• Twins Minor League Report (6/24): E-Town Off to Hot Start

    The Twins were off Monday. They're in Miami, trick. But there was plenty going on in the minor leagues with both games and transactions. The transactions are all noted below, but essentially the promotion of Kyle Gibson had a trickle-down effect from AA to AAA (Logan Darnell), HighA to AA (Matt Summers) and Byron Buxton filling the Miracle roster spot.

    Esmerling Vasquez was released from the Red Wings' disabled list. (Noteworthy mostly because it got me my first mention on MLB Trade Rumors.)

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 2, LOUISVILLE BATS 4
    Box Score

    So after clawing and scratching and kicking their way back to .500, the Red Wings lose tonight and drop one game below the mark.

    The offense mustered only eight hits, including an Antoan Richardson double. Jeff Clement drove in both runs with a 2nd-inning single.

    Liam Hendriks struck out five in six innings. He allowed ten hits and four runs (three earned). Shairon Martis pitched two scoreless innings.

    Chris Herrmann started the game behind the plate and was replaced by Drew Butera for no good (known) reason. It may be nothing. It may be injury. It may foreshadow a move being made by the parent club. Speculate amongst yourselves.

    Congrats to Vance Worley, who was named International League Pitcher of the Week.

    Filling Kyle Gibson's roster spot will be LHP Logan Darnell, who has spent a long time in New Britain. Darnell was recently named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS 6, ALTOONA CURVE 4
    Box Score (game 1)

    On the strength of one crooked number inning - a six-run second inning - the RockCats were able to win the first game of today's doubleheader.

    The highlight of that inning was a three-RBI triple by 2B Eddie Rosario. Rosario added a single to go 2-for-3 and entered game two with a .279 batting average.

    Miguel Sano went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, his 3rd AA error and now sits at .158. Also struggling since his promotion, Angel Morales went 0-for-2 and is now batting a Hicksian .086.

    Nate Hanson has had a fantastic June. He doubled and is now batting .302.

    Pat Dean recorded two outs in the fifth before he was relieved. He allowed 11 hits and four runs. He didn't walk or strike out anyone.

    A.J Achter and Edgar Ibarra got the win and save, respectively, going the last 2 1/3 innings, each striking out two.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS 0, ALTOONA CURVE 2
    Box Score (game 2)

    Well, the offense in game 2 was brutal. It's probably a good thing it only lasted seven innings.

    Batting leadoff, Eddie Rosario had a hit and a walk. (He was also picked off first base... Spanam Style, and had a fielding error.) Danny Ortiz had a single. That's it.

    Miguel Sano was 0-for-2 and grounded into a double-play. Yeah, this baseball thing is hard. There were some that clamored for Sano to get a few at-bats when Plouffe went down. I think you're witnessing the reason why that was never going to happen.

    Pitching-wise, B.J. Hermsen did okay in a spot start. In three innings, he gave up only a run on four hits and a walk. He struck out one.

    Daniel Turpen allowed an unearned run in two innings. Cole Johnson pitched a scoreless inning.

    Matt Summers has been promoted from Fort Myers to take Darnell Logan's spot in the rotation.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE 2, PALM BEACH CARDINALS 4
    Box Score

    The Miracle could have used Buxton a day earlier than Tuesday. The offense didn't supply a lot of offense in today's game. In the two-run third inning, Andy Leer (single) and Aderlin Mejia (RBI triple) accounted for half the team's hits. Stephen Wickens drove in the other run on a groudout. Mejia and Wickens added the other two hits.

    Matt Tomshaw pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs. He struck out five while giving up nine hits and two walks.

    Adrian Salcedo threw the other 1.1 innings. He gave up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. He struck out two.

    Byron Buxton will make his much-anticipated high-A debut tomorrow at 7:00PM ET. The Miracle had been on a six-man rotation after the addition of Manuel Soliman, so they will not need to add another pitcher at this time.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS - IDLE

    The Kernels were given the day off. The people of Cedar Rapids were also told to stay home from work today to mourn the loss of the greatest player they've ever welcomed to Veterans Memorial Stadium.

