The Grades: Short-Season Shortstops

Beresford batted .288 in 2007.

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

James Beresford: Gulf Coast League Twins
Beresford had a terrific season at the plate for the Gulf Coast League Twins, batting .288 in 45 games for the team. Playing the majority of the time at shortstop, Beresford racked up nearly a hit per game and scored 22 times. He did struggle a bit with the strikeouts, but if he can cut down on them, then he should be able to bat close to .300 with Elizabethton next season. He also showed the ability to steal some bases, swiping seven during the season.
Grade: B

Nick Papasan: Gulf Coast League Twins
Papasan did not play much during the 2007 season, but when he did, he did show some consistency at the plate. He batted .286 in nine games for the Gulf Coast League Twins, racking up eight hits. A 2006 24th round draft choice, Papasan will likely be with the Elizabethton Twins next season, where he should see a lot of time in the middle infield positions.
Grade: N/A

Estarlin de Los Santos: Elizabethton Twins
de Los Santos had an incredible season for the Elizabethton Twins, being one of the catalysts for the teams championship season. Rated as one of the top-20 prospects in the Appalachian League by Baseball America, de Los Santos showed the ability to hit for average, and was a demon on the basepaths. He has all the tools to become one of the top middle infield prospects in the Twins organization, and will be the Beloit starting shortstop in 2008. In only 67 games, de Los Santos stole 27 bases, scored 60 times, and racked up 75 hits. He also showed tremendous speed on the bases while working the gaps, smacking 13 doubles, while picking up six triples. He is definitely a prospect on the rise.
Grade: A-

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