Felix Molina had what many would term a breakout season last year for New Britain (AA). In his sixth season in the Twins organization, Molina was named as the second baseman on the 2006 Eastern League All-Star team following a season in which he hit for a .270Average in 385 at bats with 16 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs and 50 runs batted in.
Molina began his career with the GCL Twins after the Twins drafted him in the 21st round of the 2001 draft. A native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Molina hit for a .286Average in his first season in the organization and moved up one level each year. After beginning his second season at Ft. Myers in 2005, Molina was promoted to New Britain mid-season and proceeded to hit for a .287Average in 122 at bats for the Rock Cats.Following his strong 2006 season for the Rock Cats, Molina had to be disappointed this spring when he did not receive a promotion to AAA. Unfortunately, he was passed in the organization by both Alexi Casilla, who is the Twins top infield prospect, and Matt Tolbert, who had a phenomenal season at New Britain and in the Arizona Fall League.
Some players would let the disappointment of repeating a season at the same level affect their play for an entire season. That is not the case for Molina, who broke out of an early slump with one of the best weeks in the organization last week when he was 15 for 28 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 rbi. In 63 at bats for the Rock Cats, Molina is hitting .333Average with a .408OBP, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 6 rbi. Molina is a disciplined hitter who has nearly as many walks (7) as strikeouts (9).
Will Molina continue to play so well that the Twins will be forced to promote him to Rochester during the season? Molina is a six year minor league free agent, thus, he will be free to sign with another team following the season. It should be exciting to watch this fine infielder this season as he works towards achieving every minor leaguer’s dream of playing for a major league team. Will his dream be realized as a Twin, or will it be with another organization?