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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    Itís almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at-bats on Friday, Colabello homered, catching up to Sano. But it wasnít long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. (Itís almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to so frequently homer on the same day.) The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The next highest home run hitters in the organization are Cedar Rapids third baseman Travis Harrison, who hit his thirteenth home run tonight, and Ft. Myers first baseman Kennys Vargas, also with thirteen.

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday:
    Rochester Red Wings 2, Indianapolis Indians 4
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    Andrew Albers was back on the mound for the Red Wings. The Canadian left-hander gave up four runs in six innings. He gave up eight hits, three of them home runs. He walked one and struck out four. Aaron Thompson came on and struck out one over two scoreless innings in relief.

    The offense managed just four hits in the game. Chris Colabello went 2-4 with his 19th and 20th home runs of the season. He is now hitting .367 with an OPS right around 1.100. The thing that impressed me most about Colabello is that he talks a lot about only being able to control what he can control. And he lives that thinking. Thatís the thought-process he needed when he wasnít given an opportunity in affiliated ball. Itís what he had to think in AA, and in his first big league spring training, and in the WBC, and when he was sent AAA. And, it is likely why he has maintained this performance throughout the season despite numbers that should have him in the big leagues now.

    New Britain Rock Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 6

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    So, it didnít take Miguel Sano too long to figure out Eastern League pitching. Yes, he got off to a slow start, but his power numbers have been tremendous and, despite a loss in this game, he showed his power here. The Rock Cats had just five hits; three came off of the bat of Miguel Sano. In the bottom of the fourth, he hit a long, two-run home run. In the bottom of the ninth, he came to the plate with two runners on base and the Rock Cats down by four. His second homer of the day, sixth home run with the Rock Cats and 22nd home run of his season, cut the deficit to just one, but that was all the team could muster. Sano drove in all five runs. The one time he made out, the centerfielder made a catch at the wall. Of his 13 AA hits, Sano has six home runs, two triples, one double and four singles.

    Video of the second home run from Twins Fan from Afar (video of the 1st will be in the comments):

    Trevor May made the start and gave up a home run on the first pitch. In all, he went five innings and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Dan Turpen came on and struck out three in two scoreless innings. Bruce Pugh came off of the disabled list. He gave up a solo home run, but that was the only blemish in the inning. AJ Achter pitched the ninth and gave up one run on three hits and a walk.

    Ft. Myers Miracle, Jupiter Hammerheads (Suspended in 3rd)

    This game was suspended due to rain with one out in the bottom of the third inning. It will be resumed when the Miracle next heads to Jupiter, which will be in mid-August. Manuel Soliman had given up three hits and two walks but no runs in 2.1 innings when the game was called. He had struck out four.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Burlington Bees 1

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    The streak continues for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. They are now 8-0 since the All-Star break. They got off to a fast start and kept the lead. In the first inning, Travis Harrison hit a two-run double. Adam Walker soon followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0. In the second innings, Harrison hit a two-run homer. Harrison was 2-4 with his 23rd double, his 13th homer and four RBI. Walker was 2-3 with a walk and the homer was his 12th of the season. JD Williams was 2-4 with his 14th stolen base. Jeremias Pineda went 2-3. Niko Goodrum (16th two bagger), Dalton Hicks (26th) and Jhonatan Arias (3rd) each doubled.

    It was not just about the hitting on this night. Josue Montanez was terrific in the start. The young left gave up two hits in five shutout innings. He walked none and struck out four. Hudson Boyd made his first appearance out of the bullpen. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk in two innings, striking out three. Madison Boer was activated from the DL and sent to the Kernels. He had broken his hand (left-hand) and had made a couple appearances with the GCL Twins. He gave up two hits, but no runs, in his inning. Steven Gruver came on and struck out two in a perfect ninth.

    Mike Pelfrey will be making a rehab start for the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday.

    Elizabethton Twins 8, Princeton Rays 0

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    This was a pitcherís duel until the E-Twins scored seven runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to finish an 8-0 win. The E-Twins got on the scoreboard just an inning earlier when shortstop Ryan Walker hit his first professional home run. The big hits in the eighth inning were two-run doubles off the bats of Rory Rhodes and Javier Pimentel. Walker, Pimentel and catcher Mitch Garver each went 2-4.

    Yorman Landa was again terrific in the start. The young right-hander threw five shutout innings. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out eight. So, in his first two starts, he has thrown ten innings, walked two and struck out 15! Brian Gilbert made his Twins debut with a scoreless sixth frame. He struck out one. Kuo Hua Lo gave up one hit and one walk, but no runs, in two innings. He struck out two. Brandon Peterson struck out two in a scoreless ninth frame.

