The Twins "High Level" Rookie League Season starts today! This is the 3rd lowest level for the Twins Minor leagues and is often the starting point of many of the college draftees. So as we can expect, a lot of this roster is going to be 2013 draft picks. Kohl Stewart will not be one of the guys.. As we know they had crash on the way up from Florida. Best wishes to all involved.
In years past the E-Town Twins have been home to players like Sano, Rosario, then Buxton last year. If you remember, last year they won the championship on Dalton Hicks's walk off grand slam. The E-Town Twins are the Yankees of the Appalachian League expectations are always high. As we look forward to another dominating year, Lets get started looking at the hitters:
|Bo Altobelli||C||R||R||6' 1"||199||2/6/1991|
|Mitch Garver||C||R||R||6' 1"||210||1/15/1991|
|Bryan Santy||C||R||R||6' 1"||201||6/28/1990|
|Stuart Turner||C||R||R||6' 2"||220||12/27/1991|
|Carlos Avila||SS||R||R||5' 10"||180||3/28/1990|
|Bryan Haar||1B||R||R||6' 3"||200||12/9/1989|
|Javier Pimentel||3B||R||R||6' 2"||175||3/13/1994|
|Rory Rhodes||1B||R||R||6' 9"||220||7/28/1991|
|Tanner Vavra||2B||R||R||5' 11"||180||7/6/1989|
|Logan Wade||2B||S||R||6' 1"||190||11/13/1991|
|Ryan Walker||SS||L||R||6' 1"||170||3/26/1992|
|Zach Granite||OF||L||L||6' 1"||175||9/17/1992|
|Romy Jimenez||LF||R||R||6' 2"||170||5/14/1991|
|Kelvin Ortiz||RF||R||R||5' 11"||178||10/19/1991|
|Jake Proctor||OF||R||R||6' 2"||215||12/15/1990|
|Dereck Rodriguez||OF||R||R||6' 1"||180||6/5/1992|
This is not a standout group of prospects. This group has an average age of 22 years old. That seems old for this league. Stuart Turner is the one to look for every day. The 2013 draft pick should be finishing his season at Cedar Rapids if all goes as planed for this kid. Tanner Vavra is an interesting story, being blind in one eye but putting up great numbers in DI baseball. Dereck Rodriguez is son of Ivan. Bu he hasn't done much to rise in prospect ratings.
So all-in-all I am not too pumped up about these group of hitters. Lots of 2013 draft picks so we don't know much about these guys. Most of these guys are getting their first taste at Pro Ball so expect to see some early struggles so i will be fun to see who rises, and who struggles.
Now moving on to the pitchers:
|Brandon Bixler||P||R||L||5' 11"||170||12/31/1991|
|Josh Burris||P||S||R||5' 10"||183||11/28/1991|
|Andrew Ferreira||P||R||L||6' 2"||200||10/22/1990|
|Dallas Gallant||P||R||R||6' 3"||193||1/25/1989|
|Brian Gilbert||P||R||R||6' 1"||215||8/9/1992|
|Carson Goldsmith||P||R||R||6' 3"||200||7/25/1990|
|C.K. Irby||P||R||R||6' 1"||200||5/6/1992|
|Felix Jorge||P||R||R||6' 2"||170||1/2/1994|
|Yorman Landa||P||R||R||6' 0"||175||6/11/1994|
|Kuo Hua Lo||P||R||R||5' 10"||195||10/28/1992|
|Austin Malinowski||P||R||L||6' 4"||210||11/30/1992|
|Andre Martinez||P||L||L||6' 0"||185||6/22/1993|
|Tanner Mendonca||P||R||R||6' 4"||215||6/18/1992|
|Ethan Mildren||P||R||R||6' 4"||215||6/4/1991|
|Luis Nunez||P||L||L||5' 11"||160||9/26/1991|
|Brandon Peterson||P||R||R||6' 1"||190||9/23/1991|
|Hein Robb||P||L||L||6' 0"||185||5/12/1992|
|Randy Rosario||P||L||L||6' 0"||160||5/18/1994|
|Tim Shibuya||P||R||R||6' 1"||190||9/14/1989|
This is a super exciting group. I feel confident in saying the future of the Twins organization is somewhere here. Felix Jorge, Yorman Landa, and Randy Rosario are exciting young pitchers who need to pitch innings. Rosario is an extreme ground ball pitcher. (Sure its only 70 innings, butt still!) Yorman Landa has control issues that he needs to improve upon. I don't know alot of about Jorge, but his stats are quite nice. These kids are still 19 years old and could have a big impact on this team. I hope they get a chance to start and improve. They are two years younger than the average age of the league.
Other pitchers are Autsin Mallinowski a 16 round draft pick from High School in MN who pitched well last year in the GCL. Kuo Hua Lo out of Taiwan who could be really good. Scouts like C.K. Irby a 2013 draft pick and I think we will see Ryan Eades soon make his debut here too. Burris and Robb both pitched at Cedar Rapids this year but are back down with E-town. Andre Martinez did not pitch well last year for the GCL, but he got promoted. I am a little surprised to see that so I suspect he had a good extended spring training.
So the strength of this team will be its pitching staff. But remember, this is rookie ball, the stadium's dimensions are not too big and the level of competition is probably below Div 1 college ball. So we can expect to see the older more advanced players do well and the younger guys struggle.