Selected sixteen picks after his Oregon State teammate Nick Madrigal in the 2018 June Amateur Draft, Trevor Larnach will once again be following his fellow Beaver when he looks to make his big league debut in 2021. In his first full minor league season after being selected twentieth overall by the Twins, Larnach hit .309/.384/.458 including thirteen homeruns as he advanced up to the Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The lefty’s power played a significant role in climb up the ranks. He made solid contact hitting for average his first two collegiate seasons but then broke out in 2018 by hitting nineteen home runs in sixty-eight games in route to a College World Series title. That power surge has dimmed slightly, as has his ability to get on base, since going from college to the minors but there are scouts that believe the outfielder should be able to make the necessary adjustments based on his intelligence and work ethic. If he is unable to make adjust though, the California native may have a hard time finding his way onto the field. He is a below average runner and may be limited by his defensive ability. However, as long as his bat keeps producing it’ll be hard for Minnesota to keep him out of their lineup.
Just as the Twins are excited to add Trevor John-Ikaiakaloa Larnach to their lineup, card collectors are equally excited to add him to their collections. From November to December total sales of Larnach’s 2018 Bowman Draft autograph card nearly doubled, from eleven sales to twenty-one. Since the season has concluded, his card values have increased 29.1% as well. The final ten sales of 2018 Bowman Draft CDA-TL during the season averaged $35.21, compared with the $45.46 average of the ten most recent sales. Collectors are clearly very bullish on the Corvallis alum. Adding Larnach to your collection now seems like a wise move. He’s being added to a playoff team, even if it was due to expansion. Even so, with the young and hungry White Sox are going to need a foil in the AL Central. With the Indians on the decline and the Tigers a non-factor, Minnesota appears to naturally fill the role. I would expect Larnach to get a good amount of exposure during some key divisional games in 2021. He seems to have the makeup to come up big in important situations and if he’s able to do so, don’t be surprised to see a surge in demand for his first Bowman Chrome autograph in 2021.