TCD Mid-Season Evaluations (Top 21-30)

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As the mid-season point ends, TwinCitiesDugout.com will be looking at evaluations for our pre-season Top-50 prospects. In this installment, we look at prospects 21-30, and tell you who's stock is rising, and who's is falling.

21. Trevor Plouffe, SS
Plouffe has had a decent season as one of the younger players in the Eastern League. Overall, Trevor is batting a respectable .290 in one of the better leagues in all of Minor League Baseball. Add to the fact that he has crushed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .343 batting average, and it is clear that he is growing mightily as a batter. In three of the four months of the season, the young shortstop is batting well over .300, and had it not been for a terrible month of May, he would be one of the top hitters in the organization.
Stock: Rising

22. Brian Duensing, SP
Talk about a player who is having a huge year. After being promoted from Low-A Beloit to Double-A New Britain last season, Duensing has had an even better 2007. After beginning the season in Double-A, and pitching well enough to warrant a promotion to Triple-A, Duensing has taken off. He has won nine games for the Red Wings, giving him 13 overall for the season, and has an incredible 2.91 earned run average. He also has two complete games, and one shutout.
Stock: Rising

23. Danny Santiesteban, OF
The 2007 season was supposed to be a breakout season for Santiesteban, who is a five-tool talent who the Twins stole late in the draft. However, at current press time, the young outfielder is struggling to keep his batting average above .200, and has really not shaken off a rough start to the season. After seeing him play, it is clear that he has an unmatched passion for the game, but he needs to turn that passion into production.
Stock: Steady

24. Jay Rainville, SP
A candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, Rainville has been a mainstay in the Fort Myers Miracle rotation for the entire 2007 season. After missing the 2006 season due to injury, Rainville has made 21 starts for the Miracle, and has a respectable earned run average of 3.46. After what he went through last season, for Rainville to pitch an entire slate of games has been a blessing for the Twins organization, who regards him as one of the top right-handed starting pitching prospects in the farm system.
Stock: Steady

25. Danny Valencia, Infielder
Valencia has been one of the better surprises of the 2007 season, as many scouts figured his breakout 2006 season was a fluke. Valencia has silenced all of his critics to become one of the better position player prospects in the Twins organization. After ripping through the Midwest League, and earning All-Star honors for the second straight season (Valencia was an Appalachian League All-Star in 2006, Valencia got the promotion to Fort Myers. Since his promotion to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, Valencia has batted a respectable .279, and has provided pop to the Miracle lineup.
Stock: Blazing

26. Joe Benson, OF
Regarded alongside of Chris Parmelee as one of the crown jewels of the 2006 draft class, Benson came into the 2007 with a lot of expectations on his young shoulders. This season has been a struggle for the young slugger, who is just starting to get into a groove for the Beloit Snappers. After struggling with the Mendoza Line for most of the season, Benson batted .275 in July, which was a big step in his development. If he continues to hit, he could be in Fort Myers next season.
Stock: Steady

27. Douglas Deeds, OF
Deeds absolutely tore up the Eastern League for two straight season, prompting the Twins to promote him to Triple-A this season. However, the results have not been what Deeds or the Twins would have liked, as the young slugger has been very inconsistent with the bat this season. The month of July was his best month, as Deeds batted .257, but that number shows you what a struggle it has been for him. In over 200 at-bats, Deeds has driven in only 15 runs, which is a huge step backwards for the outfielder.
Stock: Falling

28. Garrett Guzman, OF
Guzman is having a very solid season for the New Britain Rock Cats, and some scouts have been whispering that he will be in Rochester in 2008. The young outfielder has been a consistent contributor for the Rock Cats lineup all season long, and is one of the team's top hitters with a .289 batting average. He has also smacked 11 home runs, giving him one of the highest totals in the organization, and struck out only 40 times in 360 at-bats. If he continues to hit, the Twins will have to give him future considerations.
Stock: Rising

29. Eli Tintor, OF
The 2007 season has not been the kind of season that Eli Tintor was hoping it would be, as he has had to deal with a demotion and a dip in his batting average. After starting the season with Fort Myers, Tintor was demoted to Beloit, after batting only .178 with the Miracle. Since being demoted, Tintor has hit better, but the demotion is harmful to his prospect status. This kid was once one of the better hitters on the farm, and I expect him to be back with the Miracle next season, but this time with much better results.
Stock: Falling

30. Whitney Robbins, Infielder
When the Twins drafted Robbins last season, the young infielder made his name known throughout the system very quickly. The budding slugger batted .778 through his first four games, and went on to provide instant pop for the Beloit lineup. The 2007 season, a bit different, as Robbins had a power outage in the Florida State League. Robbins struggled with the bat for the Miracle, got demoted, and is now on the Disabled List. He can flat out hit, and the dip in the batting average has been a surprise to everybody.
Stock: Falling

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