January 13, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #36 Brian Dinkelman

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #36 | Brian Dinkelman

Position | Second Base

Bats/Throws | Left/Right

| November 10, 1983 (Centralia, Illinois)

School | McKendree College

| 5'11''

| 195 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 41

The Twins drafted Brian Dinkelman in the 8th round of the 2006 draft. He is not an outstanding player by any means, but he fits the Twins mold by showing that he has good defense with good discipline at the plate. Since second base is in no way locked for the future, with a strong 2009 campaign he could very well be starting at second base in 2010. Of course that may be thinking too optimistically, but I love Dinkelman's approach at the plate and I think he has a strong enough bat to someday make him a fine second baseman. He doesn't hit for much power, but he does drive the ball which is evident by his 40 extra-base hits in 2008 (only 4 of which were home runs). In his career, he has a 119/158 BB/K ratio (1.33 strikeouts per walk). He is just an all-around solid player and despite his age, I still like his chances of someday helping the Twins.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     BB
A+        63    274    .293    .399    .414      22      2     33
AA 52 216 .247 .299 .369 18 2 10

2009 Outlook

Brian Dinkelman will more than likely be in New Britain come 2009, but I expect him in Rochester by mid-season.


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