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  • Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Pitchers Return

    There was not much offense through the Minnesota Twins' farm system, with the usual exception of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. There was some very good pitching. There was the return of Nick Blackburn to an active roster as he made the start for the New Britain Rock Cats. Alex Wimmers returned to a mound for the first time since his Tommy John surgery last August.

    One constant through the 2013 season has been the pitching of Andrew Albers, and he was on the mound again for the Rochester Red Wings. On Sunday, be sure to watch Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano represent the Twins at the Futures Game.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Saturday:

    Rochester 5, Pawtucket 1

    Box Score

    Andrew Albers was back on the mound for the Red Wings and was terrific yet again. The Canadian southpaw went six innings to improve to 9-4. He gave up only an unearned run on five hits and a walk. He also struck out ten. Shairon Martis recorded his sixth save, of the three-inning variety. He gave up no runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out three.



    Eight Red Wings had one hit in this game. Five of them went for extra bases. Ray Olmedo hit his second home run, as did Chris Herrmann. Chris Colabello hit his 23rd double. Doug Bernier hit his 15th double. Jeff Clement hit his 13th double.

    New Britain 1, Trenton 5

    Box Score

    After a few rehab starts with the GCL Twins, Nick Blackburn was sent to New Britain where he made the start on Saturday evening. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out two. Bruce Pugh was terrific, not allowing a base runner in 2.1 innings. Edgar Ibarra and BJ Hermsen each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

    Angel Morales hit his second home run with the Rock Cats. He was 2-3 in the game. Eddie Rosario hit his seventh double.

    Ft. Myers 1, Lakeland 4

    Box Score

    Matt Summers gets the loss in this game, though he did pitch quite well. He went 7.2 innings and gave up two runs (1 earned). He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out three. Corey Williams got the final four outs, one on a strikeout. He gave up two runs on one hit and four walks.

    Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4. Evan Bigley hit a double.

    Cedar Rapids 6, Bowling Green 3

    Box Score

    Adam Walker remains hot with the bat. He went 2-4 with his 19th double and his 16th home run. Tyler Grimes went 2-4, including an inside-the-park home run. It was his sixth homer of the season. Jeremias Pineda went 3-4 with his second double. Jorge Polanco went 2-4.

    Tim Atherton improved to 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA. The Australian right-hander gave up one run on two hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Steven Gruver then gave up two runs on four hits in his two innings. Tyler Jones recorded his eighth save, striking out two in one inning.

    Elizabethton 1, Greeneville 2

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    It was a very good pitcher’s duel in the Appy League on Saturday night. South African lefty Hein Robb was charged with two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Dallas Gallant and Brian Gilbert each pitched a scoreless inning.

    The E-Twins had just five hits. Dereck Rodriguez is now hitting .322 after going 2-4. Bryan Haar went 2-4 as well.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Red Sox 1

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    A couple rehab stints took place in this rain-shortened 5.2 inning game on Saturday. Michael Gonzales returned to the field for the first time since breaking the hamate bone his hand. In his first at bat, he homered. Chad Christensen went 1-2 with his first professional home run. Jonatan Hinojosa went 1-3 with a triple.

    The big story will be that Alex Wimmers returned to a mound in a game for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery last August. The 2010 first-round pick went three shutout innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out two. Chih-Wei Hu went the final 2.2 innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.


    Thanks for checking out today’s Twins minor league report. Please feel free to discuss, comment or ask questions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Pitchers Returns started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      3 Words: Adam Brett Walker
      MWL HR Leader (16) again and 75 RBIs
      with 50+ games left
      6 for 17 this week (.352 BA) with 2 DBLs / 3 HRs / 7 Runs / 8 RBI / 4 BBs / 4 Ks
      OK maybe more than 3
      How about the wheels on Tyler Grimes inside the park HR
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Nice to see Wimmers back. Hope he can make a good comeback.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      I keep forgetting that Wimmers could have a future with the Twins. This gives us one more top prospect to follow. "Top" in the Adam Brett Walker sense, not in the Alex Meyer or Oswaldo Arcia sense.
    1. BaseballDad's Avatar
      BaseballDad -
      Don't lose sight of the great performance by Tim Atherton for the Kernals. He stood out from other relievers in the Kernals bullpen during my weekend in CR in June. In one inning, he walked the bases loaded, but also struck out the side. He can really bring it with heat and filthy movement. Perhaps the move to the starting rotation is helping him pitch more within himself and not try to do 'too much' in a relief role. Keep an eye on Atherton as an emerging prospect.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      Anyone know who starts for CR tomorrow? (Monday) Im going to the game and hoping it is Berrios. I see he last pitched last monday.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      Anyone know who starts for CR tomorrow? (Monday) Im going to the game and hoping it is Berrios. I see he last pitched last monday.
      Monday is Berrios.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      3 Words: Adam Brett Walker
      MWL HR Leader (16) again and 75 RBIs
      with 50+ games left
      6 for 17 this week (.352 BA) with 2 DBLs / 3 HRs / 7 Runs / 8 RBI / 4 BBs / 4 Ks
      OK maybe more than 3
      How about the wheels on Tyler Grimes inside the park HR
      Walker is a beast. He's got so much talent and immense power.

      And, I saw video of Grimes inside-the-park homer, and he can move! He's a very good athlete.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      I really hope Wimmers can come back and re-establish himself as a high-end prospect. We could use all the help we can get when it comes to pitching.
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