• Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Koch, Vargas Lead Miracle

    On Tuesday morning, we woke up to the news that the Elizabethton team bus driving from Ft. Myers to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal, head-on accident. Fortunately, none of the Elizabethton players or personnel were injured. The driver of the other vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the road, died. We should be seeing rosters for the E-Twins and the GCL Twins shortly.

    On Tuesday night, eight Kernels played in the Midwest League All-Star game. We should also hear about any player promotions on Wednesday. There were a couple great performances on Tuesday night, so check out what happened below.



    Rochester Red Wings 4, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 3

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    Andrew Albers continued his impressive season. The lefty went the first 6.1 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out four. Cody Eppley came on and got one out, but he walked two. Aaron Thompson gave up one run on one hit in 1.2 innings and he struck out two. Michael Tonkin picked up his third save, getting the final two outs.

    Antoan Richardson was on base a bunch again. He went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth double. He also stole his 13th base. Doug Bernier was 2-4 with his 10th double and second triple. Chris Herrmann went 2-5.

    New Britain Rock Cats 8, Erie Thunder 0

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    The Rock Cat bats showed up, but the story has to be the performance of Trevor May. The right-hander acquired in the offseason from the Phillies put together his best start of his season. He went 7.2 innings without allowing a run. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out nine for the win. Edgar Ibarra came on and struck out the batter he faced. Cole Johnson pitched the 9th, giving up just one walk.

    Danny Santana led off and went 4-5 with his 12th double. Nate Hanson was 3-4 with a walk, his ninth double and three RBI. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-4 with a walk and his eighth home run. Eddie Rosario was 2-4 with a walk and is now hitting .313 in his short time with the team. Miguel Sano was 0-4 to drop his average to .067.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 15, Palm Beach 6

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    Matt Koch has had a good season to this point and on Tuesday he was tremendous. He went 4-4 with a walk, his tenth and eleventh doubles and his fourth home run. Jhon Goncalves went 3-4 with a walk, his second homer and third stolen base. Kennys Vargas went 2-3 with two walks, his 21st double and 13th home run.

    Matt Tomshaw was the recipient of the run support on his way to his second Miracle win. He gave up three runs on ten hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out one. Ryan O’Rourke picked up his second save with three innings of work. He gave up three runs on four hits.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels


    The Kernels are on their All-Star break. However, eight members of the Kernels roster played in the Midwest League All-Star Game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio. Byron Buxton was the leadoff hitter and centerfielder. He went 0-3. Dalton Hicks batted third and played 1B. He was 1-3. Adam Walker batted fourth and played right field. He was 1-3. Jorge Polanco played 2B and batted seventh. He was 1-2 with a walk. Niko Goodrum came on late to play shortstop. He was 1-1 with a walk and a two-run single in the ninth. Travis Harrison played third base late and went 0-1.

    JO Berrios got one out in the seventh inning. He gave up one run on one hit and a walk; the out came on a strikeout. Steve Gruver got two outs in the 8th inning, one on a strikeout. The Kerrnels' Mid-West Division lost to the Mid-East Division 6-5.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Koch, Vargas Lead Miracle started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      Sano needs a little time
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Sano is going all Aaron Hicks on us. Hope he gets it figured out. Actually its probably good in the long run he struggles.
      Every player needs to go through it.

      Seth I read somewhere that Meyer is coming back in "Mid July" This makes it sound like the team is concerned about the shoulder even though the MRI came up clean.
      Is "mid july" right? Is he experiencing soreness still? Any news on this?
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Does anybody have any information on Alexis Tapia in the DSL. I've noticed that he's been putting up some very nice performances. Obviously, its a very very small sample size but in 10 IP he's got 11 K's and 1 BB with a 1.80 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. I also saw that he's only 17 and is listed at 6'2" and 195 lbs which seems like a pretty nice frame for a 17 year old pitcher. Sorry, I've got prospect fever and I'm just trying to find more arms in the Twins system to hope on. Has anybody heard anything about this kid?
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      Looks like Herrmann took his good play while up with the Twins back to Rochester. Seems like he's been listed in the hitting notes for every game since going back down.
    1. Legend of the Arctic's Avatar
      Legend of the Arctic -
      That Richardson stolen base came on an odd play. My MiLB app said he stole third, but he was thrown out trying to score on the same play.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Does anybody have any information on Alexis Tapia in the DSL. I've noticed that he's been putting up some very nice performances. Obviously, its a very very small sample size but in 10 IP he's got 11 K's and 1 BB with a 1.80 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. I also saw that he's only 17 and is listed at 6'2" and 195 lbs which seems like a pretty nice frame for a 17 year old pitcher. Sorry, I've got prospect fever and I'm just trying to find more arms in the Twins system to hope on. Has anybody heard anything about this kid?
      I don't dive into the DSL too much. The only thing I look at there is age. I enjoy watching the BB/K rate as well. So, Tapia has those two things going for him. He's the kind of guy who gets to the GCL as an 18 year old. The numbers, as you say in a small sample size, are nice... but the numbers mean very little when they're 7 levels from the big leagues.

      I like to see names like that, put them in my back pocket, get a little excited, and see how things go next year.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Sano's only got a few games under his belt at this point. A .067 batting average can be a .367 batting average with only a couple of good days. Besides, if they're going to walk him that much, I say keep taking pitches and getting on base. It'll likely make him a more selective, and better, hitter in the future.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great article as usual and a great night for the entire system. I would love to see Albers get a chance with the Twins this year (as well as Gibson).
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