As far as short-season prospects go, Ozzie Lewis had the best season of them all. Not only did he rack up incredible stats, but he was an absolute steal in the 2007 draft. Lewis was named Appalachian League Player of the Year, after batting .325 for the Elizabethton Twins. Lewis was in the top-ten in the league in plenty of categories, and should be a starter for the Beloit Snappers next season.
2. Ben Revere, Outfielder
Revere was the Twins number one draft pick in the 2007 draft, and while his choice raised questions throughout baseball minds, his play on the field showed exactly what the Twins saw in him. The young speedster batted .325 for the Gulf Coast League Twins, and amazingly, he hit ten triples throughout the season. Also, Revere swiped 21 out of 30 steal attempts, while manning centerfield for the GCL Twins. If his first season is any indication, the Twins have once again outsmarted most of baseball.
3. David Bromberg, Starting Pitcher
You really cannot have a better season than Bromberg did this season, as he established himself as the best short-season pitcher on the farm this season. Bromberg was recently named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year, after posting a 9-0 record in 13 appearances this season. He struck out an incredible 81 batters in 58.1 innings of work, and had a tiny 2.78 earned run average.
4. Daniel Berlind, Starting Pitcher
Berlind established himself as the ace of the Gulf Coast League Twins early on, and it carried him to have the best season of any starter they trotted out to the mound this season. Berlind appeared in 11 games for the GCL Twins, making nine starts, and posted an amazing 1.93 earned run average. Berlind struck out nearly a batter per inning, and held the opposition to a .186 batting average.
5. Juan Richardson, Infielder
Richardson had a breakout season for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2007, his second season with the Twins organization. He proved to have a quick bat, and batted well over .300 during the season. He had some big games for the GCL Twins, and will most likely get the bump to Low-A Beloit next season. If he continues to hit over .300, then he will likely be a top infield prospect very soon.
6. Rene Leveret, Outfielder
Leveret could be one of those rare prospects who takes an organization by storm. He has incredible power, had been a leader in the clubhouse, and has the ability to drive in runs in bunches. He drove in 63 runs in only 65 games, leading to Appalachian League All-Star recognition. He is a key to their latest postseason run.
7. Deibinson Romero, Infielder
Romero was with the Gulf Coast League Twins last season, but this season he exploded onto the scene with the Elizabethton Twins. Romero was named an Appalachian League All-Star, after batting .316 in his 65 games this season. He hit nine home runs, displaying great power, and drove in over 50 runs. He also finished second on the team with 33 walks.
8. Michael McCardell, Starting Pitcher
Talk about a guy who had a breakout season in 2007. McCardell, taken in the sixth round this past draft, was ranked in the Baseball America Hot List once this season, and his statistics show why. McCardell spent time with both the Elizabethton Twins and the GCL Twins this past season, but what he did with E-Town was amazing. He struck out 70 batters in only 45 innings of work, and walked only five. He also had a combined 7-1 record.
9. Henry Reyes, Starting Pitcher
Reyes teamed with David Bromberg to form one of the better one-two punches in the Appalachian League this season. Reyes started 11 games for the Elizabethton Twins, posting a 2.87 earned run average, and won seven on his 11 starts. He struck out way better than a batter per inning, and could be a cog in the Beloit Snappers rotation next season.
10. Bradley Tippett, Relief Pitcher
Of all the great players on the Elizabethton Twins this past season, Tippett may very well be one of the more important prospects to the team's championship game run. Tippett was unhittable out of the E-Town Twins bullpen, posting a 0.93 earned run average in 21 appearances. He struck out 51 batters in a little over 38 innings of work, and was the key late inning reliever for the team.
11. Blair Erickson, Closer
While Tippett was great in the late innings, Erickson was the man who ended the games for the Elizabethton Twins. Erickson was amazing as the E-Town closer in 2007, saving all 11 of his save opportunities. He also posted a 1.53 earned run average, and you have to think he will be Beloit's closer next season.
12. Liam Hendriks, Starting Pitcher
With the way that Hendriks pitched this season, it gave the Gulf Coast League Twins two of the better starting pitchers in the GCL this season. Hendriks made ten starts for the Twins, posting a 2.05 earned run average, and had a nice 4-2 record. He struck out a very nice 52 batters in only 44 innings of work, and opponents hit only .237 against him.
