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    Saturday was a very busy night in the Twins farm system. It started with the Minier Show in the afternoon. There were a ton of great performances and very exciting games throughout the Twins system. Vance Worley continued to pitch as we all hope. Taylor Rogers continued his tremendous run with the Miracle. The Rock Cats used a few big innings, but could they pull off a win? A couple former Gophers had a big day. So much to get to!

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm system, Saturday in the minor league parks:

    Rochester Red Wings 2, Louisville Bats 1

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    Chris Colabello provided Vance Worley with all of the offense the Red Wings' starter needed to help manager Gene Glynn to his 300th career win. Worley worked nine innings and gave up only an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out five. In his past three starts he has given up just one earned run in 23 innings. Overall in Rochester he is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA.

    Doug Bernier went 2-4 with his 11th double. Colabello went 2-4 including a two-run homer, his 16th of the season.

    New Britain Rock Cats 12, Akron Aeros 7

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    This game was pretty uneventful until the 8th inning. Going into the eighth, the Rock Cats were down 3-0. They scored three in the top of the 8th to tie the game, but gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Rock Cats then scored four runs in the top of the 9th to grab a one-run lead. However, in the bottom of the ninth Akron scored a run to tie the game.

    The game went to the 11th inning. After three in the eighth and four in the ninth, the Rock Cats scored five runs in the top of the 11th. Eddie Rosario singled in one run and Miguel Sano hit a two-run triple. That was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Reynaldo Rodriguez.

    The Rock Cats had 17 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one. Danny Santana and Eddie Rosario each went 3-6. Rosario stole his first AA base. Nate Hanson hit his 10th and 11th doubles. Miguel Sano was 2-6 and his triple was his first with the Rock Cats. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 19th double and 11th home run. Danny Ortiz also had two hits.

    Virgil Vasquez went the first 5.2 innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on seven hits and two walks, striking out two. Edgar Ibarra got the next five outs. Dan Turpen came on and gave up three runs (2 earned) on one hit and four walks. Cole Johnson came on and got the final out of the 8th. Matt Hauser entered the game for the ninth and gave up the run that tied the game. He then worked a scoreless tenth frame. AJ Achter came on to protect the five run lead in the 11th, and he got all three batters he faced.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 1

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    Taylor Rogers was given terrific run support, but on this night it wasnít all needed. The lefty improved to 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA since his late April promotion. On Saturday he went six innings and gave up one run on four hits. He uncharacteristically walked four while striking out two. Jose Gonzalez came on and walked one and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Ryan OíRourke worked a scoreless ninth.

    Former Gopher Mike Kvasnicka missed the first two-plus months of the season due to a broken hamate bone in his hand. On Saturday, he went 2-4 with his second double, his first home run in the Twins organization and four RBI. Aderlin Mejia went 4-5 and is now hitting .351. Kennys Vargas had another two-hit game, including his 23rd double. Andy Leer was 2-3 with a walk.



    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

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    The Kernels brought their hitting shoes to the park. Their eight runs came on 18 hits. All nine starters had at least one hit and six had two or more.

    Travis Harrison went 3-4 with a walk and his 20th and 21st doubles. Dalton Hicks and Jorge Polanco each went 3-6. Adam Walker was 2-4. Niko Goodrum went 2-6 with his 14th double. Byron Buxton went 2-5 with a walk and his ninth triple. He also stole his 32nd base. Michael Quesada singled in the 9th, the last Kernel to get a hit, after previously walking twice.



    Brett Lee was on the mound to start for the Kernels. The left-hander gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three. Alex Muren came on and got all nine batters he faced. Tyler Jones came on for the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one before getting the final out.

    Elizabethton Twins 6, Bristol White Sox 2

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    Yorman Landa is one of the talented starters from last yearís GCL squad. He began his 2013 campaign very well, working five innings and giving up just one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Ethan Mildren came on and gave up one hit in his inning. Brandon Peterson then struck out two in his inning. Lefty Austin Malinowski went the final two innings. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and three walks. He struck out two.

    Kelvin Ortiz led the offense. The right fielder went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Rory Rhodes hit a home run and stole a base. Romy Jimenez went 1-3 with a walk and a double.

    GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 5 (11 innings)

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    Amaurys Minier was again the top story for the GCL Twins. After going 2-4 with a double and a home run on Friday, he went 2-3 with two walks, a single and a triple. 4-7 with two walks, a single, a double, a triple and a home run in two games! Chad Christensen went 2-5 with a double. Lance Ray (rehab) was 1-4.

