Patrick Bryant- P
Bryant had a pretty disappointing season in 2005, and will be looking to rebound in 2006. He split his time between the bullpen and the starting rotation, making six starts in his 13 appearances. He finished the year with a 1-3 record, and a 6.44 ERA. Batters hit .273 against him, and he showed a wild side, as he led the team with nine wild pitches. His best stretch was a three-game scoreless streak from August 1-6, a span of 4.1 innings.
Omar Burgos- RP
Burgos had an interesting year, beginning it as a third baseman for the Fort Myers Miracle. After batting only .168 in 34 games, Burgos moved to the bullpen of the GCL Twins. He picked up only two saves all season, and finished the year with a 6.64 ERA. In his 15 appearances, Burgos was hit pretty hard, as batters hit .333 against him in 20.1 innings of work.
Alex Burnett- SP
Burnett, who was the Twins’ 12th round draft pick in 2005, had a pretty solid inaugural year. He appeared in 13 games, making eight starts, and finished with a 4.10 ERA. The right-hander won four games, while losing two, and held batters to a .267 average. He appears to be a solid draft pick, and should begin next season in Beloit. It will be interesting to see whether or not he will be in the bullpen, or in the starting rotation.
Jose Castillo- SP
Castillo had an up-and-down year in 2005, but still managed to finish with a 3.33 ERA in 11 appearances. He was absolutely unhittable in July, going 3-0 in his five appearances, while posting an incredible ERA of 0.69. August was the complete opposite for the right-hander, as he went 0-3, with a 6.19 ERA in his four games. In fact, he did not win a game from July 23 on, losing three of his last five starts.
Jose Cordero- RP
The Twins may have found a gem in their 44th round selection in 2005. Cordero worked strictly out of the bullpen, and finished the year with a 2.25 ERA in 12 appearances. He served as a great set-up man for closer Aaron Craig, and should prove valuable in Beloit’s bullpen in 2006. His play was so stellar, that he actually ended the year in Low-A Beloit, appearing in seven games for the Snappers.
Aaron Craig- CL
Craig was the GCL Twins’ closer in 2005, and had it not been for a horrid July, would have been the team’s pitching MVP. After allowing only one hit in three June appearances, Craig went 0-3, with a 8.31 ERA in July. However, he bounced back, posting a 1.64 ERA in nine August outings. As a right-hander, Craig showed the ability to get the lefties out, something that does not go missed to Major League scouts. Against Craig, lefties hit only .185, and righties hit only .242. Expect Craig to be the closer for the Beloit Snappers in 2006.
Nathan Crawford- RP
Crawford was only 18-years old throughout the whole season, so it is understandable that he would struggle a bit. He appeared in 14 games, and finished the season with a 5.09 ERA. Crawford may need another year of seasoning, before joining the ranks of a full-season team. His experience in 2005 was valuable, but it is not yet certain if he can handle the rigors of a full season.
Kyle Edlich- SP
By far the best pitcher on the 2005 Gulf Coast League squad, Edlich went 4-2 in 2005, and posted an ERA of 1.70 in ten appearances. The 19-year old lefty dominated hitters all season long, striking out 53 batters in 47.2 innings of work. He even threw in a 13-strikeout performance, in only 6.2 innings. He allowed only one home run all season long, and held batters to a .243 batting average. He ended his season with a promotion to High-A Fort Myers, posting a 6.75 ERA in two bullpen appearances.
Danny Hernandez- P
Hernandez was another case of how one bad month can mess up your stats for the entire season. He started off great, posting a 2.45 ERA in two June appearances. In July, the wheels fell off, as he was lit up in his eight outing. That month, Hernandez went 0-1, and posted a gaudy 8.18 ERA. He rebounded in August though, posting a 2.70 ERA in three appearances, and won his only game of the year on August 19.
Brandon McConnell- SP
In McConnell’s case, it was one game that ruined his statistics for the remainder of the year. It was the first game of the season, and the stat-line read something like this: 3.1IP, 11 hits, and 8ER. After that, McConnell settled down for the rest of the season, posting a 2.77 ERA in five July starts, and 3.48 ERA in five August starts. He finished the year with a team-high five wins, and a 4.14 ERA.
Walter Patton- RP
Patton’s 2005 season was a struggle, as he finished the year with an ERA over 7.00. He did win three games, but batters hit .294 against him, and he walked 24 batters in 23 innings of work. He allowed at least one earned run in ten of his 17 appearances, and more than one in six of them. Patton is young though, and at 19-years old, should bounce back next season.
Jeffrey Schoenbachler- SP
Schoenbachler appeared in nine games for the GCL Twins in 2005, and had a pretty solid season. He started eight of those nine appearances, and finished the year with a decent ERA of 3.97. His 45 strikeouts were good for second on the team behind Edlich, and he walked only 15 batters in 45.1 innings of work. He should be in Beloit next season, but it is still unknown if he will be a starter, or come out of the bullpen. Whatever they decide, he should put up solid numbers again in 2006.
Matthew Williams- RP
Williams was possibly the most dominant reliever in the Gulf Coast League in 2005, and ended his season with a promotion to High-A Fort Myers. For the GCL Twins, Williams finished the year with a 1.93 ERA in his 20 appearances, and even saved three games. He held batters to a .241 batting average, and struck out 42 hitters in 37.1 innings of work. He should be slated for Fort Myers in 2006, working out of the bullpen.