January 16, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #33 Tyler Ladendorf

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #33 | Tyler Ladendorf

Position | Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| March 7, 1988 (Des Plaines, Illinois)

School | Howard College

| 6'0''

| 185 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| Not Ranked

The Twins selected Tyler Ladendorf in the second round of the 2008 draft. Heading into the draft, he was regarded as one of the best JUCO players in the country. He hit .542 with 29 doubles, 5 triples, 16 home runs and 83 RBI in 53 games his Sophomore season at Howard College. He has a lot of pop in his bat, unfortunately he struggled in his first go-around in pro ball which is why he is ranked this low. He has a good glove and is a solid all-around player. Some believe that he may have to move to third base eventually, but at this time he's going to be used as a shortstop. I like Ladendorf a lot and I think that his good defense and strong eye at the plate may give the Twins a reason to move him to Beloit after 175 disappointing plate appearances in the GCL. If he struggles in Spring Training, he will probably be held in Extended Spring Training and will later head to Elizabethton, but if he succeeds, he could be in Beloit on opening day.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     BB
R         45    175    .204    .308    .293      10      1     17

2009 Outlook

Spring Training will probably decide Ladendorf's destination, hopefully he is in Beloit coming opening day.

Tyler answered some questions for the site back in June of 2008. Click here to view it.


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