TCD Mid-Season Evaluations (Top 11-20)

As the mid-season point ends, will be looking at evaluations for our pre-season Top-50 prospects. In this installment, we look at prospects 11-20, and tell you who's stock is rising, and who's is falling.

11. Denard Span, Centerfielder
Span was promoted to Rochester of the International League before the season started, and many wondered whether this was too big of a jump for the centerfield prospect. It quickly soon proved to be a little more than Span could handle, as he struggled from the leadoff spot to open the season. However, unlike Matthew Moses, Span was kept at Triple-A, and has come on as of late. He has recently gotten his batting average over .250 for the first time in a while, and has 23 stolen bases.
Stock: Steady

12. Kyle Waldrop, Starting Pitcher
After seeing the added weight Waldrop put on in the off-season, I figured he would have a monster season. The added muscle made Waldrop look like a seasoned vet, and he blazed through the Florida State League to open the season. The Twins promoted him to New Britain, where the young starter struggled a bit. Still, it has been a good season for the right-hander, who is once again back with the Fort Myers Miracle.
Stock: Rising

13. Alexander Smit, Pitcher
Smit struggled with the Fort Myers Miracle to begin the season, and was put on waivers by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins did not think he would be claimed, but the Cincinnati Reds picked up the strikeout machine, and he is no longer with the organization. It is a shame too, because Smit is a prospect who can be used from the bullpen and the rotation.
Stock:Smit was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, and is no longer with the organization.

14. Matthew Moses, Third Baseman
Not the season that Matt Moses was hoping for, as he struggled at the beginning of the season as a member of the Rochester Red Wings. When we saw Moses in Spring Training, he looked great, having shed some poundage. However, it did not turn into a good statistical season, and he is back, once again, with the New Britain Rock Cats. Moses is putting up better stats for the Rock Cats, but his demotion is devastating to his prospect status.
Stock: Falling

15. Trent Oeltjen, Outfielder
Oeltjen had a banner season for the Twins organization in 2006, making the Futures Game as a member of the World Team. He also hit well in his winter league, and figured on pace to crack the Major Leagues for the first time in 2007. However, he did not hit well in Rochester, and currently has a batting average under .250. He is a great hitter, who could one day help out at one of the corner outfield positions for the Twins. Still, if he cannot figure out Triple-A pitching, he could be a career Minor Leaguer.
Stock: Falling

16. Erik Lis, First Base/Outfield
Lis is one of the top batting prospects in the Twins organization, and he is having a very solid season in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. The highlight of his season came against the Tampa Yankees, when he homered off future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens. Overall, Lis is batting .273 for the Fort Myers Miracle, and currently leads the organization with 76 runs batted in. Not bad, considering he has played most of the season for a Miracle team that has struggled as a whole at the plate.
Stock: Rising

17. Oswaldo Sosa, Pitcher
Another solid season for Oswaldo Sosa, who continues to move up the Twins starting pitching prospect chart. After a great 2006 season, Sosa began the year with the Fort Myers Miracle, making 19 starts for the team. The young right-hander posted a 2.23 earned run average in 19 starts, and held the opposition to a .238 batting average. Since then, he has been promoted to New Britain, where he has pitched well in his four starts.
Stock: Rising

18. Paul Kelly, Infielder
At one point, Paul Kelly was arguably the best middle infield prospect in the Twins organization. However, this season he has not been able to get off the Disabled List, and is have really been hurting his prospect status. Still, he is very young, and hopefully can return to the form that made him a Midwest League All-Star in 2006.
Stock: Falling

19. Brock Peterson, First Baseman
During the 2006 season, Brock Peterson was one of the better hitters in all of the Twins Minor League system. That is remarkable, considering he was playing in the Florida State League. This season, he has seen a dip in his power numbers, but is having a solid season in the Eastern League. In 2007, Peterson is batting a respectable .276 for the New Britain Rock Cats, and has smacked 11 home runs. He also has 17 doubles, and should be slated for Rochester in 2008.
Stock: Steady

20. Yohan Pino, Starting Pitcher
Pino had one of the brighter moments of the season for the Twins Minor League system, as the young right-hander tossed a no-hitter for the Fort Myers Miracle. That was not his only big moment as a member of the Miracle, as he posted a 1.73 earned run average in 19 appearances, leading to a promotion to New Britain. Since being promoted, Pino has struggled a bit, but has put himself on the map as one of the top prospects in the Twins organization.
Stock: Rising

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