• Twins Minor League Report (5/19): Gibson, Richardson, Colabello Star

    The Twins and the Red Sox had a nice three hour rain delay, and fans were treated to The Sandlot during the delay. There was plenty of excitement in the Twins minor league system as well. One of the Twins' top prospects almost made a little bit of history. One of the Twins minor league affiliates won on a walk off. A couple of non-roster players continued to make their cases for a big league roster spot.

    With that, check out what happened with the Twins minor league teams on Sunday:

    Rochester Red Wings 11, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 0

    Box Score

    In an attempt not to be too obvious about what to write about to this game, Im going to write it up a little differently. Lets try writing this like a hockey post-game and name three stars:

    Third Star CF Antoan Richardson The diminutive leadoff hitter did about as well at his leadoff duties as anyone could hope. The job of a leadoff hitter is to get on base. Richardson was 2-3 with three walks, his third double and his first triple with the Red Wings. He also stole his second base. The former big leaguer should be considered a possible Aaron Hicks replacement when the Twins decide to send him down.

    Second Star 1B Chris Colabello Normally a day like Colabello had on Sunday would be an easy choice for top performance on his team. Colabello went 4-5 with his 16th and 17th doubles of the year. He was also hit by a pitch. The 29-year-old is now hitting .361/.419/.657 (1.076) through 44 games. He has 17 doubles and 11 home runs. He should be coming to the Twins soon.

    First Star RHP Kyle Gibson Through 7 2/3 innings, the former first-round pick did not allow a hit. With two outs in the 8th inning, he gave up a slicing double down the left field line that landed inches inside the foul line. He gave up a bloop single and a seeing-eye roller through the right side of the infield to lead off the 9th inning. He proceeded to get a strikeout and a ground-ball double play to end the game. Gibson threw his second nine-inning shutout in his past three starts. He ended with three hits allowed, he walked two and struck out eight to reduce his ERA to 3.25 on the year. Maybe the most impressive thing about his performance was that he needed just 93 pitches to do it! And, like the first two stars, Gibson should be performing in a Twins uniform very soon.

    Ray Olmedo went 3-5. Jeff Clement was 2-6 with his fourth double.



    New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7

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    The return of BJ Hermsen from his intercostal (rib muscle) injury has been slow. In this start, he gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Two of the hits were home runs. Bobby Lanigan came on and was charged with two unearned runs in his two innings. Jose Gonzalez pitched the final two innings. He struck out two and he allowed one run.

    A year ago in New Britain, Deibinson Romero hit 23 doubles and 19 home runs. Because of some visa investigations in the Dominican Republic this spring, Romero was unable to get to the States. He had been invited to big league camp for the second time (he was on the 40 man roster several years ago), but he could not make it out of the DR. He was likely scheduled to spend the season in Rochester; instead he was returned to New Britain six weeks into the season. On Sunday, he played in his sixth game with the Rock Cats and went 3-4 with his first home run. It raises his average on the season to .304. Danny Ortiz was 2-4.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 0, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

    Box Score

    Matt Summers gave up a single run in the first inning and another in the sixth inning; that was more than enough scoring for the Stone Crabs on this day. Summers went 5.1 innings and gave up the two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two. Nelvin Fuentes came on and walked one and struck out one in 1.2 innings. Zack Jones struck out one in his perfect inning.

    Kyle Knudson led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk. Levi Michael went 2-5. Kennys Vargas, Andy Leer and Angel Morales each hit a double.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Kane County Cougars 7

    Box Score

    On Sunday, the Kernels recorded their third walk-off win in their past four games. Kane County tied the game at 7 in the top of the ninth, but the Kernels quickly came back to win this one. In the bottom of the inning, JD Williams led off with a double. After a pitching change, Byron Buxton bunted him to third base. Though it was a sacrifice bunt, those in attendance, including manager Jake Mauer who argued the call, believed that Buxton beat the throw to first base. With one out and a runner at third base, the Kane County manager did the obvious, calling for intentional walks to Niko Goodrum and Jorge Polanco to load the bases for Dalton Hicks.

    Hicks is no stranger to dramatic walk-offs. Recall last year, he came to the plate in the 12th inning of the Appalachian League championship game and promptly hit a championship-winning grand slam. He didnt need to be as dramatic this time. He flied out to left field, but it was deep enough to allow the speedy Williams to score from third base.

    Jorge Polanco went 2-3 with two walks, his sixth triple and his first stolen base. Hicks went 2-4 with three RBI. Candido Pimentel was 2-4 with his second double and his fifth and sixth stolen bases. JD Williams was 2-4 with his eighth double and fourth home run. Travis Harrison hit his sixth home run. Byron Buxton stole his 18th base and scored two runs.

    Matt Tomshaw started and gave up five runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Alex Muren came on and threw two shutout innings. However, in the ninth inning, he gave up a two-run homer that tied the game. He walked none and struck out three.


