Twins Prospect Power Rankings v.1

Here is the first installment of Twins Prospect Power Rankings. In our first of the season, Beloit starter Liam Hendriks takes the top spot, as he has been lights out for the Snappers in 2010. Take a look at the top-20 performers of the young season.

All statistics as of April 17, 2010

Editor's Note: This is not a list of the top prospects in the organization, but rather who is having the better 2010 season.

1. Liam Hendriks, Beloit
Hendriks takes the top spot in our first rankings of the season, as the young right-hander has been impressive for the Snappers in 2010. In 11 innings of work, Hendriks has struck out 12, and has walked only one. He is the main reason the Snappers have a team earned run average of 2.49 this season.

2. Danny Lehmann, New Britain
Lehmann could always hit, and he is making 2010 no exception. The young catcher is leading the organization with a .409 batting average, and he has driven in two runs. He has also scored twice.

3. Spencer Steedley, New Britain
Steedley has appeared in four games for the Rock Cats in 2010, and he has been a main cog in the bullpen. The left-hander has yet to allow an earned run in nine innings of relief, and has struck out 13 along the way. Opponents are hitting only .100 against him.

4. Brian Dozier, Beloit
The Snappers' shortstop is off to a fast start in Beloit, as he is second in the organization in batting average going into Sunday. In nine games, Dozier has a .371 mark, and has swiped two bags. He also has doubled, tripled, and scored four times.

5. Tom Stuifbergen, Beloit
Another great starter for Beloit, Stuifbergen has appeared in three games in 2010, making two starts, and has yet to allow an earned run. The right-hander has struck out 15 batters in 13 innings of work, and has walked only two.

6. Yangervis Solarte, Fort Myers
In seven games in 2010, Solarte has established himself as one of the hottest hitters on the club, and is third in the organization with a .370 batting average. The infielder has two doubles, three runs batted in, and has stolen a base. He has been used at second base, and third base, and can play shortstop.

7. Brian Dinkelman, Rochester
Dinkelman is the kind of utility player that every team needs, and he has played the outfield, and the infield in 2010. He can play all three outfield spots, second base, and has found himself to be a regular for the Red Wings. He is fourth in the organization in batting, and has already walked eight times in nine games.

8. Bobby Lanigan, Fort Myers
Lanigan has been very impressive in the starter role for the Miracle in 2010, and has posted an earned run average of 0.84 through his first two starts this season. The right-hander is holding the opposition to a .139 batting average, and has struck out nearly a batter per inning.

9. Steven Liddle, Beloit
Liddle has shown some five-tool potential in 2010, and has done a little of everything for the Snappers thus far. He is batting .333, has two home runs, three stolen bases, and has scored four times. He has also played in the outfield, and at first base.

10. Dakota Watts, Beloit
Watts is another Beloit reliever that has been lights out in 2010, and he has yet to allow an earned run through his first four appearances. In 8.2 innings, Watts has struck out eight batters, and opponents are hitting only .148 against him.

11. Rene Tosoni, New Britain
Why this guy is still in New Britain is beyond me, but he continues to rake in the Eastern League. The slugger has driven in two runs, scored twice, and is a top average guy for the Rock Cats. He also has an on-base percentage near .400.

12. Kyle Gibson, Fort Myers
The top pick in the 2009 draft has lived up to the hype in 2010, and was nearly unhittable the last time out. In two starts, Gibson has struck out 13 batters, and has posted a 2.79 earned run average. He is 1-1, has walked only two, and has held opponents to a .250 average.

13. Erik Lis, Rochester
Lis is batting .281 in the early going for the Red Wings, showing the kind of consistency at the plate that we are used to. The lefty slugger is also tied for the organizational lead in runs batted in, and has homered. He has scored four times, doubled, and walked three times.

14. Miguel Munoz, Beloit
The right-hander has made two starts for the Snappers in 2010, and has looked great early on. In his two starts, Munoz has posted a 0.90 earned run average, and has struck out nearly a batter per inning. Opponents are hitting only .206 against him.

15. Chris Parmelee, New Britain
The former first-round selection has shown his power stroke in 2010, but has not been as consistent making contact. He has hit two home runs, is tied for the organization lead in runs batted in, and has three doubles. However, he is only hitting .257, and has struck out 11 times.

16. Michael Gonzales, Beloit
The slugging Beloit first baseman has shown his ability to hit for power, as three of his seven hits this season have been home runs. He also is second in the organization with five runs batted in, and has a slugging percentage of .571.

17. Brad Stillings, Beloit
Stillings is yet another Beloit starter that has been awesome to start the season, and he has an earned run average of 0.93 in his two starts. In 9.2 innings, Stillings has struck out five batters, and has allowed one earned run.

18. Andrew Thompson, Fort Myers
When healthy, Thompson is one of the better infield prospects in the Twins organization, and he is showing that in 2010. He is currently batting over .300 on the season, and has blasted a home run this season. He also has driven in three runs, and has scored twice.

19. Trevor Plouffe, Rochester
Plouffe should be in Minnesota before the season is out, as he continues to play well at the Triple-A level. The young shortstop is batting .286 on the young season, and is tied for the organizational lead in runs batted in. He has six RBI, has homered, and has doubled twice.

20. Cole Devries, New Britain
It is safe to say that Devries is ready for Triple-A, as he has been great for the Rock Cats once again in 2010. Although he is 0-2 on the season, he has posted a 2.00 earned run average, and has notched a save. He has taken a liking to the bullpen, and will be a key cog in the Rock Cats' pen.

Honorable Mention: Steven Singleton, Joe Benson, Yoslan Herrera, Steve Blevins, Anthony Slama

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