• Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Gibson, Buxton Promoted

    When last nightís minor league report was completed around midnight, there was seemingly nothing on the horizon. Eight hours later, we learned that Pedro Hernandez had made a six hour drive from Louisville, Kentucky to Cleveland to make a spot start because Mike Pelfrey was put on the disabled list with back spasms. He got the win despite walking six in five innings and was immediately demoted following the game. Soon after, we learned the Kyle Gibson was promoted and will start on Saturday. Less than an hour later, Twins Daily became aware Byron Buxton was going to be promoted and soon after that, Jim Crikket got verification from Jake Mauer. Two big moves in one day!

    Gibson tweeted
    the following late on Sunday evening (OK, early on Monday morning): "As much as I would love to personally thank each and every one of you who have helped me along the way, as well as thank each and every person for the kind words on here, it would be impossible!! So a broad "Thank You" will have to do for now!! God has blessed my wife & I with great family and friends, and we are excited for this new journey and opportunity He has put in front of us! Thank you all for your support and I am looking forward to living out my dream as long as God has it in His plans! Thank you all very much!!!"

    In all my time covering the Twins minor league system, so many Twins players have been just tremendous people. Kyle Gibson may be at the top of the list when it comes to class. He is as genuine as it gets, so it is great to see him finally get this opportunity, likely two years after he had hoped.

    There were more than just transactions. There were five games on the Twins' minor league docket. The Kernels offense kept things going. The E-Twins offense hasnít clicked yet. Chris Colabello has yet to slow down. Check out what happened in the Twins' farm system Sunday:

    Rochester Red Wings 8, Louisville Bats 5

    Box Score

    Chris Colabello was at it again Sunday. After hitting his 16th home run Saturday, he went 2-4 with a walk and his 17th home run on Sunday. Drew Butera was 2-4 in the game. All nine Red Wings starters had at least one hit.

    Andrew Albers continued to pitch well. He improved to 7-2, going five innings and giving up one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out six. Cody Eppley came on and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings; he walked none and struck out two. Blake Martin came on to start the eighth and got one out, was charged with two runs on two hits and one walk. Michael Tonkin recorded the final five outs for his fifth save.

    New Britain Rock Cats 3, Akron Aeros 4

    Box Score

    There was talk of Trevor May making the 45 minute drive north from Akron to Cleveland to make the spot start on Sunday for the Twins, but rightfully, the Twins nixed that. It certainly would not have been the ideal situation for a big league debut. Instead, he made his scheduled start for the Rock Cats in Akron. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Dakota Watts came on and was perfect for 1.1 innings. Bobby Lanigan entered and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out one.

    Josmil Pinto led the offense, going 2-4 with his 16th double. Eddie Rosario added his second double while Curt Smith doubled for the eighth time.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 5

    Box Score

    Manuel Soliman made his first start in Ft. Myers in over a year. He missed most of the 2012 season after having had shoulder surgery. He rehabbed throughout he offseason and began this season in the Cedar Rapids bullpen. Recently, he was promoted to Ft. Myers. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out three. Nelvin Fuentes came on and gave up one hit and walked a batter, but didn't allow a run in 1.1 innings. Corey Williams gave up three runs (2 earned) on two hits and four walks in one inning. Zach Jones came on and got the final three outs, two of them on strikeouts, to record his ninth save.

    Mike Kvasnicka kept his hot streak going. He went 2-4 with his second homer (in as many days) and drove in three runs. His home run came right after Matt Kochís fifth homer. Aderlin Mejia and Jhon Goncalves each went 2-5.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 13, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9

    Box Score

    The Kernels had 18 base knocks on Saturday night. On Sunday, they had 20. Interestiingly, Wisconsinís starter was Marco Estrada, the Brewers starter who was making a rehab appearance. Jorge Polanco went 4-6 with his 20th double. JD Williams was 3-4 with a walk, his sixth home run and his 13th stolen base. Max Kepler went 3-6 with his second and third doubles and three RBI. Adam Walker went 2-5 with his 11th home run. Travis Harrison was 2-5 with a walk and his 22nd double. Dalton Hicks was 2-4 with a walk. In his final Kernels game, Byron Buxton went 2-5 with a walk and his 10th triple.

    The chief beneficiary of the run support was Hudson Boyd, who really needed it. He was able to get through five innings with Terry Ryan in the stands. However, he gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks. He struck out just one, but he gets credit for the win. Caleb Brewer came on and gave up four runs on four hits in two innings. Steven Gruver struck out two over the final two scoreless innings.

    Photo by Tim Gale

    Elizabethton Twins 5, Bristol White Sox 3 (10 innings)

    Box Score

    The offense of the E-Twins has not yet been able to get it going. Through seven innings, they had just two hits. Down 3-0, the team scored three in the 8th. A Bryan Haar RBI single was followed by a two-run double from Rory Rhodes. The game went to the tenth and it was Mitchell Garver who came up with the two-run single that put the team ahead for good.

