The Grades: Full-Season Shortstops

Plouffe had a breakout season in 2007.

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

Trevor Plouffe: New Britain Rock Cats
The 2007 season was one of redemption for Plouffe, who regained his spot as the top middle infield prospect in the Twins organization. He played very well in his first stint in Double-A, earning New Britain Rock Cats Player of the Year honors. He played much better defensively, showed tremendous gap power, and set himself up for a promotion to Triple-A in 2008. He also played very well in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, hitting with consistency against some of the better pitching prospects in all of baseball. He is back on the radar as a top-5 Twins prospect
Grade: A

Steven Tolleson: Fort Myers Miracle
Like Plouffe, Tolleson also had a great year in 2007, as he was sometimes the only consistent bat in a struggling Fort Myers lineup all season long. He was a table-setter at the top of the lineup, and used his skills on the basepaths to give pitchers fits in 2007. In a pitcher-friendly league, Tolleson batted .285, which is very respectable, and swiped 27 bases while being caught only 10 times. He was a catalyst at the top of the lineup, and should be an everyday starter for New Britain next season.
Grade: A-

Chris Cates: Beloit Snappers
Drafted out of Louisville in the 2007 June Draft, Cates spent only two games with the Elizabethton Twins before being promoted to low-A Beloit. Once in Beloit, Cates struggled for most of the season, before a very strong September drove his batting average above the Mendoza Line. In September, Cates really settled in at the plate, batting .500 in 14 at-bats. Only 5'3'', Cates is by far the shortest of Twins middle infield prospects, but he showed in college that he does not let his size become a disadvantage for him. It will be interesting to see what he does next season.
Grade: C

Yancarlos Ortiz: Beloit Snappers
The 2007 season was a struggle for Ortiz, who really only put together one good month throughout his time in the Midwest League. That month was July, where he batted .286, which was impressive considering his other high month he hit at only a .211 clip. He also struggled mightily with the glove, as most of the Twins middle infield prospects have done with Beloit. He committed 24 errors in 97 games, and finished the year with a .212 batting average.
Grade: D

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