Twins Top Prospects: 41-50

It is that time of year again, as rolls out our Top-50 prospect in the organization. This is a very tough task, and we will roll out the prospects in sets of ten starting with number 41 through 50. Take a look at who made the list:

41. Matthew Fox, Right-Handed Pitcher
Fox had a breakout season in 2007, as he appears to be resembling the pitcher that was selected in the first round by the Twins in the 2004 draft. A strong armed right-hander, Fox was with the Beloit Snappers in 2007, and was used from both the rotation and the bullpen. The former Central Florida standout posted a 3.50 earned run average for the Snappers, and could wind up being a good mid-to-late innings relief guy in the long run. He should be with the Fort Myers Miracle in 2008, and needs to have a good season because he will be 25 years old. If he has a solid start to the season, he could be in New Britain.

42. Steven Tolleson, Middle Infielder
The former University of South Carolina standout, and son of former Major Leaguer Wayne Tolleson, Steven had a very solid season for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007. The young speedster was making his second stint with the Miracle, and appeared in a career high 132 games. Tolleson was a big boost to the team at the top of the lineup, and showed that he can play infield with the best of them. He also batted a very good .285 in the Florida State League, which is notorious for being a pitcher-friendly league.

43. Garrett Jones, First Baseman/Outfielder
During this Spring Training, look for Jones to get a long look at making the Twins roster right out of camp. He showed that he can hit consistently at the Triple-A level this season, and even got his first shot at the Major Leagues. Jones has the best power potential of any prospect in the Twins organization, and could be a major power boost to the Twins lineup if he gets a good shot next season. Jones deserves a shot, and hopefully he will get one.

44. Deibinson Romero, Third Baseman
Romero is the kind of prospect who is going to start getting a lot of attention in the Twins organization. A Appalachian League All-Star in 2007, Romero has shown the ability to hit for average, and will get a chance to start in the Midwest League next season. Romero will still only be 21 years old when the season starts in 2008, and he has hit over .300 for his career. He appeared in two games for the Snappers last season, and Beloit fans will see a lot of him next season.

45. Liam Hendriks, Right-Handed Pitcher
Hendriks had a great inaugural season of professional baseball, making ten starts for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2007. The young right-hander posted an earned run average that nearly finished under 2.00, and he struck out better than a batter per inning. In total, he tossed 44 innings of work, walked only 11, and struck out 52. He will definitely be in the starting rotation for the Elizabethton Twins next season, and has the kind of arm that could end up in Beloit by the end of the season. He is a very interesting prospect, who could make a fast rise in the organization.

46. Rene Leveret, First Baseman
Leveret was a beast for the Elizabethton Twins this past season, and showed heroics during their championship run. Leveret has the kind of power that should move him quickly through the organization, and he showed his pop during the 2007 season. The sweet-swinging slugger batted over .300 for the Elizabethton Twins, smacking eight home runs, and driving in 65 runs in only 66 games. That is an incredible pace, and he finished near the top of all Twins minor leaguers, including full-season prospects. It will be interesting to see how he does against full-season pitchers in 2008.

47. Rene Tosoni, Outfielder
Twice drafted by the Twins, Tosoni finally made his professional debut during the 2007 season. He was one of the main cogs in the Elizabethton Twins championship run in 2007, and should be with the Beloit Snappers in 2008. He batted over .300 for the Twins, and showed that he can hit on a consistent basis. The Beloit lineup should be loaded next season, and Tosoni should be a regular in the lineup. If Tosoni continues to hit like he did this season, he could be in Fort Myers by the end of the season.

48. Danny Rondon, Right-Handed Pitcher
The Minnesota Twins had a great bunch of relief pitching prospects during the 2007 season, and Rondon came out of nowhere to put his name up with them during the year. Rondon was an absolute beast for the 2007 Gulf Coast League Twins, putting up some of the best numbers of any other pitcher in the Gulf Coast League. Rondon posted an incredible earned run average of 1.14 in his 20 appearances, and saved 12 of 13 opportunities. Rondon should be the closer for Elizabethton in 2008.

49. Zach Ward, Left-Handed Pitcher
Though his record for the 2007 season does not show it, Ward had a very good season for the Fort Myers Miracle. He was often a victim of no run support, and that led to a very bad 5-17 record. Still, incredibly, Ward posted a 4.08 earned run average, which should have led to at least a .500 record. He still is one of the better left-handed pitching prospects in the Twins organization, and should be with New Britain next season in some capacity.

50. Ludovicus Van Mil, Right-Handed Pitcher
Van Mil is the tallest prospect in all of professional baseball, and with every time he takes the mound, he seems to get better and better. He is still very raw, and still has plenty of work left to do, but he seems poised to finally be playing full-season ball next season. Van Mil is the most intriguing prospect in the Twins organization, and if he continues to grow as a pitcher, than he will undoubtedly be with the Twins at some point in his career.

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