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    Since last night’s podcast/minor league review there have been a few more moves.

    The Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the DL with a strained hamstring and recalled Oswaldo Arcia.

    The Red Wings, who had a full roster following the addition of James Beresford and re-addition of Chris Colabello, placed Danny Lehmann on the 7-day DL with right elbow neuritis. You can Google it like I did and you’ll get to read about a bunch of “elbow terms”, but it basically boils down to “sore elbow” which, in this case, is double-secret code word for “our roster is full”.

    Anyway, the Red Wings now have a roster spot available.

    New Britain released Mark Sobolewski. Good luck to Mark as he continues his baseball career.

    The Miracle added Bryan Haar to their roster. Haar will essentially serve as a place-holder until a reinforcement or two come from Cedar Rapids. Haar is expected to be E-town’s primary first baseman.

    The Twins also inked their first draft pick of the year: 9th-round pick C Mitchell Garver. Garver signed for $40,000, which is $108,100 less than his designated pick value. He will report to Fort Myers before heading to Elizabethton for the start of their season.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 4, TOLEDO MUD HENS 12
    Box Score

    There's getting worked. And then there's getting worked. Both happened to Rochester tonight.

    In football, spotting a team 10-point in the first half isn't a kiss-of-death, but it's also not strongly advised. In baseball, well, at most levels there's a thing called a "Mercy Rule". That would have been in effect tonight.

    Cole DeVries gave a touchdown and two-point conversion in only a little over one hockey period (3.1 innings). Shairon Martis ran out of the back of the end zone, twice. (Four runs, 1.2 innings.)

    Anthony Slama, Luis Perdomo and Aaron Thompson came in and stopped the bleeding. But by that point it was such a mess, the Red Wing was dead and the Mud Hen had picked the bones clean.

    Off that topic, but back on the actual topic, Aaron Thompson has really come around. After missing the first part of last year with a 50-game suspension and then struggling as a starter in New Britain, Thompson has thrived since his move to the bullpen. He also, allegedly, has a sweet mustache. So that may be the source of his new-found success.

    If you're curious about the Rochester bats, it's just about what you'd expect. Colabello raked (3-for-5). Antoan Richardson got on base 40% of the time (2-for-5). Trevor Plouffe went 0-for-3. James Beresford got a hit in his AAA debut.

    Wait, Trevor Plouffe...? Oh, he started his rehab assignment and DH'd for Rochester. His defense has never been better. I'm kidding, all right? I'm a huge fan of Plouffe keeping the seat warm for our "Little Angel" (as in Miguel Angel Sano).

    Vanimal will be on the bump tomorrow for a noon game.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS – Day off

    Pat Dean (3-6, 4.81) pitches tomorrow at 6:35 ET.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE 6, DAYTONA CUBS 9
    Box Score

    It was the first Miracle game in the post-Sano Era. It was also the Javier Baez Show. Baez, a top prospect in his own right, went 4-for-4 with four home runs and seven RBI.

    It should come as no surprise then that the Miracle pitchers didn't have great lines.

    Matt Tomshaw gave up five runs in three innings. Adrian Salcedo gave up three runs in three innings (and struck out four). Jose Gonzalez gave up a run in two innings. All allowed home runs to Baez.

    The bats weren't terrible. They managed six runs on ten hits.

    Matt Koch had a double and a single and drove in two runs. I've long been a fan of Koch and think that when Pinto moves from AA to AAA, Koch will be able to fill in that hole in New Britain (with a little less power).

    Andy Leer had two doubles. Stephen Wickens doubled. Big Spoon Vargas hit his 20th double. It won't be long until Vargas re-joins his buddies in New Britain.

    Jason Wheeler (5-1, 3.99) will pitch tomorrow at 7:05 ET. Let's see what Baez thinks about him.

    You know what this lineup needs? The guy you're going to read about next.


