Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Top 5 Twins Prospects, so far in '11

The Twins offered very little to cheer about in their game last night so let's find some positives in other places. There is nothing more positive than looking at some of the prospects that are part of the Twins organization. Many of the Twins Minor League Affiliates are off and running with the start of their 2011 season. Here is a look at how my top 5 Twins prospects are fairing in games so far this year.

1. Miguel Sano @ Elizabethan Twins

The Elizabethan Twins don't start their schedule until the summer months, so there will be quite some time before Sano will get the opportunity to produce this season. Sano doesn't turn 18 until May 11th so it will still be awhile before he is putting on a jersey at the big league level. There still will be a lot of eyes on this budding star in the season to come.

2. Kyle Gibson @ AAA Rochester Red Wings

Gibson has made two starts with the Red Wings this season. In Gibson's first start of the year, he only lasted three innings. In that start he gave up seven hits, allowing three runs, and struck out four.  His second start of the year went a little bit better. In five innings, Gibson gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. It is still a young season and that means that pitchers at this level are still on a pitch count. Gibson stated on his Twitter account that he had an 80 pitch limit in his last start as he continues to get stretched out for the season.

Record: 0-0
ERA: 5.63
K: 7
BB: 2

3. Aaron Hicks @ A Ft. Myers Miracle

Aaron Hicks has made appearances in ten games for the Miracle this season. He started off the season with some very good games and had a .353 BA through the first three contests. In recent games, Hicks had been struggling to get hits and find his swing. But Tuesday saw Hicks put together a nice game with two hits, a run scored, and a triple. Hicks has six strikeouts in his 40 plate appearances. That is a number to keep an eye on and for him to improve as the season progresses.

BA: .275
HR: 0
RBI: 3
2B: 1
3B: 2
R: 6

4. Joe Benson @ AA New Britain Rock Cats

After winning the Twins Minor League Player of the Year last season, Joe Benson has picked up right where he left off at the plate. Benson has been crushing the ball all over the field as he helps the Rock Cats get off to a good start. One of the most interesting stats is that he is batting .500 (10-20) with runners on base and four of those ten hits have been for extra bases. It will be great to see Benson keep up this pace for an entire season and it will be interesting to see if he gets a chance at AAA by the time the season is over.

BA: .372
HR: 1
RBI: 9
2B: 4
3B: 1
R: 8

5. Alex Wimmers  @ A Ft. Myers Miracle

The first start of the year was scary for Alex Wimmers and that is why the organization removed him from the rotation in Ft. Myers. In that first outing, he did not manage to record an out and he walked in three runs. Overall he faced six batters, walked them all, and was charged with four earned runs. He threw 28 pitches and only four of them were strikes. The Twins are going to spend some time working with Wimmers on his mechanics at extended Spring Training. Many in the organization hope this will cure his issues and this won't escalate into a much deeper problem.

Record: 0-1
ERA: Infinity (*.**)
K: 0
BB: 6

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