    GCL Twins 5, GCL Red Sox 2

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    Nick Blackburn returned to the mound in a game for the first time since 2012. The right-hander has been rehabbing all season. In October, he had bone chips removed from his elbow. Then in January, he had wrist surgery. On Friday afternoon, he made a start for the GCL Twins. He went four shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out four. He was replaced by Damian Defrank who worked the next four innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out one and walked none. Miguel Gonzalez came on for the ninth and recorded his second save. He gave up one hit and struck out one.

    Jorge Fernandez led the offense. He went 3-4 with his first double. Jason Kanzler went 2-4 and stole his second base. Lance Rayís rehab continued and he had a two-run double.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Sano's first home run of the night.

    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Thing of beauty. Sano with 6 HRs has a legitimate chance to be the first half HR leader in the FSL and the season-long HR champ in the Eastern League. The EL leader only has 15.

      FYI, his OPS is now at .983 with a .655 SLG. I think it's safe to say that he's "adjusting" to his new environs....
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      That's not his 1st HR that was his flyout.
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -

      1)Do you see Sano getting a call up this year? It's impossible to think he wont be a starter for the twins next year.
      2)Is he the best prospect in Twins history?
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      Jack don't forget about Buxton too. Possibly the best two prospects? I wonder how they compare to Mauer.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I'll take a shot at those questions.

      1) I think that remains up in the air. If Sano continues to adjust to AA pitching and show improvement defensively, a September call-up isn't completely out of the question. I would say its unlikely, but possible.

      With Plouffe around, there is a good chance that Sano isn't the starter on Opening Day. But that doesn't mean he won't shortly after. Hopefully the Twins decide to sign him to an Evan Longoria-type deal shortly after that.

      2) No. Not strongly considered their best prospect currently.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Again where is Vargas?
    1. Legend of the Arctic's Avatar
      Legend of the Arctic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      2)Is he the best prospect in Twins history?
      He might not even be the best Twins prospect right now! Most people rank Byron Buxton ahead of Sano.
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      I think Buxtons ceiling is higher than Mauers was. Buxton is a true 5 tool player. Mauer has been one of the best players in teh league the last decade but Buxton could be better. Buxtons ceiling is unlimited, I saw a top scout say his floor is Torii Hunter...... If thats his floor his ceiling might not be comparable to anyone becaue he could be so good. I really think Trout is the best comp.

      I mean look at his numbers this year in CR, and he will adjust to FM just like Sano is doing in NB. Its very rare a team gets a prospect like Sano or Buxton, let alone both of them.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Chris Colabello! I am in the minority in thinking he could be a valuable part of this team as a 1B/DH for the next 4-5 years?
    1. blairpaul715's Avatar
      blairpaul715 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AM. View Post
      Chris Colabello! I am in the minority in thinking he could be a valuable part of this team as a 1B/DH for the next 4-5 years?
      I think he could be, unless they trade for someone at the deadline, that has a future as a 1st basemen. But I think he will get an opportunity next year, and if he shows he is not a AAAA player, he will stay with Twins while he is cheap and longer if he shows that he is above avg major league hitter. IMO he needs to be a .260 hitter or better and keep showing the power.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      I don't see why Colabello doesn't at least deserve a chance to actually show what he can do with the Twins.
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but Sano isn't yet on the 40 man roster. I think that makes it unlikely to see Sano called up, unless he repeats his performance at Fort Myers in New Britain. I think that Sano is going to have to force the Twins and Terry Ryan's hand this year. The Twins have proven themselves willing to promote guys aggressively this year, but Aaron Hicks showed that the gap from AA to the Majors is a tough one to adapt to. I think that Ryan will give Sano time at AAA before we see Sano even for a brief look at Target Field. I think that Sano finishes the year at New Britain, and most likely starts in Rochester next year, ala Oswaldo Arcia.

      Edit: And then Phil Mackey just tweeted that Terry Ryan didn't reject calling up Sano in September. So looking like a good possibility if Sano continues to play well in AA.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      I don't see why Colabello doesn't at least deserve a chance to actually show what he can do with the Twins.
      I agree... 1B and Corner OF is a little crowded but I'd like to see him get another chance.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      I have not heard a ball hit with that loud of a crack in some time. Wow.

      Inwonder what they will do with Plouffe when Sano is ready. Could he play left field?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Again where is Vargas?

      Seems like I, or someone, has answered this question the last 3-4 days. He's still with Ft. Myers.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -

      Just think back 6-7 years when we were following and reporting on the minor leagues. Not many people knew much about the Twins down on the farm. And the talent level we were all excited about was guys like Deacon Burns, David Winfree, Garrett Guzman, Alex Romero, et. al.

      Wow, how things have changed. Now the masses are following nearly every team...thanks to the internet and people like you. And the talent? The Twins have come a long ways. Can you wait until they all get here? I know I don't want to.
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