Short-Season Mid-Month Top Performers

Here is a look at the hottest hitter and pitcher so far this month for the two short-season teams of the Twins' farm system. These guys are the future of the Twins organization, and they are quickly making a name for themselves. Take a look at who is heating up with the summer months, and who earned honorable mention honors.

Statistics as of 7/19/2006

Here is a look at the top performers so far in the month of July:

Elizabethton Twins:

Batter:

Danny Santiesteban, CF:
Key Stats: .322 BA, 11 R, 11 RBI, 2 HR, 4 (2B)
Santiesteban has been on a hot streak this month, after batting way below the Mendoza Line to start off the season. He has put together a .525 slugging percentage so far in July, and is near the top of the team lead in several offensive categories. Most predicted he would make the jump to full-season to start the season, and if he continues to hit like this, he just may end the year in Beloit. He has also been perfect with the glove, committing no errors in his 16 games in Centerfield this month.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Berg, 1B: (12 RBI, 2 HR, 14 R)

Pitcher:

Sean Land, SP:
Key Stats: 3 GS, 1-0, 22 K, .222 BAA, 1.71 ERA
The Twins selected Land in the ninth round of the 2006 draft, and the left-hander has gotten himself off to a fast start to his professional career. He has made three starts for Elizabethton during the month of July, and has looked sharp in each appearance. He currently leads the team with 22 strikeouts on the season, and his 1.71 earned run average is the lowest among starters. He has gone 13 innings in his last two starts combined, and has yet to allow an earned run. He has not allowed an earned run in three of his four starts this season.
Honorable Mention: Jose Castillo (4 GS, 2.33 ERA, 23 IP)

Gulf Coast League Twins:

Batter:

Joe Benson, OF:
Key Stats: .383 BA, 11 RBI, 3 HR, 13 R, .745 SLG
Benson has definitely been the most exciting young prospect on the Gulf Coast League Twins this season, as he has been an offensive star since day one. This month, he has led the team in numerous offensive categories, and some people actually believe he is already ready to make the jump to Elizabethton. In 13 games in July, Benson has smacked eight extra-base hits, including three home runs. He also leads the team with 13 runs scored, and is tied in ribbies with 11. He has definitely gotten off to a quick start to his pro career.
Honorable Mention: Deibinson Romero, OF: (10 RBI, 11 R, 12 H)

Pitcher:

David Bromberg, SP:
Key Stats: 2 GS, SHO, 0.90 ERA, 1-0, .200 BAA
Bromberg has been lights out on the mound for the Gulf Coast League Twins this month, as he has posted an earned run average under one. He is holding batters to a .200 batting average, and has already tossed a complete game shutout. For the season, the 18-year old righty has been devastating on right-handed hitters, holding them to the tune of a .143 batting average. A 32nd round pick in the 2005 draft, Bromberg could turn out to be a late-round steal for the Twins.
Honorable Mention: Omar Alcala, SP: (2 GS, 1.06 ERA, 12 K)

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