Inside The Dugout: Who's Hot

Here is a look at Who's Hot in the Twins organization. This is not a list of the best prospects in the organization, just who is performing the best at this point in time. Kevin Slowey debuts at #1, which is a spot he may occupy plenty during the 2007 season.

Statistics as of 4/12/2007

1. Kevin Slowey, SP- Rochester Red Wings
1G, 1GS, 6.0 IP, 3H, 1R, 2K
Slowey has gotten off to a good start to the 2007 season, tossing six innings of three-hit ball in his first outing. He allowed one unearned run, while striking out two. Slowey did not figure in the decision.

2. Matt Garza, SP- Rochester Red Wings
1G, 1GS, 3.1 IP, 2H, 2R, 3K, 5BB
Garza had to battle the cold during his first start, and that led to a very short, and ineffective outing. Although he did not allow an earned run, Garza walked five batters, and did not appear to have command of his pitches.

3. Steven Tolleson, INF- Fort Myers Miracle
7G, .400 BA, 6R, 7BB, 2 SB, .531 OBP, .971 OPS
Nobody in the Twins organization is swinging a hotter bat than Tolleson right now, and he has been getting on base by way of the walk as well. He leads the organization in batting, and his ten hits are a team-high.

4. Garrett Guzman, OF- New Britain Rock Cats
4G, .316 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, .684 SLG
The Rock Cats have been struggling to find offense, and Guzman has provided the pop. His .316 batting average is third highest in the organization, and his two home runs are tops.

5. Juan Portes, INF/OF- Fort Myers Miracle
7G, .321 BA, 4R, 5 RBI, 2B
Portes has done it all for the Miracle so far in 2007, playing the outfield and the infield, while providing a spark in the lineup. His .321 average is second best in the organization, and his five RBI tie him with Whitney Robbins for the team-high.

6. Jeffrey Manship, SP- Beloit Snappers
1G, 1GS, 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 6K
Manship appears comfortable with the Beloit Snappers, and looked great in his first start. Manship could develop into the ace of the Snappers, and could end up in Fort Myers.

7. Brad Baker, SP- New Britain Rock Cats
2G, 1GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 3H, 5 K
Baker has been a pleasant surprise for the Rock Cats, as he has been solid from the bullpen, and the rotation. He is likely to remain in the rotation, after pitching flawlessly in his last start.

8. Danny Valencia, 3B- Beloit Snappers
3G, R, .300 BA, HR, 2 RBI, .600 SLG
Valencia has picked up right where he left off in 2006, as the former Appalachian League All-Star is stroking the ball for Beloit. On a team with a .191 batting average, Valencia has been a bright spot.

9. Jeremy Cummings, P- Rochester Red Wings
2G, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 1.80 ERA, 4K
Cummings has been a welcome addition to the team that he no-hit in 2006. Cummings appears slated to head into the rotation, now that Glen Perkins is in the big leagues.

10. Danny Santiesteban, OF- Beloit Snappers
2G, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, .429 SLG, .286 BA
Santiesteban has been one of only a handful of Snappers who has hit the ball this season, and he is currently eighth in the organization in batting average. He has also swiped a base, and has two runs batted in.

11. Jose Lugo, SP- Beloit Snappers
1G, 1GS, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 6K, .235 BAA
Lugo looked good in his first start of 2007, striking out six batters over 4.1 innings of four-hit ball. His lone earned run was on a home run, and he walked two.

12. Kyle Waldrop, SP- Fort Myers Miracle
2G, 2GS, 4.00 ERA, 9 IP, 9K, 1 BB
Waldrop has already made two starts this season, and is currently the ace of the Fort Myers pitching staff. Waldrop has struck out a batter per inning so far in 2007, though his command has been off at times.

13. Thomas Watkins, SS- Rochester Red Wings
4G, .286 BA, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, .643 SLG
Watkins has been great for the Red Wings since he was promoted at the end of the 2006 season, and he is off to a good start in 2007. He has been one of the only productive bats in the Red Wings lineup, and has provided a steady hand at second base, and shortstop.

14. Toby Gardenhire, INF- Fort Myers Miracle
6 G, .273 BA, 3 R, RBI, SB
The stats do not jump out at you, but Gardenhire has been a big contributor to the Miracle in 2007. He has had multi-hit games, and has played well in the field, and his .273 batting average is fourth highest on the team.

15. Jose Morales, C- Rochester Red Wings
3G, .300 BA, 2 R, RBI, .400 SLG
Morales has hit well for the Red Wings in 2007, though he may lose some time now that Chris Heintz is back with the team. Morales' .300 batting average is the second best mark on the team, and is fourth overall in the organization.

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