• Twins Minor League Report (5/4): Red Wings Power

    It was quite the power display for the Rochester Red Wings, something the Twins AAA-affiliate needed badly. Clete Thomas and Chris Colabello continue to make their case for big league jobs. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton continue to make their cases for being the #1 prospect in baseball going into the 2014 season.

    The Twins fell again in Cleveland, but there was plenty to watch in the Twins minor leagues. There was good pitching. The top prospects each had multi-hit games. And, the Red Wings got some big time power from the middle of their lineup. Check out what happened on Saturday in the minor league parks:

    Rochester Red Wings 8, Columbus Clippers 2

    Box Score

    The middle of the Red Wings lineup came through in a big way on Saturday night in Ohio. Clete Thomas, Chris Colabello and Jeff Clement (the 3-4-5 hitters) combined to go 8-15 with a double, five home runs and seven RBI. Thomas is now hitting .386 after going 2-5 with his fifth and sixth home runs. Chris Colabello went 4-5 with his seventh double and seventh home run. Jeff Clement was 2-5 with the first two home runs of his season. Joe Benson had a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

    (Photo - Naples News)

    Liam Hendriks made the start. He gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five. Caleb Thielbar came on and threw two scoreless innings, walking one and striking one out. Luis Perdomo gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth. He struck out two.

    New Britain Rock Cats 1, Portland Sea Dogs 2
    Box Score

    The score was tied at one going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Lefty Edgar Ibarra, who threw a scoreless eighth inning, was back on the mound. He walked the leadoff batter and proceeded to throw two wild pitches to get the runner to third base. He then intentionally walked the next two batters in an attempt to set up a force at home plate. Jose Gonzalez was brought in, and he proceeded to walk in the winning run.

    Trevor May was very good while Terry Ryan watched from the stands. The hard-throwing right-hander went seven strong innings. He gave up one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.

    The Rock Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Veteran Charlie Haeger, the knuckleballer who spent parts of five season in the big leagues, was on the mound for Portland. He missed all of the 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery. He walked Antoan Richardson to lead off the game. Richardson stole his twelfth base of the year and then advanced to third on a groundout by Danny Santana. With Mark Sobolewski batting, Haeger threw a pitch that knuckled past the catcher to score Richardson. That was the lone run of the game for New Britain. The Rock Cats had just four hits on the game.

    AJ Pettersen left Ft. Myers very early on Saturday morning and landed in Portland, Maine, two hours before the early afternoon game. He arrived at the ballpark to find that he was in the lineup, batting ninth and playing second base. In his first plate appearance, Haeger walked him. In his next plate appearance, he was hit by a knuckleball. He then flew out to right field twice.

    Alex Meyer will face Brandon Workman when the two teams play on Sunday at noon (central time).

    Ft. Myers Miracle 5, St. Lucie Mets 10

    Box Score

    The Miracle’s nine game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night. Tom Stuifbergen made the start and gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes struck out five over the next two innings. He gave up one hit and an unearned run. Corey Williams pitched the eighth inning. He gave up a solo home run and he struck out two. Chad Rodgers yielded two runs in the ninth. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two.

    Miguel Sano did his part. The slugger gave the Miracle a 3-0 lead after one inning with a three-run blast, his tenth home run of the season. He had three hits in the game and drove in four runs. Matt Koch went 3-4 as well.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, South Bend Silver Hawks 6 (11 innings)

    Box Score

    Tyler Duffey continued to pitch well, but it wasn’t enough on this night. The right-hander went the first seven innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five. Tyler Jones came on and struck out the one batter he faced. Josh Burris came on and gave up three runs on one hit and three walks in one inning. Tim Atherton came on and got out of the ninth inning. He got the game to the 11th frame, but a leadoff walk led to a game-losing run. He gave up the run on two hits and three walks (one intentional) in two innings.

    Byron Buxton continued his streak of getting on base in all 27 games so far this season. He was 2-5 with a walk and his sixth and seventh doubles. He also stole his 12th base. Jorge Polanco went 2-5 with a walk and his third triple. He is now hitting .352. Tyler Grimes was 2-4 and was hit by two pitches. Niko Goodrum had a single, two walks and his third stolen base.

    A LOOK AHEAD to Sunday

    Sam Deduno will be making his first start of the season for the Red Wings on Sunday at noon (central time) in Columbus. Alex Meyer will be starting for New Britain in Portland, Maine on Sunday at noon. Ft. Myers plays at 3:05 on Sunday afternoon and will have Cole De Vries making a rehab start. J.O. Berrios will start for the Kernels in South Bend when they start at 1:05.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/4): Red Wings Power started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Excellent article Seth. This takes some of the sting out of today's loss to the Indians. And it will be great if Deduno can pitch well tomorrow.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      4 pitchers starting on Sunday in the organization, all 4 directly relevant to the present, and very near future of the major league club. While May is positioning himself for a sooner than later promotion, the position player breakouts are also fast becoming fodder for speculation of their own advancements. Do Petterson and Polanco have what it takes to inevitably challenge those (say by sometime in 2014 or 15) currently blocking them for a major league spot?

      The minor league show is fast becoming more interesting, intriguing and entertaining than the major league club. Kudos to you, Seth, and all the other TD writers for your in-depth coverage.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Stupid managerial decison by New Britain. They have a pitcher who is having control issues walk the bases loaded. Very poor decision IMO. Too bad Trevor May's fine start was wasted.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Accoding to Jim Crikket via twitter, Tyler Jones was removed after a visit by the trainer. I don't suppose we know what is going on there?
    1. josecordoba's Avatar
      josecordoba -
      Sano has a .1200- OPS in the Florida State League. Buxton has a .500 OBP although he's only slugging .680. LOL.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      jokin hit it on the head. 4 pitchers in the spotlights. 2 could be up shortly, one next year and one the following. The minors are fun to watch this season!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      jokin hit it on the head. 4 pitchers in the spotlights. 2 could be up shortly, one next year and one the following. The minors are fun to watch this season!
      I like all four pitchers yesterday, and now on Sunday, we'll be watching Deduno, Meyer, De Vries and Berrios. Two top prospects and two guys that will likely factor into this season.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Another two weeks in the books and Buxton's walk rate is holding 19%. I am trying hard not to get too excited but elite plate discipline was the one skill I did not dare hope he'd have at this stage of his career. Of course, low-A pitchers are not likely in and around the plate as much as the pitchers he'll face up the ladder but I am still very happy to see that he controls his strike zone.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      Accoding to Jim Crikket via twitter, Tyler Jones was removed after a visit by the trainer. I don't suppose we know what is going on there?
      Pitching elbow. Will go on DL today.
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