• Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Gibson's Latest Pitch

    On Saturday, there were several stories to follow for the Twins' minor league teams. Kyle Gibson was back on the mound, looking to put together back-to-back good starts for the first time this season. How did he do? New Britain finished a suspended game and played a second game. Matt Summers was terrific in Ft. Myers. Jorge Polanco was very good and JO Berrios was back on the mound for the Kernels.

    The big news of the night is that DJ Baxendale has been promoted to New Britain. Baxendale was the Twins' minor league pitcher of the month for April, and in 28 innings in May, he has not allowed an earned run.

    Lefty Matt Tomshaw will head to Ft. Myers from Cedar Rapids to make a start for the Miracle. It’s quite possible that there will be more moves.

    Check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Saturday:

    Rochester Red Wings 4, Charlotte Knights 1

    Box Score

    People question the Twins’ brass for saying that Kyle Gibson has not been consistent. Yet even Gibson agrees with that assessment and the stats show it. According to the Red Wings, “Entering the game, Gibson’s ERA in odd starts was 0.50 (2 ER/35.2 IP) but in his even numbered starts he had posted an ERA of 9.00 (17 ER/17.0 IP).” On Saturday, Gibson made his tenth start of the season, coming off his 93-pitch shutout. Could he finally put together a couple quality starts?



    Yes! Gibson did what he needed to do. The right-hander went eight innings without giving up a run. He gave up just two hits, walked three and struck out seven. Tyler Robertson came on for the ninth. He got one out but was charged with one run on two hits and a walk. Daniel Turpen came on and walked in a run before getting the final two outs.

    Gibson improved to 4-5 and reduced his ERA to 2.82. He threw 111 pitches, 68 of them strikes.

    Eric Farris went 3-4 with his fourth double and two stolen bases. Jeff Clement was 3-4 with his fifth double. Deibinson Romero went 0-3 and is now 0-11 with the Red Wings.

    Game 1 – New Britain Rock Cats 2, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4

    Box Score

    This game started on Friday night but was suspended due to weather. The teams continued the game on Saturday before finishing this seven inning game. BJ Hermsen started the game on Friday; he worked the first three innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. When the game resumed on Saturday, AJ Achter was on the mound. He worked two shutout innings, giving up two hits, walking one and he struck out three. Edgar Ibarra came on for two innings, He gave up one run on one hit and two walks. Bruce Pugh walked one in a scoreless inning.

    Jordan Parraz went 2-4 and hit his first home run in the Twins' organization. Danny Ortiz went 2-4 with his 17th double. Josmil Pinto was also 2-4. Chris Pettit hit his first double with the team.

    Game 2 – New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1

    Box Score

    Pat Dean started the regularly scheduled game. The lefty got the start on his 24th birthday, going 5.1 innings. He gave up only an unearned run on six hits and a walk. He struck out one. Michael Tonkin came on and got the final five outs for his seventh save. He struck out two.

    Danny Santana went 3-4 with his eighth double and his third triple. James Beresford continued his hot streak, going 2-3 with his fifth double. Josmil Pinto was 2-3 with a walk. Nate Hanson went 2-3.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4

    Box Score

    When Matt Summers left the game, there were two outs in the seventh inning. He had not yet allowed a run, but he had just hit a batter in the head to load the bases (the batter, Alejandro Segovia, walked off the field). Chad Rodgers came on and gave up a single and a triple and the Miracle found themselves behind 4-2.

    Summers was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. He struck out five. Rodgers was charged with one run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out two.

    In the bottom of the eighth, the Miracle fought back. Matt Koch led off with a walk. Jonathan Murphy doubled him in. Following a pitching change, Aderlin Mejia got on via an error. Stephen Wickens singled in the tying run. Eddie Rosario, returning to the lineup from his brief benching, drove in the go-ahead run with a single. After the next two batters were retired, Angel Morales drove in the fourth run of the inning with his third single of the game and gave the Miracle a 6-4 lead.

    Cole Johnson came on for the ninth inning and threw a one, two, three inning to record his second save; his ERA is now 0.82.

    Angel Morales was 3-4 in the game; Jhon Goncalves went 2-4 in his return to the Miracle.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Burlington Bees 6

    Box Score

    JO Berrios was back on the mound for the Kernels, looking to stop the team's three-game losing streak. The right-hander gave up four runs (one earned) on nine hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out eight. Matt Tomshaw, who had been scheduled to start on Sunday, pitched a scoreless inning. Tyler Jones returned to the mound from the DL. He worked a scoreless frame. Josue Montanez pitched the final two innings. He gave up two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out one.

