New Britain 2007 Recap: Position Players

Here is a look at those position player who had more than 150 at-bats for the New Britain Rock Cats during the 2007 season. Included in these reviews are top names like Trevor Plouffe, David Winfree, and Brandon Roberts, all who could be wearing Twins uniforms very soon.

Matthew Allegra
Allegra appeared in over 100 games for the New Britain Rock Cats during the 2007 season, and had a pretty good season overall. He showed flashes of power from the outfield spot, smacking 13 home runs, and his bat carried the team at some points in the season. Though he batted under .250 overall for the season, he did scored nearly 60 times, and showed that he will be in the outfield mix at either the Double-A or Triple-A level in 2008. If he can work on cutting down his strikeouts, he whiffed nearly 100 times in 2007, he will be fine.

Brian Buscher
Buscher began the season with the New Britain Rock Cats, and before the season was over, he was manning the third base spot in Minnesota. He had a breakout season in his first year with the Twins organization, and appears slated to be the Twins third baseman for the near future. He had to deal with being in an organization that had David Winfree and Matt Moses at the third base position, and he flourished under the pressure. He was one of the better hitters in the Eastern League during his time in Connecticut, and really has made a name for himself in the organization.

Rashad Eldridge
Eldridge, like Buscher, was in his first season with the Twins organization, and he also flourished. He was a consistent bat in the New Britain lineup, coming up with timely hits time and time again. He was third on the team in runs scored, being plated 65 times, and his .291 batting average was third amongst New Britain regulars. He plays the outfield positions very well, and if he hits close to .290 again for Rochester next season, should be in Minnesota before the season is out.

Kyle Geiger
Geiger was supposed to have a breakout season for New Britain this season, but after a standout season for the Fort Myers Miracle last season, he struggled with the bat in the Eastern League. Still, he is regarded as one of the better catching prospects in the Twins organization, but could be back in New Britain next season. Overall, he batted only .250, and if he can learn to work the count better, should be a .275 or better hitter.

Garrett Guzman
Oh how far this kid has come. After missing the 2005 season due to a broken neck, Guzman came back in 2006 to have a solid season and set himself up for a breakout year in 2007. He led all New Britain regulars with a .312 batting average, and was perfect to end the season for the team. Not only did he hit for average, but Guzman was second on the team with 14 home runs, and was a consistent bat in the middle of the Rock Cats lineup. He should be a starter for Rochester next season.

Luke Hughes
Hughes was an Eastern League All-Star this past season, and really flew under the radar for the Rock Cats. He was always willing to play an position, and showed why he is so highly regarded in the Twins organization. He is the kind of position player who is a complete utility guy, which should help him move up the ranks for the rest of his career. He can play the outfield and the infield, and can really work counts to his favor. He ended up batting over .280, while playing first, second, third, and the outfield.

Felix Molina
Molina has been a fan favorite for the New Britain Rock Cats for two years now, and put together a solid season in New Britain once again in 2007. He batted over .270 for the team, and showed great leadership from his second base slot. If Rochester second baseman Matt Tolbert gets a shot with Minnesota next season, then Molina could be the starting second baseman for Rochester in 2008. The second base spot is very solid at the higher levels of the Twins farm system, but that has not affect Molina's development.

Matthew Moses
What a season it was for Moses, who came to Spring Training very lean and ready for a breakout 2007 season. After starting the season in Rochester, Moses was demoted to New Britain, where he did not put up the kind of numbers that he did back in 2005 as a member of the Fort Myer Miracle. The former first round draft pick is starting to hear the "bust" buzz, but we still believe he is a very good position player prospect.

Brock Peterson
It seems that it does not matter what level Peterson plays in. He is going to hit for power, and hit for a decent average, which makes him a very interesting prospect to watch. He was not highly drafted, or has been on any watch lists, but he continues to put up numbers. He led the Rock Cats with 15 home runs, and also was tied for second on the team with four triples. He is an extra-base hit machine, who can drive in runs in bunches. I am hoping he gets a shot at Rochester next season.

Trevor Plouffe
Back in Spring Training, TwinCitiesDugout.com said that Plouffe was poised for a breakout season in 2007. He looked to be in the best shape of his life, had great confidence, and was really ready for the jump to Double-A. He did not disappoint, as he was named Rock Cats Player of the Year by their official website. He hit for a good average, showed incredible range at shortstop, and is once again the top middle infield prospect in the Twins organization. I really believe that he could be in Minnesota at some point during the 2008 season.

Brandon Roberts
Roberts got off to a terrible start the 2007 season, but by the end of the season, he was back to being one of the better outfield prospects in the Twins organization. He totally turned his season around, being one of the more consistent bats in the Rock Cats lineup. He almost was able to creep his batting average up to .300 by the end of the season, as he ended with a .293 mark. He has incredible speed, makes all the plays in the outfield, and is shaping into a good top of the lineup type hitter.

David Winfree
Coming into the 2007 season, Winfree was rated as one of the top five position player prospects in the Twins organization. While he did not have a great season in New Britain, he did end the year as one of the better sluggers on the New Britain roster. He led the team in triples, hit 12 home runs, and slugged over .425. He needs to work on his defense, as he had 17 errors from his third base spot, but he did have 44 extra-base hits. He is still a top position player prospect, who I believe will hit close to 20 home runs in 2008.


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