January 14, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #37 Steven Tolleson

Edit: Steven Tolleson was released by the Twins on 2/1/2010.

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #37 | Steven Tolleson

Position | Second Base/Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| November 1, 1983 (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

| University of South Carolina

| 5'11''

| 185 lbs.

2009 Ranking| 50

The Twins drafted Steven Tolleson in the 5th round of the 2005 draft. After what many considered to be a "breakout" year in 2008, Tolleson had high expectations heading into 2009. He battled injuries in Spring Training and Rochester's infield was already crowded to begin with. So as a result, Tolleson began the season with Double-A New Britain. After 38 games with the Rock Cats, Tolleson moved up to Triple-A Rochester where he hit .270/.338/.375 through 92 games. He's a career .276/.368/.400 hitter in 1,800+ professional at bats. His defense is below average and he's not a great runner. Tolleson doesn't do any one thing great, but he should be a serviceable utility player.

2009 Statistics
          Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR    wRC+
          AA        38    151    .258    .343    .391      14      2     109
AAA 92 352 .270 .338 .375 24 6 96

2010 Outlook

Tolleson will begin the 2009 season with the Rochester Red Wings. Whether it is in the middle infield or the outfield, he will be donning a Red Wings jersey. He'll probably be given an opportunity to make the Opening Day Roster and will probably be told he has a "chance", but he'll likely start in Rochester. He should make it up to Minnesota at some point in the season.


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