• Twins Minor League Report (5/12): Soul Patrol Part Deux

    Three minor league affiliates played on Sunday. The two upper-level minor league affiliates played very good, close ball games. Ft. Myers had a day off. The game in Beloit on Sunday was just crazy. Youíll note the final score looks much more like a football score than a baseball score. That is all good news for the Kernels hitters. It certainly doesnít speak well for the Kernels starters on this day. Consider this early previewÖ Kernels outfielders (JD Williams, Byron Buxton and Adam Walker combined to go 9-15 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 11 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. Soul Patrol: The Next Generation?

    Here's much more on the Twins minor league activity from Sunday:



    Rochester Red Wings 5, Columbus Clippers 4

    Box Score

    The Red Wings offense didnít really do a lot in this game, with the exception of one inning. They scored five runs in the fifth inning and were able to hang on for the win. The big hits came off the bats of Nate Hanson and Joe Benson. Hanson had a two-run single. Bensonís sixth double also resulted in two runs. Hanson was 2-4. Eric Farris was also 2-4. Chris Colabello went 2-3 with a walk and his 11th double.

    PJ Walters got the start. In six innings, he gave up one run on four hits, three walks, two HBP and he struck out three. Tyler Robertson pitched a scoreless seventh, though he did allow a triple and a walk. In the eight he allowed a single and a walk. He left the game with one out in the eighth without having allowed those runners to score. Dan Turpen came in and got the final two outs but not before allowing both inherited runners to score. Luis Perdomo came in for the ninth and got the save. However, he did give up one run on one hit and three walks.

    Virgil Vasquez will make a start for the Red Wings on Monday night. After Kyle Gibsonís, 114-pitch, complete game shutout last week, he will be pushed back one day and start on Tuesday.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 3

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats had another close game against the Sea Dogs. Logan Darnell pitched eight innings. He gave up three runs on ten hits and a walk; he struck out five. Michael Tonkin came in and gave up a hit and struck one out in the ninth.

    The two New Britain runs came on Josmil Pintoís eighth home run. Danny Santana went 3-4 with a walk and two stolen bases.

    New Britain will enjoy an off day on Monday.

    Ft. Myers Miracle


    No Game Scheduled on Sunday. Jason Wheeler will hope to improve to 4-0 against Dunedin.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 23, Beloit Snappers 16

    Box Score

    Maybe you thought this was an Arena League Football score, or something. No, 23-16 was the actual score of this minor league game at Pohlman Stadium.

    Letís start with the good, before getting to the bad and ugly! All nine Kernels hitters had at least one hit and one RBI and scored at least one run. The team had 19 hits and nine walks. Byron Buxton went 4-7 with his ninth double, his fourth triple and four RBI. Adam Walker was 4-6 with his ninth and tenth doubles, his eighth and ninth home runs and seven RBI (40 on the season). Niko Goodrum went 3-4 with a walk, his seventh double and three RBI. Tyler Grimes went 2-4 with two walks, his first home run and two RBI. Dalton Hicks was 2-4 with two walks. JD Williams went 1-2 with three walks and his fifth double. Jorge Polanco hit his fourth triple and two sacrifice flies. Travis Harrison hit his 13th double.

    Now for the bad and the ugly. With all that run support, JO Berrios was able to finish only four innings; he gave up three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out six and had one wild pitch. David Hurlbut came on and gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Alex Muren then came in. He went 2.1 innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. When he came in to relieve Hurlbut there were two runners on base and neither scored. Josh Burris pitched the ninth. He gave up six runs on four hits and two walks.

    On Monday, the Kernels will play the final game of the series in Beloit. Matt Tomshaw, who pitched brilliantly for the Snappers in 2012, hopes to eat up some innings for the Kernels. Michael Quesada will be joining the Kernels, back home on Tuesday.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (4/12): Soul Patrol Part Deux started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Rough outing by Berrios but at least he wasn't responsible for that many runs...Bad Outing, yes. Outing that makes you reconsider everything you ever thought about him, no (although I thought so at first seeing the score!)
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Is the Josh Burris experimental promotion going to be put back on hold?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      There are just so many quality hitting prospects on that Cedar Rapids team. My favorite as always, and pre-season surprise / sleeper prospect is still Adam Brett Walker:
      Midwest League Rankings:
      Home Runs = 1st with 9
      RBIs = 1st with 40 (by 9)
      Slug% = 1st with .664% (by .58 points)
      Total Bases = 1st with 87 (by 11)
      Runs = 2nd with 26
      Triples - 2nd with 4
      OPS % = 4th with 1.033
      To go along with a .321 BA
      These are the kind of numbers he put up in college (@ Jacksonville University). He put up these numbers against the Florida States - Oklahomas - Florida's - etc. - (Top Competition) as well. Great vision by the Twins brass in trusting their gut. They drafted a first round talent in the 3rd round. Can't wait to see him join Ft. Myers this year. Will be 21 years old all season too. Young & Beastly
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Can a 3rd round pick who was a terrific college hitter really be a "sleeper" prospect though?

