TCD Player of the Week: Danny Valencia

For most of the 2007 season, Danny Valencia has been one of the premier hitters in the Minnesota Twins farm system. After a breakout 2006 season, Valencia has put himself in position to make it to New Britain in 2008, and should be in Minnesota at some point very soon.

The Minnesota Twins drafted University of Miami star Danny Valencia last year in the 19th round. He was better known than some at that part of the draft due to his excellent play for Miami in their run to the College World Series. He soon was playing so well for the Elizabethton Twins that many fans were scratching their heads when thinking about why he was still available in the 19th round. Danny finished his first season in the organization with a .311 Average in 190 at bats, with 13 doubles, 8 home runs and 29 runs batted in.

Danny began this season with the Beloit Snappers, where he was leading the organization with 11 home runs when he got his call to move up to Fort Myers. While at Beloit, Danny hit for a .302 Average with 15 doubles and 35 runs batted in during his 242 at bats. Since moving up to the Miracle, Danny's average didn't suffer from the pitching in the Florida State League, as he is now hitting .298 Average in 215 at bats with 6 home runs and 30 runs batted in.

This week, Danny was as good as anyone in the organization, with 9 hits in 19 at bats and 1 walk, his 6th home run for the Miracle, 2 runs scored and 4 rbi. More important, his play for the Miracle has been an indication that this young man should have an excellent future as he moves up another level next year.

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