Prospect Power Rankings III: Woodard Rising

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. We have added five more slots to the rankings, making the PPR the top-20 in the organization.

Rank

Name

Team

Why

Last Rank

Stock

1

Kevin Slowey

Roch

Slowey tops the list for the third consecutive times, as he continues to dominate International League batters.  He has walked only two batters all year, and his three wins are tied for most among Twins Minor Leaguers.

1

Steady

2 Jeffrey Manship Bel Manship has been unhittable this season, and has really put himself on the prospect map.  He is definitely slated for a promotion very soon, and he leads a very good Beloit pitching staff. 5 Rising
3 Matt Garza Roch As steady as they come, Garza appears ready to help Minnesota right now.  He has not been as dominant as he was last season, but he is arguably  one of the better pitchers in Minor League Baseball. 3 Steady
4 Erik Lis FTM Another year, another great season with the bat for Lis, who is tearing up a very hard Florida State League.  Lis is fourth in the organization in batting average, and his 20 runs batted in are tops. 7 Rising
5 Garrett Jones Roch Recently named Twins Minor League Player of the Month, Jones is locked in at the plate, and could finally be ready to help the Twins this season.  He is sixth among minor leaguers in batting, and his 18 ribbies are second to Lis. 9 Rising
6 Matt Tolbert Roch Tolbert has been a pleasant surprise this season, and he leads the Twins minor leaguers in batting.  He is hitting .381 on the young season, which is the highest mark in the International League. 12 Rising
7 Trevor Plouffe NBR Plouffe has taken a liking to Eastern League pitching, and looks like the prospect who the Twins took in the first round a few years back.  He is hitting the ball hard, as ten of his 23 hits have gone for extra-bases. 14 Rising
8 Jay Rainville FTM Although he has a losing record, Rainville is sixth in the system in earned run average, and he is still getting used to picking up the ball every fifth day again.  He could be in New Britain before the year is out. 4 Steady
9 Danny Valencia Bel Valencia got off to one of the hottest starts of any minor league hitter, though he has tailed off a bit lately.  Still, he appears ready for the Florida State League, and is second on Beloit in hitting. 2 Steady
10 Jose Morales Roch Morales is arguably the hottest hitter in the Twins system right now, and was recently named Twins Minor League Player of the Week.  He is second only to Tolbert in batting, and his 12 runs are one of the highest marks in the system. NR Blazing
11 Cole Devries Bel This kid has been wonderful in his first season with the Twins organization, and has teamed with Manship to form one of the better 1-2 punches in the Midwest League.  His 1.21 ERA is second in the system. 11 Steady
12 Scott Baker Roch Baker is another guy who could help out at the Major League level right now, and is just too good for the International League.  The righty is fifth in the system in earned run average, and is a reason why the Red Wings have gotten off to such a fast start. 15 Rising
13 Robert Delaney Bel The Snappers have one of the best closers in the Midwest League, and he is a prospect who not many figured to have such a great year in 2007.  Delaney leads the Twins system in saves (7), and he has a 0.53 ERA in ten appearances. NR Blazing
14 Felix Molina NBR Molina is one of the hottest hitters in the organization right now, and he has boosted his batting average from .107 to .338 in the past two weeks.  He is currently in the middle of a 12-game hitting streak, and has gone for multi-hits in nine of them. NR Blazing
15 Brian Dinkelman Bel Dinkelman has been one of a few steady bats for the Snappers this season, and his .284 average is ninth in the organization.  Dinkelman could be promoted to Fort Myers by the end of next month. 13 Steady
16 Brian Duensing NBR Duensing's 2.28 earned run average is the fourth lowest mark in the Twins system, and he is doing it in a very tough Eastern League.  The lefty has been solid for the past calendar year, and could be in Rochester is the Twins start promoting from within. NR Rising
17 Jeremy Cummings Roch Cummings got off to a very fast start in his first season with the Twins organization, though he has been touched for three earned runs in each of his last two starts.  Still, his 3.18 earned run average is tenth best in the system. 6 Falling
18 Johnny Woodard Bel Woodard is looking like a top prospect this season, and is finally coming into his own at the plate.  He is batting over .300 during the 2007 season, and has scored 11 times in 24 games. NR Rising
19 Garrett Olson Bel Olson is batting .282 this season, and has been a rock for the Snappers in the early going.  The young prospect could always hit, and is now beginning to make his mark in the Twins organization. NR Rising
20 Kyle Waldrop FTM Waldrop is a guy who could be in New Britain very soon, as his three wins are tied for the most in the system.  He has been hit a bit lately, but his 30 strikeouts are tied for fourth in the organization. 8 Steady

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