Twins Land Three Top-40 Prospects as International Signing Period Opens

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Minnesota Twins landed three top-40 prospects as the MLB's international signing period opens on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins landed three top-40 prospects as the MLB's international signing period opens on Sunday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Minnesota Twins have been sent on a roller coaster ride this offseason throughout Carlos Correa's rocky negotiations. The superstar shortstop may have reportedly signed with two different franchises, but when Opening Day roles around, he'll be rocking a Twins uniform.

Minnesota is now secure at shortstop in the short-term future, but that hasn't stopped the team from looking ahead long term. On Sunday, Minnesota agreed to terms with three top-50 prospects through the international signing period, one of which was a highly rated shortstop.

The full list includes No. 11 Ariel Castro, an outfielder from Cuba, No. 31 Carlos Silva, a catcher from Venezuela, and No. 38 Hendry Chivilli, a shortstop from Dominican Republic. All three players are either 16 or 17 years old.

Signing talent at such a young age seems like an odd idea, but this international signing period consistently pays off for teams around baseball, especially the Twins. Minnesota's most notable international signing was Hall of Famer Tony Oliva, who the club inked from Cuba in 1961. He played 15 years of HOF baseball, collecting Rookie of the Year honors, a Gold Glove, and eight All-Star nods.

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