    Fernando Romero started and went the first three innings. He gave up two unearned runs. He didnít allow a hit, walked two, hit a batter and struck out four. Josh Guyer struck out three (and walked one) in a scoreless inning. Leonel Zazueta gave up one run on two hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. A rehabbing Bruce Pugh got the next four outs, one on a strikeout. Reyson Zaquiel recorded two outs. He walked one and struck out a batter. Damian Defrank gave up one run on six hits in 3.1 innings. In the 11th, Jose Abreu came on and gave up the unearned, winning run.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report Reports (6/22): Saturday in the Park started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Zephrin's Avatar
      Zephrin -
      With Minier seeming to have officially moved over to 3B (which I believe was pretty much the plan when they signed him) we have some pretty good prospects in the pipeline (Sano, Harrison). I guess Terry Ryan and Co. are tired of looking for Koskie's replacement?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Seth, I'm wondering where you ranked Edgar Ibarra preseason and where he might fall in your next rankings?

      After a little slump at the end of May, he's back to lights out in June and having a terrific overall season at age 24 (he's given up just 1 hit in 6 June appearances).

      Does he project as a major league LOOGY only?- or something more?
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      What's the hold up with Buxton's promotion?
    1. Otwins's Avatar
      Otwins -
      I am not so sure that Harrison will stay at third base. I was travelling from Cleveland accross I-80 last Saturday and stopped for the 5PM game in Cedar Rapids. If anyone is in the area I highly recommend stopping. Great atmosphere. It was only one game but Harrison and Hicks sure looked like below average defenders. Seth what is your feeling on Adam Walker- He did not have a particulary good game when I was there but sure looked big, strong and fast.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Seth, I'm wondering where you ranked Edgar Ibarra preseason and where he might fall in your next rankings?

      After a little slump at the end of May, he's back to lights out in June and having a terrific overall season at age 24 (he's given up just 1 hit in 6 June appearances).

      Does he project as a major league LOOGY only?- or something more?
      Without looking, I don't think I would have had him in the Top 50 pre-season, and I know he wasn't in there in early June. I used to have him in the 30s or 40s when he was a starter in Beloit .I saw him a couple of years ago there make a start and came away very impressed with his pitches.

      He's not a Top 50 for me, but I really, really like him. I do believe he has a future in the big leagues as a reliever. He throws pretty hard. I think he's got 3-4 pitches, though he hasn't been able to be consistent with them (which is why he's not a starter).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by troyhobbs View Post
      What's the hold up with Buxton's promotion?
      I wish I knew an official answer to that, other than to say (as we all understand), it's more than just about the numbers. I just don't know what the full story on the reasoning is, other than the Twins don't typically promote a sub-20 year old out of the Midwest League. They didn't with Mauer or Sano. They both spent the full year in the league before moving up two levels in the following year.

      I think we're also all smart enough to know that domination for 4-6 weeks is not enough to warrant a promotion... but Buxton is at 10-11 weeks at this point.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
      I am not so sure that Harrison will stay at third base. I was travelling from Cleveland accross I-80 last Saturday and stopped for the 5PM game in Cedar Rapids. If anyone is in the area I highly recommend stopping. Great atmosphere. It was only one game but Harrison and Hicks sure looked like below average defenders. Seth what is your feeling on Adam Walker- He did not have a particulary good game when I was there but sure looked big, strong and fast.
      Regarding Harrison's Defense - He is relatively knew to 3B still, and he was really bad there a year ago in Elizabethton. When I saw him, he looked alright, and his error percentage is much better than a year ago. It's still not good. But, he has about half as many errors at 3B this year as Sano had last year at 3B. Sano was significantly better in the second half, and people are talking about Sano this year about being able to stay there, so I wouldn't give up on him. Also, dude can hit!

      Hicks is not exactly nimble around 1B, but he's adequate.

      Regarding Walker, his power is absolutely legit. I thought he might move up at the midseason mark too earlier. He had an impressive power stretch, and he has driven in a lot of runs. But, despite being a 3-year college guy drafted a year ago, he won't turn 22 until after the season. So, he's certainly not old. He's got amazing power, is a decent athlete, has average speed, can play a decent outfield. The only concern is the 15:63 BB:K rate. He strikes out a lot and doesn't walk much. All that put together, he's doing just fine and I think he's just fine where he is.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I wish I knew an official answer to that, other than to say (as we all understand), it's more than just about the numbers. I just don't know what the full story on the reasoning is, other than the Twins don't typically promote a sub-20 year old out of the Midwest League. They didn't with Mauer or Sano. They both spent the full year in the league before moving up two levels in the following year.

