Twins Short-Season Power Rankings: v.2

In our second installment of the Twins Short-Season Power Rankings, a new number one has emerged, and there are big shakeups in the rankings. Some players have moved up, some have fallen considerably, as we look at the the top-15 performers for the Rookie League teams.

Rank Name Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 Joe Benson GCL Benson has hit since he got drafted, and this past week was no different.  He is now leading the team in hits, with 16, and five of them have gone for extra-bases.  He is also second on the team in RBI (8), and runs (8). 2
2 Matthew Fox ELI Fox did not play the entire 2005 season, and he has shown no rust since coming back.  He has appeared in four games from the bullpen, and has posted a 0.93 earned run average.  In 9.2 innings, he has struck out 13 batters. NR
3 Bradley Tippett GCL Tippett has been the Gulf Coast League Twins' closer this season, and he has been practically lights out.  In six games, he has notched four saves, and has an earned run average of 0.00.  In 8.2 innings, he has retired eight batters via strikeout. 8
4 Deibinson Romero GCL Romero has been the biggest bat in the Twins lineup this season, as he leads the team with 13 runs batted in.  He also is first on the club in runs (10), and four of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases. 15
5 J.W. Wilson ELI Wilson has gotten off to a fast start to his 2006 season, and he leads the team with two home runs.  He is also second in hits (10), and his .471 slugging percentage is also tops on the team. 14
6 Alex Burnett ELI Burnett got lit up in his last outing, but he has been more than solid so far this season.  In 3 starts, he has posted a 2.60 earned run average, and has put together a complete game shutout.  He has struck out 15 in 17.1 innings of work. 6
7 Tyler Robertson GCL The Twins third round draft choice last month, Robertson has been as good as advertised through his first two professional starts.  He has posted a 2.25 earned run average, and has struck out nine batters in eight innings. 9
8 Brian Dinkelman ELI Dinkelman's batting average has taken a dip this past week, but he still is the team leader in two categories.  He has posted 11 runs batted in and 11 hits, all team highs, and has also blasted a home run. 1
9 Rodolfo Palacios GCL Palacios has been the steadiest stick for the GCL Twins, though he has not shown much pop.  Still, he leads the team in batting with a .323 average, and his .400 on base percentage is also nice to look at. 10
10 Ludovicus Van Mil GCL Van Mil is pretty dominating on the mound, and if he ever finds his control, will be a big-time prospect.  He has posted a 2.03 earned run average in his three starts this season, though he has walked more than a batter per inning. 11
11 Carlos Garcia GCL Garcia currently leads the Gulf Coast League Twins in wins with two, and he has a nice earned run average of 3.38.  He has been handcuffing batters all season long, holding them to a .139 batting average. 5
12 Chris Parmelee GCL Parmelee blasted a home run in his first professional at-bat, and has since hit another one, giving him the team lead with two dingers.  In six games, he has driven in four runs, and four of his five hits have gone for extra-bases. NR
13 Jose Lugo ELI Lugo leads the Elizabethton Twins in two major categories, placing first in wins (2), and strikeouts (20).  He has posted a 2-1 record this season since his demotion from Beloit of the Midwest League. NR
14 Armando Gabino ELI Gabino has a tiny earned run average, posting a 1.29 mark in his two games.  He has also made one start for Elizabethton, and is holding the opposition to a .160 batting average. NR
15 Steven Singleton ELI Singleton has been a consistent bat in the Elizabethton lineup, and currently leads the team with a .350 batting average.  He also has scored three runs this season. NR

Dropped Out: Curtis Leavitt (3), Josh Land (4), Sean Land (7),

Josh Dean (12), Wilson Ramos (13)

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