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    We are only a couple days away from getting an influx of talent into the Twins' minor league system. The MLB First Year Player Draft will start on Thursday night and the Twins have the fourth overall selection. It will be the second year in a row that the Twins are picking in the top five.

    Last year's first round selection, Byron Buxton, has been a great addition to the organization. By the end of this year, he could be the top ranked prospect in all of baseball. Last week, Seth Stohs moved him ahead of Miguel Sano as the Twins number one prospect.

    Let's take a look at how the current crop of minor league players fared on Wednesday before some new players join their ranks in the coming weeks.

    Rochester Red Wings 4, Gwinnett Braves 2 (Rain Shortened- 8 innings)
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    Through the first eight innings, the Red Wings were out-hit by the Braves but they still held a 4-2 advantage. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the skies opened up and a rain delay ensued.

    Before the rains fell, Cole De Vries put together a very good start. He tossed seven strong innings by scattering nine hits and allowing two runs. He struck out two and walked one. This was the best start of the season for De Vries after some rough starts as he is coming back from an injury.

    Oswaldo Arcia had two hits for the second time in the last three games. His fourth double of the season scored the team's third run of the game. Chris Colabello knocked in his team leading 41st RBI of the year. The Red Wings left 11 men on base but that didn't affect the outcome tonight.

    The Red Wings have two more games in Gwinnett before heading home for an eight game home stand. With the win, Rochester moves to within four games of the .500 mark. An 8-2 record in their last ten games has put the Red Wings back into contention.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3
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    Pat Dean did his best to keep the Rock Cats in the game but in the end it wasn't enough. An error by third baseman Mark Sobolewski cost the team an unearned run and that wound up being be the difference in the game.

    Over 6.2 innings, Dean allowed only two earned runs on seven hits. It was his third straight strong game and it was his first loss during that stretch. With this start, his ERA dropped below 5.00 for the first time since some awful starts in the middle of May

    Josmil Pinto continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 with his tenth home run of the year. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .355/.459/.581 with two home runs and a double. Reynaldo Rodriguez wasn't in the original line-up but he replaced Daniel Ortiz in left field in the bottom of the second inning. Rodriguez proceeded to go 2-for-2 with his 16th double of the year.

    The loss put the Rock Cats three games under .500 for the. Tonight's game was the first of a six-game road trip that will see the team play three games in Richmond and three in Bowie. New Britain had played to a .500 record on the road so they will look to get back to .500 with a win Thursday night.

    Fort Myers Miracle --, Brevard County Manatees -- (Postponed)
    The game between Fort Myers and Brevard County was postponed due to rain. The teams will make-up the game as part of a double header on Thursday evening. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:05 eastern with the second starting 30 minutes after the completion of the first.

    The Miracle lost the first two games of this series with the Manatees so the club will be looking to bounce back. The team hasn't lost a series since mid-May. To keep that streak intact the Miracle will have to sweep this doubleheader.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 14, Quad City River Bandits 5
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    One inning explained a lot for the Kernels on Wednesday night. In their half of the fourth frame, the Kernels exploded on the offensive side of the ball. They put 10 runs on the board, powered by 12 hits. 15 hitters came to bat and the club had nine straight hits to open the frame.

    Byron Buxton returned to action after not playing in a game in June because of a bruised thumb. He looked like he hadn't missed a beat as he got hits in his first five at-bats before being retired for the first time. On the night, he was 5-for-6 with two triples, a double, and three runs scored.

    Buxton wasn't the only offensive star for the Kernels. Jorge Polanco had four hits including two doubles and Dalton Hicks knocked in four with his two doubles. Catcher Michael Quesada added three hits of his own.

    Hein Robb made his second start of the season and he pitched into the fourth inning. He gave up five runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Alex Muren did a very good job in relief. He threw 3.2 innings of scoreless ball and gave up only two hits.

    The Kernels continue their series versus Quad Cities on Thursday night. The club will be looking to win their second series in the month of June before playing a three-game set against Kane County over the weekend.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/5): Explosive Kernels started by Cody Christie
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      Fort Myers and Cedar Rapids are having great seasons, and alot of it has to do with Sano and Buxton playing at an elite level. Hopefully they are the type of players who win wherever they go and bring that to the Twins.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      De Vries is kind of a sad story. Too bad he got hurt. Now he is probably 3rd on the Depth Chart to get called up behind Gibson & Worley
      i won't be surprised if he is the next person to be DFA'ed
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'm not too excited about DeVries but I can think of a couple other guys I'd DFA first.

      Triples instead of HR Buxton? Come on man, what a let down.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Triples instead of HR Buxton? Come on man, what a let down.
      The chump's OPS is barely over 1.000.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      De Vries is kind of a sad story. Too bad he got hurt. Now he is probably 3rd on the Depth Chart to get called up behind Gibson & Worley
      i won't be surprised if he is the next person to be DFA'ed
      No, I don't think so. Cole De Vries has earned his way gradually up the ladder by becoming an expert at the art of pitching. He's got four decent pitches, but nothing overwhelming about any of them. On the other hand, he's got good command, and his release point for all his pitches is nearly identical, so his deception is above average.

      Success for a guy like De Vries depends on refining his technique and figuring out the best tactical approach to each hitter. He's a tightrope walker learning to juggle torches and chainsaws. It's not impossible, but it's never going to be easy.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      De Vries is kind of a sad story. Too bad he got hurt. Now he is probably 3rd on the Depth Chart to get called up behind Gibson & Worley
      i won't be surprised if he is the next person to be DFA'ed
      Yes and no. For an undrafted free agent to make the big leagues with his home town team is an incredible story. I'm glad he did.

      On the other hand, I don't think he'd be a starting pitcher on any other team (poor 2012 Twins). Maybe he has a spot in the bullpen, in which case he needs to just keep grinding it out.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Chuchadoro, you're right, Buxton was a disappointment yesterday. All he needed with hit #6 was to go yard for the cycle. What does he do? Grounds out...jeesh!
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      DeVries MIGHT just get the long-relief chance. It's him or Swarzak, depending on how badly the Twins want to go with arbitration with Anthony and how he ends up[ pitching for the rest of the season. DeVries just has to hang in there. It's said, but he had his chance and his injury curtailed his biggest opportunity!
    1. pioneers3's Avatar
      pioneers3 -
      It was sweet being at the game and watching 9 hits in a row to start an inning. Wonder when the last time a team had 9 hits in a row. The first few hits were well placed INF hits.

      Hicks is starting to use the opposite field and with power, hit one off the top of the wall last night, and hit one out to LF tonight. His swing isn't as long as it was early when he tried to pull everything. I really like Hicks a lot.
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