Inside The Dugout: Who's Hot

Here is a look at Who's Hot in the Twins organization as of late. This is not a list of the best prospects in the organization, but rather who is performing at this point in time. Kevin Slowey remains at number one, but there are plenty of new names added to the list.

Statistics as of April 23, 2007

1. Kevin Slowey, SP- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: 1)
2G, 2 GS, 0.00 ERA, 11.2 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 0 ER, 6 H
Slowey remains in the top spot in the rankings, after tossing shutout ball once again for the Red Wings in his last outing. Slowey has yet to allow an earned run this season, and is striking out nearly a batter per inning. He has also yet to walk a batter.

2. Danny Valencia, 3B- Beloit Snappers (Previous: 8)
11 G, .390 BA, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, .732 SLG
Valencia has the hottest bat in the Twins organization this season, and he is showing his performance in the Apply League in 2006 was no fluke. His four home runs are tied for the organizational lead, and his ten runs batted in are sixth.

3. Matt Garza, SP- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: 2)
3G, 3 GS, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 12 K, 9 BB
Garza has been working out of jams this season, and batters have hit the young right-hander pretty hard. Still, he has been effective for the Red Wings, and is striking out nearly a batter per inning. He should regain command of his pitches very soon.

4. Jay Rainville, SP- Fort Myers Miracle (Previous: N/A)
4 G, 3 GS, 1.17 ERA, 2-2 record, 2 ER
Rainville appears to be in full strength now and has shaken off last year's injury. He has been dominant in his last two starts, and could be promoted to New Britain very soon. He is back looking like the top prospect he was two years ago.

5. Jeffrey Manship, SP- Beloit Snappers (Previous: 6)
3 G, 3 GS, 1.42 ERA, 19 IP, 23 K, 0 BB
Manship is having a breakout season for the Snappers, and has yet to walk a batter in 19 innings of work this season. He is also second in the organization in strikeouts (23), and his 1.42 earned run average is the fifth best mark in the system.

6. Jeremy Cummings, P- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: 9)
4 G, 1 GS, 0.82 ERA, 11 IP, 15 K, 2 BB, .205 BAA
Cummings has been a great pickup this season for the Red Wings, as he has been dominant in any role they have placed him in. His 0.82 earned run average in the third best mark in the organization, and his only earned run this year has come via the long ball.

7. Erik Lis, 1B- Fort Myers Miracle (Previous: N/A)
15 G, .288 BA, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 2B
Lis is swinging one of the hottest bats in the organization right now, and he is starting to put up the kind of numbers he did in the Midwest League last season. If Lis continues to hit like this, then he could be in New Britain very soon. His 13 runs batted in are first amongst Twins minor leaguers.

8. Kyle Waldrop, SP- Fort Myers Miracle (Previous: 12)
4 G, 4 GS, 2.11 ERA, 2-0 record, 21.1 IP, 21 K
Waldrop is having a very good season in 2007, as he seems to have figured out Florida State League hitters. He has one of the top earned run averages in the Twins organization, and his 21 strikeouts are good for second among Twins minor leaguers. He is also showing pinpoint control, having walked only three batters this year.

9. Garrett Jones, 1B- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: N/A)
11 G, .333 BA, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 2B, .556 SLG
Garrett Jones is having a successful season in the early going for the Red Wings, as he has cut down on his strikeouts. That was the Achilles Heel for Jones throughout his career, and the dip in strikeouts is leading to a rise in his batting average. His 11 runs batted in are also the highest mark on the team, as well as second among Twins minor leaguers.

10. Whitney Robbins, 3B- Fort Myers Miracle (Previous: N/A)
13 G, .381 BA, 10 R, 10 RBI, 11 BB, 1 3B
Robbins, like he did last season, is off to a hot start in 2007, and looks like one of the more feared hitters in the Florida State League. He is batting .381 in a usually pitcher-friendly league, and is displaying a great batting eye. He has teamed with Lis to form a very tough 1-2 punch in the Miracle lineup.

11. Cole DeVries, SP- Beloit Snappers (Previous: N/A)
4 G, 2 GS, 0.73 ERA, 1-0 record, .170 BAA, 11 K
What a find this kid turned out to be, as DeVries is one of the better pitchers on the Snappers roster this season. He has been successful in all roles for the Snappers, and his 0.73 earned run average is the second-best mark in the organization. He could be in Fort Myers very soon.

12. Matt Tolbert, INF- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: N/A)
11 G, .370 BA, 7 R, HR, 3 RBI, .469 OBP
Tolbert has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Wings, who needed him to step up and fill the hole created when Alexi Casilla was promoted to Minnesota. Tolbert has shown a good batting eye, and the ability to hit in the clutch, and the young switch-hitter has struck out only four times this season.

13. Brian Dinkelman, INF- Beloit Snappers (Previous: N/A)
12 G, .317 BA, 10 R, HR, 4 RBI, 10 BB
Dinkelman has been one of only a few bright spots in the Snappers batting order this season, and he is currently one of the top hitters in the organization. He has already walked ten times this season, against six strikeouts, and has settled in to everyday duties as the Snappers second baseman.

14. Trevor Plouffe, SS- New Britain Rock Cats (Previous: N/A)
8 G, .303 BA, 10 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SB
Plouffe has gotten off to a great start for the Rock Cats, and is showing no signs of the struggles he has had the past two seasons. He is hitting the ball hard to all fields, and has only struck out three times this year. The jump to Double-A is one of the hardest ones, and Plouffe looks like he has handled it very well.

15. Scott Baker, SP- Rochester Red Wings (Previous: N/A)
3 G, 2 GS, 1.69 ERA, 1-0 record, 1 SV, 16 IP, 16 K
Baker is definitely too good for Triple-A ball, and he is showing that once again this season. He is knocking on the door in Minnesota, and hopefully he can have the same kind of success if he gets the call up. He is as solid as they come in the International League, and his earned run average is good for sixth in the organization.

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