Mid-Season Top-50 Review- Part IV

In this edition of mid-season Top-50 review, we take a look at how our 11-20 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.

All Statistics as of August 10, 2009

20. Joe Benson
Benson needs to stay healthy, because when he is in the lineup, he is difference makers. Though he has only appeared in 58 games in 2009, including two with the Gulf Coast League Twins, he is batting .283, which is a good total for the Florida State League. The speedster had two hits his last time out, and should finish strong.
Status: Stay Healthy and Finish Strong

19. Mike McCardell
It has been a terrific season for McCardell, who won nine of his 17 starts for Fort Myers to open the season. The hard-throwing right-hander has since been promoted to New Britain, though he has yet to find his groove in the Eastern League. Still, a mid-season Double-A promotion is nothing to sniff about, and he has put himself in position to be in the rotation in New Britain in 2010.
Status: Great Season Thus Far

18. Dustin Martin
Brought over to the Twins in the Luis Castillo trade, Martin was a beast in the Eastern League in 2008, prompting a promotion to the Rochester Red Wings this season. He has struggled with bat as the season has worn on, and needs to hit the way he did in April. He has been great so far in August, batting over .350, and is on the cusp of a 20 stolen base season.
Status: Needs To Finish Strong

17. Steven Tolleson
Tolleson, who's father Wayne was a Major Leaguer, is on the cusp of the Major Leagues, and he continues to play well for Rochester. After barely batting over .250 for New Britain, Tolleson was promoted to Rochester, where he has batted over .300. For the season, Tolleson is batting .285, has stolen 13 bases, and is batting .321 in August. He may be a September call-up when the Twins expand their roster.
Status: On the Brink

16. Carlos Gutierrez
It has been an up-and-down season for Gutierrez in 2009, as the Florida State League All-Star has struggled since being promoted to New Britain. He made 11 appearances for Fort Myers, including 10 starts, and held the opposition to a .192 batting average. In 17 games for the Rock Cats, he has an earned run average over 7.00, and has struggled with his command. He is likely slated for New Britain again in 2010.
Status: Getting His Feet Wet in Double-A

15. Robert Delaney
Delaney continues to defy odds, and is currently pitching very well on the doorstep of the Major Leagues. A non-drafted free agent signing, Delaney has skyrocketed through the organization, and he seems to get better at each level. The right-hander has five wins for Rochester, appearing 25 games, and currently has a 3.15 earned run average. He could be called up in September as well.
Status: Could Be Called Up

14. Jeff Manship
Another great season for Manship in 2009, as he once again appeared at two levels of the organization. After handcuffing batters to a .249 batting average in the Eastern League, Manship was promoted to Rochester, where he has cut down his ERA numbers, and is 4-2. In three of his last four starts, Manship has allowed one or fewer earned runs, and has won two games.
Status: Getting Better With Each Start

13. Luke Hughes
Hughes has had a down year compared to his 2008 season, but is still considered a great utility prospect. He has been shuttled through three levels in 2009, and is currently with New Britain. He has started to turn it on lately, batting .324 in his last ten games, including a 4-4 effort on August 6. He should finish the year strong.
Status: Need To Get Hot

12. Deolis Guerra
Once considered the top pitching prospect in the New York Mets organization, Guerra has struggled since coming over to the Twins, and has some scouts scratching their heads. However, he is only 20-years old playing in the Eastern League, and did pitch that bad in the Florida State League at the beginning of the year. He has a long way to go, but his potential upside is unmatched in the organization, pitching-wise.
Status: Needs To Find His Groove

11. Chris Parmelee
Parmelee has had a very successful season in 2009, making the Florida State League All-Star Game in the first half. The sweet-swinging slugger has blasted 14 home runs this season, in 99 games, and has 64 runs batted in. He also has 23 doubles, giving him a slugging percentage over .450 for the season. He continues to get better, and could be ready for Double-A next season.
Status: An Elite Power Bat


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