Twins' Minor Leaguers Take Home BA Honors

Baseball America picked who has the best tools in Triple-A, Double-A, and High-A, in their recent issue of their magazine. Some of the Twins' top prospects were honored with some top billings, and here is an inside look at who made the grade.

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When Baseball America released their prospect rankings in this month's issue, many Minnesota Twins Minor Leaguers were present. From the International League to the Florida State League, guys like Francisco Liriano, Denard Span, and Matt Moses all took home some of the top billings.

For Liriano, his ascension to being a top prospect has been on full throttle this past month and a half. Since his promotion to Triple-A Rochester, Liriano has gone 7-1, posting an impressive 1.46 ERA in ten starts. Baseball America ranked him as being the best pitching prospect in the entire International League.

Fellow Rochester Red Wing Travis Bowyer all had his name in the rankings. Arguably the best closer in the International League, Bowyer was named the best reliever in the league by Baseball America, and also had his 98 MPH fastball ranked as the best in the league as well. In 47 appearances this season, Bowyer has 19 saves, and boasts a 2.49 ERA.

Although the Twins did not have anybody ranked in the Eastern League rankings, two current Rock Cats were ranked for their play at Fort Myers. Denard Span and Matt Moses, both of which are currently top prospects within the organization, both were given recognition by the magazine.

Span, who is currently the leadoff hitter for the New Britain Rock Cats, was named as having the league's best strike zone judgement. That said, it is no wonder why he has been on a tear since being called up to Double-A. In 49 games he is batting .291, not bad for a 21-year old playing in the Eastern League.

Moses, who some consider the best Minor League prospect in the organization, picked up two honors. First, he was named as having the Florida State League's best infield arm, but that was second to his other honor. Moses took home probably the best award a player can get in the Minor Leagues, the league's Most Exciting Player.

Moses, unlike Span, has struggled since his promotion to Double-A. In 29 games, the slick-fielding third baseman is batting only .219, and has struck out 26 times. However, for a player of his talent, it is only a matter of time before he starts swinging the bat well.


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