Celestino was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, MLB.com reports. When the Twins acquired Celestino in July 2018 from Houston in the Ryan Pressly trade, he had some slap hitter qualities, struggling to impact the baseball. While he only hit .174 with six strikeouts and one home run in 24 plate appearances in big-league spring training, Celestino's showed added strength after gaining 15 pounds. He's likely to spend the full season at Minnesota's alternate training site, but his inclusion shows the team is high on his potential.
Celestino gained 15 pounds over the offseason after working out with Juan Soto in the Dominican Republic, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports. He came to camp bigger and stronger after working on his lower-half mechanics over the offseason. When the Twins acquired Celestino in July 2018 from Houston in the Ryan Pressly trade, he had some slap hitter qualities, struggling to impact the baseball. While he only hit .174 with six strikeouts and one home run in 24 plate appearances in big-league camp, Celestino's added strength combined with his plus speed makes him someone to watch whenever minor-league games get underway.
Celestino was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com Wednesday. The move protects Celestino from selection in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old has good speed and a promising hit tool, but he's far from ready for a big-league role as he spent the bulk of the 2019 campaign with Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Celestino was traded to the Twins from the Astros along with Jorge Alcala in exchange for Ryan Pressly on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Celestino has yet to surpass the Double-A level, as he'd spent just three games at Corpus Christi prior to the trade. He put together a .317/.383/.476 slash line with four homers and 21 RBI through 33 games at short season Tri-City, so he certainly holds some potential for the future. The 19-year-old outfielder possesses a strong throwing arm and a decent bat, though he lacks power at the dish.