Twins Prospect Power Rankings - V

In our fifth installment of Twins Prospect Power Rankings, the rankings get a huge overhaul, and a familiar face returns to the top spot. Remember, this is not a list of the best prospects in the organization, but rather who is playing the best right now. Take a look at who is making a splash in the Twins farm system.

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Kevin Slowey NBR Slowey finally got promoted to Double-A this past week, after being named Pitcher of the Game in the FSL All-Star Game.  He posted a 1.01 ERA in 14 FSL starts. 2
       
2 Alexi Casilla FTM Casilla batted .359 over his last nine games, stroking 14 hits in those contests.  He is currently on a five-game hitting streak, and has stolen 24 bases this season. 8
       
3 Matt Garza FTM Garza showed the world that he is human this past week, but that is to be expected.  His six earned runs were more than he allowed in his previous six starts combined. 1
       
4 Eduardo Morlan BEL Morlan has been getting a lot of attention lately, and he is backing it up on the mound.  Though he only lasted 2.2 innings in his last start, he was coming off a complete game win, fanning 11 against Cedar Rapids. 5
       
5 Alexander Romero ROC Romero played well enough to warrant a call back up to Triple-A Rochester, though he has struggled since then.  Still, he is on the cusp of doing something great this season, and will learn to hit Triple-A pitching. 4
       
6 Patrick Neshek ROC I think Twins fans are starting a countdown as to when the team is finally going to call up Neshek.  In the mean time, he is dominating the International League, posting a 1.93 ERA in 29 games. 7
       
7 J.D. Durbin ROC All of a sudden, Durbin is back on the prospect map.  With the Rochester rotation getting so many facelifts, Durbin has anchored the squad, and has an ERA under 2.00 over the last two months. 9
       
8 Erik Lis BEL Lis continues to stumble down our rankings, which is shocking considering he was at the top of the list only a month ago.  That was before June, a month in which he has batted only .239 in. 3
       
9 Oswaldo Sosa BEL Sosa has been absolutely dominating for Beloit during the month of June, and has gotten steadily better over the course of the season.  In June, he has posted a 1.96 ERA, after posting a 2.32 ERA in May. 18
       
10 Tarrence Patterson BEL Continuing our string of Beloit Snappers is Tarrence Patterson, who has turned plenty of heads this season.  In June, Patterson is batting .327, and has posted six multi-hit efforts. 15
       
11 Andrew Thompson BEL Thompson has completely turned his season around during the month of June, and could be slated for Fort Myers soon.  He is batting .329 in 18 games this month, stroking 23 hits and scoring 11 times. 14
       
12 Jason Tyner ROC Tyner has put together one of the more solid seasons of any farm hand this year, and he continues to hit the ball all over the field.  Tyner has three multi-hit games in his last four starts, and is batting .333 in the month of June. 17
       
13 Matt Tolbert NBR Tolbert played well enough in Fort Myers that he was given a call back up to New Britain.  Since being called up, Tolbert is batting over .700, although it has only been two games. 21
       
14 Glen Perkins NBR Perkins has been victimized by a lack of run support this season, and that was evident in his last two starts.  During his last two, he has allowed a combined four earned runs over a span of 13 innings, striking out 16. 22
       
15 Douglas Deeds NBR Doug Deeds is starting to look like the player that was one of the more feared hitters in the Eastern League last season.  During the last month, Deeds has batted .333, stroking 20 hits in 18 games. 26
       
16 Garrett Guzman NBR For most of the season, Guzman has been one of the more clutch bats in the Miracle lineup, and now he will try to do the same with the New Britain Rock Cats. 19
       
17 Garrett Jones ROC Garrett Jones has seen a decline in his strikeout total recently, and in the process, has looked so much better at the plate.  In June, he is batting .280, and has struck out a dozen less times than he did in May. 25
       
18 Josh Rabe ROC While most people have been writing him off, we have paid close attention to Rabe lately, and he is rounding back into form.  He is batting .348 in June, and recently had gone five straight games with multi-hit efforts. 27
       
19 Justin Jones FTM Jones has been tough since being demoted to Fort Myers, and had it not been for his start on June 13, then he would have a smaller ERA than his current 2.70 mark. 10
       
20 Brian Duensing FTM Duensing did not have a bad week, it's just that so many other players had better ones.  Still, he has taken the promotion to Fort Myers in stride, and seems to be very comfortable on the mound. 6
       
21 Jose Mijares FTM As bad as his May was, posting an ERA over 7.00, Mijares has had an equally good June.  During the month, he has posted a 2.08 ERA in six appearances, and he is holding batters to a .186 average. 23
       
22 Caleb Moore BEL After looking unlike himself last month, Moore is once again showing why he is considered the best catching prospect in the Twins organization.  In June, Moore is batting .326, and has already tied his monthly-high with nine RBI. 30
       
23 Trent Oeltjen NBR Oeltjen has been having a terrific time in New Britain, and was recently named to the Futures Game as a member of the World Team.  For the Rock Cats, Oeltjen is batting .356 for the month of June, and is climbing the prospect charts. NR
       
24 Scott Baker ROC Baker is back in the Minor Leagues, and he is once again tearing up the International League.  It is only a matter of time before he is back in Minnesota, especially if Radke or Bonser slips up. NR
       
25 Denard Span NBR Span makes his way back onto our prospect power rankings, as he seems to have found his bat.  Prior to his 0-5 on Friday, Span had hit safely in eight straight games, raising his average from .272 to .294. NR
       
26 Paul Kelly BEL Kelly is currently in the middle of his best month of the season, as he has hit over .300 through his first 18 games of the month.  He has been a better run producer, driving in a monthly-high 13 runs already. NR
       
27 Trevor Plouffe FTM This is one that makes me feel good, because Plouffe is a much better player than he has been showing the past season and a half.  He currently is in the middle of an eight-game hitting streak. NR
       
28 Jonathan Martinez FTM Martinez has been one of the better closers in the Florida State League this season, and could seriously help out New Britain's bullpen if he were to get a promotion. NR
       
29 Danny Vais BEL Vais has come out of nowhere to be one of the better relievers on the Snappers' roster.  He has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances, and now has a 2.39 ERA in 22 games this season. NR
       
30 Alexander Smit BEL Smit was the best relief pitcher in the Appalachian League last season, and he is finally righting his ship in Beloit. NR

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