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Minnesota Twins Minor League Stars of the Week

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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 Kernels (A - Low) - Edgar Corcino (3B) - Our star for the Kernels this week is Edgar Corcino, third baseman for Cedar Rapids.  With T.J. White being recently promoted to Fort Myers, Corcino is now getting playing time at third base as well as in the outfield and he has been taking full advantage of the opportunity as well as being one of the bright spots offensively in the second half of the season for the Kernels.  In his last 10 games, Edgar has been red hot with a .425 batting average, 7 RBI, 7 R, and 3 SB.  Corcino has put him some solid numbers in 2015 for Cedar Rapids with a .305 batting average, .435 slugging percentage, and .784 OPS.  In 39 games this season, Edgar has 10 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 23 R, and 7 SB.  He has shown to be a threat with the bat and the feet and if continues on his current production level, should be a member of the Fort Myers Miracle at some point in 2016.
  • Fort Myers Miracle (A - High) - Ryan Walker (SS) - This week's star from the Fort Myers Miracle is Ryan Walker, shortstop for the Miracle.  The Twins have been continually looking for a shortstop to progress through the organization and take hold of that position in Minneapolis.  Walker is a player that Twins fans should definitely keep their eye on.  Fans are aware of Jorge Polanco in Rochester and Nick Gordon in Cedar Rapids but Ryan Walker has been under the radar in Fort Myers, although with the bat starting to recently heat up he may start to catch more people's eye.  Walker has played more second base than shortstop in 2015 but can definitely field well at either middle infield position with only 4 errors combined at both positions in 38 games played.  In his last 10 games, the offense has picked up as well.  Walker is hitting .378 in the last 10 games with 2 RBI, 4 R, and 2 SB.  For the 2015 season, Ryan is hitting .266 with 2 2B, 8 RBI, 17 R, and 3 SB so the offensive side of the game continues to be a work in progress but Walker is another middle infielder for Twins fans to keep watch of.  He will most likely start 2016 in Fort Myers again and his movement to Chattanooga will depend on the improvement of his game at the plate.
  • Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) - David Hurlbut (P) - Our star from the Chattanooga Lookouts this week is David Hurlbut, starting pitcher for the Lookouts.  The Lookouts have really struggled to start the second half of the season both due to players being promoted to Rochester and Minneapolis as well as injuries.  One bright spot for Chattanooga has been the pitching of David Hurlbut.  In his last two starts for the Lookouts, Hurlbut is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA over 13 2/3 innings pitched.  In those two starts, David has given up only one earned run, allowed 12 hits over those two wins and has a 4 SO/3 BB ratio.  For the season, Hurlbut is 5-5 in 11 games with a 3.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and .253 average against.  He has pitched 61 innings and has a 36 SO/21 BB ratio.  Hurlbut needs to continue to work on the walks and allowing fewer baserunners but with the prospects of Jose Berrios being promoted from Rochester either yet in 2015 or starting 2016 with the Twins, there will be openings for Hurlbut in Rochester if he can continue to work on his command.
  • Rochester Red Wings (AAA) - Oswaldo Arcia (OF) - This week's star from the Rochester Red Wings is Oswaldo Arcia, outfielder for Rochester.  Arcia was the player chosen last week for this article for Rochester but it was hard to stay away from him again this week as Oswaldo continues to crush pitching in AAA.  Arcia was also named as the Batavia Downs Player of the Week as in Rochester, the award named to the best player of the week for the Red Wings.  In his last 10 games, Arcia is hitting .314 with 6 HR, 14 RBI, and 11 R.  For the season at Rochester, Oswaldo is hitting .274 with a .323 OBP, .507 SLG, and .830 OPS.  He has 10 2B, 8 HR, 29 RBI, and 19 R which shows the run production has been improved since being sent back down to the Red Wings.  At this time, the Twins outfield looks to be set and that's with Byron Buxton out due to injury and they will still need to decide his fit once returning.  Arcia could still get a shot to get called back up but with the Twins in need of some bullpen help, don't be surprised if Terry Ryan and the Minnesota front office capitalize on Arcia's current hot showing to package him in a deal to get that needed bullpen arm.
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!