Statistics as of May 27, 2008
Fort Myers has been the most successful of the Twins minor league affiliates, as they currently sit atop the Florida State League Western Division. Their 32-18 record is better than any other team in the entire Florida State League, as they have been doing it with great pitching and timely hitting. They boast some of the best arms and bats in High-A, and are poised to make a serious run at the FSL championship.
As far as the bats go, the Miracle have three of the top-10 hitters in the FSL. Danny Valencia may be the best young bat in the Twins organization, and has been a beast in the Florida State League this season. He is currently batting .344 for the season, and leads the league with 41 runs batted in. Valencia has hit from day 1, and should be in New Britain before too long.
Rene Tosoni and Brian Dinkelman are also in the top ten in the league in batting, as Dinkelman is picking up where he left off in 2007. Tosoni is making his first appearance in the FSL, and has made a seemingly easy jump from short-season Elizabethton to High-A Fort Myers. This lineup is stacked from top to bottom, and has been fun to watch thus far.
Another prospect who has been a beast this season for Fort Myers is Edward Ovalle, the little talked about outfield prospect who has been an extra-base hit machine in 2008. He has four home run, six triples, and is batting over .300 for the season.
Different team, same result for Robert Delaney, who is once again racking up the saves in 2008. Not only does he already have 11 saves, but Delaney has posted an earned run average under 1.50, and has opponents hitting only .187 against him in 2008. Anthony Slama has also been incredible, saving eight of eight, while striking out 43 batters in only 26.1 innings of work. He is handcuffing opponents to a .120 batting average, and has an earned run average of 0.34.
Fellow reliever Danny Vais has been an incredible force for Fort Myers as well in 2008, as he has an earned run average of 1.63 in 16 games. Vais has won four games, has an opponents’ batting average of .160, and has an 0.90 WHIP. Jeff Manship and Tyler Robertson have anchored the Fort Myers starting rotation, as they both have earned run averages under 4.00.