Twins Prospect Power Rankings - X

In our tenth 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 Kevin Slowey NBR Slowey takes over the top spot in the rankings due to the promotion of Matt Garza to the Twins.  Slowey has struggled lately for the Rock Cats, but he still leads the organization with a 1.97 earned run average for the year. 2 Steady
2 Brandon Roberts FTN Roberts has made a quick jump to the top of our prospect rankings, as he has really flourished since coming to the Twins.  He was recently named Florida State League Player of the Month for July. 6 Rising
3 Alexi Casilla NBR One fan recently said that Casilla is the only exciting player on the New Britain roster, which is saying a lot considering the talent on the team.  He has not missed a beat since being promoted from Fort Myers. 4 Steady
4 Erik Lis BEL There is no real explanation to why Lis is still playing for Beloit, and hopefully he will get a shot at High-A ball soon.  He currently leads all Twins minor leaguers in batting average. 5 Steady
5 Anthony Swarzak FTM Swarzak has quietly struck out 107 batters this season, which ranks him third in the Twins organization.  He has not lost a game since July 9, and his earned run average is down to a respectable 3.63 mark. 3 Steady
6 Douglas Deeds NBR Deeds has been tearing the cover off the ball for the past two months, and it is pretty clear that he has mastered the Double-A level.  With the Rock Cats pretty much out of it, the Red Wings could certainly use his bat in their lineup for the playoff push. 7 Rising
7 Alexander Romero ROC If you ask Ted Cichanowicz, who is our Rochester expert, he will tell you that Romero has been playing terrific baseball lately.  He is still young, and if he finishes the season out strong, he could really push for a roster spot with the Twins in 2007. 18 Rising
8 Scott Baker ROC Baker is back doing what he does best, which is pitching incredibly good baseball at the Triple-A level.  Hopefully he can get back to the Big Leagues, but for now, the Rochester faithful are more than happy to have him toeing the rubber for their Red Wings. NR Steady
9 Zach Ward BEL Ward went 8-0 as a member of the Reds organization before coming over to the Twins.  He looked sharp in his first start in the organization, tossing shutout ball for 5.2 innings.  He did lose his last start, which was his first loss of the season. NR Rising
10 Oswaldo Sosa FTM Sosa had been dominating at the Low-A level for most of the season, so his recent promotion to Fort Myers comes as no shock to this sportswriter.  He has made two starts for the Miracle, winning his first, before getting a no decision last time out. 14 Rising
11 Beau Kemp ROC There has to come a time where the Twins give Kemp a shot to work out of their bullpen.  He has been great all season long for the Red Wings, posting a 1.95 earned run average through 40 appearances. 22 Rising
12 David Winfree FTM Winfree was recently named the Florida State League Player of the Week, and some people are starting to believe that he may be the third baseman of the future.  He is a solid bat, and if he works on his fielding, he could be a special one. NR Rising
13 Alexander Smit BEL Smit has been incredible since joining the Beloit rotation, as he has yet to lose a start this season.  In fact, Smit has not lost since April 27, and is 6-1 overall.  He has posted a 2.52 earned run average as a starter as opposed to a plus-4 mark as a reliever. 16 Rising
14 Paul Kelly BEL Kelly is currently on the seven-day disabled list, and will continue to fall as he misses time.  Still, he has had a great season so far for the Snappers, and could be the best shortstop prospect in the Twins organization. 8 Steady
15 Trent Oeltjen NBR After batting only .274 during the month of July, Oeltjen is back crushing the ball for the Rock Cats in August.  He is batting .360 this month, and he has stroked five hits in the past two games.  He will be crucial if the Cats are to make a run. 11 Steady
16 Kyle Waldrop FTM Waldrop has made a successful jump from Beloit to Fort Myers, and has picked up two wins in his first four appearances for the Miracle.  In those four contests, Waldrop has a 2.84 earned run average, and held batters to a .229 average. 24 Rising
17 Trevor Plouffe FTM Plouffe is starting to heat up down in Fort Myers, and people within the organization are starting to get excited again.  Plouffe is hitting a robust .351 during the month of August, and his batting average is as high as it has been since Mid-May. 28 Rising
18 Caleb Moore FTM Moore has batted .282 since being promoted from Beloit, and he is really starting to get adjusted to Florida State League pitching lately.  The slugging catcher is batting .429 in August, and has smacked his first FSL home run. 19 Steady
19 Garrett Guzman NBR Guzman is starting to struggle at the Double-A level this month, but that still cannot take away from what he has accomplished this season. Guzman could win the organization's Comeback Player of the Year award, as he has been a big stick in both the Miracle and Rock Cats lineup all season. 10 Falling
20 Denard Span NBR Span has gotten progressively worse as the season has wore on, and that is something that the Twins did not expect.  He was expected to be manning centerfield in Rochester by now, but instead he is hitting .278 in Double-A. 13 Steady
21 Matthew Moses NBR Moses' 2006 season is becoming something of a bust, as he has struggled mightily at the plate and in the field.  Hopefully this season is a fluke, and he is still the kind of player that we all think he is.  He is still young for Double-A. 15 Steady
22 Garrett Jones ROC Believe it or not, but Jones has actually been consistent for the Red Wings lately.  He has come up with some timely hits, and is starting to look very comfortable at the plate.  Hopefully he will get a call when the rosters expand. NR Steady
23 Matt Tolbert NBR After a pretty horrendous month of July, Tolbert is back around .300 for the month of August, and looks very comfortable at the plate.  He has turned himself into one of the better infield prospects in the organization this season. 17 Steady
24 Brock Peterson FTM Talk about flying under the radar.  Peterson has been a killer for the Miracle this season, and is in the top-10 in the organization in many of the big categories.  He has smacked 15 home runs, and his 60 RBI are fifth best in the system. NR Rising
25 Mike Smith ROC Now that he is back in Rochester, Smith makes his return to our prospect rankings.  He has been dominant for the Wings this season, and will be crucial if they want to with the International League North title. 26 Steady
26 Daniel Matienzo NBR Matienzo continues to put up good power numbers in New Britain, and there is not much left for him to do down there.  Hopefully he can bring his big bat to Rochester next season and produce a bit better than he has this season. 29 Rising
27 Deacon Burns FTM The Deacon is preaching once again, and has been a consistent bat in the Miracle lineup for about a month now.  He has also been swiping some bases, as his 19 steals are fourth best in the system. 30 Rising
28 Brian Duensing NBR The jump to Double-A may have been a little too much to handle for Duensing, who has not looked very comfortable since joining the Cats.  I expect him to start the year in Double-A in 2007. 25 Steady
29 Steven Tolleson FTM Tolleson has batted .270 since joining the Miracle after being an All-Star with the Beloit Snappers.  He is batting .286 this month, mostly as the teams' second baseman. NR Steady
30 Ryan Mullins BEL Mullins has been struggling a bit lately, but he should be able to right the ship.  There are some good arms on that Beloit roster, and Mullins is no exception. 21 Falling

Dropped Out: Matt Garza (1), Boof Bonser (12),

Whitney Robbins (20), Andrew Thompson (23),

Thomas Watkins (27)

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