13. Danny Rondon, Closer
Rondon was the top closer in the Gulf Coast League this past season, closing out 12 of his 13 save opportunities for the GCL Twins. He had a 1.14 earned run average, won two games, and though he blew the game in the one game playoff for the GCL Twins, he proved so valuable throughout the season. He does not have great strikeout potential, but could be a good late inning guy down the road.
14. Rene Tosoni, Utility
Tosoni was one of seven Elizabethton Twins to be named to the Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star Team, and for good reason. Tosoni batted close to .300 during the 2007 season, and scored an amazing 57 times in only 62 games. He was constantly on base, and was a doubles machine for the team.
15. Angel Morales, Outfielder
Like Revere, Morales was an outfielder for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2007, though he got off to a slow start with the team. He rebounded late in the season, being one of the key players in the Twins playoff push, and finished the season with 11 extra-base hits. Morales was the Twins third round selection during the 2007 draft, and played the season as only a 17-year old. Morales has very good untapped potential, and should be with Elizabethton next season.
16. Daniel Rams, Catcher
Rams was the Twins second round selection in the 2007 draft, and was 18-years old for the entire 2007 season. He will be the starting catcher for the Elizabethton Twins next season, and he should be able to put together some better numbers than he did next season. If he progresses the way the Twins feel he will, then he could be the top catching prospect in the Twins organization in two to three years.
17. Andrew Schmiesing, Outfielder
Schmiesing was one of four Gulf Coast League Twins who manned the outfield for the team in 2007, and batted over .300 like three of his four teammates. He actually had the second best batting average of the four, and used his sweet left-handed stroke to hit .321 this season. He did not show much extra-base hit ability, but at 6'4'', the organization should be able to work with him to get him to work the gaps a bit more.
18. Santos Arias, Starting Pitcher
Arias was a guy who the Gulf Coast League Twins really relied on during the 2007 season, and he did not disappoint. He appeared in 11 games for the Twins Rookie League affiliate, making ten starts, and had a 2.96 earned run average. Though he had a losing record, he was a victim of some bad run support, and really grinded through the close games for the GCL Twins.
19. Yangervis Solarte, Outfielder
Solarte was another Twins outfield prospect who played the outfield for the Gulf Coast League Twins this past season, and he did not disappoint. Like a couple of his teammates, Solarte batted over .300 during the season, and drove in 33 runs in 52 games. He only struck out 18 times all season long, and while he only drew 11 walks, he showed good patience at the plate. He will vie for time in the Elizabethton outfield most likely next season, and should be able to improve on his eight extra-base hits.
20. Charles Nolte, Relief Pitcher
Nolte was one of the top relief pitchers in the entire Gulf Coast League in 2007, posting an incredible 1.85 earned run average in his 14 appearances. He won three games, and struck out nearly a batter per inning. He has some very good stuff, and if he can work on his command, he should be a top relief pitching prospect soon.
21. Jarrad Eacott, Relief Pitcher
This kid had a fantastic season coming out of the Gulf Coast League Twins bullpen, appearing in 15 games for them. Eacott did make one start, but it was his work out of the bullpen that put him on our list. Eacott posted a perfect 3-0 record during the season, and had a 2.28 earned run average. He also held the opposition to a batting average under .250, and tossed 27.2 innings.
22. Michael Tarsi, Starting Pitcher
Tarsi was another guy who was terrific in the Elizabethton rotation this season, as he made 11 starts for the team. He won five of his starts, and had a very small 2.22 earned run average. He also displayed the ability to strike a batter out, whiffing better than a batter per inning, and handcuffed opponents to a batting average under .250.
23. Gregory Yersich, Catcher
Yerisch had a terrible season for the Beloit Snappers, but really turned it on when he was demoted to the Elizabethton Twins. He took the demotion in stride, leading him to being named to the Appalachian League All-Star Team. Yersich, who was the team's catcher, now has himself in position to once again be the starting catcher in Beloit next season.
24. Estarlin De Los Santos, Shortstop
De Los Santos had a terrific season as a member of the Elizabethton Twins, earning Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star recognition. As the team's shortstop, De Los Santos led the organization in stolen bases, and was once named TwinCitiesDugout.com Player of the Week by writer Roger Dehring. De Los Santos needs to work on his glove, but he is definitely making a name for himself.
25. Ludovicus Van Mil, Relief Pitcher
This is a kid that we are really keeping an eye on, as his development continues to go in the positive direction. The tallest player in all of professional baseball, Van Mil posted a respectable 2.63 earned run average in his 13 appearances for Elizabethton this season, and should get his first taste of full-season ball next season. If he can work on his command, he will really shoot up the prospect rankings.