Twinkie Town 2011 Top 50...Prospect #45!

The readers of Twinkie Town believe that even though he has spent nearly his entire career recovering from surgery, Matt Bashore belongs in the Top 50. Bashore was voted as the Forty-Fourth top prospect with 40 of 163 votes (24%). Fellow injured reliever Ben Tootle was second with 22, while Pedro Guerra was third with 20 votes. The only players dropped from the next round will be Michael McCardell and Brad Stillings.

In the Forty-Fifth round we will see the return of Cesar Ciurcina plus two relievers, Nelvin Fuentes and Tony Davis. Ciurcina was the GCL Twins top pitcher last year where he had a 2.91 ERA with 53 strikeouts and only 8 walks in a team high 65.0 innings. Ciurcina, who turned 20 years old a few months ago, spent this winter pitching for Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. After pitching 3.1 innings of shutout relief with only one hit in game three of the VWL Championship series, Aragua's Manager gave the ball to Ciurcina to start the final game seven. He didn't fare well, however, a young pitcher with only one year of GCL rookie ball experience starting such a big game tells us a lot about what can be expected from this young man. After Mayaguez finished last in the Puerto Rican League, Fuentes was picked up by the league champs for the Caribbean Series. Fuentes has made two appearances, pitching 0.2 innings without any base runners. Last season, Fuentes had a 0.61 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 14.2 innings at Elizabethton. He also had a 4.60 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 29.1 innings for Beloit. Tony Davis, who was a twelfth round pick in 2009, had a 2.87 ERA in 31.1 innings for Ft. Myers. He had nearly identical numbers at New Britain, a 2.68 ERA in 37.0 innings. The one negative from the Twins perspective would be that he walked 46 batters last year while striking out 45.

This round will remain open through 3pm, Monday, February 7th. Please continue to tell me who you would like to see added for the last five rounds.

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