In between, we’ll also continue reporting on the Twins affiliates in the playoffs. Rochester just missed, but ended with a very good season. The New Britain Rock Cats finished above .500. The Ft. Myers Miracle and Cedar Rapids Kernels will begin their playoff runs in the next couple of days. Elizabethton is already playing a must-win playoff game. Check out the minor league report to see what’s going on.
However, let’s get back to the topic at hand. Here are August’s top hitters in the Twins minor leagues, starting with some honorable mentions:THE HITTERS
- Rochester Chris Herrmann 25-84 (.298/.359/.512 – .871), 7-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 11-RBI
- Rochester Josmil Pinto 33-108 (.306/.367/.444 - .811) 10-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 16-RBI
- Rochester Danny Ortiz 23-76 (.324/.355/.493 - .848) 6-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 9-RBI
- New Britain Levi Michael 26-84 (.310/.408/.345 – .753), 0-2B, 0-3B, 1-HR, 6 RBI
- Ft. Myers Stuart Turner 19-70 (.271/.346/.457 - .803), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 11-RBI
- ET/CR Jonatan Hinojosa 33-103 (.320/.358/.447 - .804), 2-2B, 4-3B, 1-HR, 15-RBI
- Cedar Rapids Tanner Vavra 17-56 (.304/.409/.375 – .784), 4-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 6-RBI
- GCL Twins Rainis Silva 20-58 (.345/.391/.466 - .856), 7-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 11-RBI
Yes, just 62 at bats, but that 1.120 OPS certainly stands out among the candidates. Minier was the big international signing in 2012 when the Twins inked him for $1.4 million. He spent 2013 in the GCL and after having shoulder surgery and switching positions, he returned to the GCL in 2014. The 18-year-old has tremendous power from both sides of the plate. This season, he has posted a .900 OPS from both sides of the plate. He will likely start the 2015 season in extended spring training, but there is some chance he could get to Cedar Rapids at some point in the season.#4 – Cedar Rapids – Mitch Garver, 28-91 (.308/.442/.440 – .882), 9-2B, 0-3B, 1-HR, 13-RBI
Garver has had a very strong season, certainly among the best in the organization. He has also been quite consistent throughout the year. He has hit for average, shown an ability to get on base and hit for a lot of power. The 23-year-old was the Twins 9th round pick just a year ago. He should move up to Ft. Myers next year and hopefully get a chance to jump up to New Britain at some point.#3 – Ft. Myers – Max Kepler 33-105 (.314/.357/.495 – .852), 9-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR, 16-RBI
It’s been another frustrating season for Kepler. He missed a lot of time early in the year due to various injuries, and he did struggle when he did play. He’s now putting up some very solid numbers for the Miracle, including 31 extra- base hits in a pitchers league. He has certainly hit the ball with much more authority of late. The 21-year-old is on the 40-man roster and could spend another half-season with the Miracle. That said, his second half may put him in position to advance to New Britain right away.#2 – Ft. Myers – Adam Walker 30-102 (.294/.374/.490 – .864), 6-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 18-RBI
Walker put together another strong month in August. He hit for average, had a very solid walk rate, and continued to mash the ball and drive in runs. He was the Twins 3rd round pick in 2012 out of Jacksonville. He has been a powerful run-producer wherever he has played. He has made some good strides in 2014. His power is legit. He’s still got work to do, but still just 23 years old, the organization can certainly be patient with him.The August Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month is...
Elizabethton Twins – 1B/LF Trey Vavra (34-100) .340/.417/.470 (.887) with 13-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 16 RBI
The Twins used their 33rd round pick, the 980th overall, on the versatile Trey Vavra. He had finished his senior season at Florida Southern, a Division II school, where he led the team in hits, doubles, home runs and RBI. His coach there was Lance Niekro, former big leaguer and son of former Twins pitcher Joe Niekro. He had played six different positions in college. Since signing, he has been a doubles machine in Elizabethton. In just 50 games, he knocked twenty two-baggers and drove in 34 runs. The 22-year-old primarily played 1B, but he also played over a dozen games in left field. He had also had the game-winning hit in game one of the Appy League playoffs on Saturday night.
Vavra is the son of Twins 3B coach, Joe, and the brother of Cedar Rapids infielder Tanner Vavra. Younger brother Terrin is a high school senior in Wisconsin.
There you have it. The top 5 hitters in the Twins system for the month of August. Now feel free to debate. What do you think? Please feel free to discuss.
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