September 4, 2007

Elizabethton Twins Season Recap

Elizabethton Twins
Twins Rookie-Level Affiliate
Team Record: 50-18
Appalachian League Champions

The Elizabethton Twins ended their season the way they envisioned it, with a championship. The Twins beat the Danville Braves in 2 games (in the best of 3) to win the Appalachian League Championship for the 2nd time in the last 3 years.

The Twins were stacked with fantastic talent this season. Ozzie Lewis was named the Appalachian Player of the Year, and rightfully so. The 21-year-old rookie outfielder out of Fresno State finished the season hitting .323/.375/.523 with 18 doubles, 9 home runs, and 50 RBI’s. He will be with the Beloit Snappers next season in his first full professional season. If he can continue his offensive surge at the next level, he will move up the prospect rankings to be one of the Twins best sluggers.

Rene Leveret was a beast in June for the Twins. He hit .375 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI’s in just 10 games. He cooled off in July but regained his form in August and finished the season hitting .308/.399/.463 with 8 HR and 65 RBI’s. He also compiled a good BB/K ratio of 34/36.

Rene Leveret

Deibinson (D.J.) Romero finished 2nd to Ozzie Lewis for the Appy League P.O.Y., he too was deserving of the award. The 20-year-old third baseman hit .316/.406/.506 with 16 doubles, 9 HR, and 52 RBI’s. He was recently promoted to Beloit to help the Snappers in their quest to win the Midwest League Championship.

Rene Tosoni and Estarlin De Los Santos were also great contributors to the Twins. Tosonoi sported a .301 average with 3 homers and 31 RBI’s while De Los Santos stole a team high 27 bases. Tosoni has now joined Romero in Beloit.

Not only did the Twins have great offensive players, they also had great pitching which kept them in the game.

Most noticeably, David Bromberg emerged as the ace of the staff. The 19-year-old rookie finished the season 9-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 81 K’s. He was named Appalachian Pitcher of the Year. The only downside to Bromberg was his walks allowed. In 58.1 innings, he gave up 32 walks. This southpaw has a bright future ahead of him and next season should join plenty of his teammates in Beloit.

Splitting time between the GCL and the Appalachian League, Michael McCardell domintated for both teams in '07. The Twins 6th-round draft pick out of Krutztown University finished the season 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 93 K’s in just 63 innings pitched. He went 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 70 K’s with the Elizabethton Twins.

Bradley Tippett was a key pitcher to the Twins success. The Australian reliever went 7-1 with an 0.93 ERA and 51 K’s. What’s even more impressive is that in his 38.2 innings pitched, he only gave up 4 walks. That’s a 12/1 K/BB ratio. That’s unbelievable from a 19-year-old. He will likely continue to pitch in relief, but he has shown that he can go 4-5 innings per game which makes him a candidate to be a starter down the road.

Team Batting Leaders

  • Average: .323, Ozzie Lewis
  • SLG %: .523, Ozzie Lewis
  • OBP: .406, Deibinson Romero
  • Hits: 78, Deibinson Romero
  • Doubles: 18, Ozzie Lewis
  • Triples: 6, Estarlin De Los Santos
  • Home Runs: 9, Ozzie Lewis/Deibinson Romero
  • Runs Batted In: 65, Rene Leveret
  • Stolen Bases: 27, Estarlin De Los Santos
Team Pitching Leaders
  • Wins: 9, David Bromberg
  • Loses: 3, Spencer Steedley
  • ERA: 2.78, David Bromberg
  • Innings Pitched: Michael Allen
  • Strikeouts: 81, David Bromberg
  • WHIP: 1.25, Michael Allen
  • Holds: 6, Daniel Latham
  • Saves: 11, Blair Erickson


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I’ve heard some people speculate that Lewis may go straight to Fort Myers. Who do you think is more likely to skip a level, Lewis or Revere?

Josh's Thoughts said...

Lol, Don't know what that is. I advise not opening it being that it may be a virus or something...

But I definitely would have to go with Lewis. Mostly because of the level he played at this season (the Appy League is a pretty tough league) and because he has college experience.

I wouldn't be so opposed to seeing him jump Lo-A. I think that he has the potential to be a great player some day and I think that he'd be more mentally ready then Revere.

Although I wouldn't be opposed to it, I don't see it happening.

But we'll have to wait and see. It'll be interesting who they have in Beloit/Ft. Myers next season with a big wave of offensive players raising through the system.