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    I have returned from Cedar Rapids, havin had a great weekend which will likely be documented here at Twins Daily in a couple stories. I hope also to provide more encouragement for Twins fans to make that trek to east central Iowa. On Sunday afternoon, a Twins affiliate received one of their best starting pitching performances of the season. A new member of the organization also made a very good impression in his third game with his new AAA team.

    Here’s a look at what happened in the Twins' farm system on Sunday:

    Rochester Red Wings 12, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
    Box Score

    Jermaine Mitchell came to the Red Wings this past week after being let go by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. On Sunday, he made a pretty strong impression. The outfielder went 3-4 with his sixth home run. He scored three runs and had four RBI. Brian Dinkelman was 2-3 with his ninth double. Doug Bernier was 2-5 with his fourth triple. Antoan Richardson and Chris Herrmann each had two hits.

    Vance Worley improved to 6-3 with Rochester. He gave up three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four in six innings. AJ Achter came on for his AAA debut and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in 1.1 innings. He struck out one. Cody Eppley replaced him and got the final five outs, three on strikeouts.

    (Photo by milb.com)

    New Britain Rock Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 4

    Box Score

    Tom Stuifbergen made the start and threw well. He gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Bruce Pugh came on and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Dakota Watts came on and gave up a hit before getting the final out.

    Josmil Pinto went 2-3. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 2-4. Eddie Rosario hit his sixth Rock Cats double.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 3, St. Lucie 0

    Box Score

    What a terrific start for righty Matt Summers. In Port St. Lucie, he pitched his best game of the year. He gave up two hits in a complete game shutout. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven to drop his ERA with the Miracle to 3.20.

    Mike Kvasnicka remains hot. He went 2-3 with his fifth double. Levi Michael has been playing well of late; he went 2-5 in this game. Byron Buxton was put in the 3-hole of the lineup for the first time this year and went 1-4.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Clinton LumberKings 5

    Box Score

    The Kernels made the trek back to Clinton on Sunday afternoon. Mason Melotakis started and gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits and two walks. He didn’t record a single strikeout. Hudson Boyd’s third relief appearance was good. He struck out two over two, one-hit innings. David Hurlbut returned from the disabled list to work a scoreless inning, striking out one. He had been out for about a month with a lat injury.

    Adam Walker went 2-4 with his 18th double. Tyler Grimes was 2-3 and he was hit by a pitch. Joel Licon (2nd) and Jorge Polanco (22nd) also doubled.

    Elizabethton Twins, Burlington Royals


    Game Postponed by Rain.

    GCL Twins


    No Games on Sundays.


    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/7): Summers Breezes started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Sano's performance in NB has to have the organization going NUTS! His K ratio is over 35% and this is after 0 K's yesterday. He's being fooled by junk. I've watched most games when they are on MILB and I'm shocked when anyone throws him a fastball strike.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Sano's performance in NB has to have the organization going NUTS! His K ratio is over 35% and this is after 0 K's yesterday. He's being fooled by junk. I've watched most games when they are on MILB and I'm shocked when anyone throws him a fastball strike.
      It's the first time he has seen such good breaking stuff, it's going to take time to adjust. The cool thing is even with his awful strike out rate he still has a .827 OPS and is showing some nice defense at the hot corner.

      I'm not overly worried, if we are at July 8th 2014 and he is still showing that "struggle" I might begin to worry a bit.he will be fine
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      yeah, lots of guys get promoted and struggle at the first taste of tougher ball. Then they come back next year and replicate their previous year's numbers at that level. I think the struggle, more than anything else indicates that he's not quite as ready as some of opined. He will likely finish out the year in AA and start there again next year (baring a hot streak), and earn a mid season promotion to Rochester and possibly MLB.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ncgo4 View Post
      Sano's performance in NB has to have the organization going NUTS! His K ratio is over 35% and this is after 0 K's yesterday. He's being fooled by junk. I've watched most games when they are on MILB and I'm shocked when anyone throws him a fastball strike.
      At the very least its killed any chance that he makes the club in 2014 - unless he catches on of course.
    1. jerickasdad34's Avatar
      jerickasdad34 -
      Just remember guys how young Sano is...he was the youngest player....in FT. MYERS..So once again hes one of the youngest prospect in a class that has a lot more top pitching prospects so it will take some time...he will finish out this yr at AA then probably start there again next yr..he will be fine and we will see him soon enough
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      On other threads I see comments suggesting that Sano and Buxton will be on the MLB roster next year. I have even read comments that Sano may be called up this September. I find these ideas to be ridiculous.

