Tolbert Taking Advantage Of His Opportunity

The Rochester Red Wings lost a lot when Alexi Casilla was promoted to the Minnesota Twins, but have found a pleasant surprise within their roster. Matt Tolbert has taken advantage of the opportunity to play everyday, and already has two multi-hit games in four starts this season.

Matt Tolbert is off to a good start to his Triple-A career, taking advantage of Alexi Casilla's recent promotion to the Minnesota Twins. Tolbert had a breakout season in 2006, spending time between Fort Myers and New Britain, and really put himself on the prospect radar. He batted over .300 in the pitcher friendly Florida State League, before playing very well at Double-A.

This season, Tolbert began as a bench player for the Red Wings, but has been in the starting lineup for the past four games. In that time, Tolbert has hit safely in three games, picking up two multi-hit efforts. The slick fielding infielder has shown great poise at the plate, and could become a real player in the Twins future up the middle.

Tolbert was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 14th round of the 2004 draft, and made his professional debut for the Elizabethton Twins. The young infielder would go on to bat .308 for Elizabethton, starting his steady rise through the organization. After spending the 2005 season with Fort Myers, Tolbert finally reached Double-A in 2006, and has taken a liking to the International League in 2007.

A smooth middle infielder, Tolbert has the ability to play second base, and shortstop, and is a guy who is very polished at the plate. A switch-hitter, Tolbert has even played the outfield during his Minor League career, and is becoming a top prospect within the Twins organization. If he continues to hit, he could be in Minnesota next season.


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