Wilson Ramos will be the main catcher for the Red Wings in 2010, as the organization looks for him to get some great experience at the Triple-A level. Ramos, the top catching prospect in the organization, hit .317 in New Britain last season, and is regarded as one of the best young catchers in Minor League Baseball. He will be backed up by Allan de San Miguel, a 22-year old prospect who spent time with Beloit, Rochester, New Britain, and Fort Myers last season. He batted .229 in 63 total games, mostly with the Miracle.
The infield is stocked with some names that are going to be looked at very closely by the big league club. Shortstop Trevor Plouffe is still the team’s long-term answer to man the position, and Danny Valencia should be in Minnesota by the end of the season. Matt Tolbert already has a lot of Major League experience, and Brock Peterson looked very good in big-league camp this spring. Erik Lis is a guy who can play first, the outfield, or DH, and can hit for average. Luke Hughes is a jack-of-all-trades type player, and will be counted on if Rochester is to make any noise in the IL this season.
The Twins return a familiar face in their Triple-A outfield in 2010, as Jacque Jones makes his return to the organization. The former fan favorite in Minnesota will be looked at as an anchor in the Rochester outfield, and should be in the big leagues at some point this season. The Twins got Jason Repko to play in Rochester in 2010 as well, and the former big leaguer has looked good in two appearances for the team thus far. Brian Dinkelman is a converted infielder who can hit to all fields, and he seems to hit at every level. Rounding out the outfield is Dustin Martin, a sweet-swinging outfielder with speed. He should have a big season in Rochester.
Anthony Swarzak will lead the starting rotation in 2010, after pitching very well for the Red Wings in 2009. However, he was injured on April 13, breaking a bone in his foot. Former Major Leaguer Mike Maroth joins Swarzak in the rotation, as he tries to make it back to the big leagues. Jeff Manship, one of the top pitching prospects in the organization, will also be in the rotation, and could be called on by the Twins early in the 2010 season. Yoslan Herrera had a terrific 2009 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and the Cuban defector could be a big addition to the Rochester staff. Lefties Glen Perkins and Ryan Mullins will also see time in the starting rotation, with Mullins also working from the bullpen. Perkins will likely be in Rochester for a short time, and will be a big part of the Twins staff.
The bullpen has some of the better relief pitchers in the organization, headlined by Anthony Slama and Rob Delaney. Both have established themselves as some of the better relief pitching talent in all of Minor League Baseball, and Delaney will serve as the setup man for Slama. Two other big-name prospects in the bullpen are Matt Fox and Kyle Waldrop, both of whom are former first round picks. Waldrop will be called on often in 2010, already has four appearances as of press date. Jose Lugo and Tim Lahey round out the bullpen, and both are formidable arms with good experience. Lahey had a rough season in Rochester in 2009, posting a 5.72 earned run average in 41 games, and Lugo, a left-hander, had a 4.00 ERA in nine appearances for the Wings.