One look at Zach Ward's record, and one would think the young right-hander is having a terrible season. With a mark of 2-13, Ward has one of the worst winning percentages in the Minor Leagues, but numbers can be deceiving. This kid has been a workhorse for the Miracle this season, and his 3.38 earned run average shows that he is not having a bad season at all. If he could get some offense behind him, his record could easily be .500.
32. Matt Tolbert, Middle Infielder
If there is one position player prospect who is having a major breakout season, it would be Rochester infielder Matt Tolbert. This kid has been solid since joining the Twins organization, but he is on another level this season. Usually known for his defensive prowess, Tolbert has been one of the better hitters in the International League this season, and could easily be promoted to Minnesota when they expand their rosters in September. Look for him to challenge for a roster spot with the Twins in 2008.
33. Andrew Thompson, Middle Infielder
A rough season so far for the 20-year old second rounder, as he has yet to take the field for the Snappers this season. After being named a Midwest League All-Star in 2006, Thompson has not been able to get off the shelf, and is currently on the 7-Day Disabled List. This will certainly hamper his development, but most scouts still regard him as one of the top middle infield prospects that the Twins have. If he can come back healthy, he should be in Fort Myers next season.
34. Garrett Olson, Corner Infielder
After a breakout season with the Elizabethton Twins last season, Olson has struggled for the Beloit Snappers this season. The young infielder batted over .300 after the Twins made him their fourth round selection last season, but he has had a roller coaster-type season for Beloit in 2007. He has tremendous upside at the plate, and is much better than his .233 batting average is showing. He is 22-years old, and is going to need to get out of Low-A ball very soon if he still wants to be considered a legitimate prospect.
35. Brian Dinkelman, Infielder/Outfielder
Talk about a strong second season, as Dinkelman has definitely not fallen into the Sophomore Jinx. A Midwest League All-Star in 2007, Dinkelman began the season with the Beloit Snappers, and earned himself a promotion to High-A ball. A great all-around player with good skills at the plate, Dinkelman is establishing himself as one of the better position player prospects in the Twins organization. It is not too far fetched to say that he could be in New Britain to open the 2008 season.
36. Errol Simonitsch, Starting Pitcher
Simonitsch has not had the kind of 2007 season that the Minnesota Twins were hoping for, as he just recently made his 2007 debut. One of the better left-handed starting pitching prospects coming into the 2007 season, Simonitsch just has not been able to stay healthy, though he has looked sharp for the Gulf Coast League Twins since coming off the disabled list. He should be back in New Britain before the season is out, though 2007 may just be a lost year for him.
37. Alex Burnett, Starting Pitcher
Everytime I see this kid take the ball he impresses me, and he is a workhorse in every sense of the word. Not even 20-years old yet, Burnett has mastered the Midwest League, and is currently the ace of the Beloit Snappers rotation. In 18 starts, he has posted a 3.17 earned run average, and has one complete game. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last seven starts, and continues to get better every time out.
38. Caleb Moore, Catcher
A disappointing season to say the least for Moore, who came into the 2007 season as possibly the best young catching prospect in the Twins organization. Playing for the Fort Myers Miracle, Moore is just another one of a handful of Twins prospects who have struggled in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League this season. He is a much better hitter than his numbers are showing, and may need to be promoted to New Britain to try to figure out what is wrong.
39. Juan Portes, Infielder
Portes is actually having a better season against better pitching than he did last year. As a member of the Beloit Snappers last season, and coming off a career year in 2005, Portes struggled at the plate, and in the field. The young slugger managed to hit only .233, which was well below his career average. Playing in the Florida State League this season, Portes is batting .260, which is one of the higher batting averages on his team. He has also seen a rise in his power numbers, smacking seven home runs this season against only two last year.
40. Brian Kirwan, Starting Pitcher
In our 2007 Prospect Guide, TwinCitiesDugout.com rated Brian Kirwan as one of our sleeper prospects for the 2007 season, and he is living up to that billing. Since becoming a Beloit Snapper, Kirwan has been stellar through ten starts, and really seems to be settling in on the mound. In his ten starts, Kirwan has a very nice 3.33 earned run average, and could be with Fort Myers by the end of the season.