Minor Moves: Twins Release Nine Prospects

Powers had a great 2006 season.

Every fall, the Twins begin to cut down the number of prospects in their farm system, and they recently cut some players from the organization. In total, nine players were given their release, and are free to join any other organization they want. Here is a look at the nine prospects who will be chasing their dream somewhere else next season.

Matthew Betsill, Utility
The 23-year old had a rough season with the Beloit Snappers and the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007, as he just was a victim of some inconsistencies at the plate. He batted well under .200 for the Miracle, and struggled in the Midwest League. Overall, Betsill batted under .200 overall, leading to him being released by the organization.

Daniel Powers, Right-Handed Pitcher
This came as a bit of a surprise to me considering that Powers had a good season in 2006. He had a 2.39 earned run average last season, but at age 25, he was unable to pitch well in the Eastern League in 2007. He was great for Fort Myers in 2007, but needs to be able to make the jump to Double-A soon.

Jesse Floyd, Right-Handed Pitcher
At 26-years old, Floyd struggled mightily for the New Britain Rock Cats in 2007, leading to him being released after only one season in the Twins organization. He did eat innings for the Rock Cats, and should be able to latch on somewhere else for the 2008 season.

Jesus Carnevales, Left-Handed Pitcher
Carnevales did not have a bad season for the Beloit Snappers in 2007, but he was deemed expendable by the organization. A solid lefty who can work in any situation, I would have liked to see him get a shot at Fort Myers next season. If he can work on his command, he should be able to find a team in 2008.

Michael Rogers, Left-Handed Pitcher
Rogers is another left-hander that the Twins let go, after appearing in 14 games for the Elizabethton Twins this past season. His main problem was with his command, as he walked over one batter per inning in 2007. He is still fairly young, and struck out better than a batter per inning last year.

Jose Castillo, Right-Handed Pitcher
This move baffled me, as Castillo was very solid for the Elizabethton Twins this past season. One reason could be the fact that it was his second season in the Applachian League, and maybe the Twins feel that he has reached his peak. One thing is for sure, Castillo will be with some organization next season.

Wesley Connor, Outfielder
Connor had a great season for the Elizabethton Twins in 2007, as he looked a lot better than he did with the team in a short stint in 2006. Connor has some talent, and should latch on somewhere else, and is still fairly young. I do not think we have seen the last of Connor.

Jose Acosta, Right-Handed Pitcher
Acosta had a great season for the Gulf Coast League Twins, and is still young, which makes me wonder why he was released. Acosta has some good pitches, and I would like to see him come back next season. However, he has been with the GCL Twins for two straight seasons, so there may be no place for him at a higher level.

Nick Biagini, Infielder
I think what happened here is that Biagini is in an organization that does not have a spot for him. He is a corner infielder with not much pop, and there are many big name prospects at the positions he plays. He is a very good kid and I hope he continues to chase his dream.

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