017, his price tag in dynasty leagues will skyrocket.
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Sticking at extended spring training
SSMinnesota Twins  R
April 5, 2018
Javier will open the year in extended spring training, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reports.
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Sidelined with shoulder injury
SSMinnesota Twins  R
Shoulder
March 21, 2018
Javier is being held out of minor-league games due to a left shoulder issue, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Strong start in Appy League
SSMinnesota Twins  R
July 8, 2017
Javier, 18, is hitting .303/.378/.424 with four doubles, two steals (on three attempts) and a 9:3 K:BB in 33 at-bats in the Appalachian League.
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Done until fall instructionals
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August 14, 2016
Javier will be shut down until fall instructional league play, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Strong start to rookie ball
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July 6, 2016
Javier is hitting .308 with two home runs in nine games for Minnesota's team in the Dominican Summer League.
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