    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/19): Gibson, Richardson, Colabello Star started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Re: Richardson's triple. Not sure whether you were watching on TV, but from the ballpark it could have been an inside the park. It was hit at center right field and split the CF and RF and slowly went to the base of the wall, there was some mishandling there as well. Glynn gave him the stop sign at third with about 3 seconds before the ball got there. At that point Rochester was up by 10, so I do understand the decision...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      The former big leaguer should be considered a possible Aaron Hicks replacement when the Twins decide to send him down.
      He should be coming to the Twins soon.
      Gibson should be pitching in a Twins uniform very soon.
      Seth, you are usually pretty cautious about making definitive statements on promotions. The above 3 statements are pretty firmly stated. With Hicks especially, you said "when", not if.

      Any inside indications that you are receiving, and if so, how soon do you see them coming to fruition?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      No inside information on any of that. Regarding Hicks, I still think AAA time will help him in the long run, and right now, Richardson would be the guy. Two weeks ago, it would have been Clete Thomas, and it may be again in another week. Regarding Colabello, it's just a matter of an opportunity, something he can't really control, but he's getting it done this far. As for Gibson, I mean, with Pedro Hernandez struggling again, a move could be made with the 5th starter job. Then again, as I've pointed out, Albers has been the best and most consistent in Rochester. Walters has been terrific as well. Deduno limits runs. De Vries just needs some innings. But Gibson certainly is the best of that bunch.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      So we just have a bunch of AAAA starters sitting down in AAA right now? What to do with a pitching surplus......
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      I cant wait til Gibson is on the team, then we will have atleast 1 starter that doesnt struggle to hit 90 on the gun....
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      So we just have a bunch of AAAA starters sitting down in AAA right now? What to do with a pitching surplus......
      We dont have a pitching surplus, we are just waiting for the right time to call up Gibson. Hernandez has no rights to be on a big league team, nor does Pelfrey or Worley. By the end of the season Our roto will be Diamond, Correia, Gibson, Meyer and probably worley or plefrey...
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brodin4Calder View Post
      We dont have a pitching surplus, we are just waiting for the right time to call up Gibson. Hernandez has no rights to be on a big league team, nor does Pelfrey or Worley. By the end of the season Our roto will be Diamond, Correia, Gibson, Meyer and probably worley or plefrey...
      Well, when you guys figure out when you want to call up Gibson, let me know so I can watch his first start.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Some of these pitchers will change in the next month. Will see how this shakes out.
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      Well, when you guys figure out when you want to call up Gibson, let me know so I can watch his first start.
      I think he should of been up here 2 weeks ago. Hopefully todays game will get him up here.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Gotta find a place on this staff for a guy that throws two shutouts in his last three games.
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      Gotta find a place on this staff for a guy that throws two shutouts in his last three games.
      Right, in his conference only him and another guy have thrown a SO and only he has 2. I cant help but be excited we might of finaly found our first good top of the roto pitcher since Santana left
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brodin4Calder View Post
      Right, in his conference only him and another guy have thrown a SO and only he has 2. I cant help but be excited we might of finaly found our first good top of the roto pitcher since Santana left
      Would that conference that "He" is in be the Big East or the ACC?
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Would that conference that "He" is in be the Big East or the ACC?
      Gibson is in the international league conference in AAA.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brodin4Calder View Post
      Gibson is in the international league conference in AAA.
      It's just a league. Not a conference. Like the Major League. That's what jokin is trying to say by his joke.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      It's just a league. Not a conference. Like the Major League. That's what jokin is trying to say by his joke.
      Whoosh...
    1. Brodin4Calder's Avatar
      Brodin4Calder -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      It's just a league. Not a conference. Like the Major League. That's what jokin is trying to say by his joke.
      I didnt know every little thing I said was going to get cretiqued. Theres a bunch of different Leagues in AAA and I called it a conference which isnt a big deal. I guess sarcasm was the best way to acknowledge that...
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      It's time for Gibson to get called up. The entire rotation has been a crap shoot for the last year+, let's at least give Gibson a crack at it. Either way, the innings limit is going to be disappointing when it kicks in. Necessary, but disappointing. Can't wait to see this kid let it fly without restrictions for a full season
    1. biscuit's Avatar
      biscuit -
      Colabello was rockin in Spring Training as well as in the World Baseball Classic, and he sure is pounding it down in Rochester. But in the WBC, he was having a lot of trouble with breaking balls from right handed pitchers. Is that still a problem? If it is, those guys will eat him up in the bigs. (note - I did not say Major League level)
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Seth, have you heard anything about Rosario's absence in Fort Myers? I know he missed a few games a week ago before returning a couple days ago. He was hit by a pitch in his return and was removed from the game. Hasn't played since.

      Speaking of being hit, Rosario and Sano have been hit a lot in the FSL. Any comments by Mientkiewicz or the players on the Miracle?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Rosario was hit in the forearm by a pitch. He stayed in awhile, the Miracle got a big lead and then he came out. I'm sure there was some swelling yesterday, or they just don't want to take a chance with him.
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