      Sano is very young. Give him some time. And stop pretending he is MLB ready when he clearly is not.

      Patience, my brothers (and sisters). All in good time.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Sano is a strikeout guy. As he moves up, there will continue to be struggles and his future will be dependent upon whether or not he is able to adjust. Yes, the power numbers are still good, but (and I brought this up on one of my articles today), Brandon Wood hit for a lot of power throughout the minors and his inability to make contact made him a guy who never made it. As is pointed out, he is so young relative to the competition that there is no reason to be at all concerned. He's shown the ability to adjust quickly. I'd say that mid-May is still the most realistic time frame for him to arrive still.
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      Sano doesn't even have to be on the 40 man roster until after the 2014 season. I doubt that the Twins will rush him, especially when he is showing that he isn't ready.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Who should we be watching that need to be added to the 40-man roster spots this off-season (or get added as a September callup). I see lots of vancancies...probably as high as 15, when the season finally ends. DeVries, Pelfry, Roenicke, Duensing (arbitration), Swarzak (arbitration), Wood, Hermsen, Butera, Colabello, Mastro, Thomas, Ramierz, and possible trades of FA's Willingham, Carroll, Morneau, Correia, and the dark horse Perkins. Spring cleaning in the fall.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Who should we be watching that need to be added to the 40-man roster spots this off-season (or get added as a September callup). I see lots of vancancies...probably as high as 15, when the season finally ends. DeVries, Pelfry, Roenicke, Duensing (arbitration), Swarzak (arbitration), Wood, Hermsen, Butera, Colabello, Mastro, Thomas, Ramierz, and possible trades of FA's Willingham, Carroll, Morneau, Correia, and the dark horse Perkins. Spring cleaning in the fall.
      I see five that are nearly locks, Logan Darnell, Alex Wimmers (assuming he is healthy and pitching by next month), Kennys Vargas, Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler. Also see them adding one or two from a trio of relievers, Achter, Hauser or O'Rourke. Two long shots, in my opinion, could be Danny Ortiz and Deibinson Romero. Ortiz problem is that he is an outfielder on a team loaded with outfield prospects. Romero could be considered if he has a good second half after missing the start of the season.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      I'm not turned off by Sano as 2 current all stars struggled in their time @ AA also....Bryce Harper & Manny Machado....at the same age but used their time to learn.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I see five that are nearly locks, Logan Darnell, Alex Wimmers (assuming he is healthy and pitching by next month), Kennys Vargas, Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler. Also see them adding one or two from a trio of relievers, Achter, Hauser or O'Rourke. Two long shots, in my opinion, could be Danny Ortiz and Deibinson Romero. Ortiz problem is that he is an outfielder on a team loaded with outfield prospects. Romero could be considered if he has a good second half after missing the start of the season.
      I'm not sure how Wimmers would be a lock. I get the first round status, but between Blass disease and Tommy John, Wimmers has essentially lost 3 of the 4 years he's been with the org. He hasn't pitched above high A either, which means he's likely going to finish his rehab this year in Fort Meyers and then potentially play in the AFL. I cannot see many teams willing to give him a spot on the 25 man roster for a season and then return him to AA. Barring absolute AFL domination, I would not be shocked if he wasn't protected, and I doubt anyone would take him.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      I'm not turned off by Sano as 2 current all stars struggled in their time @ AA also....Bryce Harper & Manny Machado....at the same age but used their time to learn.
      Hi A to AA is the hardest jump in the minors.
    1. blairpaul715's Avatar
      blairpaul715 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I'm not sure how Wimmers would be a lock. I get the first round status, but between Blass disease and Tommy John, Wimmers has essentially lost 3 of the 4 years he's been with the org. He hasn't pitched above high A either, which means he's likely going to finish his rehab this year in Fort Meyers and then potentially play in the AFL. I cannot see many teams willing to give him a spot on the 25 man roster for a season and then return him to AA. Barring absolute AFL domination, I would not be shocked if he wasn't protected, and I doubt anyone would take him.
      If Wimmers has to be protected, I can see protecting him, doesn't it only cost 25 grand to pick up someone if you then decide to give them back? Pocket change in baseball scheme of things. That is also predicated that he gets back on the mound before seasons end and looks promising.
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