February 1, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #22 Danny Rams

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #22 | Danny Rams

Position | Catcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 19, 1988 (Miami, Florida)

| Gullivar Preparatory School

| 6'2''

| 205 lbs.

2009 Ranking | 48

The Twins took Danny Rams in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft. Heading into the draft, Rams ranked near the top in terms of having raw power. Up to this point, he has been able to spray the ball to all parts of the field with authority, which has resulted in 62 extra-base hits in just 496 professional at-bats.

After he was drafted in 2007, Rams was sent to the Gulf Coast League where he hit .258/.311/.361 with no home runs in 97 at-bats. In 2008, Rams began the season in extended Spring Training before being promoted to the Appalachian League, Rams struggled by hitting .228/.301/.423 with five home runs in 149 at-bats with the Elizabethton Twins. He began the 2009 season similarly to the way he started the '08 season, only he played in five games for the Ft. Myers Miracle in May. When short-season teams started up in June, Rams again found himself with the Elizabethton Twins of the the Appalachian League, only this time he would make a different impression. Rams only played in 16 games with the Twins but hit .355/.444/.790 with six home runs. He was then promoted to Low-A Beloit where he finished off the season, hitting .229/.308/.429 with seven home runs in 175 at-bats. All together in '09, Rams hit .264/.345/.520 with 37 extra-base hits in 250 at-bats.

Rams has a good arm but may eventually grow out of the catcher position. He strikes out too much but always seems to hit the ball hard (when he makes contact). In 2010, look for Rams to begin the season in Beloit before being considered for a promotion mid-season. In Beloit, he'll likely split time with Chris Herrmann behind the plate. I primarily see Rams as a 1B/DH option down the line.

2009 Statistics
          Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR   wRC+
          R (EZL)   16     72    .355    .444    .790      14      6    224
A- 48 195 .229 .308 .429 21 7 102
A+ 5 14 .308 .357 .462 2 0 137

2010 Outlook

Rams will probably be in Beloit to start the season but could make the move to Ft. Myers at some point. He'll likely split time behind home plate with Chris Herrmann as well as play first base and DH in order get him in the lineup as much as possible.


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