      I was so impressed seeing Walker in person... he's putting up numbers beyond what anyone should reasonably expect. I do think he could move quickly, even before the All Star game, if needed. He's so strong!
    1. jsimssd72's Avatar
      jsimssd72 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      Rough outing by Berrios but at least he wasn't responsible for that many runs...Bad Outing, yes. Outing that makes you reconsider everything you ever thought about him, no (although I thought so at first seeing the score!)
      I never take to much into the numbers when a Minor leaguer had a 6-0 then a 14-2 lead. you just never know if he was working on a pitch and this was a good time to try it out in a live game.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Also, pitch counts are likely still involved with Berrios and others.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      [QUOTE=Seth Stohs;110822]Can a 3rd round pick who was a terrific college hitter really be a "sleeper" prospect though?

      I agree on most teams, but Walker is probably prospect #7 on his own team alone: 1)Buxton 2)Berrios 3)Harrison 4)Polanco 5)Melotakis 6)Goodrum 7)Walker?
      At least according to most 2013 prospect listings...............

      That is not even counting the other Twins minor league affiliates (Prospects). Baseball America had him ranked 31st in Twins oragnization. Would you not consider a #31 prospect in any organization a sleeper?

      I want to believe he is changing some perceptions


      Everyone thought potential but not proven!! Raw but Upside!! Star or Bust!! and fairly enough the jury is still out? I'm just a believer
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      [QUOTE=lightfoot789;110842]
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Can a 3rd round pick who was a terrific college hitter really be a "sleeper" prospect though?

      I agree on most teams, but Walker is probably prospect #7 on his own team alone: 1)Buxton 2)Berrios 3)Harrison 4)Polanco 5)Melotakis 6)Goodrum 7)Walker?
      At least according to most 2013 prospect listings...............

      That is not even counting the other Twins minor league affiliates (Prospects). Baseball America had him ranked 31st in Twins oragnization. Would you not consider a #31 prospect in any organization a sleeper?

      I want to believe he is changing some perceptions


      Everyone thought potential but not proven!! Raw but Upside!! Star or Bust!! and fairly enough the jury is still out? I'm just a believer
      Interesting comments. Is Polanco beginning to also change perceptions by eclipsing Harrison?

      I'd certainly like to envision Walker as a RHB Big Papi. He's still got a ways to go, hope the Twins stay with him and push him to stay in good physical shape and hit better against the breaking ball. I have a feeling those are going to be his primary impediments as he moves up in the system.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      [QUOTE=jokin;110845]
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post

      Interesting comments. Is Polanco beginning to also change perceptions by eclipsing Harrison?

      I'd certainly like to envision Walker as a RHB Big Papi. He's still got a ways to go, hope the Twins stay with him and push him to stay in good physical shape and hit better against the breaking ball. I have a feeling those are going to be his primary impediments as he moves up in the system.
      I think Harrison is doing just fine, other than the errors at third. He's already got 13 2B and 5 HR. That being said, the offensive talent in Cedar Rapids is ridiculous--perhaps the best offense in baseball when adjusted for league.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      [QUOTE=lightfoot789;110842]
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Can a 3rd round pick who was a terrific college hitter really be a "sleeper" prospect though?

      I agree on most teams, but Walker is probably prospect #7 on his own team alone: 1)Buxton 2)Berrios 3)Harrison 4)Polanco 5)Melotakis 6)Goodrum 7)Walker?
      At least according to most 2013 prospect listings...............

      That is not even counting the other Twins minor league affiliates (Prospects). Baseball America had him ranked 31st in Twins oragnization. Would you not consider a #31 prospect in any organization a sleeper?

      I want to believe he is changing some perceptions


      Everyone thought potential but not proven!! Raw but Upside!! Star or Bust!! and fairly enough the jury is still out? I'm just a believer
      Very good points. Thanks!

      He certainly isn't in the top prospect category. Certainly wasn't coming into the season. And, when you look at it as you did, that he's the 5-7 prospect on his own team's prospect coming into the season, it's hard to argue with you. Ha!

      Even now, I don't think I would have him higher than 5th (maybe 4th) prospect on his own team.

