Saturday, April 11, 2009

Twins Prospect Rankings - Week 1

1. 3B Danny Valencia AA - New Britain
Previous Rank: 1
Age: 24
Stats: .286 0 HR 0 RBI
Showed off MLB ready glove during spring training and did not embarrass himself at the plate hitting .429

2. C Wilson Ramos AA - New Britain
Previous Rank: 9
Age: 21
Stats: .176 1 HR 2 RBI
Has an absolute cannon of an arm, throwing out 3 of 4 stolen base attempts in spring training. Also hit .375 in spring training

3. OF Aaron Hicks Rookie - Elizabethton
Previous Rank: 2
Age: 19
Stats: N/A
Twins showed off their conservatism again by not sending Aaron Hicks to Beloit. He may not be as fortunate as Ben Revere who took advantage of injuries last year to dominate Beloit.

4. 3B Luke Hughes AAA - Rochester
Previous Rank: 4
Age: 24
Stats: .250 1 HR 4 RBI
Missed parts of spring training due to WBC, but showed the offensive game when he was around hitting .429. Issue for him is Valencia is much better defensively.

5. RHP Anthony Slama AA - New Britain
Previous Rank: 5
Age: 24
Stats: 2 IP 0.00 ERA 3 K
Very impressive first outing in AA.

6. OF Ben Revere High A - Fort Myers
Previous Rank: 6
Age: 20
Stats: .111 0 HR 1 RBI 1 SB
Only 1 hit so far but already has 1 stolen base.

7. RHP Anthony Swarzak AAA - Rochester
Previous Rank: 7
Age: 23
Stats: 4 IP 0.00 ERA 4 K
Not a bad first start, but the ability of the Twins to get spot starts from Dickey, Duensing or Humber likely rules out Swarzak making a start this year. Pitched 3 shutout innings in spring training.

8. RHP Carlos Gutierrez High A - Fort Myers
Previous Rank: NR
Age: 22
Stats: 2 IP 0.00 ERA 2 K
Pitched a shutout inning for Puerto Rico in the WBC. The Twins think very highly of him and impressed following Scott Baker in his first appearance.

9. LHP Jose Mijares AAA - Rochester
Previous Rank: 3
Age: 24
Stats: 2 IP 0.00 ERA 2 K
Had an absolutely brutal spring with an ERA of 9.90 in 10 innings. Failed to make the team even though they gave him every chance to. If he can turn it around he will likely get the call but he has to avoid making this a lost season. First appearance in AAA was a good start.

10. RHP Shooter Hunt Low A - Beloit
Previous Rank: 8
Age: 22
Stats: 3.1 IP 8.10 ERA 1 K
First start of the year showcased what his issues are. He walked 4 batters in 3.1 innings. He has got to get control if he is going to showcase his amazing stuff.

Fell out of rankings: OF Angel Morales

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