I will be continuing my top 50 prospects today with prospects 31-40. Let me know what you think.
31. Brian Duensing- I really like him as a prospect. He probably does not have as big of an upside as other prospects. With Brian it is what you see is what you get. He is a solid prospect who really is a AAAA prospect. Probably ready for the challenge of the Major Leagues, but probably not ready for it. Last year he went 5-11 with a 4.28era, but he was better than that he just had a bad inning in most starts.
2009: Starter for Rochester
32. Steve Tolleson- Steve is a very interesting prospect because he does everything pretty well, but none of them exceptional. He can play many different positions including short,third,2nd and the outfield. He hit .300 with 28 doubles and stole 12 bases. I think he has a chance to be a utility guy for the Twins in the future, but I wouldn't look for him to be a starter.
2009: Starter at Short in AA and then move up to AAA after a month or so.
33. Steve Singelton- Steve is a very good prospect that alot like Steve Tolleson has a chance to be a utility guy for the Twins in a few years. Last year Steve split the season between Beloit and Fort Myers. He put up good numbers at both spots last year. He hit .295 with 18 extra base hits. I look for him to spend the year playing 2nd base for Fort Myers.
2009: 2nd base for Fort Myers
34. Daniel Ortiz- He is another young prospect we do not have a very big sample size of yet. He was a 4th round draft pick last year out of Puerto Rico. He is termed a "5 tool prospect". Last year he hit .272 with 11 doubles and 2 homerun. Of course its too early to tell how good he is going to be, but he is worth keeping yoru eye on.
2009: Start in extended spring training and then spend year in Elizabethton.
35. Cole Devries- If you base it on results Cole would be much higher on the prospect list. The reason he is lower is he does not have a very big ceiling. What you see from Cole is what your going to get I don't see alot of improvement out of him. Last year he put up very good numbers at Fort Myers going 10-9 with a 2.93 era. He is a high effort guy and probably an overacheiver who when he sees better competition will start to struggle.
2009: Starter for New Britain
36. Jay Rainville- Jay is the opposite of Cole Devries in that he has a high ceiling that really underacheived last year. He started in AA and got demoted to Fort Myers for a while before going back up to New Britain. He has all the tools, but he really did not put it together last year. If he can get some of his velocity back and be more consistant he could skyrocket up the prospect list.
2009: Starter for New Britain
37. Juan Portes- I don't really know what to say about Juan. He has talent, but he really doesn't do anything exceptional. He is a solid prospect without a position. He played outfield and 3rd base primarily last year. He hit .270 with 12 homeruns and 54 last year in his 2nd consecutive year at Fort Myers. It will be interesting to see how he does against better competition.
2009: outfielder for New Britain.