The Fort Myers Miracle have been the class of the Florida State League to open the 2008 season, and in May, they posted an incredible 22-7 record. Armed with some of the better prospects in the Twins organization, the Miracle have been the best affiliate in the system so far in 2008, and here is a quick recap of their impressive month of May.
Batter of the Month
Danny Valencia, Third Baseman
Valencia was hands down the best hitter on the Miracle squad during the month of May, as he batted over .400 for the Fort Myers Miracle. In 24 games, Valencia wrapped 37 hits, drove in better than a run per game. He hit two home runs, 12 doubles, and three triples, and scored 16 times. He was, by far, the best hitter in the Florida State League.
For his efforts, Valencia was recently named a Florida State League All-Star, and should be in New Britain right after the All-Star break. He has turned himself into arguably the best right-handed hitter in the Twins organization, and is currently batting .337 for the season. As the number three hitter in the Miracle lineup, he is one of the main reasons why Fort Myers is in first place.
Honorable Mention: Yancarlos Ortiz (.375, 11RBI), Brian Dinkelman (.299, 22R), Rene Tosoni (.340, 14R, 9RBI), Juan Portes (.297, 13RBI, 21R)
Pitcher of the Month
Jeff Manship, Starting Pitcher
There were plenty of pitchers who could have been the Pitcher of the Month for Fort Myers in May, but we are going to give the award to Manship. The young right-hander has been incredible since being drafted by the Twins, and was recently named a Florida State League All-Star. He will likely be promoted to New Britain after the classic, and rightfully so.
During the month of May, Manship made six starts for the Miracle, and posted a 2.92 earned run average. He won three of his five decisions, held opponents to a .239 batting average, and cemented his place as one of the better right-handed starting pitching prospects in the Twins organization.
Honorable Mention: Robert Delaney (1.84ERA, 6SV, .192BAA), Alex Burnett (3.16, 3W, 6GS), Cole Devries (5GS, 2.40ERA), Tyler Robertson (3W, 3.19ERA, 26K), Anthony Slama (11G, 1.20ERA, .193BAA)