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    The Appalachian League started on Thursday night and Elizabethton started where they left off last year. On Friday, the Gulf Coast League will begin. The Cedar Rapids Kernels began the second half of their season. Kyle Gibson had another terrific start for Rochester, but it was not the best start in the organization on this day.

    Keep reading to see what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 2

    Box Score

    Kyle Gibson improved to 7-5 and dropped his ERA to 3.01 with another strong performance. He gave up only an unearned run on five hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out six. Blake Martin gave up a solo homer in the eighth. Michael Tonkin struck out one in a scoreless ninth to record his fourth save.

    Chris Colabello continues to lead the offense. He went 3-5 with his 15th home run. Chris Herrmann now has a 10 game hitting streak after a 2-4 game. Doug Bernier was also 2-4. Ray Olmedo was 2-3.

    ASIDE – It seems to me that too many Twins fans are focusing on the fact that Kyle Gibson is not yet with the big league club. I would love to see him up, and I think it will happen soon, but I choose to look at it differently. He is a much, much better pitcher now than he was six or seven starts ago, and that, to me, is the most important thing.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Erie Thunder 0

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell just keeps on rolling. The lefty put in the best start of his fine season, throwing a complete game shutout. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out nine. He threw just 99 pitches and dropped his ERA to 2.61 (speaking of guys who need a promotion).

    The Rock Cats had just four hits. Kyle Knudson had two of them. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his ninth home run of the season.



    Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 2

    Box Score

    Kennys Vargas no longer has the likes of Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario in the lineup with him, but he isn’t missing a beat. On this night, he was 3-4. In the last three games, he is 7-11 with three extra base hits. John Murphy went 2-4 and stole his fourth base. Candido Pimentel was 2-3 with his first double.

    Matt Summers started for the Miracle. In five innings, he gave up two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out five. Adrian Salcedo came on and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Zack Jones recorded his eighth save with two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1

    Box Score

    The Kernels returned from the All Star break and made the trek to Appleton, Wisconsin to take on the Timber Rattlers. There wasn’t much offense, but Travis Harrison provided what was needed. His 12th home run of the season was a two-run blast that proved to be all the team would need. He also added his 19th double. Niko Goodrum was 2-4. JD Williams was 2-3. Max Kepler went 0-3 with a walk in his first MWL game.

    Christian Powell won his first game. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. Caleb Brewer recorded his first Kernels’ save, giving up up two hits in two shutout innings.

    Elizabethton Twins 3, Bristol White Sox 0

    Box Score

    This season, the E-Twins began with a home series against Bristol. Felix Jorge got the start. He struck out three in 1.2 innings before the rains came. There was enough of a delay that he did not come back. Tim Shibuya came on and went the next 4.1 innings. He gave up no runs on two hits and a walk. Dallas Gallant pitched a scoreless inning. Finally, Luis Nunez struck out three over the final two innings to record his first save of the season.

    The E-Twins didn’t get much offense but Bo Altobelli had two hits and Rory Rhodes had the lone extra base hit, a double. Tanner Vavra led off and went 1-3 with a walk.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/20): Darnell Delivers started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SRP View Post
      Seth- if you have touched on this an I missed then please forgive me. What is news on Darnell's improvement this year? Whip, BB, Hits and HR #s are down while SO and innings are up. Last year he started 28 games and pitched 156 innings. At his current pace, 28 starts will produce 179 innings. That is serious improvement. Are there specific things to attribute this to?
      I'm actually very curious about this too. He wasn't this good in college, though he did have a higher K/9 one year. Has he picked up a tick or two in velocity? Are his pitches just better? Did he develop a 3rd or 4th pitch that complement what he already has?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I'm actually very curious about this too. He wasn't this good in college, though he did have a higher K/9 one year. Has he picked up a tick or two in velocity? Are his pitches just better? Did he develop a 3rd or 4th pitch that complement what he already has?
      Working on a story on this topic...
    1. 60ft6in's Avatar
      60ft6in -
      Each year from TR down to cross checkers watch each team play a series or more. I was in e-town last season and saw the asst GM attending games. It's part of their job! As much as some of you question every move or non move their decision shouldn't be from lack of information or personal observations. And yes I can't believe Buxton is still in CR post All Star break...!
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      How horrible it is for a GM to take personal stake in prospects. Oh boy.

      Honestly, I doubt most GMs make such trips, and the fact that such endeavors are used against the front office seems petty.

      I doubt TR's evaluation is simply about promotion but probably has as much to do wit long term plans. Yes, perhaps the club held players back for a week so they could be seen by the actual GM--maybe Buxton (or Harrison or Walker, or whomever) misses an oh-so meaningful week of Ft. Myers ball (at most).

      I'm glad to see that the guy in charge of making a winning ball club wants to personally see the minor league prospects at such a low level--there must be potential meaningful parts of future major league club there for TR to go to such trouble. For my part, TR as a roving scout demonstrates investment in minor league system as whole, if not individual players--more, I hope it indicates a keen anticipation of future needs. Get out there, TR, and assess what you need to add to the system or how much you should rally over what we already have.

      If the dude is going to Cedar Rapids, he's digging in. I'm not sure how many GMs actually visit their low-A affiliate, but it's super cool the Twins GM is one of them.
      Oh I think you missunderstand me. The timing is poor because Ryan has had three months to take a road trip to CR to see the team's 1st round pick last year and top prospect and he has failed to do so. Perhaps I'm wrong and these guys won't get bumped up after their "interview", but it now seems that these young men have not gotten a promotion simply because Ryan decided he wanted to see them for himself but failed to do so in a timely manner.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      I think the MAJOR Buxton issue is nothing more than a temporary numbers game in the minors. Perhaps they want to see that Kepler can actually play the field before the promote him. Or perhaps they need to make a corresponding move in Ft Myers since they have 6 OF'ers on their roster including Wilkin Ramirez on a rehab assignment. I'm pretty sure the additional week or two that he spends in CR will not be detrimental to his development.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Oh I think you missunderstand me. The timing is poor because Ryan has had three months to take a road trip to CR to see the team's 1st round pick last year and top prospect and he has failed to do so. Perhaps I'm wrong and these guys won't get bumped up after their "interview", but it now seems that these young men have not gotten a promotion simply because Ryan decided he wanted to see them for himself but failed to do so in a timely manner.
      Yes, I'm sure that's it. Ryan is sitting up in his office eating bon bons and generally doing nothing while those rookies toil away down in the low minors waiting to impress him. Are we really arguing this?

      I said it recently and Kab just did as well. It isn't as simple as buying him a plane ticket. Other moves have to be made, because for every move up, someone else either goes up or goes out.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The Buxton one is a situation that I personally don't understand, but it doesn't bother or annoy me terribly much because Joe Mauer spent his whole first full season in the Midwest League, and he turned out alright.

      That said, there's really only one thing I can think of. Yes, he's hitting around .340. How many of those hits have been fairly routine ground balls that he simply beat out with his speed? It's an elite tool, but as he moves up, how many of those will be outs? Take out the 3-4 infield hits he legs out each week, and what is he hitting?

      Since I only saw him play 3 games (and the TV game), I truly don't know. We all are smart enough to know that it has to be about more than just he numbers. I don't know why he hasn't been promoted. THere's likely a good reason. I'm just not going to pretend I'm smarter than the people who make these decisions.
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