The 2010 version of the Fort Myers Miracle features some top organizational talent, and a couple prospects that should dot the Florida State League All-Star team. They have incredible infield talent, some great outfielders, and their pitching staff has plenty of depth. Add to that three catchers who can get the job done, and the Miracle have a pretty balanced team top to bottom.
Jair Fernandez looks to be the starting backstop for the Miracle in 2010, and the 23-year old is looking for a better outcome than his 2009 campaign in Fort Myers. Fernandez batted only .224 for Fort Myers last season, but is a very good defensive catcher. Daniel Rohlfing should also see some time behind the dish, and will be making a jump from short-season Elizabethton to High-A. The former 14th round selection will also be used in the outfield. Rounding out the catchers is Chris Herrmann, who is likely to see more time in the outfield.
The infield is loaded with talent, especially up the middle, as they feature prospects Andrew Thompson, Chris Cates, and Paul Kelly. Yangervis Solarte will also see some time up the middle, as he comes back from injury. Kelly and Thompson were once very highly touted prospects, and if they can stay healthy, will likely be top prospects once again. Michael Harrington and Nate Hanson will see time at first base, and Deibinson Romero should be the everyday third baseman. Romero hit only .222 for the Miracle last season, but is scouted as being a top infield prospect in the organization.
Herrmann will be a starter in the outfield for the Miracle, after batting .300 for Elizabethton last season. He is a very patient hitter, and has the ability to hit for power. Evan Bigley will be returning to the Miracle, after batting a respectable .280 after being called up mid season. Bigley has batted close to .300 for his professional career, and could be in New Britain before the year is out. Ramon Santana will be making the move from shortstop to the outfield in 2010, after a very successful 2009 season. Santana batted close to .300 for Beloit, and then was shipped to New Britain for the end of the season. Nicholas Romero will round out the position players, and Manager Jake Mauer will try to get his big bat in the lineup as much as possible.
The Minnesota Twins spent their 2010 first round pick on Kyle Gibson, and the right-hander will be the ace of the Fort Myers staff. The fireballer will lead a rotation that will also feature Mike Tarsi, Bobby Lanigan, Bruce Pugh, and Shooter Hunt, though Hunt will be used out of the bullpen to start. Lanigan is a proven starter in the Twins organization, and saw some action in the Florida State League last season. Pugh looked good in eight starts for Beloit in 2009, and Tarsi made 11 decent starts for the Miracle. Hunt is a former top pick who has struggled since turning pro. However, the Twins are still very high on him.
The bullpen will consist of Ron Mahay, Blake Martin, Henry Arias, Michael Allen, Tony Davis, Brad Tippett, and Billy Bullock. Mahay is likely to be in Fort Myers for a short time, and will be in Rochester very soon. Tippett is a big-time prospect, who has been successful in all pitching roles throughout his young career. Billy Bullock is a top prospect on many scouts boards, and was a beast in his first pro season in 2009. Blake Martin and Henry Arias are both very capable of getting people out, with Arias looking to shake off a rough year in Fort Myers last season. Michael Allen was very good in his ten appearances for the Miracle in 2009, and Tony Davis got valuable experience in New Britain last season, after being a big arm for Elizabethton.