      I think we're also all smart enough to know that domination for 4-6 weeks is not enough to warrant a promotion... but Buxton is at 10-11 weeks at this point.
      Kind of supports my Twins SOP cookie-cutter comfort zone theory, doesn't it?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Without looking, I don't think I would have had him in the Top 50 pre-season, and I know he wasn't in there in early June. I used to have him in the 30s or 40s when he was a starter in Beloit .I saw him a couple of years ago there make a start and came away very impressed with his pitches.

      He's not a Top 50 for me, but I really, really like him. I do believe he has a future in the big leagues as a reliever. He throws pretty hard. I think he's got 3-4 pitches, though he hasn't been able to be consistent with them (which is why he's not a starter).
      Thanks, Seth. I'm always on the lookout for lefties and Ibarra seems to have resuscitated his career back from the dead. I asked about his stuff and potential LOOGY limitations based on his 2013 ridiculous split of .293 OBA to right handers and .088 to lefties. Other than that little 3 consecutive game rough patch at the end of May, the guy's been lights out all season and appears to be ready for a promotion to Rochester.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      1. jokin - Today, 06:48 AM








      1. Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
      2. I wish I knew an official answer to that, other than to say (as we all understand), it's more than just about the numbers. I just don't know what the full story on the reasoning is, other than the Twins don't typically promote a sub-20 year old out of the Midwest League. They didn't with Mauer or Sano. They both spent the full year in the league before moving up two levels in the following year.

        I think we're also all smart enough to know that domination for 4-6 weeks is not enough to warrant a promotion... but Buxton is at 10-11 weeks at this point.




      1. Kind of supports my Twins SOP cookie-cutter comfort zone theory, doesn't it?

      My question is, actually what difference does it make if Buxton is in low A or high A? I doubt it will ultimately make any real difference to when he reaches the majors. There is some difference in the level of competition but difference between 3 levels from the majors and 4 levels from the majors, but it isn't that profound.


      It is possible that Twins feel that "promoting" him to High A where he gets to play in high heat and high humidity in front of tiny crowds, isn't that much of a promotion. I think a few of the critics are largely looking for excuses to beat on the Twins organization. Look for some real issues. Let's let the Twins move propects who should be at least a couple of years away from the majors at their own rates. If Buxton turns out to be ready to play in majors sooner than that, the Twins will get him there.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I'd say there are likely legitimate reasons that the Twins have not yet promoted Buxton, but I dont' think the heat and humidity of Ft. Myers is it.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Buxton needs to be challenged to grow. There is no good reason to keep him in low A. Brad Stile has said his promotion is "close" for two weeks. Yet they do not promote him. It is inexplicable. This is not Twins bashing.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Video of Sano's triple last night. Scorched the ball, but the RF probably should have caught it. It was a rocket though.

      Sano helps Rock Cats stun Aeros | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Buxton needs to be challenged to grow. There is no good reason to keep him in low A. Brad Stile has said his promotion is "close" for two weeks. Yet they do not promote him. It is inexplicable. This is not Twins bashing.
      I thought he'd be promoted after the Midwest ASG. However, I don't think any of us foresee Buxton making it to AA this year. Best case, he starts next year there. If that's true, does it really matter whether he goes to Ft Myers last week, this week, or even a few weeks from now? Simply, IMO, no.

      Nothing shows the Twins plan to keep him there all year, even though other elite prospects have done that (Mauer, Sano) and survived just fine. If multiple sources from the Twins say he's "close", it would seem likely the promotion will happen soon.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      I thought he'd be promoted after the Midwest ASG. However, I don't think any of us foresee Buxton making it to AA this year. Best case, he starts next year there. If that's true, does it really matter whether he goes to Ft Myers last week, this week, or even a few weeks from now? Simply, IMO, no.

      Nothing shows the Twins plan to keep him there all year, even though other elite prospects have done that (Mauer, Sano) and survived just fine. If multiple sources from the Twins say he's "close", it would seem likely the promotion will happen soon.
      Well stated.
    1. Forever34's Avatar
      Forever34 -
      Amaurys Minier is obviously a name to remember, but how the heck do pronounce it?
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