2006 GCL Twins Season in Review

The 2006 Gulf Coast League Twins boasted some of the best talent in the GCL, most notably 2006 first round pick Chris Parmelee. In this review, we name a Hitter and Pitcher of the Year for the GCL Twins, as well as recap some of the key players on the team. We also look at an overview of the squad, and what prospects you should keep an eye out for.

The 2006 Gulf Coast League Twins had their fair share of up and downs, and finished the season with a 26-27 record. While they played under .500 ball, the organization was introduced to some prospects who could crack a Major League lineup a few years down the road. Most of these players were in their first season of professional baseball, and they will all use the 2006 season as a learning tool to make themselves better players in the future.

On offense, the team was led by Deibinson Romero, Joe Benson, Chris Parmelee, and Wilson Ramos, to name a few. While Ramos' and Romero's seasons are both over, Parmelee and Benson are currently fighting to help the Beloit Snappers make it to the Midwest League playoffs. Rodolfo Palacios also had a decent season, as did infielder Eric Santiago.

On the pitching side, the GCL Twins were teased by flashes of brilliance from a few new additions to the organization. Tyler Robertson, Ludovicus Van Mil, David Bromberg, and Omar Alcala were the main cogs in the Twins' starting rotation, while Bradley Tippett was one of the best closers in the Gulf Coast League. As a team, the GCL Twins posted a 4.29 earned run average, and had four shutouts along the way.

Batter of the Year: This award has to go to Deibinson Romero, who swung a hot stick all season long for the GCL Twins. For the season, Romero led the team with 38 runs batted in, and his four home runs were good enough for second on the club. In all, Romero led the team in hits (55), runs scored (37), and runs batted in, though he did struggle with the glove. In 50 games, mostly playing third base, Romero committed 13 errors, which was second to Juan Delgado's 15..

Pitcher of the Year: This award goes to David Bromberg, who looked pretty stellar in his ten Gulf Coast League starts. During one stretch, Bromberg tossed two complete games in a row, while allowing only two earned runs through the two starts combined. He was lights out in July, posting a 1.55 earned run average in five starts. He would win three games that month, which were the only wins he would notch all season long. In his ten starts, Bromberg did not allow an earned run in four of them, and allowed four or more runs only twice.

Prospect Plus: The GCL Twins boasted two of the top position players in the 2006 draft, as they had the luxury of having Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson in their lineup. In 97 combined games, Parmelee and Benson combined for 60 runs batted in, and 13 home runs. They have since been promoted to the Midwest League, as the Beloit Snappers try to make their run at the post-season. Romero, Robertson, Bromberg, Tippett, and Van Mil are also some names to keep an eye out for in the future. Wilson Ramos showed a lot of promise behind the plate for the Twins, and swung a pretty good stick throughout the season. He should be viewed as a decent prospect considering how slim the Twins' minor league catching situation is.

League Leaders: Offensively, Romero's .313 batting average was good for third in the league, as were Parmelee's eight home runs. Romero and Parmelee also finished second and third respectively in runs batted in. Benson's 21 extra-base hits were second best in the league, as was Parmelee's .532 slugging percentage. Romero's 55 hits were third best, while his 37 runs were second.

Omar Alcala finished fifth in the league with 53.2 innings pitched, while Bromberg's two complete games were tops. Bradley Tippett's 19 games were the second most in the GCL, and he led the league with ten saves. Lefty Tyler Robertson's 54 strikeouts were the fourth highest total in the league.

Overall, the Twins finished with the eighth-best team batting average, posting a .242 mark, and the tenth-best team-ERA, with a 4.29 clip. Playing in the Gulf Coast League Southern Division, the Twins finished the year 8.5 games out of first place. Division leader GCL Red Sox would go on to win the GCL Championship.

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