OMG: Minnesota Twins
Here’s the Minnesota Twins’ Top 10 prospects, meaning it’s time for OMG (One More Guy) from their system:
Angel Morales, OF: The third-round draft pick out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy in 2007 continued to make his slow climb up the Twins’ ladder in 2010, showing both his considerable tools as well as what he still needs to work on.
It’s been one step at a time for the now-21-year-old outfielder, sometimes having to hit a step twice. He made it to full-season ball in his third summer as a pro, then began last year back in Beloit. He showed progress there to earn a promotion to Ft. Myers, where he was just so-so.
When everything is going right for Morales, he’s got a very interesting power-speed combination. He doesn’t always tap into his raw power, with his career high in homers (15) actually coming when he was with short-season Elizabethton back in 2008. His 29 steals last year were a career high. Defensively, he’s not a great center fielder, but he’s got enough arm for a corner and if the power comes, he could profile well in right.
Assuming he goes back to Ft. Myers to start 2011, it will be interesting to see if he can make more progress and earn another midseason promotion. Even though he’s already spent four summers with the Twins, he’s still young and not particularly behind the curve.