The Twins drafted outfielder Rene Tosoni in the 36th round of the 2005 draft. For various reasons, this young Canadian didn’t play for the Twins until 2007 when he was one of the leading hitters for the Elizabethton Twins before making a brief appearance for the Beloit Snappers in the playoffs. Last season, Tosoni skipped A ball to become one of the top hitters early in the season at Ft. Myers. Unfortunately, he broke his foot which limited him to only 42 games (140 at bats) in which he hit .300/.408/.414.
The Twins are an organization with a history of not pushing prospects. Yet, this season they assigned Tosoni to AA New Britain even thought his only experience other than rookie ball was 42 games in Ft. Myers and a handful at Beloit. Tosoni responded by hitting .180/.261/.361 in 61 at bats in April with only 6 walks and 23 strikeouts. This talented prospect continued to work and improved in May, hitting .323/.422/.591 in 93 at bats while nearly doubling his walks to 11 and holding his strikeouts at 23. Although his average has dipped at bit this month to .281, he has maintained his OBP at .418 with a SLG PCT of .453 in 64 at bats. More important, he has walked 13 times with only 12 strikeouts.
Tosoni is this week’s Prospect of the Week after going 9-19 (.473 Average) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles and 1 home run with 10 RBI and 1 stolen base in 2 attempts. After his rough first month, Tosoni has his average up to .271/.377/.486 in 218 at bats while leading the Rock Cats with 45 RBI and 9 home runs. He also has 14 doubles, 3 triples, 35 runs scored and 30 walks with 58 strikeouts.
To cap off his week, Tosoni was named to play in the Futures All-Star game in St. Louis as a member of the World Team.