• Twins Minor League Report: Highlights Galore!

    Things were pretty tough in the Twins farm system on Wednesday night. However, on Thursday, there were plenty of highlights for each of the four Twins affiliates. There were several great pitching performances. There were a lot of really strong hitting performances with multiple multi-hit games and some big home runs. One team ended one long streak, and another hopes to have started another long streak. A couple of bullpen arms continued their early-season dominance. One pitcher threw six one-hit innings. Another pitcher had a no-hitter through four innings.

    Drew Leachman was removed from the Cedar Rapids Disabled List and returned to their lineup. Matt Tomshaw was put on the 7-Day DL for the Kernels. Josue Montanez was sent back to Extended Spring Training. Oh, and it has been verified that J. O. Berrios has been added to the Kernels roster. The Twins had an off day and flew to Chicago to start a weekend series. There is a lot of information today, plenty for those Adopt-A-Prospect forums!

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4

    Box Score

    It has been a rough and disappointing start to the season for the Rochester Red Wings. Coming into the game, the team was 2-11 and had lost seven straight games. The offense had also not scored a run in 20 innings. The Red Wings got things going in the first inning and were able to hang on for the win.

    In the first inning, Eric Farris led off with a single. Chris Herrmann scored him on an opposite field double. Clete Thomas singled in Herrmann. Then Chris Colabello launched a towering, two-run blast, his fifth homer of the season. It gave the Red Wings a 4-0 lead before there was an out recorded. In the third inning, Chris Herrmann scored on a fielderís choice by Colabello for the final run of the game for the Wings. Of course, the offense pretty much stopped after the first four batters. They had just two more hits the rest of the game. Herrmann was 2-3 with a walk and a double. Even Bigley, in his first game back with the Red Wings, went 1-2 with a walk.

    Virgil Vasquez started and went the first five innings. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out three. Daniel Turpen gave up three hits over the next 1.2 innings while striking out two. Tyler Robertson came on with runners on and two outs in the 7th. He notched a big strikeout. Luis Perdomo got his first save of the year. He went the final two innings, giving up two solo home runs, but got the final out of the Red Wings third win.

    New Britain Rock Cats 17, Portland Sea Dogs 1

    Box Score

    The goal of any baseball team in any baseball game is to get some runs to support good pitching. Well, in this game, the offense was a bit extreme, and thatís a good thing, but it shouldnít hide some pretty solid pitching too.



    17 runs. 21 hits. 7 walks. The Rock Cats offense came to play. Antoan Richardson went 4-6 with a walk, his second double and his seventh stolen base. James Beresford went 3-3 with three walks and his, you guessed it, third stolen base. Curt Smith went 3-5 with his third double and first home run. Josmil Pinto went 3-6. Reynaldo Rodriguez walked and hit his fourth and fifth doubles. Danny Ortiz went 2-6 with his sixth double. Jhon Goncalves went 2-6 with his first double. All nine Rock Cats batters had at least one hit.

    Alex Meyer was a little wild but very effective. The lanky righty went the first six innings without giving up a run. He yielded up one hit, walked four and struck out five. Edgar Ibarra came on and worked the 7th and 8th innings. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Bobby Lanigan pitched a 1, 2, 3 ninth inning.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 11, St. Lucie Mets 8

    Box Score

    After starting the season with 12 straight wins, the Miracle finally took their first loss of the 2013 season on Wednesday night. On Thursday, they traveled across the state to play the St. Lucie Mets looking to start a new streak. Thanks to their bats and tremendous bullpen work, the Miracle improved to 13-1 on the season.

    Things started out well for the Miracle. In the top of the first, AJ Pettersen led off with a double. He came around to score on Miguel Sanoís fifth home run of the year. Pettersen led the offense with three hits. He was 3-5 with his third double and his second stolen base. Sano was 2-4 with a walk and three RBI. Kyle Knudson went 2-5 with his second double. Down 7-6 in the 7th, Kennys Vargas knocked a two-run double to give the Miracle the lead and they didnít look back. Vargas was 2-4 and the double was his fourth. Lance Ray went 2-3 with two walks and his third double.

    Madison Boer started and gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out two. Nelvin Fuentes came on and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. He struck out three.
    Then in the fifth inning the dominant bullpen came in. Ryan OíRourke has been the guy to come on in close games, often to see the Miracle take the lead. Reflecting this, OíRourke's record improved to 4-0. He pitched two innings and struck out one. Zack Jones came on and recorded his fifth save by working the final two innings. He walked one and struck out three. Early in the season OíRourke has pitched nine innings and given up no runs on two hits and a walk while striking out seven. Jones has thrown eight shutout innings. He has allowed one hit, walked two and struck out ten.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Peoria Chiefs 13

    Box Score

    Things started out so well for the Kernels on this night, but it didnít take long for things to completely turn around.

    The Kernels took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an Adam Walker RBI single. In the second, a Tyler Grimes triple was followed by JD Williamsí first home run of the year.

