Twins 2007 Instructional League Roster

Here is an in-depth look at the Twins 2007 Instructional League roster. In this piece, we look at every player on the Instructional League roster, which features plenty of Twins top prospects. Take a look at who will get extra work before Spring Training starts.

The Twins began their Instructional League on September 26, and they have some top prospects on their roster in 2007. With 2008 being a huge season for every Twins prospect, these players will use their time in the Instructional League to get some added work before Spring Training. Here is a look at the roster, as well as some of the big names.

The staff features some of the better young starters in the organization, including Tyler Robertson, Cole Devries, Daniel Berlind, Alex Burnett, and Dave Bromberg. Robertson had arguably one of the best 2007 seasons of any prospect in the Twins organization, and Devries really made a name for himself in the Midwest League. Burnett was an innings eater for the Snappers this season, and Berlind turned a lot of heads after being drafted this past season.

The bullpen features some huge names as well, including top relief prospect Robert Delaney, who set the Beloit single-season saves record in 2007. Caleb Moore also dots the roster, after moving from catcher to pitcher this season. Henry Reyes, who was incredible in short-season ball this season, is also in the pen. Anthony Slama, who took Delaney's spot as the Beloit closer once he was promoted to Fort Myers, also will see late innings.

Some other notables are Michael McCardell, who was a strikeout machine in 2007, and Loek Van Mil, who is the tallest prospect in baseball. 2007 tenth round selection Blair Erickson is also on the team, as well as Michael Allen, who is a great reliever as well.

Other pitchers are Brian Kirwan, who is battling back from a tough 2007 season, Charles Nolte, a 2007 selection, and Michael Tarsi.

The catchers on the squad are highlighted by two 2007 picks, both of whom were selected in the first ten rounds. Danny Rams, the Twins 2007 second round selection will see plenty of time, as well as eighth round pick Dan Lehman. Former Beloit and Elizabethton catcher Greg Yersich, who was an Appalachian League All-Star will also see time behind the plate, as well as Wilson Ramos, who hit the ball well in Beloit this season.

Alexander Soto rounds out the catchers, after posting a respectable .277 batting average for the Gulf Coast League Twins this past season.

There is no shortage of talent in the infield spots for the Instructional League Twins, as they feature possibly the top infield prospect in the Twins organization. Danny Valencia will see time in the infield, after posting incredible numbers for Beloit and Fort Myers this past season. Estarlin de Los Santos and Deibinson Romero were both Appalachian League All-Stars, and they will get plenty of action in 2007. Juan Richardson was stellar for the GCL Twins this past season, and is a top infield prospect in the organization.

Two other All-Stars also dot the roster, as Brian Dinkelman and Rene Leveret will see time in Instructional League. Dinkelman was a beast in Beloit and Fort Myers this past season, and Leveret was a hero for the Elizabethton Twins. Jon Waltenbury has a very sweet swing, and will see time at first base.

Nick Papasan and James Beresford are two slick-fielding middle infielders who can contribute with the bat, and Jeanfred Brito is a young infielder who the Twins are very high on. Reggie Williams did not play in 2007, and needs to get some action before Spring Training rolls around.

This may be the strength of the team, as it features plenty of the best prospects in the Twins organization. Chris Parmelee and Ben Revere, the Twins last two first round selections, are both on the team, as well as top outfield prospect Joe Benson. Rene Tosoni, who hit a huge home run for Elizabethton in the playoffs, will also be in the outfield.

The talent does not stop there, as Ozzie Lewis, the 2007 Appalachian League Player of the Year is also on the team. Dustin Martin, who was acquired in the Luis Castillo trade will also see time, as well as Angel Morales, the Twins third round selection in 2007.

Mark Dolenc and Juan Portes, who both carry a big bat, will be in the outfield as well. Brandon Roberts, who some feel could have gotten some work in the Arizona Fall League in 2007, will be the veteran outfielder on the squad. He was the player the Twins got when they traded Kyle Lohse last season.

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