Twins Prospect Power Rankings - VI

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 Stock Status
1 Patrick Neshek ROC Neshek takes over the top spot in our ranking this week, after his continued dominance vs. International League hitters.  He has an ERA of 1.80 for the season, and is ready for the call-up to Minnesota. 6 Rising
2 Alexi Casilla FTM Casilla continues to get on base for the Miracle, and has been their only real consistent bat this season.  A Florida State League All-Star, Casilla could turn out to be a gem. 2 Steady
3 Matt Garza NBR Garza erased any thoughts of his two bad outings in a row with his eight inning scoreless effort against Connecticut.  In the game, he allowed only two hits, and struck out seven batters along the way.  He was also named to the EL All-Star Game, making that 2 selections this season alone. 3 Steady
4 Kevin Slowey NBR Slowey looked OK during his first Double-A start, as he went up against the Eastern League's ERA leader.  He'll make another start on Sunday, and hopefully will pick up his first EL win. 1 Rising
5 J.D. Durbin ROC Well, it looks like the Real Deal is all the way back, as the right-hander has not allowed more than two runs in a start since May 14.  Over the past two months, he has a collective ERA under 2.00. 7 Rising
6 Alexander Romero ROC Romero is still trying to get the hang of International League pitching, but that will come with experience.  The Twins did the right thing promoting him from New Britain, as Double-A pitching is too easy for him. 5 Steady
7 Erik Lis BEL Lis has carried the Beloit offense all season long, and he is batting .326 on the season.  After slumping a bit in June, Lis came on during the end of the month, stringing four multi-hit games together to end it. 8 Rising
8 Eduardo Morlan BEL Morlan has not pitched since April 23, when he had to leave the game in the third inning after completing a pitch.  That outing came on the heels of a complete game, where he struck out 11 batters. 4 Steady
9 Matt Tolbert NBR Some people get hot after they have received a promotion, and Tolbert has definitely been that.  He batted .419 in the nine games after his call-up from Fort Myers, with two home runs, and six runs batted in. 13 Rising
10 Andrew Thompson BEL Thompson has been hot lately, and looks to be completely comfortable at the plate.  He batted .312 during the month of June, stroking 29 hits in 23 games.  Those hits were one less than his first two months combined. 11 Rising
11 Oswaldo Sosa BEL With Morlan down with an injury, Sosa has assumed the role of co-ace alongside Kyle Waldrop.  In his six June starts, he went 3-1, and posted an earned run average of 1.86. 9 Steady
12 Douglas Deeds NBR Aside from Tolbert, there is no hotter hitter on the New Britain roster than Douglas Deeds right now.  The sweet-swinging lefty has shown the pop that made him one of the more feared hitters in the EL in 2005, batting over .330 for the month of June. 15 Rising
13 Garrett Guzman NBR Guzman, like Tolbert, got the promotion from Fort Myers recently, and he has shown the tendency for clutch hits.  He currently has a four-game hitting streak, and has driven in a run in his last three. 16 Rising
14 Glen Perkins NBR Perkins was selected to represent the Rock Cats in the Eastern League All-Star Game, after putting together a solid first half of the season.  While he has eight losses, he does have an ERA under 4.00, and has not gotten much run support this season. 14 Steady
15 Scott Baker ROC As long as he is in the Minor League, Scott Baker will continue to climb up our rankings.  He is a Major League pitcher pitching at the Minor League level, and he should get back to Minnesota very soon. 24 Steady
16 Jason Tyner ROC This guy continues to get base hits for the Red Wings, even when the Rochester offense has look awful during the past few weeks.  He is batting well over .300 for the season, and is a fan favorite. 12 Steady
17 Caleb Moore BEL Moore is one of the better hitting catcher prospects in the Twins organization, and he continues to produce.  He batted .323 during the month of June, and is not hitting at a .286 mark for the season. 22 Rising
18 Jonathan Martinez FTM Martinez has been one of the more conistent closers in the Florida State League this season, and he even got to try his hand as a position player last week.  He has only two losses all season, and has struck out better than a batter per inning. 28 Steady
19 Denard Span NBR Span continues to rise in our rankings, and soon he will be back in the top-10 where he belongs.  Recently named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, Span batted .313 last month, erasing thoughts of his .244 average in May. 26 Rising
20 Trevor Plouffe FTM Look out Florida State League, because Plouffe is starting to look more and more comfortable everyday.  After batting a dismal .148 in May, Plouffe hit .281 last month, and picked up a hit in his first July game. 27 Rising
21 Danny Vais BEL With every month that passes by, Vais seems to get better and better.  Sure, his 2.77 April ERA was nice, but then he went on to post a 2.08 May mark, before posting an ERA under 2.00 for June.  He also has not lost a game since May 7, a span of 15 appearances. 29 Rising
22 Alexander Smit BEL Smit is finally rounding into the player that took the Appalachian League by storm last season, posting almost two strikeouts per inning.  After pitching horribly during the first two months of the year, Smit posted a 1.20 ERA in seven June appearances, striking out 25 batters in 15 innings. 30 Rising
23 Justin Jones FTM Jones' statistics can be deceiving, so do not judge him by the 6.11 ERA over his last six outings.  The truth is he has allowed more than four runs only twice, and one was a 2 inning, seven run shellacking on June 25.  Fort Myers is struggling right now, and Jones should help them right the ship. 19 Steady
24 Josh Rabe ROC Rabe still has his batting average hovering around the .300 mark, as it currently stands at .299.  After batting only .255 in May, Rabe hit a respectable .290 in June, and drove in a monthly-best 17 RBI. 18 Steady
25 Kyle Waldrop BEL I think it is safe to say that Waldrop is ready for the jump to High-A baseball.  He has not lost a Midwest League game since April 22, and he just posted a 1.59 ERA in six June starts.  If Fort Myers continues to struggle, Waldrop may be called upon. NR Rising
26 Steven Tolleson FTM After a quick two games stint with the Gulf Coast League Twins to rehab an injury, Tolleson was promoted to Fort Myers.  The Midwest League All-Star earned the call-up by batting .287 for the Snappers in 47 games. NR Rising
27 Whitney Robbins BEL I have not seen a start to a professional career like this ever.  In his first four games with the Snappers, the fourth-rounder is batting .714, and has already driven in ten runs. NR Rising
28 Yohan Pino BEL Pino is another Midwest League All-Star who has pretty much been the most dominant reliever on the Snappers' staff all season.  In 29 games, he has posted a 1.41 earned run average, and posted back-to-back months with a 0.68 ERA. NR Rising
29 Shawn Wooten ROC Wooten has been hitting lately for the Red Wings, which is more than you can say for the rest of the team.  The former Major League batted over .300 for the month of June, but is still batting only .244 overall. NR Steady
30 Jose Morales NBR The New Britain catcher has been swinging a hot bat lately, as he tries to erase the terrible numbers he put up to start the season.  Morales batted .281 last month, as he tries to pull himself above the Mendoza Line for the season. NR Rising

Dropped Out: Tarrence Patterson (10), Garrett Jones (17),

Brian Duensing (20), Jose Mijares (21), Trent Oeltjen (23), Paul Kelly (26)

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