We’re back at it again, bringing to you a look at the Minnesota Twins organizational hitting reports. We will continue to update you on the 2012 draft signings, as we anxiously look forward to seeing where these kids start their professional careers. The Appalachian, Pioneer, Northwest, New York-Penn, Gulf Coast, and Arizona get set to open within the next handful of days. There’s already a lot to report on and it’s just getting geared up to be an exciting summer of baseball! Let’s take a look at those Twins hitters.
AAA Rochester Red Wings
Chris Parmelee OF – Age 24 – The 2006 20th overall pick is bouncing between the Majors and AAA. He has a triple slash of .174/.255/250 with a 25/8 K/BB ratio over 92 at bats with the Twins this season. With the Red Wings, Parmelee was hitting .375 with 4 HRs and 12 RBI with a 8/12 K/BB ratio over 48 at bats. He was recalled back to Minnesota last week, but chances are he will do this a couple more times this season.
Ben Revere OF – Age 24 – After spending part of the 2011 season in the majors, Revere started the 2012 season in Rochester. He hit .330 and stole 6 bases while posting a 6/4 K/BB ratio over 94 at bats with the Red Wings. He was recalled on May 17th and is hitting .339 with 10 SB and a 8/4 K/BB ratio over 115 at bats. He offers no power and doesn’t get on base enough to be effective. Still, he’s young enough to get things worked out to be an average major league outfielder.
AA New Britain Rock Cats
Aaron Hicks OF – Age 22 – After a lack luster 2011 season in the High-A Florida State League in 2011, Hicks was promoted to the AA Eastern League to start the 2012 season. He’s hitting .244 with 6 HRs and 15 SB to go with a 50/31 K/BB ratio. While his average isn’t improving, he’s providing more power and speed than last season. Still, the Twins had hoped for more from the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft than what he’s shown so far.
High-A Fort Myers Miracle
Oswaldo Arcia OF – Age 21 – Not the biggest outfielder that you’ll find, but this Venezuelan knows how to hit. Over 207 at bats on the season he’s hitting .309 with 7 HRs, 3 Triples, 16 Doubles, and 31 RBI to go with a 45/23 K/BB ratio. He’s definitely one of the Twins budding stars.
Daniel Santana SS – Age 21 – Santana hasn’t exactly “wowed” anyone since joining the Twins in 2007 as a free agent from the Dominican Republic. This season however, people are paying a little more attention. He’s hitting .297 with 3 HRs, 5 Triples, 7 Doubles, and 6 SB to go with a 33/7 K/BB ratio over 229 at bats in 2012. It’s a bit early to making him radar worthy, but we will keep monitoring his progress in the pitching paradise known as the FSL.
Levi Michael 2B – Age 21 – The University of North Carolina grad was the 30th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He started his pro career in 2012 in the High-A Florida State League. He’s hitting .216 with 2 HRs, 3 Triples, 3 Doubles, 25 Runs, and 19 RBI to go with a 44/26 K/BB ratio over 199 at bats. It’s not the start he would have hoped for, but it is the FSL and he’s shown progress over his last 10 games.
Low-A Beloit Snappers
Eddie Rosario 2B – Age 20 – Rosario had the recent misfortune of being struck in the face by a line drive during batting practice. He will miss the next 6 weeks as they will be putting a steel plate right above his upper lip. Despite the crappy accident, Rosario is a top prospect and was hitting .293 with 7 HRs, 1 Triple, 20 Doubles, 40 RBI, 35 Runs, and 9 SB to go with a 38/27 K/BB ratio in 239 at bats. He will try it again in late July and we look forward to his return.
Miguel Sano 3B – Age 19 – While Sano didn’t take a ball to the face, I’m sure he feels some day’s would be better if he did, rather than be exploited on the outside part of the plate by opposing pitchers fastballs. Every indication is that he’s adapting to breaking pitches well, but is getting baffled by the outside heat. Fear not, he’s a 19 year old rising star and we think the power is legit. He’s hitting .239 with 15 HRs, 2 Triples, 12 Doubles, 49 RBI, 40 Runs, and 5 SB to go with a 80/37 K/BB ratio over 238 at bats. His .265 ISoP is very promising.
Rookie/SS Elizabethton Twins
The Appalachian League is getting set to start play on Tuesday June 19th. 19 year old OF Max Kepler is a player to watch.
Rookie GCL Twins
The Gulf Coast League will have it’s opening day Monday June 18th. Though it isn’t confirmed that he will be on the opening day roster, 2012 #2 overall pick OF Byron Buxton should beging his pro career with the GCL Twins.
Rookie DSL Twins
Adonis Pacheco OF – Age 20 – In his 2nd season in the DSL in 2011, the Dominican hit .285 with 7 Doubles, 7 Triples, and 16 SB along with a 33/22 K/BB ratio over 186 at bats. In his 3rd go-round in 2012, he’s hitting .357 with 5 Triples, 2 Doubles and 2 SB to go with a 7/4 K/BB ratio over 42 at bats. He could finally head state-side this summer.
Engelb Vielma SS – Age 17 – Playing in his 1st season of professional ball, Vielma is hitting .330 with a Triple and 6 SB and has a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 33 at bats on the season.
That’s our report for now on the Twins hitting prospects. Check back soon for update team reports.
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