Inside The Dugout: Who's Hot

Things are looking up for Romero.

In our latest 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. Boof Bonser, SP- Rochester Red Wings:
2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 0 SV, 2.95 ERA, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 10 K, 5 BB, .208 BAA
Bonser makes his second straight appearance on the TCD Who's Hot list, as he continues to anchor the Rochester Red Wings' starting rotation. After posting a 1.52 ERA in five April starts, Bonser got May off on the right foot, tossing seven innings of one-run ball on May 2. The 24-year old right hander has been devastating to lefties this season, posting a 0.00 ERA, while handcuffing them to the tune of a .117 batting average.

9. Jose Lugo, RHP- Beloit Snappers:
4 G, 1-0, 2 SV, 1.76 ERA, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB, .176 BAA
Lugo enters the list for the first time, as he really struggled to open the 2006 season. Lately though, he has been stellar out of the bullpen, becoming a formidable closer for the Snappers. After failing to earn a win or a save in his first seven appearances of the season, Lugo has now recorded two saves and a win in his last four games. His late-inning success is key if the Snappers want to challenge for the Midwest League Championship.

8. Eli Tintor, RF- Beloit Snappers:
9 G, .294 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB
Tintor had a nice stretch during the past ten games, as he boosted his batting average to .300 in the process. He put together a four-RBI game on April 26, and also smacked his first home run of the year on May 6. In five May games, he is batting .357, after batting .288 during the month of April.

7. Daniel Matienzo, 1B- New Britain Rock Cats:
10 G, .295 BA, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0 SB
Matienzo continues to turn his 2006 season around, after a horrible start that saw his average hit as low as .138. In the past ten games, he has raised his average from .200 to .245, and has been the run producer he was in 2005. During the ten-game stretch, he posted four multi-hit games, and drove in runs in six. After hitting .217 in April, he is currently batting .320 in May, and has driven in six runs in five games.

6. Alexander Romero, LF- New Britain Rock Cats:
10 G, .319 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 10 R, 9 BB, 4 SO, 2 SB
Romero is getting back into the form that made him the only New Britain player to be named to the Eastern League Post-season All-Star Game. At one point during the last ten games, his batting average was as low as .167, though it now stands at .304. He is getting on base, hitting the ball to all fields, and seems to have really taken a liking to the number two spot in the batting order. Though he struggled at Rochester to start the season, he may be back there very soon.

5. Brock Peterson, 1B- Fort Myers Miracle:
8 G, .345 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB
Peterson turned on the power during his past ten games, as he smacked his first three home runs of the 2006 season. Always a dangerous hitter, Peterson is shaking off the rust of a bad start to the new season, and has now lifted his average from .225 to .257. In his last ten games, he has hit safely eight times, and currently four for his last eight. He seems a lot more comfortable as a designated hitter, as his .455 batting average as a DH is compared to a .213 mark as a first baseman.

4. Erik Lis, 1B/LF- Beloit Snappers:
8 G, .387 BA, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 7 BB, 7 SO, 1 SB
Lis continues to move up our charts as the season wears on, as he shows that sweet swing that earned him Elizabethton Hitter of the Year honors in 2005. Over his past ten games, he has posted five multi-hit efforts, including four straight from April 28-May 4. In addition, he has lifted his batting average from .232 to .308, and is currently fifth in the Midwest League with a .571 slugging percentage.

3. Matt Garza, SP- Fort Myers Miracle:
2 G, 2 GS, 1-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 9 H, 13 K, 3 BB, .204 BAA
Garza continues to carve up Florida State League hitters in 2006, as many Twins fans are hoping he gets the call to Double-A New Britain very soon. During the Miracle's last ten games, Garza made two starts, winning one and pitching a season-high seven innings in a no decision in the other. For the season, he has struck out 40 batters while walking only six, and has held the opposition to a .159 batting average. He has also yet to allow more than one earned run in any of his starts this season.

2. Andres Torres, OF- Rochester Red Wings:
9 G, .389 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB
Andres Torres had a pretty special run during the past ten games, as he hit safely in nine of his appearances, while driving in runs in five of them. He also put together four multi-hit games, as he was pretty much the only Red Wings' hitter that played well during the past week and a half. He also showed the ability to hit for extra-bases, smacking five doubles, two triples, and two home runs in that span.

1. Kevin Slowey, SP- Fort Myers Miracle:
2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 0 SV, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 13 K, .116 BAA
No big surprise here, as Slowey continues to dominate the Florida State League in 2006. He recently won Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors, and is putting up astronomical numbers. He picked up his first loss of the season, but you can not blame him, as he allowed one run in seven innings while striking out ten. In 35.1 innings of work this season, Slowey has struck out 44 batters, and has only walked two.

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