    There has been no corresponding move made yet, though one possibility is the addition of RHP Dallas Gallant. Gallant struck out 14 in 10.2 IP for the Beloit Snappers last year before missing the first part of this year recovering from a nerve relocation procedure. He is currently working out of Elizabethton's bullpen.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 7, GREENEVILLE ASTROS 2
    Box Score

    The defending Appy League champs got their 4th win in the first five games of this young season. Tonight's win can be credited a lot to the left arm of young Randy Rosario. Five shutout, two-hit innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Also impressive is the six groundouts to only three flyouts he induced. Rosario has been very good in other short-season leagues and could really show up on the prospect radars with a good showing this season. (Some of you are already high on him... I'm talking of national radars. He wasn't a Top 30 in BA.)

    After a strong one-inning debut on Friday, Andre Martinez struggled in his two-inning outing tonight. He allowed two runs, including a home run, and struck out one.

    Kuo Hua Lo backed up a strong three-inning performance on Friday with three strikeouts over two innings tonight.

    The bats were also active. They connected a bunch (14 hits) and also missed a bunch (13 strikeouts). Five players - Tanner Vavra, Dereck Rodriguez, Stuart Turner, Romy Jimenez and Bo Altobelli - had two-hit games.

    Rodriguez had two doubles and drove in two runs to highlight the offense. As you know, Dereck Rodriguez is the son of future Hall-of-Famer Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. The whole family is shown below. (Photo from the Washington Post.)



    The E-Twins will need to improve on their batting with runners in scoring position. They went 3-for-20 tonight... and that's not gonna hack it.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL RAYS 5
    Box Score

    Well, it turns out Amaurys Minier is (at least part) human. He struck out three times in four at-bats. He also drew a walk. The lineup as a whole struck out 13 times.

    Brian Navaretto had a good day at the plate (2-for-4) but a poor day behind it (a passed ball and a throwing error).

    Jason Kanzler has continued to struggle to hit, but showed his defensive prowess with an outfield assist.

    Chad Christensen had two hits and an RBI. Zach Larson drove in the other run.

    Sam Gibbons struck out three in four innings, allowing an earned and unearned run on three hits. Miguel Gonzalez struck out two and allowed a run on three hits.

    Both Madison Boer and Bruce Pugh made rehab appearances. Boer struck out three, but allowed two unearned runs in two innings. Pugh walked two in his one inning.

    Please post questions and/or comments below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/24): E-Town Off to Hot Start started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      It's been the same as asking for ridicule here to suggest that Sano has a long way to go.
      Maybe that is being taught to everyone right now.

      As talented as he is, he is facing tough pitching by older, more seasoned professionals.

      Good! Make him work for it.

      If he is the man we hope he is, it will only make him stronger.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
      It's been the same as asking for ridicule here to suggest that Sano has a long way to go.
      Maybe that is being taught to everyone right now.

      As talented as he is, he is facing tough pitching by older, more seasoned professionals.

      Good! Make him work for it,

      If he is the man we hope he is, it will only make him stronger.
      I would never ridicule you, OG. Making this jump to AA is the most difficult one for many prospects, as most pitchers at this level have gotten their stuff together enough to be considered for the majors.

      The point some of us have been trying to make, was that both last year and this year, Sano clearly demonstrated that he was above the levels he was playing at. It was time to give him a taste of High A last year and it's past time for Sano to be at AA this year. Now he's there, now he finally gets to make the biggest adjustments at the plate of his career thus far. He currently is being asked to do it without much plate protection behind him. That makes for a good challenge for him to go about solving. Let's revisit this in a month and see how he's doing. I'm pretty confident it's going to work out just fine.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Randy Rosario! Hope he can put it together and get up to CR to end the year.
      He just turned 19 and if he keeps getting Ground Balls he is going to fly up the system.

      Interesting that Summers was called up over someone like Tyler Rogers. Rogers has been pretty good while Summers has been just decent.