    Garver was 2-5 with a double. Rhodes was 2-4 with a walk. The double was his second. Tanner Vavra hit his first double.

    Hein Robb made his first start for the E-Twins. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out one. Andrew Ferreira worked two perfect innings. Dallas Gallant gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Luis Nunez gave up two hits, but no runs, in one inning. He struck out two.

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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Gibson, Buxton Promoted started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      I'm just tickled Colabello is having such a fun year. One he'll never forget.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Joe Vavra hit his first double.
      Don't tell me that Joe was on a rehab assignment, too?
    1. AScheib50's Avatar
      AScheib50 -
      Hudson Boyd's struggles are a real bummer. I know when he was drafted there was a lot of talk about him being a bullpen arm and so far he hasn't done much to change that perception cuz he seems to regularly get knocked around every 5th day.

      The thing I notice is that his K:BB ratio is definitely not good. I mean he's young so walks might be something you'd expect as he works on his control but I definitely thought he'd have more K's.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Special kudos to Rochester - with today's win they have now reached .500 and are 2 games back of a playoff spot.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great report. Taking into account the long drive on short notice, I appreciate the performance of Pedro Hernandez today. I am also hoping that Buxton continues to rise.
    1. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
      Pius Jefferson -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Don't tell me that Joe was on a rehab assignment, too?
      Joe probably wishes he was on a rehab assignment with Elizabethton.
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      "
      Manuel Soliman made his first start in Ft. Myers in over a year"

      Not true. He made his first start last Monday, 6/17.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I have a question Seth. When do we start getting excited about Aderlin Mejia? After two years of nothing special, he had a very good repeat year in 2012 for the GCL Twins as a 20 year old. I assumed he was penciled into going to ETon this year, however, was needed for awhile at Fort Myers. Given a chance, he has been hitting at a torrid pace from the day he arrived and 38 games later continues to hit at a .353 clip. Do you think he is for real? Or do you expect him to come back to earth as the year grinds on?
    1. TwinsFanInPhilly's Avatar
      TwinsFanInPhilly -
      Tacking onto roger's Mejia question - how's his defense? Is he a true SS?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I have a question Seth. When do we start getting excited about Aderlin Mejia? After two years of nothing special, he had a very good repeat year in 2012 for the GCL Twins as a 20 year old. I assumed he was penciled into going to ETon this year, however, was needed for awhile at Fort Myers. Given a chance, he has been hitting at a torrid pace from the day he arrived and 38 games later continues to hit at a .353 clip. Do you think he is for real? Or do you expect him to come back to earth as the year grinds on?
      He absolutely was targeted for Elizabethton. That's why he started the season at EST. If there would have been a need at Cedar Rapids, he would have been sent there probably ,but the need came first in Ft. Myers. i'm told that he hasn't looked at all overwhelmed and as long as he continues to produce, they'll keep him in Ft. Myers. he is already 21, so age-wise, he's not excessively being pushed. I'm told that he is a middle infielder and can be a middle infielder. Defense is fine. I'm surprised with how he's sustained this. I am not ready to say he's a great prospect, but he's certainly made us all take notice.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlhouse View Post
      "
      Manuel Soliman made his first start in Ft. Myers in over a year"

      Not true. He made his first start last Monday, 6/17.
      Good catch... My bad! The story is still the same though, so only change the word "first" to "second" in the paragraph!
    1. neboo's Avatar
      neboo -
      Quote Originally Posted by AScheib50 View Post
      Hudson Boyd's struggles are a real bummer. I know when he was drafted there was a lot of talk about him being a bullpen arm and so far he hasn't done much to change that perception cuz he seems to regularly get knocked around every 5th day.

      The thing I notice is that his K:BB ratio is definitely not good. I mean he's young so walks might be something you'd expect as he works on his control but I definitely thought he'd have more K's.

      I was at the game yesterday. Boyd was a mess. His control was awful, but his demeanor was even worse. Every time he would throw a bad pitch he would glance at the dugout and roll his eyes. It was tough to watch him labor through 5 innings. Hopefully he can get it together.

      Watching that team was incredible. Lots of talent at the plate. I was excited to catch Buxton before he was promoted. Watching him go from home plate to 3rd base is special. I can't wait to see him in a Twins uniform.
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Good catch... My bad! The story is still the same though, so only change the word "first" to "second" in the paragraph!
      Did not mean to picky, but it is a good point. He did not pitch well in the first start. The opponents made very good contact.

      With respect to Anderlin Mejia, he is not a major league shortstop. He has very poor footwork and his arm is not strong, in fact he has a little bit of a lollipop arc to his throw. Levi Michaels is a much better shortstop. Mejia is also very slightly built and I doubt he will develop enough to advance much further to tell you the truth. You never know how a player will develop and he could build up enough skills to be a utility type guy, but with zero pop in his bat and no real position I do not seeit.
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