Inside The Dugout: Who's Hot
Moses is leading the minors in batting average.
Moses is leading the minors in batting average.

Posted Apr 16, 2006


In the first edition of Who’s Hot, we look at the top ten performances of the past ten games. Some of these players might not be top prospects, but they have put together the best performances of anybody in the organization. Here is a look at Who’s Hot for the last ten games.

10. Justin Jones, LHP- New Britain Rock Cats:
2 G, 2 GS, 2-0, 2.61 ERA, 10.1 IP, 8 H, 11 K, 5 BB, .216 BAA
The 21-year old left-hander got his Double-A season started in grand fashion during the past ten games, as he won both of his two starts. Combined, he allowed only three earned runs in 10.1 innings of work, as he struck out 11 along the way. Jones has been devastating to left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .167 batting average in 12 at-bats.

9. Eduardo Morlan, RHP- Beloit Snappers:
4 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 12 K, 2 BB, .167 BAA
Morlan has taken to the bullpen so naturally, that some people are starting to think he is one of the better relief pitching prospects in the Midwest League. The former starter has finished three games for the Snappers, and has struck out at least two batters in every appearance so far this season. He has also destroyed lefties, as they have yet to record a base hit off him this season.

8. Caleb Moore, C- Beloit Snappers:
8 G, .407 BA, 0HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB
Moore has been tremendous behind the plate for the Snappers so far this season, as he is currently batting .500 at home. He has strung together four multi-hit games, and has hit safely in six of his eight appearances. He is also hitting a blistering .426 with runners on.

7. Alexi Casilla, 2B- Fort Myers Miracle:
10 G, .333 BA, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB
Casilla had a nine-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, as he got off to a great start to his Twins career. The switch-hitting middle infielder is an exciting player to watch, and brings great speed to his leadoff spot. He is the quintessential leadoff hitter, posting a .417 batting average when leading off an inning.

6. Patrick Neshek, CL- Rochester Red Wings:
4 G, 0-0. 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 6.1 IP, 5H, 14 K, 1 BB, .208 BAA
Neshek went from being one of the best closers in the Eastern League in 2005, to being one of the best closers in the International League in 2006. He has been completely dominating this season, striking out better than two batters per inning, and he has walked only one. He has gone more than an inning in three of his four appearances, and his last time out, struck out five in two innings of work.

5. Tarrence Patterson, OF- Beloit Snappers:
8 G, .408 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2 SB
Patterson has played both left and centerfield for the Snappers this season, and is putting together a good year. He is hitting .667 on the road, .408 overall, and has four multi-hit games. He went 4-4 his last time out, and has now hit safely in six of his last seven at-bats.

4. Denard Span, CF- New Britain Rock Cats:
10 G, .450 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB
Span is tearing up the Eastern League in his second go-round, and has one of the highest batting averages in all of Minor League Baseball. If he keeps at this pace, he could find himself in Rochester sooner than later. He has hit safely in eight of his ten appearances, and has six multi-hit games.

3. Matt Garza, RHP- Fort Myers Miracle:
2 G, 2 GS, 2-0, 0.90 ERA, 10.0 IP, 4 H, 14 K, 0 BB, .114 BAA
Matt Garza is off to a fast start for the Fort Myers Miracle, and some within the organization feel he may be ready for the jump to Double-A already. Batters cannot hit him, he is striking a lot of people out, and he seems confident no matter what the situation is. At 22-years old, he may be old enough to make the jump to New Britain very soon.

2. Josh Rabe, OF- Rochester Red Wings:
9 G, .444 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB
Rabe is tearing up International League pitching, as he looks to erase memories of a disappointing 2005 season. He is 11 for his last 21, and has put together six multi-hit games. He has also been very clutch this year, batting .615 with runners on.

1. Matthew Moses, 3B- New Britain Rock Cats:
8 G, .500 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB
Moses is off to the best start of anybody in Minor League Baseball with the bat this season, as he is currently leading all players with his .500 batting average. He is one of the most feared hitters in the Eastern League, and looks much more comfortable in his second year of Double-A ball. He may be more polished than some people thought, and he is showing why he is such a highly ranked prospect.

Honorable Mention: Paul Kelly, Beloit (.318 BA, HR, 6 RBI), Daniel Powers, Beloit (4 G, 8.1 IP, 9 K, 0 ER), Kevin Slowey, Fort Myers (Near Perfect Game, 2 GS, 16 K, 12 IP), Boof Bonser, Rochester (2 GS, 12 IP, 13 K, 1-1), Adam Harben, New Britain Rock Cats (2 GS, 1.13 ERA, .179 BAA).


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