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Arizona Fall League Update: Week 1
The Arizona Fall League kicked off last week, and six of the Twins' top prospects started their fall season in style. While two struggled, the rest of the prospects got the job done, as they prepare to get ready for Spring Training. While playing for the Grand Canyon Rafters, who are currently 1-3, these prospects should get great experience this fall.First on the list is the Twins' top third baseman prospect, Matthew Moses. Moses, who played so well in High-A this season that he was promoted to Double-A New Britain as a 21-year old, appeared in two of the four games this season. He ended the week batting .571, wrapping four hits in seven at-bats, and also drove in a run. He also doubled, walked, and scored three times.Moses struggled a bit at Double-A New Britain, and will use this league to get back to swinging the bat that made him one of the most dangerous batters in the Florida State League. The Twins' are looking for him to be the third baseman of the future, and this past week was a step in the right direction. Playing along side Yankees' top prospect Eric Duncan can only help him in his development.Garrett Jones showed Arizona Fall League fans the power stroke that has made him one of the biggest bats in the Twins' farm system. After smashing 24 home runs for Rochester, Jones hit two dingers in the Rafters' first game. While his average was only .244 at Rochester this season, he is off to a .364 mark in the fall league, and his slugging is at an impressive .909.The 24-year old slugger is a legitimate power threat, and has driven in three runs so far. He needs to work on his strikeouts, whiffing three times in three games, but he has been walked three times, and has scored two runs. If he continues to hit for average, he has to be looked at for a possible Minnesota Twins roster spot in 2006.The only other position player from the Twins' organization is Denard Span. Span, who many think could make his Major League debut in 2006, made two stops in 2005. He began the year in High-A, leading the Florida State League in batting with a .339 average, before being promoted to Double-A New Britain. With the Rock Cats, Span batted .285 from the leadoff spot, and could be slated for Triple-A in 2006.He has struggled a bit in his first week in the fall league, batting only .154 through his first 13 at-bats. He has doubled though, scoring one time, and also driving in an RBI. He has yet to steal a base, which is a shock, and he should get one in that column this week.Big-time left-handed pitching prospect Glen Perkins made his first start this past week, and looked pretty good. He went three innings, allowing one earned run, while striking out two. Span told TwinCitiesDugout.com that Perkins is the pitcher in the organization that he fears most, and he is only going to get better.Perkins also split time between High-A and Double-A this season, although he struggled a bit in New Britain. Perkins went 3-2 for Fort Myers in 2005, throwing two complete games, one shutout, and finishing with a 2.13 ERA before his promotion. At New Britain, Perkins went 4-4 in 14 starts, and finished with a 4.90 ERA. He did show the ability to strike people out in his two stops, whiffing 133 batters in 134 innings.Ricky Barrett, who struggled with Rochester this season after being lights out for Double-A New Britain, is off to a slow start for the Grand Canyon Rafters so far this season. He has appeared in two games, but has a 9.00 ERA out of the bullpen, allowing three runs in three innings of work. He is a good reliever, and his ERA should shrink as the season wears on.For Rochester this past season, Barrett had a 6.71 ERA in 40 games, after posting a 0.51 ERA for New Britain. He does have dominant stuff, as his 89 strikeouts in 80.2 innings shows, and should only get better during the fall league. Look for his to start 2006 in Rochester, working his way back into the Twins' future plans.Lastly, is a name all Twins fans are now familiar with, Travis Bowyer. Readers to our site have been hearing about him all season, but he earned his stripes in the Major League after his September call-up. He appeared in eight games with the Twins, and although he posted a 5.59 ERA, he did strike out 12 batters in 9-plus innings of work.For the Rafters, Bowyer picked up the save in their only win last week, striking out the side in the ninth inning. Saving games is old news for Bowyer, who saved 23 games for Rochester in 2005, posting a 2.78 ERA in 59 games. He will play a major role in the Minnesota Twins' bullpen in 2006.
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