The Twins have started unveiling their participants for the 2005 Arizona Fall League, and are sending some big time prospects. The Twins will play for the Grand Canyon Rafters, and will report on September 28. The league serves as a great instructional tool for players trying to get to the next level.
Matthew Moses, the Twins' top third baseman prospect, will be one of the players representing the Twins in the league. Moses, who is currently playing for the New Britain Rock Cats, is starting to find his stroke, and the fall league is just what he needs as he tries to open 2006 in Triple-A. Moses is currently batting .222 with the Cats, and has five home runs in 37 games.
Fellow Rock Cat Glen Perkins will also be headed to the league, after bouncing between High-A and Double-A this season. One of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the organization, Perkins has struggled lately, posting a 8.84 ERA in August. At 22-years of age, Perkins will probably open up 2006 at New Britain anyway, but the fall league should help the lefty gain his confidence back.
Two current members of the Twins' Triple-A affiliate will also be headed to Arizona in September, basically shutting the door on a possible September call-up for each player. Slugger Garrett Jones, who has 21 home runs this season despite having a batting average of .244, is one of the Red Wings participating. Relief pitcher Ricky Barrett, who has seen his season go on a downward spiral since April, will also be a Rafter.
The last player to head to Grand Canyon so far will be Denard Span. Span, who is a high-ceiling outfield prospect, should be in Triple-A as soon as 2006. After leading the Florida State League in batting, Span was promoted to Double-A, and is hitting at a .284 clip for the Rock Cats.
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