This week we go into the Minnesota Twins minor league organization to find the shining talent that we name the Minor League Stars of the Week. Read on to see who we have named for this week's stars and take a moment to answer the poll and comment on any other players you feel that should have been named.
- Cedar Rapids (A - Low) - Trey Vavra (1B) - Our star of the week from the Kernels is Trey Vavra. In his last seven games, Vavra hit .300 (9-30), with one home run, 5 RBI, 7 runs scored, and 1 stolen base. The Twins are starting to see a solid, consistent offensive upswing from the 33rd round draft pick in 2014. Vavra is now hitting .342 for the 2015 season in Cedar Rapids with 6 home runs and 27 RBI, putting together a very good start to the year including currently holding the second spot in the Midwest League for batting average. If Trey can complete a 2015 at or near this place, he will almost certainly be a member of the Miracle in 2016.
- Fort Myers (A - High) - Aaron Slegers (P) - This week's start from the Fort Myers Miracle is starting pitcher Aaron Slegers. Slegers put together two nice starts for the Miracle this past week starting with a five inning performance in which he allowed no runs and struck out two on the way to the win. He topped that performance on Sunday with a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out nine on the way to his second win of the week. Slegers was a fifth round pick in 2013 from Indiana so this is an arm the Twins organization would really like to see get going. Hopefully he continues to build on these past couple starts for the Miracle.
- Chattanooga (AA) - Max Kepler (OF) - This week's star from the Chattanooga Lookouts is also the Southern League Player of the Week, Max Kepler. Kepler put together a great all around week, hitting .407 (11-27) with five doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, and scored seven runs. An amazing week by Max, he had a slugging percentage of .815 and an OPS of 1.263. This is the first weekly award for the 2012 Topps Appalachian Player of the Year but I suspect there will be more to come for Kepler.
- Rochester (AAA) - Kennys Vargas (1B) - This week's star from the Rochester Red Wings is Kennys Vargas. Vargas, since being sent back to Rochester from Minneapolis, has been lights out for the Red Wings. In six games this week Kennys is batting .409 (9-22) with 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 runs scored, and 2 walks. Since being sent down to work on mechanics, Vargas has definitely been utilizing the time in Rochester to get things tuned and the numbers show it by earning the star for the Red Wings this week.
There you have it for this week, our Minor League Stars of the Week. Catch next week's article to see who cracks the list from Cedar Rapids to Rochester and shines from within the Minnesota Twins organization. Check out the poll to vote for your favorite star and use the comments section to let us know who else you think has been deserving of being named a star!