    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, KANE COUNTY COUGARS 2
    Box Score

    Byron Buxton was the star of this show, featured on FSNorth. Defensively, he made two running catches in the left-center field gap. They looked fairly routine (for him). He also made a diving catch near the wall in the left-center gap that is hard to put into words. It looked like something Ben Revere would do. It would be a SportsCenter Top 10 play if they featured minor league plays (which maybe they will).



    Offensively, Buxton was a home run short of the cycle. He singled up the middle on a two-strike count. He had a three-RBI double on a left-center drive that fell about six feet short of a grand slam. Most impressively, the #GeorgianJesus tripled to the right-center field gap on a ball that didn’t reach the warning track.

    He also proved to be in near-human form when he was caught leaning off first base and tagged out between first and second. Personally, I was also disappointed he didn’t at try to steal home after his triple. He’s fast enough to beat the pitch home. Obviously.

    Mason Melotakis had an impressive seven inning start, picking up his team-leading sixth win of the season. The lefty worked very quickly and allowed only four hits and three walks. He was aided by two double plays and he struck out two.

    Tomorrow night, Hein Robb will make his 2nd MWL start against the Lance McCullers-led Quad Cities River Bandits at 7pm CT.

    If Quad Cities loses tonight and the Kernels beat them tomorrow night, the Kernels will have clinched a playoff spot (if my math serves me correctly). Comparing schedules, I think that Buxton will finish out the first half with Cedar Rapids. The Miracle don’t play Friday through Sunday, so it wouldn’t make sense to have Buxton take three days off when the Kernels could still potentially use him.

    Comments or questions, please post below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/10): Buxton Shines started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Pardon the blatant self-promotion of our blog but I posted a video of Buxton's triple over at Knuckleballs, if you're interested.

      Knuckleballs: Kernels and Buxton put on a show for FSN
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Just watched the game from my dvr. That catch was jaw dropping. My expectations were super high and he exceeded them. This guy is special. Gold glove caliber defense is an understatement. My brain was releasing serotonin and I have fallen in love. Also my dopamine levels are cocainish
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      So you're with my claim earlier this season that he may be the best Twins prospect ever?
    1. rickyhawaii's Avatar
      rickyhawaii -
      Javier Baez 4hr's.. Baez is a beast, needs plate discipline though
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      So you're with my claim earlier this season that he may be the best Twins prospect ever?
      At this moment right now I dont see how he isnt the twins best prospect ever. Hes got all 5 tools and hes showing them at a young age of 19. He could very likely be a 30/30, 30/40 or 30/50 and .300+ guy. I wouldnt even count out 40HR at his peak just because he has so much potential. Its gonna be so much fun watching him and Sano in the majors.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      re: that catch- you know, that scout that compared him to a young Willie Mays doesn't sound all that foolish. Holy crap.
    1. stymietime's Avatar
      stymietime -
      Here is the catch
      YouTube
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by stymietime View Post
      Here is the catch
      YouTube
      Yeah, it's linked in the story too. But no links, for that catch, is too many. In fact. Here it is again.

      The most impressive part of the catch is that he didn't even lose the sunglasses off of his head. He made a nice diving catch earlier this year and his hat and sunglasses went flying. Not this time.

      He's a freak. We talk about Mauer (and now Stewart) being better QBs than what the Vikings have. Buxton would be a better WR or DB than the Vikings have. (And please, pretty please, somebody tell me to stick to baseball.)
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Byron Buxton Diving Catch June 10,2013 - YouTube

      That's also video of the Buxton catch.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

      Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Yeah, it's linked in the story too. But no links, for that catch, is too many. In fact. Here it is again.

      The most impressive part of the catch is that he didn't even lose the sunglasses off of his head. He made a nice diving catch earlier this year and his hat and sunglasses went flying. Not this time.

