• Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Four and Oh!

    On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1. Vance Worley gave up two runs in five innings and the bullpen threw four scoreless innings and kept the team in it. Unfortunately, the Twins’ bats were quiet. Their lone run came on Josh Willingham’s third home run of the year.

    All four Twins full-season affiliates won on Thursday. Two of the the teams scored double-digit runs. The top two prospects added to their home run totals, while their top pitching prospect was on the mound early in the morning. So much to write about, so let’s get to the Minor League Report for Thursday, April 25! (And be sure to look to adopt another prospect today too!)

    Rochester Red Wings 10, Syracuse Chiefs 7

    Box Score

    The Red Wings had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Shairon Martis worked the first five innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out four. Caleb Thielbar entered and gave up five runs on five hits and a walk and was able to record just one out. Daniel Turpen came on and got the final two outs of the sixth and worked a perfect 7th frame as well. Luis Perdomo struck out two in the final two innings.

    Then, the Wings lost their big lead and their offense responded. They scored one run in each of the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. Doug Bernier led the offense. He was 5-5 with his first double and four RBI. Brian Dinkelman went 4-5 with his first three doubles of the season. Joe Benson went 2-4 with his first triple. He scored four runs and stole his third base.

    New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats had an early morning wake up call Thursday. They played a game scheduled to start a 10:35 a.m. Eastern Time. Likely not everyone was awake. The Rock Cats sent Alex Meyer to the mound against the Fisher Cats. The right-hander improved to 2-0 with six solid innings. He gave up one run on eight hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Aaron Thompson replaced him and gave up no runs in the 7th and 8th innings. He yielded three hits. Michael Tonkin recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth.

    Dan Rohlfing led the offense. He went 3-4. Jhon Goncalves was 2-3 and is now hitting .304 with the Rock Cats. Josmil Pinto was 2-4.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3

    Box Score

    DJ Baxendale was the Twins' 10th round pick last summer. He is off to a terrific beginning of his career as a starter with the Miracle. On this night, he improved to 3-0 with six strong innings. He gave up two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. Dakota Watts entered the game next, making his first appearance of the season. The hard-thrower gave up two hits and a walk but no runs in his inning. Corey Williams recorded a two-inning save (his fifth). He gave up one run on two hits and struck out one.

    Eddie Rosario led the offense with a 3-4 day. Levi Michael was activated before the game. He batted second and was the DH. He went 2-4 with two triples. Kennys Vargas was 2-4. Miguel Sano launched his eighth home run of the month and of the year. Drew Leachman singled for his first Miracle hit.
    AJ Pettersen went 2-4 with his fourth double. The double came in the first inning and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

    Photo courtesy of Rinaldi Photos

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 16, Great Lakes Loons 7

    Box Score

    It was another offensive explosion for the Kernels. Byron Buxton led the way again. The top pick went 3-5 with a walk, his third and fourth doubles, his third home run and five RBI. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with two walks and his first home run. Adam Walker was 2-6 with his third double, his third home run and four RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with a walk and his first triple. Tyler Grimes walked three times. JD Williams was 1-3 with two walks. Travis Harrison hit his eighth double.

    Brett Lee made the start for Cedar Rapids. The lefty gave up four runs (3 earned) on seven hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out one. Tyler Jones went the next 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits. He walked none and struck out two. Matt Tomshaw returned from the disabled list and worked 1.2 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one while striking out two.


    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Four and Oh! started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Picking nits, but there was a late official scoring change in the CR game that resulted in all 3 runs off of Tyler Jones being earned. A rocket off of Harrison's glove was originally scored E5 and well after the game ended changed to a single. As a result, all runs off of Jones were earned, even though the hit came after Jones had left the game.

      That's just one example of why this was one of the stranger games I've been to in a while.

      The Kernels batted around in the 7th inning, scoring 5 runs... on no hits. (4 straight walks and a couple of infield errors can do that to you.)

      Oh, and Byron Buxton is good at baseball. I still think the Twins will likely leave him in CR for a couple of months... but I'm less certain every day. If you really want to see him play in CR, don't wait too long.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      He'll stay there until at least the MWL All-Star game, and I think he will move up. That's so unusual for the Twins to do. And, I've seen a lot of guys have great Aprils and then tail off, so let's see how he sustains it. The man is incredibly gifted though!
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Was there Roster moves to accommodate Michael?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Ray and Gonzales went on the DL. Michael activated. Leachman promoted.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      I am glad to see Levi Michael doing well in his return. If he gets going, the gloomy perspective for the middle infield can change quite a bit.
    1. josecordoba's Avatar
      josecordoba -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      He'll stay there until at least the MWL All-Star game, and I think he will move up. That's so unusual for the Twins to do. And, I've seen a lot of guys have great Aprils and then tail off, so let's see how he sustains it. The man is incredibly gifted though!
      I'm guessing that Buxton can't sustain .419/.526/.694. You almost need to see him work through a slump before moving him up to the next level.

      I'm not as down on Michael as others. He's shown the ability to draw a walk even as he battled through injuries. He also seems to be able to stick at SS. Considering the Offensive Standards at Shortshop in the Majors currently. I believe he could develop into a League-Average Big League Starter. This seems awfully good for a guy rated towards the bottom of an organizations Top 30 Lists.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      When will Kepler be up?
    1. 60ft6in's Avatar
      60ft6in -
      I heard Kepler still not throwing yet......
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by 60ft6in View Post
      I heard Kepler still not throwing yet......
      Neither does Revere and it hasn't held him back any.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by josecordoba View Post
      I'm guessing that Buxton can't sustain .419/.526/.694. You almost need to see him work through a slump before moving him up to the next level.
      "Sorry son, you only struck out 35 times all season; we're having you repeat Cedar Rapids next season."
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      It seems clear that Buxton and Sano are pretty special. Why not move them up quick?Not like there's a bunch of studs standing in their way, if the twins start tanking these guys should be pushed through the system pretty aggressively I think.
©2014 TwinsCentric, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Interested in advertising with Twins Daily? Click here.