      I think he, and Polanco, have probably changed some perceptions. A little more belief in both of them.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      [QUOTE=Cap'n Piranha;110882]
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post

      I think Harrison is doing just fine, other than the errors at third. He's already got 13 2B and 5 HR. That being said, the offensive talent in Cedar Rapids is ridiculous--perhaps the best offense in baseball when adjusted for league.
      Yeah, I would still have Harrison ranked ahead of Walker in a prospect ranking... I really like Harrison's potential a lot! I also really like Walker too. I like a lot of prospects! Ha!
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      We are roughly quarter of the way thru the season (34 games in).

      If Walker were to stay in Cedar Rapids and produce as he is, for an entire season: 36 HRs / 40 DBLs / 16 Triples / 160 RBI / .300+ BA / 348 Total Bases / (adjusted stats for full season x4) - Would he still be the 4th - 5th best prospect on this team in your opinion?

      Let's just say: we said his current stats were for a third of the season and adjusted them accordingly (x3) = 27 HRs / 30 DBLs / 12 Triples / 120 RBI / .300+ BA / 261 Total Bases - Would he still be the 4th or 5th best prospect on this team in your opinion?

      Just Curious

      Miguel Sano in 2012:
      28 HRs / 28 DBLs / 4 Triples / 100 RBI / .258 BA / 238 Total Bases - Granted Sano is 1 1/2 years younger than Walker.

      So I ask again does that make Walker still the 4th to 5th ranked prospect on his team when you compare seasons?
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      How much individual success can come from playing around other top players? I just wonder how well some of the players would be playing if they were playing on teams with less overall talent? With so many players in CR and Ft Myers having so much success how much can attributed to the overall talent? Hitting and pitching can be contagious. Way it looks now we could have two MLB teams worth of players soon! Lol!
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I think Walker moves up and moves up a bunch simply because his percieved biggest weakness, the strikeout, is not nearly as pronounced as expected. In rookie ball he was striking out in 30% of his plate appearances. He is now doing so at a 22% rate in full season ball. That's not an ideal percentage but in today's baseball, that is pretty acceptable, particularly for sluggers. Heck Buxton is lighting the world on fire with an 18% strikeout rate.

      Just as the Twins have moved Rosario and Sano in tandem thus far, I'd like to see them do the same with Buxton and Walker. Perhaps there's nothing to it, but I like the idea of providing some familiarity and chemistry when these youngsters move levels. I also like to think it breeds a certain competitiveness to help foster the idea that they are not falling behind or failing their buddy.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      As there are more data points, we have more to evaluate and alter prospect rankings. If a 21-year-old put up those numbers in the MWL, it'd be hard to ignore. But if he put up those numbers and wasn't promoted, it would also throw up a whole bunch of red flags. So, who knows.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      I like your thinking. How about an outfield of Walker RF - Buxton CF - and JU teammate Murphy in LF in Ft. Myers for the rest of 2013 or J.D. Williams in LF with Murphy as 4th outfielder. I'm talking strickly speed. Buxton is fastest in system with Williams 2nd. Murphy was 2nd in NCAA in stolen bases during his final collegiate season. Walker was 40 for 41 in stolen bases in college. That would be a very speedy OF as it was in Cedar Rapids. I like the thought of moving guys up with familiar faces though. Good idea.......
    1. nowheresville's Avatar
      nowheresville -
      I've got to say Saturday and Sunday's games in Beloit were a couple of the most interesting games I've been to in a long time.

      Saturday featured a great pitching duel, and some very interesting plays. Harrison got thrown out on a play at the plate, with a questionable tag. Goodrum had a real rough day in the field, booting a few ground balls, and JD Williams made a fantastic diving catch in left field.

      The Snappers of course won the game in the end, but even that was unusual. It was a Fence-Clearing, Walk-Off Double, only because the batter, Chad Lewis stopped running and was mobbed by his teammates at 2nd base. He kept a HR off his stat line because he didn't finish running the bases.

      Sunday was like watching a video game, with Walker being the guy you create that's Max everything. It's probably the only professional game I've ever gone to where the score at one point was 22-3! It's even more amazing that after that score, the Snappers still made a game of it, never really threatening, but not quitting either. Really, when have you ever seen a team score 13 runs in 4 innings, and still lose by a touchdown?

      Also probably a lot more hugging than I've ever seen at a ballpark, as there were a lot of reunions between old friends, with last years players and of course Gary and Tommy. It is one case where the open concourse of Pohlman, where the players have to mingle with the public really made for a nice atmosphere.
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