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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. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      very futuristic! i will be ready for it on wednesday, now.
      Blame the copywriter for the video, all I did was cut and paste the link as is.
    1. Turd Furgeson's Avatar
      Turd Furgeson -
      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?
      Oh, I don't know Walter Johnson was pretty good.

      All joking aside, I don't think that's a preposterous statement at all, and that's saying something! I do think he's on the cusp of being as good of a prospect as Mauer right now, and may end up being a better one depending on his development.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      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
      Here's JJ's twitter -- it's got lot's of good Buxton stuff from today. The guy absolutely gushes.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I chatted with JJ last night for awhile. He doesn't get to a lot of games, but this was a good time. Saw the Kernels and Albert Almora the last couple of days. Today, he'll see the Kernels and Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa and Rio Ruiz.
    1. mikelink45's Avatar
      mikelink45 -
      Is there any way that the Twins move out of their historic reluctance and take the same chance with Buxton that DC did with Harper or Seattle did with Griffey? Some guys are just natural and adjust to whatever level they are at. It would be great to see them give Buxton at least a week to show off and taste the majors and to give twins fans a reason to attend.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      I love this line about Thompson: "He also, allegedly, has a sweet mustache. So that may be the source of his new-found success."

      And I no doubt believe it to be true as I once did research on Carl Pavano's time with the Twins, and how his stats compared when sporting the mustache vs. being without. It was actually pretty staggering in favor of the Mustache - he pitched longer in games (over 1 inning longer on average), almost a full run less on his ERA, higher strikeout totals, something like 8 complete games with 'stache vs. only 1 without, better WHIP, etc..., etc...

      He also went the entirety of the 2011 season without the 'stache, pitching considerably worse than he had in 2010 while sporting it most of the time, until the Twins were 62-99 in the win-loss columns. He brought it out for game 162 and proceeded to pitch a Complete Game Shutout (and a 1-0 win) to avoid 100 losses.

      This is not an unexplainable phenomenon, the 'stache has power... q; )
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Blame the copywriter for the video, all I did was cut and paste the link as is.
      Yep, that would be me, I guess. Blame it on the Coors Light I had at the game. I'll correct it tonight when I get home. There's probably a clever #BuxtonFacts in there, somewhere, though... I'm just not creative enough to come up with it today.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lein View Post
      I love this line about Thompson: "He also, allegedly, has a sweet mustache. So that may be the source of his new-found success."
      Proof!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      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.
      AND!!! He appeared to stumble a little around second base... AND!!! The triple was on a ball that was cut off by the Center Fielder... It didnt even get past anyone.

      I really wanted a College Arm last year... I'm embarrassed with myself for wanting that. I haven't seen this SS the Astros drafted first last year but he's gotta be Sam Bowie right now. Its quite possible in a few years we will be able to say with gusto that the Astros made a mistake. We are thinking it right now... In a few years we can safely verbalize it.

      God I hope Buxton keeps progressing and stays healthy.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      There's a guy I follow on Twitter who is a big Astros fan and big into the draft. Reminds me a little of myself.

      Last night he tweeted:

      "Byron Buxton is making me sad."

      And he loves Carlos Correa. The thing with prospects is that you always value your own more than other team's. Well, almost always. Everyone values Buxton.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I haven't seen this SS the Astros drafted first last year but he's gotta be Sam Bowie right now. Its quite possible in a few years we will be able to say with gusto that the Astros made a mistake. We are thinking it right now... In a few years we can safely verbalize it.
      Probably won't hear the Kernels pitchers being too dismissive of Carlos Correa, the SS the Astros chose ahead of Buxton. Correa went 6 of 13, with a walk, two doubles, a home run and 7 RBI in the 3-game series between QC and the Kernels last week.

      I'd take Buxton, undoubtedly, but it appears the Astros will probably be pretty happy with Correa, too, down the road a bit.
    1. Turd Furgeson's Avatar
      Turd Furgeson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      AND!!! He appeared to stumble a little around second base... AND!!! The triple was on a ball that was cut off by the Center Fielder... It didnt even get past anyone.

      I really wanted a College Arm last year... I'm embarrassed with myself for wanting that. I haven't seen this SS the Astros drafted first last year but he's gotta be Sam Bowie right now. Its quite possible in a few years we will be able to say with gusto that the Astros made a mistake. We are thinking it right now... In a few years we can safely verbalize it.

      God I hope Buxton keeps progressing and stays healthy.
      It was never just about Correa for the Astros. They picked a guy they could sign under slot so that they could sign a couple guys over slot later on.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turd Furgeson View Post
      It was never just about Correa for the Astros. They picked a guy they could sign under slot so that they could sign a couple guys over slot later on.
      The Twins were/are in desperate need of a premier SS they can build the franchise around over the next 10 years- and just as much in need to pay over-slot money down the draft for a couple extra guys.

      I'm still betting Buxton makes Correia and the couple extra guys resemble Bowie before it's all said and done.
    1. Turd Furgeson's Avatar
      Turd Furgeson -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      The Twins were/are in desperate need of a premier SS they can build the franchise around over the next 10 years- and just as much in need to pay over-slot money down the draft for a couple extra guys.

      I'm still betting Buxton makes Correia and the couple extra guys resemble Bowie before it's all said and done.
      That could happen. Maybe a couple of those guys have nice careers for the Astros, but if Buxton truly becomes the next Trout then I'd consider that a loss for them.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Blame the copywriter for the video, all I did was cut and paste the link as is.
      ......And thanks for that. Just a back to the future joke.....just...... jokin...........
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      There's a guy I follow on Twitter who is a big Astros fan and big into the draft. Reminds me a little of myself.

      Last night he tweeted:

      "Byron Buxton is making me sad."

      And he loves Carlos Correa. The thing with prospects is that you always value your own more than other team's. Well, almost always. Everyone values Buxton.
      Haha, well said. I currently live in Houston and let's just say your friend up above isn't the only who is sad because of Buxton.

      As I say this Correa also looks like a stud, just not a phemon like Buxton!
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