Inside The Dugout: Who's Hot

In this edition of Who's Hot, we look at who performed in their teams' last ten games. It is not necessarily who the best players in the organization are, but who is peaking right now. Our number one spot goes to Jason Bartlett, and continues down throughout all levels of the Minor League system. Here is a look at the stars of the past week and a half:

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1. Jason Bartlett, SS-Rochester: The shortstop hit .390 over his past ten games, knocking in ten runs. Always getting on base, Bartlett also scored 12 runs in those contest, scoring twice or more runs on four occasions. His best game was a 4-5 effort with four RBI at Buffalo on July 9.

2. Richard Sojo, RF-GCL Twins: The 20-year old outfielder continued to impress this past week and a half. He batted .439 in nine games, scoring eight runs. He also drove in five and had his best day on July 5, when he went 4-4 with a double, triple, and three RBI.

3. Errol Simonitsch, SP-New Britain: The left-hander has been great since his call-up to Double-A, and the past week and a half was no different. He went 1-0 in his two starts, tossing 13 innings and allowing only one earned run. He also struck out ten batters, striking out six in his best game so far. On Jul 2 against Bowie, Simonitsch went six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits.

4. Jay Rainville, SP-Beloit: The starter went 2-0 in two games started, tossing a combined ten innings. He allowed only two earned runs while striking out 11 batters, upping his record to 7-2 on the season. His best game was at Wisconsin on July 7 when he went five scorless innings, striking out six.

5. Edward Ovalle, CF-Elizabethton: Ovalle continued his solid season by batting .400 over his last ten games. He blast two home runs, scored eight times, and knocked in seven runs. His best game was on July 10 against Greeneville where he went 3-4, with a double, a home run, and four RBI.

6. Terry Tiffee, 3B-Rochester: Tiffee, who has been rumored to be getting a call-up soon, had a great ten game streak. He batted .390, driving in nine runs, blasting three home runs, and scoring six times. His top game was against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 3 when he went 2-4, hit a double and a home run, and drove in two runs.

7. Timothy Lahey, CL-Elizabethton: The closer was lights out in his five appearances. He saved three games, struck out nine batters, and walked none. His best outing was July 12, a game in which he worked a perfect ninth, striking out one for the save.

8. Danny Santiesteban, CF-GCL TwinsL The RBI machine was at it again, batting .313 in his last nine games. He hit two more home runs, scored seven times, and drove in ten of his teammates. His best effort was against the GCL Reds on July 8. The slugger went 3-4, scored three times, hit a double and a home run, and drove in two.

9. Chris Brown, 1B-Beloit: The 1B/DH hit two home runs these past ten games, batting .357 along the way. He drove in six Snappers and scored six times himself. He hit home runs on consecutive days from July 9-10, by far his best feat of the last ten contests.

10. Boof Bonser, SP-Rochester: The righty improved to 8-4 by winning his last two starts. He pitched 12.1 innings combined, striking out five opponents. His most impressive stat was that he only allowed one earned run along the way. His best start was against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 3 when he threw six shutout innings, striking out three.

11. Matt Garza, SP-Elizabethton: The 2005 first round pick is starting to show his true colors. In his last two starts, Garza is 1-1, tossing 12 innings while allowing only one earned run. He showed he can strike anybody out, striking out nine in his best effort this season, a six inning scoreless showing. He totaled 14 strikeouts for the week.

12. Patrick Neshek, CL-New Britain: The right-hander picked up two saves and one win in the last ten Rock Cats games, appearing in five contests. The 24-year old allowed only one earned run while striking out eight. His best outing was on July 7 at Norwich, where he got the win by tossing two scoreless innings, striking out three.

13. Juan Portes, 2B-Elizabethton: The 19-year old two-bagger batted .361 in his last nine games. He drove in five runs, hit his third home run of the season, and scored six times. His best contest was on July 9 against Greeneville. Portes went 4-6, scored twice, hit a double and a home run, and drove in two Twins.

14. Aaron Craig, CL-GCL Twins: Craig has been untouchable as the GCL Twins closer this season. In his last four appearances, he has three saves. He only gave up one run, and struck out one batter. In six appearances total this season, he has five saves, and batters are batting .167 against him.

15. Joshua Dean, 1B-GCL Twins: The lefty swinger batter .500 over his last eight games, hitting his first home run of the year. He also drove in eight runs and scored two himself. His best game was on July 6 against the GCL Pirates where he went 4-4, scored once, hit that first dinger, and drove in two.

16. Jonathan Martinez, CL-Beloit: The Snappers' closer appeared in five games, saving three of them. He pitched 6.1 innings total, allowing no earned runs while striking out seven opponents. His best outing was on July 11 against Burlington, a game in which he worked 1.1 innings, striking out two for his third consecutive save.

17. Alexander Smit, RP-Elizabethton: The setup man appeared in three games for the Twins. He pitched a combined eight innings in those outings, allowing only one earned run. He struck out a whopping 14 batters, giving him 33 in 16 innings of work this season. In his best outing against Greeneville on July 3, Smit struck out four of the six batters he faced in two scoreless innings.

18. Chris Heintz, C-Rochester: Although he only hit .263, Heintz did blast two home runs and scored seven times. Most impressive was his 14 RBI, thanks in large part to a four RBI game at Buffalo on July 10.

19. Matt Tolbert, 2B-Fort Myers: The switch-hitter batted .361 over his last ten games, driving in five runs and scoring six times. Lifting his average from .245 to .263, Tolbert had his best day against the Palm Beach Cardinals on July 12. He went 3-3, scored three times, and drove in two runs.

20. Deacon Burns, RF-Beloit: The minature multi-hit machine was at it again in his last ten games. He batted .310, drove in eight, and scored seven times. The 5'8'' slugger had five multi-hit games in that span, his best being a 2-5 effort against Dayton on July 3. Burns tripled and drove in two runs in the contest.

Honorable Mention: Brandon McConnell, Mark Robinson, Oswaldo Sosa, Landon Burt, Kyle Geiger, Brock Peterson, Alexander Romero, and Tristian Crawford.


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