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Minnesota Twins Minor League Stars of the Week

In this week's article, we take a look at the past week of minor league baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization and name the Minor League Stars of the Week.

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 for the Kernels this week is Trey Vavra, first baseman for Cedar Rapids.  Trey has continued his all-star play over the last 10 games hitting .366 (15-41) with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, and 1 SB over that span.  Vavra continues to put together a great campaign in 2015, hitting .346 on the season along with a .536 slugging percentage, and a .406 OPS.  Trey is producing in all the offensive categories for the Kernels as over 42 games, he has 54 hits, 10 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 29 R, 2 SB, and 84 TB.  Trey's defense has also been sharp with only two errors committed in 2015.  Vavra keeps showing that it won't be his last name that moves him up through the Twins organization but his solid play.  If he's not in Fort Myers by the end of 2015, he is looking to be a lock to start the season with the Miracle in 2016.
  • Fort Myers (A - High) - Ryan Eades (P) - This week's star from the Fort Myers Miracle is Ryan Eades, starting pitcher for the Miracle.  Eades continues to roll for Fort Myers in 2015 and his last start on June 26th looks to be what the Twins were seeing when they drafted Ryan in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.  Against the Dunedin Blue Jays, Eades went seven innings allowing just one earned run on five hits.  Ryan also struck out six Blue Jays batters while walking two.  For the 2015 season, Eades is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  In pitching 74 innings, he has a solid 49 SO/21 BB ratio and his batting average against is a respectable .255.  Eades will most likely finish the year in Fort Myers but with the recent promotion of Jose Berrios to Rochester and other player movement, Eades will have a chance to battle for a spot in the Chattanooga rotation in 2016.
  • Chattanooga (AA) - Miguel Sano (3B) - Our star from the Chattanooga Lookouts this week is Miguel Sano, third baseman for the Lookouts.  Sano is not only our choice for the Minor League Star of the Week from Chattanooga but was also named the Southern League Player of the Week as well.  Over the past 10 games Miguel has been red hot hitting .359 (14-39) with 3 HR, 10 RBI, and 12 R over that span.  Sano's tear has also helped to bump up his numbers for the 2015 season as he is now hitting .274 along with a .374 OBP, and a .544 slugging percentage.  Miguel continues to be a strong run producer with 18 2B, 1 3B, 15 HR, 48 RBI, and 55 R scored for his 2015 season.  There continues to be talk about the Minnesota Twins looking to trade for a power bat to spark the offense but if Miguel continues to hit like he has the past couple of weeks, he may very well be that power that the Twins are looking for.  The chances look to be good for Sano in a Twins uniform soon.
  • Rochester (AAA) - Tyler Duffey (P) - This week's star from the Rochester Red Wings is Tyler Duffey, starting pitcher for Rochester.  Duffey, in addition to being chosen as our Minor League Star of the Week from Rochester was also chosen as the Batavia Downs Player of the Week.  Duffey has been nothing short of dominant on the mound over the past week and even further over his past three starts.  This past week Tyler won both of his starts including a complete game shutout on June 28 against Charlotte at Frontier Field.  Duffey pitched 14.1 IP in those two starts last week and allowed nine hits, two unearned runs, and gave up two walks while striking out ten opposition batters.  Taking in to account his previous start before last week, Duffey has not allowed an earned run in 22.1 innings pitched.  For the 2015 season (Chattanooga and Rochester combined), Tyler is 5-6 with a 2.68 ERA, and a 1.12 WHIP over 97.1 innings pitched.  His command is definitely the highlight here as he currently has a 92 SO/19 BB ratio and a solid .243 batting average against.  Duffey continues to show why he will be one of the young arms that the Twins will be able to lean on in the starting rotation in years to come, maybe even at some point in 2016.
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!