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) - Felix Jorge (P) - This week's star for the Kernels is also one of the next pitching talents that will be promoted to Fort Myers soon, Felix Jorge. Jorge is one of five Kernels to be named to the 51st Midwest League Summer All-Star Classic and with the season he is having for Cedar Rapids, this was an easy decision. Felix has started strong in 2015 with a 3-2 record along with a 2.62 ERA, and a 0.80 WHIP over 55 innings pitched. Combine those numbers with his sparkling 77 SO/15 BB ratio and you can why Jorge made the MWL All-Star Classic and why if he continues to pitch this way, will join Stephen Gonsalves soon for the Miracle.
- Fort Myers (A - High) - Brandon Peterson (P) - Our star from the Fort Myers Miracle this week is one of three Miracle players chosen to the 54th Florida League All-Star Game, Brandon Peterson. While a lot of the talk has been about the Miracle starters, Peterson has been one of the best arms coming out of the Fort Myers bullpen. Brandon has a 1-0 record with two saves to go with an ERA of 0.88 and a WHIP of 0.95 over 30 2/3 innings pitched. Peterson also owns the second lowest batting average against in the FSL this season, hitters are hitting a slim .139 off of Brandon. Put that with his 42 SO/15 BB ratio and you can see why Peterson is joining Chih-Wei Hu and Alex Swim at the FSL All-Star Game.
- Chattanooga (AA) - Jose Berrios (P) - This week's star from the Chattanooga Lookouts is one of seven Lookouts to be named to the 2015 Southern League North Division All-Star Team. Berrios continues to impress and has started to get the eyes of the Twins front office in recent visits to Chattanooga. Berrios continues to push for a late season call up with the Twins in 2015 or a definite contender for a starting rotation in 2016. Jose continues to show his dominance in the Southern League in 2015 with a 6-3 record, a 3.25 ERA, and a 1.20 WHIP. Where Berrios really jumps off the charts is his league leading 77 strikeouts. His ratio of 77 SO/20 BB shows that Berrios has the stuff to get hitters out by himself if needed and to be able to work out of situations. There isn't much more that will hold Berrios back from getting to Target Field in the near future.
- Rochester (AAA) - Danny Ortiz (OF) - The star from the Rochester Red Wings this week is Danny Ortiz, also named one of two Batavia Downs Players of the Week in Rochester. The Red Wings only played five games last week because of weather and scheduling but Ortiz made the most of the week, hitting .375 (6-16), drove in two runs, and scored two runs. Ortiz also leads the Red Wings with 34 RBI, which is also second in the International League. The rest of his numbers are solid as well as Danny is hitting .282 with 14 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, a .489 slugging percentage, and a .818 OPS. With the Twins still thin in outfield depth, Ortiz's run production could make him an attractive call up prospect in September.
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!