Statistics as of May 27, 2008
The Snappers are playing above .500 baseball this season, as they have used a good combination of quality batters and pitchers. Some of the bigger prospects in the Twins organization are playing with the Snappers this season, including former number one pick Chris Parmelee. If they can continue to get good pitching, the Snappers have the lineup to make some noise in 2008.
Parmelee has struggled a bit this season, but he has shown the ability to hit the long ball. He is currently in the top-5 in the league with eight home runs, and has an on base percentage of almost .400, which is one of the higher marks in the Midwest League. Infield prospect Steven Singleton continues to hit since being drafted a few years back, and he is one of the top hitters in the league this season.
One good sign has been the increased production from Joe Benson, who seems stuck in Beloit. He has battled some injuries throughout his career, but is starting to once again look like a top prospect. Jair Fernandez has been great for the Snappers this season, as the little-known catching prospect is currently batting well over .300 through his first 25 games.
However, the big story in Beloit this season has been the effort of 2007 first round selection Ben Revere. When the Twins drafted Revere it turned some heads, but people are no longer second guessing the selection. Revere is batting over .400 this season for the Snappers, and has 15 stolen bases in his first season of full-season ball. Incredible production at the top of the Snappers lineup is one of the main reasons why they are doing so well to start the season.
The Snappers are getting great pitching from a number of prospects, though well just take a look at a few names in this feature. One name that has stood out is Steven Hirschfield, who has been dominant in his 11 games this season. He has started two games, has and earned run average under 1.00, and has already won four games. 7’1’’ pitching prospect Loek Van Mil has an earned run average near the 2.00 mark, and has really become a good pitching prospect.
Matthew Williams appears ready to try his hand at High-A Fort Myers, after holding batters to an average under .200 this season. He has a tiny 2.13 earned run average, which was a lot smaller before this past weekend. Spencer Steedley has struck out better than a batter per inning, and Michael Tarsi already has three complete games in 2008.