January 1, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #48 Danny Rams

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #48 | Danny Rams

Position | Catcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 19, 1988 (Miami, Florida)

School | Gulliver Preparatory

| 6'2''

| 205 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 38

Danny Rams was drafted by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft. He has struggled making the transition from High School baseball to professional baseball, which has been apparent with his .240 average and .703 OPS in his first 166 plate appearances all in rookie ball. He has a home run swing, but he doesn't make good enough contact to really get good 'pop' on the ball. Rams has not earned a promotion to the Midwest League, but he needs to play to get better and sending him to a full-season team could be beneficial. He's still only 20-years-old, so there's no reason to think he can't someday live up to the hype that followed him out of High School. Despite having a strong arm behind the plate, Rams probably will be permanently moved from behind the plate to first base or designated hitter at some point in the future. With Wilson Ramos and Drew Butera known as excellent defensive catchers, and with a guy named Joe Mauer winning a gold glove for the Twins from behind the plate, Rams probably won't make it to the majors as a catcher.

2008 Statistics

Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     BB
R         41    166    .228    .301    .423      16      5     24

2009 Outlook

He's still very young, so sending him to Extended Spring Training and Elizabethton might be in order. He needs to play as much as possible, and although he would get plenty of AB's in EXT & E-Town, Beloit is also very possible.


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