The Grades: Full-Season Second Baseman

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

Alexi Casilla: Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins
Casilla is now touted as one of the top middle infield prospects in the Twins organization, and he got a lot of time with the big league club in 2007. Though he batted only .222 for the Minnesota Twins, Casilla showed that he could play at the big league level. He is a definite speedster who will eventually bat in the number two hole for the Twins if they give him the time to develop at the Major League level. His 24 minor league stolen bases were fourth best on the farm, and the 2007 season was likely his last in the minor leagues full-time.
Grade: B

Matt Tolbert: Rochester Red Wings
Tolbert should have gotten the nod for a shot with the big league club late in the season, but overall he put together one of the better seasons of any of the Twins middle infield prospects. For the better half of the season, Tolbert was near the top of the leaderboard in batting average for the International League, and really was one of the better infielders in the league. In 2008, Tolbert will likely be back with the Red Wings, but hopefully he gets his much anticipated shot with the Twins.
Grade: A

Luke Hughes: New Britain Rock Cats
Hughes is the ultimate utility player, and he will likely be with Rochester next season. The 2007 season was a great one for Hughes, as he was one of a handful of Rock Cats to be named to the Eastern League All-Star team. He hit close to .300 for the season, and was relied upon to play numerous positions. He even pitched in one game. He is a perfect guy to have on your roster, and he showed he can hit for average, power, and play anywhere in 2007.
Grade: A

Felix Molina: New Britain Rock Cats
Another year in the Eastern League for Molina, who is a fan favorite in New Britain. However, he still has not been able to make the jump to Triple-A, and he is currently a free agent. He may try to latch on to another organization, because the second base spot is loaded with talent in the Twins system. Still, he had another solid season in Double-A in 2007, batting .272 for the Cats.
Grade: B-

Toby Gardenhire: Fort Myers Miracle
Gardenhire was a utility guy for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2007, playing pretty much wherever the coach penciled him in the lineup card. He played second base, shortstop, third base, catcher, and even pitched one game. Though he did not do much with the stick, Gardenhire is a good guy to have on your roster, because like Hughes, he can fill in anywhere on any given day.
Grade: C-

Brian Dinkelman: Beloit Snappers, Fort Myers Miracle
The 2007 season as a great one for Dinkelman, who made himself one of the top middle infield prospects in the organization with his great approach at the plate. He dominated the Midwest League, earning All-Star honors, and eventually was promoted to Fort Myers where he hit well in the second half of the season. Overall, Dinkelman hit 13 home runs, showed that he can hit for average, and could be in New Britain next season.
Grade: B+

Steven Singleton: Beloit Snappers
Singleton had a fantastic season with the Beloit Snappers in 2007, batting .271 in over 100 games for the team. During the times when the entire lineup was struggling with the stick, Singleton had some of his best games, helping the team tread water in the Midwest League. Not the biggest name prospect on the roster, Singleton helped carry the team in 2007, and will likely be a starter for the Fort Myers Miracle next season.
Grade: B

William Luque: Beloit Snappers
Luque did not have a good season in 2007, batting only .125 in 24 games for the Beloit Snappers. He is a very good fielder, but he has yet to figure out professional pitching. He can play second, third, and shortstop, but if he cannot learn to hit, he will be a career minor leaguer. I look for him to be back with Beloit in 2008.
Grade: INC