    The Kernels managed just six hits. Jorge Polanco had three of them, including two doubles. He now has fourteen on the season. Byron Buxton was 1-4 with a walk.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Gibson's Latest Pitch started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. mako83's Avatar
      mako83 -
      Still think that if fridays game had been at target field gibson would have gotten the call.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Daniel Ortiz has really been good this season.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Has anyone here santana play? What he like in the field? I know he has a lot of errors but I'm looking to know if anyone has seen him play.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      111 pitches? Do they want his arm to fall off? Isn't 100 a magic number in Gardy's book?
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good morning Seth, What are your thoughts on moving Morales up to AA? Keep him at F.M. another month or so to finish building his confidence or move him soon?
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      I wonder about the 111 pitches also.

      However, keeping him in the minors leads to much less stressful innings. Lineups like the Tigers are going to put much greater stress on an arm coming off surgery. All innings and all pitches are not equivalent.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      So he throws softer in the minors? Three of four great starts, if it is about consistency, he will be up soon......
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Good morning Seth, What are your thoughts on moving Morales up to AA? Keep him at F.M. another month or so to finish building his confidence or move him soon?
      I'd move him soon. It's time. At that time, Buxton to Ft. Myers.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Good morning Seth, What are your thoughts on moving Morales up to AA? Keep him at F.M. another month or so to finish building his confidence or move him soon?
      Imo Morales is the type of prospect that moves up when Buxton and/or Walker are promoted. He is only 24 and he's having a nice season but this is his 4th season at Ft Myers. Maybe he has some upside but I see a Wilkin Ramirez type career in his future.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      So he throws softer in the minors? Three of four great starts, if it is about consistency, he will be up soon......
      Maybe one, possibly two, more starts. No worries. Just a matter of time.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Daniel Ortiz has really been good this season.
      Yes, he has. He's little, but he can hit. Very solid ballplayer!
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Maybe one, possibly two, more starts. No worries. Just a matter of time.
      agree....that Super 2 date is getting closer/easier to avoid. These xtra starts never had anything to do with performance.
      Agree that promotion to Morales is based on Buxton's but New Brit could use a CF as they had to take 2 OFs off the street to fill the roster.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Santana and Beresford are impressive. We could be looking at them at some point next year in a Twins uniform.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      agree....that Super 2 date is getting closer/easier to avoid. These xtra starts never had anything to do with performance.
      Agree that promotion to Morales is based on Buxton's but New Brit could use a CF as they had to take 2 OFs off the street to fill the roster.
      I don't believe that Gibson's call-up is related to the Super 2 date.

      I also don't believe Morales and Buxton are directly tied. Buxton's been playing himself into staying in Cedar Rapids longer. Morales should move up soon. Goncalves can certainly take CF in Ft. Myers for awhile. Or JD Williams could move up. Or Jon Murphy could play there. Or Murphy could go to Cedar Rapids and Adam Walker should move up (he will soon too).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Santana and Beresford are impressive. We could be looking at them at some point next year in a Twins uniform.
      Beresford is very underrated because he doesn't hit for any power, but he's great defensively.

      Santana has all the tools, but he lacks defensive consistency. No one in the Twins system has more errors, and that includes Sano or Harrison. He also started out slowly.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      So why is Gibson not up, then?

      Do you think there are five guys better than him? Do you think he is not mentally ready?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      So why is Gibson not up, then?

      Do you think there are five guys better than him? Do you think he is not mentally ready?
      Cuz he's a top prospect and they need to do the right things for his development. People think the inconsistency thing is just an excuse but the numbers say that is very true. He's now been good 3 out of 4 so he's about there.

      No, I don't think there are five better than him, necessarily.

      As I've said many times, the money (arbitration and especially free agency) should be an issue for the twins and all other teams. The Twins have shown time and again that those things don't factor in.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      I understand that Gibson, because of injury history, will be throwing limited innings this year. If so, why in the devil are they allowing him to throw all these innings and, specifically, 114 pitches in a meaningless game for Rochester?
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Cuz he's a top prospect and they need to do the right things for his development. People think the inconsistency thing is just an excuse but the numbers say that is very true. He's now been good 3 out of 4 so he's about there.

      No, I don't think there are five better than him, necessarily.

      As I've said many times, the money (arbitration and especially free agency) should be an issue for the twins and all other teams. The Twins have shown time and again that those things don't factor in.
      I guess, like Nick said yesterday, I don't understand why it would be so detrimental to him to let him work on his consistency in the majors?
      I would understand if he werent one of the 5 best options, then you can justify making him work on that at AAA, but in this case why not let him work on it in the MLB, so he is acclimated by the time 2014 rolls around?
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Well, if one of the things that is meant by 'inconsistent' is that he has trouble throwing anything other than a fastball for strikes... that is just not going to work in the Majors. Gibson has terrific fastball command, and 'could' have pitched his two shutouts with just that pitch (which would explain why they let him throw so many pitches). I wish we had that kind of info to make judgements on, because with it I think the degree of incredulity (and insinuations the the FO is incompetent) would be much lower.
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