2005 Elizabethton Position Prospect Review

TwinCitiesDugout.com looks at the Elizabethton Twins hitters from 2005, examining the guys who played a majority of the season with the Elizabethton Twins, and had a minimum of 90 at-bats in the Appalachian League.

Jilmer Arratia- OF

Arratia appeared in 28 games for the Elizabethton Twins in 2005, and batted a respectable .270. In 2004, Arratia hit .320 for the GCL Twins, after playing two years in the Venezuelan Summer League. This past season, he smacked one home run, drove in 12 runs, and scored nine times. He needs to form a better batting eye, as he walked only once while striking out 21 times. A former second baseman, Arratia did not commit one error in his first season as an outfielder, and should be slated for Beloit in 2006.

Dustin Bensko- 1B

Bensko hit .270 for the Twins in 2005, and finished fourth on the team with six home runs. He appeared in 38 games, playing mostly first base, and scored 21 times. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts in 2006, as he whiffed 33 times in 2005. He has the power to be a decent first base prospect, but until he learns how to take a pitch, will never reach elite prospect status.

Matthew Betsill- 3B

Betsill was the Twins' 10th round selection in the 2005 June Draft. A big 6'5'' switch-hitting third baseman, Betsill hit .277 in '05. He appeared in 45 games, scored 24 times, and knocked in 18 runs. His best month of the year was July, where he hit .308 in 17 games, and scored ten times. His main problem is hitting against left-handed pitching, as he hit .159 against them this past season.

Toby Gardenhire- INF

Gardenhire batted only .200 in his 30 games this past season, as he was used mostly as a utility infielder. The son of Twins' Manager Ron Gardenhire, the first-year pro struggled at the plate and in the field. He is a luxury to have on a low level team because of his ability to play multiple positions. The 44th round pick of the Twins' in the 2005 draft did hit the ball well in July, when he batted .306 in ten games, and smacked two doubles.

Larry Jones- OF

Jones was a steady stick as the Twins' rightfielder in 2005, hitting a solid .287, and driving in 12 runs in 36 games. He hit .316 at home, and was absolutely on fire in the month of August. That month, he batted .333, and drove in eight of his 12 runs. A right-handed hitter, Jones struggled against righties in 2005, batting .242, as opposed to .357 against lefties. His nine doubles were good enough for fourth on the team.

Travis Kalin- INF

Kalin appeared in 30 games for Elizabethton this past season, and was basically used as a utility infielder. He was not a liability at the plate, as he batted a respectable .265, but he did struggle with the glove. He made 11 errors in his 30 games, as the team tried to figure out if he is a third baseman or a second baseman. He needs to work on his glove work if he is going to advance through the system.

Erik Lis- 1B

The 9th round pick of the Twins in the 2005 draft, Lis was the most productive bat in the Elizabethton lineup. He teamed with Juan Portes to form one of the more deadly 1-2 punches in the Appalachian League. He batted .315, led the team with 41 RBI finished second on the team with ten home runs, and also wrapped 12 doubles. His .577 slugging percentage was the best on the roster as well, as he etched his name as one of the biggest first base prospects in the organization.

Caleb Moore- C

Moore, who was the Twins' fourth round selection in this past year's draft, batted .309 in 36 games in 2005. He teamed with Sean Richardson as the Twins' dual catchers, and committed only two errors all season long. He is a decent catching prospect, and would have hit well over .300 had it not been for a terrible July that saw him hit only .170 in 13 games. He rebounded though, hitting .379 in 17 August starts.

Yancarlos Ortiz- SS

Ortiz was the speedster on the Twins' roster in 2005, leading the team with ten stolen bases in 15 attempts. He played a solid shortstop as well, committing five errors in 47 starts. Overall, he batted .289 for the season, and finished fourth on the team with 30 runs scored. Playing mostly as the team's leadoff hitter, Ortiz finished out the year in style, batting .320 in August, and driving in 12 of his 17 runs.

Edward Ovalle- OF

Ovalle started 65 games for the Twins in 2005, more than any other player on the roster. He was the starting centerfielder, and if he ever finds out how to hit lefties, will skyrocket through the farm system. He batted .312 against right-handed pitching, but only .232 against the southpaws, a split he needs to work for the 2006 campaign. Overall, he hit .285, led the team with 44 runs, and committed only two errors in the field.

Juan Portes- 2B/OF

Portes got off to a hot start in 2005, but ended the season hitting .246 in August. August aside, Portes was one of the better hitters on the team this past season, showing the ability to hit for power and average. He ended the season with a team-high 12 home runs, and drove in 39. He also stole six bases, wrapped 13 doubles, and scored 40 times. He also proved to be a clutch performer, batting over .300 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Sean Richardson- C

Richardson had a pretty solid inaugural year of professional baseball. Taken by the Twins' in the 19th round of the 2005 June Draft, Richardson hit .298 in 28 games this past season. He ended the season as the hero of the Twins' 2005 Appalachian League Championship Game, singling in the winning run in the eighth inning of the deciding Game three. He is a good hitter, and very solid behind the plate, and should battle for a starting catching job at Beloit in 2006.

Mark Robinson- OF

Robinson got off to a hot start in 2005, batting .315 in June, but it all went downhill from there. While he batted a respectable .287 in July, he managed to put together a .187 average in August, completely ruining his season statistics. His biggest problem is hitting against left-handed pitching, as he was only able to muster a .203 batting average against them in 2005. However, he is only 19-years old, and should be able to put together a better season in 2006.

Eli Tintor- C

Tintor had a decent 2005 season, splitting his time between catcher and designated hitter. He batted .281 in 40 games, and hit four home runs along the way. He is a pretty clutch player, batting .302 with runners in scoring position, and .400 with the bases loaded. It has been whispered that he may make a move over to first base in 2006, after committing five errors in 17 starts behind the plate.

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