TCD Awards: May Players Of The Month

Here is our second 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 May.

Here is a look at our Players of the month for the month of May:

Rochester Red Wings:

Jason Tyner, OF
25 G, .380 BA, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 17 R, 9 BB, 11 SO, 2 SB
Tyner put together a pretty impressive hitting streak during the month of May, stringing together 17 consecutive games with a base hit. Batting as the team's leadoff hitter, Tyner reached base in nearly every game during the month of May, and is a big reason why the Red Wings are currently in first place in the International League Northern division. During May, Tyner lifted his batting average from .236 to .320, and is making a huge case for being promoted back to the Major Leagues.
Honorable Mention: Jason Bartlett (.307 BA, 11 2B, 14 R)

J.D. Durbin, SP
6 G, 6 GS, 3-1, 0 SV, 1.83 ERA, 39.1 IP, 26 H, 32 K, 20 BB, .187 BAA
Durbin looked like the "Real Deal" during the month of May, as he anchored a pitching staff that lost it's ace midway through the month. Durbin made six starts, and he turned in quality starts in all of them, pitching the Red Wings into first place. He struck out five or more batters in every start during the month, and threw scoreless ball in three of his five outings. If he continues to pitch like this, he may get the call to Minnesota sooner than later. He even pitched good during his only loss, tossing 6.2 innings, while allowing only two earned runs.
Honorable Mention: Patrick Neshek (6 SV, 3-0, 31 K, 1.61 ERA)

New Britain Rock Cats:

Alexander Romero, LF
29 G, .317 BA, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 22 R, 16 BB, 11 SO, 10 SB
Romero displayed speed, power, and a great batting eye during the month of May, as he showed once again why he was an Eastern League All-Star during the 2005 season. Speed was one of the things the Twins thought they were getting when they signed Romero, and after a ten steal month, they have to think the wheels may be back. One more month like this and Romero could be back in Rochester, where he failed to put up numbers to start the 2006 season. Romero seems to have master the Double-A level, and now the Twins are hoping he can turn that into a successful stint in Rochester fairly soon.
Honorable Mention: Trent Oeltjen (.317 BA, 9 RBI, 5 SB)

Errol Simonitsch, SP
6 G, 6 GS, 4-2, 0 SV, 2.25 ERA, 40 IP, 32 H, 31 K, 9 BB, .227 BAA
Simonitsch was hit pretty hard during the month of April, so it was good to see him put together a great month of May. He had only one bad outing this past month, as he pitched scoreless ball in four of his six starts. He was unbelievable on the road in May, tossing shutout ball in all three of his outings, en-route to winning all three games. During the month, he failed to go six or more innings only once, and he showed great control by walking only nine batters all month.
Honorable Mention: Nick Blackburn (4-1, 3.41 ERA, CG)

Fort Myers Miracle:

Alexi Casilla, INF
27 G, .327 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 18 R, 8 BB, 17 SO, 12 SB
Casilla is starting to make the J.C. Romero deal look like a steal for the Twins, as they may have found their middle infielder of the future. Whether he is playing shortstop or second base, Casilla shows a knack for making all the plays, and he sure can handle the stick. In the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, Casilla batted a robust .327 during May, and was a terror on the base paths. He stole 12 bags during the month, and has no fear when he gets on first base. To top it all off, Casilla was named to the Florida State League All-Star Team, and will represent the Western Division on June 17 in Lakeland.
Honorable Mention: Brock Peterson (.307 BA, 4 HR, .520 SLG)

Kevin Slowey, SP
5 G, 5 GS, 1-1, 0 SV, 1.44 ERA, 31.1 IP, 18 H, 41 K, 3 BB, .162 BAA
This may be the last month that Slowey is eligible for the Fort Myers portion of the awards, as the Florida State League is starting to look too easy for him. He showed that April was not a fluke, as he posted eye-popping numbers once again. Recently named to the Florida State League All-Star Team, Slowey has shown pinpoint control all season long, and it should not be long before he joins former teammate Matt Garza in New Britain. If he got any kind of run support, he would have a much better record than 1-1 this month.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Powers (1.56 ERA, 20 K, .172 BAA)

Beloit Snappers:

Erik Lis, 1B
26 G, .376 BA, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 17 R, 17 BB, 13 SO, 2 SB
Erik Lis is having the best offensive season of anyone in the Twins' farm system this year, and he showed no signs of slowing up in May. Lis batted an incredible .376 during the month, and was the catalyst at the plate for the Snappers. He is currently leading the Midwest League in batting average (.335), doubles (20), and slugging percentage (.581), and his bat could seriously be used in Fort Myers right now. His eight home runs are also tops in the organization, as he is tied with Matthew Moses for that honor.
Honorable Mention: Steven Tolleson (.325 BA, 8 RBI, 12 R)

Brian Duensing, SP
5 G, 5 GS, 1-1, 0 SV, 1.78 ERA, 35.1 IP, 33 H, 24 K, 5 BB, .256 BAA
Duensing continues to anchor the Beloit pitching staff, as he has been impressive during his second season of professional baseball. He is currently second in the Midwest League in ERA with a 2.19 mark, and in each of his May starts, he put up quality outings. He did not allow more than two earned runs in any of his starts this past month, and he even threw nine shutout innings on May 10. He has also shown a knack for striking people out, whiffing six or more batters in seven of his ten starts this season.
Honorable Mention: Yohan Pino (0.68 ERA, 16 K, .114 BAA)

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