April Awards: Twins Top Minor League Players

Here is a late look at the Pitcher and Batters of the Month at each level of the Twins Minor League system. In this article, we look at two players from each team in the system, and show who got their 2008 seasons off to a fast start.

Rochester Red Wings

Batter of the Month
Jason Pridie, Outfielder
The young outfielder batted .311 during the month of April, as he really showed why he almost made the Twins roster right out of Spring Training. A small step away from joining the Twins in Minnesota, Pridie really needs to cut down on his strikeouts if he wants to make the jump to the Show. In 27 games, Pridie scored 17 times, had eight extra-base hits, including four triples, and stole five bases.

Pitcher of the Month
Glen Perkins, Starting Pitcher
Perkins made six appearances for the Red Wings, starting five games, and posted a 2.89 earned run average. He tossed a complete game shutout, won one game, and nearly struck out one batter per inning. He did struggle with his command, walking 15 batters in 28 innings of work, and only allowed one home run.

New Britain Rock Cats
Batter of the Month
Luke Hughes, Utility Player
Hughes has played multiple positions for the Rock Cats this season, and has been one of the better hitters in the Eastern League. Hughes currently leads the organization in batting average, and batted .354 in the month of April. Hughes had an impressive .430 on base percentage, blasted eight home runs, and drove in 18 runs in 24 games. In 99 at-bats, Hughes had 35 hits, scored 20 times, and had 15 extra-base hits.

Pitcher of the Month
Yohan Pino, Starting Pitcher
Pino has been as good as advertised, appearing in six games for the Rock Cats, while starting four. Pino has posted an incredible 1.80 earned run average, winning one game, while holding the opposition to a .209 batting average in the very tough Eastern League. Pino has walked only four batters through 25 innings of work last month, and had a 0.92 WHIP.

Fort Myers Miracle
Batter of the Month
Brian Dinkelman, Second Baseman
Dinkelman had a great 2007 season, and has gotten off to a fast start for the Miracle in 2008. In the month of April, Dinkelman batted .315 in the very pitcher-friendly Florida State League, driving in nine runs in 25 games. In 91 at-bats, Dinkelman has struck out only ten times, and has scored 17 times. Of his 29 hits, 11 have gone for extra-base hits, and he has established himself as one of the top middle infield prospects in the Twins organization.

Pitcher of the Month
Robert Delaney, Relief Pitcher
Delaney has gotten off to a quick start for the Fort Myers Miracle this season, much like he did in 2007. The closer for the Miracle has posted a tiny 0.66 earned run average through his first nine appearances in April, and saved six of seven opportunities. Batters hit only .200 against him last month, and he struck out better than a batter per inning. Though he has lost two games against no wins, Delaney has allowed only one earned run, and has allowed only ten hits.

Beloit Snappers
Batter of the Month
Steven Singleton, Infielder
Singleton can flat out hit, and he is showing once again why he is considered one of the top infield prospects in the Twins organization. During the month of April, Singleton batted .349, and nearly had an on base percentage of .400. He continues to show the ability to hit the ball all over the field, and although he does not walk much, he is constantly putting the ball in play.

Pitcher of the Month
Matthew Williams, Relief Pitcher
Through the first month of the season, Williams showed that he has the ability to take the ball in relief for the Beloit Snappers. Beloit had one of the best bullpens in the minors during the first half of the 2007 season, and Williams is doing his best to keep that going in 2008. In nine April appearances, Williams posted a 1.40 earned run average, and batters hit well below .200 against him. In over 19 innings of work, Williams struck out 21 batters, and allowed only one earned run.

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