2005 Beloit Positon Prospect Review

TwinCitiesDugout.com looks at the Beloit Snappers hitters from 2005, examining the guys who played a majority of the season with the Beloit Snappers, and had a minimum of 230 at-bats in the Midwest League.

Chris Brown- 1B

Brown batted .265 for the Snappers in 2005, wrapping 88 hits in 87 games. He finished fifth on the team in home runs with 11, and drove in 39 runs. His 104 strikeouts were good for second on the team, a high number considering he walked only 30 times all season. His best month of the season was definitely June, when he hit .317, and smacked four of his 11 home runs. He is going to need to cut down on his strikeouts if he wants to continue to advance through the farm system.

Deacon Burns- OF

One of the best hitters on the Snappers this season, as well as in the entire Midwest League, Burns batted .271 in 2005. Overall, he led the league in triples (13), and extra base hits (61), while finishing second in doubles (36). This led to him finishing fourth in the league in total bases with 241, as tore up Midwest League pitching. He also had 143 hits, led the team with 90 runs, and finished third on the team with 13 stolen bases. He is slated to begin 2006 at Fort Myers, with a definite call-up to Double-A New Britain if he performs.

Landon Burt- OF

Burt appeared in 62 games in 2005, due to the fact he sprained his left wrist in May. He did put together a nice July when he came back, hitting .306 in 23 games. During that month, he drove in 11 of his 24 runs, and was a key component to the Snappers' offense. He is a decent overall player, and may begin next season with Beloit again.

Luke Hughes- 2B

Hughes played 72 games for Beloit in 2005, and batted .257. He had a pretty solid year with the stick, hitting seven home runs, and driving in 42 runs. That is good production from a second baseman, and he showed the ability to hit anywhere in the order except cleanup and last. He finished the season at High-A Fort Myers, batting only .202 in 23 games. He should begin next season with the Miracle, and should stay there for the entire season barring an injury at higher levels.

Tarrence Patterson- OF

Patterson appeared in 91 games for the Snappers, and finished the year fourth in the entire organization with 18 stolen bases. He has tremendous speed, and grounded into only one double play the entire season. He ended the year with a .254 average, smacked four home runs, and hit 14 doubles. He was also flawless with the leather, committing only two errors the entire season.

Jeremy Pickrel- OF

Pickrel was one of the more feared bats in the Beloit lineup in 2005, batting .277, and hitting 12 home runs. He finished third on the team with 65 runs batted in, and his 12 home runs tied him for third on the team's list as well. Pickrel also flashed some wheels, finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. His best month of the year was July, a month that saw him bat .366, and drive in 11 runs in 19 games. At 22-years of age, Pickrel needs to make the move out of Low-A ball, and should get that chance with the Miracle in 2006.

Trevor Plouffe- SS

Plouffe is the top shortstop prospect in the Twins' organization, and he suffered through a bad season in 2005. Although he finished the year ranked as #12 in the Midwest League by Baseball America, the 19-year old phenom batted only .223 on the season. Uncharacteristically, Plouffe also committed 35 errors from his shortstop position, a number that inevitably needs to come down. He did finish the year fourth on the team in hits, and doubles, and his 58 runs were good for third. He is a great player, and should rebound nicely in 2006.

Paul Rutgers- UTIL

Rutgers was a good player to have on the team in 2005, due to his ability to play the infield and outfield positions. He was used as a second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, and outfielder throughout the season, appearing in 70 games for the Snappers. He ended the year with a .230 batting average, which is not bad for a utility guy. He had surprisingly great success with the bases loaded though, batting .333, and smacking a grand slam.

Javier Sanchez- C

Sanchez was the team's catcher in 2005, and struggled with both the glove and the bat. While he batted mostly towards the end of the lineup, Sanchez hit .251 in his 84 appearances. He struggled mightily against left-handed pitching, batting only .100 in 40 at-bats. Against righties, he hit .277, a pretty solid number for a catcher at the Low-A level. Behind the plate, Sanchez committed 11 errors, a number that is not acceptable for any catcher at any level. He will be 24 at the start of the 2006 season, and with the lack of catching depth in the Twins' farm system, will be looking to make a move and improve.

Dwayne White- OF

White began the season as one the best bats in the Snappers' lineup. He was named Midwest League Player of the Week for the week of May 2-8, a week in which he hit .455, and drove in six runs. At the end of May, he was batting .295, and had drove in 13 runs in 24 games. Then the wheels began to fall off, and he ended the season with a .261 batting average in only 78 games. White is much more comfortable at the plate when he is in the field, judging by his .301 average as a left-fielder, and his .204 average as a designated hitter.

David Winfree- 3B

By far, the best hitter on the 2005 Beloit Snappers team, and in the entire Midwest League. The young third baseman is making his mark in the organization, and has some scouts whispering that he may be better than Matt Moses. He was the only Snapper to be picked on the Post-Season All-Star Team, and led the league in several offensive categories. He led the league in at-bats (562), hits (165), total bases (254), and RBI with 101. He also finished second in games played with 135. Also, within the organization he finished first in RBI, and ended the year fourth in batting average among qualifiers with a .294 mark.

Mark Zamojc- 1B

Zamojc was another player who got off to a hot start for Beloit, before flaming out as the season wore on. He batted a gaudy .358 in 19 April games, while finishing the year at a .237 clip. He struggled mightily against left-handers, posting a .142 batting average, and struck out 11 times in 42 at-bats. He did, however, end the season in Fort Myers, after a late-season call-up. For the Miracle, he batted .222 in 30 games, smacking one home run.

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