Though widely considered one of the top position player prospects in the Twins organization, Parmelee struggled in his first season of full-season baseball in 2007. As the season wore on, Parmelee appeared to lose some pop in his bat, as he hit only 5 of his 15 home runs in the second half of the season. He encountered a few problems in 2007, one being batting against lefties, and the other being striking out. Still, Parmelee is very young, and possesses the most power potential of any other prospect. It will be interesting to see how he does in the Florida State League next season.
12. Yohan Pino, Starting Pitcher
Coming into the 2007 season, Pino was kind of flying under the radar as far as most publications go. However, Pino exploded onto the scene in 2007, tossing a no-hitter against the St. Lucie Mets. After moving to the rotation for Fort Myers, Pino's season took off, and he was promoted to New Britain after posting a 1.73 earned run average in 19 FSL games. He will be looked at to anchor the New Britain rotation next season.
13. Brian Buscher, Third Baseman
Buscher began the season as the third of three third base prospects. Starting the year in the shadow of Matthew Moses and David Winfree, Buscher emerged as the number one guy, making his way from New Britain to Minnesota. When all was said and done, Buscher was named Twins Minor League Player of the Year, and put himself in position to start at the hot corner for Minnesota in 2008. He has the ability to hit for average, can hit the home run ball, and plays decent enough third base to play everyday in the Majors.
14. Oswaldo Sosa, Starting Pitcher
Sosa's season mirrored that of Pino, with the only exception being that Sosa was in the starting rotation for Fort Myers for the entire season. Sosa was dominant at the Florida State League level, posting a 2.23 earned run average in 19 starts. He pitched well for New Britain, but struggled with his command a bit towards the end of the season. Like Pino, Sosa will be counted on heavily in the New Britain rotation next season, and the two of them will give New Britain a solid front of the rotation.
15. Ben Revere, Outfielder
Some people may be shocked that I ranked Revere so high in the rankings, but this kid has shocked everyone since being drafted in the first round in 2007. Most thought Revere was not a first round draft pick, but he proved everybody wrong, being a table-setter for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2007. With a great batting eye, blinding speed, and the ability to go the other way with the ball, Revere will likely be the leadoff hitter for Elizabethton next season. He has all the tools to one day be patrolling the outfield for Minnesota one day.
16. Robert Delaney, Relief Pitcher
Delaney had the quintessential breakout season in 2007, as he set the Beloit Snappers single-season save record in a little over a half a season. A Midwest League All-Star, Delaney was arguably the best reliever in all of Minor League Baseball in 2007, and would eventually be promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle midway through the season. He was stellar for Fort Myers as well, and will likely anchor the New Britain bullpen in 2008. He is a guy who could make a fast rise through the organization next season.
17. Jay Rainville, Starting Pitcher
Rainville was arguably the feel good story of the 2007 season, after he came back from missing the 2006 season due to injury. The Twins were worried about his arm holding up, but Rainville silenced all those worries, as he was an innings eater for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007. The young right-hander, who some have compared to Roger Clemens, was an anchor for the Miracle pitching staff, and will be a front of the rotation starter for New Britain next season. If his arm holds up, then soon that missed season will just be a memory.
18. Brock Peterson, First Baseman
Brock Peterson is having the kind of career that every late draft pick dreams of having. A 49th round selection, Peterson has gone on to be one of the better power hitting prospects in the Twins organization, and has put himself in position to possibly make his Major League debut next season. He was tied for fourth in the organization in home runs in 2007, and showed that he can hit the ball at the Double-A level, which is a level that makes or breaks prospects. Peterson is a great kid, who I believe deserves a shot at Minnesota if he hits for Rochester next season.
19. David Winfree, Third Baseman
Winfree struggled with the strikeouts in 2007, but he actually did put up some good run producing numbers. After struggling to start the season, Winfree actually hit 12 home runs in his first stint with the New Britain Rock Cats, and showed why he is considered such a big-name prospect. After batting only .251 in the first half, Winfree batted over .300 in August and September, matching his 6 first half home runs in 90 less second half at-bats. I expect him to get off to a hot start in 2008.
20. Alex Burnett, Starting Pitcher
Burnett had a great season for the Beloit Snappers, as he helped guide the team to the Midwest League finals. As good as his first half of the season was, Burnett actually had better numbers in the second half, and finished the year with an earned run average just over 3.00. The young right-hander has some of the better stuff in the organization, and has shown the ability to get out lefties early in his career. He will be only 20 years old when the 2008 season opens up, which will be fairly young for the Florida State League.