Twins Prospect Power Rankings: v.1
Hughes runs to the top spot.
Hughes runs to the top spot.
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Posted May 30, 2008

Here is the first installment of Twins Prospect Power Rankings. In this, we look at the top-25 performers for the Twins farm system this season. This is not a ranking of the best prospects in the system, but rather who is performing the best right now.

Rank Name Team Comments Stock Status
1 Luke Hughes NBR Not only is Luke Hughes tearing up the Eastern League, but the young prospect has himself in contention to make his Major League debut this season.  Leads the organization in home runs, is second in batting average, and is a solid all around player. Steady
2 Danny Valencia FTM Valencia is turning into one of the better pure hitters in the Twins organization, and currently leads the farm system in batting average.  Add to that fact that he is the best run producer on the farm, and you have a guy ready for a promotion. Steady
3 Tyler Robertson FTM Robertson had a breakout season in 2007, and is currently leading the way in Fort Myers.  The big left-hander has nearly a strikeout per inning, and his 3.04 earned run average is currently first in the organization. Steady
4 Jeff Manship FTM Sure Manship was incredible with Beloit this season, but in 2008, the right-hander has really stepped up his game.  Manship is currently in second in the organization in earned run average, and his six wins are more than any other prospect on the farm. Steady
5 Ben Revere BEL The Twins 2007 first round draft choice is showing everybody why he was selected so high, batting over .400 in his first taste of full-season ball.  The speedster also has stolen 15 bases. Steady
6 Steven Singleton BEL A lot of people thought I was crazy when I ranked Singleton so high in the pre-season rankings but Singleton has made me look like a genius so far in 2008.  The young infielder has been one of the hottest bats in the organization to start the season, and continues to get better. Steady
7 Ryan Mullins NBR Mullins has been the ace of the New Britain staff in 2008, and that is saying something considering that Anthony Swarzak is on the roster.  Mullins is a very crafty left-hander who keeps hitters off balance, and currently has an earned run average well below 3.50. Steady
8 Brian Buscher ROC Buscher can flat out hit, and he has been really seeing the ball well lately for the Rochester Red Wings.  After bursting onto the scene last year, Buscher is the top bat in the Wings lineup in 2008, and already has seven home runs. Steady
9 Anthony Slama FTM Slama has been great coming out of the Fort Myers bullpen in 2008, and has struck out way more than a batter per inning this season.  With only 20-something innings under his belt, Slama has 46 strikeouts, and has a .124 BAA. Steady
10 Dustin Martin NBR Martin was once one of the top prospects in the Mets organization, and since coming over to the Twins, has established himself as one of their better prospects.  The outfielder can do it all, as he has hit for power, average, and has been a constant run producer. Steady
11 Robert Delaney FTM Delaney was a saves machine in 2007, and has teamed with Slama to form the best late-inning relief tandem in the FSL.  Delaney currently leads the organization with 11 saves. Steady
12 Steven Tolleson NBR Tolleson continues to hit for a good average, after being the top leadoff guy for the Miracle last season.  Now in Double-A, Tolleson shows no signs of slowing up, and is currently batting over .300. Steady
13 Chris Parmelee BEL Parmelee has not hit on a consistent basis this season, but when he does hit, he shows why he has the best power hitting potential in the organization.  Still very young, Parmelee already has eight home runs this season. Steady
14 Alex Burnett FTM Burnett has been one of the better pitchers in the organization since he made his professional debut, and after anchoring the staff in Beloit last season, is pitching well in the Florida State League in 2008. Steady
15 Anthony Swarzak NBR Swarzak has been hot and cold this season, but still ranks in the top-10 in the organization in earned run average.  If he can string together a few solid starts, he should be in Rochester at some point in 2008. Steady
16 Brian Dinkelman FTM This kid can flat out hit, and is currently one of the better hitters in the Florida State League.  He has the potential to hit .300 throughout his professional career, and is doing so this season. Steady
17 David Winfree NBR Although his batting average is very low, Winfree is one of the better run producers in the Twins organization.  He is showing the pop that made him a top prospect a couple years back, and is second on the farm in RBI. Steady
18 Daniel Berlind BEL Berlind is off to a good start in his first season with the Beloit Snappers, continuing his strong showing from 2007.  Berlind has a small earned run average this season, and if he can cut down on his walks, should dominate the MWL in 2008. Steady
19 Deolis Guerra FTM This kid has the potential to be an ace in the Major Leagues one day, as the Twins got the Mets best pitching prospect in the off-season.  Guerra is in the top-10 in the organization in ERA, and his five wins are second best. Steady
20 Darnell McDonald ROC McDonald has been one of the more consistent hitters in the Red Wings lineup in 2008, and could get the call very soon.  He sprays the ball all over the field, and can play all three outfield positions. Steady
21 Rene Tosoni FTM Tosoni became a folk hero in Elizabethton in 2007, hitting a memorable post-season home run, and is currently off to a good start with Fort Myers.  Skipping Low-A ball has not hurt him one bit. Steady
22 Kevin Mulvey ROC Coming over to the Twins with Guerra, Philip Humber, and Carlos Gomez, Mulvey has been very solid with Rochester to start his Twins career.  He has struck out nearly a batter per inning, and is in the top-10 in ERA. Steady
23 Timothy Lahey ROC The Twins are happy they got Lahey back, as he was shuttled between a couple of organizations after being the top pick in the Rule V draft.  He has already netted seven saves. Steady
24 Jose Morales ROC Morales has become the top catching prospect in the Twins organization over the past two seasons, and is currently batting better than .300 in 2008.  He could get another shot with the Twins this season. Steady
25 Ben Julianel NBR Flying under the radar?  Possibly not for long, as Julianel has already picked up nine saves for the Rock Cats in 2008. Steady

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