Rating Twins Prospects: Full-Season 1B

In our first installment of Rating Twins Prospects, we take a look at all those prospects who spent the majority of their time at first base in 2008. Each prospect is talked about and given a grade, with some getting a projection for 2009. Take a look at the full-season first basemen.

Garrett Jones, Rochester Red Wings
Jones got off to a blazing start to the 2008 season, but it was a roller coaster ride for the slugger. After batting .323 through his first eight games, Jones went into a slump, batting .197 in April, and following that month up with a .219 March. However, once he regained his stroke, Jones was once again one of the better sluggers in the Twins organization. He led the system with 23 home runs, proving once again that he is too good for Triple-A ball, but he may not be with the Twins much more. Rumors have him heading to Japan, mostly because he does not want to play another season in the minor leagues.
Grade: B

Brock Peterson, New Britain Rock Cats and Rochester Red Wings
Peterson had another solid season in 2008, and continues to be a 49th round steal. He has always had some of the better power in the organization, and this season he even earned a promotion to Triple-A. He is a consummate hitter, able to spray the ball to all fields and hit it out of any park. Peterson was on a tear for New Britain when he was promoted, but then batted below the Mendoza Line once he got to Rochester. He is slated to be in Rochester to start the 2009 season, and it would be an amazing story if he one day played in the big leagues.
Grade: B

Randy Ruiz, Rochester Red Wings and Minnesota Twins
Ruiz was recently released by the Minnesota Twins, only months after winning the International League batting title. He had a tremendous first season with the Twins organization, making it to the big league club at the end of the season. After batting .320 for the Red Wings, Ruiz batted .274 in 22 games for the Twins, and even hit his first Major League home run. He was on the team's 40-man roster, but is likely to go to a team where he will make the 25-man Opening Day roster.
Grade: A

Daniel Berg, Fort Myers and New Britain
Berg had a very good season in 2008, making his way to New Britain from Fort Myers. He hit very well in the pitcher friendly Florida State League, and really put himself on the map as far as Twins prospects go. Berg played mostly first base with the Miracle, but was switched to the outfield once he got to New Britain. An above average fielder, Berg has turned into quite the utility guy, and plays all his positions well. Before his call-up in August, Berg was batting .348 in 14 games during the month, and he played six position for the Miracle throughout the season.
Grade: B-

Whitney Robbins, Fort Myers Miracle
During May, June, and July, Whitney Robbins was arguably the most consistent hitter on the Miracle roster. After being drafted out of Georgia Tech, Robbins burst onto the scene for the Beloit Snappers, and he is finally finding his groove once again. He has the ability to be a .300 hitter, as he is able to hit the ball to all fields. He also has sneaky speed, and is a very heady fielder. He has played both corner infield positions, and hits righties very well. He batted mostly clean up for the Miracle, and was a beast in the clutch, batting over .300 with runners on.
Grade: C+

Johnny Woodard, Gulf Coast League Twins and Fort Myers Miracle
Woodard did not have a great season in 2008, and time may be running out for him to regain his status as a top prospect. He has the physical make up to be a dominating hitter, but he still has not figured out how to hit left-handed pitching. He could be a 15-20 home run guy if he ever reaches his potential, but he has been mired in A-ball for a while now. After hitting four home runs in April, Woodard went on to hit only two more the rest of the way, and did not do well with runners in scoring position. He may be back in A-ball in 2009
Grade: D

Rene Leveret, Beloit Snappers and Elizabethton Twins
Leveret did not get his season going until June, but he did end the season playing very well. The 2007 Appalachian League All-Star began his season playing a handful of games for the E-Town Twins before heading to Beloit. He hit at a nice clip for the Snappers, batting .286 in 49 games, playing mostly as the team's everyday first baseman after being called up. He is likely to be in Fort Myers next season because of his age, and needs to keep hitting in order to keep moving up. He was a legend in Elizabethton, and could end up being fast tracked if he does well in 2009.
Grade: B-

Chris Parmelee, Beloit Snappers
Parmelee was supposed to only miss a month with a wrist injury when he was hurt in June, but the young slugger ended up missing the entire rest of the season. It was another trying year for the former first round draft choice, as he continued to struggle at the plate. There is no denying his power prowess, as he blasted 14 home runs in 69 games, but he also struck out 83 times. During the month of June, Parmelee was really starting to light it up, as he was hitting .280 during the month, with six home runs in 20 games. He is likely to be with Fort Myers next season.
Grade: INC

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