• Twins Minor League Report (6/17): It's a Miracle

    It was a relatively slow day in the world of Twins Baseball with only two of the five ball clubs active, though that didn't keep us from hearing some pretty newsworthy things.

    Twins first round draft pick Kohl Stewart is en route to the Twin Cities. In fact, at 9:28 pm, he tweeted a photo of Target Field from the Twins dugout. He's obviously not yet signed, sealed and delivered. But he's well on the way. I'm holding out hope that the deal gets done by tomorrow afternoon and he throws out the first pitch tomorrow night.

    Top 10 Twins' prospect Max Kepler will be joining the Cedar Rapids Kernels after the All-Star break. The speculation on ensuing moves is near endless. My take: Buxton goes to Fort Myers with D.J. Hicks. Rory Rhodes joins Cedar Rapids. Kennys Vargas takes a step up to New Britain, which could easily clear a roster spot or two. There will be many more moves, but that could be how a few dominoes fall when Kepler moves up.

    Hein Robb was sent from Cedar Rapids to Elizabethton to make room for Kepler.

    The Roster & Payroll page shows up-to-date rosters from the top of the organization to the bottom.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 10, SCRANTON/WB RAIL RIDERS 1 (Game 1)
    Box Score

    After an extremely slow start to the season, the Red Wings closed to within one game of .500 (35-36).

    Vance Worley pitched a seven-inning complete game for the win. He struck out two and gave up nine hits.

    The top of the order certainly delivered for Rochester, as well.

    Antoan Richardson was 2-for-2 with a double. He also walked three times. It's an impressive feat for a guy with no home runs to have an OPS of .871. It does make it a little easier when you get on base almost half of the time you come to the plate. At a minimum, Richardson's presence is going to make it that much easier to expose Clete Thomas to waivers when that time comes... because we all know that time will come. At the other end of the spectrum, is Richardson competing with Hicks (and Mastroianni?) for the center field job in 2014? (Come on, like we can't at least pretend that Hicks could use some AAA seasoning.)

    Chris Herrmann was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in. Chris Colabello added two more hits to raise his average to .372 (!). Deibinson Romero added two hits as well.


    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 3, SCRANTON/WB RAIL RIDERS 5 (Game 2)
    Box Score

    Virgil Vasquez spotted the Rail Riders three runs in the second inning (on a three-run home run) and that was more than the Wings could come back from, falling short in their quest to reach .500.

    Vasquez allowed six hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out one.

    Shairon Martis allowed two runs in two innings.

    The bats weren't as good in Game 2. Antoan Richardson eclipsed the .300-mark, going 1-for-3 with a triple (his fifth in only 120 at-bats) and two RBI.

    James Beresford was the only Red Wing with a muli-hit game. Chris Herrmann doubled.

    LP Andrew Albers (who looks shockingly like Justin Morneau) will be on the hill tomorrow. The southpaw is 5-2 with a 3.01 ERA. Terry Ryan is on record saying that Albers - and not Kyle Gibson - is the next pitcher in line to start for the Twins. He's originally from Canada (the Twins love Canadians), then playing for Kentucky - the Twins also love Wildcats - of course, he's next in line.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE 6, PALM BEACH CARDINALS 5
    Box Score

    The Miracle started off their second half with a bang. After scoring four seventh-inning runs to give themselves a 5-3 lead, Zack Jones allowed two inherited runners to score for his second blown save of the season.

    Andy Leer started the bottom of the ninth with a single and Candido Pimentel made his Miracle debut, as a pinch-runner. After a Levi Michael walk advanced Pimentel to second, Aderlin Mejia attempted a sacrifice bunt to move Pimentel to third. Only a sacrifice it was not. The third baseman threw the ball past the first baseman allowing Pimentel to score the game-winning run in walk-off fashion. Not a bad way to finish your first game in Fort Myers, eh?

    Aderlin Mejia is putting himself on the prospect map. In what had been assumed to be a short stay with the Miralce, Mejia is proving that he belongs. Batting leadoff and playing shortstop, Mejia went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Over his last four games, Mejia is 9-for-15 (.600) with 6 RBI. People were worried about the Miralce offense with Sano and Rosario gone... Mejia is filling those shoes admirably.



    Also picking up the slack was Stephen Wickens. Wickens went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Jairo Rodriguez went 3-for-4.

    Manuel Soliman allowed three runs on seven hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked two. The choice to start Soliman is intriguing, to say the least. Coming off the All-Star break, they obviously have a rested rotation and none of the five starters appears headed to New Britain. (Three have come up from Cedar Rapids since the beginning of the year, the two who started in Fort Myers both have WHIPs over 1.30 and K/9s under 6.5.)

    If the Miracle were in need of a starter, Adrian Salcedo would seem to be a much more obvious option. Salcedo pitched in relief tonight, allowing two hits in two innings. He struck out two. Salcedo continues to show near-impeccable control. In 29 innings this year, he's struck out 33 and only walked five.

