• Twins Minor League Report (6/1): High run totals in low levels

    As has been the case throughout most of the first two months of the 2013 season, the excitement tonight in the Twins minor league system came from the bottom two levels. The Ft. Myers Miracle and Cedar Rapids Kernels combined to score 28 runs. One prospect drilled two home runs in a game. Vance Worley made his second start with Rochester. Was he able to duplicate he quality of his first game? And which Alex Meyer showed up on Saturday? The Twins minor leagues have had quite a few walk-off wins already this year. It was also fun watching the big league club get a walk-off win Saturday afternoon.

    With that, check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Saturday, including the Dominican Summer League opener:

    Rochester Red Wings 3, Charlotte Knights 4

    Box Score

    Vance Worley took the mound for his second Red Wings start. His first was a complete game shutout. His second- not so much. He gave up a first inning run. Then he gave up three runs in the second. Not a good start, but he did go on to throw five shutout innings. Overall, he gave up four runs on ten hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out seven. Luis Perdomo struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

    The Red Wings had plenty of scoring opportunities. They had eight hits and they also walked 12 times. Somehow they managed to score just three runs. Antoan Richardson led off and went 1-2 with three walks and his fifth stolen base. Oswaldo Arcia was 1-2 with three walks. His sixth Red Wings home run came in the ninth inning and cut the deficit to one. Jeff Clement was 2-4.

    New Britain Rock Cats 4, Bowie Baysox 3

    Box Score

    Alex Meyer has been, at times solid, but quite inconsistent for the Rock Cats this season. On this evening he was terrific. The lanky right-handed starter went 6.1 innings. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out a season-high ten. Blake Martin came on and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. AJ Achter came on and got the final five outs for his third save. He gave up two hits and a walk but no runs.

    James Beresford led the way offensively by going 3-4 with his fifth stolen base. Heís now hitting .338 and inexplicably remaining in AA. Danny Ortiz was 2-4. Danny Santana was very good in May and, in the first game in June, went 2-4 with his 10th and 11th stolen bases. Nate Hanson and Curt Smith each doubled.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 13, Palm Beach Cardinals 4

    Box Score

    The Miracle offense exploded in this game. Angel Morales is also inexplicably still in Ft. Myers. Itís his third season with the Miracle and he had a terrific month of May. In this game he was 3-4 with two doubles. Kennys Vargas was 3-6. Eddie Rosario went 3-5 with his fifth triple. Andy Leer went 2-4 with two walks and his fourth home run. Aderlin Mejia was 2-5 with a walk. Jhon Goncalves went 2-6.

    Tom Stuifbergen was the recipient of the run support. The Dutch right-hander went six innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out three. Chad Rodgers threw two shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out one. Nelvin Fuentes gave up a run on a hit in an inning.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 15, Kane County 2

    Box Score

    Byron Buxton was given a rare night off, and the Kernelsí bats took off. Fifteen runs on fifteen hits and nine walks make for a pretty good day. Dalton Hicks led the way. The burly first baseman went 3-4 with a walk, his sixth and seventh homers and four RBI. Tyler Grimes went 3-3 with two walks and a triple. Jeremias Pineda went 2-3 with two walks and his first home run. JD Williams and Niko Goodrum were each 2-5 with a walk and a double. Jorge Polanco and Adam Walker each added a double.


    Lefty Brett Lee was appreciative of the run support, though he needed not much of it. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out four. Finishing the game, Manuel Soliman struck out four in two perfect innings.

    DSL Twins 5, DSL Orioles 6

    Box Score

    This was opening day in the Dominican Summer League. The Twins squad used seven pitchers to get through nine innings. Onesimo Hernandez gave up one run on four hits (and a hit batter) in three innings. He struck out thre. Carlos Aponte gave up two runs on two hits and a hit batter in one inning. Sebastian Perez gave up one run on two hits in two innings. Robener Cabrera gave up an unearned run on one hit and a walk in one innings. Johan Quezada walked two and struck out two in one scoreless inning. Rendis Reyes got two outs, though he gave up one run on two walks. Ezequiel Zarzuela got the final out.

    The offense was led by 17-year-old catcher Rainis Silva who went 2-4. Rafael Valera and Carlos Martinez each doubled.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/1): High run totals in low levels started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Beresford seems to have no power. He has 48 hits year with only 5 doubles, no triple and no HRs. He isn't walking much too. He has never produced this well at any level. I think the FO is right to go slow with him.
      Morales hit a big slump in April and is only now getting out of it. He might get promoted in June but his track record does not show he deserves it automatically.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Red Wings. Yikes. How is it physically possible to get 8 hits, 12 WALKS, 1 HBP and only 3 runs? 21 baserunners, 3 of whom were thrown out with the help of OF assists, combined with 4 DPs.

      Worely clearly still with work to work on. He gave up 4 Doubles and a HR to a lousy AAA team- Double Yikes.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Was it just a day off for Buxton? I noticed he DH'd on Friday and sat out Saturday and am just curious if that signifies anything about his health. Planning to go to the game today and hoping I don't miss him, although I'm sure it'll be great either way.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Thanks Seth, I really like this format. Enjoy the brief summaries with the links to the box scores. Saves a lot of time rather than going to MiLB and hunting through all the leagues/box scores.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Beresford seems to have no power. He has 48 hits year with only 5 doubles, no triple and no HRs. He isn't walking much too. He has never produced this well at any level. I think the FO is right to go slow with him.
      Morales hit a big slump in April and is only now getting out of it. He might get promoted in June but his track record does not show he deserves it automatically.
      Beresford isn't going to hit for power, never was. He's a Gold-Glove caliber middle infielder who would need to hit for average. But, he's done enough at AA at this point.

      Morales is a guy who will be a free agent after the season. He's in his third year at Ft. Myers. Mid-June is fine with me, but he needs to be pushed forward to New Britain.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Was it just a day off for Buxton? I noticed he DH'd on Friday and sat out Saturday and am just curious if that signifies anything about his health. Planning to go to the game today and hoping I don't miss him, although I'm sure it'll be great either way.
      I understand he was working with the trainer beforehand, so there could be some minor injury. I'm trying to get some information on that.

      But even if he's not there, that lineup is fun to watch. Lots of great prospects.
    1. Dinger's Avatar
      Dinger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Was it just a day off for Buxton? I noticed he DH'd on Friday and sat out Saturday and am just curious if that signifies anything about his health. Planning to go to the game today and hoping I don't miss him, although I'm sure it'll be great either way.
      I live in CR and he left the stadium a few games ago with a bag of ice on his hand. I've heard it's just a sprain...
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      I guess I don't see any problem with the non-promorions of Beresford and Morales, albeit for different reasons. The only thing I find inexplicable is how pathetic Morales was to start the season, and how completely he dissappears at times. Beresford would likely get chewed up and spit out in MLB right now. If we have a string of injuries, I'd rather still have Olmedo and those vets in AAA to call up. Might feel differently if Beresford's development was likely to be accelerated by a promotion and if he was more than a fringe prospect.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dinger View Post
      I live in CR and he left the stadium a few games ago with a bag of ice on his hand. I've heard it's just a sprain...
      Just got a response from Jake saying the Buxton is 'just sore" and will likely get "a few days."
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Is German Minier playing in the DSL?
    1. TwinsFanInPhilly's Avatar
      TwinsFanInPhilly -
      Seth (or anyone else who knows) - What's the book on Aderlin Mejia as far as his fielding goes?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Is German Minier playing in the DSL?
      Doesn't look like it. We'll see if he's in today's box score or not.
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