Twins Mid-Season Evaluations (Top 1-10)

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 1-10, and tell you who's stock is rising, and who's is falling.

1. Matt Garza, Starting Pitcher
Garza was the best prospect in the Twins organization in 2006, after rising from High-A Fort Myers to the Major Leagues. In 2007, Garza began the season at Rochester, but earned himself a promotion back to the Minnesota Twins. He has been stellar in his second go-round with the Twins, posting a 1.70 earned run average in seven appearances. He has made six starts, notched a win, and has held the opposition to a .239 batting average. He is the top young starter in the organization.
Stock: Because he is in the Twins starting rotation, Garza has reached the pinnacle of Stock Status, and should be a mainstay in the rotation for many years.

2. Kevin Slowey, Starting Pitcher
After dominating the International League to start the season, Kevin Slowey was promoted to the Minnesota Twins, and pitched beautifully in his Major League debut. He struggled with allowing the longball during his stint with the Twins, and is now back with the Rochester Red Wings. Once again, he is dominating the International League, and should be called up with the Twins expand their roster in September.
Stock: Rising

3. Alexi Casilla, Infielder
Casilla is the top middle infield prospect in the Twins organization, and is currently a member of the team's 25-man roster. The slick fielding infielder can swipe a base whenever he wants, and will be in the Twins lineup for many years to come. He has hit .238 in 25 games with the Twins this season, during two stints, and has swiped five bags. He swiped 24 bases in his time with Rochester this season, and should be with the Twins for the remainder of the season.
Stock: Rising

4. Anthony Swarzak, Starting Pitcher
A tale of two seasons for Swarzak, who struggled to open the season for the Rock Cats. After struggling to open the season, Swarzak missed 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, and was put on the Miracle roster once he came back. He was solid for the Miracle, and has since been placed back on the Rock Cats roster. Since coming back to New Britain, he has been great once again, and is back to being a top prospect.
Stock: Steady

5. Eduardo Morlan, Relief Pitcher
Morlan is one of the top relief pitching prospects in the Twins organization, and has been one of the better closers in the Florida State League this season. He has spent the entire season with the Fort Myers Miracle, and is third in the organization with 16 saves. In total, Morlan has appeared in 38 games, posting a 3.43 earned run average. He has struck out an amazing 85 batters in 60.1 innings of work, and has walked only 17.
Stock: Rising

6. Glen Perkins, Starting Pitcher
It started off as a good season for Perkins, who was with the Minnesota Twins. However, he has had arm trouble ever since, and has missed a considerable amount of time. He will not be ranked as a prospect next season, and will be with the Twins to open the 2008 season as a member of their bullpen. He may no longer be an answer as a starter, but he has shown the ability to be lights out from the bullpen.
Stock: Falling

7. Chris Parmelee, Outfielder
The Twins 2006 first round draft choice, Parmelee showed enough power last season to warrant a promotion to full-season Beloit in 2007. However, he has struggled for the majority of the season, as he gets used to playing a full slate of games. Still, he ranks as the best power hitting prospect in the Twins organization, and will likely be promoted to Fort Myers next season. He has the classic left-handed power hitter swing, and will one day patrol the outfield for the Minnesota Twins.
Stock: Steady

8. David Winfree, Third Baseman
The 2007 season has not been a good one for Winfree, who opened the season as arguably the future for the Twins at the third base position. However, he has had such an up-and-down season, and has struggled with the bat, and the glove. Winfree is one of the better overall hitters in the Twins organization, and his struggles at the Double-A level have raised questions throughout the organization. He should be able to get going for the rest of the season, but will likely be back in New Britain in 2008.
Stock: Steady

9. Brandon Roberts, Outfielder
Roberts was a beast when he came over from the Cincinnati Reds organization last season, being a Florida State League All-Star. However, he got off to a very slow start for New Britain, but kept plugging. Since his early struggles, Roberts has been very solid for the Rock Cats lately, and has raised his batting average to .273. He has also swiped 13 bags this season, and should be in Rochester in 2008.
Stock: Falling

10. J.D. Durbin, Starting Pitcher
Once considered one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball, Durbin never got his career back on track as a member of the Twins. He struggled mightily this season, and bounced around a couple other organizations before sticking with the Philadelphia Phillies. He won four straight appearances for the Phillies, including a complete game. He was always a good friend to, and we wish him a lot of luck.
Stock: Currently a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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