When Richard Sojo was signed in April of 2002, most experts predicted him as being a Torii Hunter…
Short-Season Top Ten Power Rankings
1. Alexander Smit- Relief Pitcher, Elizabethton: The right-hander has been terrific all season long, and has been almost unhittable. He has a 1.97 ERA in 21 appearances out of the pen, and his record is 6-1. Most importantly, he has struck out 86 batters in 45.2 innings of work.2. Juan Portes- Infielder, Elizabethton: Portes leads all short-season players with 11 home runs. He has also driven in 35 runs in 58 games, and has scored 35 times. Also, he has 12 doubles to go along with his 11 taters.3. Ryan Mullings- Starting Pitcher, Elizabethton: In his 11 starts this season, Mullins is a perfect 3-0, and has a 2.18 ERA. He is currently striking batters out at a nice pace also, with 60 K's in his 53.2 innings of work.4. William Luque- Infielder, GCL Twins: The slick-fielding shortstop is batting .326 in 31 games this season, and has scored 20 times. He also leads the team with 13 stolen bases, and has driven in 11 runs.5. Kyle Edlich- Pitcher, GCL Twins: The hurler has appeared in ten games this season, with nine starts, and has posted a 1.70 ERA. His record stands at 4-2, and he has struck out 53 batters in 47.2 innings.6. Adam Hawes- Pitcher, Elizabethton: In his thirteen appearances, with eight starts, Hawes has done it all. He has a complete game shutout, a save, and currently posts a 1.43 ERA. He also has 64 strikeouts in 53.1 innings, and is holding batters to a .200 average.7. Erik Lis- First Baseman, Elizabethton: The former Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, Lis is batting .279 this season, and has blasted seven home runs. He has driven in 34 runs also, and has stroked 12 doubles.8. Joshua Dean- First Baseman, GCL Twins: The current Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, Dean is batting .323 on the season, and has driven in 19 runs. In July, the slugger batted .413, and scored eight of his 12 runs.9. Richard Sojo- Outfielder, GCL Twins: Sojo has been hot all season long, and currently carries with him a .321 batting average. He really picked it up with Danny Santiesteban went on the disabled list, and currently leads the team with 35 runs. He has also stolen 11 bases, and driven in 15 runs.10. Matthew Williams- Relief Pitcher, GCL Twins: Williams has been terrific in relief, although his 3-2 record does not show that. He does however have a 1.82 ERA in 19 appearances, and has 39 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
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