      He's a freak. We talk about Mauer (and now Stewart) being better QBs than what the Vikings have. Buxton would be a better WR or DB than the Vikings have. (And please, pretty please, somebody tell me to stick to baseball.)
      As if "the catch" wasn't enough for one day's worth of legend-building, the legged-out triple was also little short of amazing. A scout had written earlier on that he has never seen a guy cover the ground from first to third quicker- he proved that was a true observation today- there is no question that the Twins have never had a prospect like this before.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Walker is 53 for 54 in stolen bases in his collegiate and professional career. That is crazy for a young man @ 6'4 230 lbs. He had another big SB today
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

      Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com
      You are encouraged to visit the link and comment about how much you hate commenter "Sid P". Go!

      By the way, the video is also available there.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

      Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com
      Thanks for the great find, cmb! I took some static a month ago when I asserted that the Twins must change their standard operating procedure on how to handle someone this good- I'm now more convinced than ever that Buck must be fast-tracked as quickly as possible to the show.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      Walker is 53 for 54 in stolen bases in his collegiate and professional career. That is crazy for a young man @ 6'4 230 lbs. He had another big SB today
      I would hope that Walker would share some of his SB secrets with Buxton, right now, base running is the only visible chink in Byron's armor.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Last year I watched Trout tear the league apart and I thought to myself... If only the Twins could bring up a young guy like Trout. I was so jealous of the Angels.

      After watching Buxton for the first time... I'm trying real hard to temper my enthusiasm because it was just one game... But I'm reading the stats for the year... Watching the game... Reading the scouting reports... Watching the game... Listening to Molitor talk about how coachable he is... Watching the game... Hearing TK talk about how Molitor will talk to him about not slowing into second instead of busting hard for triple and watching the next bat be a triple like he was just coached before our eyes.

      I'm trying hard to temper my enthusiasm but everything is matching up. The Twins version of Trout seems to be a step or two away. Wow... That felt good. Hope he continues to punish the minors.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      ROC is only a player short till Plouffe is activated & someone is sent back
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Last year I watched Trout tear the league apart and I thought to myself... If only the Twins could bring up a young guy like Trout. I was so jealous of the Angels.

      After watching Buxton for the first time... I'm trying real hard to temper my enthusiasm because it was just one game... But I'm reading the stats for the year... Watching the game... Reading the scouting reports... Watching the game... Listening to Molitor talk about how coachable he is... Watching the game... Hearing TK talk about how Molitor will talk to him about not slowing into second instead of busting hard for triple and watching the next bat be a triple like he was just coached before our eyes.

      I'm trying hard to temper my enthusiasm but everything is matching up. The Twins version of Trout seems to be a step or two away. Wow... That felt good. Hope he continues to punish the minors.
      Watch the replay on the triple Byron Buxton triple June 12 2013 - YouTube. It is supposedly established lore that Bo Jackson is the fastest right hander from home to first---at 3.89 seconds. This is youtube, not an official stopwatch, mind you- but Buxton appears to get to first base, leaving home plate between the 5 and 6 second mark in the video and touching first, rounding the base mind you, at just about the 9 second mark.


      More than that, on about his third stride after just touching first, he appears to actually ACCELERATE his speed to another gear altogether-- just as the RF is getting the relay from the CF, and then he still beats the throw to third.

      All in all, he goes from home to third in under, or around 10 seconds- in youtube time, anyway.
    1. KernelsGuy1's Avatar
      KernelsGuy1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      BaseballAmerica's J.J. Cooper was at the game today and said in his 20 years of watching prospects Buxton is the best teenage prospect he has ever seen live. He later notes he never saw Trout/Harper live but still. Anyone who follows J.J. on tweeter would have read how much he likes him today. Here is a post up on BA he wrote about him:

      Byron Buxton Makes A Catch for The Ages - BaseballAmerica.com
      Buxton's catch was No. 2 on SportsCenter evidently! https://twitter.com/matt_cozzi/statu...17109288976384
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Watch the replay on the triple Byron Buxton triple June 12 2013 - YouTube.
      very futuristic! i will be ready for it on wednesday, now.
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