Twinkie Town 2011 Top 50...Prospect #42!

Bobby Lanigan finally won a spot in this year's poll, moving up six places as our Forty-First ranked prospect. Lanigan received 47 of the 160 votes (23%), while Nate Roberts was second with 30 votes.

Evan Bigley and Matt Bashore tied with 20 votes while Pedro Guerra received 17 and Andrei Lobanov, 16. That is the obvious break in this round, meaning that Cesar Ciurcina, Daniel Santana, Rory Rhodes and Brad Tippett won't return for the next round.

Added will be Ben Tootle, Blayne Weller, Martire Garcia, Anderson Hidalgo and Lance Ray. Like Bashore, Tootle was a high pick in 2009 who has been injured and has yet to pitch more than a couple innings. After an excellent rookie season in the GCL in 2009, Weller spent all of 2010 at Elizabethton where he was second on the team in innings pitched (65.0) with a 3-6 record, 4.57 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks. Lance Ray was a 2010 eighth round pick who was Elizabethton's third best hitter (.314/.360/.404), earning a promotion to Beloit where he hit .279/.377/418 in 165 at bats. Hidalgo was the Snappers top hitter and his .316 average would have been second best in the league had he more than 282 at bats. Martire Garcia led Elizabethton in wins, 6-0, while posting a 1.75 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 63 strikeouts and 15 walks in 46.1 innings. Garcia, who was a 20 year old lefty, moved up to Beloit late in the season where he made six starts, finishing with a 2-1 record and 6.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 27.0 innings.

This round will remain open through Noon, Thursday, February 3rd. Please continue commenting on who you would like to see added in these last few rounds so you have a chance to vote for your favorite players.

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