• Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Pitching the 2012 Draft Arms

    We are all very excited about the potential of Jose (JO) Berrios. DJ Baxendale has been the best pitcher in the Twins organization to this point of the season. Tyler Duffey has been strong and consistent through the year. Two other 2012 draft picks made impressive starts on Tuesday night. 2nd Round Mason Melotakis looked to end the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ six-game losing streak. 11th round pick Taylor Rogers looked to keep the good times rolling for the Miracle. It would be nice to get Luke Bard and JT Chargois going, but even without those two starting yet, the Twins 2012 draft class is off to a very strong start.

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

    Rochester Red Wings, Lehigh Valley IronPigs


    This game was suspended by rain with one out in the top of the 5th inning. Andrew Albers was working on his first clunker of the season. Jeff Clement had homered. When the game is completed, we’ll provide the game’s story.

    New Britain Rock Cats 1, Richmond Squirrels 2

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell had another very good start but unfortunately the Rock Cats' bats were kept quiet. Darnell has been very good of late. In this game, he went six innings. The lefty gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out five. Cole Johnson came to the team from Ft. Myers and got into game action right away. He pitched a scoreless inning in his AA debut despite giving up two hits and a walk. Michael Tonkin came on and struck out five over two perfect innings.

    Jordan Parraz hit his second home run in the week. It was one of just three hits for the team. Down a run in the ninth, Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled to lead off the inning. AJ Pettersen bunted him to third base, but the team was unable to plate the game-tying run.
    Bruce Pugh was put on the disabled list. Cole Johnson and catcher Kyle Knudson were promoted to the Rock Cats.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Bradenton Marauders 0

    Box Score

    Aderlin Mejia continues to impress with the Miracle, but it was different player who didn't start the season with the team who was the story tonight. In last year's draft the Twins selected Taylor Rogers in the 11th round out of the University of Kentucky. He began the season with the Kernels but was promoted to Ft. Myers at the start of this month. On this night, he worked seven shutout innings. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out seven to improve to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.32 with the Miracle. Ryan O’Rourke returned to the Miracle bullpen and threw a scoreless inning. He struck out two. Matt Hauser struck out the side in the 9th.

    Photo by William Parmeter

    Mejia is supposed to be in Ft. Myers waiting for the Elizabethton season to start. If he keeps playing like he has, he may have to stick. In this game, he went 2-2 with three walks. He doubled for the fourth time and stole his eighth base. Eddie Rosario went 2-3 with two walks and his 10th double. Miguel Sano went 2-4 with his 14th double. Jhon Goncalves went 2-4 with his fourth double. Angel Morales was also 2-4.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Clinton LumberKings 4

    Box Score

    The Kernels found a winning formula to end their six-game losing streak. They got some big hits, including a couple home runs, and a terrific start.
    Like Rogers and Baxendale, Mason Melotakis was a 2012 draft pick. He improved to 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA with seven strong innings in this game. He started with six shutout innings before yielding two runs in the seventh. In all, he gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out three. Tim Atherton pitched the eighth. He gave up two runs on a walk and a home run. Steven Gruver struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

    JD Williams led the offense. He went 3-4 with his fifth home run. Byron Buxton went 3-5. Travis Harrison knocked his eighth home run. Jorge Polanco hit his seventh triple.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Pitching the 2012 Draft Arms started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Hey Seth,
      In 11 May appearances, Tonkin has not allowed an earned run through 12.1 innings, amassing 20 strikeouts with only 3 walks. How long do you think they will wait to call him up to AAA (or perhaps directly to the Twins)?
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Mejia
      He seems a little old for e-town. Hope he stays where he's at.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      Hey Seth,
      In 11 May appearances, Tonkin has not allowed an earned run through 12.1 innings, amassing 20 strikeouts with only 3 walks. How long do you think they will wait to call him up to AAA (or perhaps directly to the Twins)?
      I mean, it could be pretty much any time there is a need at this point. Whenever there is an injury in Rochester, or the Twins. We'll see. He's pretty close.Let's see him have another strong June. He was "OK" in April.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Mejia
      He seems a little old for e-town. Hope he stays where he's at.
      He just turned 21, so he would be right about league average in the Appy League. I think that, if nothing else, he will 'only go back' to Cedar Rapids instead of ETown. He's very young for the FSL... (Though he's a year older than Sano)
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Rochester is not a good pitching staff, how is there not a need now? I don't get the hesitancy to promote prospects in favor of guys we know are not good.

      Nice night for the 2012 draft class, let's hope they can continue to improve. They desperately need these pitchers to work out. Soon.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Rochester is not a good pitching staff, how is there not a need now? I don't get the hesitancy to promote prospects in favor of guys we know are not good.

      Nice night for the 2012 draft class, let's hope they can continue to improve. They desperately need these pitchers to work out. Soon.
      Is it that they are in that much fear of Red Wing AAAAers spreading their malcontent cancer?

      At least for the pitchers....rather than clearing out the deadwood, they sign more non-prospects and defy their own claims by readily promoting the less than worthy. I won't be a bit surprised when Hermsen or Pat Dean get the promotion nod next- hey, it's their "turn.'
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Why is Zach Jones not getting any love? MLB.com added Levi Michael to the top-20 list instead of Baxendale, Jones, Duffey, Vargas, Pinto, Tonkin, etc., etc....IMO Levi Michael will not make it out of AA
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