Rating Twins Prospects: Full Season Catchers

Morales had a breakout season in 2007.

In our first installment of Rating Twins Prospects, we look at the full-season catchers. In this article, we grade all those prospects who appeared on full-season team rosters in 2007, and talk about each prospects season. Take a look at the Twins catching prospects.

Chris Heintz: Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins
Heintz has been the catcher in waiting for the Minnesota Twins organization for some time now, and he got some time at the Major League level once again in 2007. In total, Heintz had a pretty good season behind the plate at both levels this season, batting .250 for the Twins, and .275 at the Triple-A level. He will most likely never be a starter at the Major League level, but he will be a good back-up if he ever gets the chance.
Grade: C

Jose Morales: Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins
To say Morales had a breakout season in 2007 would be an understatement, as he showed the ability to hit the ball consistently at the Triple-A level. Morales led the Red Wings in batting this past season, and was named a post-season International League All-Star. He even showed flashes of brilliance at the Major League level as well, going 3-3 in his only game with the Twins. In that stint, he scored once, and doubled.
Grade: A+

Korey Feiner: Rochester Red Wings, New Britain Rock Cats, Fort Myers Miracle
Feiner is the kind of guy who can catch a game at any level in the minor leagues. The only problem is has not been quite as consistent as the Twins would like with the bat. Feiner is a very good defensive catcher, and if he could hit the ball more often, he would be a formidable prospect. Still, he is a great catcher to have in any organization, because he can perform in any lineup at any level of the minor leagues.
Grade: C-

Drew Butera: St. Lucie Mets, Binghamton Mets, New Britain Rock Cats
Butera came over to the Twins in the Luis Castillo trade, and could become one of the top catchers in the Twins organization. Butera is an above average catcher defensively, and could develop into a good hitter with the Twins. If he can show the ability to hit consistently, he could make his way up to Rochester by the end of the 2008 season.
Grade: C

Jeff Christy: New Britain Rock Cats, Fort Myers Miracle
Christy had a strange season in 2007, as he was pretty inconsistent in the Florida State League, but hit very well in the Eastern League. Christy has a rocket for a right arm, and if he hits like he does when he was with the Rock Cats, could become a top catching prospect. He is a very mature player, who knows the game very well, and he can be very clutch at points. Bottom line, if he hits, hell be able to stay within the organization at the top of the catching prospects.
Grade: B-

Kyle Geiger: New Britain Rock Cats
Last season, Geiger was a Florida State League All-Star, and seemed poised to have a breakout season in 2007. He did not have a bad 2007 season, but really struggled with the bat at some points in the season. He is, however, one of the better overall catching prospects in the Twins organization, and could be the starting catcher in New Britain once again in 2008. If Jose Morales gets a chance with the big league club, then Geiger should be in Rochester at some point next year.
Grade: C

Allan de San Miguel: Fort Myers Miracle, Beloit Snappers
Coming into the 2007 season, most believed that de San Miguel would have the kind of season that would put him in the upper echelon of Twins catching prospects. That assessment did not ring true, as he struggled mightily with the stick at the Low-A level. A good defensive catcher, de San Miguel is still very young, but needs to start hitting at a more consistent pace. He could likely be back with the Snappers in 2008, where he will look to improve on a batting average that was below the Mendoza Line in 2007.
Grade: D

Javier Sanchez: Fort Myers Miracle
Sanchez was supposed to fill the void left by former Florida State League All-Star Kyle Geiger this season, but his season was marred by a terrible season with the bat. He batted below the Mendoza Line, and did not get his season off on the right track. He is slated for Fort Myers once again in 2007, and if he cannot get it going with the bat, then he could be without a place in the organization. He does have a good gap power, so it was strange to see him struggle so badly this past season. The Florida State League is a pitcher friendly league, so perhaps his struggles came from facing good arms.
Grade: F

Wilson Ramos: Beloit Snappers
Ramos had a great season with the bat in 2007, and could be the starting catcher for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2008. He hit consistently, and with power, while committing only two errors behind the plate. He smacked eight home runs, 17 doubles, and drove in 42 runs. He could be developing into one of the top catching prospects in the Twins organization.
Grade: A-

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