    Taylor Rogers started and through four innings he had given up no hits. However, things went sour in the fifth inning. Rogers gave up eight earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Manuel Soliman was called on and was hit for five runs (2 earned) on four hits and two walks. Chris Mazza came on and gave up two runs and struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings.

    Byron Buxton went 2-4 with a walk and his fifth stolen base. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with a walk and his fourth double. Dalton Hicks and Adam Walker were each 2-5 with an RBI.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report: Highlights Galore! started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      I wonder if Madison Boer's future might be as a reliever. He seems to be very inconsistent as a starter and if I remember correctly, he was a shutdown closer after he signed. I know it's still early in his professional career, but it's probably something to keep in mind.
    1. SurroundedByTigers's Avatar
      SurroundedByTigers -
      3 stars: Colabello - 3rd star; Beresford - 2nd star; Meyer - No. 1 star. I'm putting Beresford on my watch list.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Larsbars08 View Post
      I wonder if Madison Boer's future might be as a reliever. He seems to be very inconsistent as a starter and if I remember correctly, he was a shutdown closer after he signed. I know it's still early in his professional career, but it's probably something to keep in mind.
      I'd personally move him to the bullpen now. He just hasn't been a good starter at all since signing. He has some good stuff, but I agree that the move to the bullpen should happen now.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SurroundedByTigers View Post
      3 stars: Colabello - 3rd star; Beresford - 2nd star; Meyer - No. 1 star. I'm putting Beresford on my watch list.
      I've really liked Beresford as a player since seeing him in Beloit in 2010. Tremendous glove around the infield. He's a singles hitter, so he may never have a huge OPS, but he's just a solid performer!
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I suppose its too early to start calling for guys to be called up...but man...I really want to.
      The start of this year could not be going any better!
      Bummer that Boer can't start, it does make me wonder who/when a pitcher from CR gets sent to Fort Myers.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      First -- this is such a joy to read -- the setup then the results. Seth is an amazing writer.

      Second, this is 100% less depressing than last night's report. I am thrilled that Rochester finally won for a change, and there was a lot of icing on that cake.
    1. josecordoba's Avatar
      josecordoba -
      Buxton triple slash- .476/.560/.714
      Sano triple slash-. 389/.452/.741
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Agreed, Seth. Move Boer back to the pen, and move him up the organization. It's time.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Agreed, Seth. Move Boer back to the pen, and move him up the organization. It's time.
      I agree with moving him to the bullpen... I wouldn't move him up yet though... I'd like to see him with any measure of success at Ft. Myers before thinking he could succeed, even out of the 'pen, in New Britain.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by josecordoba View Post
      Buxton triple slash- .476/.560/.714
      Of all the many exciting stats put up by the Twins' young prospects thus far, the one I am most excited about is Buxton's 14% walk rate. I really had no idea what to expect vis a vis his plate discipline. The small sample from this season gives me a lot of hope that we'll see that speed on the bases.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I agree with moving him to the bullpen... I wouldn't move him up yet though... I'd like to see him with any measure of success at Ft. Myers before thinking he could succeed, even out of the 'pen, in New Britain.
      i was not clear, I would not move him up now either. I was trying, badly, to say that he could move up as a reliever, but not as a starter. That's what happens when I type on my phone.....
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      I need to get to CR before Buxton moves up! Be awesome if I could see a game that Berrios starts. Is Berrios going to be starting in CR?
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      What kind of prospect is Antoan Richardson going to be? I had noticed his stolen bases already when glancing through stuff, but I honestly had never even heard of him before. Just looking at his numbers and his physical size (5'8", 165 lbs.) I would assume he'd be in the vein of Revere or Mastroianni? Does he look to have that kind of potential?
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dance with Disco Dan View Post
      Of all the many exciting stats put up by the Twins' young prospects thus far, the one I am most excited about is Buxton's 14% walk rate. I really had no idea what to expect vis a vis his plate discipline. The small sample from this season gives me a lot of hope that we'll see that speed on the bases.
      He also has a pretty good bb/k ratio of 7/9. I'm all for moving up Buxton when the time is right but like a lot of people I don't think that is till the all star break. Also, his sb/cs ratio is pretty poor at 5/3. A player with his speed shouldn't be caught at that high of clip.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      I need to get to CR before Buxton moves up! Be awesome if I could see a game that Berrios starts. Is Berrios going to be starting in CR?
      he'll be there for awhile yet... at least until Jone, I'd say. And yes, Berrios will be starting.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericchri View Post
      What kind of prospect is Antoan Richardson going to be? I had noticed his stolen bases already when glancing through stuff, but I honestly had never even heard of him before. Just looking at his numbers and his physical size (5'8", 165 lbs.) I would assume he'd be in the vein of Revere or Mastroianni? Does he look to have that kind of potential?
      He's 29 years old, or so. He's had a couple of brief cups of coffee in the big leagues. He was playing independent league ball a couple of years ago. Similar player to Revere (including size), but he's older, so he kind of is what he is.
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