Twins Top Prospects: 31-40

As the countdown continues, here is a look at the prospects who were ranked from 31-40. As the countdown nears our number one prospect, the list begin to include some names that have been ranked by other major publications as some of the top players in all of Minor League Baseball. Take a look at our next ten selections.

31. Brian Dinkelman, Infielder
Dinkelman had a breakout season in 2007, as he was one of the better hitting prospects on the Beloit Snappers to start the season. When the Fort Myers Miracle needed some offense during the middle of the season, they called on Dinkelman, who had a respectable showing in the Florida State League. He will likely be back with the Miracle in 2008, but has the ability to make it to New Britain by the end of the season.

32. Garrett Guzman, Outfielder
The New Britain Rock Cats were looking at Guzman to be a consistent bat in their lineup during the 2007 season, and Guzman did not disappoint. The young outfielder, who missed an entire season recovering from a broken neck a few years ago, is back to 100 percent, and is now one of the bigger name position prospects in the Twins organization. If he hits for Rochester next season like he did for New Britain this season, then he could be a September call up in 2008.

33. Brian Duensing, Left-Handed Pitcher
To say that Brian Duensing had a good season in 2007 would be an understatement, as the crafty left-hander tied Jeff Manship for the organizational lead with 15 wins. He was stellar for both the New Britain Rock Cats and the Rochester Red Wings, leading to him being the only Minnesota Twins prospect named to Team USA in the IBAF World Cup. He will get a serious look in Spring Training this year, and should be with the Twins at some point.

34. Ryan Mullins, Left-Handed Pitcher
Mullins was another left-hander who had a great season in 2007, as he made three stops during the year. After blazing through the Florida State League, Mullins was one of the better starters in the Eastern League, en-route to him being promoted to Rochester. Mullins showed the ability to eat innings, and pick up the strikeout, as he finished the year second in the organization in strikeouts. He was recently named to the Arizona Fall League Rising Star Classic.

35. Danny Santiesteban, Outfielder
Santiesteban did not have a great 2007 season, but his skills cannot be overlooked when making a top prospect list. Too many times skill is overlooked by numbers, and that is the case for Santiesteban. Though he did not put up great numbers, he did showed the ability to play well when it counted, helping Beloit make it to the Midwest League championship. Santiesteban is a five-tool player, who will have a better season for Fort Myers next year.

36. Jose Mijares, Left-Handed Pitcher
Mijares is the kind of pitcher that scouts drool over. He is a power pitcher, who is left-handed no less, and has the kind of arsenal that makes him a legitimate Major League prospect. His problem has been staying in shape, and staying consistent, but he had a great season for the New Britain Rock Cats in 2007. Mijares is currently playing well in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he is working out of the bullpen. He struck out better than a batter per inning in 2007.

37. Joe Benson, Outfielder
It was a tale of two season for Joe Benson, who had a terrible start to the 2007 campaign. After the All-Star Break, Benson was a different player, and he really turned his season around. Benson is one of the top position player prospects in the Twins organization, and should be a top-ten prospect in the coming years. He is a five-tool player, and he is still very young, leading most scouts to believe that the 2008 season should be a huge one for him.

38. Dan Leatherman, Right-Handed Pitcher
One of the better relief pitching prospects in the Twins organization, Leatherman had a breakout season in 2007, and has made himself a household name among Twins prospects in a little over a calendar year. The young right-hander was one of the main reasons why the Snappers went to the Midwest League championship this past season, and will be a main arm in the Fort Myers bullpen next season. His stay in the Florida State League could be short, as he has the arsenal and the mental makeup to be ready for Double-A next season.

39. Ozzie Lewis, Outfielder
The Twins drafted Lewis out of Fresno State in this past year's draft, and it did not take Lewis long to become one of the better young prospects in the Twins organization. Playing for the Elizabethton this past season, Lewis helped the team to the league championship by batting well over .300. Lewis was named Appalachian League Player of the Year for his efforts, and finished second in the organization in batting. He showed power, the ability to hit for average, and should be with Beloit next season.

40. Dustin Martin, Outfielder
After being one of the better prospects in the New York Mets organization, Martin came over to the Minnesota Twins farm system in the Luis Castillo trade. He played very well in his short time with the Twins system, and should be a starter in the outfield for the New Britain Rock Cats next season. He has the ability to hit for average, which should take him places in the Twins system. It will be interesting and fun to see him play a full year with the Twins organization next season.


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