Rating Twins Prospects: Short-Season Catchers

Rohlfing hit well in August.

In our next installment of Rating Twins Prospects, we take a look at the short-season catchers. These are the prospects who played for either Elizabethton or the Gulf Coast League Twins, and are the Twins' catching prospects of the future.

Jae-Hyung Jang, GCL Twins
Jang had a decent season in the Gulf Coast League, batting .250 in 15 games with the team. The native of Seoul, South Korea, Jang was stellar at the dish at home, batting .318. He proved to be a better batter with runners in scoring position, batting .294, and hit .375 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He is slated for Elizabethton next season.
Grade: C

Josmil Pinto, GCL Twins
Pinto signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, and struggled with the stick in 2007 in the Domincan Summer League. However, Pinto was very solid at the plate for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2008, batting well above .300 for the season. Of his 28 hits, 13 went for extra bases, including an impressive three triples.
Grade: A

Daniel Rohlfing, GCL Twins
The Twins 14th round selection in the 2007 June Draft, Rohlfing spent his second season with the Gulf Coast League Twins, though he did not play as well as he did last season. Rohlfing batted only .200 in the Gulf Coast League after batting .232 last season, but will likely be with Elizabethton next season. He had his best month in August, so hopefully that is a sign of better things to come.
Grade: D

Jeff Lanning, Elizabethton
If Lanning played at home all the time, he would be a .300 hitter. Lanning batted only .182 on the road in 2008, but was a .300 at home. Lanning had a decent season with the Elizabethton Twins, helping the team to the 2008 Appalachian League title. Once he learns how to hit lefties, he should bat for a much higher average than the .255 mark he hit for in 2008.
Grade: C

Daniel Rams, Elizabethton Twins
Rams had a dissapointing season in 2008, as he was unable to improve on a 2007 season that made waves within the Twins organization. Still very young, Rams was the second round draft choice of the Twins last season, and will be looked at as a top prospect in the future. He did show the ability to hit for extra bases in 2008, and hit well against lefties, and should be in Beloit in 2009.
Grade: C

Alexander Soto, Elizabethton Twins
Soto had a great power season with the Elizabethton Twins, and at 21 years old, needed a big season in 2008. He did not dissapoint, and will likely be the starter in Beloit in 2009. He blasted 10 home runs for the Appalachian League Champs, and hit .276 overall. Once he learns how to hit lefties, he could develop into a .300 type hitter. He played in Fort Myers in 2007, so he could make it there next season.
Grade: B

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