Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Players to Watch: Elizabethton Twins

Miguel Sano is just one of the players to watch. (Photo: Elizabethton Star)
The Elizabethton Twins had their first game of the season last night and it was suspended with the score tied 5-5 after 10 innings. There was a lightning delay and that was followed by a rain delay. The game will be finished this morning when they start with the tenth inning. There were a variety of players that had a good start to the season and the Twins will look to pull out the victory later today.

The E-Twins have a fun roster to follow for fans of the Twins minor league system. There are players at positions up and down the roster that could be familiar to fans now and will become more familiar to fans in the future.

There are so many names to watch that it was hard to pick out just a few to focus on. But here's a look at some of the players that could stand out for the E-Twins.

Pitchers To Watch:
Madison Boer: The Eden Prairie native was just selected in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Twins. He has already pitched 99 innings this spring with the Oregon Ducks so it will be interesting to see how the Twins use him this season. There is a good chance that he will be used in a relief role to start the E-Twins season. Later in the summer, he can be shifted back to starter to end the season. His innings will be watched closely by the coaches and others in the minor league system.

Todd Van Steensel: Twins fans can follow the happenings of Van Steensel on his blog called, "The Clubhouse Chronicles" or through his Twitter account (@toddvs35). He was picked to be the Opening Night starter for the E-Twins and had a rough first inning. He gave up two homeruns but settled down and threw four scoreless innings following that hiccup.  At 20 years old, he is still young and can show the Twins what he has to offer this season.

Infielders To Watch:
Niko Goodrum: Another Twins player that is active in the social media world. Goodrum can be followed from his Twitter account (@NikoGoodrumSS). The first game of the season has been a great starting point for Goodrum. So far in the game, he is 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. There are a few different infielders that could be fighting for playing time but it is going to be fun to watch the continued development of this young prospect.

Miguel Sano: The biggest name to grace the line-up for the E-Twins is that of Miguel Sano. He is one of the top prospects in the Twins organization and he was number one on my prospect list that I made this winter. He has so much potential in all aspects of the game. He showed some of his diversity in the first game by going 2-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. Many fans will be checking the box scores out of Elizabethton to see how this young man is doing.

Outfielders To Watch:
Max Kepler: The native of Germany is still a young prospect at only 18 years old. It's interesting to think that if he was from America, he could just have finished his senior year of high school. Kepler was one of the most highly touted prospects in Europe when he joined the Twins. Opening Night was not too favorable for Kepler as he was 0-5 in the lead off role. With his young age, he still has time to add muscle and improve some of his power numbers.

Eddie Rosario: Rosario was good enough to be placed in the number three spot for the Opening Night game against Bluefield. A 1-4 night at the plate is all that Rosario was able to muster from that position. He showed a little bit of pop in his bat last season with nine doubles and five homeruns in 51 games. He also has the ability to hit for average from the left side of the plate. If he continues to bat in the middle of the line-up, it will be exciting to see what kind of numbers he can put up throughout the season.

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