Twins Prospect Power Rankings - IX

In our ninth installment of Twins Prospect Power Rankings, there is shakeup all over the board, as some big-time prospects are turning their seasons around. 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 Matt Garza ROC Garza is now rumored to be making his third jump this season, as people in Minnesota are starting to talk of him making his Major League debut soon.  What a year it has been for Garza! 1 Steady
2 Kevin Slowey NBR Slowey continues to get adjusted to the Eastern League, and may be promoted to Rochester if Garza is promoted to Minnesota.  Slowey has won his last two starts, striking out ten along the way. 3 Steady
3 Anthony Swarzak FTM Swarzak has been dominating over his last four starts, and has posted two complete games in his last three.  His last start was a one-hit complete game shutout of Palm Beach, lowering his July ERA to 0.32. 7 Rising
4 Alexi Casilla NBR This is basically Casilla's worst stretch of the season, as the infielder is batting only .209 over his last ten games.  He is now batting only .250 for the month, though he has swiped six bags in 11 games. 2 Steady
5 Erik Lis BEL Lis drops a spot this week, but it is more because of how well Swarzak is pitching than anything he did.  Lis is batting .314 over his last nine games, and has 11 base hits in the process.  His seven runs are second best over that span. 4 Steady
6 Brandon Roberts FTM Roberts continues to hit for an incredible average, and is batting over .500 over his team's last ten games.  He is batting .434 during the month of July, and has stroked 36 base hits in only 21 games.  He also leads the team with eight SB's this month. 8 Rising
7 Douglas Deeds NBR Deeds has cooled off a bit during the past week, but he is still having a tremendous July.  In his 20 games, Deeds is batting a robust .352, and he leads the team with 15 runs batted in.  He is also slugging at a .535 clip. 5 Steady
8 Paul Kelly BEL Kelly continues to take a rise up our charts, as he has been a pretty consistent bat for Beloit all season.  In his last nine games, Kelly is batting .324, and he leads the team with ten runs scored.  He is batting .315 this month, and leads the Snappers with 17 runs. 13 Rising
9 Yohan Pino BEL Pino has been lights out for the Snappers all season long, and he won two of his four appearances over his team's last ten games.  He has posted a 1.71 ERA in 35 appearances this season, and opponents are hitting only .190 against him. 19 Rising
10 Garrett Guzman NBR Guzman is mired in a bit of a slump lately, and the slugger has not driven in a run during the last nine games.  Still, he is batting .288 in July for the Rock Cats, and his 11 runs are near the team-lead. 6 Falling
11 Trent Oeltjen NBR Oeltjen makes a jump this week, as he seems to be back swinging the bat well.  Batting .317 for the month, Trent is batting .375 over his last eight games, and his nine runs are tops on the team over that span. 15 Rising
12 Boof Bonser ROC We welcome back Boof Bonser to the fold, but there is no telling when he is going to be back with the Twins.  Bonser has been solid for the Red Wings as of late, and he has won his last two starts.  He has allowed two earned in his last 11 innings, striking out 11. NR Steady
13 Denard Span NBR Span is blazing up our charts lately, and he makes a ten-spot jump this week.  In a time when Rochester seems to need some offensive help, Span is batting .333 over his last ten games, and he may be ready for the next step. 23 Rising
14 Oswaldo Sosa BEL Sosa has been getting touched up a bit lately, but he is still one of the more consistent pitchers on the Beloit staff.  He has started 19 games for the Snappers this season, and his ERA is a very respectable 2.74. 11 Steady
15 Matthew Moses NBR Moses is back on the map, and he is really giving pitchers fits down at Double-A New Britain.  The slugging third baseman is batting .364 over his last ten games, and he has driven in 12 runs in the process.  His July average is hovering around .300, as he looks to turn his season around. NR Rising
16 Alexander Smit BEL Smit has been untouchable for the Snappers lately, and he has not allowed a run in his last two starts.  In his last 11 innings of work, he has struck out 14 batters, and has allowed only four hits.  He has a 2.45 ERA in four July starts. 25 Rising
17 Matt Tolbert NBR Tolbert has been struggling with the stick lately, and he takes a dip during the rankings this week.  The infielder is batting only .226 over his last six games, though he has scored five runs. 9 Falling
18 Alexander Romero ROC Romero takes another dip in the rankings this week, as his roller coaster season continues.  He has not been hitting the ball well over his last few games, just as it looked like he was turning his season around. 12 Steady
19 Caleb Moore FTM Moore is still trying to get adapted to the Florida State League, and it is showing at the plate.  Although he has hit well in his last two games, Moore is batting only .235 since joining the Miracle and the pitcher-friendly FSL. 10 Steady
20 Whitney Robbins BEL Robbins got off to one of the best starts to a professional career as I have ever seen, but he has since cooled off considerably.  He is batting only .200 over his last nine games, and has smacked only one home run. 14 Steady
21 Ryan Mullins BEL Mullins has really turned his season around in the past month or so, as he continues to put together quality start after quality start.  Though he did not pick up a win in his last two starts, he did strike out 17 batters in 13.2 innings, while allowing only two earned. 26 Rising
22 Beau Kemp ROC Kemp continues to pitch well out of the bullpen for the Red Wings, as he is now serving as the set-up man for Robert Korecky.  In 34 games, he has a 2.35 ERA, and he has picked up six wins. 22 Steady
23 Andrew Thompson BEL Thompson takes a dip this week, as he continues to slide down our rankings.  In his last four games, Thompson has batted only .188, and he is now hitting only .250 for the month of July. 16 Falling
24 Kyle Waldrop FTM Waldrop has made a smooth transition to the Florida State League, and he has teamed with Swarzak to give the Miracle a nice one-two punch.  He has won his last two starts, and combined, he and Swarzak at 4-0 in their last four appearances. NR Rising
25 Brian Duensing NBR Duensing has been up and down our rankings all season long, as he has had quite a roller coaster year himself.  New Britain is his third stop this season, so he is going to struggle from time-to-time.  Still, he is having a great year overall, and is key to the New Britain playoff hopes. 17 Falling
26 Mike Smith ROC Smith has taken over the role of staff Ace for the Red Wings, and took home some hardware this past week.  Aside from being named International League Pitcher of the Week, he was also named Twins Minor League Player of the Week. NR Rising
27 Thomas Watkins ROC Watkins has been on fire as of late for the Red Wings, as he is getting his first taste of Triple-A ball.  He is actually putting up better numbers for the Wings than he did with the Rock Cats. NR Rising
28 Trevor Plouffe FTM Plouffe continues to stay hot, as he tries to turn around a horrible last year and a half.  During his last nine games, the shortstop is batting .343, which includes a .444 clip during his last five appearances. NR Rising
29 Daniel Matienzo NBR Matienzo will always be a run-producing machine, and he is starting to actually hit the ball for average.  In his last eight games, Matienzo is batting .310, and has driven in five runs.  He is also hitting .350 over his last five contests. NR Steady
30 Deacon Burns FTM The Deacon is starting to show why we named him one of the top-ten sluggers in the organization last season.  He is batting .348 over his last eight games, as he is still getting acclimated to the Florida State League. NR Steady

Dropped Out: Steven Tolleson (18), Jason Miller (20),

Jose Mijares (21), Errol Simonitsch (24), Felix Molina (27),

David Winfree (28), Eli Tintor (30)

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