Mid-Season Top-50 Review- Part I

In this edition of mid-season Top-50 review, we take a look at how our 41-50 selections from our preseason Top-50 have fared so far in 2009. We take a look at some highlights from the first half, as well as how it has affected their stock.

Note: These rankings were made prior to the 2009 season. Adjustments for 2009 performance will be made to the rankings during the off-season. All stats as of July 29, 2009.

50. Anderson Hidalgo
Hidalgo, who batted .364 for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2008, is back at it again, but this time with the Elizabethton Twins. The infielder is batting .311 for E-Town, while smacking two home runs, and has 12 runs batted in in 24 games. He is a big reason for Elizabethton's 25-9 record.
Status: Continues To Impress

49. Rene Leveret
Leveret is having a very good season for the Fort Myers Miracle, as he is batting .288 on the season. He has not shown much power, he only has three home runs, but he continues to make consistent contact. He battled some injuries in May, but he is getting hot with the summer, and should finish strong.
Status: Finishing With A Flurry

48. Blair Erickson
Erickson was having a great season for the Fort Myers Miracle before July rolled around. After posting earned run averages of 3.00, 2.25, and 2.53 respectively in April, May, and June, Erickson has an earned run average over 9.00 in July. Overall, he has saved nine of 13 opportunities, and has struck out 51 in 36.2 innings.
Status: Doing Well in the FSL

47. Juan Portes
Recent slump aside, Juan Portes has been a beast for the New Britain Rock Cats this season, and he has really turned heads in the Eastern League. He has batted .300 for most of the season, and is currently hitting .290 for the Cats. He has played third base, all outfield positions, and has become a utility guy for the team.
Status: Turning Heads

46. Edward Ovalle
Edward Ovalle was released by the Minnesota Twins, and is currently playing Independent League Baseball.
Status: Released

45. Brock Peterson
Peterson struggled to start the season, but has come on as of late for the Rochester Red Wings, and has become one of the key bats in their lineup. His best month was June, where he batted .352 in 22 games, and nearly got a call to the big league club. Once a second thought as a 49th round selection, Peterson is very close to being in the Major Leagues.
Status: On the Doorstep

44. Jay Rainville
Rainville has struggled this season with the New Britain Rock Cats, not only on the mound, but also with the injuries. He once again was shut down due to his shoulder, and it really is a shame. There is not much time left for him to become a big time prospect in the Twins organization.
Status: Need Some Health

43. Rene Tosoni
Tosoni has had a breakout season in 2009, and he is doing it on the national level. Already an Eastern League All-Star, Tosoni was also named to the Futures Game, where he took home game MVP honors. Tosoni ripped the cover off the ball in May and June, and figures to be in the Twins long-term plans.
Status: On the Rise

42. Michael Gonzales
The budding slugger has been a big part of the Elizabethton Twins success in 2009, as he has hit well all season long. Batting over .300 against both left-handers and righties, Gonzales has already smacked five home runs, and has averaged nearly an RBI per game.
Status: A Budding Star

41. Loek Van Mil
Van Mil got off to a blazing start to the 2009 season, as he did not allow an earned run through his first six appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. The tall right-hander has really been stellar all season long, posting a 2.12 earned run average, while striking out nearly a batter per inning. This "project" is really starting to become a legitimate pitching prospect.
Status: Moving On Up

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