TCD Awards: April Players Of The Month

Here is our first installment of Twins' Minor League Players of the Month. In it, we have given an award for the best batter and pitcher for each team in the system, with an Honorable Mention selection for each as well. Take a look and see who had the top performances for the month of April.

Here is a look at our Players of the Month for the Month of April:

Rochester Red Wings:

Josh Rabe, LF
21 G, .367 BA, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 15 R, 12 BB, 7 SO, 3 SB
Rabe got his 2006 season off on the right foot in April, as he led the Wings in many statistical categories. In ten of his 21 games, Rabe smacked multiple hits, and had a five-game span where he registered at least two hits. He was a monster at home, batting .432, and he hit righties to the tune of a .390 clip. Currently, he is third in the International League in batting, and fourth in the league with a .452 on-base percentage.
Honorable Mention: Jason Bartlett (.300/ 17 R, 12 RBI)

Boof Bonser, SP
5 G, 5 GS, 2-1, 0 SV, 1.52 ERA, 29.2 IP, 20 H, 26 K, 12 BB, .183 BAA
So far this season, Bonser has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Wings, as he has been one of the best starting pitchers in the International League. He has allowed runs in only two of his starts, and has not allowed a run at home this season. A righty, he is holding lefties to a .130 batting average this season, and batters are hitting .042 against him with runners in scoring position. He is currently eighth in the league in ERA, fourth in innings, and has Rochester owning the lowest team ERA in the league.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Cameron (3-0/ 2 SV/ 1.93 ERA)

New Britain Rock Cats:

Denard Span, CF
20 G, .338 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 11 R, 8 BB, 12 SO, 3 SB
Span has been the ultimate table-setter for the Rock Cats this season, and he looks much more comfortable during his second season in the Eastern League. He has seven multi-hit games, is batting .429 at home, and is batting .381 against righties. He is struggling against lefties, posting a .176 mark, but that is something he is working on. He is currently ranked fifth in the league in two categories, with his batting average being one, and his 27 hits being the other.
Honorable Mention: Matthew Moses (.318/ 3 HR/ 9 RBI)

Adam Harben, SP
5 G, 4 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 0.42 ERA, 21.1 IP, 11 H, 13 K, 10 BB, .149 BAA
Harben has started right where he left off in 2005, but this time, he is doing it at a higher level. After being one of the best pitchers in the Florida State League last season, Harben has gotten off to a hot start in his first stint in Double-A, allowing one earned run through his first 21.1 innings of work. On a staff that ranks last in the league in team ERA, Harben is the league leader in that category, mostly because batters are hitting .091 against him with runners in scoring position.
Honorable Mention: Glen Perkins (1.76 ERA/ 19 K/ .148 BAA)

Fort Myers Miracle:

Garrett Guzman, LF
21 G, .300 BA, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R, 5 BB, 9 SO, 0 SB
If April's numbers are any indication, it seems that Guzman has not missed a step after sitting out the entire 2005 season with an injury. He has been the main bat in the Miracle lineup all season long, and a .300 batting average in the Florida State League is quite impressive. He has hit safely in 17 of his 21 games this season, and is a far better hitter when he is playing the field. He is batting .339 as the team's leftfielder, as opposed to .235 as the designated hitter. Fort Myers as a team ranks near the bottom of the league in batting average, so it is clear to see that Guzman is having a special year.
Honorable Mention: Alexi Casilla (.286/ 17 R, 14 RBI)

Matt Garza, SP
5 G, 5 GS, 3-0, 0 SV, 0.74 ERA, 24.1 IP, 15 H, 34 K, 6 BB, .165 BAA
In all honesty, Garza has been one of the better pitchers in Minor League Baseball this season, as the 2005 first round pick continues to dominate at every level. Some believe he is ready for Double-A right now, and judging by how he is making FSL batters look silly, I have to agree. He is currently first in the FSL in ERA, tied for second in wins, and his 34 strikeouts tie him with teammate Kevin Slowey for second in the league as well. In a league filled with pitching talent, Garza has separated himself from the bunch.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Slowey (1.53 ERA/ 34 K, 2 BB)

Beloit Snappers:

Erik Lis, 1B/LF
17 G, .284 BA, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R, 9 BB, 11 SO, 1 SB
Lis was the most productive bat in the Snappers lineup during the first month of the season, as he played both left field and first base. A sweet-swinging lefty, Lis led the team with 4 home runs, and tied for the team lead with 12 runs batted in. His name also is all over the league's leaderboard, as he is currently third in slugging percentage (.554), extra-base hits (12), and home runs (4). The highlight of his month was hitting home runs in consecutive games from April 19-20.
Honorable Mention: Caleb Moore (.352/ 7 R/ 2nd in MWL in BA)

Daniel Powers, RP
9 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 2 SV, 0.43 ERA, 21.0 IP, 16 H, 20 K, 4 BB, .213 BAA
Powers has been the most dominant relief pitcher in the Midwest League so far this season, as he heads one of the better bullpens in Low-A ball. His 0.43 earned run average is currently fourth-best in the league, as he has allowed one earned run all season long. He has yet to have a bad outing in 2006, and has not walked a batter in his last 11 innings of relief. He has even shown the ability to go multiple innings if need be, as he pitched five scoreless innings of relief against Lansing on April 23.
Honorable Mention: Eduardo Morlan (0.77 ERA/ 21 K/ .146 BAA)

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