January 28, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #21 Steven Tolleson

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #21 | Steven Tolleson

Position | Second Base, Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| November 1, 1983 (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

| University of South Carolina

| 5'10''

| 180 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 50

The Twins drafted Steven Tolleson in the 5th round of the 2005 draft. After putting up unspectacular numbers his previous 3 seasons in the Twins system, Tolleson opened a lot of people's eyes last year by putting up great numbers last season. He has a great eye at the plate which could make his arrival to Minnesota come sooner rather than later. He primarily plays shortstop but is often seen playing second base as well. He also played center field last season, but that might just be because of New Britain's strategy of rotating players around to different positions. He reminds me a lot Twins' infielder Matt Tolbert who also plays multiple positions and can also hit pretty good as well. With that said, I think Tolleson's ceiling may be as a utility player, but we all know how much the Twins value utility players (meaning he'll likely get a few starts). He plays sound, fundamental baseball and should be able to stick in our organization for a while.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     BB
AA        93    397    .300    .382    .466      38      9     44

2009 Outlook

Tolleson without a doubt should begin the 2009 season with the Rochester Red Wings. Whether it is in the middle infield or the outfield, he will be donning a Red Wings jersey. He could make it up to Minnesota at some point in the season.


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