The Fort Myers Miracle have struggled as a team with the bats during the 2007 season, but their offense received a boost this past week. Three of the better hitters on the Beloit Snappers roster were promoted to High-A on Thursday, as Danny Valencia, Brian Dinkelman, and Johnny Woodard will all be with the Miracle this weekend. Valencia and Dinkelman were Midwest League All-Stars.
Dinkelman hit .298 as a member of the Elizabethton Twins last season, and was batting above .280 for the Snappers this season. A great hitter who uses the whole field, Dinkelman should bat near the top of the Miracle order.
Valencia was one of the Midwest League’s best hitters for most of the season, and is having one of the better seasons of any prospect in the Twins organization. Last season, Valencia was an Appalachian League All-Star, and earned the same honor for the Snappers in 2007. He was hitting .302 for the Snappers at the time of his promotion, and had blasted 11 Midwest League homeruns.
Woodard is finally coming into his own as a baseball player, and is living up to the hype he drew when the Twins made him a third round in 2003. He has ten home runs this season, and really looks more comfortable at the plate.
The addition of these three bats, coupled with slugger Erik Lis, should give the Miracle a very potent lineup for the rest of the season.