      Anyword on when Stewart makes his debut?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Thanks Jeremy. Another excellent minor league report.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Congrate Jeremy , I did in fact notice your blurb on rumors, hope this continues for you , And thanks for tonights report
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Randy Rosario! Hope he can put it together and get up to CR to end the year.
      He just turned 19 and if he keeps getting Ground Balls he is going to fly up the system.

      Interesting that Summers was called up over someone like Tyler Rogers. Rogers has been pretty good while Summers has been just decent.

      Anyword on when Stewart makes his debut?
      Randy Rosario is quite intriguing... Left-handed, young, and throws, up to, 94!

      Rogers has been terrific for 6 weeks. Summers has been solid and improved, and he's been there for a full year.

      Stewart was listed as the 6th starter, which would put him on pace to start about Thursday, but they may have him throw more bullpens since he hadn't thrown in a game in quite awhile.
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Sano may be going through a slump but it's*encouraging that E. Rosario is hitting pretty well at AA. I've never read anything negative about him and he sounds like polished player for a young guy. Any chance he lands in the MLB before Sano?
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Another two hits by Chad Christensen. Keep it up!
    1. Zephrin's Avatar
      Zephrin -
      Quote Originally Posted by troyhobbs View Post
      Sano may be going through a slump but it's*encouraging that E. Rosario is hitting pretty well at AA. I've never read anything negative about him and he sounds like polished player for a young guy. Any chance he lands in the MLB before Sano?
      I thought I read somewhere early this year that Meintkevitz was impressed enough with Rosario's fielding adjustment to 2B as well as his approach at the plate that he thought he would compete for an opening day shot in 2014. I have not really seen anyone seriously discussing Sano as an opening day candiate for 2014, which would lead me to believe that a lot of people think Rosario is ahead of Sano (Also makes sense since Rosario is a bit older).
    1. ThejacKmp's Avatar
      ThejacKmp -
      I realize that it's a pop culture reference to a song but I find it humorous that on the day Twins Daily emphasizes its comment policy about refraining from insulting other members, the lead paragraph of the daily recap insinuates that all of the site's readers are in fact prostitutes performing illicit acts.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThejacKmp View Post
      I realize that it's a pop culture reference to a song but I find it humorous that on the day Twins Daily emphasizes its comment policy about refraining from insulting other members, the lead paragraph of the daily recap insinuates that all of the site's readers are in fact prostitutes performing illicit acts.
      Not all of the readers, just one. And with the amount of readers the site has...
    1. Boone's Avatar
      Boone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zephrin View Post
      I thought I read somewhere early this year that Meintkevitz was impressed enough with Rosario's fielding adjustment to 2B as well as his approach at the plate that he thought he would compete for an opening day shot in 2014. I have not really seen anyone seriously discussing Sano as an opening day candiate for 2014, which would lead me to believe that a lot of people think Rosario is ahead of Sano (Also makes sense since Rosario is a bit older).
      I'm not doubting your intel, but lets hope that the Twins have learned that prospects need some time in AAA before heading to the majors.

      An interesting note on Rosario: over his last 23 games (11 in A+ and 12 in AA), he has drawn 12 walks. In his previous 41 games, he drew just 10. For a player who has always been a bit of a free-swinger, this is a good sign.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Spanom style...nice! He did develop some vertigo when he got on base didnt he.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Thanks, Jeremy. And I literally lol'd at the LMFAO reference.

      I think the previous post about it was sarcasm. If it's approved by the FCC for your children to hear on the radio, it can't be too out of place on an internet blog. Please continue such references. It makes Cistulli a great read on FG.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Have to wonder what that is about Herrmann.

      The Rosarios are both impressive.
    1. FanFromAffar's Avatar
      FanFromAffar -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Randy Rosario! Hope he can put it together and get up to CR to end the year.
      He just turned 19 and if he keeps getting Ground Balls he is going to fly up the system.
      I hope so. There's never enough good pitchers to choose from in a farm system.
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