Twins Winter League Update

Here is a look at all of the Twins prospects who are currently participating in the numerous Winter Leagues. Some of these prospects are top prospects, and are getting ready for Spring Training. Some are up and coming prospects, who are gaining much needed experience this Winter.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Felix Molina, Infielder
Molina has long been a fan favorite in the Twins organization, and is currently doing a fine job for Indios de Mayaguez of the PWL. Molina is batting .317 in 14 games and has made only two errors. A longtime member of the New Britain Rock Cats, Molina is trying to use the Winter League to try and earn a shot with Rochester in 2009.

Randy Ruiz, First Baseman
Ruiz made it to the Minnesota Twins in 2008, and is honing his skills in the PWL. He had a breakout season for the Rochester Red Wings in 2008, and is looking to make the Twins out of Spring Training next season. In 16 games for Indios de Mayaguez, Ruiz is batting .321, and has smacked two home runs.

Andres Torres, Outfielder
Torres is back in the Twins organization, and he is using the PWL to try and earn a shot at Major League camp in 2009. Torres is tearing up the Puerto Rican Winter League, batting a sizzling .354, and nine of his 23 hits have gone for extra bases. He has three doubles, three triples, and three home runs, and has an OPS over 1.000.

Kyle Aselton, Left-Handed Pitcher
Aselton has struggled with his command in 2008 for the Cangrejeros de Santurce, walking 12 batters in only 16.2 innings of work. He has appeared in six games, starting two, and has an earned run average a hint under 5.00. He is getting a lot of work in the PWL, which is great for him, but he needs to start gaining better control of his pitches.

Dominican Winter League

Alexi Casilla, Infielder
Casilla will be the Twins starting second baseman in 2009, and he has been stellar in the DWL for the Gigantes del Cibao. The slick-fielding infielder is batting .348 in 14 games, and has scored 12 times. He has also shown some pop, as he has belted two home runs thus far.

Estarlin de Los Santos, Infielder
The Twins love de Los Santos, though he is struggling mightily this winter. The sure-handed Santos is batting below .100 in seven games, though he has not committed an error while splitting time between second base and shortstop.

Carlos Gomez, Outfielder
Gomez has already earned his spot on the 2009 Twins, and he is currently playing for Leones del Escogido of the DWL. Gomez has shown to be a sparkplug at the top of the lineup, scoring 12 times in 12 games, and he has already swiped seven bags. He will be more than ready once Spring Training rolls around.

Armando Gabino, Right-Handed Pitcher
Gabino was recently named to the Twins 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft, though he has not done so well in his Winter League in 2008. The right-hander has a 9.00 earned run average in five games, as he has been hit hard through seven innings of work. Still, the Twins are very high on Gabino, and he looks to have a future with the organization.

Venezuelan Winter League

Luke Hughes, Infielder
Hughes is one of the more exciting prospects in the Twins organization, and he really made a name for himself in 2008. Currently playing in the VWL, Hughes has been great for Tigres de Aragua, batting nearly .300 through 29 games. He has averaged nearly a hit per game, has driven in 14 runs, and has scored 14 times.

Alejandro Machado, Infielder
Machado has been used mostly in a reserve role during his time in the VWL, though he has played well. He is considered a very solid player in the Twins organization, and he has the ability to play multiple positions. He also is a solid hitter, and someone that would be a good player in any organization.

Wilson Ramos, Catcher
Ramos is the top catching prospect in the Twins organization, and he is coming off a banner season for the Fort Myers Miracle. He has not skipped a beat in the VWL, batting close to .300, and has made only one error behind the dish. He is a top prospect in the Twins organization, and he continues to get better.

Danny Hernandez, Right-Handed Pitcher
Hernandez has appeared in only two games in the VWL in 2008, and has a loss and a 9.00 earned run average. He has struck out three batters in 2.0 innings of work, and with so few innings under his belt, it is very tough to judge. Had he not let up a home run, his statistics would be very different.

Edgar Ibarra, Left-Handed Pitcher
Like Hernandez, Ibarra has appeared in only two games in the VWL, and has a perfect 0.00 earned run average. He has pitched a combined 1.0 innings in his two appearances, walking two while striking out one.

Bobby Korecky, Right-Handed Pitcher
Korecky is one of the top relievers in the Twins organization, and he has been used a lot in the VWL. The right-hander has appeared in 11 games, struck out 11, but has a high 6.00 earned run average. Korecky has allowed 13 runs, but has struggled with his command.

Frank Mata, Right-Handed Pitcher
Mata has pitched fairly well in the VWL this season, posting an earned run average a shade under 5.00. He has appeared in 10 games, struggling with his command, as he has struck out eight against eight walks. Mata is a decent relief pitching prospect, and if he can get his command under control, he should have a successful season in 2009.

Jose Mijares, Left-Handed Pitcher
Mijares has cemented himself in the Twins bullpen in 2009, and he has been incredible in the VWL as a warm up for Spring Training. Not only does he have a 0.59 earned run average in 17 games, but he has struck out better than a batter per inning, and has walked only five. He has become one of the top prospects in the Twins organization, and his play is really starting to excite Twins fans.

Miguel Munoz, Right-Handed Pitcher
Munoz has appeared in only one game for Tigres de Aragua, allowing a home run in 1.2 innings of work. He struck out one while allowing two hits.

Yohan Pino, Right-Handed Pitcher
Pino is one of the better prospects in the Twins organization, though he has appeared in only two games for Tigres de Aragua in 2008. He has looked good though, tossing 3.2 inning of scoreless ball while striking out three. He is likely to be in Rochester in 2009.

Danny Rondon, Right-Handed Pitcher
Rondon has pitched well in 2008 for Tigres de Aragua, appearing in 15 games. He has a solid 4.35 earned run average, but has struggled mightily with his command. He has walked eight against 11 strikeouts, has been wrapped for 24 hits, and has allowed ten earned runs.

Oswaldo Sosa, Right-Handed Pitcher
Sosa has only appeared in two games for Tigres de Aragua, allowing one earned run in 1.2 innings of work. He allowed a home run, four hits, and struck out one.

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