• Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Vantastic

    As Seth broke yesterday, the Twins added C Chris Herrmann to their roster after OF Wilkin Ramirez was lost to an alleged concussion. Which proved to be real when he blew chunks on the team flight to Milwaukee.

    Rochester didn't make a corresponding addition when they announced the move this morning, leading me to believe one wouldn't be made before Trevor Plouffe, who is recovering from his own concussion, is activated on Wednesday and Herrmann was sent back down.

    Tonight, however, Pioneer Press beat writer Mike Berardino tweeted that "it appears C Dan Rohlfing has been promoted to Rochester". That's curious for a few reasons: 1) even without Herrmann, the Red Wings still have Eric Fryer and Daniel Lehmann (and, in a pinch, Jeff Clement. 2) The Rock Cats are left with only Josmil Pinto (unless a another move is made).

    Now, there are three catchers in Fort Myers, so they could easily move one up. It should also be noted that fan-favorite Drew Butera may be ready to return to catching soon.

    Long story longer, it seems like a lot of shuffling around for a move that is only likely to last two more days. Or is there more to it?

    A move that does make sense has happened at the lower levels. After Matthew Tomshaw's promotion to Fort Myers, the need for another pitcher arose in Cedar Rapids. Enter: Hein Robb. Robb pitched in E-Town last year and was on the South African team that appeared in the 2009 WBC.

    I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day and I hope you enjoy reading about what happened in the Twins minor leagues today.

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 0
    Box Score

    If you already read this, then my thunder has been stolen. If you haven't, I'll give you the short version: Vance Worley returned to AAA today and LiamHendriks'ed the other team. You know, completely dominated a AAA foe. He pitched a complete game shutout, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out four. It probably wasn't in Worley's best interest to pitch so well in his initial Rochester start. He's going to need to show consistency over six or seven starts before he returns to Minnesota (where, ironically enough, he was very consistent).

    Hey Vance, how happy were you when you made it out of the first inning without giving up any runs? Show me a smile if you were real happy.


    Eric Fryer led the offense with two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. He scored twice. Some other Fryer tidbits, courtesy of their post-game release: Fryer has scored runs in six consecutive games (a Red Wings season high) and he also has a .329 OBP despite a .172 batting average.

    Antoan Richardson went 2-for-3 with a walk. He drove in a run and sports a very nice OBP of .435 in his 14 games as a Red Wing.

    LHP Andrew Albers (2-2, 2.61) will take the ball tomorrow night at Frontier Field against the Iron Pigs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 ET.

    New Britain Rock Cats 3, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12
    Box Score

    For as good as the Vanimal pitched today, top prospect Alex Meyer did not. In five innings of work, Meyer walked four, allowed two hits (one a home run) and four earned runs. He struck out five. The loss drops him to 2-3 and raises his ERA to 3.95.

    Edgar Ibarra was the most successful pitcher today for the Rock Cats and he allowed three hits and two walks while recording only four outs and only giving up one run.

    Bruce Pugh was a disaster. After inheriting two runners and not letting them score he came back out for the eighth and, well, struggled. His final line consisted of seven earned runs on four hits and three walks.

    Minnesota's own Nate Hanson left the game after being hit by a pitch in the arm. But according to his wife, he'll be ok, just sore.

    Logan Darnell (4-3, 2.47) takes the ball at 6:35 ET.

    Fort Myers Miracle - DAY OFF

    The Miracle play Bradenton tomorrow night and their scheduled starter is TBD.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Burlington Bees 10 (Game 1)
    Box Score

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Burlington Bees 6 (Game 2)
    Box Score

    The Kernels are in the midst of a tail-spin and have now lost five straight.

    Game one was close for four innings, before Brett Lee couldn't get anyone out in the fifth. He left after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out five. Manuel Soliman got roughed up for four runs (recording four outs). Alex Muren pitched five out of no-hit ball.

    Byron Buxton went 3-for-3 and stole a base (23). D.J Hicks added two singles and Candido Pimentel also added a single.

    Game two, was crappy too. Hudson Boyd gave up six runs in the first two innings, but did his team (and bullpen) a favor by getting it together enough to last through the sixth.

    David Hurlbut pitched a no-hit ninth.

    The bats managed only four hits in this one - Tyler Grimes had a two-run line-drive home run. Hicks had a double. Travis Harrison and Jorge Polanco each added a single.

    Mason Melotakis (3-2, 3.89) looks to right the ship tomorrow at 6:35 CT on Perfect Game Field.
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    If you're interested in listening to yesterday's Gleeman and the Geek radio show where we talked about the draft, it's always within three clicks of any webpage. I'll be talking more draft with Cody and Eric on the Talk2Contact podcast this weekend and I may be chatting with Fanatic Jack (by phone, me from my chair, him from a ledge) at 10 pm tonight. Listen live here.

    Questions, comments, hints, allegations or things left unsaid to be discussed below. (Sorry, a little Collective Soul time warp during typing apparently.)
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Vantastic started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      Not sure what the complaint is about how the Twins "use" AAA. It's no different than anyone else-Toledo (Detroit), Charlotte (Chicago), Columbus (Cleveland) for example. Every team occasionally promotes a real talent from AA. Every team occasionally demotes the same to AAA if he struggles. Every team "uses" AAA to shuttle AAAA players up as temporary replacements. Every team makes decisions about who stays in AA, who goes to AAA, etc. that seem arbitrary or misguided to fans like us. It's probably not arbitrary or misguided though. Could be we just aren't privy to what variables were considered.
      And how has that been working for the Twins and Chris Parmelee, Aaron Hicks, Trevor Plouffe, Ben Revere, Joe Benson, etc.?
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