January 15, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #36 Brian Dinkelman

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #36 | Brian Dinkelman

Position | Second Base/Outfield

Bats/Throws | Left/Right

| November 10, 1983 (Centralia, Illinois)

School | McKendree College

| 5'11''

| 195 lbs.

2009 Ranking | 36

The Twins drafted Brian Dinkelman in the 8th round of the 2006 draft. Dinkelman has a good bat and approach to the plate, which is evident by his 174/231 BB/K ratio through his first 1,564 Minor League at-bats. Dinkelman was promoted to New Britain midway through the 2008 season, but struggled by hitting .247/.299/.369 in 52 games. He began the 2009 season back in New Britain and had arguably his most productive season thus far. Unfortunately, Dinkelman was hurt by a crowded infield in Rochester, which resulted in him staying in New Britain all season. He has played good defense at second base in the past, but the Twins have decided to move Dinkelman to the outfield in 2009. This will allow him to not only get to Rochester, but compete for the Twins' fourth outfield position in Spring Training. And speaking of which, Dinkelman was invited to Spring Training by the Twins. At this point, his age will be the only thing that will hold him back.

2009 Statistics
          Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR   wRC+
          AA       129    459    .296    .383    .440      48      8    130

2010 Outlook

Brian Dinkelman will spend the 2010 season in the Rochester outfield where he may occasionally receive stats at second base.


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