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The Century Club (100 RBI minor leaguers)

Last weekend, Dalton Hicks drove in two runs for the Ft. Myers Miracle and became the second minor leaguer this season to drive in 100 runs. The other? His teammate for the first three months of the season, Kernels outfielder Adam Walker. As of today, Walker leads minor league baseball with 106 RBI while Hicks is second at 103. The only other minor leaguer with 100 RBI this year is Astros slugging prospect George Springer, at 102.

While Walker has driven in each of his runs for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Hicks has spent a quarter of his season with the Ft. Myers Miracle. He has 21 RBI with the Miracle after knocking in 82 runs with the Kernels.

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During the first half of the season, the two sluggers benefited from hitting in the middle of a lineup that including Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco setting the table. Walker, the Twins 3rd round pick in 2012 out of Jacksonville Univeristy, has hit 29 doubles, seven triples and 26 home runs. Hicks, a lumbering first baseman drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft out of Central Florida, has hit a combined 37 doubles to go with 17 home runs.

We frequently talk about how RBI are so much dependent upon those hitting in front of the batter. I do believe that RBI can be overrated, but as we watch a Twins team struggling to hit with runners in scoring position, I think it's important to remember that someone needs to drive run in!

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The two become the 33rd and 34th Twins minor leaguers since 1980 to have a 100 RBI season. The list of names below tell us that RBI is certainly not a indicator of future big league success. (However, it is fun at times to go into the Way Back Machine and read about names we may not have thought about in years.)

[TABLE="class: grid, width: 500, align: center"]

2013
Adam Walker
106+
Cedar Rapids


2013
Dalton Hicks
103+
Cedar Rapids/Ft. Myers


2012
Miguel Sano
100
Beloit


2005
David Winfree
101
Beloit


2004
Kevin West
109
New Britain/Rochester


2004
Jason Kubel
100
New Britain/Rochester


2002
Michael Ryan
101
Edmonton


2002
Todd Sears
100
Edmonton


2000
Brian Buchanan
103
Salt Lake


1999
David Ortiz
110
Salt Lake


1999
Michael Restovich
107
Quad Cities


1999
Steve Hacker
100
New Britain, Salt Lake


1998
Tommy Peterman
110
Ft. Myers


1998
Corey Koskie
105
Salt Lake


1997
David Ortiz
124
FM/NB/SL


1996
Todd Walker
101
Salt Lake


1994
Bernardo Brito
122
Salt Lake


1992
Marty Cordova
131
Visalia


1992
Steve Dunn
113
Visalia


1991
Paul Russo
100
Kenosha


1990
Ray Ortiz
102
Visalia/Orlando


1989
Paul Sorrento
112
Orlando


1989
Terry Jorgenson
101
Orlando


1986
Gene Larkin
104
Orlando


1986
Tim Schwarz
101
Visalia


1985
Mark Funderburk
116
Orlando


1985
Mark Davidson
106
Orlando


1985
Gene Larkin
106
Visalia


1984
Stan Holmes
101
Orlando


1983
Stan Holmes
115
Visalia


1983
Tim Teufel
100
Toledo


1982
Greg Wells
107
Toledo


1981
Kent Hrbek
111
Visalia


1981
Tim Laudner
104
Orlando

[/TABLE]

There are a few guys on that list that have a couple of World Series rings and tremendous careers. There are several players who never got a taste of the big leagues.

Miguel Sano is currently at 94 RBI, so there is a chance that he will hit the century mark for a second straight year. Kennys Vargas currently has 86 RBI and would need a torrid stretch to get there, but it's possible. I'm sure people reading this will also be excited to hear that Scott Ullger drove in 108 runs for Visalia.

Next season, Walker should join Hicks in the Ft. Myers lineup to start the season. However, I would anticipate that both will be up in New Britain by season's end, maybe even by the All Star break.


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