This season Erik moved up another level to the Class AA New Britain Rock Cats. The Twins have worked with this former first baseman to find the best fit to keep his bat moving towards the parent team. Early this season Erik spent most of his time in either left field or at DH, until recently when he has played several games at first base. Erik is hitting .301/.346/.496 in 226 at bats with 25 runs scored, a team and league high 27 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 28 rbi and 17 walks with 46 strikeouts. Erik hit .360/.405/.500 in May following a terrible April when he hit .202/.264/.321 in 84 at bats. Erik has continued his hot streak, hitting .357/.364/.595 in June.
This week, Erik was 10 for 23 (.435 Average) with 5 runs scored, 6 doubles, his fifth home run, 5 runs batted in and 1 walk. After a slow start Erik consistently turns heads with his bat as he continues his march towards a day when he will step onto the field in Minnesota. It appears that the only question that remains is whether it will be at the Dome or the new ballpark in 2010?