• Twins Minor League Report (6/7): Albers Twirls Gem

    It's day two of Major League Baseball's Draft and the Twins continued to add new talent to an already strong organization. A variety of pitchers and one college catcher highlight the Twins' second day of making picks.

    Those players haven't signed yet but there are plenty of other players already in the system and on the field Friday night. Let's see how the organization fared under the Friday Night Lights.

    Rochester Red Wings 11, Gwinnett Braves 0
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    Seven runs in the first inning and the Red Wings jumped all over the Braves. Twelve men came to the plate in that frame and Jeff Clement provided the biggest hit with a three-run home run. Doug Bernier and Eric Fryer had doubles to keep the runners moving around the bases. Poor Eric Farris accounted for the first and the last outs of the inning.

    Clement ended up putting together quite the game. He finished the night 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Deibinson Romero was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored. The team went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position, pounding out 13 hits.

    Andrew Albers was terrific on the mound. He tossed a complete game shutout to improve his record to 4-2 on the season. He allowed six hits and struck out seven without any walks. Albers hasn't lost a game since May 11th and he has won his last three decisions. His ERA dropped almost half a point from 3.53 to 3.06 with this start.

    It was the third series win of the season for the Red Wings. The club has won 11 of their last 16 games. It was also the first road series win over a Braves Triple-A affiliate since 1995. Rochester returns home for an 8-game, 9-day homestand beginning on Saturday night.

    New Britain Rock Cats --, Bowie Bay Sox -- (Postponed--Rain)
    Tropical Storm Andrea not only impacted the Twins game on Friday, it also forced the cancellation the Rock Cats game. These two clubs will try to play two games on Saturday but one wonders if weather will be a factor for the second day in a row.

    This month, New Britain has won four of their first five games. Tom Stuifbergen is scheduled to make his first start at the Double-A level, if the clubs can get back on the field. In Fort Myers, Stuifbergen was 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA with 28 strikeouts and two walks.

    Fort Myers Miracle 5, Bradenton Marauders 6 (10 innings)
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    The bullpen for the Miracle gave up three runs in the last three innings, allowing a victory slip away. Corey Williams and Zach Jones were the men most responsible for these runs as the Miracle suffered only their 18 loss of the season. Jones gave up a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth.

    Matthew Summers started for Fort Myers and tossed five innings before being removed. He gave up three runs, only one of which was earned, as Eddie Rosario and Kennys Vargas were each charged with an error. Summers struck out eight batters but he needed 85 pitches to get through five frames.

    Vargas tried to make up for his error in the field by going 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the year. With the 2-run home run, he took over the league lead for RBI. Rosario also hit a homer, his fifth, but it was his only hit in five trips to the plate. Levi Michael had two hits and his sixth stolen base.

    The Miracle return home with a chance to clinch the Florida State League South Division first half championship on Saturday. It could be a big night tomorrow so stay tuned.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 1, Quad Cities River Bandits 6
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    The Kernels got on the board first in this game by plating a run in the bottom of the first. Cedar Rapids didn't cross the plate again and the River Bandits walked away with the victory and a series win. It was only the ninth home loss of the year for the Kernels.

    There wasn't a lot of action on the offensive side for the home nine. Dalton Hicks went 1-for-3 with his 20th double of the year and his 51st RBI. No other Kernels was able to get an extra-base hit. In fact, the club put together only four hits in the game. Byron Buxton went 0-for-4 with a strike out.

    Christian Powell, a 2012 eighth round pick, made his first start in the Twins organization. Things didn't go exactly as planned for Powell. He gave up six runs on eight hits with five strike outs and one walk. The Kernels bullpen didn't give up a run after Powell exited, but the offense failed to help.

    Cedar Rapids will get a fresh start on Saturday when Kane County comes to town. The Kernels sit three games ahead of the Beloit Snappers for first place in the Midwest League Western Division. The club will likely need to resume their winning ways to become the first half champions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/7): Albers Twirls Gem started by Cody Christie
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. SurroundedByTigers's Avatar
      SurroundedByTigers -
      If you want to know where the Twins infield of the future is, take a look at numbers of Sano 3B, Rosario 2B, Vargas 1B, and how they rank in the Florida State League. I just finished looking at the league stats. What they are doing is just amazing. Vargas leads in RBIs with Sano 2nd; Sano leads in HRs and Slugging and Onbase % and 4th in BAvg; Rosario is Top 10 in several categories. Move them to AA New Britain NOW!!!! If they perform well at AA, they could start next season for the Twins.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Good chance they move here soon. It's been discussed here a ton. Likey after the league's All-Star game and the new draft picks start signing.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Will Albers get a chance to pitch for the Twins this season?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I highly doubt that Sano, Rosario, and Vargas start next year in Minnesota. I suspect all move up to AA after the all star game and will finish the season there with Rochester being their starting destination (assuming they perform well this year) for the 2014 season. All will likely find themselves in Minnesota for a cup of coffee at one point and will be sent down with things to work on unless they absolutely rake.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I believe that Sano could start the season as the Twins starting 3B. Rosario would be close. I believe in Vargas. Ranked him 8th in my top 50... but he'll take a little longer.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Why not bring up Albers while he is hot?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Albers is going to find himself a spot with the Twins by next year. If not starting, he will be the long reliever as Swarzak gets to arbitration next year (1 million???). There is a good case to be made for Albers moving up to the Twins rotation pretty soon though. Correia, Diamond, and Deduno may be all safe right now. Pelfrey and Walters? Not so much. I would be pleased with Gibson and Albers coming up pronto.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Does anyone have a report on Albers' stuff?
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