January 19, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #30 David Winfree

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #30 | David Winfree

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| August 5, 1985 (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

School | First Colonial High School

| 6'3''

| 215 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 25

David Winfree was drafted in the 13th round of the 2003 draft. He is a corner-infielder turned corner-outfielder after he proved to be a defensive liability at both first and third base. Winfree is a proven run producer at the plate, but he does not get on base at a very high average. On the bright side, last season Winfree did cut down on his strikeouts and increased his walk-rate considerably from 2007. He doesn't seem to be a likely fit in the outfield at the major league level and probably will end up as a bench bat unless he continues to improve his on-base percentage. Winfree has good enough power though to potentially make some teams look past his on-base problems. We will see how he plays next season in the outfield. It's pretty safe to say that his days in the infield are behind him so if he wants to make it to the majors he will have to do it either as an outfielder or as a Designated Hitter. Unfortunately for Winfree, both of those positions have quite a bit of depth and are currently filled for the foreseeable future.

2008 Statistics
Level       G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     RBI
AA        126    502    .252    .319    .450      49     19      87

2009 Outlook

If he has a good spring training, Winfree should be wearing a Red Wings uniform this season. Winfree has spent the last two seasons in the Eastern League, compiling nearly 1,000 plate appearances in that time. He is still young enough to keep him there, but if there is room in Rochester I really don't see why they would.


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