    Chad Rodgers left with runners on base before giving way to Jones. Jones struck out three in getting five outs and picking up the win.

    Fort Myers' starter for tomorrow night's game is TBD.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS - off today. Back at it tomorrow night with a starter TBD.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS - All-Star Game tomorrow with many Kernels scheduled to play.

    If you questions or comments, please comment below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/17): It's a Miracle started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      So is there any chanels that we can watch the Low A allstar game on?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Mejia looks like yet another Twins international man of mystery. Do you have a report on whether he has the chops to eventually be good enough to start at SS or 2B? He's still only 21 and seems to have once again hit the ground running at the top of the order in High A.

      I noticed that, besides playing virtually every on-field position except catcher and pitcher in his pro career thus far, the plurality of his playing time was at SS- until this season- where it seems the organization is now giving him more extended time at Second.

      Interesting take on Salcedo. it looks like he hit his ceiling, which was more like a wall, as a SP last year at Ft Myers. Has he made significant adjustments in mechanics, pitch selection or new pitches that warrant giving him another look?
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Antoan Richardson is gonna be the everyday "Anthony Slama" of ROC......no matter the numbers he puts up, TR is gonna decide he's not a major leaguer
      I have so little respect for Ryan right now that is he skips Gibson for Albers, Im done with him.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Antoan Richardson is gonna be the everyday "Anthony Slama" of ROC......no matter the numbers he puts up, TR is gonna decide he's not a major leaguer
      I have so little respect for Ryan right now that is he skips Gibson for Albers, Im done with him.
      Richardson has played 30ish games at AAA, this seems a bit premature.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
      Richardson has played 30ish games at AAA, this seems a bit premature.
      Just a prediction
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Just a prediction
      Fair enough.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Richardson is going to be 30 years of age in October, and relies primarily on speed to make his mark. He's never been close to sticking long-term with a major league roster (9 games as a late-inning replacement with Atlanta in 2011 is the sum total of his major league career). This whole discussion is a blind alley.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great article, and it's always good when the affiliates win.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      E-Town starts in 2 days!
      GCL starts in 3!
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Red Bull View Post
      So is there any chanels that we can watch the Low A allstar game on?
      The MWL All-Star Game is, I believe, being shown on MiLB.tv (for subscribers, of course).

      Jeremy, I suspect there will be more adjustments to the Kernels pitching staff, as well. I know a Kepler for Robb swap rebalances the roster to 13 position players and 12 pitchers, which seems more normal than a 13 man pitching staff, but both manager Jake Mauer and pitching coach Gary Lucas have been insistent all along that the 6-man rotation is going to be a season-long thing and Robb was one of their starting pitchers.

      I think they have a day off already on Monday, so they may not need that sixth starter until the second time through the rotation after the break, but unless more than just a couple of starters can begin consistently giving them 6+ innings a game, they're probably going to need the extra bullpen arm before too long.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      All I read was "blah, blah, blah, Kepler finally playing, blah, blah blah.....". Ok, not really, but to me, that was the best news in the whole article.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Pretty good chance I'm in that photo behind the bench.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Pretty good chance I'm in that photo behind the bench.
      That is very cool!
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Max Kepler is playing CF in EST today... so it appears the reports from him yesterday "being unable to throw" were erroneous.
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      Not really convinced that Aderlin Mejia is much of a prospect. There is no way he projects to a MLB level shortstop. He has very poor footwork in the field and a below average arm. At the plaer, he will never hit for power.

      I was at this game, and frankly, there isn't a single player that played in it other than Zach Jones that is even a marginal major league prospect.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlhouse View Post
      Not really convinced that Aderlin Mejia is much of a prospect. There is no way he projects to a MLB level shortstop. He has very poor footwork in the field and a below average arm. At the plaer, he will never hit for power.

      I was at this game, and frankly, there isn't a single player that played in it other than Zach Jones that is even a marginal major league prospect.
      Sorry to hear about Mejia, but I'm afraid that that was what I expected.

      I would agree that most of the rest of the roster doesn't project well, but I would hold out some hope for Vargas along with Jones.

      I'm awaiting your next report when the reinforcements arrive from Cedar Rapids.
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Sorry to hear about Mejia, but I'm afraid that that was what I expected.

      I would agree that most of the rest of the roster doesn't project well, but I would hold out some hope for Vargas along with Jones.

      I'm awaiting your next report when the reinforcements arrive from Cedar Rapids.

      I forgot that Kennys was the DH in the game. But, I think that he is only a step above marginal prospect. He is big and powerful, but his swing is very long and I am not sure if he will be able to make consistent contact above the A+ level. He is also a DH prospect only with almost no mobility on the field.

      You never know though. I am glad I am not the one that makes decisions on these young guy's dreams. And, it is fun to watch them play.
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