Twins Top Prospects: 21-30

As the countdown continues, here is a look at the prospects who were ranked from 21-30. As the countdown nears our number one prospect, the list begin to include some names that have been ranked by other major publications as some of the top players in all of Minor League Baseball. Take a look at our next ten selections.

21. Kyle Waldrop, Right-Handed Pitcher
Waldrop had a very solid 2007 season, as he started the year off with the Fort Myers Miracle. He was dominant during his time in the Florida State League, leading to a promotion to Double-A New Britain. Though he struggled in New Britain, he showed that he is one of the top pitching prospects in the Twins organization, and is likely to get another shot at the Eastern League in 2008.

22. Matthew Moses, Third Baseman
It was another trying season for Moses, who was once considered the top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization. After beginning the season terribly in Rochester, Moses did show signs of life with New Britain, playing for the Rock Cats for the third straight season. He seems to have stalled in his development, but is still young and has time to develop. If there was not so much thrown on his plate so early in his career, he might not be labeled a bust.

23 Brandon Roberts, Outfielder
Roberts really turned around his season in the second half of the year, leading to some great numbers in his first season with the New Britain Rock Cats. The young speedster finished the season batting close to .300, which is remarkable considering he was batting near the Mendoza Line early on. He led the Rock Cats with 14 stolen bases, and had 20 extra-base hits. He will likely be a starting outfielder in Rochester in 2008.

24. Matt Tolbert, Infielder
Like many other Twins insiders, I felt that Tolbert should have gotten his first taste of Major League Baseball this past season. The young infielder had one of the better seasons of any of the Twins prospects, as he batted close to the top of the International League leaderboard for the majority of the season. He ended the season with a very good .293 batting average, coming in only second to teammate Denard Span with 122 hits.

25. David Bromberg, Right-Handed Pitcher
Bromberg had a perfect 2007 season, going a remarkable 9-0 on the mound for the Elizabethton Twins. The young right-hander garnered Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year honors, as he was stellar in his 13 appearances. He struck out an incredible 81 batters in only 58.1 innings of work, holding the opposition to a .211 batting average. He should be a front of the rotation starter for Beloit in 2008.

26. Cole Devries, Right-Handed Pitcher
In his first season with the Twins organization, Devries turned out to be an innings eater for the Beloit Snappers, appearing in 27 games. Making 25 starts, the righty logged 148 innings this past season, and had a very good 3.41 earned run average. He finished third on the team in strikeouts, and finished in the top-20 in the organization in earned run average.

27. Denard Span, Outfielder
Span had an up-and-down season for the Rochester Red Wings in his first season of Triple-A ball, as he batted from the top and the bottom of the lineup. Though he batted only .267, Span fought through some early season struggles to lead the team in hits. He also swiped 25 bases, good enough for third in the organization, and hit seven triples. He may be with the Twins in 2008.

28. Daniel Berlind, Right-Handed Pitcher
Berlind was stellar in his first season of professional baseball, finishing the season second in the organization with a 1.93 earned run average. He won six of his eight decisions, and struck out nearly a batter per inning for the Gulf Coast League Twins. His great first season put him on the earned run average leader list with names like Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn, and Oswaldo Sosa. Pretty good company to have.

29. Angel Morales, Outfielder
The Twins selected Morales in the third round of the 2007 draft, and the young outfielder paid some dividends during his first season of professional baseball. Morales displayed some flawless defense, and showed the ability to hit for extra bases. One thing he needs to work on is cutting down on his strikeouts, which is something he will be taught to do with Elizabethton next season. He has all the tools to be a five-tool player, but only time will tell how he develops.

30. Danny Rams, Catcher
Like Morales, Rams was selected very early in the 2007 draft, as the Twins took the catcher in the second round. Rams played some first base and caught in 2007, showing that he had some pretty good gap power. Rams is very young, and could be back in the Gulf Coast League next season if he is not with Elizabethton. He has a strong arm and good footwork, but he struck out nearly once per game, and that is something he should overcome with more work.


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