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Portes > Valencia and Hughes?

Granted, spring training statistics should be kept in perspective, but should we start seriously considering Juan Portes as the true Twins 3B of the future?

Comparison of Minor League Stats after the jump.

Stats curtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:

Hughes:

  • 2008 (Age 23 - AA / AAA): Batting = .309 / .369 / .524;  3B Field% = .897 (65 games)
  • 2009 (Age 24 - AA / AAA): Batting = .254 / .335 / .454;  3B Field% = .893 (81 games)

Portes:

  • 2008 (Age 22 - A+): Batting = .270 / .319 / .395;  3B Field% = .932 (38 games)
  • 2009 (Age 23 - AA): Batting = .297 / .366 / .494;  3B Field% = .931 (18 games)

Valencia:

  • 2008 (Age 23 - A+ / AA): Batting = .311 / .366 / .500;  3B Field% = .952 (110 games)
  • 2009 (Age 24 - AA / AAA): Batting = .285 / .337 / .466;  3B Field% = .933 (124 games)

Bottom line, I think Portes should start being part of the conversation.  His defense (at least based on Fielding %) puts him ahead of Hughes, but his bat is slightly behind the other two.  On the other hand, Portes' 2009 numbers in combination with his strong 2010 Spring may be indicators he has turned the corner.  If he does get promoted to AAA, I can't see him continuing to get much time at 3B, but maybe now he has a better case.

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